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Mint Juleps & Margaritas, Plus Mimosas For Your Momma

You should be thinking about drinking some really good cocktails this month. May is so many things to many people, from slamming down Mint Julep after Mint Julep on Kentucky Derby Day (May 4) to more civilized bubbly sipping on Mother’s Day (May 12). Here are some of our favorites—and favorite places—to imbibe this season.   Kentucky Derby celebrations […]

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! Hummingbird cake, a sweet taste of the South

What it is: A classic Southern layer cake, hummingbird cake is a sweet, moist and fruity dessert, full of crushed pineapple, chopped bananas, pecans and cinnamon, and typically spread with rich cream-cheese frosting. Some recipes crust the exterior with more pecans. Other names for the cake include “never ending cake,” “nothing left cake” and “Jamaican […]

8 great holiday entertaining recipes from Chicago chefs

Holiday cooking and entertaining season has come upon us. If you’re looking for new ideas for your own holiday parties or dishes to take along to friends’, try these terrific recipes from Chicago chefs. Lillie’s Q, Wicker Park, pimento cheese, a Southern party spread. Shokran, Irving Park, zaalouk, Moroccan eggplant spread. Rhapsody, Loop, arancini, Italian […]

65 Chicago places to eat Thanksgiving dinner, 2011

North Side, South Side or in the Chicago suburbs, you don’t have to cook your own Thanksgiving dinner. Chicagoland restaurants offer bountiful holiday feasts. Call for hours and menu details. Reservations are highly recommended if not required everywhere. Many restaurants also offer complete Thanksgiving dinners for carry out — several days’ notice is typically required. […]

Eat this! Six great Fourth of July recipes from Chicago chefs

Cook up some great picnic and party fare this Independence Day weekend with these terrific recipes from top Chicago chefs, culled from Dining Chicago’s weekly “Eat this!” feature.

‘Porgy and Bess’: Controversial masterpiece worth a new look

Musically, thematically and theatrically, the Gershwins’ “Porgy and Bess” has been a controversial work since its first 1935 production. The passing of time, as well as deft staging and glorious performances, make Court Theatre’s new production incontrovertibly excellent.

A dozen best bets for Derby Day in Chicago

Will it be Dialed In, Twice the Appeal or Stay Thirsty? We don’t have any tips on the horses, but we can give you some best bets for watching the 137th Kentucky Derby in Chicago on Saturday, May 7, and indulging in Southern-style food and drink. Get out your fanciest hat and go out to […]

Top 10 places to celebrate Mardi Gras in Chicago

Call it Mardi Gras, Fat Tuesday, Shrove Tuesday or Carnival … it’s the last hurrah before Lent. If you don’t observe Lent, that doesn’t mean you can’t celebrate. Here are our picks for Mardi Gras events around Chicagoland.

Chicago chefs’ best recipes of the year

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