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7 Restaurants For Breaking New Year’s Resolutions in Chicago

From steak to fried chicken, here’s where to indulge in comfort food this month. . . Breaking New Year’s Resolutions: Rules are made to be broken. Especially rules that double as New Year’s resolutions. Since we all know those pesky resolutions only last a few days anyway, it makes sense to treat yourself to some comfort […]

Eat and Drink Gingerbread in Chicago

Eat and Drink Gingerbread One of the most iconic Christmastime flavors, gingerbread, is in abundance all over Chicago this year. . . Belly Up Smokehouse & Saloon: Another spot where you can drink your gingerbread, Belly Up Smokehouse & Saloon gives the festive dessert the martini treatment by blending Barrow’s Intense Ginger Liqueur with Baileys […]

GLAAD Hatter Brunch, Tuscan Dinner and Cantina Nights: Weekend Planner

GLAAD Hatter Brunch   . GLAAD Hatter Brunch & Tea Dance This isn’t your average brunch. Taking place May 15, Pasteur in Edgewater hosts a GLAAD Hatter Brunch & Tea Dance, which features cocktails, tea, dancing, a raffle, and a “hat parade” all for a good cause. The event is co-chaired by Chad Bermingham and […]

Brunch at MAD Social, Pinot Days at Uncommon Ground, French Tasting Menu at Enolo Wine Cafe

Weekend Planner: Brunch at MAD Social, Pinot Days at Uncommon Ground     Brunch at MAD Social Another week, another new restaurant has rolled out brunch. In line with its exciting dinnertime food menu, the West Loop’s new MAD Social colors well outside the lines during its weekend brunch program, available Saturdays and Sundays 10:00 a.m. […]

A Couple Pig Roasts to Sink Your Teeth Into

A duo of restaurants welcome fall with their own versions of pig roasts. Pumpkin spice lattes can take a seat. A real fall festivity that merits celebration is a pig roast, and there’s a couple succulent options coming up that you’ll want to put on your radar. First up, Uncommon Ground does the slightly uncommon […]

Walk to end hunger in Edgewater

We spend a lot of time talking about food here at Dining Chicago — celebrity chefs and elaborate dinners and luxurious restaurants — but we also remember that there are Chicagoans out there who can’t partake of that bounty, who don’t know where their next meal, however humble will come from. There is real hunger […]

Slow Food, Uncommon Ground celebrate harvest

The end of August brings with it the bittersweet sense that summer is ending. On one hand, we’ll soon say good-bye to warm, sunny days and summer fruits and vegetables, on the other, we’re starting into the height of the harvest season, when local produce is at its peak. Slow Food Chicago and Uncommon Ground […]

Savor summer with Slow Food Chicago

Slow Food Chicago hosts a variety of events this summer highlighting the seasonal tastes of the harvest. August 10: A farm-to-table dinner at Mint Creek Farm in Stelle, Ill., features a menu prepared by Mark Payne, executive chef of The Ritz-Carlton Chicago’s deca restaurant. Before dinner, farmer Harry Carr will lead a tour of Mint […]

Sweet Week Lickity Split

The onset of summer means it’s time to binge on frozen desserts for a solid three months. When it comes to frozen custard in Chicago, options are few and far between. Most people queue up at Scooter’s Frozen Custard, but allow me to veer from the norm and say that Lickity Split Frozen Custard & Sweets has the […]

10 uncommon Mother’s Day 2013 options in Chicago

Sure, you can follow the brunch bunch on Mother’s Day, Sunday, May 12, but why not let mom sleep in and enjoy something different? Here are a few uncommon ways to celebrate with Mom this weekend. Start Mother’s Day weekend off by taking mom to a special Truffle Making Party at Katherine Anne Confections in […]