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Dining Chicago Brunch Bites: Sophie’s and Azzurra

Dining Chicago Brunch Bites: Brunch is a booming business in Chicago, and it can be hard to navigate the ins and outs, especially when so many strollers are blocking the way. Each week we highlight some of the most notable brunch news and dining happenings around town. Here are your latest brunch bites. In this […]

Eat With a Chicago View to Beat the Winter Blues

Cabin fever make you want to die? Get your Chicago View this winter. Before succumbing to the throes of seasonal affective disorder, bundle up and head upwards, to bars and restaurants where you can dine and drink with spectacular views that will make you actually sorta like winter. You know, for the views not the […]

A Look Inside Cicchetti

(Cicchetti in progress. Photo: Cicchetti) Are you ready for some Cicchetti? Streeterville is about to get a serious infusion of Venetian-inspired cuisine as owner Dan Rosenthal and chef Mike Sheerin prepare to open one of the most important restaurants that neighborhood has seen in years. Due mid-December, Cicchetti draws its name from Venetian small plates, sort […]

It’s Raining Chai at Local Restaurants

Be at the autumnal blues with these new chai-infused creations.  (Fall cocktails at Scofflaw. Hint: chai is featured) I remember a time when I thought chai was so exotic and rare. I saw it on the menu at a coffee shop in New Hampshire and became curious. Of course, most random coffee shops in New Hampshire making […]

Weekend Planner: Celebrate National Sushi Day and Tailgate Like a Pro

This weekend, enjoy $5 signature rolls at Jellyfish in honor of National Sushi Day, check out Dollop Coffee Company’s new Modbar coffee equipment, eat altruistic sandwiches, and tailgate like a champ. (Closeup of the new taps at Dollop Coffee Company) November 1 is National Sushi Day, so you know you’ll have to eat more sushi […]

Brunch Bites: Fall Brunch at The Bristol and Brunch Beats at Howells & Hood

(Get your brunch with a side of blues at Howell’s & Hood. Photo: Chelsea Ross) One of the most solid brunch programs in town can be found at The Bristol. The restaurant has a way of pushing brunch boundaries in a subtle way so as to dazzle the diner without clobbering them over the head […]

Friiday food porn: Elevated lobster

The sky-high views at the Signature Room at the 95th atop John Hancock Center are only part of the reason to visit. But don’t despair if the day is cloudy. Even in sunny weather, you might be too busy looking at your plate to watch the skyline. Chef Rosalia Barron’s summer menu offers such dishes […]

75 years of prime rib at Lawry’s

It’s been 75 years since Lawry’s The Prime Rib opened its first location in Beverly Hills, Calif. The Chicago branch in Streeterville, the second location, didn’t open till 1974, but they are also celebrating throughout June with a special $75 dinner for two. Each meal features an 8-ounce cut of prime rib, the original spinning […]

Party with great Chicago chefs

More than 40 of Chicago’s great chefs will be cooking up their specialties in the 21st annual Great Chefs Tasting Party, one of the premiere grazing galas of the season. The benefit for United Cerebral Palsy of Greater Chicago takes place beginning at 5 p.m. Monday, June 10, in the Ballroom of the

Things are shakin’ at Little Italy’s Davanti Enoteca

Davanti Enoteca does the Harlem Shake. After Chef Anthony Martin and Streeterville’s Tru crew released their “Harlem Shake” video, we challenged other Chicago restaurants to do the Shake, too. Here’s Davanti Enoteca’s Little Italy version, an effort of the restaurant’s entire staff. Is that Chef/Owner Scott Harris in the blond wig dancing with the jeroboam […]