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Dining news: Zoo cafe, new Winnetka spot, NaKorn, Lyric Opera - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - —The Patio at Cafe Brauer ( at the Lincoln Park Zoo ) will be serving special menu items Sept. 22-Oct. 20 to mark Oktoberfest. Items include beer-braised bratwurst with grilled onions and mustard ( $11.95 ); pork-schnitzel sandwich on a pretzel bun ( $14.95 ); and roasted pork and braised cabbage with boiled potato ( $15.95 ). Also, Baderbrau Oktoberfest ...


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DISH: SAVOR Imperial Lamian brunch - From the moment you walk into Imperial Lamian ( 6 W. Hubbard St.; Imperial-Lamian.com ), it's obvious that it's a couple steps above the standard Chinese restaurant some of us patronized in our younger days. The corner of Hubbard and State streets where Imperial Lamian is has been a site of changing restaurants, including Centro and Bar Umbriago. However, it ...


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DISH: SAVOR Streeterville Social; Bourbon on Division - Streeterville Social ( 455 N. Park Dr..; https://www.loewshotels.com/chicago-downtown/streeterville-social ), as its name indicates, is in a tony area ( being in the Loews Chicago Hotel )—and the rooftop lounge exhibits a fun vibe, stunning views and delicious bites. Open on the third floor of the hotel until Sept. 30, the spot is 9,000 square feet, making it one of the ...


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DISH: SAVOR Angelo's Wine Bar - Ensconced in Albany Park, Angelo's Wine Bar ( 3026 W. Montrose Ave.; AngelosWineBar.com ) is just as laid-back and homey as its neighborhood. The revamped restaurant is a milestone for owner Ramez Fakhoury, who started helping his uncle and dad with the restaurant in 2004 before officially taking over the family business in 2014. ( There's also a large window ...


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A Chance appearance - Chancellor Bennett, otherwise known as Chance the Rapper, made a special appearance Sept. 5 at the grand opening of Nando's PERi-PERi at 117 E. Lake St. While a huge crowd gathered across the street to see him, the performer posed for photos with the staff, grilled chicken and served his just-prepared cuisine to tables of VIP guests in the room. ...


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Dining news: Thompson Chicago, Tru closing, Lakeview Taco Fest - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - —Thompson Chicago, 21 E. Bellevue Pl., now has Bill Montagne as chef de cuisine of the luxury lifestyle hotel. In this role, Montagne leads the culinary team at Thompson Chicago and onsite restaurant Nico Osteria, a seafood-inspired Italian concept helmed by One Off Hospitality Group and James Beard-lauded Chef Paul Kahan. New dishes include octopus carpaccio, hand-dipped sheep's-milk ricotta, albacore ...


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DISH: SAVOR Pork & Mindy's - Pork & Mindy's ( 1623 N. Milwaukee Ave.; https://porkandmindys.com/ ) has one of those names that might separate a generation or two. The name—obvious to those who watched television in the late '70s or early '80s—is a take on Mork & Mindy, a show that starred Robin Williams and Pam Dawber. However, the menu offerings at the fast-casual Pork & ...


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TELEVISION Vicki Gunvalson, Kelly Dodd serve some reali-tea - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - Bravo Channel's Real Housewives reality series premiered back in 2006 and became a worldwide hit. The Real Housewives of Orange County is currently in its twelfth season by filming the lives of several women in California. Vicki Gunvalson is an original cast member who was born and raised in the Chicago area. She owns Coto Insurance and Financial Services, Woo ...


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Dining news: Hurricane Harvey help, mussel event, evil queen sing-a-long - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - —Perry's Steakhouse & Grille ( 5 Oakbrook Ct., Oak Brook ) is offering a special discounted three-course menu that will be available during the entire month of September. For every meal served from the special discounted menu, $5 will be donated to the Houston Flood Relief Fund organized by Houston Texans star J. J. Watt. The three-course menu has been ...


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DISH: SAVOR Dos Toros expands to Chicago - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - Dos Toros Taqueria—having pretty much dominated New York City, with 13 restaurants—is now eyeing the Midwest. Oliver and Leo Kremer ( the brothers who co-own Dos Toros ) have opened its largest location yet in Chicago, with a two-story, 4,000-square-foot space at 1 N. Dearborn St. It also seats 65 people ( again, more than any other Dos Toros site ...


