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Eat ethnic Christmas dinners around Chicago

Every culture has its holiday traditions and in Chicago we can try most of them. Check out these ideas: Cuban: Chef Chico Vilchez at Nacional 27 in River North offers a pre-holiday look at Cuban Christmas traditions through Saturday, Dec. 22, with a four-course, prix-fixe menu, paired with wine. The meal starts with a tapas […]

Do you fugu?

Chef Toyoji Hemmi does. The only licensed specialist preparing the delicately flavored but potentially poisonous Japanese blowfish between New York and Colorado, Hemmi is currently preparing a variety of seasonal fugu dishes at Ai Japanese Restaurant and Lounge in River North. A six-course whole fugu feast for two, $338, offers hirezake, fugu fin in hot […]

Last-minute Thanksgiving turkeys in Chicago!

Still need a bird for your Thanksgiving table? Many local supermarkets will be able to help you out, even tomorrow, with a fresh turkey you can cook in the morning or even an already cooked bird, but for something different, check out Jive Turkey, a Morgan Park pop-up that offers 15 flavors of whole, deep-fried […]

Friday food porn: Cheesey indulgences

Lock 21, a raw cow’s milk, bloomy rind, farmstead cheese made in the style of a Camembert by cheesemaker Brian Schlatter at Canal Junction Cheese in Defiance, Ohio, and aged 60 days. Giles Schnierle of the Great American Cheese Collection describes it as having a “pleasant lemon tang, soft and creamy, complexly flavored with hints […]

Light meat? Dark meat? Turkey testicle?

Here’s a part of the turkey you probably won’t find on the Thanksgiving table — the testes! Never fear, though, you can man up for the holiday at Timothy O’Toole’s in Streeterville, which will hold its third annual Turkey Testicle Festival on Black Wednesday, Nov. 21. Buckets of balls (deep fried turkey testicles with your […]

WaSC has a new way with B-O-L-O-G-N-A

Tomorrow is National Bologna Day! Buy a burger at Wiener and Still Champion in Evanston and, if you ask, they’ll put a free slice of country-fried bologna on top. What would Oscar Mayer say?

Go fishing in the Loop and get a free meal

On Sundays through Sept. 25, you can vie to be one of a lucky quintet that gets to go fishing in the Chicago Cultural Center and have your catch fried up in a free dinner at South Water Kitchen. The fishy deal is part of “Jim Zimpel: Angle,” an interactive installation featuring artistically-crafted fishing rods, […]

Seafood to die for: Fugu in Chicago

If you’ve been checking off the “100 Foods to Eat Before You Die,” here’s a chance to get one more … though you might want to save it for last.* Through the end of March, Ai Japanese Restaurant and Lounge in River North currently offers fugu, a potentially deadly Japanese delicacy. This mild-tasting blowfish carries […]

Night out: Steampunk, vaudeville, Jews and freaks, oh my!

Klezmer meets steampunk in a most unusual evening Wednesday, June 22.

Foods to taste before you die: Turkey testicles

Gobble. If you’ve never tasted a turkey’s intimate parts, here’s your chance: Union Street Station in Byron hosts its 32rd annual Turkey Testicle Festival beginning at 11 a.m. on Saturday, Oct. 9. The event features live music from Stonefree and Ashplanet, $2.50 Bud and Bud Light drafts and, of course, turkey testicles — served breaded […]