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New Year’s Eve in Chicago Restaurants

In case you don’t feel like staying in this New Year’s Eve, here are several restaurants open and celebrating this year.   (Caviar tasting at Henri)  New Year’s Eve is one of the biggest restaurant nights of the year, as hordes of people go out to celebrate with friends and family over plates of food […]

Holiday Restaurant Gift Guide

For the foodie friend in your life, there is no greater gift than a gift from one of their favorite restaurants, bars, or bakeries. (All the tiki mugs at Three Dots and a Dash) The holidays are a time for giving. And bringing. And greed thinly veiled as excitement. But mostly giving, right? For the […]

Weekend Planner: Party for Charity, An Evening with Y.O.U., Free Mozzarella Sticks, and Game Day Bargains

(Parliament) 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. Restaurants: ZED451, Roots Handmade Pizza, Under the Table, Parliament A Night of Charity at Parliament Restaurants and bars continue to come together in support of the Philippines in the wake […]

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 […]

Chefs Make Pizza Cameos

Just because a chef doesn’t operate a pizza restaurant and toss dough every day should not bar them from making their own pizza. This is a free country, after all. The opportunity for chefs to design their own pizza is a sacred right. Celebrating that right are Roots Handmade Pizza and The Grid, (Wood-fired pizza oven at The […]