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  SAVOR The Lunchbox; Woodwind brunch

DISH Dining Guide

With social distancing and masks being part of the "new normal," some people are opting to places with more casual items that have grab-and-go choices. Enter The Lunchbox ( 200 E. Chestnut St.; )—the order-and-go ...


  SAVOR Chef James Sanders gets 'Dirty' with Southern cuisine

DISH Dining Guide

Chef James Sanders—after navigating everything from working for the Chicago Bears to living the quintessential corporate life—is reopening Dirty Birds Southern Kitchen on Friday, Aug. 4, at 8052 S. Racine Ave., in Chicago's Auburn Gresham neighborhood. ...


  SAVOR Surf's Up expands to Old Town

DISH Dining Guide

A new restaurant has opened in Chicago's Old Town neighborhood—and it's being welcomed with open arms. Having opened on Juneteenth ( June 19 ), the casual spot Surf's Up Old Town ( 1143 N. Wells St.; ...


  SAVOR Paulina Meat Market

DISH Dining Guide

There's no mistaking when you're in the vicinity of Paulina Meat Market ( 3501 N. Lincoln Ave.; ). The scent of various smoked meats is enough to make most people's mouths water ( including this ...


  SAVOR Tzuco

DISH Dining Guide

Beginning July 1, the French-Mexican spot Tzuco ( 720 N. State St.; ) offered indoor seating at 25-percent capacity, per Phase 4 guidelines regarding the coronavirus pandemic. I stopped by to check out things, and ...


  Food Center sign registers BLM support

Longtime activist Lori Cannon stands in front of a sign in support of Black Lives Matter that hung at North Side Food Center (Groceryland), 5543 N. Broadway. The sign was painted by local artist David Lee ...


  SAVOR The Clubhouse Oak Brook; Bub City Rosemont

DISH Dining Guide

When the incomparable Nina Simone sang "It's a new dawn/it's a new day" in her immortal song "Feeling Good," it's a safe bet she wasn't referring to a coronavirus pandemic. However, that current development has made ...


  Food truck parodies Nini's; proceeds going to Black/Brown, LGBTQ groups

A food truck parodying the disgraced Nini's Deli is selling empanadas June 19-20, splitting proceeds between a Black/Brown group and an LGBTQ fixture, Block Club Chicago noted. The food truck, called "Nono's Deli," will park at ...


  'Dine Out on Broadway' June 12-14, 19-21

Lakeview East Chamber of Commerce announced "Dine Out on Broadway," one of Chicago's first street closures open for outdoor dining and is part of Mayor Lori Lightfoot's "Make Way for Dining" pilot program. Thirty restaurants and ...


  SAVOR Less is more for out chef Art Smith during pandemic

DISH Dining Guide

When life hands you lemons, you make lemonade. Just ask Art Smith. During the coronavirus pandemic—the culinary expert who has cooked for luminaries such as Oprah Winfrey, the Obamas and Nelson Mandela—has employed a healthful plan ...


  Andersonville Farmers Market online ordering starts today for pickup June 10

The Andersonville Farmers Market ( AFM ) will officially open its 11th season Wed., June 10, for shopper pick-up at 3-7 p.m. on Catalpa Avenue between Clark Street and Ashland Avenue. The market has moved locations ...


  NATIONAL 'Drag Fest,' eating disorders, journalist attacked, NCLR event

Political activist/New York City drag staple Marti Gould Cummings and The Only Productions announced the largest digital drag festival during Pride 2020, a press release noted. More than 100 performers are scheduled to appear during "Pride ...


  SAVOR Alpana Singh talks restaurants, show in the age of COVID-19

DISH Dining Guide

Since the stay-at-home order was imposed weeks ago, the national restaurant industry has collectively been delivered an economic gut punch. Windy City Times recently talked with Alpana Singh—master sommelier, Evanston restaurant owner and host of the ...


  SAVOR Culinary spots to consider for delivery/pickup (Part II)

DISH Dining Guide

As with practically all businesses at this time, restaurants are fighting to survive—and have had to adapt by, among other things, getting creative with curbside/delivery offerings since dine-in service is currently shuttled. This list continues what ...


  2Bears Tavern Group prepares community meals

When you're here, you're family ... Twice weekly on Tuesdays and Fridays, the staff of 2Bears Tavern Group distributes community meals at Meeting House Tavern, 5025 N. Clark St., 2-6 p.m. The effort began immediately after ...