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Old Town Pour House opens game room - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - Old Town Pour House ( 1419 N. Wells St.; OldTownPourHouse.com ) is now offering a twist on a typical happy hour or night out with its newly opened game room. Tucked in the basement of the spacious Old Town bar, visitors will find a full bar and seating area featuring a variety of games including giant versions of Jenga and ...


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Dining news: 'Stranger Things' pop-up, birthday bonbon, 'The Food Show' - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - —Netflix's TV show Stranger Things has given rise to a pop-up bar in Logan Square thanks to the team behind Emporium Arcade Bar, Eater Chicago noted. The Upside Down is at 2367 N. Milwaukee Ave. ( at Emporium's pop-up space that housed Surf Bar ) and will last through the fourth week of September. There's seven cocktails, including two slushies, ...


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DISH: SAVOR Leviathan and Portsmith - Saying ( or writing ) that imbibing and dining, respectively, at the dana hotel and spa's Leviathan and Portsmith ( 660 N. State St. )—both of which The Fifty/50 Restaurant Group developed—is "simply unique" isn't really enough to describe what these spots offer. Leviathan ( LeviathanChicago.com ), located on the second floor, has items from the mind of mixologist Benjamin ...


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DISH: SAVOR Daisies - If you're looking for a family affair, Daisies ( 2523 N. Milwaukee Ave.; https://www.daisieschicago.com ) may be the spot for you. With its welcoming atmosphere and homegrown feel, Daisies strives to combine its Midwestern roots with a touch of Italian flair, and I have to say it hits the nail on the head. Our meal started out strong with appetizers ...


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DISH: SAVOR Revival Social Club brunch - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - Revival Social Club ( 1133 W. Granville Ave.; RevivalSocialClub.com ) is one of the more intriguingly named restaurants in Chicago—but it begs the question "What exactly is the place trying to revive?" Affable owner Alan Stoll had an answer for Windy City Times, saying, "It's about what revives US, whether it's coffee, being social or something else." And this place ...


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Dining news: Food-truck social, Taste of Greektown, Nick's Pizza hiring - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - —The Logan Square Food Truck Social will return Aug. 25-27. The 2017 Logan Square Food Truck Social ( LoganSquareFoodTruckSocial.com ) will feature 24 food trucks per day in addition to a showcase of local restaurant and retail vendors. A portion of the proceeds will benefit the Illinois Food Truck Owners Association and La Casa Norte / Northwest Food Partners Network. ...


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Dining news: Morton's dinner, Travelle series, Charlie Trotter - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - —Morton's Steakhouse, 1050 N. State St., is hosting a Silver Oak & Tworney wine dinner on Thursday, Aug. 17, at 6:30 p.m. Some of the courses will include seared sea scallops with pink grapefruit-brown butter; Manhattan-cut NY strip streak with Blue cheese mashed potatoes and roasted rainbow carrots; and merlot-infused chocolate mousse with lavender. The price is $150 per person, ...


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DISH: SAVOR Heritage Restaurant & Caviar Bar - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - It would be almost impossible to not have an enjoyable time at Heritage Restaurant & Caviar Bar ( 2700 W. Chicago Ave.; https://heritage-chicago.com/ ), a deceptively laid-back spot that's at the junction of East Humboldt Park and West Ukrainian Village. First, it might be wise to address the sturgeon in the room: Those who may be intimidated by caviar ( ...


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Dining news: Italian Village, Melrose closes, pizza competition - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - —Italian Village Restaurants, 71 W. Monroe St., announced the appointment of Ozzy Amelotti as executive chef of its contemporary Italian concept, Vivere. Using his French and Argentinian influences, Amelotti's offerings will include polpo alla Carbone ( mesquite charcoal-grilled baby octopus, roasted beets, mixed fresh herbs, shredded fried potato and balsamic glaze ) and bistecca Mama Mia ( mesquite charcoal-grilled 20-ounce ...


