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SAVOR Trans ice-cream social, Furious Spoon, Taste of Chicago - DISH Weekly Dining Guide - On June 13, Center on Halsted held its third annual transgender ice-cream social, a free event for members of the LGBTQ community—and, specifically, the trans community. With the participation of Jeni's Splendid Ice Cream, 3657 N. Clark St., the event was meant solely as a social gathering. Center on Halsted Director of Transgender Relations and Community Engagemen Vanessa Sheridan said, ...


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DINING Tallboy Taco, Mon Ami Gabi, The Peninsula - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - —Tallboy Taco, 325 W. Huron St., is showing its support by donating $1 from every rainbow Boozy Pride Paleta spiked with Brugal rum ( $3 each ) to the Center on Halsted. Operating out of Nacional 27, Tallboy Taco offers River North an assortment of tallboy beers and tacos for both lunch and dinner, as well as carryout. See http://tallboytaco.com/. ...


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DINING Trans social, Respect Wine, Father's Day offers - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - —The 3rd Annual Transgender Community Ice Cream Social will take place Wed., June 13, 5:30-7:30 p.m. at Center on Halsted, 3656 N. Halsted St. Attendees at the free event will celebrate Pride on the rooftop deck while networking, listening to the sounds of DJ X-tasy and, of course, eating ice cream. The Center and Jeni's Splendid Ice Cream are co-sponsors. ...


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SAVOR Mercat a la Planxa; Furious Spoon and HBH - DISH Weekly Dining Guide - You almost can't throw a rock without hitting a tapas restaurant, but South Loop restaurant Mercat a la Planxa ( 638 S. Michigan Ave.; https://mercatchicago.com/ ) is the real deal, bringing dishes from the Spanish area of Catalonia to Chicago. However, things got off to an inauspicious start, as I encountered a little difficulty finding the spot. The problem was ...


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Sweets & Snacks Expo once again a treat - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - The Sweets & Snacks Expo returned to Chicago on May 22-24, and once again proved itself to be a treat ( pun intended ). The event ( covering four acres ) managed to show a mix of the healthful and/or indulgent for business professionals who want to stay ahead of market trends and media who wanted to make note of ...


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DINING Pride salad, Negroni Week, change at Alinea - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - —To celebrate Pride Month, Just Salad, 20 E. Jackson Blvd., is bringing back The Big Gay Garden Salad. The rainbow-inspired Big Gay Garden Salad is a 180-calorie vegetarian dish featuring romaine, red cabbage, tomatoes, avocado, carrots, and banana peppers. It will be featured on the menu at all of Just Salad's U.S. locations this June. One dollar from each salad ...


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SAVOR Passion House Coffee Roasters; Francesca's lunch - DISH Weekly Dining Guide - In a city where there seem to be thousands of coffeehouses, Passion House Coffee Roasters ( 2631 N. Kedzie Ave.; http://www.passionhousecoffee.com/ ) seems to be making its own mark. Located right across the street from the Logan Square Blue Line stop, Passion House ( which has been around for about a year ) is small, yet open ( and features ...


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SAVOR Aurelio's Pizza Wrigleyville - DISH Weekly Dining Guide - A revered pizza chain ( 42 locations throughout the nation ) that is known all over the South Side of Chicago and the southern suburbs is making its initial foray into the North Side—and the heart of Cubs country. Aurelio's Pizza ( 3801 N. Clark St.; https://www.aureliospizza.com/ ) is now in Wrigleyville, and gregarious owner Joe Aurelio ( who regaled ...


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DINING MJ's patio, 'Big Gay Brunch,' Mexique closes - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - —Michael Jordan's Steak House, 505 N. Michigan Ave., and Cornerstone Restaurant Group are offering outdoor seating with the opening of "The Patio" on Friday, June 1. Executive Chef Craig Couper's lunch menu is available 11 a.m.-3 p.m., with items like the garlic bread with bleu cheese fondue, Nueske's double smoked bacon, steak house cheeseburger and MJ's Prime Delmonico. From 3 ...


