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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 […]

Another day, another pig roast

Chicago can’t get enough of that roasted pork. Here’s where to find your fill. Mahoney’s Pub & Grille in River West throws a pig roast luau Saturday, Aug. 11. The outdoor luau, with flower leis for everyone, starts at 11 a.m. with burgers, brats, hot dogs and more on the grill, and the pig will […]

Five things to do tonight in Chicago

Tuesday specials around town: Estate Ultra Bar in River West serves oysters on the half shell for $2 each (minimum six). Cantina Laredo in River North offers $5 margaritas made with Patron Silver tequila. Each Tuesday features a different brand. Drop by the Museum of Contemporary Art in Streeterville from 5:30 to 8 p.m. for […]

Food, fashion and fun for a good cause

Eat well and dress for success: Nibbles from the Carnivale kitchen and Chef Rodney Station of The Ogden and sugar creations by chefs Raymond Blanchard of the Pump Room and Mitsu Nozak of Urban Union feature during Bottomless Closet’s “Design and Conquer,” an evening of inspiration, food and fashion at 6 p.m. Tuesday, April 24, […]

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 […]

Eat this! Braised beef short ribs, satisfying winter fare

At Carnivale in River West, Chef David Dworshak braises shortribs in a sauce flavored with allspice, habanero and tamarind.

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 […]

100 Chicago restaurants open Christmas Day 2011

You don’t have to cook Christmas dinner.

Five places to learn to cook with Chicago chefs

Cooking season is here. Time to tune up your cooking skills. These Chicago restaurants want to help you gear up for the holidays with culinary classes. Flip Crepes at the Chicago French Market in the West Loop team demos the art of the French crepe in a “Sweet and Savory Couples Crepe Class” at 10 […]

Five uncommon Chicagoland spots for food with live music

Break out of your entertainment routine and check out these options for dining with live music and no cover.