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‘Tis the Season for Soup

January is National Soup Month, apropos considering our urgent need for soulful, warming food in the midst of the winter doldrums. In honor of National Soup Month, here’s where you can get your fix. (Pho at Le Colonial. Photo: Le Colonial)  See Full Story

Weekend Planner: Your Hottest Happenings This Weekend, Artist Series at iNG, New Menu at Hash House A Go Go, and Championship Game at Lillie Q

Your hottest happenings this weekend for art: Savor iNG’s New “Artist in Residence” Series  No better way to start the new year than by gawking at locally produced art. And even better, in a restaurant that produces edible art! iNG kicks off its new “Artist in Residence” series Friday (Art by Jonathan Plotkin) Your hottest happenings this weekend […]

Weekend Planner: Memorial Beer at The Gage, Baffo Restaurant Opens, Urbanbelly Holiday Feast, and Holiday Specials at Rockit & Co.

No matter the time of year, there is always lots to do, eat, and drink in a Chicago Restaurant. Here are some of the hottest happenings this weekend. (Holiday ham TV dinner at Rockit Bar & Grill) Check Out Baffo, Eataly’s Fine Dining Restaurant Eataly has been packing in the crowds for a couple weeks now, […]

Stollen and Panettone: Christmas Pastries Aplenty

Stollen and panettone are two of the most preeminent Christmas pastries in their own right, each with their own lore and compositions, and they’re both popping up in bakeries across Chicago. (Stollen at Toni Patisserie & Cafe)  It’s stollen and panettone season, y’all. Fruitcake gets a bad rap, but these quasi-fruitcake creations, each with their […]

Weekend Planner: California Wine Dinners, European Sausages, Gingerbread Houses, and Cookie Class

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. (Telergaph. Credit: Tom Harris / Hedrick Blessing) Celebrate California at Telegraph California wine takes the spotlight for Telegraph‘s latest series of wine dinners, available through the rest of December. The […]

CARMICHAEL’S CHICAGO STEAK HOUSE

A popular destination before and after concerts and sporting events at United Center, Carmichael’s exists as the only authentic steakhouse in the West Loop. You may certainly order a decent steak at the likes of Girl & The Goat, Nellcote or Vivo, but nothing compares to a place that specializes in the real deal. While […]

Top Restaurant Blogs in Chicago

Chefs and restaurateurs are busy folks, so it’s especially impressive when they can curate thoughtful, insightful blogs on a regular basis. Here are some top restaurant blogs in Chicago to follow. (Autumn dessert at Sixteen. Photo: On Sixteen) Nowadays, it seems everybody and their grandmother has a blog of some sort. Not that we don’t […]

Brussels Sprouts Bucket List in Chicago

Brussels sprouts are one of the preeminent harbingers of cold weather eating in Chicago, and like it or not they’ve begun sprouting on menus all across the city. (Brussels sprouts at Prairie Grass Cafe. Photo: Grant Kessler) Your face is freezing and your hands are numb, but on the plus side there’s Brussels sprouts. One […]

Let’s Talk Turkey

With Thanksgiving around the corner, it’s time to start thinking about turkey. Go for the best birds you can get by purchasing your turkeys from one of these dining destinations. Ironically, the centerpiece of the Thanksgiving table is often the main source of strife at holiday gatherings. There’s the whole conundrum of where to buy […]

NEWS: Randy Zweiban Has Closed Province Restaurant Chicago

Looking to re concept the 161 N. Jefferson St. location in early 2014. His Provence restaurant in Phoenix is continuing operation. Executive Chef/Owner Randy Zweiban, who first brought Nuevo Latino cooking to Chicago with Nacional 27, has crafted a dynamic menu that is grounded in American cuisine and influenced by Central and South American and […]