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Chefs Share Thanksgiving Memories

With Thanksgiving around the corner, chefs chime in on their warmest holiday memories. Lump-free mashed potatoes, Thanksgiving wine, and mom’s stuffing are some of Paul Virant’s quintessential Thanksgiving memories. Growing up, the chef at Vie and Perennial Virant hosted relatives at his family’s house, though Virant has come to take the reigns on holiday duty over the past decade. […]

Oktoberfest Festivities in Chicago Restaurants

Oktoberfest is upon us, and with it comes a slew of restaurant and bar happenings in Chicago. It’s not quite October, but it’s certainly Oktober in Chicago. Oktoberfest is upon us once again, entrancing the city with all its beers, brats, and German gaiety. There’s lots to do, see, eat, and drink this year, so […]

Restaurant Toasts to Mexican Independence Day

  In honor of Mexican Independence Day on September 16, Mercadito is serving a few holiday specials through the weekend and the holiday.In case you’re still hungover from Cinco de Mayo, it would behoove you to remember that there is another Mexican holiday to celebrate this year. Mexican Independence Day is Monday, September 16, and […]

L’shanah tova! Happy New Year 5774, Chicago!

Dining Chicago wishes a most happy, healthy and delicious New Year to everyone celebrating Rosh Hashana today ad tomorrow. Rosh Hashana, the Jewish New Year, begins the “Days of Awe,” the holiest period on the Jewish calendar, which culminate Sept. 14 on the fast day, Yom Kippur. Unlike the Western New Year, celebrations don’t involve […]

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 […]

Celebrate, Chicago! Happy July 4

  All of us at Dining Chicago wish all our readers a scrumptious Independence Day weekend! Enjoy!

It’s Dad’s Day. Let Him Do What He Really Wants

But honestly? If you left him on his own, he’d sit around on the sofa like Al Bundy with baseball on the tube all day. So, let’s rephrase that: Let Dad do what he really wants to do outside of the house.   You can start with brunch options tailor-made for him:   IPO. If you plan on […]

Dining Chicago wishes you a peaceful Memorial Day

  They shall grow not old, as we that are left grow old: Age shall not weary them, nor the years condemn. At the going down of the sun and in the morning, We will remember them. —Laurence Binyon  

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 […]

Chocoholics: Enter by May 8 for sweet Mother’s Day contest

Think you bake a mean chocolate cake or a decadent chocolate mousse? Chocolate artist Alain Roby of All Chocolate Kitchen in Geneva invites home cooks to honor their moms and enter the bakery’s “The Mother of All Foodies” recipe contest. By 5 p.m. Wednesday, enter your top chocolate dessert creation and you could win a […]