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Coffee and comedy come together in Wicker Park

Ready Coffee in Wicker Park not only puts the work of local artists on the walls of its Ornot Gallery, the coffeehouse offers live art as well. On Wednesday, Aug. 21, Ready premieres “Art You Can Laugh At,” a series of biweekly comedy showcases hosted by resident comedian Nathyn Gibson starting at 7 p.m. The […]

Dark Matter Gets Tipsy

Aside from mimosas and Bloody Mary’s, it’s hard to drink liquor in the a.m. without attracting some judgmental stares. Well thank god for Dark Matter Coffee, because now we have an excuse to drink bourbon for breakfast! Well sorta. The always boundary-pushing, perpetually delicious coffee company just debuted bourbon barrel-aged coffee, putting a little extra somethin’ […]

Sweet of the Week: Love on Top at Intelligentsia Logan Square

This is unlike any other iced latte I’ve ever had. In fact, calling it that might be a bit of a misnomer. It’s more like a coffee cocktail, sans booze. The combination is very simple, just espresso and grapefruit soda. What the what? I would probably never think to combine the two under any other […]

Friday food porn: Tarts for sale

Get tarts like this custom made by subscription from interior designer Stephanie Lock, who leaves off from furnishings and decor during the warmer months to concentrate on baking. Seasonal selections made from local-farm fruit may include rhubarb, strawberry-rhubarb, raspberry, nectarine, Italian plum, apple, pear and pumpkin. The all-butter pastry is made with European-style Plugrá butter. […]

Go green, get a discount

Help the environment, take some exercise and get a little green back.

Leah’s Notebook: Ethnic adventures around Chicago

¡VIVA PILSEN! Mexican Independence Day is tomorrow, and more than 25 restaurants in Pilsen celebrate during the second annual ¡Buen Provecho! Participating eateries, such as Mundial Cocina Mestiza, Ristorante al Teatro, Honky Tonk BBQ and Nightwood, show off the community’s range of cuisine. You can try any of them between 5:30 and 9:30 p.m. for […]

Up in the air, Chicago restaurant gardeners!

  OrganicNation visited Chicago to see the roof of one our most interesting buildings — no, not the rudely rechristened Sears Tower — but the one above Edgewater’s Uncommon Ground, which recently dedicated the nation’s first rooftop, certified-organic farm. The green-roof trend is growing in Chicago. Other local restaurants growing at least a portion of […]