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Manhattan Making Contest, Sweetest Cinnamon Desserts: Weekday Planner:

Manhattan Making Contest, Sweetest Cinnamon Desserts: Weekday Planner: SEE FULL STORY   Manhattan Making Contest Shake up your week with a little Manhattan making contest at the Virgin Hotels’ second-floor Commons Club on February 22. From 6:00 p.m. until 9:00 p.m., local mixologists will convene to see who can make the best Woodford Reserve Manhattan. Attendees […]

Best Places to Brunch in Chicago in January

Best Places to Brunch in Chicago in January January’s Best Places to Brunch in Chicago SEE FULL STORY Mercat a la Planxa: One of the newest brunch menus in town can be found at Mercat a la Planxa, which has long served one of our favorite brunch spreads with its focus on Spanish cuisine and a […]

Bocce Is the Restaurant Activity of the Summer

Bocce Is the Restaurant Activity of the Summer:   There’s something about the long, hard winters here in Chicago that make us appreciate the warm weather all the more. When spring and summer roll around, we’re itching to get outdoors and take advantage of the forecast, even if the forecast is temperate jacket weather. We’ll take […]

Edible March Madness

Edible March Madness March Madness is upon us, and beyond the college basketball court, restaurants and bars are getting in on the action with specials and promotions of their own. For those who don’t follow college basketball with the ferocious vigor that sports junkies do, the words “March Madness” are nary more than seasonal jibberish. […]

Think Outside the Pie With This Pumpkin Bucket List at Local Restaurants

Pumpkin pie is all well and good, but there’s more to fall eating than pie crust. With pumpkins at their seasonal apex, here’s a roundup of some unconventional pumpkin creations on restaurant menus around Chicago.   Everyone loves a good pumpkin pie. It’s quintessential fall comfort at its best, and rightfully so. The period of […]

Mario’s is open — it’s officially summer in Chicago!

Nothing says summer in Chicago like Mario’s Italian Lemonade. Open from early May to mid-September, Mario’s has been a Little Italy icon since 1953. Hot days will find long lines stretching out into the street waiting for slushy Italian lemonande and freshly roasted nuts. Everybody goes to Mario’s — if you want to see a […]

Things are shakin’ at Little Italy’s Davanti Enoteca

Davanti Enoteca does the Harlem Shake. After Chef Anthony Martin and Streeterville’s Tru crew released their “Harlem Shake” video, we challenged other Chicago restaurants to do the Shake, too. Here’s Davanti Enoteca’s Little Italy version, an effort of the restaurant’s entire staff. Is that Chef/Owner Scott Harris in the blond wig dancing with the jeroboam […]

Six superior soup spots for January in Chicago

January, as you may know, is National Soup Month. Even though the weather is mild this week, you know more cold is coming. Here are a few places to warm up with satisfying soups. 2 Sparrows in Lincoln Park goes global a different meal in a bowl each week at lunch. Chef Gregory Ellis highlights […]

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 […]

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 […]