  Man working to help LGBTQ seniors

Danny Beers is working to help LGBTQ seniors during the coronavirus pandemic. Five days a week, Beers has been collecting donated food and essential supplies, and working with Andersonville establishments Vincent restaurant and Lady Gregory's to ...


  Illinois Restaurant Assoc. opposes Pritzker plan

The Illinois Restaurant Association ( IRA ) is urging Gov. JB Pritzker to reconsider the timing provisions outlined in the Restore Illinois plan he recently presented. President and CEO Sam Toia said in a statement on ...


  Restaurants and related businesses: COVID-19/LGBTQ news

—Music Box Theatre, 3733 N. Southport Ave., now has concessions to go. The packages include favorites from its concessions stand, including soda, candy, beer, wine and, of course, Music Box Popcorn. ( Photos IDs are required ...


  SAVOR Culinary spots to consider for delivery/pickup

DISH Dining Guide

As with practically all businesses at this time, restaurants are fighting to survive—and have had to adapt by, among other things, getting creative with curbside/delivery offerings since dine-in service is currently shuttled. Here are a few ...


  Restaurants and related businesses: COVID-19 news

—Chicago Mayor Lori Lightfoot announced the official launch of the City's Emergency Food Coordination Center at Malcolm X College in partnership with The Salvation Army and the Greater Chicago Food Depository. This coordination center ensures that ...


  Restaurants and related businesses: COVID-19 and LGBTQ news

—Chicago Mayor Lori Lightfoot joined Chicago Cubs owners Tom and Laura Ricketts for a visit to a new Lakeview Pantry satellite site at Wrigley Field. The temporary site will support the Pantry in keeping up with ...


  Restaurants and related businesses: COVID-19 news

—Volunteer-run nonprofit The Puerto Rican Agenda and the Puerto Rican Cultural Center have teamed with Puerto Rican restaurant Nellie's, 2458 W. Division St., to deliver authentic Puerto Rican lunches to more than 30 households in the ...


  SAVOR Cuisine professionals talk about the impact of COVID-19

DISH Dining Guide

With the COVID-19 pandemic affecting the global food scene, Windy City Times asked local food/cuisine professionals ( from chefs to PR people ) how their lives have changed and what their feelings are. Here are what ...


  Restaurants and related businesses: COVID-19 news

—Lakeview Pantry has partnered with the Lavin Family Foundation and Cubs Charities to address food insecurity in the wake of the COVID-19 outbreak. #FeeditForward, created by the Lavin Family Foundation, is an initiative that uses grant ...


  Lakeview Pantry, local groups address COVID-19 restaurant layoffs, hunger

CHICAGO — April 3, 2020 — Lakeview Pantry, Chicago's largest food pantry, has partnered with the Lavin Family Foundation and Cubs Charities to address food insecurity in the wake of the COVID-19 outbreak. #FeeditForward, created by ...


  Restaurants: COVID-19 responses, tips and developments

With Illinois pretty much under lockdown through at least April 30, restaurants are doing what they can to help others—but it's also about people supporting culinary spots as well: —James Beard Award-winning Prairie Grass Chef Sarah ...


  COVID-19: LGBT Chicagoans weather pandemic's economic storm

Millions of U.S. residents will face uncertain financial futures as the coronavirus pandemic unfolds. Nearly 3.3 million people filed new unemployment claims the week of March 23, while economic activity has ground to a virtual halt ...


  SAVOR Mason House

DISH Dining Guide

[Note: With the COVID-19 outbreak, Illinois restaurants and bars have been ordered closed through at least Tuesday, April 7. However, this restaurant has its menu items for take-out or delivery through that date.] Mason House ( ...


  SAVOR Labriola; COVID-19 hotline

DISH Dining Guide

[Note: With the COVID-19 outbreak, Illinois restaurants and bars have been ordered closed through Monday, March 30. However, this article is being run to acknowledge the work of the staff involved, and in the hope that ...


  Brave Space Alliance announces online programming, Crisis Pantry in response to COVID-19

CHICAGO — Brave Space Alliance today announced a new slate of online and mutual aid programming in response to the threat of COVID-19, and the accompanying lack of critical supplies for the community. The South Side ...


