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Weekly Planner: Bastille Day Edition

Bastille Day at Chez Moi If a prix fixe menu is more your style, head to Chez Moi in Lincoln Park on July 14. The classic French bistro is going all out for the occasion with a three-course prix fixe dinner menu adjoined by classic Pastis Champagne cocktails. There will also be a la carte specials and […]

9 New Brunches in Chicago

9 New Brunches in Chicago Lots of restaurants are rolling out brunch menus these days.   In the past few weeks, Chicago’s brunch scene has exploded exponentially. Across the city, restaurants new and old have rolled out new brunch programs, which run the gamut from seafood-centric and Chinese to Argentine, Mexican, and more. Here are […]

Dining Chicago Celebrates Spring With These 8 Patios

Dining Chicago Celebrates Spring: At long last, the fickle April weather has leveled off and warm weather is here to stay. Until next winter at least. Unsurprisingly, Chicagoans are eager to get outside and make the most of the sunshine by dining and drinking on lush patios all over town. With so many al fresco […]

National S’mores Day 2015, Taco Tuesday, Indian Independence Day: Weekday Planner

National S’mores Day 2015, Taco Tuesday, Indian Independence Day: Weekday Planner     Top Picks for National S’mores Day   Summer’s quintessential dessert gets its due diligence on August 10, which just so happens to be National S’mores Day. In honor of the gooey occasion, we’ve rounded up some top picks for s’more supremacy around Chicago: […]

FOODPHILES: Go Behind the Restaurant Scenes

FOODPHILES: Go Behind the Restaurant Scenes Deeming by the incessant fanaticism for food reality shows — shooting you a stink-eye, Top Chef — it’s no surprise that people love to watch food programming. There’s just something about getting behind the scenes with the people who prepare food that elicits awe and excitement. For something so […]

Malted Barley Milkshake With Oatmeal Cookies at “Pop-up”:

Malted Barley Milkshake With Oatmeal Cookies:   Remember that pizza restaurant we told you about that was in the works from Rachel Post, former pizza pro at Floriole? Well things are coming along steadily, starting with her first pizza pop-up dinner last week at Baker Miller. It was literally the first taste anyone had of […]

First Taste: Grand Tour Chicago Restaurant

Roger Herring takes diners on an international tour of flavors with this new Lincoln Square spot Grand Tour Chicago Restaurant.   I compare places to Epcot a lot. Eataly is the Epcot of Italian food, the Chicago French Market is the Epcot of West Loop lunch fare, Navy Pier is the Epcot of awfulness, etc. But Grand Tour really is the […]

Last-minute Stocking Stuffers From Chicago Bakery

This Christmas, think outside the candy bar aisle for some novel stocking-stuffer ideas. Here’s where to stock up last-minute on housemade sweets at Chicago bakeries.    (Stock up at Amy’s Candy Bar. Photo: Amy’s Candy Bar) Confections don’t get any nicer than those at Angel Food Bakery. The nostalgia-laden Ravenswood bakery is open Christmas Eve until […]

City Provisions Delicatessen closes

Restaurants usually don’t send out press releases when they close, but Cleetus Friedman, unique in this as he has been in everything, has sent out the sad notice that he closed his Lincoln Square delicatessen, City Provisions, yesterday. Friedman wrote: While I gave everything I had every day of the week to all of my […]

Eat this! Artichokes, the armored vegetable

What it is: Round and spiky, the globe artichoke (Cynara cardunculus) is a savory relative of the thistle and the sunflower. The edible parts are at base of its thorny leaves, which eaters scrape through their teeth, and its soft heart. Where it comes from: Nobody knows who first figured out how to eat this […]