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SAVOR LondonHouse Chicago's rooftop bar - LondonHouse Chicago's rooftop bar ( 85 E. Upper Wacker Dr.; LondonHouseChicago.com ) is at the center of a lot of buzz these days—and one of the reasons becomes obvious when going to the dining establishment, as it's the only tri-level rooftop venue in Chicago, as it's on the 21st, 22nd and 23rd floors of the LondonHouse hotel ( called, respectively, ...


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Dining news: Restaurant closings, Smack Shack, Uncle Julio's - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - —Vivo recently closed after a quarter-century in the West Loop, Eater Chicago noted. The owners of AMK Kitchen Bar, a Bucktown restaurant that opened in June 2015, have purchased Vivo's Randolph Restaurant Row space; in late July, they'll open a pop-up concept called Nosh & Booze. —Also recently closing was Embeya. Eater Chicago reported that the West Loop spot suddenly ...


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SAVOR Dolce Italian - DISH: Weekly Dining Guide in Windy City Times - From its décor down to its music, Dolce Italian, located at the Godfrey Hotel ( 127 W. Huron St.; DolceItalianRestaurant.com ), knows how to do modernized Italian-style cuisine. The restaurant has been open for about a year now and if you're trying to avoid busy lunch spots, this might be the place for you. When one goes for Italian food, ...


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Dining news: Lobster Festival, AIRE, Cochon's special - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - —Shaw's Crab House ( in Chicago and Schaumburg ) will be celebrating lobsters this summer at its annual Lobster Festival. People are encouraged to stop by Shaw's Chicago through July 31 and try one of the restaurant's lobster-centric dishes. Call 312-527-2722 or visit ShawsCrabHouse.com. —Outdoor space AIRE, 100 W. Monroe St., is now open on Sundays with a new liquid ...


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SAVOR Parts and Labor - BY NINA MATTI - Stepping into Parts and Labor ( 2700 N. Milwaukee Ave.; PartsAndLaborChicago.com ) is like stepping into a time machine. Throwback hit shows like Saved by the Bell and Freaks and Geeks are projected onto large screens as pleasant background noise while the restaurant's patrons enjoy food that is just as classic as its atmosphere. The restaurant's especially well known for ...


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DISH: SAVOR Travelle - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - Housed in River North is a gem of a restaurant inside the former IBM building. Travelle KItchen + Bar ( 330 N. Wabash St.; TravelleChicago.com ), part of the Langham Chicago hotel, offers a sleek decor and some cool views of the city—but there's much more than that. Chef de Cuisine Ricardo Jarquin, Pastry Chef Scott Green and Beverage Director ...


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Dining news: New Lake View chefs, Nat'l Fried Chicken Day - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - —Lake View spots DryHop Brewers and Corridor Brewery & Provisions have new executive chefs. Jeff Dysart and Jason Vandegraft are the new executive chefs at, respectively, DryHop and Corridor. They both were Former Executive Chef Joel Pillar's chef de cuisines at the brewpubs. Pillar will be the executive chef at The Sherwood Inn in New York state. —To honor National ...


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SAVOR Sable - DISH: Weekly Dining Guide in Windy City Times - Often, people say that their dining experiences are culinary journeys of some sort—but Sable ( 505 N. State St.; SableChicago.com ) has made that as literal as possible, thanks to its transit-related groups of cocktails. Sable's website trumpets the restaurant's attention to cocktails—and it showed at a recent media event I attended. The drinks started with a refreshing prosecco cocktails ...


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Dining news: Film-inspired drinks, Kizuki's summer eats - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - —BIG Bar, located on the second floor of Hyatt Regency Chicago at 151 E. Wacker Dr., offers a lineup of cocktails inspired by the movies playing during this year's Millennium Park Summer Film Series. The specialty cocktails are available throughout the entirety of the film series in Millennium Park through Aug. 30. Drinks include Nemos' Mule, Ferris' Punch, Souls' Sangria, ...


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SAVOR Chop - DISH: Weekly Dining Guide in Windy City Times - I was initially a little hesitant to check out Chop ( 1017 S. Delano Ct.; ChopChicago.com ). The primary reason was because it's an offshoot of Porkchop, which has been a mixed bag for me ( although brunch at the West Loop restaurant was outstanding ). My verdict on Chop is that it has enough appealing aspects to recommend it—with ...