  Common Threads marking 15th anniversary

UPDATE: Windy City Times was informed March 11 that "Common Threads has decided to reschedule both the Chicago (March 16) and LA (April 2) Chef Takeover events due to concerns related to COVID-19. It was ...


  SAVOR MAD Social; Labriola

DISH Dining Guide

Few Chicago restaurants capitalize on a thoroughfare like MAD Social ( 1140 W. Madison St.; ), which incorporates Madison Street into everything from menu items to, obviously, its name. The spot—the first new restaurant from ...


  BUSINESS Lost Larson: A'ville bakery/cafe has multiple goals

Andersonville spot Lost Larson has some spectacular bakery items ( as this writer discovered ), but the people behind it has other goals involving two separate demographics: lesbians and the Swedish. The amiable Bree Schaffer co-owns ...


  Operation Taste on March 2

Operation Taste 2020 will take place Monday, March 2, 5:30-9:30 p.m., at the Donald E. Stephens Convention Center in Rosemont. More than 30 renowned Chicagoland chefs—including Chef Sam Plotneck, of Michelin-awarded restaurant Temporis; Chef Michael Lachowicz, ...


  SAVOR Doc B's; The Dandy Crown

DISH Dining Guide

I first had a taste of the offerings at the River North location of Doc B's Restaurant + Bar ( 55 E. Grand Ave.; ) last year during a tour of restaurants at The Shops ...


  'Butches Who Cook'on March 15

The Facebook group LezInColor is hosting its first cooking competition, "Butches Who Cook," Sunday, March 15, 1-6 p.m., at the Grand Ballroom, 6351 S. Cottage Grove Ave. According to the press release, "10 ( masculine-centered women ...


  Valentine's Day (and pre-Valentine's Day) restaurant and bar offerings

Here's just a sample of what Chicago restaurants and bars are offering this Valentine's Day: —The Walk In, 2727 N. Milwaukee Ave., will have a "Spill the Tea Party" Thursday, Feb. 13, 8-11 p.m. The event ...


  Andersonville Restaurant Week to showcase neighborhood dining

CHICAGO ( February 4, 2020 ): Returning for the fourth consecutive year, the Andersonville Chamber of Commerce ( ACC ) is thrilled to host this winter's Andersonville Restaurant Week, running from February 21 — March 1 ...


  SAVOR Graze; Jean Banchet Awards

DISH Dining Guide

For those adhering to those health-related resolutions—and even for those who wish to start anew at this point—there's Graze ( 1632 W. Division St., 2401 N. Halsted St and 648 N. Clark St.; ), which ...


  SAVOR Galit; Chicago Restaurant Week

DISH Dining Guide

Friends of mine, who happen to be a couple, told me they had to wait two months to get into the Lincoln Park restaurant Galit ( 2429 N. Lincoln Ave.; ). I discovered two reasons ...


  SAVOR Best restaurants of 2019

DISH Dining Guide

Last year, I had the pleasure of visiting dozens of spots covering a wide variety of cuisines. Here are some of the best—so indulge in what these spots have to offer: —Roanoke Restaurant and Club ( ...


  DINING New Year's items, 2020 events

[Note: Dining News will be discontinued after Dec. 31.] —For New Year's Eve, Filipino spot Cebu, 2211 W. North Ave., is urging people to celebrate with a Boodle Fight Feast. It features fried branzino fish with ...


  SAVOR L'Aventino Forno Romano; Grand Trunk Road's brunch

DISH Dining Guide

L'Aventino Forno Romano ( 355 E. Ohio St.; ) is at least the fourth pizzeria in the past few years to be at that address. I remember Robert's Pizza Co. ( now Robert's Pizza and ...


  DINING Blind Dragon, Dandy Crown, holiday items

—FOUND Hotel's Asian-inspired bar/lounge Blind Dragon, 613 N. Wells St., features karaoke suites, vibrant music and exotic cocktails and bites. The new happy hour ( Tuesdays through Thursdays 5-8 p.m. ) has $5 house wines and ...


  SAVOR Francois Frankie's jazz brunch

DISH Dining Guide

Sometimes, a spot's success can depend on something as simple as location. Francois Frankie ( 222 W. Randolph St.; ), even though it's in the Loop, is probably just a shade too many steps away ...


