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Weekday Planer: Chicago q Anniversary, #TDSMonday, Tequila Thursdays, Sake 101

Weekday Planer: Chicago q Anniversary, #TDSMonday, Tequila Thursdays, Sake 101,     Chicago q’s Golden Anniversary This year is Chicago q‘s golden anniversary, as the Gold Coast barbecue bastion prepares to blow out the candles beginning September 4 for its fourth year in beefy business. Hence, the restaurant will appropriately offer four $4 menu specials available […]

Brunch Bites: mEAT, Carnivale

Brunch Bites: mEAT, Carnivale Brunch Bites: mEAT, Carnivale   Streeterville, you have a new brunch destination. Lakeview-based restaurant mEAT recently opened in the downtown ‘hood and they’ve newly implemented weekend brunch service as well. Classic American fare with a quirky twist is the name of the game at mEAT, evidenced in dishes such as…………CONTINUE:   SEE […]

Weekend Planner August 29-August 31: Cirque du FMK, September Chocolate Preview, Dawson City Limits

Weekend Planner August 29-August 31   Weekend Planner August 29-August 31 Dawson City Limits The final Dawson City Limits music show takes place August 31 at The Dawson, so be sure and swing by to send summer off in style. The summery Sunday series comes to a conclusion this weekend with a performance by Jenny Dragon […]

Henry’s Swing Club, Lots to Love

Henry’s Swing Club: Henry’s Swing Club: One of the most surprising additions to River North’s thumping dining and drinking scene as of late, Henry’s Swing Club is everything downtowners need and want in a casual bar that flies in the face of the neighborhood’s typical sceney template. The concept came about when DMK Restaurant Group swooped in […]

Battle of the Hot ‘Hoods: West Loop vs. Logan Square

Battle of the Hot ‘Hoods: Battle of the Hot ‘Hoods: Nowadays, anytime some new restaurant or bar announces an opening, or anytime a restaurant group plans expansion, more often than not the names Logan Square and/or West Loop are bandied around. These two ‘hoods find themselves in a simultaneous fever pitch as they balloon with […]

Sweet of the Week: Pistachio Soft-Serve at Mercadito

Pistachio Soft-Serve: Pistachio Soft-Serve at Mercadito Fish   August didn’t quite shape up to be the “dog days” we all have come to expect of late summer in Chicago, but that hardly stifles my incessant screams for ice cream. I’m obnoxious about it, regardless of temperature. In particular, there is nothing more scream-worthy than soft-serve. […]

Wow Bao Contest Finale, Farm-BQ: Weekend Planner August 22-August 24

Wow Bao Contest Finale: Wow Bao Contest Finale Curious to see the pinnacle of this year’s Wow Bao binge? Of course you are. Head to Water Tower Place on August 23 to witness the finals for the second annual Wow Bao eating contest. All week long, folks have been gorging themselves on bao as part of the […]

Southern Menus at Local Root, Rooftop Movie, Nacional 27 Anniversary, Quintessa Wine Dinner, Weekday Planner:

Local Root: Go Southern at Local Root If you’re looking for a little Southern hospitality and verve, head east to Streeterville and partake in Local Root’s new Thursday night specials and events. Through the end of August, Thursday evenings are all about live Bluegrass music by the Dog Patch Ramblers and Southern-themed menus crafted by chef/owner […]

Mint Chip Sundae at ROOF: Sweet of the Week

Sundae at ROOF: Sundae at ROOF: Who doesn’t love a good sundae? Especially one enrobed in bourbon-infused “magic shell”? Ah, childhood nostalgia. Be it classic or contemporary, sundaes are one of those rare comfort foods that is pretty much universally adored on the basis that it is simply a sundae. It doesn’t matter how basic or […]

NEWS, Masada Restaurant Chicago: First Taste

Masada Restaurant Chicago: Masada Restaurant Chicago “This place is like an Arabian IKEA,” said my friend as we made our way through Masada to our table one evening. For better or worse, that statement was pretty spot-on. The loooooong in-the-works Masada recently made its grandiose debut in Logan Square, giving the ‘hood the Middle Eastern palace it […]