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15 top Chicago Easter brunches

Hop on out for brunch this Easter (Sunday, April 8). Here are a dozen of Chicago’s best. C-House, Streeterville. From 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Chef Nicole Pederson offers a seasonal menu including such dishes as farro and poached eggs with speck, fiddlehead ferns, lemon and watercress, with toast ($12); house-made pork sausage eggs benedict […]

Six Chicago spots for 2012 Super Bowl indulgence

Sunday, Feb. 5, marks Super Bowl XLVI: the New York Giants vs. the New England Patriots. Here’s a few places where Chicagoland food and football fans can indulge in both. Cantina 46 on the Gold Coast goes beyond screening the pigskin plays to roasting a whole pig in a Cuban Caja box. $30 gets you […]

Eat this! Five rib-sticking recipes for Chicago winter

Brr … it’s real winter out. This is the weather for hearty, rib-sticking fare, and we’ve got it for you. Check out these recipes from local restaurants. Ethiopian Diamond, Edgewater and Rogers Park: Doro tibs wat, spicy Ethiopian chicken. Ristorante al Teatro, Pilsen: Timballo Siciliano, Sicilian molded pasta. Duke’s Alehouse and Kitchen, Crystal Lake: Pan-seared […]

20 Chicago cheap dates for New Year’s Eve 2012

New Year’s Eve doesn’t mean you have to lay out a bundle on a party package. Have fun at these spots for under $30 per person. AJ Hudson’s Public House, Wrigleyville, no cover. Toast the New Year as it hits the United Kingdom at 6 p.m. CST, and then again, stateside, at midnight, with Champagne […]

Eat this! 5 great fall recipes from Chicago restaurants

There’s frost on the windows and a chill in the air. Warm up with these hearty recipes from Chicagoland chefs. Lentils and fennel with sausage, 3 Vines Cafe, Sleepy Hollow. Feijoada, Brazilian black bean stew, Texas de Brazil, River North and Schaumburg. La calabeza rellena, oven-roasted acorn squash stuffed with artichokes, green peas, chile de […]

13 spooktacular Halloween weekend events in Chicago

Costumes and specialty cocktails, pumpkins and beer. Halloween is for everybody — kids, adults, families and singles. Check out a few of the events going on this weekend around Chicago: Cactus Bar and Grill Halloween Benefit, Loop, 11 a.m. to 2 a.m. Friday, Oct. 28, free to attend, donations of canned goods encouraged. All-day celebration […]

Priscila Satkoff named to Chefs’ Hall of Fame

UPDATE: The event has been rescheduled to Nov. 16, and ticket prices reduced to $110. Our congratulations to Chef Priscila Satkoff of the creative Mexican restaurant ¡Salpicon! in Old Town, who’ll be the 2011 inductee into the Chicago Chefs’ Hall of Fame. Satkoff was to have been honored at an installation dinner Thursday, Sept. 29. […]

Eat this! Tacos, an ancient Mexican snack

What it is: A flour or corn tortilla wrapped around a filling and typically eaten by hand, the taco is probably the best known Mexican food north of the border. Traditionally, the tortillas are soft and steam warmed or lightly griddled, but they may also be crisp and fried. Where it comes from: Traditional soft […]

Six Chicago spots for celebrating Cinco de Mayo

  Cinco de Mayo celebrates the May 5, 1862, victory of the Mexican army over occupying French troops at the Battle of Puebla. Why have a fiesta here? The defeat kept the French from joining forces with the Confederates during the American Civil War. And why not? Here are a few places to celebrate around […]

10 uncommon Easter events in Chicago

Try something a little different this Easter, with these out-of-the-ordinary options.