  DINING Warhol cocktail, Stone Fox closes, holiday items

—The Robey, 2018 W. North Ave., currently has The Warhol, created in honor of The Art Institute's exhibit on Andy Warhol. Served in a Campbell's tomato soup can, the drink consists of Jack Daniels, Aronia berry ...


  SAVOR Politan Row

DISH Dining Guide

Politan Row ( 111 N. Aberdeen St.; ) is not your average food hall—in terms of offerings or mission. Politan Row ( which has affiliated sites in Houston, New Orleans and Miami ) is a ...


  SAVOR River Roast

At River Roast ( 315 N. LaSalle St.; ), the centerpiece menu item is its Beef Tomahawk—an almost three-pound, wet-aged steak attached to a bone that's reminiscent of the Brontosaurus ribs seen on the opening ...


  WINDY CITY TIMES annual Holiday Gift Guide, Part Two

I'll drink to that Inspired by TV host Giuliana Rancic, Giuliana Prosecco ( $14.99; ) is smooth, with a fruity scent and deceptively complex taste. It may sound weird to say you settled down with ...


  DINING Pennyville Station, Molly's Cupcakes, pop-ups, Mantuano leaves

—Park Ridge spot Pennyville Station, 112 Main St., is hosting "Brunch with Santa" on Sunday, Dec. 15, 11 a.m.-1 p.m. ( Normal brunch hours are 10:30 a.m.-3 p.m. ) Ten percent of brunch proceeds will go ...


  theWit celebrating Warhol with package

theWit Hotel, 201 N. State St., is celebrating the arrival of "Andy Warhol—From A to B and Back Again," the acclaimed traveling Andy Warhol exhibit that has just made its debut in Chicago—with a hotel package ...


  DINING Kinton opening, 'Breakfast with Santa,' Aboyer's brunch

—Kinton Ramen will open its second Chicago location this December in the city's Wicker Park neighborhood at 1426 N. Milwaukee Ave. The 2,100-square-foot Kinton Ramen Wicker Park features 54 main dining room seats and 11 open-kitchen ...


  Gay-owned Pastoral closes

Greg O'Neill and Ken Miller—the couple who the founded and owned Chicago business Pastoral Artisan Cheese, Bread & Wine—recently closed after 15 years. In a letter to Pastoral's customers and stakeholders, O'Neill and Miller stated, "Unfortunately, ...


  SAVOR Stockton brunch; Equality Illinois wine-tasting

DISH Dining Guide

Stockton ( 1009 N. Rush St., second floor; ) is in the space that the upscale Japanese restaurant Jellyfish occupied—but it definitely has established its own vibe since opening in October. Unfortunately, very few people ...


  DINING 'Frosty's Christmas Bar,' Tzuco brunch, Thanksgiving options

—The pop-up space Frosty's Christmas Bar is running at 809 W. Evergreen Ave. through Jan. 5, 2020. It is four levels of holiday cheer, with singing Santa shows, non-stop holiday music, three bars and two dance ...


  DINING Movember drink, Black Wednesday and Thanksgiving options

—In honor of Men's Health Awareness Month, Bassment ( Chicago speakeasy-style lounge ), 353 W. Hubbard St., will be donating a portion of proceeds to the Movember foundation from purchases of the brand's signature cocktail, The ...


  Leather community gives at GroceryLand

To commemorate Groceryland's 25th anniversary, as well as to kick off the the season of giving, the Chicago leather community worked at GroceryLand, 5543 N. Broadway, on Nov. 16, handing out turkeys and all the fixings ...


  Chick-fil-A claims it will stop donating to anti-LGBTQ groups

Chick-fil-A claims it's going to stop donating to anti-LGBTQ organizations as it tries to expand its business into more liberal parts of the country and internationally, media reports noted. The fast food chain got headlines a ...


  SAVOR City Mouse; Redline VR

I previously dined at City Mouse ( 311 N. Morgan St.; ) not too long ago during a stay in the adjoining Ace Hotel—and remembered being impressed with the cuisine. A year and a half ...


  SAVOR Althea

DISH Dining Guide

Althea ( 700 N. Michigan Ave.; ) is courtesy of celebrity chef and plant-based pioneer Matthew Kenney, and occupies part of the seventh floor of Saks Fifth Avenue ( and is where Sophie's used to ...


  Illinois Restaurant Assoc., owners oppose elimination of tip credit

On Nov. 12, the Illinois Restaurant Association ( IRA ) and dozens of restaurant industry operators and servers held a press conference to oppose Raise Chicago—an ordinance being considered by the Chicago City Council that would ...