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SAVOR Local chefs show cooking styles on new TV program - DISH Weekly Dining Guide - WTTW delivers flavor with its new show Dishalicious, which features Chicago chefs cooking up different cuisines and dishing on their experience and cooking tips. Each episode features a different cuisine and, so far, has covered Italian, Mexican and Korean fare. Having three different chefs who specialize in each cusine, the emphasis is on collaboration between chefs and those chefs teaching ...


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DINING Goose Island donation, Palm's Power Lunch, Acadia pastry chef - —In honor of Goose Island Beer Co.'s 30th anniversary, the brewery recently presented a $300,000 donation to Chance the Rapper for his charity SocialWorks. Since January, in recognition of its 30th-anniversary celebration, Goose donated 25 cents per pint of beer sold at select accounts to SocialWorks, which aims to empower Chicago's youth through the arts, education and civic engagement. —Palm ...


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DISH: SAVOR The Florentine; Cafe Robey - Sure, it's good to sometimes shake up things—but consistency can be a good thing as well. Example one is The Florentine ( in the J.W. Marriott Hotel, 151 W. Adams St.; https://the-florentine.net/ ). It's still warm and welcoming—and the quality of the dishes is still quite high. Chef Zachary Walrath recently unveiled the menu for spring/midsummer ( three menu alterations ...


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DINING Stan's Donuts, royal wedding desserts, 'Star Wars' drinks - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - —Stan's Donuts & Coffee has partnered with Passion House Coffee Roasters on two custom coffee roasts that will be freshly brewed in all nine Stan's stores starting Friday, May 18. To celebrate the launch, Stan's is designating May 18 as Free Coffee Day; all guests will get one free cup of coffee each, no purchase necessary, at all nine Stan's ...


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Andersonville Wine Walk on May 20 - The 12th annual Andersonville Wine Walk ( featuring 30 local businesses ) will take place Sunday, May 20, 3-6 p.m. This year, the event is undergoing a growth spurt. Instead of the two routes of years past, the Andersonville Chamber of Commerce ( ACC ) has expanded the offerings this year to include a third route of tasting destinations for ...


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SAVOR Vine and dandy, Checking out Michigan wineries - DISH Weekly Dining Guide Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - Michigan is known for various things, from cars to apples to Wolverines ( the ones from the University of Michigan, not the large, ferocious weasels—or the comic-book character, for that matter ). However, the state is becoming a nirvana for oenophiles—a point that was recently made abundantly clear during a media trip to southwestern Michigan to check out a few ...


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SAVOR Palm Restaurant; WingFest - DISH Weekly Dining Guide - Few dining spots have as storied a history as the Palm Restaurant ( now in the Swissotel at 323 E. Upper Wacker Dr.; https://www.thepalm.com/restaurants/chicago/ ). And after three decades in the city, this particular branch recently underwent an all-encompassing restaurant remodeling. There are new additions to the design ( resulting in a space that's much more open, reminding me of ...


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SAVOR Dog Haus; ZED451 - DISH: Weekly Dining Guide - When it comes to hot dogs, Chicagoans take them so seriously that there are rules about how to top them ( with plenty of people syaing a bottle of ketchup shouldn't be within miles of them, unless French fries accompany them ). However, Lincoln Park spot Dog Haus Biergarten Lincoln Park ( 2464 N. Lincoln Ave.; lincolnpark.doghaus.com ) has turned ...


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DINING Farmers' markets, chef dies, Mother's Day offerings - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - —Chicago City Markets sell fresh seasonal produce, flowers, prepared foods, unique Chicago-made products and rare finds—at Chicago's longest running farmers market on Daley Plaza, the historic Maxwell Street Market and a dozen more community markets in neighborhoods across Chicago. For the 2018 farmers' market schedule, visit https://www.cityofchicago.org/city/en/depts/dca/supp_info/farmersmarkets0.html. —Chicago chef Judson Todd Allen died of a suspected heart attack on May ...


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SAVOR Brunches at Chez Moi, Bounce - Chicago takes its brunches pretty seriously, no matter when they happen ( and, yes, there are places that have weekday brunches ). To that end, restaurants throughout the city and suburbs have stepped up what they offer for this most social of meals, whether it's having innovative dishes and/or top-notch chefs. For example, there's Chez Moi ( 2100 N. Halsted ...


