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Sweet of the Week: Rice Pudding at Dillman’s Restaurant

Chicago is a city with a sweet tooth, packed with unique pastries and desserts in every neighborhood. I’m a guy with a sweet tooth, so each week I’ll report on a different dessert you need to try. I mean, I’ll eat more than one dessert of course, but only one standout confection gets a shout […]

Sweet of the Week: Cake at Toni Patisserie

Chicago is a city with a sweet tooth, packed with unique pastries and desserts in every neighborhood. I’m a guy with a sweet tooth, so each week I’ll report on a different dessert you need to try. I mean, I’ll eat more than one dessert of course, but only one standout confection gets a shout […]

New Days, New Hours for Chicago Restaurants: Browntrout and Blackbird

Browntrout and Blackbird have both implemented new nights for dinner service. It’s tough when you like a restaurant so much that you want to eat there all the time until you realize they actually take a day off to close. It’s like that scene in Sex & the City 2 when Big tells Carrie he […]

Get your chocolate fix

Learn about luscious French desserts with Chicago’s top patissieres. The The French Pastry School in the Loop launches another series of its “Tasting Series” classes with “Restaurant-Style Desserts: A Menu of Chocolaty French Favorites,” at 6 p.m. Friday, Sept. 13. Chef Patrice Caillot, a World Pastry Champion, will demonstrate bittersweet dark chocolate souffle, single-origin dark […]

Sweet of the Week: Blueberry Pie at Bang Bang Pie Shop

Real talk: I wait all year for blueberry pie. In terms of desserts, there is no seasonal sweet that can touch it. Gingerbread? Sit down. Cadbury Creme Eggs? Close but no cigar. Apple pie? Don’t even. Blueberries are one of my favorite foods to begin with, so luscious and sweet and mildly tangy. Congeal a […]

Eid Mubarak! Chicago Muslims celebrate the end of Ramadan

Dining Chicago wishes our Muslim readers a sweet Eid-al-Fitr today as they break their month-long fast of Ramadan. The Islamic lunar calendar means the holiday moves around the year, and the end of fasting and start of Eid starts with the sighting of the new moon indicating the start of the month of Shawwal. The […]

Food and fun for the whole family

Have fun with the whole family this summer and fall with these kid-friendly celebrations. Don’t have any kids? Borrow some! The kids will dye for Hotel Lincoln’s free “Tie-Dye Party in the Park” from 10 a.m. to noon Saturday, Aug. 10. Children and parents can make their own tie-dye garments during this offbeat celebration of […]

Chicago Restaurants: Guest Moms Cooking at Rickshaw Republic

Rickshaw Republic┬áhas been peddling traditional Indonesian fare since opening earlier this year, prepared and served by the Setiawan family. This summer, the Indonesian clan is taking the concept of family to another level with their new “guest moms” series. Starting this week, the series invites a different family friend into the restaurant each week to […]

What’s a Cronut and where can you get one?

Part doughnuts, part croissants, “Cronuts” are the latest culinary craze sweeping New York City. The baked goods debuted last month at Dominique Ansel’s, namesake SoHo bakery. The cult following for the limited-availability pastry has not only led to extensive lines at Ansel’s bakeshop, but also a black market peddling the authentic articles for up to […]

We are the cone home

What would summer be without ice-cream cones? Chicago’s contribution to this seasonal essential comes from the Keebler factory at 10839 S. Langley Ave. The world’s largest bakery of ice cream cones, producing sugar cones, waffle cones, waffle bowls, vanilla cups, vanilla cones and fudge-dipped cups, the plant’s 28 ovens bake more than 3 million items […]