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Nico Omakase, Weekend Planner:

Nico Omakase, Weekend Planner:     For one night only, a veritable A-Team of sushi heavy-hitters throughout Chicago join forces at Nico Osteria for a special dinner event on February 28 called Nico Omakase. Mark Hellyar of Momotaro, Gene Kato of Sumi Robata Bar, and B.K. Park of Juno will lend their talents to the […]

Quartino Celebrates 10th Anniversary

Weekend Planner: Quartino Celebrates 10th Anniversary, National Pizza Week, Sunday Supper at Cafe Spiaggia   One of downtown Chicago’s most popular and enduring Italian restaurants, established years before the surge of Italian restaurants swept the city, is poised to celebrate its 10th anniversary this weekend. After a decade of success, Quartino plans to give back […]

GT Fish & Oyster Lobster Boils, Balena Happy Hour, Whiskey Sour Day: Weekday Planner

GT Fish & Oyster Lobster Boils, Balena Happy Hour, Whiskey Sour Day: Weekday Planner Lobster Boils at GT Fish & Oyster Cling to summer with a taste of the beach. GT Fish & Oyster’s weekly lobster boils are a refreshing, beachy experience, available every Wednesday. Served family-style, in true lobster boil form, the feast includes […]

Mardi Gras Dining and Drinking Guide

Mardi Gras Dining and Drinking Guide: In preparation for Mardi Gras, here’s a roundup of restaurants and bars serving up New Orleans-inspired specials.   New Orleans knows how to throw a party. Mardi Gras is one of the craziest, booze- and food-filled festivities of the year, a pre-Lenten event that has transcended New Orleans to become […]

Weekend Planner: Eat Pumpkin Cremeux and Foot-long Hot Dogs, Sip Gamay and Cocktails

No matter the time of year, there is always lots to do, eat, and drink in Chicago. Here are some of the hottest happenings this weekend. (White chocolate-pumpkin cremeux at Floriole Cafe & Bakery. This month only. Photo: Floriole) No matter the time of year, there is always lots to do, eat, and drink in […]

At the nexus of summer, restaurants are cooling customers down with a bevy of chilled soups.

It’s July in Chicago and it’s humid. Walking around outside during the day feels like going for a stroll through warm soup. When the weather gets like this, there are a few defenses we can take to ameliorate the heat, such as chilled soup. This is a great outlet for chefs to express seasonal flavors […]

Sweet of the Week: Strawberry Doughnut at endgrain

  The spate of new doughnut shops in Chicago has diluted my interest in something I was once ravenous for. Just like if bald eagles were as common as pigeons, I would be less impressed by their existence. So it takes a truly special doughnut to get me to take pause, like the doughnuts at […]

Chicago group wants to change the food system

How to fix what’s wrong with the food system in America? The new Food Tank, a nonprofit think tank, tackles the question at “We Can Change the Food System, Chicago!” at 5:30 p.m. Wednesday, April 17, at Piazza Bella in Roscoe Village. The program will discuss potential solutions to today’s food issues. Food Tank co-founder […]

Ten places to go on Black Wednesday, Chicago 2012

The eve of Thanksgiving has come to be called “Black Wednesday, ” suppose by extension from Black Friday, the post-holiday shopping day that — it’s to be hoped — puts retailers in the black. The pre-Thanksgiving night out gets people in a celebratory mood as they congregate with family and friends. Of course, maybe it’s […]

100 Chicago restaurants open Christmas Day 2011

You don’t have to cook Christmas dinner.