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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 […]

Eleven City Diner’s Lincoln Park Sister to Open Next Week

The South Loop’s bastion of delicatessen and diner dreams is about to expand to Lincoln Park when Eleven City Diner opens Eleven Lincoln Park on June 25. For owner Brad Rubin, the new location is an opportunity to enhance the casual family restaurant scene in Chicago, something he’s been yearning for since childhood. Reared on old school diners and […]

18 Passover 2013 ideas in Chicago

Does Bubbe need a little help this Passover? Whether you’re hosting a seder at home, want to enjoy it in a restaurant or just want a taste of the holiday before the real thing begins, area chefs are prepared to assist. Reservations and advance orders strongly recommended. Bebe’s Eatery at the Chicago French Market offers […]

On St. Patrick’s Day, skip green beer — drink Passover wine

If you think kosher wines are just sweet, dark, heavy fluids produced by Manischewitz or Mogen David, think again. Kosher wines now equal some of the best vintages in the world. Taste for yourself from noon to 4 p.m. Sunday, March 17, when Hungarian Kosher Foods in Skokie hosts a free pre-Passover tasting of more […]

7 places to find hamantaschen and other Purim goodies

Beginning at sunset, Saturday, Feb. 23, area Jews will celebrate the festival of Purim, perhaps the most boisterous on the Jewish calendar, a Mardi Gras-like celebration marked by costume parties and gift giving. As with many Jewish holidays, Purim commemorates yet another occasion when somebody tried but didn’t quite succeed to wipe out the Jews […]

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 […]

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 […]

Bite into the history of the Jewish deli

Jewish delicatessens such as Manny’s in the South Loop and Steve’s in River North are rare these days and getting more rare. That wasn’t always the case. Once, delicatessens were nearly as central to the Jewish-American experience as synagogues. Ted Merwin, associate professor of religion and Judaic studies at Dickinson College in Carlisle, Penn., a […]

L’shanah tovah, Chicago!

All of us at Dining Chicago wish you a sweet new year.

Eat this! Dried apricots, intense and golden

What it is: Small, golden-orange fruits, apricots (Prunus armeniaca), are stone fruits, members of the rose family along with peaches, plums and cherries. The fresh fruits are delicate and highly perishable. When dried, their flavor intensifies, and they have a long shelf life. They’re high in beta carotene. The golden color of dried apricots is […]