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29 last-minute Chicago ideas for Valentine’s Day 2013

Uh oh, you forgot to make Valentine’s Day reservations! We’ve got you covered. As of today, these restaurants were reporting they still had openings. You can make reservations right from within Dining Chicago, too. But hurry, we don’t guarantee they’ll still have openings. Aquitaine, French bistro, Lincoln Park. Bin 36 global, River North. Branch 27, […]

Foodie forecast for 2013 predicts global cheap eats

The team behind River North’s Mercadito, Tavernita and Barcito, Double A and the soon to open Little Market Brasserie on the Near North Side recently issued their predictions for the restaurant industry in the coming year. Perhaps most surprising is Chef Ryan Poli’s forecast that there will be a move away from locally grown foods […]

International meals honor NATO nations

With the NATO Summit in Chicago, the coming weekend might seem like a good time to visit your favorite suburban restaurants, but if you haven’t yet checked out the NATO-inspired offerings of Chicago’s Culinary Crossroads, be sure to dine in the city sometime before May 25. Dozens of local eateries are participating, offering specials inspired […]

100 Chicago restaurants open Christmas Day 2011

You don’t have to cook Christmas dinner.

Friday food porn: The cure?

Chef Kristine Subido’s Vietnamese-style mini banh mi sandwiches feature in the new globally inspired buffet brunch, noon to 8 p.m. Sundays at Wave Restaurant & Bar in Streeterville. Tagged “Remedy Brunch: Cure for the Common Weekend,” the $29 brunch also offers such items as hand-rolled ravioli with stewed tomato sauce, Italian cured and dried sausages, […]

Can you handicap Chicago’s Top Chef Masters?

We have upped the ante in our Top Chef Masters contest.

To market, to market! Chicago French Market opens in the West Loop

The new Chicago French Market opens today in Ogilvie Transportation Center’s new MetraMarket. It will be the closest thing Chicago has to a public marketplace like those of cities such as Toronto, Philadelphia, Cleveland and even Milwaukee. Chicago’s first and only year-round, European-inspired indoor market offers fresh produce, meats, baked goods and a variety of […]

Five new and reinvented Chicagoland restaurants

We might have lost the Olympics, but we can rejoice in some reopened favorites and new dining opportunites. Intrepid Chicagoland restaurateurs are forging ahead, despite the still-sluggish economy. Club Lago’s fans and returning staffers are celebrating the Wednesday, Oct. 7, grand reopening of the River North Italian mainstay. The restaurant has been shuttered since last […]

Eat your religion at church festivals this weekend

Church festivals offer some of the best eating. Two good ones are coming up this weekend. St. Haralambos Greek Orthodox Church, 7373 N. Caldwell, Niles, hosts its annual Big Greek Food Festival this weekend. This is absolutely one of the best food festivals of the Chicagoland summer, with homemade Greek specialties such as loukaniko (Greek […]