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DISH: SAVOR honeygrow opens in Chicago - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - The Fulton Market neighborhood recently got a little tastier. On Aug. 2, honeygrow ( 179 N. Morgan Ave.; honeygrow.com ) hosted its Founder's Dinner to celebrate and preview the new restaurant to select guests. This fast-casual spot comes all the way from the East Coast and serves made-to-order stir-fry, salads, a honeybar and cold-pressed juices. When talking about his decision ...


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DISH: SAVOR Maple & Ash brunch; Epic Burger - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - Maple & Ash ( 8 W. Maple St.; https://www.mapleandash.com/ ) certainly isn't perfect, although there is much over which to fawn. However, I'll say this much about brunch at the Gold Coast spot: It's one of the most enjoyable experiences I've had at a restaurant on a Sunday morning ( and brunch is strictly on Sunday at 10 a.m.-2 p.m. ...


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DISH: SAVOR Wrigley BBQ; Dinner Crawl - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - I was at Wrigley BBQ ( 3555 N. Broadway; WrigleyBBQ.com ) recently, and it could've been called a "MEAT-and-greet"—except there was plenty of the former and, sadly, relatively little of the latter. The reason for the latter is probably twofold: weekend brunch at Wrigley BBQ only started recently and the restaurant next door had people spilling out its doors. ( ...


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DISH: SAVOR Sal's Trattoria - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - Chef Allen Sternweiler knows what he's doing when it comes to Italian food. He's already earned a respected reputation from his beloved Lincoln Park restaurant Butcher and the Burger, but he's outdone himself with his work at the recently opened Sal's Trattoria ( 2834 N. Southport Ave.; SalsTrattoria.com ) in West Lake View. Although the location has had a tough ...


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Dining news: Honey Butter Fried Chicken, Lolla items, Oyster Day - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - —Honey Butter Fried Chicken, 3361 N. Elston Ave., recently launched all new Lunch Box specials, available Tuesdays through Fridays at 11 a.m-4 p.m. Lunch Box #1 includes two pieces of fried chicken or fried-chicken strips with one side, while Lunch Box #2 includes a fried-chicken sandwich with chicken strips and honey butter. See HoneyButter.com. —As a kick off to Lollapalooza, ...


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Dining news: Sommelier event, Chicken Wing Day, Jane Fonda cocktails - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - —ZED451, 739 N. Clark St., will host a "Meet Our Sommeliers" event on Thursday, July 27, 6-8 p.m. The event will feature a variety of wine samplings paired with artisan cheeses and charcuterie stations. Tickets are $35 per person ( excluding tax ) and are available at ZED451.eventbrite.com. —For International Chicken Wing Day ( July 29 ), Jake Melnick's Corner ...


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Andersonville Dinner Crawl on Aug. 9 - The Andersonville Dinner Crawl will take place Wed., Aug. 9, 6-9 p.m. There will be two curated dining routes—the Silver Spoon and Golden Fork—each featuring 11 small-plate stops during this year's crawl. ( The Golden Fork route is vegetarian-friendly. ) Some of the restaurants participating in the crawl include Andies, TrueNorth Cafe, Replay Andersonville, Pork Shoppe, Candyality and Jerry's. Tickets ...


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Closed Loop Food Fest on July 29 - Plant Chicago ( PC ), a local nonprofit, will be hosting its 6th annual Closed Loop Food Fest on Saturday, July 29, 10 a.m.-6 p.m. at The Plant, 1400 W. 46th St. Plant Chicago develops circular economies of food production, energy conservation and material reuse through education and research. Among the food/drink vendors at this year's event are Bruges Brothers, ...


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SAVOR Honey's; Prosecco - DISH: Weekly Dining Guide in Windy City Times - In a sea of restaurants in the West Loop, Honey's ( 1111 W. Lake St.; HoneysChicago.com ) has, in the year since it's opened, positioned itself as a standout. Decor-wise, Honey's is a study in contrasts. A somewhat claustrophobic entrance ( inside a building that isn't the most conspicuous—although that may be a good thing ) leads to a two-story, ...