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Dining news: New Boystown restaurant, Evanston bakery, Pride donuts - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - —Lark has opened in Boystown at 3441 N. Halsted St. The restaurant will feature cocktails and Neapolitan wood-fired pizzas. See LarkChicago.com. Also, Hewn—an artisanal bakery in Evanston ( at 810 Dempster St. ) specializing in heritage grains and hand-forged, naturally fermented breads and pastries—has reopened. Baker/wwner Ellen King has items such as salads, flatbreads and sandwiches like Morrocan eggplant as ...


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SAVOR Kizuki - DISH: Weekly Dining Guide in Windy City Times - Kizuki Ramen & Izakaya ( 1482 N. Milwaukee Ave.; Kizuki.com ) is the latest in a string of impressive Japanese restaurants I've had the fortune to visit. Even my dining partner, who's traveled to Japan, really liked the fare at Kizuki, which started in Tokyo and has expanded to several states, including Washington, Oregon, Illinois and Indiana. Dining here was ...


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Dining news: Orange Is the New Wacker drink; Father's Day items - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - —With the long-awaited Orange is the New Black season-four premiere around the corner ( Friday, June 17 ), rooftop space AIRE, 100 W. Monroe St., is celebrating with $4 off its cocktail Orange is the New Wacker. The cocktail was given its name to honor the scenes of Orange is the New Black that were filmed on Wacker Drive. This ...


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SAVOR Gene & Georgetti - DISH: Weekly Dining Guide in Windy City Times - Gene & Georgetti ( 500 N. Franklin St.; GeneAndGeorgetti.com ) is not just a restaurant—it's an institution. In a world of restaurant trends, this restaurant has always been steady, offering patrons a generous helping of tradition. The old-school Italian steakhouse has earned this label not only because of its extensive history ( with 2016 marking its 75th year of existence ...


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Sweets & Snacks Expo expands - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - Defying a trend that has seen similar events become smaller over the years, this year's Sweets & Snacks Expo—held again at McCormick Place—was larger than ever, expanding by 20 percent over 2015. The expo ( which is not open to the public ) actually added a hall this year, making the exhibitors' space a total of four acres of candy ...


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Dining news: Piccolo Sogno items; trans ice-cream social - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - —Piccolo Sogno, 464 N. Halsted St., is offering its spring menu. Chef/Partner Tony Priolo is offering dishes such as cavolo nero ( Tuscan kale, radishes and croutons, tossed with lemon Parmesan dressing ), halibut al forno ( wood-roasted halibut, farro, spring vegetables, green onions, carrot and ginger puree ) and fava e pecorino ( fava beans, pecorino DOP and olive ...


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SAVOR The Columbus Tap; Big Gay Brunch - DISH: Weekly Dining Guide in Windy City Times - Columbus Tap ( 200 N. Columbus Dr.; ColumbusTap.com ) is a new gastropub at The Fairmont Chicago that just opened in April and that has an unmistakable masculine vibe—one that my dining companion ( a female ) also picked up on immediately, down to the strong decor and the overwhelmingly male patronage. Chef Atticus Garant ( a chef who exudes ...


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DISH: SAVOR Forno Rosso; Robert's Pizza Company - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - This column deals with two restaurants that specialize in pizzas—with one clearly ahead of the other ( at least at this point ). Forno Rosso Pizza Napoletana ( 1048 W. Randolph St.; FornoRossoPizzeria.com ) is a new addition to Chicago's West Loop. ( Another more-established branch is at 3719 N. Harlem Ave. ) Owner Nick Nitti has even trained in ...


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Dining news: LUXBAR's wine, Furious Spoon in the Loop - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - —Gold Coast restaurant LUXBAR, 18 E. Bellevue St., is inviting people to sip rosé on its patio, thanks to its new Rosé Cart, which will debut Memorial Day weekend. Some of the varietals include California's Hogwash ( green apple, medium body, florial ), France's Le Paradou ( mineral, pepper and red berries ) and Italy's Fattoria Sardi ( silky-soft fruity ...


