NEW AND NOTEWORTHY

Be Our Valentine

Love is in the air! Bars and restaurants throughout Chicago are getting in the romantic spirit this weekend to get a head start on celebrating Valentine’s Day. Whether you’re heading out on the town tonight, tomorrow, or not until Tuesday, we have the best places to wine and dine with your special someone… Tortoise Supper Club Since Valentine‘s Day falls ... Read More »

Get a Piece of National Pizza Day

Did you know that 93-percent of Americans have eaten pizza in the last month? Our only question is, what are the other 7-percent doing?! Pizza is practically a national pastime with different areas of the country putting their own unique twist on this classic Italian dish. Chicago is, of course, known for their pizza, so we also celebrate National Pizza ... Read More »

Super Fun Super Bowl Spots

Though the Bears might not be playing, Super Bowl Sunday is still considered a holiday by many football fans across Chicago. It’s a great excuse to host a Sunday Funday or to gather with friends around the TV and table to cheer on the two best teams in football. Game day isn’t complete without a hearty meal though! We have ... Read More »

Not-to-Miss Stories in the Winter 2017 Issue

With the New Year comes the release of our brand new winter issue. Just in time for upcoming Restaurant Week specials, this issue will leave you planning your next few meals with ease. From the latest restaurant openings to over-the-top culinary indulgences, there is plenty to dig into this winter season, on newsstands now. A few articles you won’t want to ... Read More »

Chicago Restaurant Week Top Picks

Chicago Restaurant Week is the ultimate foodie dream. There really is no better week to visit your old favorites or test out a new hot spot. Restaurants from all over the Windy City have created prix-fixe lunch and dinner menus to enjoy a taste of the Chicago culinary world. This year, many restaurants are also new offering brunch menus, so there ... Read More »

FEATURES

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 »

Holiday Cocktail: Porkchop’s Bourbon Hot Chocolate

We have all survived another Christmas, and have spent a holiday weekend alongside family and friends. While most homes probably served traditional milk and cookies, Porkchop {various locations including 941 West Randolph Street, Chicago; 312.733.9333} has a classic hot chocolate recipe with a twist, that would have kept Santa warm all night long. If you missed out on setting something a little stiffer on ... Read More »

Sips for the Season

Fall’n Moscow from Labriola {535 North Michigan Avenue, Chicago; 312.955.3100} In a mixing glass filled with ice, add 1-1/2 ounces Purity vodka, 1/2 ounce lime juice, 1/2 ounce simple syrup, 1/2 ounce pomegranate juice, 1/2 ounce Shrub & Company spicy ginger shrub, 1 ounce ginger beer, and 2 dashes angostura bitters. Stir and strain into a copper mug over ice. Blood ... Read More »

CULINARY PERSONALITIES

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 »

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 »