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Shark Week Specials, Sprig’s Next Guest Chef Night: Weekday Planner

Shark Week Specials, Sprig’s Next Guest Chef Night: Weekday Planner CHOMP. That’s the sound of Shark Week taking a bite out of your social life for the next few days. Discovery Channel’s morbidly fascinating seasonal favorite has been moved up earlier in the summer this year, from July 5 through July 12. The fan-favorite shows […]

Share Our Strength BBQ, Luau Dinner: Weekday Planner

Share Our Strength BBQ, Luau Dinner   Dining Chicago Weekday Planner: Weekday food and drink planner for Chicago: June 29-July 3. 4th Annual Share Our Strength BBQIt’s time once again for the Share Our Strength BBQ dinner at The Bristol. Because the only thing that can be better than Bristol BBQ is Bristol BBQ with a […]

Bin 36 and Pork Shoppe: Brunch Bites

Bin 36 and Pork Shoppe: Brunch Bites   In this week’s batch of brunch bites, Bin 36 adds brunch to its roster and Pork Shoppe rolls out breakfast burritos and more.   Hot on the heels of Bin 36’s relocation to the West Loop, the wine-centric destination has expanded its menu offerings to include brunch. […]

S’mores at The Brass Monkey: Sweet of the Week

S’mores at The Brass Monkey: Sweet of the Week   The imminent arrival of summer means dessert cravings pivot from pie and cocoa to warm-weather sweets like strawberry shortcake, banana splits, and the almighty s’more. Few things depict the essence of summer sweets quite like the latter. It’s the rare dessert to instantly conjure nostalgia […]

Taste of Randolph, Sunday at Oak + Char, Ramen Battle

Taste of Randolph, Sunday at Oak + Char, Ramen Battle   Taste of Randolph Before the Taste of Chicago, there’s a more neighborhood-oriented food festival, with a far better scope of chef-driven restaurants to represent. Taking place June 19 through 21 in the West Loop, the Taste of Randolph boasts an impeccable roster of local restaurants, […]

Bocce Is the Restaurant Activity of the Summer

Bocce Is the Restaurant Activity of the Summer:   There’s something about the long, hard winters here in Chicago that make us appreciate the warm weather all the more. When spring and summer roll around, we’re itching to get outdoors and take advantage of the forecast, even if the forecast is temperate jacket weather. We’ll take […]

Starving Artist 2015: A Feast For Your Senses

Starving Artist 2015: A Feast For Your Senses Starving Artist 2015 takes place June 25 at Venue One in the West Loop. In spite of its ironic name, Starving Artist is one of the best dining events of the year in Chicago. In fact, it’s a sensory wonderland for the eyes and for the taste […]

World Gin Day, Dose Market, Breakfast Gin Release: Weekend Planner

World Gin Day, Dose Market, Breakfast Gin Release: Weekend Planner: As you surely already know, World Gin Day is June 13, which of course merits drinking copious amounts of gin and tonics. If you’re looking to partake, you can’t do any better than Sable Kitchen & Bar, where head bartender John Stanton presides over a […]

The Drinks of Summer

The Drinks of Summer:   Just like every summer needs an anthemic song, there also needs to be a signature drink. What “Crazy in Love” was to 2002, the Negroni slushie at Parson’s Chicken & Fish was to 2013. See how that works? These are standout drinks that capture the essence of the season. They must […]

Chicago’s Top Restaurant Imports

Chicago’s Top Restaurant Imports III Forks Prime Steakhouse: For people who don’t live in Texas, the honky tonk state is the butt of a lot of jokes. But if there’s one thin Texas knows how to do better than most, it’s meat. From barbecue to big, burly steaks, Texas has proven its meaty mettle, which […]