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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, […]

Happy Anniversary, Quartino!

  Quartino, River North’s fun late-night osteria, turns seven years old today. In celebration, all day — through 2 a.m. tonight — the eatery offers all its pizzas and pastas for just $7, and Antica Osteria Bianco and Antica Osteria Rosso wines at only $7 per bottle. Chef John Coletta’s signature pasta dishes include gnocchi […]

Chicago chefs’ top 10 recipes of 2012

Pies and lobster dishes were among our most popular recipes of last year, showing that despite straitened times, cooks are still looking for a little indulgence. On the other hand, two pasta dishes also made the list, so they’re economizing, too. Here are Dining Chicago’s 10 most clicked-on local chefs’ recipes of 2012. Which were […]

Friday food porn: Do it Naples-style!

Pizza Napoletano putanesca at Alimentaria Osteria in the West Loop, a wood-fired oven-baked, Neapolitan-style crust, brushed with tomato sauce and topped with capers, black olives, fresh basil and anchovies, $9.

Eat ethnic Christmas dinners around Chicago

Every culture has its holiday traditions and in Chicago we can try most of them. Check out these ideas: Cuban: Chef Chico Vilchez at Nacional 27 in River North offers a pre-holiday look at Cuban Christmas traditions through Saturday, Dec. 22, with a four-course, prix-fixe menu, paired with wine. The meal starts with a tapas […]

Ten places to go on Black Wednesday, Chicago 2012

The eve of Thanksgiving has come to be called “Black Wednesday, ” suppose by extension from Black Friday, the post-holiday shopping day that — it’s to be hoped — puts retailers in the black. The pre-Thanksgiving night out gets people in a celebratory mood as they congregate with family and friends. Of course, maybe it’s […]

Friday food porn: String ’em along

“Chitarra” pasta with Abruzzese spaghetti, bacon, egg yolk, cacciocavallo cheese and a sprinkle of black pepper, $12 — a take on spaghetti alla carbonara at Bar Umbriago in River North.

More tomato feasts in Chicagoland

We’re crazy for tomatoes this month! Here are a few more tempting tomato dishes on offer, as local restaurants use the fresh harvest in everything from BLTs to pizzas. Agio Italian Bistro in Palatine offers a variety of dishes featuring locally grown tomatoes hand-selected by owner Joe Barrutia at the Palatine Farmers’ Market in Palatine. […]

Chicago celebrates the tomato

Red, ripe and juicy … it’s the height of fresh tomato season, and local restaurants are celebrating. At 2 Sparrows in Lincoln Park, Chef Gregory Ellis host a five-course tomato dinner at 7 p.m. Friday, Aug. 10, featuring an array of tomato varieties in an heirloom tomato salad with basil seed vinaigrette, shaved pecorino and […]

Eat this! Six Chicago recipes for the start of summer

Memorial Day weekend marks the start of summer in Chicagoland. Enjoy these recipes from local chefs at at your picnics and cookouts. Chef Jeremy Brewington:Spicy marinated shrimp, a quick meal on the grill. Al Teatro, Pilsen: Pollo con olive e pignoli, braised chicken with olives and pinenuts, done on the stovetop so it doesn’t heat […]