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Chicago Restaurant Week, Top Picks

Chicago Restaurant Week, Top Picks: Chicago Restaurant Week is a two-week affair taking place January 30 through February 12 at restaurants all over town and the suburbs. Participants offer prix fixe lunch and dinner menus at bargain prices. Jellyfish Makes a Splash in the Gold Coast Slick, modern Japanese fare is on deck at Jellyfish for both lunch and […]

Little Butcher Shop, Cultural Crossover Dinner, Whiskey and Art: Weekday Planner: Big Troublesome In

Little Butcher Shop: Dining Chicago Weekday Planner: Weekday food and drink planner for Chicago: January 19-23. Big Troublesome in Little Butcher Shop Meat + beer = happiness with Off Color Brewing on January 22 for Big Troublesome in Little Butcher Shop. It’s a reception-style open house with five Off Color brews on hand along with small bites by chef […]

Citrus Bucket List

Citrus Bucket List: Get your citrus on this season at Chicago bars and restaurants.   In the midst of winter’s unholy death grip, one of the sole beacons of light is citrus. Seasonal produce this time of year is a far cry from the fruitful bounties of spring and summer, but hey we’ve still got […]

Weekend Planner: Sweet Sundays, Seasonal Slam, Central Coast

Weekend Planner: Sweet Sundays, Seasonal Slam   Weekend Planner January 23-25: No matter the time of year, there is always lots to do, eat, and drink in Chicago. Here are some of the hottest happenings this weekend. Sugar Hills Bakery is one spot taking the adage “you can have your cake and eat it too” […]

Cozy Winter Restaurants and Bars

Cozy Winter Restaurants: It’s imperative that your winter dining itinerary come with a side of cozy fireplace comforts. Here’s where to dine and sip in cozy style this winter in Chicago. Chicago winters demand the nourishing solace of fireside dining and drinking comfort. Embrace the hearty libations and dishes at one of these warming Chicago spots. Scofflaw: […]

The Promontory Chicago Brunch, The Signature Room

The Promontory Chicago Brunch:   Brunch is a booming business in Chicago, and it can be hard to navigate the ins and outs, especially when so many strollers are blocking the way. Each week we highlight some of the most notable brunch news and dining happenings around town. Here are your latest brunch bites.  Music […]

Dylan’s Candy Bar, Sweet of the Week:

Dylan’s Candy Bar:   Willy Wonka basically signed a lease on Michigan Avenue downtown with the opening of Dylan’s Candy Bar, the first Chicago location of this freakishly popular New York City-based candy wonderland. Revered for its never-ending array of candies in every shape, size, and color, Dylan’s is the most whimsical, sweetest thing to […]

Comfort Food Dishes to Combat the Polar Vortex

Comfort Food Dishes to Combat the Polar Vortex Real talk: the term “polar vortex” is worse to me than most swear words. It’s a threatening phrase that strikes fear in Chicagoans with its promise of frigid temperatures and merciless wind chill. Screw the polar vortex. Obviously, there’s no better way to flip off the polar […]

French Cooking Class, Sunday Supper, $3 Cocktails

French Cooking Class, Sunday Supper, $3 Cocktails:   Ever wanted to play Julia Child? Well now you can. Sorta. Paris Club Bistro & Bar is hosting a French cooking class on Saturday, January 17, featuring demonstrations on classic dishes by chef Christian Eckmann. The tutorial du jour will be coq au vin with pommes puree, […]

Italian Edition: Weekday Planner

Italian Edition: Weekday Planner:   Dining Chicago Weekday Planner: Weekday food and drink planner for Chicago: January 12-16. The wines of Tuscany step into the spotlight for a four-course wine dinner at Tocco on January 15. Wines to be featured for the dinner include Chianti, Vin Santo, Super Tuscan, and Vino Nobile, each paired with […]