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100 Chicago restaurants open Christmas Day 2011

You don’t have to cook Christmas dinner.

12 Christmas dinners in Chicagoland, 2011

Whatever your budget, there’s a Christmas Day dinner for you in the Chicago area.

15 Christmas Eve dinners in Chicago

For some, Christmas Eve is the main event of the holiday season. For others, it’s a night for wrapping last-minute gifts and prepping for the big day on the 25th. And then there are those for whom it’s just another night. Whichever camp you fall in, plenty of Chicago restaurants are open to serve you. […]

Chicago’s Palmer House created American dessert classic

In 1893, Chicago socialite Bertha Palmer directed the chef at her husband’s Palmer House hotel in the Loop to prepare a portable sweet treat that could be packed in box lunches for guests attending the World’s Columbian Exposition. The result was the brownie. In honor of National Brownie Day, here’s the original recipe, still made […]

65 Chicago places to eat Thanksgiving dinner, 2011

North Side, South Side or in the Chicago suburbs, you don’t have to cook your own Thanksgiving dinner. Chicagoland restaurants offer bountiful holiday feasts. Call for hours and menu details. Reservations are highly recommended if not required everywhere. Many restaurants also offer complete Thanksgiving dinners for carry out — several days’ notice is typically required. […]

Friday food porn: Sizzling scallops

Hand-harvested sea scallops sizzle at Naha in River North. After pan roasting with vanilla bean, citrus and spices, they’ll be paired with caramelized Belgian endive, Hamuka Farm hearts of palm and Tamworth bacon for a dinner appetizer, $21.

The Heartland Cafe: 35 years in Rogers Park

The Heartland Cafe in Rogers Park celebrates 35 years of serving “Good Wholesome Food for the Mind and Body!” on Thursday, Aug. 11.

Happy 40th anniversary, Lettuce Entertain You

Lettuce Entertain You Enterprises, perhaps the single most influential company in Chicago restaurant history, celebrates its 40th anniversary on Friday, June 10, at the place that started it all, R.J. Grunts in Lincoln Park. Burgers will be $1.50 in tribute to the original 1971 price, and a DJ will spin ’70s tunes all day and […]

Five free feeds in Chicagoland

Cheap eats? How about free?

Friday food porn: Spears of pleasure

Fresh spears of spring asparagus from Mick Klug Farm feature in this seasonal salad at Prarie Grass Cafe in Northbrook, served with spring vegetables and mustard sauce, $10.