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Apple Bucket List: Apples Are Rolling Onto Menus Faster Than

Apple Bucket List: Apple Bucket List: This time of year, apples are rolling onto menus faster than Ichabod Crane’s head can fly off his shoulders. From savory dishes and desserts to cocktails aplenty, here’s everything apple-flavored that you should be eating and drinking this season.   Fat Rice: Anything Fat Rice does merits attention and […]

Brunch Bites: Princesses, Pirates, Whisky Edition

Brunch Bites: When you think of Sunday brunch rituals, princesses and pirates probably aren’t the first things to come to mind. Unless you regularly brunch at Disney World. But soon, kids and families (and lords and ladies) get the opportunity to brunch amongst royalty and seafaring scoundrels at Shaw’s Crab House in Schaumburg. The restaurant’s first annual […]

Ditka Day, Ramen Battle, Stone Crabs, The Best of Bucharest, : Weekend Planner

Ditka Day:   Ditka Day and Super Fan Challenge at Timothy O’Toole’s In honor of “Da Coach’s” 75th birthday on October 18, Timothy O’Toole’s is celebrating Mike Ditka Day with festivities, food, and an unruly eating challenge. From 11:00 a.m. until 4:00 p.m., guests will have the opportunity to partake in the “Da Super Fan […]

Fall-flavored Fine Dining

Fall-flavored Fine Dining   Fall-flavored Fine Dinin: Sometimes when we dine out during fall, we actually want something more than pumpkin-spiced whatever. Sometimes we want novel, thoughtful interpretations of the season, incorporating timely and locally derived ingredients prepared in a unique fashion with some thread of cohesion. Imagine that. Nothing quite achieves such glory as […]

National Pizza Month: Roots Chef Series Brings Out the Big Guns

National Pizza Month: Roots Chef Series: These specialty pizzas are available now through October 31, starting at 5:00 p.m., with a portion of proceeds going towards Un86’d, a local charity designed to provide financial support for restaurant professionals in need. The Chef Series rages on with the following specialty pizzas: Iliana Regan, the renowned chef […]

Mexican Steakhouse In Boys Town Chicago

Mexican Steakhouse: Revolucion is turning two with specials and celebrations. I’m gonna be honest. When I first heard of Revolucion Mexican Steakhouse opening in Lakeview along Broadway in Boystown, I thought it was a bold and risky move. Steakhouses and Boystown seem to go together about as handily as the Pride Parade and the Westboro […]

Panna Cotta at Acanto: Sweet of the Week

Panna Cotta at Acanto: Chicago is a city with a sweet tooth, packed with unique pastries and desserts in every neighborhood restaurant and bakery for dining and snacking in Chicago. I’m a guy with a sweet tooth, so each week I’ll report on a different dessert you need to try. I mean, I’ll eat more […]

Hubbard Inn and Maxwell’s at the Club : Brunch Bites:

Hubbard Inn:   In this week’s batch of brunch bites, the weekend repast returns to Maxwell’s at the Club and Hubbard Inn takes a page from nightclubs for their new brunch format. Just in time for holiday hosting, parties, and familial gatherings, Maxwell’s at the Club brings back its storied buffet brunch. But not just any brunch buffet, the […]

Parlor Pizza Bar: First Taste

Parlor Pizza Bar:   The West Loop welcomes a sprawling new dining option for Ameri-talian food, pizza, sports-watching, and booze. As much as I’d be inclined to deride a restaurant that lists “Burrata Be Kidding Me” as a menu item, the gimmickry of Parlor Pizza Bar comes as a bit of a welcome respite from […]

RPM Italian Wine Dinner, Choucroute Dinner, Farm to Fork, and Yum Cha Dinner

RPM Italian Wine Dinner: Allegrini Wine Dinner Wine helps ease the sting of the work week. It’s especially nourishing when the wine is courtesy of sixth generation Italian vineyard, Allegrini. On October 14, RPM Italian hosts Marilisa Allegrini for a five-course fete showcasing chef Doug Psaltis’ Italian cuisine paired with wine, incluing a new world-inspired […]