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Rock and Roll at the Loews Chicago this Summer

The official hotel partner of "Exhibitionism – The Rolling Stones" at Navy Pier makes guests feel like a rock star

Loews Chicago

Chicago will be rocking out this summer, and not just at Lollapalooza! Loews Chicago Hotel {455 North Park Drive, Chicago; 312.840.6600} is celebrating the world-renowned rock ‘n roll legends, The Rolling Stones, by hosting: Exhibitionism – The Rolling Stones. A limited-time engagement, the hotel will be showcasing the project at Navy Pier until the end of July. Exhibitionism – The Rolling Stones’  is the largest ... Read More »

Cocktails in the sky with Apogee

dana hotel and spa partners with The Fifty/50 Restaurant Group for an updated rooftop

Summer weather is here, at last, so Chicagoans are heading to the rooftops! Patio season means lingering in the sun with friends, cocktail in hand. Certain cocktails you won’t want to miss this season are the creative and colorful offerings from Apogee at the dana hotel and spa {660 North State Street, Chicago; 312.202.6000}. The newly updated rooftop cocktail lounge comes from ... Read More »

Sips and Sights

Our favorite places in the Windy City to sip with a view

Now that the blistering winds have all but died, we can shimmy out of our cold weather clothing and soak in our long awaited sunshine. Chicago has no shortage of top-notch patios and rooftops, so we rounded up a few of our favorites where you can sip, snack, and relax in the summer sun. Cheers! ROOFTOPS Tanta {118 West Grand ... Read More »

The Art of Chicago Fine-Dining

Terzo Piano unveils a striking new look

The only real difference between Terzo Piano and the Art Institute of Chicago—the world-class museum in which it resides—is how their respective “exhibits” are enjoyed. Inside most of the Institute, art is appreciated visually, from a distance. At Terzo Piano {The Art Institute of Chicago, 159 East Monroe Street, Chicago; 312.443.8650}, art is consumed. Since it opened in 2009, the restaurant—named ... Read More »

Deck the Halls

A tour of the trending food halls in Chicagoland

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 »

Diners’ Choice: Labriola Chicago

Labriola Chicago captures three concepts in one space

Sitting at a red leather booth at the rear of Labriola Chicago {535 North Michigan Avenue, Chicago; 312.955.3100}, Owner Rich Labriola orders two versions of a pasta with a lightly spiced vodka sauce. He describes his order to the chef—a dish he recently enjoyed while on a trip to New York. When the steaming bowls arrive, he dives in with ... Read More »

Fast-Casual Phenom

How Chicago is reinventing an age-old concept

The term, “fast casual,” coined in the 1990s, is a concept that “marries the age-old need to eat on the run to the much newer consumer demand for healthier options,” according to Matt Sena of FranchiseHelp.com. The fast-casual restaurant—which often foregoes full table service, but offers higher quality fare than traditional fast food restaurants—has been one of the fastest growing ... Read More »

Bright Spice, Green City

Vegetable-first meals in Chicagoland

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While Chicago is famous for its Green City Market—a nearly 20-year-old, year-round farmers’ market and a North Side institution—local foodies have been begun opting for veggie-forward dishes within the city’s restaurant scene. Indeed, even meat-loving Chicagoans are joining the national restaurant movement toward vegetable-focused plates. No wonder, then, that the veggie movement is gaining local traction. Diners are increasingly driving ... Read More »

Toast Spring at the Kohler Beer Festival

Take a road trip to the relaxing village for golf, spas, and (of course) beer!

Drink. Eat. Learn. Repeat! Sounds like the perfect weekend to us at the 8th Annual Kohler Festival of Beer at Destination Kohler. Next weekend, April 29-May 1, will bring together brewmasters from across the country for a weekend perfectly “crafted” for beer enthusiasts. Guests can take part in an overflow of brew-themed happenings, including food pairings and tastings, educational seminars, and culinary demonstrations. If you’re not ... Read More »

Latin Meets Mexican

Bridging the culinary gap

When you think about Mexican food, what pops into your head? The image of a burrito, or a platter of tacos? What about Caribbean food? Or Peruvian food? Do images of pineapple salsa and ceviche flicker in your mind? The truth is, we have perceptions of food from every culture. Sometimes that perception is spot-on; sometimes, not so much. DiningOut wanted ... Read More »