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DINING The Optima opens, Derby and Cinco de Mayo, WingFest - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - —The Optima ( from the Arizona-based restaurant group Glass Half Full ) was slated to open April 30 at 1252 N. Wells St. A press release says that the "4,000-square-foot space [with a first floor and mezzanine] is designed to impart a vintage-glam atmosphere." The modern American menu offers choices such as a ribeye ( $37 ), prosciutto risotto ( ...


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Andersonville Wine Walk May 20 - From a press release - CHICAGO ( April 27, 2018 ): In its 12th year, the Andersonville Wine Walk will once again invite guests to walk, sip, and shop their way through the commercial district on Sunday, May 20 from 3-6PM, but this year, the event is undergoing a growth spurt. Instead of the two routes of years past, the Andersonville Chamber of Commerce ( ...


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Dining Out for Life April 26 - The annual event known as Dining Out for Life Chicago will take place Thursday, April 26. This year, up to 75 local restaurants ( including Big Chicks, Urban Belly, Honey Butter Fried Chicken, The Dearborn and others; full list below ) will donate all or a portion of their proceeds to HIV/AIDS-service organization TPAN ( Test Positive Aware Network ). ...


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DINING KINGS menu, craft-beer festival, Fisk & Co. opens - —KINGS Dining & Entertainment, with locations in Lincoln Park and Rosemont, is introducing its new summer menu. Some of the new items include crab rangoon dip, teri-dactyl impossible ( plant-based ) meatballs, Baja grilled chicken wrap, brats & bites, spicy jambalaya pasta and strawberry shortcake sundae. Visit kings-de.com. —Downtown Long Grove will host its Craft Beer Festival on Saturday, April ...


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DISH: SAVOR Punch Bowl Social; Dining Out for Life - When you operate a space that's almost 30,000 square foot, you better have a lot happening. Fortunately, Punch Bowl Social Chicago ( 310 N. Green St.; http://www.punchbowlsocial.com/location/chicago ) has so much going on that you could conceivably stay there all day—in a place that can accommodate more than 1,000 people. ( By the way, it's part of a nationwide chain, ...


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Ted Allen talks Dining Out for Life, 'Chopped' and 'Queer Eye' - Ted Allen was originally introduced to the country when he was one of the original quintet in Bravo network's television program Queer Eye for the Straight Guy, which ran 2003-07. After appearing on Top Chef as a judge, Allen ( who still has ties to the Windy City, years after writing for Chicago magazine and living here throughout the 1990s ...


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DINING Earth Day items, Just Salad, Palm Chicago reopens - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - —In honor of Earth Day ( April 22 ), I/O Godfrey Executive Chef Nathaniel Cayer will share his mixology techniques with guests. On Wed., April 25, at 7 p.m., Chef Cayer will lead a Conscious Cocktailing Class, teaching attendees how to use leftover ingredients such as herb stems and citrus peels to create craft cocktails. Tickets are $75/person or $125/pair; ...


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SAVOR Nude Dude Food; Big Jones' revamp - DISH: Weekly Dining Guide - What's the first thing to know about the photogenic and very fit guys of Nude Dude Food? "We don't cook nude—any more," joked Ryan Van Voorhis, who is part of Nude Dude Food along with Seth Bradley. "We used to take off our pants once in a while, but since we've been getting more media coverage, we want to keep ...


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Blake's Hard Cider rolls out new beverage to benefit HRC - From a press release - ARMADA, Mich., April 10, 2018 — Blake's Hard Cider, the largest craft hard cider brand in the Midwest, is introducing an inspired beverage concept that is equal parts refreshing and meaningful — with a sizable portion of proceeds going to leading LGBTQ civil rights organization, The Human Rights Campaign® ( HRC ). Blake's Rainbow Seeker is a delicious specialty cider ...


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DINING Sushi-san's lunch, Chicago Gourmet, Tax Day specials - —River North spot Sushi-san, 63 W. Grand Ave., is now open for lunch. Sushi-san offers two fixed-priced lunch specials in addition to the full menu: the build-your-lunch option Express #1 ( $16 ) and the OH-MY-KAZE ( $22; three pieces of salmon, three pieces of nigiri and six pieces of maki ). See http://sushisanrestaurant.com/. —The pre-sale for the annual Bon ...


