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National Cheeseburger Day, How To Eat Your Way Through

National Cheeseburger Day: National Cheeseburger Day: September 18 marks National Cheeseburger Day, so here’s where to get your ground beef on in Chicago. National Cheeseburger Day is a sacred holiday for many, considering burgers rank high up the emotional totem pole of comfort foods. So as if any of you needed further insentive to feast […]

Howells & Hood and Frontier: Brunch Bites

Howells & Hood and Frontier: Howells & Hood and Frontier:   In this week’s batch of brunch bites, Howells & Hood goes “big” and Frontier goes family-style.   It’s out with the old (blues brunch) and in with something new (and big) at Howells & Hood. The sprawling downtown restaurant is now offering “BIG Brunch” […]

Chili Cook-off, Weekday Planner: Fall Edition

Chili Cook-off at Lottie’s: Chili Cook-off The only other thing I care more about in the fall than caramel apples is chili. Nourishing, hearty foods like chili make the chill entire worthwhile, I don’t care what you say. In honor of chili’s autumnal omnipresence, Lottie’s Pub will host their third annual Chili Cook-off on September […]

Beefy Back-to-School Specials

Beefy Back-to-School Specials: Back-to-School In case the aroma of pumpkin spice backpacks aren’t enough to clue you in, it’s back-to-school season! And that means lots of loosely related back-to-school dining specials are popping up faster than aromatic lattes. Two of said specials involve ground meat. Let’s find out where.   First, longtime familial Lincoln Park […]

Fall Menu Preview, Kinmont Supper, Scofflaw: Weekend Planner:

Fall Menu Preview: Fall Menu Preview: Weekend Planner September 19-September 21: 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. Fall is just about here — sorry — and to help ease guests into the season, Mercat a […]

Rosh Hashanah Dining Guide

Rosh Hashanah Dining Guide     Rosh Hashanah is just about her, beckoning the Jewish New Year celebrations from September 24 through September 26, and Chicago restaurants aren’t sleeping on the opportunity to celebrate.   Beatrix: Since Rosh Hashanah is all about welcoming a “sweet new year,” honey and apples are paramount. Get thee to […]

News, Kung Fu Tea Restaurant: First Taste:

Kung Fu Tea: Here’s a secret: I love bubble tea more than pretty much anything. I would be to absurd lengths to acquire a solid cup of bubble tea, laden with an embarrassment of chewy tapioca pearls and filled to the brim with creamy milk tea. So it was with much excitement that I discovered Kung […]

Weekday Planner: Sicilian Wine Dinner, The Violet Hour Alumnae Takeover, Moules Fest, Lone Wolf Guest Pie

Sicilian Wine Dinner   Sicilian Wine Dinner Plane fare to Sicily may be tricky to finagle, but at least you can close your eyes, sip, and pretend you’re there at Piccolo Sogno Due. Chef Tony Priolo and co. are hosting Silvio di Silvio, the North American Director of Donnafugata winery for a special Sicilian wine dinner […]

The Expansion of the West Loop

Expansion of the West Loop: It was only a matter of time before Restaurant Row ballooned enough in size to expand to side streets. Famed Restaurant Row appears to have reached some sort of ceiling. The stretch of Randolph roughly between Blackbird and bellyQ only has so much space for new restaurant and bar tenants, so it really was […]

Banana Cream Pie Concrete at Scooter’s Frozen Custard: Sweet of the Week

Banana Cream Pie Concrete: Banana Cream Pie Concrete: Before summer trickles away and our dessert appetites shift from ice cream to hot chocolate, I am desperately trying to eat as much iced sweets as possible.   Not that I completely do away with ice cream in the cooler months or anything, I just think it’s […]