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Summer is the sweet season for restaurants. Fresh produce is abundant, daylight lasts longer and restaurants are busier and bigger (with the addition of outdoor seats) than at any other time of the year. So once again I'm trotting out my Summer Eating...
Time to show dear old dad some of the love you showed mom last month (you did remember mom last month, right?). Here are more than two dozen Father's Day dining options, including one event taking place the night before Father's Day, and one that will...
Tags: Father's Day, Salads, Steaks, Sixteen, Foods and Beverages
I've had this "Groundhog Day" feeling lately. I keep running into new restaurants — Tavernita, Nellcote — in which generally intelligent and well-executed food is presented in a cocktails-driven, loud and pulsating nightclub atmosphere. I...
Tags: RPM Italian, Pasta, Groundhog Day, Gelato, Salads
Anna Kendrick and Olivia Wilde film 'Drinking Buddies' in Chicago, Chief Keef talks Pitchfork, R. Kelly parties at UndergroundBefore shooting the independent film “Drinking Buddies” at Revolution Brewing's Kedzie Brewery Thursday, Oscar-nominated actress Anna Kendrick ate lunch at Hot Doug's in the Avondale neighborhood. Specifically, the 26-year-old “Up in the...
Summer's here, and the time is right for eating in the street. Or near the street. Or in a bottle-service cabana high above the street. Chicagoans love outdoor-dining season, all the more so because of its short duration. There are precious few days in...
The fact that chef Paul Virant and I share the same monogram shouldn't confuse anybody, although years back the chef sent me a letter he received from some luckless job applicant who, instead of writing "Paul Virant" in the salutation, used my name...
Tags: Phil Vettel, Tomatoes, Pies and Tarts, Restaurants, CLTV
I have this problem. I made more New Year's Eve reservations than I can use. More than 100 of them, actually. Which is why, for the 12th straight year (and the 17th time in the past 19 years), I'll be giving them away to nimble-fingered readers who ask....
Recapturing past glories while moving forward can be a tricky business, but that's what the inaugural Expo Chicago is attempting to do as it launches next week in a familiar location for a Chicago art fair: Navy Pier. For more than 20 years, the pier...
Tags: Navy Pier, Artists, Rahm Emanuel, Grant Park, Merchandise Mart
For RedEyeEAT Seasonal Opening Homestead 1924 W. Chicago Ave. 773-645-4949 Enter through Roots Handmade Pizza and head upstairs to the rooftop restaurant where the on-site organic garden becomes part of your dinner in such dishes as an English pea and...
Another month, another week of discounted dining. In January we had Chicago Restaurant Week; starting Sunday, and running through March 22, we have Chicago Chef Week, which will feature 75 restaurants offering three-course lunches for $22 and three-course...
Tags: Urban Union, Takashi, Salads, Acadia, Charlie Trotter's
RedEyeWhen it comes to adventures in dining and drinking, Chicago definitely delivered this year. Hot chefs expanded their empires with new restaurants. New words made their way into our nightlife vocabulary. And, of course, there were doughnuts. And pie. And...
Tags: RPM Italian, Acadia, Au Cheval, Gold Coast, Goosefoot
A roundup of restaurants reviewed in 2012 by critic Phil Vettel. Acadia ✭✭✭ 1639 S. Wabash Ave., 312-360-9500. Ryan McCaskey's gamble to place a luxury restaurant in the South Loop is, so far, paying off. People are crowding into...
Tags: Feta Cheese, Grant Achatz, Yusho, Slurping Turtle, Dale Levitski
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