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TWO; Mary's on 'Boss' - DISH: Weekly Dining Guide in Windy City Times - Bib Gourmand recipient TWO ( 1132 W. Chicago Ave.; 113two.com ) has at least two things going for it. One is its extremely telegenic staff, almost giving the impression that one has to be a model in order to be hired. Our server, Oscar, was as friendly as he was handsome, and the few others ( male and female—including Oscar's ...


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Bistronomic unveils spring menu items - French restaurant Bistronomic, 840 N. Wabash Ave., recently held a spring media dinner—and maintained the high level of cuisine this writer has repeatedly experienced. Among the highlights were three various salad: spring mesclun mix and asparagus ( which I really loved ); seasonal market, with spring baby kale, peas, breakfast radish, feta, brioche croutons and dill-buttermilk dressing; and quail confit ...


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Dining news: National Burger Month, Gino's 50 years, new spots - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - —In celebration of National Burger Month, Clark Street Dog and Bar, 3040 N. Clark St., will feature a new Red Hot Burger on special for $5.99 ( $6.55 with cheese ). The quarter-pound fresh seasoned burger is topped with an open-faced Vienna Beef natural-casing hot dog, grilled and served with ketchup, mustard, onions, lettuce, tomatoes and crinkle-cut pickles on a ...


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Upcoming: Andersonville Wine Walk, Taste of Randolph, Chefs and the City - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - Andersonville Wine Walk on May 15 The 10th annual Andersonville Wine Walk will take place Sunday, May 15, 3-6 p.m. This event will feature two routes, each including 12 retail stores transformed into tasting destinations. Each route ( North and South ) features 36 wines provided by participating distributors such as H2Vino, Cream, Heritage, Vinejoy, Winebow, Candid and more. The ...


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Food trucks back in Loop this summer - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - It's becoming a sign of warmer weather: The food trucks are back in the Loop. Food Trucks are throughout Chicago—but they are also part of the lunchtime action at Daley Plaza and Willis Tower through October. Trucks are at Daley Plaza, 50 W. Washington St., and Willis Tower, at the corner of Wacker Drive and Jackson Boulevard. Both locations will ...


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SAVOR Imperial Lamian; Mary's on 'Boss' - DISH: Weekly Dining Guide, Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - The northwest corner of Hubbard and State streets ( in Chicago's River North area ) has seen its fair share of restaurants come and go, including Bar Umbriago ( which I still miss ), Centro and Vong's Thai Kitchen. However, one hopes the restaurant gods will smile upon Imperial Lamian ( 6 W. Hubbard St.; Imperial-Lamian.com )—an Indonesian-based restaurant making ...


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Dining news: Steppenwolf's cafe, Cinco de Mayo and Mother's Day options - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - —Steppenwolf Theatre Company announced that its new cafe/bar at 1700 N. Halsted St. will be named Front Bar: Coffee and Drinks. The cafe/bar also connects to Steppenwolf's existing main building creating an expanded lobby space. Steppenwolf is collaborating with friends and neighbors Boka Restaurant Group ( BRG ), along with interior designer Karen Herold of Studio K and the marketing ...


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Dining news: Pastoral festival, Lamian starts lunch, Iron Chef raffle - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - —In honor of Baconfest this weekend, Staytion Market & Bar, 1 W. Wacker Dr., will host the all-day-long celebration "Bacon, Bacon, Bacon," Friday, April 29, at 11 a.m. The celebration will feature all things bacon, including complimentary Bacon Maple Bacon Shake Shooters, and a specially curated Bacon Washed Old Fashioned—made with Old Forester Whiskey ( $10 each ). Entry to ...


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Dining news: Bar Toma patio event, Autre marks five, beer cocktails - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - —Bar Toma, 110 E. Pearson St., is kicking off its patio season with an Earth Day party on Friday, April 22. Beginning at 4 p,m,, guests can dine al fresco and enjoy $1 off local craft beers. —Berwyn's Autre Monde Cafe and Spirits, 6727 W. Roosevelt Rd., celebrates its five-year anniversary with a complete refresh—complete with updated decor, a revamped ...


