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Prohibition is finally over in Evanston

Once the center of the country’s temperance movement, and dry for many years following the end of Prohibition, Evanston now boasts its own distillery, Few Spirits. Evanston’s Quince restaurant celebrates with a four-course, four-cocktail dinner at 6:30 p.m. Friday, Aug. 24. Chef Andy Motto’s menu uses several ingredients grown in Quince’s on-site garden, paired with […]

Eat this! Six hot recipes for summer in Chicago

Try some of our favorite hot-weather recipes for food and libations from local chefs and mixologists. LaSalle Power, River North, Cucumber watermelon salad, a great combination of sweet and savory flavors, with feta, paprika, cucumbers and watermelon. Texas de Brazil, River North and Schaumburg, Grape salad, a salad of fruit and gorgonzola that goes especially […]

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 […]

Strawberry mojitos and more in River North

The name of the mojito, Ernest Hemingway’s favorite drink, comes from the African word mojo, which means a little magic spell. Traditionally, the cocktail contains white rum, sugar cane juice, lime juice, sparkling water and mint. But Nacional 27 in River North celebrates National Mojito Day” (Wednesday, July 11) for four days — Monday, July […]

Five things to do tonight in Chicago

Tuesday specials around town: Estate Ultra Bar in River West serves oysters on the half shell for $2 each (minimum six). Cantina Laredo in River North offers $5 margaritas made with Patron Silver tequila. Each Tuesday features a different brand. Drop by the Museum of Contemporary Art in Streeterville from 5:30 to 8 p.m. for […]

Eat this! Gin, from the Netherlands via the U.K.

What it is: A clear alcoholic beverage, gin is distilled from grain and infused with juniper and other aromatic herbs and spices. Four styles exist: “London dry gin,” named for that city’s once-significant distilleries, is the dominant type, crisp and clean tasting, with citrus accents and a high proof. Locally, Gordon’s makes this style in […]

Eat this! Quinoa is a drink, too

What it is: Last week, we told you about quinoa. Now, there’s a vodka made from it. The spirits, made by Fair, a French company, are produced from Fair Trade-certified ingredients and comply with organic farming methods. Where it comes from: The vodka is made from Bolivian quinoa, cultivated by a cooperative of 1,200 farmers. […]

15 top Chicago Easter brunches

Hop on out for brunch this Easter (Sunday, April 8). Here are a dozen of Chicago’s best. C-House, Streeterville. From 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Chef Nicole Pederson offers a seasonal menu including such dishes as farro and poached eggs with speck, fiddlehead ferns, lemon and watercress, with toast ($12); house-made pork sausage eggs benedict […]

St. Patrick’s Day preliminaries in Streeterville

Gear up for St. Patrick’s Day in Streeterville Saturday, March 3, at the fourth annual “St. Practice Day” pub crawl. Events begin at 7:30 p.m. and move to four neighborhood bars. Each venue will offer Jameson Irish whiskey at a discounted price. Sign up at stop no. 1 by the departure time to receive a […]

16 picks for Chicago Mardi Gras 2012

Laissez les bon temps rouler! It’s Mardi Gras tomorrow, the last hurrah before Lent. Revel Chicageaux-style on Fat Tuesday at these bars and restaurants. Heaven on Seven features all its usual Cajun and Creole specialties, plus live music: Steve Rohbock & Band in Naperville, Professor John on Rush Street and the Chicago Jazz Collective on […]