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Dining Chicago Celebrates Spring With These 8 Patios

Dining Chicago Celebrates Spring: At long last, the fickle April weather has leveled off and warm weather is here to stay. Until next winter at least. Unsurprisingly, Chicagoans are eager to get outside and make the most of the sunshine by dining and drinking on lush patios all over town. With so many al fresco […]

Lake Geneva Oktoberfest offers color, food, pumpkins

Take a ride up to Lake Geneva this weekend for gorgeous views of fall color. The lakefront tree displays, designed by top landscape architects such as Jens Jensen the designer of Chicago’s Columbus Park and other Chicago parks, offer glorious bursts of brilliant yellow, mellow orange and fiery reds. They’re expected to be at their […]

Another day, another pig roast

Chicago can’t get enough of that roasted pork. Here’s where to find your fill. Mahoney’s Pub & Grille in River West throws a pig roast luau Saturday, Aug. 11. The outdoor luau, with flower leis for everyone, starts at 11 a.m. with burgers, brats, hot dogs and more on the grill, and the pig will […]

10 ways to fete Bastille Day in Chicago

Liberte, egalite, fraternite! The storming of the Bastille prison on July 14, 1789, marked the start of the French Revolution and, ultimately, the freedom of the French people to form a democratic government. Chicago’s Bastille Day events include: Bistronomic on the Gold Coast celebrates Friday through Sunday, July 13–15, with Chef Martial Noguier’s $39 Bastille […]

Great grazing at Green City Market BBQ ahead

Nearly 100 local chefs will be cooking out in Lincoln Park from 5 to 8 p.m. Thursday, July 12, when Green City Market hosts its annual fundraiser barbecue. Dishes will feature locally grown produce from market vendors. Locally made beer, wine, hand-crafted cocktails and non-alcoholic beverages will be served, too. Tickets start at $125 and […]

Friday food porn: Spring wiener

Classic Chicago: A natural-casing Vienna Beef hot dog on a poppyseed bun, with pickle spear, tomato wedges, chopped onion, yellow mustard, sport peppers, neon-green relish and a dash of celery salt, $2.25 at The Dog House, a walk-up stand in Irving Park, now open for the season.

Some pig!

Due Lire in Lincoln Square celebrates autumn with “Festa Della Porchetta,” an Italian-style pig roast in the garden from 3 to 7 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 9, $25. Chef Kevin Abshire will stuff a whole pig with fennel, sage, garlic, salt and pepper; roast it for hours on the patio; then serve it with an apricot […]

Mooncakes fete Chinese historic rebellion

Traditional mooncakes and other authentic fare mark the Mid-Autumn Festival menu at Shanghai Terrace on the Magnificent Mile. Legend has it that the cakes commemorate the 14th-century Chinese rebellion against Mongol oppression. The rebels communicated with their compatriots by hiding the slips of paper in smuggled cakes. From Sept. 6 through 12, Chef Ivan Yuen […]

Eat this! Six great Fourth of July recipes from Chicago chefs

Cook up some great picnic and party fare this Independence Day weekend with these terrific recipes from top Chicago chefs, culled from Dining Chicago’s weekly “Eat this!” feature.

Health crisis fundraiser planned at North Center eatery

At 5:30 p.m. Sunday, June 26, Sola restaurant will hoste fundraiser, “Store Up for Skorup,” to help cover employee Jason Skorup’s medical bills.