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SAVOR Brunch at Frontier; Dining Out for Life - DISH: Weekly Dining Guide - Frontier ( 1072 N. Milwaukee Ave.; TheFrontierChicago.com ) is seeming ly known for two things: serving primarily Southern cuisine and offering dishes that border on the unusual/rare. ( In the past, I've tried everything from gator ribs to llama meatballs at Frontier, but the place has also served animals such as black bear and even kangaroo. ) Having gone to ...


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Dining news: Ema opening, Chicago Chef Week, famed chef dies - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - —Lettuce Entertain You Enterprises' Founder Rich Melman and Executive Vice President/Partner Marc Jacobs are teaming with Chef/Partner CJ Jacobson to open the Mediterranean-style restaurant Ema ( pronounced "ee-ma" ) this summer at 74 W. Illinois St. for lunch and dinner. ( Jacobson starred on Bravo's Top Chef, most recently winning Top Chef Duels in 2014. ) Expect a lighter, more ...


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SAVOR Arami - DISH: Weekly Dining Guide in Windy City Times - Arami ( 1829 W. Chicago Ave.; AramiChicago.com ) is the best Japanese restaurant I've been to since ... well, its brother eatery Ani, which I visited a few weeks ago. However, that is still very high praise, with Arami and Ani a step above most of the other Japanese places in Chicago. Getting there is no problem—but you will have ...


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Dining news: Wicker Park restaurant openings; Gino's East in Pilsen - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - —urbanbelly will open in Wicker Park at 1542 N. Damen Ave. Beginning Wed., April 6, urbanbelly Wicker Park will be open for dinner service, with lunch service to follow soon. There will also be a special open house Tuesday, April 12, 5-9 p.m. ( The first 250 guests will receive a complimentary gift bag and urbanbelly will be raffling prizes ...


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SAVOR Brunch at Appellation; upcoming lecture - DISH: Weekly Dining Guide - I recently went to weekend brunch at Andersonville's Appellation ( 5212 N. Clark St.; PastoralArtisan.com/appellation )—which I could also seemingly call Pastoral/Appellation, as the 75-seat bistro is an extension of the Pastoral Artisan Cheese, Bread & Wine business located at the same address. Something that surprised me was the fact that there weren't too many diners at Appellation at 11 ...


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Wine-and-dine, Dining Out for Life - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - Wine-and-dine event starts in Lake View Stellar Wine Company and Hutch American Bistro have announced the launch of Wine and Dine Wednesday, a "wine shop to restaurant" progressive dining experience. The event starts Wed., March 30, at 6 p.m. with a one-hour wine tasting at Stellar, 820 W. Belmont Ave., featuring three select wines and appetizers, followed by a ...


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Dining news: Pizza restaurant opening, 'Saved by the Bell' diner - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - —Robert's Pizza Company will open its doors Wed., March 30, in Streeterville at 355 E. Ohio St. Robert's Pizza Company will offer a rotating lineup of up to 15 gourmet brick-oven pizzas, "create-your-own" pizzas with toppings from select ingredients and the signature Robert's Pizza Flight. Similar to a four-course meal, pizza flights include a salad pizza, white pizza, entrée pizza, ...


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SAVOR Nothing Bundt Cakes - DISH: Weekly Dining Guide - Success is sweet, indeed. Nothing Bundt Cakes ( NBC; NothingBundtCakes.com ) specializes in those desserts that were parts of our childhoods—but has expanded the sweets in several ways, including flavors and sizes. There are eight- and 10-inch cakes as well as tiered cakes, bundtlets and even bite-sized bundtinis—all in flavors such as red velvet, marble and chocolate chocolate chip, among ...


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Dining news: James Beard finalists; Lent/Easter offerings - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - —Twelve Chicago restaurants were named finalists for the 2016 James Beard Awards, The Chicago Sun-Times noted. Chicago took all five Great Lakes best chef nods ( Fat Rice's Abraham Conlon, Grace's Curtis Duffy, Boka's Lee Wolen, Nico Osteria's Erling Wu-Bower and Sepia's Andrew Zimmerman ). Some of the other nominees include the restaurants Alinea, North Pond, Sepia and Topolobampo. The ...