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DISH: SAVOR Entente; lunch at Michael Jordan's - Ty Fujimura is at it again. His Japanese restaurant Arami—considered by some to be one of the best of its kind in Chicago—is thriving. However, another Japanese spot of his ( Lake View's Ani ) has been "reconceived," as they say. Entente ( 3056 N. Lincoln Ave.; https://www.ententechicago.com/ ) is the result, with Fujimura teaming with Chef Brian Fisher ( ...


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SAVOR Fulton Market Kitchen - DISH: Weekly Dining Guide in Windy City Times - I actually mean this in the best possible way, but Fulton Market Kitchen ( 311 N. Sangamon St.; FultonMarketKitchen.com ) is almost an assault on the senses. If you're looking for a dark, quiet restaurant, this isn't it—at least in the lounge ( although there are some darker but no less striking rooms ). Fulton Market Kitchen is a combination ...


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DISH: SAVOR Francesca's on Chestnut; Chez Moi - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - With all of the hot restaurant activity going on from Rogers Park to Hyde Park, it's almost easy to think of Streeterville as just a neighborhood of tourists ( hello, Navy Pier! ) and old money—but Francesca's on Chestnut ( 200 E. Chestnut St.; MiaFrancesca.com/locations/profile/francescas-on-chestnut-gold-coast ) definitely provides another reason for people to visit the area. Housed in The Seneca ...


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Dining news: The Walk-In, Chicago Gourmet, Stephanie Izard - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - —The Walk-In ( accessible through a walk-in cooler door at Red Star Liquor, 2727 N. Milwaukee Ave. ) has launched a new seasonal cocktail menu ( with items such as the Colorado Bulldog, a $12 concoction with vodka, coffee, coconut, cream and cola ), new daily happy-hour specials and a new "friendly as f*ck" attitude—so much so that its new ...


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NUNN ON ONE: CHEFS Kristen Kish dishes about coming out, being on 'Top Chef' - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - Top Chef Season 10 winner Kristen Kish knows her way around a kitchen. She learned to cook at a young age, then studied at Le Cordon Bleu in Chicago to perfect her craft. After working as chef de cuisine at Menton, Chef Barbara Lynch recommended her for the hit Bravo cooking competition Top Chef. After being eliminated during the Restaurant ...


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DISH: SAVOR Lawry's The Prime Rib - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - I just left the set of Mad Men. OK: Obviously I wasn't there, mostly because the show ended a couple years ago. However, Lawry's The Prime Rib ( 100 E. Ontario St.; LawrysOnline.com ) is straight of out that era, putting it in an exclusive group of Chicago restaurants that are considered classics and that have remained largely unchanged over ...


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Dining news: Lobster Month, Safehouse special, Bastille Day events - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - —Shaw's Crab House, 21 E. Hubbard St., is marking National Lobster Month with special menu items. Menu offerings include lobster maki, tacos, roll, fettucine and a 1.5-pound lobster boil with potatoes, corn and sausage. See ShawsCrabHouse.com. —In honor of July being the seventh month, SafeHouse Chicago is celebrating with a special 007-themed cocktail, the Solitaire Sangria. Named after the famed ...


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DISH: SAVOR Marshall's Landing - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times by Tarina Hargrays - Marshall's Landing ( 222 W. Merchandise Mart Plaza; MarshallsLanding.com ) opened its doors June 9 and since then has been a popular place to dine, judging by the number of patrons present. When I walked into Marshall's Landing, I wasn't sure what to expect, most likely because I was greeted by a grand staircase leading up to the restaurant. However, ...


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SAVOR CH Distillery - DISH: Weekly Dining Guide in Windy City Times - CH Distillery ( 564 W Randolph St.; CHDistillery.com )—called Chicago's first combination distillery, bar and restaurant—is situated in the West Loop, which is certainly the place to be after a long day of work at the office. The vibe at CH Distillery is sophisticated, modern and filled with Chicago professionals looking to unwind with co-workers or friends. Upon entering, it ...


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Dining news: Free ice cream, DMK nixes straws, Gold Coast spots hit - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - —Kizuki Ramen & Izakaya, 1482 N. Milwaukke Ave., has several summer specials and treats that are available now. For example, Kizuki will give away FREE Japanese matcha ( green tea ) soft-serve ice cream with any purchase when the temperature is 80 degrees Fahrenheit or higher. The complimentary ice cream will be available now through Tuesday, Aug. 1. Among other ...


