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That momentous, filamentous introduction in Chicago

This summer marks the 120th anniversary of the World’s Columbian Exposition. The Chicago World’s Fair of 1893 opened to the public in May, and introduced quite a few new foods, both directly and indirectly. The six-month-long fair put the blue ribbon on Pabst Beer, brought Chicagoans tamales, Vienna Beef hot dogs and Aunt Jemima pancake […]

Crushed again! Two tons of grapes to be Naperville wine

From 4 to 7 p.m. Thursday, May 30, the lobby of the Chicago Naperville Marriott will turn into a winery as wwinemaker Greg Fischer of Chicago’s Wild Blossom Meadery and Winery feeds more than two tons of cabernet grapes into a gigantic grape-crushing machine. The juice produced will ultimately become the house wine for the […]

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 / […]

Eat this! Six Chicago recipes for the start of summer

Memorial Day weekend marks the start of summer in Chicagoland. Enjoy these recipes from local chefs at at your picnics and cookouts. Chef Jeremy Brewington:Spicy marinated shrimp, a quick meal on the grill. Al Teatro, Pilsen: Pollo con olive e pignoli, braised chicken with olives and pinenuts, done on the stovetop so it doesn’t heat […]

Celebrating the history of drink in India

Wine and Indian food? Yes! The Eneri Access Series, with Indian Harvest Chef/Owner Sanjeev Pandey presents a dinner pairing wine and Indian fare at 5 p.m. Sunday, April 29, at the Naperville restaurant. Colleen Taylor Sen, author “Curry: A Global History” and other books, will speak on the history and changing attitudes towards wine and […]

Eat this! Crabcakes, an American delicacy

What it is: An American delicacy, crabcakes are made from fresh crabmeat, traditionally blue crab, mixed with seasonings and sometimes fillers such as breadcrumbs, formed into a patty, coated with flour or more breadcrumbs and fried to a delicate crispness. Where it comes from: At this point crabcakes have spread across the country, but they’re […]

16 picks for Chicago Mardi Gras 2012

Laissez les bon temps rouler! It’s Mardi Gras tomorrow, the last hurrah before Lent. Revel Chicageaux-style on Fat Tuesday at these bars and restaurants. Heaven on Seven features all its usual Cajun and Creole specialties, plus live music: Steve Rohbock & Band in Naperville, Professor John on Rush Street and the Chicago Jazz Collective on […]

100 Chicago restaurants open Christmas Day 2011

You don’t have to cook Christmas dinner.

65 Chicago places to eat Thanksgiving dinner, 2011

North Side, South Side or in the Chicago suburbs, you don’t have to cook your own Thanksgiving dinner. Chicagoland restaurants offer bountiful holiday feasts. Call for hours and menu details. Reservations are highly recommended if not required everywhere. Many restaurants also offer complete Thanksgiving dinners for carry out — several days’ notice is typically required. […]

Octo-beer events in Chicagoland

Four fabulous fall beer tastings: City Provisions in Ravenswood, 6 to 9 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 18, and 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. Friday, Oct. 21. No cover. On Oct. 18, City Provisions hosts a release party for Chicago’s Finch’s Beer Co.’s Slackjawed Dunkel, a beer brewed with smoked malt and raw honey from Chef Cleetus Friedman’s […]