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SAVOR Ani; Tortoise Club revisit - DISH: Weekly Dining Guide in Windy City Times - Ani ( 3056 N. Lincoln Ave.; AniChicago.com ) is a tasty, education experience. Owner/operator Ty Fujimura, who's also a certified sake professional, hosted a recent media tasting that introduced attendees to the ins and outs of rice wine as well as Chef Shin Matsuda's and Pastry Chef Erin Cade's excellent offerings. The telegenic Fujimura discussed everything from the different types ...


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Dining news: Marion Street reopens; March Madness and 'Mac Madness' - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - —Oak Park's Marion Street Market, 100 S. Marion St., reopened March 7. A press release says that the restaurant now has "a new social atmosphere with tasting tables, grab-and-go items and intricate dining and drink menus with a sizable emphasis on local purveyors and farmers." See MarionStreetMarket.com . —In honor of March Madness, Zoom Pizza Factory, 2156 N. Clybourn Ave., ...


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SAVOR: Oyster Bah - DISH: Weekly Dining Guide - BY ANDREW DAVIS Be warned: Oyster Bah ( 1962 N. Halsted St.; OysterBah.com ) is a bit deceptive. I was even thrown off by the restaurant's name—a take on the East Coast pronunciation of "bar" as well as a shortened version of "bar on Halsted." ( At least, that's what the bartender told me, and he seemed pretty trustworthy. ) ...


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Dining news: Openings and reopenings; St. Patrick's options - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - —The Boundary, 1932 W. Division St., is closed to the public and will reopen Friday, March 11, at 11 a.m. as the bar/grill undergoes a renovation. The remodeling includes replacing all booths with rolling high-top tables for customizable seating, and removing the woodwork along the west wall and exposing the original brick. Also, the restaurant is installing massive quad screens ...


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SAVOR Enolo Wine Cafe - DISH: Weekly Dining Guide in Windy City Times - Enolo Wine Cafe ( 450 N. Clark St.; EnoloWineCafe.com ) has a bit of an identity problem—but, hopefully, it'll be remedied soon. The thing is this: The name is deceptive. I can imagine people walking by Enolo on their way home from work in the Loop, looking for a spot to dine. However, the kicker is that this wine cafe ...


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Dining news: Macarons for dogs; chocolate banana pudding - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - —The patisserie Vanille has introduced macarons ... for dogs. Puparons are made of peanut butter, egg whites, honey and other dog-safe ingredients. Small Puparons are $2.50 for a two-piece package and $4.50 for a four-piece; the large ones are $2 each or $7 for four. See VanillePatisserie.com . —Magnolia Bakery, at Block 37 at 108 N. State St., has created ...


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SAVOR Boiler Room - DISH: Weekly Dining Guide in Windy City Times - "A good time." That was the response Erik Dorf, bar manager of Boiler Room ( 2210 N. California Ave.; BoilerRoomLoganSquare.com ), had when I asked him to describe the place in three words—and, while terse, the description certainly seems to be accurate. The decor itself is pretty intriguing. The interior consists of salvaged materials repurposed from photo studios, fire hoses, ...


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Dining news: SpritzBurger closing; distillery opening; Alpana Singh - —Hearty Boys-owned SpritzBurger, 3819 N. Broadway, will close March 13 to make way for a mixed-use development that will replace the strip of businesses along 3817-45 N. Broadway south of Sheridan Road, according to DNAInfo. A Facebook post reads, "Hearty Boys Catering kitchen is moving west but I'm sad to say that SpritzBurger must close Sunday March 13." A Windy ...


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AROUND CHICAGO AMC dine-in theater: Providing adult fun - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - Foodies and cinephiles can get their groove on at the AMC Dine-In Theatres Block 37 ( https://www.amctheatres.com/movie-theatres/chicago/amc-dine-in-theatres-block-37; 108 N. State St. ). A "dine-in" movie experience ( a "dovie?" ), the cinema serves guests from an extensive menu— and also includes a full bar. ( Specialty drinks include red sangria, Forbidden Fruit, mojito, hurricane and citrus berry smash and others, ...


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SAVOR Charlatan - DISH: Weekly Dining Guide in Windy City Times - "Che cazzo fai?" I bring up this vulgar Italian phrase ( which roughly translates as "What the f—k are you doing? ) because it's on prominent display in the back of the restaurant Charlatan ( 1329 W. Chicago Ave.; CharlatanChicago.com ). Maybe the phrase is there to convey some sort of laid-back, rock 'n roll attitude. However, the fare served ...


