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It’s A Family Affair At These Chicago-Area Restaurants

You’ll find plenty of Chicago restaurants relishing in the family-friendly concept. In fact, they roll out the red carpet for the 12-and-under crowd, wooing them with games, discounts and specialized menus. Here are some of the best in the city. The average, sensible parents know that they cannot take their children to every restaurant. While […]

Where to Eat, Drink, and Gawk During the Air and Water Show

It can be tough finding the perfect spot to park yourself during the Air and Water Show, especially one that offers great food and drink. Here are a couple solid ideas for where to go during the event, taking place this weekend. By mid-week, you’ll be acutely aware that the Air and Water Show is […]

A taste of history in Greektown

Hearty servings of gyros, lamb chops, souvlaki, grilled octopus, spinach pie, baklava and other delicacies attest to the talents of Greektown’s chefs during the 24th annual Taste of Greektown, Saturday and Sunday, Aug. 24 and 25. The event highlights food and spirits from area restaurants, along with Greek bands, ethnic dancing, kids activities and games, […]

The Maxwell Street Polish, a Chicago original

While there are a few more days of National Hot Dog Month left, I’m going to talk about Chicago’s second favorite sausage sandwich. In some ways, the Maxwell Street Polish is even more uniquely Chicagoan than the Chicago-style hot dog. Sure, the unique combination of toppings says Chicago, and even the wieners are a little […]

The history and mystery of Chicago’s Tootsie Rolls

Everybody knows about Tootsie Rolls, the chewy, chocolaty logs that have been a childhood favorite for well over a century. Yet this well-known, made-in-Chicago candy is surprisingly hedged about with mystery, beginning with its very origins. Company history from the time Tootsie Roll began manufacturing in Chicago in the 1960s is fairly solid, but the […]

Chicago slides cafeterias into America

This summer marks the 120th anniversary of the World’s Columbian Exposition. The Chicago World’s Fair of 1893 introduced quite a few new foods, both directly and indirectly. The six-month-long fair put the blue ribbon on Pabst Beer, brought Chicagoans tamales and Vienna Beef hot dogs and led to the invention of the brownie. The fair […]

Twinkies are back, less palatable than ever

Twinkies, the iconic, Chicago-born, creme-filled snack cakes, return to grocers’ shelves as of today under the auspices of the Hostess company’s new owners. We’ve no word yet whether restaurants such as Dick’s River Roadhouse in Mount Prospect, which formerly served deep-fried Twinkies, plans to add them back to the menu. The Twinkie revival comes to […]

Chicago cracks out a prize candy-coated treat

This summer marks the 120th anniversary of the World’s Columbian Exposition. The Chicago World’s Fair of 1893 introduced quite a few new foods, both directly and indirectly. The six-month-long fair put the blue ribbon on Pabst Beer, brought Chicagoans tamales and led to the invention of the brownie. The fair also brought the DeJonghes, who […]

Chicago’s gum is No. 1

This summer marks the 120th anniversary of the World’s Columbian Exposition. The Chicago World’s Fair of 1893 introduced quite a few new foods, both directly and indirectly. The six-month-long fair put the blue ribbon on Pabst Beer, brought Chicagoans tamales and Vienna Beef hot dogs and led to the invention of the brownie. The fair […]

Chicago food on the hoof: Scrrrrrrrream for Moo & Oink!

 1970s commercial for Calumet Meat, “The Home of Moo and Oink,” with its memorable jingle.   Win a year’s worth of Moo & Oink! In their Sizzling Summer Giveaway on Facebook, the meaty company is offering the winner a year’s worth of hot links, chitterlings, burgers, hot dogs, chicken fritters, rib tips and other favorites. […]