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SAVOR The Fifty/50; Francesca's brunch; Baconfest Chicago - DISH: Weekly Dining Guide - The Fifty/50 ( 2047 W. Division St.; http://www.thefifty50.com/ ), from—who else?—the Fifty/50 Restaurant Group, beat a lot of other places to the punch regarding sports bars kicking it up and serving patrons something more than plain burgers and corn chips. For more than a decade, this casual spot has claimed that it's a sports bar that offers something more—and a ...


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DINING Baconfest, Root of All Evil drink, Cubs home-opener specials - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - —Baconfest Chicago—a walk-around tasting event featuring creative bacon dishes from local chefs—will take place April 6-7 at the UIC Forum, 725 W. Roosevelt Blvd. Since 2009, Baconfest has raised more than $400,000 enabling partners like the Greater Chicago Food Depository to distribute more than 1.2 million meals to hungry people in the area. Just a few of the restaurants that ...


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SAVOR Tied House; Dining Out for Life - DISH: Weekly Dining Guide - Rarely will you see a restaurant revamp as total as the one at Tied House ( 3157 N. Southport Ave.; https://www.tiedhousechicago.com/ ). Next door to the popular spot Schubas Tavern, Tied House occupies the spot where Harmony Grill used to be—and it features a more upscale decor ( including a huge fireplace in the outdoor patio area ) and cuisine. ...


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DINING Easter brunch options, Baconfest, Dough Bros chef - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - —Spiaggia, 980 N. Michigan Ave., will have one of its rare brunch openings on Easter Sunday, April 1, 11 a.m.-2 p.m. Chef/Partner Tony Mantuano, and Executive Chef and Top Chef Season 15 winner Joe Flamm have put together a four-course shared and individual brunch menu, inspired by the flavors and traditions of Sardinia. For $65 per person, guests will enjoy ...


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SAVOR FRIO Gelato; Parlay at Joy District - DISH: Weekly Dining Guide - Is it too cold for gelato? I say no—especially after sampling the fare at FRIO Gelato ( 3721 N. Southport Ave.; https://www.friogelato.com ). There are other places that sell gelato, of course, but FRIO is distinct in that it has genuine Argentine gelato. ( Italians settled in Argentina in the late 19th century, leading to the dessert becoming a staple ...


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SAVOR Veggie Grill Baptiste & Bottle brunch - DISH: Weekly Dining Guide - Fast-casual chain Veggie Grill ( various locations; https://www.veggiegrill.com/chicago.html ) may become the new Starbucks. While a friend and I recently went to the Lake View location at 614 W. Diversey Pkwy., at least three more sites are slated to open by the end of the year, including one that debuted this week in the Loop at 204 W. Lake St. ...


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DINING NAHA moving, Lunchroom opens, 'March Madness' - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - —NAHA, 500 N. Clark St., is moving after 18 years, serving its last meals there on Saturday, March 31. In a letter, Carrie and Michael Nahabedian said, in part, "It is time for a new home, a fresh start and feeling. A new restaurant project and a new opportunity to create more memories and experiences. Michael and I after much ...


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Dining Out For Life Returns to Chicago on April 26 - Founded in 1991, Dining Out For Life is an annual, international event that raises vital funds for HIV/AIDS service organizations. Participating restaurants donate a percentage of their daily sales to Dining Out For Life and diners contribute simply by enjoying their meal with our partners. Last year, 3,057 venues throughout the country raised more than $4.2 million with Dining Out ...


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DINING 'Impossible' burger, 'Top Chef' winner, St. Patrick's Day items - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - —Wrigley BBQ, 3555 N. Broadway—known for smoked platters of pulled pork and brisket—is offering the Impossible burger. Accompanying other vegetarian dishes, this burger piles pickles, tomato, coleslaw, avocado, garlic vegan mayo and a vegan Memphis Sweet BBQ sauce atop a meatless patty. See http://wrigleybbq.com/. —Local Italian eatery Spiaggia's executive chef, Joe Flamm, has been named the winner of the 15th ...