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Dining: Asians and Friends event; Raw Bar & Grill reopening; Alinea closed (for now) - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - —Asians and Friends Chicago will hold its annual LGBT Chinese New Year's dinner—honoring the "Year of the Monkey"—at the Phoenix Restaurant, 2131 S. Archer Ave., on Saturday, Feb. 20. There will be cocktails and registration at 6:30 p.m., with a sit-down dinner at 7 p.m. Dinner includes a multi-course meal ranging from beef to fish to vegetable delicacies. A ...


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SAVOR Del Frisco's - DISH: Weekly Dining Guide in Windy City Times - The 24,000-square-foot, three-story Del Frisco's Double Eagle Steakhouse ( 58 E. Oak St.; DelFriscos.com ) certainly makes a dramatic statement—and, in a sense, it's no wonder. The behemoth occupies 70 percent of what used to be the Esquire movie theater, and Del Frisco's has even retained some touches, such as the "ESQUIRE" sign displayed upon entering, and even knobs on ...


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Culinary shorts: Vanille; Fogo - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - Say 'oui' to Vanille There's a new sweet spot in town and it is located in the heart of Lake View at 3243 N. Broadway. Vanille Patisserie creates authentic French goodness with the art of pastry. Founded in 2002, there is now a third location that opened Feb. 4. The owner for four years, Sophie Evanoff was on hand at ...


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Dining news: Halsted's closing; Valentine's Day options - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - —LKH Management—the group behind Lake View's Hydrate, Replay, Elixir Lounge and VII as well as Andersonville's Replay and Elixir—announced that it will close Halsted's Bar & Grill, 3441 N. Halsted St., on Sunday, Feb. 14, at 10 p.m. The company will introduce a new neighborhood-oriented food and beverage concept this spring. —GreenRiver, 259 E. Erie, has added Pastry Chef Ji ...


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SAVOR Villains - DISH: Weekly Dining Guide in Windy City Times - Boy, has Villains ( 730 S. Clark St.; Villainschicago.com ) undergone a renovation. Initially, Villains was, essentially, a dive bar. ( Manager Marco Silva informed Savor that the establishment's name originated with its first location in 2007, saying it felt like the type of place where Villains would hang out because it was very unassuming. ) Now, it's a midscale ...


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Dining: Analogue dinner; Vanille grand opening; Super Bowl events - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - —At Analogue, 2523 N. Milwaukee Ave., Chef Alfredo Nogueira will partner with Pork Mafia's Phil Wingo to create a special five-course Cajun menu featuring various cuts of Mangalitsa pork on Wed., Feb. 3, at 7 p.m. Dishes will include beignets, gumbo with smoked pork, and glazed Ham with collard greens and cornbread. The cost will be $55/person; visit http://www.brownpapertickets.com/event/2487901 . ...


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SAVOR Jake Melnick's Corner Tap - DISH: Weekly Dining Guide in Windy City Times - BY ANDREW DAVIS I wasn't quite sure what to expect at Jake Melnick's Corner Tap ( 41 E. Superior St.; JakeMelnicks.com ). Judging from what I had heard and read about the establishment—which has been around since 2002, replacing Blackhawk Lodge—I wasn't certain whether it was a midscale restaurant or the quintessential dive bar. However, what I discovered was a ...


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Five Worth Finding - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - —Warmer Winter Chicago ( WarmestWinterChicago.com ): Chicago's Chance the Rapper and The Empowerment Plan have collaborated on this initiative, which aims to bring 1,000 EMPWR coats to the city's individuals who are experiencing homelessness. ( As of Jan. 12, the goal had been reached, but people can still donate. There are more than 125,000 homeless people in Chicago. ) —25 ...


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Dining news: Chicago q and Art Smith; brunch options - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - —Chicago q, 1160 N. Dearborn St., will celebrate Mardi Gras Feb. 5-9 with a menu in which Chef Art Smith will play a part. Smith, together with Ideology Corporate Chef Justin Ferguson, have created a menu that pays homage to the deep-rooted Creole traditions of the various south Louisiana regions. Some of the items will include boiled Louisiana crawfish, red ...