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Dining news: Steak Month, Glenfiddich's Project XX, 4th of July - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - —Michael Jordan's Steak House, 505 N. Michigan Ave., is celebrating National Steak House Month, and Executive Chef Craig Couper is debuting the Captain's menu, a monthlong celebration of rare cuts. A couple of the cuts include The Cowgirl ( 18-oz. Iowa Premium USDA 40-day, dry-aged "ribeye filet," priced at $49 ) and the Tomahawk ( 36-oz. Slagel Farms Long Bone ...


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SAVOR Apogee; Mercadito - DISH: Weekly Dining Guide in Windy City Times - Apogee An apogee is officially described as "the highest point in the development of something." Well, the dana hotel and spa lounge Apogee ( 660 N. State St.; http://apogeelounge.com/ )—a concept in collaboration with The Fifty/50 Restaurant Group—certainly achieves a high point physically. It's at the top of the River North hotel, and produces a breathtaking ( if almost vertigo-inducing ...


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SAVOR Arun's - DISH: Weekly Dining Guide in Windy City Times - Arun's Thai Restaurant ( 4156 N. Kedzie Ave.; ArunsThai.com ) has a storied history—and this writer has wanted to go to the three-decade-old spot for the longest time. Of course, this anticipation came with its own set of problems, including the possibility of the cuisine and service not living up to its reputation. However, I shouldn't have worried. The word ...


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'Two Queens' preview at Reunion June 27 - On Tuesday, June 27, Open TV-beta will host the first public preview of the second season of Two Queens in a Kitchen ( #2QIK ), a cooking show featuring Chicago's queens and queers discussing family, home, politics, culture and art while making healthful snacks. The event will take place at Reunion Chicago, 2557 W. North Ave., 7-10 p.m. RSVP at ...


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Dining news: Goddess' Pride items, Geja's offering, Michael Jordan's - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - —Goddess and the Baker is celebrating Pride Month ( June ) with a few different rainbow items that will be offered at all three locations ( Navy Pier, 33 S. Wabash Ave. and 225 N. Lasalle St. ). They include a rainbow cake latte, rainbow cake, heart rainbow Pride sugar cookies, rainbow sherbet punch and rainbow cupcakes. —Geja's Cafe, 340 ...


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SAVOR Athena - Welcome to Greece! Well, it's about as close to Greece that one can get without a passport. Athena ( 212 S. Halsted St.; AthenaRestaurantChicago.com ) promises an authentic Greek—and has still managed to provide it for two decades. ( Interestingly, there's nothing planned to mark the spot's 20th anniversary—a milestone that might have more than one restaurant offering all types ...


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Dining news: Taste of Randolph, mk closes, Father's Day options - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - —The West Loop Community Organization, StarEvents and Silver Wrapper have announced the music and restaurant lineups for the 21st Annual Taste of Randolph Festival, taking place June 16-18 at 900 W. Randolph St. Some of the musical headliners include Dawes, Moon Taxi and Emancipator Ensemble; and some of the participating restaurants include bellyQ, Nando's Peri-Peri Chicken, La Sardine, Grange Hall ...


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SAVOR The Atwood at The Alise, Davanti Enoteca - The Atwood at The Alise The Burnham Hotel has undergone many changes recently—with the biggest being that it's not known by that name anymore, as it's now The Alise Chicago ( a Staypineapple Hotel ). However, The Atwood ( the restaurant within the hotel at 1 W. Washington St.; https://atwoodrestaurant.com/ ) has undergone its own significant alteration, thanks to the ...


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Sweets & Snacks Expo mixes indulgent and healthful - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - On May 23-25, the 20th annual National Confectioners Associations' ( NCA's ) Sweets & Snacks Expo managed to simultaneously accomplish two antithetical items: display the latest in trends and give attendees a sense of nostalgia. ( Thanks for the latter, World's Finest Chocolate! ) The event ( covering four acres ) also managed to show a mix of the healthful ...


