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7 Restaurants For Keeping Your New Year’s Resolutions

7 Restaurants For Keeping Your New Year’s Resolutions in Chicago New Year’s Resolutions in Chicago It’s that time of year again, when resolutions mean people start flocking to gyms and replace their eggnog with salad. But resolving to eat healthier doesn’t automatically mean bland flavor and depressing food. Chicago’s dynamic dining scene is filled with […]

National Soup Month, Let’s Get Souped Up for

National Soup Month:   With the holidays over, it’s time to buckle down with health-minded resolutions while simultaneously attempting to pad your ribs for the gloomy January forecast. Fortunately, there’s always soup, the ultimate panacea for wintry woes. With January being National Soup Month, it’s high time to get your hearty slurp on around town. Here’s […]

29 last-minute Chicago ideas for Valentine’s Day 2013

Uh oh, you forgot to make Valentine’s Day reservations! We’ve got you covered. As of today, these restaurants were reporting they still had openings. You can make reservations right from within Dining Chicago, too. But hurry, we don’t guarantee they’ll still have openings. Aquitaine, French bistro, Lincoln Park. Bin 36 global, River North. Branch 27, […]

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 […]

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 […]

Six spots for chicken in September

September is National Chicken Month. Check out these birds: Rustic House in Lincoln Park roasts free-range organic chickens with rosemary, thyme and garlic and offers them to go with sides such as roasted garlic mashed potatoes, glazed carrots, 3-cheese potato gratin, brussel sprouts with pancetta and thyme and sauteed spinach with garlic. The take-out spread […]

Eat this! Kitfo, Ethiopia’s answer to steak tartare

What it is: Kitfo is seasoned chopped beef, mixed with ground chilies and herbed butter. Often served raw (kitfo tere), it may also be lightly sauteed (kitfo lebleb) or cooked till well-done (kitfo yebesele). The name means “to chop finely; mince.” Where it comes from: Kitfo originated with Gurage people of Ethiopia’s southern Showa province. […]

10 ways to fete Bastille Day in Chicago

Liberte, egalite, fraternite! The storming of the Bastille prison on July 14, 1789, marked the start of the French Revolution and, ultimately, the freedom of the French people to form a democratic government. Chicago’s Bastille Day events include: Bistronomic on the Gold Coast celebrates Friday through Sunday, July 13–15, with Chef Martial Noguier’s $39 Bastille […]

Hot dog! Five of Chicago’s best wieners

National Hot Dog Month is with us again. Try some great locally made dogs from Chicago sausage makers. Bobak’s Sausage Co. in Garfield Ridge makes natural-casing all-beef, all-pork and all-veal wieners. Crawford Sausage Co., founded in 1925 on what was then South Crawford Road in Little Village, makes Daisy Brand hot dogs. They’re best known […]

Five ways to celebrate Cinco de Mayo in Chicago

In Mexico, the Fifth of May is a relatively laidback holiday commemorating the Mexican army’s victory over France at the Battle of Puebla during the Franco-Mexican War in 1862. But in Chicago, it’s a great excuse for a fiesta. Here are a few ways to celebrate: Chicago Sones de Mexico Ensemble. At 6 p.m. Saturday, […]