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SAVOR Filini Bar & Restaurant - DISH: Weekly Dining Guide in Windy City Times - Believe it or not, there was a time when people generally avoided hotel restaurants in big cities—with people getting gussied up to go out for a night on the town. At the most, people would treat hotel eateries like greasy-spoon diners, grabbing a quick meal. However, hotels—eager to hold onto their guests as well as attract other customers—have stepped it ...


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Dining news: Del Frisco's party; new Mexican restaurant - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - —Del Frisco's Double Eagle Steak House, 58 E. Oak St., is hosting its 2nd annual Bring Your Own Magnum Party to thank patrons. On Friday, Jan. 22, at 6:30 p.m., guests can enjoy a special menu that will be paired with wines from their very own collections; patrons are encouraged to bring wine to share with their friends, family and ...


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SAVOR Coconutz; Maple & Ash - DISH: Weekly Dining Guide in Windy City Times - I'll admit it: I didn't walk into Coconutz ( CoconutzChicago.com; 13 W. Division St. ) with the highest of expectations. There were at least a couple of reasons, ranging from the "z" in the restaurant's name to the fact that it's located along a stretch of Division Street that's known primarily for Jager bombs and the occasional thong contest. However, ...


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Dining news: Chicago Restaurant Week; soda-fountain stamps - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - —Online reservations for Chicago Restaurant Week ( Jan. 22-Feb. 4 ) can be made at eatitupchicago.com, where one also can see every participating restaurant ( a record 354 this year, 54 of them first-timers ) and their featured menus, according to The Chicago Tribune. A few of the participating restaurants are 312 Chicago, Macku Sushi, May St. Cafe, Park Grill, ...


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SAVOR Analogue - DISH: Weekly Dining Guide in Windy City Times - Analogue ( 2523 N. Milwaukee Ave.; AnalogueChicago.com ) is part of the burgeoning Logan Square restaurant movement—and a compelling reason why more people should check out that area of Chicago. This restaurant is deceptive—in a good way. A recent lunchtime visit revealed a relatively simple, relaxed site with Southern fare that's simultaneously straightforward, traditional ( although with the occasional twist ...


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Cook County, Greater Chicago Food Depository announce Food Access Plan - From a press release - MAYWOOD, IL — Cook County Board President Toni Preckwinkle and the Greater Chicago Food Depository today announced the creation of a Cook County Food Access Plan, which builds upon existing resources to increase access of nutritious food for households in need and create new solutions to food insecurity. Tuesday's announcement of the two-year plan was made at the Vision of ...


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Dining news: Nothing Bundt Cakes; Bar Toma brunch - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - —Nothing Bundt Cakes—a bakery specializing in nostalgic yet modern bundt cakes—has opened at 1953 N. Clybourn Ave. A grand-opening charity benefit will take place Friday, Jan. 15, with 20 percent of all proceeds supporting Imerman Angels, a not-for-profit organization that provides free one-on-one support to cancer fighters, survivors and caregivers. Other activities include an official ribbon-cutting event on Wed., Jan. ...


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SAVOR Highlights of 2015 - DISH: Weekly Dining Guide in Windy City Times - One of the perks of my job at Windy City Times involves bringing readers information and thoughts regarding just a few of Chicagoland's thousands of restaurants—which includes everything from behind-the-scenes interviews with chefs to, of course, critiques of dishes. Below are just a few of the highlights of Savor 2015: —Senza: One of the greatest local culinary tragedies this year ...


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Dining news: Rockit's coffee drinks; NYE options - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - —Rockit Bar & Grill, 22 W. Hubbard St., has revealed a brand-new menu of coffee drinks. Rockit now xclusively serves Colectivo Toro beans in espressos, lattes, cappuccinos, mochas and other brews. There are also new coffee presentations, including cocktails like the Irish Breakfast ( Stumptown Coffee, Left Hand Milk Stout, Amaro CioCiaro, Waterloo Antique Gin, egg white ) and Drunken ...


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SAVOR Brunch at Cindy's - Cindy's ( 12 S. Michigan Ave.; CindysRooftop.com ), situated at the top of the Chicago Athletic Association Hotel, has been one of the most buzzed-about restaurants in recent months, with food critics discussing the restaurant's views, clientele, food and even noise level. However, a recent Sunday visit for brunch proved to be quite less noisy—almost tranquil ( quite a pleasant ...


