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Award recognizes the top 10 clean eateries of Oak Park

They take cleanliness seriously in Oak Park. For 28 years, the village has annually honored the cleanest restaurant kitchens in town with the Johnson Restaurant Award, presented to establishments that consistently meet or exceed state food-safety standards. The award is named for Oak Park’s first lunchroom, the Johnson Restaurant, 124 Lake St., which operated in […]

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 […]

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 […]

12 things wrong with restaurant restrooms: A woman’s rant

If this is sexist, so be it…. Restaurateurs: Do not allow your ladies’ rooms to be designed by men! I’m not going to name names, but I have visited way too many restaurants where the women’s restrooms were clearly not designed to fulfill even their basic function comfortably, let alone all the other things women […]

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 […]

Five uncommon Easter meals in Chicago

Ham, ham, ham … who says you have to have ham on Easter? We got 100 press releases for Chicago restaurants all serving variations of the same Easter brunch. It doesn’t have to be that way. Here are a handful doing something a little different, this Sunday, March 31. Filini Bar and Restaurant in the […]

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, […]

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 […]

6 spots for noodling around Chicago in March

March is National Noodle Month! Think chow fun, chow mein, lo mein, pad Thai, pad kee mao, pho, ramen … yum! Try these spots for slurp-worthy versions of the slippery stuff. 1. Joy Yee’s Noodles, Chinatown, University Village, Evanston and Naperville. 2. Koi, Evanston. 3. Le Colonial, Near North Side. 4. Pho Xe Tang / […]