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Go behind-the-scenes at Chicago restaurants

Get a look behind the scenes at some of Chicago’s most distinctive restaurants Saturday and Sunday, Oct. 13 and 14, during the Chicago Architecture Foundation’s second-annual Open House Chicago, when over 150 city buildings will open some not-regularly-seen spaces to the public. Among the buildings open: Harry Caray’s Italian Steakhouse in River North. The landmark […]

Friday food porn: The toast of tomato season at Pinstripes

At Pinstripes in Northbrook and South Barrington they brush slices of ciabatta with extra-virgin olive oil and sea salt bread, grill them and cover them with organic grape tomatoes, chunks of fresh mozzarella and a glaze of 7-year-old balsamic vinegar, and serve them with a garnish of wild arugula and shaved pecorino.

The Green Festival comes to Chicago May 22 and 23

Learn to live and eat greener Saturday and Sunday, May 22 and 23, when Chicago hosts the Green Festival at Navy Pier.

Chicago restaurants flipping the switch for Earth Hour

Dine in the dark and show you care about the planet. From 8:30 to 9:30 p.m. Saturday, March 27, local restaurants and bars will turn out the lights and serve by candlelight in observation of Earth Hour, an international movement of concern about global climate change.

Get a taste of local farming at FamilyFarmed Expo’s Local Food Festival

The FamilyFarmed Expo began today at UIC Forum, bringing together farmers, financiers, locavores and others who share an interest in improving and supporting Midwestern agriculture. While the complete four-day, $350 event may be too intense for most of us, Saturday’s Local Food Festival offers a taste with cooking demonstrations, seminars, tastings, shopping and more. Tickets […]

Chicago Flower & Garden Show offers theatrical preview of spring

Do you need a breath of spring? The snow’s still piled up and we’ve weeks of mudtime ahead before things start turning green, but you can get a preview of the coming season starting tomorrow during the Chicago Flower & Garden Show on Navy Pier through Sunday, March 14. The 2010 show’s theme, “Cultivating Great […]

Six Chicago beer blasts to brighten your winter

Brighten your dull winter evenings at these upcoming winter brew-hahas. Smoke Daddy Weekly Beer Tastings, Wicker Park, 7–9 p.m. Tuesdays, no cover. The weekly tastings showcase new, rare and small-production brews with specials on pints of featured beers ($6) and beer flights ($10). Upcoming events: Jan. 26, Samuel Adams Imperial Series; Feb. 2, Two Brothers […]

To market, to market! Chicago French Market opens in the West Loop

The new Chicago French Market opens today in Ogilvie Transportation Center’s new MetraMarket. It will be the closest thing Chicago has to a public marketplace like those of cities such as Toronto, Philadelphia, Cleveland and even Milwaukee. Chicago’s first and only year-round, European-inspired indoor market offers fresh produce, meats, baked goods and a variety of […]

Soup’s on! Hull-House Kitchen relaunches ‘Re-Thinking Soup’

And they say there’s no such thing as a free lunch. The Hull-House Kitchen resumes its weekly free soup and conversation sessions, “Re-Thinking Soup,” at noon tomorrow with gazpacho from Hull-House Farm heirloom tomatoes and a talk by Joshua Viertel, former president of Slow Food USA. The Tuesday lunches bring together food activists, farmers, chefs, […]

Dining down on the farm, ee-eye ee-eye ooh!

  The season for farm-fresh fare is fleeting in Chicagoland. Celebrate fresh-picked, locally grown produce while you may, for all too soon the season of pale, hard tomatoes and canned fruit will be upon us. Harvest dinners at area farms and local restaurants showcase some of the best of the Midwestern crop. Carnivale, River West. […]