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SAVOR Marchesa; LH on 21 - DISH: Weekly Dining Guide - Some things ( including restaurants ) have to be experienced to be believed. When I first read about Marchesa ( 535 N. Wells St.; https://marchesachicago.com/ ), it seemed too good to be true. Reports purported that the spot practically whisked patrons away to Europe—a bold claim other restaurants have made ( some successfully, others not so much ). However, regarding ...


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DINING Puerto Rico benefit, Pi Day, women's luncheon - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - —Chicagoland chefs will come together Wed., March 14, to support the restaurants, hospitality and tourism in Puerto Rico that were all impacted by Hurricane Maria. "A Recipe for Relief: A Culinary Event to Benefit Hurricane Survivors" will be held at The Lakewood, 1758 W. Lake St., 6-9 p.m.; chefs slated to appear include Kevin Hickey ( Duck Inn ), Jimmy ...


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SAVOR Esquire Champagne Room; Honey Butter Fried Chicken - DISH: Weekly Dining Guide - Accessible luxury may be closer than you think. At least, that's the stated goal of Esquire Champagne Room ( 58 E. Oak St.; http://esquirechampagneroom.com/ ), a 1.400-square-foot space on the third floor of Del Frisco's Double Eagle that's named after the movie theater that once occupied that address. The luxurious part is felt upon entering the spot ( which opened ...


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The Bakery at Fat Rice; Honey Butter Fried Chicken - DISH: Weekly Dining Guide - Many know ( or, at least, know of ) the Logan Square restaurant Fat Rice, with its globally inspired menu. Well, since July 2016, The Bakery at Fat Rice ( 2951 W. Diversey Pkwy.; http://www.eatfatrice.com/menus/the-bakery ) has been right next door, serving pastries and other items that many would consider unusual. They would also consider them delicious. Chef Elaine Townsend ...


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DINING Lent specials, Terry's Toffee moving, Tied House - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - —Every Friday during Lent ( through March 30 ), Frontier, 1072 N. Milwaukee Ave., will offer Chef Jup's seafood menu. There will be the fish fry basket ( $15 ) in addition to raw oysters ( $1 each ), char-grilled oysters ( order of six for $16 ), BBQ shrimp with johnny cakes ( $14 ), ahi tuna sandwich ( ...


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SAVOR Truluck's; Andersonville Restaurant Week - DISH: Weekly Dining Guide - Truluck's Seafood, Steak and Crab House ( 41 E. Chestnut St.; https://trulucks.com/locations/downtown-chicago-illinois/ ) is one of the most recent restaurants in a city that has so many steakhouses that they range from the traditional ( like Gene and Georgetti as well as Gibsons ) to flashier, more contemporary models ( STK Chicago ). And if you're not sure what type ...


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SAVOR ETA Restaurant + Bar; Cafe Robey - DISH: Weekly Dining Guide - In a recent staycation review, I mentioned how hotel restaurants have skyrocketed in recent years in terms of the quality of the food ( although that hotel's spot didn't necessarily make the cut ). Case in point for the place that excels: ETA Restaurant + Bar ( 455 N. Park Dr.; https://www.loewshotels.com/chicago-downtown/dining ), which is nestled in the first floor ...


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FOOD Out chef Anne Burrell cooks it up - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - Recently, Anne Burrell blew into town for a Cooper's Hawk event at the Skyline Lofts in Chicago. The out celebrity chef whipped up some major dishes demonstrating her skills while answering questions from the audience. How to expertly cut an onion and mentioning her favorite flower is cauliflower were all part of the instructional act that night. Burrell brings a ...


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DINING NEWS Bernie's event, 'Friends of avec' brunch, Park at Wrigley - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - —Bernie's Lunch & Supper, 660 N. Orleans St., will host its second Ladies Night on Thursday, Feb. 22, 5:30-8:30 p.m. Bernie's will be offering a special Ladies Night cocktail menu with drinks like Don't Call me a Sushi Roll ( $12; Death's Door Gin, chartreuse, ginger liquor, wasabi simple syrup, jalapeno ginger syrup ), RUM-sicle ( $10; bourbon, ginger liquor, ...


