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Satisfy Your Corndog Cravings in Chicago

Satisfy Your Corndog Cravings in Chicago Feeling nostalgic? Check out these spots in Chicago for corndogs that should transport you right back to the state fair. Satisfy Your Corndog Cravings in Chicago Corn dogs conjure memories of Americana state fairs and comforting junk foods of yore. Nowadays, chefs in Chicago have tapped into those recollections […]

Hot Dog Cookoff, Old Irving Park Beer & BBQ Challenge: Weekend Planner

Hot Dog Cookoff Hot Dog Cookoff For Charity Hot dogs are even more delicious when they’re cooked for a good cause. The all-American staple takes the spotlight on August 1 for the third annual Hot Dog Cookoff for charity, hosted by Gapers Block and Reach Out and Read (ROR) at Schubas in Lakeview. Taking place […]

First Taste: Mercadito Counter Mexican Deli

MEXICAN DELI IN RIVER NORTH:  Preview of Mercadito Counter Mexican deli, opening soon in River North.     In the next four or five weeks, Mercadito Hospitality will open its most casual endeavor to date, Mercadito Counter, a Mexican deli laden with a mash-up of Mexican and American wares in River North. While we’ve all been feverishly waiting […]

Weekend Planner: Eat Pumpkin Cremeux and Foot-long Hot Dogs, Sip Gamay and Cocktails

No matter the time of year, there is always lots to do, eat, and drink in Chicago. Here are some of the hottest happenings this weekend. (White chocolate-pumpkin cremeux at Floriole Cafe & Bakery. This month only. Photo: Floriole) No matter the time of year, there is always lots to do, eat, and drink in […]

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 […]

The Maxwell Street Polish, a Chicago original

While there are a few more days of National Hot Dog Month left, I’m going to talk about Chicago’s second favorite sausage sandwich. In some ways, the Maxwell Street Polish is even more uniquely Chicagoan than the Chicago-style hot dog. Sure, the unique combination of toppings says Chicago, and even the wieners are a little […]

Friday food porn: What a wiener!

Celebrate National Hot Dog Month with this foie dog! The foie-gras sausage is served with 
brandied apricots, caramelized onions, truffle mayo and goat cheese, $15 at Baume & Brix in River North.

Have a dog day with the Food Dude!

Hot dog! Gapers Block is gearing up for a Hot Dog Cookoff from 2 to 7 p.m. Saturday, July 13, outside Schubas Tavern in Lakeview. Chefs from Fat Rice, Harmony Grill, The Haute and the Dog, Kuma’s Corner, ManBQue and others will start with Vienna Beef wieners and turn them into exciting gourmet dog dishes […]

Corn dogs get their day: Where to celebrate

National Corn Dog Day is coming up this Saturday, March 23. Where to get your fix of plump frankfurter encased in a coat of crisply fried cornmeal batter? Don’t head for the freezer aisle. These Chicagoland establishments dip their own. Fat Willy’s Rib Shack, Logan Square. Franks ’n’ Dawgs, Lincoln Park. Wiener and Still Champion, […]

Two days of cheesecake celebrations

There appears to be a disagreement among bakers as to the date of National Cheesecake Day. That means the rest of us get two days of this cheesey but delectable holiday. Local favorite Eli’s Cheesecake in Dunning celebrates Thursday, July 26, giving away free slices from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. They’ll also have various […]