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Dining news: Jar Bar, 71-cent burgers, Negroni Week - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - —Jar Bar ( 1350 Shermer Road )—a fast-casual concept with handcrafted, healthful eats—has opened for breakfast and lunch in downtown Northbrook. Founded by former television producer and lifestyle expert Karen Firsel, along with her husband, commercial real-estate developer Adam Firsel, the duo plans to scale the concept. Breakfast items include Kids Were Up At 6, with acai, nitro coffee, bananas, ...


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Dining news: Fat Baby Tacos opens, Geja's Cafe, Cafe Robey - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - —Fat Baby Tacos has opened at 109 W. Hubbard St. in Chicago. Besides tacos, the colorful space offers burritos, salads, soups and guacamole as well as late-night items like tamales. In addition, there are drinks such as beer, margaritas and sangria. See FatBabyTacos.com. —Geja's Cafe, 340 W. Armitage Ave, will be celebrating spring in Chicago with its two-month wine festival, ...


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SAVOR Truco Taqueria; Mott St. brunch - For those who live or stop by the northern suburbs, Truco Taqueria & Margarita Bar ( 211 Randhurst Village Dr., Mt. Prospect; TrucoTaco.com ) is certainly worth visiting. And, city slickers, don't be deterred by the fact that it's in a large retail setting like Randhurst Mall. Located next to an AMC movie theater, this restaurant offers some intriguing items, ...


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SAVOR Italian Village - DISH: Weekly Dining Guide in Windy City Times - Ninety years... That's how long Italian Village ( 71 W. Monroe St.; https://italianvillage-chicago.com/ ) has been in the Loop, serving traditional and well-done Italian dishes. However, the 90-year tag only applies to The Village, which is on the second floor of the venue. The thing is that Italian Village is actually three restaurants in one: La Cantina ( the lower-level ...


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Dining news: Travelle series, The Barn, Nutella cafe - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - —The Travelle "Chef Collab" dinner series kicks off on Thursday, May 25, at 6 p.m. as Travelle Kitchen + Bar's Chef Ricardo Jarquin opens his kitchen to Chef Daniel Espinoza from new taqueria Holy Taco! for a family-style dinner. The five-course event will begin with guests seated at communal tables in Travelle's wine cellar. Admission is $65 per person, excluding ...


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SAVOR Joy District - DISH: Weekly Dining Guide in Windy City Times - Ever heard of a "clubstaurant?" Well, that portmanteau perfectly describes Joy District ( 112 W. Hubbard St.; https://www.joychicago.com/ ), which offers everything from inviting eats to multiple spaces to explore. Housed in what was formerly Epic, Chef Matthew Wilde has unveiled a new menu that Windy City Times was privileged to try as part of a media event—and while there ...


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Dining news: Yoshi's Cafe, National Burger Month, Craft Beer Week - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - —Yoshi's Cafe, 3257 N. Halsted St., has opened a new bar. In honor of the new bar, the restaurant is offering treats such as Yoshi's Bar Trio ( Japanese-style fried chicken, shrimp a la diabla, and endive boat with wasabi-blue cheese; $12.95 ) and mixologist Fernando Estrada's singular martinis ( Japanese Sunrise, French, Key Lime and Expresso martinis, Ginger Cosmos ...


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Dining news: Chop Shop, Fat Baby Tacos, Mother's Day offerings - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - —Chop Shop, 2033 W. North Ave., has unveiled new seasonal menu items and cocktails. Items include burrata ( $12 ), chicken thigh and caper berries ( $16 ) and blade steak ( $22 ) as well as drinks like Snow Melt Sour ( Breckenridge Reserve Bourbon, Nardini Mndorla, pineapple, demerara and Anogstura bitters ) and Stolen Mule ( Stolen Smoked ...


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SAVOR Roanoke; Andersonville Wine Walk - DISH: Weekly Dining Guide in Windy City Times - Weekday lunchtime in Chicago's Loop is a boon for the area's many eateries. However, many of them suffer from a relative lack of business during the evenings and especially the weekends—when the many office denizens can't be found ( although some places benefit from theatergoers ). Such is the case with Roanoke Restaurant and Club ( 135 W. Madison St.; ...