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DINING NEWS Carlucci closing, Big Jones, FRIO Gelato - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - —Joe Carlucci—proprietor and founder of Carlucci restaurant, in Downers Grove—announced that after 15 years, he has sold his restaurant. The restaurant's last day of service will be Sunday, Feb. 18. The first Carlucci Restaurant opened on Halsted Street in Chicago 30 years ago, and some of the brand's original employees came to work at the Downer's Grove location after it ...


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SAVOR Bar Cargo; Andersonville Restaurant Week - DISH: Weekly Dining Guide - Bar Cargo ( 605 N. Wells St.; BarCargo.com ) is a pizzeria bar that's the newest offering from the Stefani Restaurant Group, which is behind from the Broken English spots to MAD Social to The Flamingo Rum Club ( next door to Bar Cargo ). The spot, my friend and I were told, is known for its authentic Italian fare ...


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DINING NEWS Golden Girls brunch, Valentine's Day options - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - —Tickets are on sale for "Thank You For Being a Friend! A Golden Girls Brunch," which will be held Sunday, March 18, at 11 a.m. at the Ivy Room Chicago, 4 E. Ohio St. The Golden Girls-inspired, four-course champagne brunch/tasting menu will come with mimosas and a Bloody Mary bar. Tickets are $75 each; visit https://www.brownpapertickets.com/event/3323835. —Gene & Georgetti Rosemont ...


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Asians & Friends Chicago to present Year of the Doggie Style Dinner - In the only LGBTQ event of its kind in the city, Asians & Friends Chicago will be hosting its annual Chinese New Year's Dinner on Sat. Feb. 10 at 7 p.m. at Jade Court, 626 S. Racine in Chicago, just south of the UIC Pavilion. The evening will feature a Doggie Style musical review with members of the Paul Coady ...


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SAVOR LiqrBox; Good Stuff Eatery - DISH: Weekly Dining Guide - The best thing I can say about LiqrBox ( 873 N. Orleans St.; http://liqrboxchicago.com/ ) is that it can make you feel at least 20 years younger. Why do I say this? It's because the clubstaurant ( with the upper club space open on weekends ) exudes an unapologetically nostalgic vibe, with everything from '90s music piped throughout the first-floor ...


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Dining Out for Life April 26 to benefit Test Positive Aware Network - From a press release - "Chicago's restaurants are in large part the cornerstone of our community—going above and beyond in giving back to their local neighborhoods each and every day," observed Trotter Project Executive Director and Co-Founder Derrek Hull when commenting on being a part of the Planning Committee for Dining Out For Life. "On behalf of the Dining Out For Life Chicago planning committee, ...


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SAVOR Bounce Sporting Club; NoMI Kitchen - DISH: Weekly Dining Guide in Windy City Times - Fun is the name of the game at Bounce Sporting Club ( 324 W. Chicago Ave.; https://www.bouncesportingclub.com/ ) which, despite its name, has some really intriguing ( and, yes, fun ) menu items. Of course, with its name, Bounce has a focus on—what else?—sports. ( The grand-opening party certainly proved that, with appearances by former NBA star and actor Rick ...


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DINING Grand Chefs Experience, LondonHouse, chili challenge - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - —More than 600 of Chicago's corporate and community leaders are expected at The Field Museum, 1400 S. Lake Shore Dr., on Friday, Feb. 2, for the newly revamped Grand Chefs Experience ( hosted by the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation ) starting at 6 p.m.. Events will include a champagne reception, tastings, live and silent auctions, and awards. Chefs slated to appear ...


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SAVOR Benny's Chop House; mayor honors chefs - DISH: Weekly Dining Guide in Windy City Times - Benny's Chop House ( 444 N. Wabash Ave.; BennysChopHouse.com/ ) is a deceptive spot. The steakhouse has a distinctly upper-crust feel, from the menu ( more on that later ) to the stately decor—and one might expect a haughty atmosphere. However, it's as welcoming as the corner diner where one might get a slice of apple pie, a cup of ...


