One-Pot Wonders

Baby, it’s cold outside. To keep you snug, we scoured Chicagoland for soulful soups—particularly ethnic, seasonal varieties. And what an alluring array we found! Imagine dazzling, international flavors and a host of mouthwatering textures. Our lineup includes such culinary wonders as fragrant Vietnamese phô, succulent Japanese ramen, and the adored classic French onion. Not to be missed, these inviting “bowls ... Read More »

To the Extreme

While it’s true that a new year is often about making resolutions for a more healthful lifestyle, we at DiningOut aren’t opposed to the occasional overindulgence. Case in point: this handful of Chicagoland restaurants that cater to the dramatic with some outrageously decadent menu items. Though popular New Year’s resolutions seem to always sway towards healthy eating, rewarding yourself for ... Read More »

Warmth and Whimsy

Chicago’s patchwork of neighborhoods is one of the things that makes the city so great. Deeply rooted in its multifaceted neighborhood culture, each with its own style and character, it makes for a true melting pot indicative of a world-class metropolis. While some pockets of the city are visibly entrenched and distinct in this regard, the downtown area used to ... Read More »

Purely Delicious


At the start of a new year, most people resolve to live a healthier lifestyle. That might entail exercising regularly or simply eating better. Oftentimes, those resolutions fall off after a month; with a busy, urban lifestyle, it’s easy to slip back into old bad habits. With the explosion of restaurant openings and the ability to order food via apps ... Read More »

New and Upcoming Chicago Hot Spots

  From the West Loop to River North and beyond, our culinary neighborhoods are truly flourishing. With a new lineup of new restaurant openings on the horizon, here are six hotspots to keep on your radar. Barrio from DineAmic Group {65 West Kinzie Street, Chicago} The restaurant group that brought the city Siena Tavern, Prime & Provisions, and more, will open ... Read More »


Sips of the Season

Fiery Orchard Cider from Zed451 {739 North Clark Street, Chicago; 312.266.6691} Dip the rim of a wine glass in cinnamon sugar. Combine 3 ounces Angry Orchard Hard Cider, 1/2 ounce of Disaronno amaretto, 1/2 ounce Fireball cinnamon whiskey, 2 ounces sour mix, and a splash of soda water. Stir and garnish with 3 green apple balls. Spiced Sangría from Sullivan’s Steakhouse {415 North ... Read More »

Cold Weather Recipes

Stave off the Chicago chill with a few recipes from our favorite restaurants: French Onion Mash from Executive Chef Craig Couper of Michael Jordan’s Steakhouse  Ingredients (serves several) 5 Yukon gold potatoes, peeled and quartered 4 c heavy cream 1 stick unsalted butter 2 sweet onions, julienned 2 oz olive oil 3 c Gruyère, shredded salt and pepper to taste ... Read More »

Deck the Halls

Gourmet food halls have always been popular in Europe, but only recently have they made a big splash in the United States. For decades, in fact, Americans’ conception of a food hall equated to quick-serve food courts in malls and airports. But no longer. Chicago is now lucky to house some of the best avant-garde incarnations out there, with outposts ... Read More »

Hot Time, Winter Cocktails in the City

Winter is the perfect time for a cozy cocktail by the fire, and National Hot Toddy Day is the ultimate holiday for such a drink. On January 11, celebrate the coziest of holidays by tipping one (slowly) back at a Chicago favorite, or make a warm, sweet draft in the comfort of your own home … If you’re looking for ... Read More »

DIY: Winter Mocktails from South Water Kitchen

Since it’s the start of the New Year, many are cutting back on spending and indulging in the decadence that we all took part in over the holidays. With that in mind, South Water Kitchen’s {Kimpton Hotel Monaco Chicago, 225 North Wabash Avenue, Chicago; 312.236.9300} Head Bartender Dan Rook has created a rotating list of non-alcoholic “mocktails” that are often derived from the ... Read More »


In the Kitchen with Kingsbury Street Cafe

From food TV show hosts and judges to executive chefs, to owners and operators of restaurants, women are a culinary force to be reckoned with. Monique Duong Mark, General Manager of Kingsbury Street Cafe {1523 North Kingsbury Street, Chicago; 312.280.1718}, is one such force. Partnered with her mother, Hoa Dong, the two opened the family restaurant in September of 2011 with the goal of presenting ... Read More »

In the Kitchen with Chef Chris Pandel at Bristol

A good chef does much more than cook food. They create an experience for their diners and represent their culinary city and influences, both past and present. They also can make a great difference in their hometown. This Friday, February 3 is the annual Grand Chefs Gala hosted by the Chicago Chapter of the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation. More than fifty chefs, mixologists, ... Read More »

In the Kitchen with Chef Charles Welch from Honey’s

Nothing tastes sweeter than honey, except maybe dinner at West Loop’s recent addition, Honey’s {1111 West Lake Street, Chicago; 312.877.5929}. Led by Executive Chef Charles Welch, along with partners Justin Furman and Tyrone Redic, the intimate but creative spot serves up American dishes with a Mediterranean influence. And though it only opened last summer, diners and critics alike are starting to ... Read More »

In the Kitchen with Lobster by Fabio

A lobster dinner means a celebration. It means treating yourself. Most of the time, it also means going to a fancy restaurant and a higher price tag. Now, all that is changing, thanks to Lobster by Fabio, the latest business venture from Chef Fabio Viviani. After serving the delicious fish at restaurants like Siena Tavern, one of Chicago’s favorite Italian ... Read More »

In the Kitchen with Gino Bartucci

What is your average day like in the life of Gino Bartucci? “Imagine having a big game every day that you win, lose, and tie at the same time. It’s kind of like that.” With an answer like that, you can imagine each day is an adventure for Bartucci, who comes from a culinary family and is now the owner of ... Read More »