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Weekend Planner: Ice Cream Edition

Weekend Planner: Ice Cream Edition Keep cool this weekend with new ice cream treats from HotChocolate . HotChocolate Fudge-sicles on The 606. Ice Cream Edition With the Dog Days of Summer upon us, there’s never been a better time to hit The 606 and cool off with Fudge-sicles by none other than Mindy Segal. The owner […]

Cotton Candy Cosmo at Sugar Factory American Brasserie: Sweet of the Week

Cotton Candy Cosmo at Sugar Factory American Brasserie: Sweet of the Week   Chicago is a city with a sweet tooth, packed with unique pastries and desserts in every neighborhood restaurant and bakery for dining and snacking in Chicago. I’m a guy with a sweet tooth, so each week I’ll report on a different dessert […]

Friday food porn: Fungified!

House-made linguine with freshly shaved French Périgord truffles, wild mushrooms, marsala, parmesan cream and fried mushrooms, $19, is part of Fresco 21 Chef Cameron Grant’s celebration of truffle season. The fungi also feature in Grant’s filet carpaccio tapa, $12, topped with arugula, walnuts, grapes and lemon aioli. The Rosemont restaurant will serve Périgord truffles on […]

Who’d be caught dead in Rosemont?

Fresco 21 in Rosemont is dying to know what you want for your final meal on earth. Submit your deathbed wish for three courses by Monday, Jan. 28. Chef Cameron Grant will cook the ultimate dinner for the winner who will also receive a one-night stay in the Presidential Suite at the adjoining InterContinental Chicago […]

10 great last-minute options for New Year’s Eve in Chicago

New Year’s Eve is one of those difficult dining nights. Everybody’s jamming in, and restaurants try to turn the tables as fast as possible to pack ’em all in. Many places don’t offer their regular menus, but only an abbreviated list of pricey set menus; places that don’t ordinarily require reservations may want them, and […]

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 […]

A day of filet

There’s a holiday for everything: National Filet Mignon Day is Monday, Aug. 13. Gibsons Bar & Steakhouse in Rosemont celebrates with a filet mignon sampler: four 2 oz. prime filet mignon medallions each prepared a different way — topped with blue cheese, horseradish crusted, peppercorned and Oscar-style with a crown of asparagus, crab and bearnaise […]

15 top Chicago Easter brunches

Hop on out for brunch this Easter (Sunday, April 8). Here are a dozen of Chicago’s best. C-House, Streeterville. From 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Chef Nicole Pederson offers a seasonal menu including such dishes as farro and poached eggs with speck, fiddlehead ferns, lemon and watercress, with toast ($12); house-made pork sausage eggs benedict […]

Gung hay fat choy! 8 Chicago Asian New Year celebrations

Get ready for the Year of the Dragon! With dragon parades and lion dances, clashing cymbals and banging drums, firecrackers and a plethora of traditional foods, the Asian Lunar New Year explodes into Chicago this week with a variety of events at restaurants and around town. 2012 also marks the 100th anniversary of Chicago’s Chinatown. […]

100 Chicago restaurants open Christmas Day 2011

You don’t have to cook Christmas dinner.