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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 […]

Seven great ways to celebrate Cinco de Mayo in Chicago

Cinco de Mayo, the Fifth of May commemorates the Mexican army’s victory over France in the Battle of Puebla, which occurred during the 1862 Franco-Mexican War. In Mexico, it’s not nearly the celebration it is in Chicago, which makes it a festival kicking off the spring season. Of course, most Mexican eateries are offering May […]

Mint Juleps & Margaritas, Plus Mimosas For Your Momma

You should be thinking about drinking some really good cocktails this month. May is so many things to many people, from slamming down Mint Julep after Mint Julep on Kentucky Derby Day (May 4) to more civilized bubbly sipping on Mother’s Day (May 12). Here are some of our favorites—and favorite places—to imbibe this season.   Kentucky Derby celebrations […]

Eat the Earth: 13 ways to have Earth Day year round

You’d think it was St. Patrick’s Day again, with all the announcements of restaurants going “green” for Earth Day. Today, instead of presenting you with a list of green cocktails and farm-to-table specials, I want to share this thoughtful list of ways to support the future of food, agriculture—and the planet all year from Danielle […]

6 spots to celebrate eggs Benedict in Chicago

Today is National Eggs Benedict Day. April 16 is a silly day to have it — they should make sure it always falls on a weekend, because who has time to have eggs Benedict during the week? The brunch possibilities are much broader on Saturdays and Sundays. Although it’s pretty clear, it dates from 19th […]

Friday food porn: The art of Easter

Certified Master Chef Alain Roby of All-Chocolate Kitchen in Geneva created this masterpiece of spun sugar, along with a variety of other Easter confections, including handmade chocolate bunnies up to 2-1/2 feet tall, constructed of Grand-cru chocolate ($9.95–$225), sugar-blown robin’s nests with a chocolate truffle egg inside ($32), handmade chocolate eggs complete with sugar-blown bows […]