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Fifth Third Bank Employees Help Fight Hunger in May - From a press release - CHICAGO — Fifth Third Bank is amping up its efforts to give back to the community beginning on Fifth Third Day ( 5/3 on the calendar ). Hundreds of Fifth Third Bank employees in Chicago will spend time throughout the month volunteering at area food banks and shelters and collecting donations of food from the public is all Fifth Third ...


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SAVOR Muscle Maker Grill; Fogo de Chao - DISH: Weekly Dining Guide in Windy City Times - Most fitness professionals agree that nutrition constitutes 60-80 percent of good health, with exercise composing the remainder. I kept this stat in mind while visiting the newest branch of Muscle Maker Grill ( 920 W. Belmont Ave., https://musclemakergrill.com/ ). The location of this particular stop—in health-conscious Lake View—wasn't lost on this particular writer. As one might guess, there are plenty ...


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Dining news: Cinco de Mayo and Derby events, James Beard honors - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - —SafeHouse Chicago, 60 E. Ontario St., will be offering Cinco de Mayo specials all day on Friday, May 5. The featured items are Street Tacos ( $5 each ), Corona bottles ( $5 each ) and a nachos combo ( $20 ) that includes SafeHouse Camp Stanley Nachos and four Coronas. —On Cinco de Mayo ( Friday, May 5 ), ...


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Dining news: Cocktail competition, 'Chef Bowl,' Common Threads event - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - —Sidetrack, 3349 N. Halsted St., will host The Stoli Key West Cocktail Classic—the world's largest annual LGBTQ bartending competition—on Wed., April 26, 8-11 p.m. Admission to the event is free and guests who RSVP at Out.com/keywestcocktailclassic will be eligible for complimentary Stoli cocktails and a chance to win a trip to Key West Pride for two. The winner from Chicago ...


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SAVOR Chicago Artisan Chocolate Show; Broken English - DISH: Weekly Dining Guide in Windy City Times - Attendees were definitely living the sweet life at the Chicago Artisan Chocolate Show that took place April 22-23 at Plumbers Hall. Several dozen vendors exhibited everything from classic treats to tasty trends in the world of chocolate. ( Unlike some festivals, most vendors offered samples and sold larger items. ) A few of the standouts were as follows: —Sweet P's ...


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SAVOR Big Jones - DISH: Weekly Dining Guide in Windy City Times - As practically every Chicagoan knows, there are scores of Southern-themed restaurants in our fair city. Some feature cuisines from specific parts of the South, like the South Carolina-based fare at Lowcountry, the Louisiana-themed items at Luella's Southern Kitchen or the Mississippi-oriented offerings at the forthcoming spot Delta. Then there are more expansive places—like the ( relatively ) longtime Andersonville restaurant ...


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Groceryland food drive on April 23 - Donations are sought regarding the Jimmy Bissonnette Memorial Food Drive, benefiting Groceryland. A special event will be held Sunday, April 23, at 4 p.m. at Little Jim's, 3503 N. Halsted St. Groceryland ( which has operated for almost 30 years ) is a grocery center, associated with the Heartland Alliance, supporting the health and nutrition needs of people experiencing chronic ...


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Five Worth Finding - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - —Indie Cafe: This casual restaurant ( 5951 N. Broadway; IndieCafe.us ) specializes in Asian cuisine—and offers an impressive array of food. Some of the offerings includes miso udon or soba soup, robota grill skewers ( such as coconut shrimp ), sushi and nigiri, various versions of maki, noodle dishes and entrees such as the very delicious Indie Ocean ( a ...


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Dining news: New Wicker Park spot, Easy Bar, chocolate festival - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - —The Delta—located in the former Monarch space at 1745 W. North Ave. in Wicker Park—is new restaurant and cocktail bar slated to open in June. The Delta is owned by Eldridge Williams, and he's been working on the concept of The Delta for three years; Williams, who was raised in Memphis, is currently a manager at Girl & the Goat. ...


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BUSINESS Trans-owned bakery finds niche in Lake View - Jennivee's Bakery has found a following in Lake View. Offering a selection of Philippine- and American-influenced cakes, cupcakes, brownies, cookies and other sweets, this bakery is unique in that it is opened during the late afternoon and evenings. "People love sweets late at night," bakery owner and founder Jenne Vailoces, who is transgender. Located at the corner of Sheffield Avenue ...