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Dining news: Morton's dinner, new spots, Honey's closes - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - —Morton's The Steakhouse, 65 E. Wacker Pl., is hosting a Baderbrau beer dinner on Friday, Jan. 26, at 7 p.m. ( The reception is at 6:30 p.m. ) Items will include chef's gourmet pizza, cheddar beer soup, filet mignon and chocolate banana-cream pie. Tickets are $85/guest ( including tax and gratuity ); email Patrick_Torres@ldry.com or call 312-201-0464. —Milt's Barbeque for ...


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DISH: SAVOR Maillard Tavern; Restaurant Week - According to Science of Cooking's website, a Maillard reaction ( also simply known as browning ) is a chemical reaction between an amino acid and a reducing sugar, usually requiring the addition of heat. The results are the creation of flavor and the change in the color of food. Why does this week's column begin with a chemistry lesson? It's ...


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Dining news: Jake Melnick's, Fat Rice, '42 Grams' movie - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - —Jake Melnick's Corner Tap, 41 E. Superior St., is offering free delivery through Jan. 31. ( Jake Melnick's will deliver orders with a $25 minimum for free when diners use code "CHEERS." ) It's also offering limited-menu items such as its take on The Cubano ( burger patty topped with Swiss cheese, crispy pork, ham, pickles and Creole mustard ); ...


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DISH: SAVOR Hewn; Prosecco; Restaurant Week - There are your standard bakeries—and then there are places like Evanston's Hewn ( 810 Dempster St.; HewnBread.com ), which specializes in hand-forged artisan breads. How seriously does Hewn take its breads? So much so that the website has a page on how to care for and how to properly freeze your bread ( as well as how to thaw it ...


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Dining news: All Chocolate's tea, Bar Cargo, Prosecco's 10th-anniv. menu - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - —Geneva's All Chocolate Kitchen Primo, 29 S. Third St., has extended its afternoon tea. Beginning again on Jan. 12 and running through Mother's Day, friends and family are invited to indulge with three-time Guinness World Record-holder Chef Alain Roby's sweets, as well as savory items and gourmet teas. Visit AllChocolateKitchenPrimo.com. —Bar Cargo, 605 N. Wells St., is now offering brunch ...


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SAVOR Top spots of 2017 - DISH: Weekly Dining Guide in Windy City Times - In 2017, I had the opportunity to visit a lot of area restaurants, ranging from fast-food places to very upscale spots. Below are some of the ones that stood head and shoulders above the others ( listed in no particular order ). —The Barn ( Rear 1016 Church St.; TheBarnEvanston.com ): This Evanston restaurant is called a "modern meaterie" for ...


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SAVOR STK Chicago; honeygrow; Stock and Ledger - DISH: Weekly Dining Guide in Windy City Times - There are old-school steakhouses—and then there are spots like STK Chicago ( 9 W. Kinzie St.; http://togrp.com/venue/stk-chicago). In fact, on the restaurant's website it says, "Not Your Daddy's Steakhouse"—and the One Group spot aims to live up to that with modern architecture, lithe bodies ( on patrons and employees ) and even a DJ. All of this adds up to ...


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Dining news: 'Twelve Days,' Grace closes, new spots, NYE options - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - —Inspired by the famous carol, Sable Kitchen & Bar, 505 N. State St., is offering Twelve Days of Christmas Cocktails, available Dec. 26, 2017-Jan. 6, 2018. Drinks include Three French Hens ( Dec. 28 ), a trio of original prosecco cocktails served in sherry glasses; and Eight Maids A-Milking ( Jan. 2 ), a trio of milk-based brandy punch cocktails ...


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DISH: SAVOR Mago Grill & Cantina; Pokeworks; State and Lake - There are authentic Mexican restaurants—and there are spots that say they're "Mexican" but are actually more "Mexican-American." Mago Grill & Cantina ( various locations, including 1010 S. Delano Ct., in Chicago; MagoGrill.com ) falls squarely in the latter category, although it makes sure to have all the bells and whistles in place, including sugar skulls and luchador masks. However, that ...


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Trans Latina opens successful Humboldt Park restaurant - Roxana Pixley first came to Chicago in 1989. What began as a vacation turned into a love affair with the city and with her new boyfriend. She closed her profitable beauty salon in Reynosa, Mexico, and leveraged her business savvy to duplicate that success on the north side of Chicago. In a few years, she owned a bakery, a restaurant, ...