  Ann Sather restaurant to offer Thanksgiving meals

Ann Sather will offer diners a traditional Thanksgiving dinner on Thursday, Nov. 28. Dinner will begin with a chicken vegetable soup and assorted homemade breads—including Ann Sather's legendary cinnamon rolls—followed by an entree including roast turkey ...


  DINING Honey-themed dishes, Gaijin opens, Rum Tour and Gin Fest

—Forest Park spot The Heritage, 7403 Madison St., has several dishes that sport the honey from its own rooftop as well as 10 off-site locations in Lake Zurich and Barrington. They include honey pie, nightshade salad ...


  DINING 'Mother Clucker,' La Sirena Clandestina closing, company incidents

—James Beard Award-nominated Chef Brian Jupiter is teaming with one of TIME Magazine's Next Generation Leaders, Chef Tunde Wey, to host "Hotter than a Mother Clucker: a Collaborative Dinner and Discussion" at Frontier, 1072 N. Milwaukee ...


  DINING Dos Toros, Halloween specials, Le Colonial

—In honor of Dos Toros' 10-Year anniversary, the taqueria concept will be offering two items for $10 at Chicago locations on Wed., Oct. 30—the day of the brand's official anniversary. From 2 p.m. to close, and ...


  SAVOR Flight Club; Uncle Julio's

DISH Dining Guide

Flight Club Chicago ( 111 W. Wacker Dr.; )—with its mix of food, drinks and darts—aims, pun intended, to provide something different. On all counts, it succeeds. To be honest, I was a little suspicious ...


  DINING Pumpkin-carving party, 'Check, Please!,' Warhol dish

—Bernie's, 660 N. Orleans St., will host a pumpkin carving party/contest Wed., Oct. 23, 6-8:30 p.m. Guests can test their skills during the event for the chance to win a $100 gift card. Event tickets are ...


  SAVOR Jerry Tapia, baking his way to success

Out Chicagoan Jerry Tapia knows his way around an oven. Not only was this evident from the surprise cake he brought to an interview with Windy City Times, but also from his resume, which includes graduating ...


  DINING Aberlour, 'Fried Chicken & Bubbles,' Peninsula dinner

—As part of the Designing Louder Than Words bottle box competition created by the Design Museum of Chicago and Aberlour Single Malt Scotch Whisky, more than 60 designers, architects and creators submitted box designs that were ...


  DINING Fat Rice bakery, Frontier dinner, marathon specials

—James Beard-Award winning Chef Abe Conlon and Partner Adrienne Lo revealed a new expansion of their daytime Asian-inspired bakery The Bakery at Fat Rice, which will now become The Bakery & Cafe at Fat Rice. Announcing ...


  Popcorn company has 'Coming Out Box'

Ahead of National Coming Out Day ( Oct. 11 ), Chicago-based Epic Gourmet Popcorn has launched its new product: The Coming Out Box, a gourmet popcorn gift set with three LGBTQ+ Pride-themed flavors. The flavors are ...


  SAVOR: TAO Chicago

DISH Dining Guide

The last time I was at what is now Tao Chicago ( 632 N. Dearborn St.; ) was when it was Excalibur nightclub at a circuit-club event that the now-defunct Hearts Foundation hosted. Dining at ...


  DINING The Baked Amazon, Molly's Cupcakes, pasta flight

—In celebration of National Dessert Month in October, the Albert Chicago, 228 E. Ontario St., will be offering the Baked Amazon, with mango-camu frozen yogurt, chocolate cake and torched meringue ( $15 ), courtesy of Executive ...


  Five Worth Finding: AIDS Run & Walk, The Ice King, TopGolf and more

—AIDS Run & Walk Chicago 2019: Taking place Oct. 5, advocates from across Chicago and beyond will gather at Soldier Field to support those living with and vulnerable to HIV. The 18th annual event—with a 5K ...


  SAVOR EXTRA Chicago Gourmet attracts hundreds despite weather, Michelin stars awarded

Chicago Gourmet Dodging raindrops, hundreds of people attended Bon Appetit Presents Chicago Gourmet ( with the theme "Lights, Camera, Napkin!" ), which took place Sept. 27-29. Some of the events include Battle of the Masters at ...

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