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Dining news: Gino's East reopens; Elliot leaving 'MasterChef' - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - —After closing its doors for renovations early this year, Gino's East Lake View, 2801 N. Lincoln Ave., is now celebrating its grand reopening, and is now open daily from 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. Deep-dish pizza favorites on the menu include the Chicago Fire, Meaty Legend, BBQ Brisket and Chi-talian Stallion. Desserts include Triple Chocolate Oreo Cookies, Cinnamon Sugar Beignet ...


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DISH: SAVOR Zoom Pizza Factory - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - Zoom Pizza Factory ( 2156 N. Clybourn Ave.; ZoomPizzaFactory.com ) opened only a few weeks ago—and has already differentiated itself from the myriad pizza restaurants in Chicago. The website reads, in part, "We believe there's nothing pizza can't do. Mainly because more than any other food, pizza speaks directly to our soul." This may sound hokey to some ( because ...


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Table fifty-two to close Dec. 31 - On Thursday, Dec. 31., Table fifty-two will serve its final dinner service at 52 W. Elm St. For nearly a decade, Table fifty-two has served both A-list celebrities and Chicago natives alike, providing elevated Southern cuisine and hospitality at the hands of Chef Art Smith, who once cooked for Oprah Winfrey. "I feel that I've reached my peak at Table ...


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SAVOR Bar Takito; holiday demo - Spinoffs are sometimes not as successful. Remember the TV show Joey ( which Friends spawned )? Not many people do. However, Bar Takito ( 201 N. Morgan St.; BarTakito.com ) is a spinoff worth remembering. A spinoff of Ukrainian Village eatery Takito ( I still remember the chipotle margaritas there ), Bar Takito retains many of the aspects of its ...


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Dining news: Fish Bar; edible cannabis items - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - —Fish Bar, 2956 N. Sheffield Ave., is transporting guests to the Big Easy with a New Orleans-inspired menu starting Wed., Dec. 16. Dishes will include spicy crab remoulade, pecan catfish, chocolate creme-brulee bread pudding, and shrimp-and-crawfish etouffee, among other items. See FishBarChicago.com. —Illinois medical marijuana patients will soon have a line of chef-crafted products to choose from with the announcement ...


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DISH: SAVOR Foodseum exhibit closing Dec. 20 - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - Block 37, 108 N. State St., has attractions ranging from the Moto Shop to Latinicity to Magnolia Bakery to Clark Street Sports. And, until Dec. 20, there's the interactive Foodseum experience ( Foodseum.org ), which covers "The Hot Dog and Encased Meats of the World." The extemely genial Kyle Joseph, the exhibit's curator, recently took Windy City Times on a ...


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DISH: SAVOR Cassava Cafe - DISH: Weekly Dining Guide, Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - I recently spent a morning at the Gold Coast spot Cassava Cafe ( 1211 N. LaSalle St.; CassavaCafe.com )—and was pretty much alone, save for the cheerful worker behind the counter. This was a shame, because this is an eatery that's much more than an eatery. Sure, there are bites ranging from pastries to a tasty grilled-cheese sandwich that has ...


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Dining news: Ten Mile's cocktails; Drury lane's new restaurant - DISH: Weekly Dining Guide special to the online edition of Windy City Times - Dining news: Ten Mile's cocktails; Drury lane's new restaurant COMPILED BY ANDREW DAVIS —Evanston's Ten Mile House has unveiled its cocktail menu. The selections include The Ten Mile ( Bulleit Bourbon, Giffard Apricot Liqueur, amaro and Carpano Antica Formula ), The Maud ( St. Germain, Castillo Silver, Bonne Maman Strawberry Preserves, fresh basil and soda ) and the E-Town Mule ...


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DISH Weekly Dining Guide: Revival Social Club - What revives you? Is it coffee? Is it cocktails and conversation or is it simply hearty food that nourishes both body and soul? This is the question that will be put to you as you dine at Revival Social Club ( 1133 W. Granville Avenue; www.revivalsocialclub.com ), and the answers are all right there. Owner Alan Stoll considered this question ...







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