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Dining news: New spots, Great Fermentation, holiday offerings - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - —LiqrBox, 873 N. Orleans St., is a new bar-lounge opening on Dec. 31. The social-dining concept will feature nostalgic cocktails and cuisine, as guests can indulge in elevated versions of childhood favorites, such as "adult" juice boxes and gourmet pizza rolls. In addition, LiqrBox has a 4 a.m. liquor curfew complimented with a full-service kitchen that serves shareable bites until ...


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DISH: SAVOR Nick's Pizza & Pub - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - If you want to know how cozy the newest Nick's Pizza & Pub ( 2434 W. Montrose Ave.; NicksPizzaPub.com/chicago-pizza-pub/ ) is, look no further than the crunchy floors. Yes, you read that correctly—and the floor's crunchiness is due to the hundreds of peanut shells that patrons are encouraged to toss on the floor while eating the bowls of the legumes ...


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Dining news: Jinglefest, Entente team, new restaurants - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - —Chicago French Market's Jinglefest will take place Saturday, Dec. 16, 11 a.m.-2 p.m. There will be holiday-cookie decorating ( courtesy of Vanille Patisserie ), a Santa styling station, and gifts/dishes form more than 30 vendors, among other highlights. See ChicagoFrenchMarket.com. —Entente, 3056 N. Lincoln Ave., enters its second year of business with the expansion of not only its beverage program, ...


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DISH: SAVOR 20 East - It seems that a lot of hotels are undergoing renovations. Last week, I discussed the Ritz-Carlton's makeover as well as the highs and lows of its Italian steakhouse, Torali. This week, it's all about the new Talbott Hotel and its restaurant, fittingly called 20 East ( 20 E. Delaware Pl.; https://www.20eastchicago.com ). However, the number "20" could also describe the ...


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SAVOR Torali; Wood brunch - Weekly Dining Guide - The Ritz-Carlton has undergone a radical change. Walking around the 12th floor of the hotel, the renovations are striking—for example, the opulent fountain that was present is no longer there. Another alteration is the Italian steakhouse Torali ( 160 E. Pearson St.; http://toralichicago.com ), which combines stately elegance with the service one would expect at such a restaurant. Unfortunately, my ...


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Dining news: South Water closing, "Worms in Dirt," Berkshire Room - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - —After dinner service on Thursday, Dec. 14, South Water Kitchen ( 225 N. Wabash Ave. ) will close its doors for good—but not before draining its liquor cabinets, clearing off their shelves and turning up the music. On Saturday, Dec. 9, the Loop restaurant will host a Drink Us Dry! party at 5 p.m. until closing to celebrate the guests ...


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Five Worth Finding: Holiday edition - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - —Canada Goose ( CanadaGoose.com ): Now open at the Park Hyatt, 800 N. Michigan Ave., Canada Goose brings its well-known parkas to a Chicago flagship store. ( And with those coats having been tested in arctic climes, they should have no problem with wintry Lake Michigan winds. ) There are also other pieces ( from caps to hoodies ) available, ...


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Tito's holiday recipes - From a press release - Tito's Hot Chocolate INGREDIENTS: 1.5 oz Tito's Handmade Vodka 4 oz hot chocolate 0.25 oz dark créme de menthe ( optional ) INSTRUCTIONS: Combine all ingredients in a large mug. Top with whipped cream, and serve GARNISH: Whipped cream and a mint sprig Tito's Martini INGREDIENTS: 3 oz Tito's Handmade Vodka 0.75 oz ...


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Dining news: Cocoa + Co., Filini's cocktails, Primehouse closing - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - —Cocoa + Co., 1651 N. Wells St., has a new cafe menu in partnership with Naha Pastry Chef Craig Harzewski. The Old Town cafe now has savory items on its menu, including empanadas (duck/squash/cannelloni bean; ratatouille), quiche tart and gluten-free baked oats. Also, Harzewski will take over crafting Cocoa + Co.'s signature items such as salted caramel brownies and chocolate-chip ...







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