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Dining news: El Che Bar, Martha Stewart, Easter options - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - —Argentinian restaurant El Che Bar, 845 W. Washington Blvd., has launched its new Sunday Asado at 5-10 p.m. Guests can dine on a meat-centric menu served with seasonal side dishes, salad and empanadas for $90 for two people. ( People have the option of adding cocktails a la carte. ) —Martha Stewart has launched Martha Stewart Wine Co., an online ...


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Andersonville Flower Show with 28 Andersonville businesses April 22-23 - From a press release - CHICAGO ( April 10, 2017 ): In its third and largest year to date, the annual Andersonville Flower Show returns to the district this month to welcome the spring season in a uniquely-Andersonville fashion. Conceived by the owners of Mercantile M in 2015 as an event for the home décor, furniture, and vintage shops in the neighborhood to showcase their ...


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SAVOR Sable; Cupitol - DISH: Weekly Dining Guide in Windy City Times - Sable Shane Graybeal had a big challenge ahead of him. Installed as the newest executive chef at Sable ( 505 N. State St.; SableChicago.com ) late last year, the former BIN36 chef had to maintain his newest spot's reputation for provocative, tasty fare. He succeeds, on many levels. Indecisive people might take to the menu, which doesn't feature many items ...


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SAVOR SafeHouse Chicago; Baconfest - DISH: Weekly Dining Guide in Windy City Times - Five kung-fu poses... These constituted the hoop that I and two complete strangers had to jump through once we entered SafeHouse Chicago ( 60 E. Ontario St.; SafehouseChicago.com )—a spy-themed, basement-level restaurant that apparently has a very loyal following in Milwaukee and that just opened in Chicago. ( A grand opening took place on March 30 that featured, among other ...


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DISH: SAVOR Fig & Olive; Palette - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - Fig & Olive ( 104 E. Oak St.; FigAndOlive.com ) is just as tony as that exclusive stretch of Oak Street where it's located—one dotted with stores such as Prada and Dolce & Gabbana. Fortunately, it's not nearly as expensive. For spring, the spot continues its tradition of offering delicious dishes that embrace the season, as I recently discovered during ...


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FOOD Stuart O'Keeffe provides a 'Fix' with new book - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - Stuart O'Keeffe wears many hats—chef, television personality and author, among other things—but everything revolves around his passion: food. Among other things, he has appeared on Hollywood Today Live and the Food Network's Private Chefs of Beverly Hills, been a brand spokesman for Tupperware and is featured on OWN's Home Made Simple. The telegenic chef also has The Quick Six Fix ...


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Dining news: Sangria Festival, Columbus Tap anniv., Werewolf opens - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - —Sangria Festival will return to Chicago's Humboldt Park on Sunday, Aug. 20. Beyond hand-crafted sangria from mixologists, Sangria Festival also pays homage to Spanish food and arts, featuring freshly made paellas, authentic flamenco performances and a mercado. Partial proceeds from the event will benefit the San Lucas Church Food Pantry & Hot Meal Program and Humboldt Park's traveling little league. ...


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Dining news: Vermilion's brunch bar, Arun's reopens, Phil Potempa show - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - —Indian-Latin fusion restaurant Vermilion, 10 W. Hubbard St., has launched its Dosa Frankie brunch bar. ( Dosas are delicate airy rice lentil crepes, traditionally served with a classic potato filling, hot sambar and coconut chutney; frankies are kabab-stuffed grilled paratha with its layer of egg, pickled onion and chutney. ) The new menu is being offered Fridays through Sundays. See ...


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DISH: SAVOR The Florentine; 'Bootycandy' beverages - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - The lovely Italian restaurant The Florentine ( inside the J.W. Marriott Hotel at 151 W. Adams St.; The-Florentine.net ) has a chef, Zachary Walrath, who rarely brings back dishes once a new season's in play. The bad news regarding that approach is that you're unlikely to see a dish you've really savored the following year. The good news ( at ...







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