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  SAVOR Tuscany on Taylor; Victory Italian

DISH Dining Guide

"That's Italian!" Besides being the slogan for a popular spaghetti sauce, that was my immediate reaction after visiting a pair of restaurants that seemingly encompass the essence of Italy—albeit in different ways. Tuscany on Taylor ( ...


  DINING Cochon555 winner, Lent offerings, St. Patrick's items

—Chicago "Prince of Pork" Chef Daniel Espinoza, of Cantina Laredo, came out on top at the annual pork-centered event Cochon555. Espinoza will represent Chicago at Grand Cochon—the national finale on Sept. 15—in Chicago. Johnny Contraveos, the ...


  DINING (Re)openings, Italian culinary cruise, St. Patrick's items

—Argentine gelato producer FRIO Gelato will open a new location at Navy Pier later this spring. This will mark the company's fourth location in the Chicagoland area. Flavors include dulce de leche ( milk caramel ), ...


  SAVOR Boleo, The Whistler

DISH Dining Guide

It's interesting to see the Loop during the week. As soon as five o'clock hits, droves of people leave the office-laden area as quickly as possible to head for relaxation, family or one of a thousand ...


  Cochon555 returns March 3

With an all-star cast of chefs who specialize in whole animal cooking paired with farmers responsibly raising delicious heritage breed pigs, Cochon555 returns to Chicago on Sunday, March 3, at Morgan Manufacturing, 401 N. Morgan St. ...


  DINING Barton G., the place to be

Barton G. The Restaurant recently opened its Chicago location, with all of the pomp and circumstance that one expects from Miami-based visionary Barton G. Weiss. The new 12,000-square-foot space at 415 N. Dearborn St. is on ...


  DINING Walton Street's fried chicken, Blue Door, Mardi Gras

—Walton Street Kitchen + Bar, 912 N. State St., is now serving a fried-chicken Sunday evening special. The dinner consists of a three pieces of buttermilk fried chicken, served with homemade jalapeno cornbread, cole slaw and ...


  DINING New Nico chef, DropShot, Valentine's Day options

—Joe Lambert has been named the new executive chef at Nico Osteria and the Thompson Chicago hotel, 1015 N. Rush St. Lambert has been at Nico with two-time James Beard award-winning chef Paul Kahan since the ...


  'Chicago Magic Lounge: A Family Show' Feb. 16

"Chicago Magic Lounge: A Family Show" will take place Saturday, Feb. 16, 2:30-4:30 p.m. at Center on Halsted, 3656 N. Halsted St. The Chicago Magic Lounge, located in Andersonville, is known for its stage and close-up ...


  Cider Summit at Navy Pier benefits Heartland Alliance

Part of a tour that takes place throughout the United States, Cider Summit took place Feb. 9 in Navy Pier's Aon Grand Ballroom. The 7th annual Cider Summit Chicago featured more than 150 ciders, cider cocktails ...


  SAVOR Taureaux Tavern; Black Restaurant Week

DISH Dining Guide

Those fluent in French probably know what Taureaux Tavern ( 155 W. Van Buren St.; ) is all about—especially when its location is considered. Nestled in the Loops' financial district, the spot's name ( which ...


  DINING Asians & Friends dinner, Pizza museum, Valentine's Day options

—Asians & Friends Chicago will host a Chinese New Year's dinner on Saturday, Feb. 23, at 6 p.m. at Jade Court, 626 S. Racine Ave. It will be multi-course dinner ( $35 pre-sale/$40 door ) with ...


  DINING Fried Chicken & Champagne, $1 Food Festival, Super Bowl specials

—Kendall College Trust's fourth annual Fried Chicken & Champagne Fest will take place Saturday, Feb. 2, at Kendall College, 900 N. North Branch St., at 11:30 a.m.-3 p.m. Eric Mansavage ( Farmhouse ), Beverly Kim ( ...


  SAVOR Publican Quality Meats; Banchet Awards

Fittingly located in the heart of Chicago's meatpacking district, Publican Quality Meats ( PQM ) ( 825 W. Fulton Market; ) will probably be unlike almost any spot you'll encounter—and that's a good thing, in ...


  DINING '90s event, ramen giveaway, Chinese New Year, Super Bowl specials

—Replay Lincoln Park, 2833 N. Sheffield Ave., is hosting "Party Like It's 1996," in collaboration with The Chill Foundation and Burton Snowboards, on Friday, Jan. 25, 6:30-11:30 p.m. Nineties teen heartthrob Aaron Carter is slated to ...


  DINING Stan's tea partnership, Winnetka spot, Cocoa Crawl

—Stan's Donuts & Coffee has launched a Rishi Tea partnership. To celebrate the launch, the donut destination is coining Tuesday, Jan. 29, "Tea Party Tuesday." All Stan's guests will receive a free 12-ounce hot tea with ...


  SAVOR Roanoke brunch; Chicago Restaurant Week

DISH Dining Guide

During the week, Roanoke Restaurant and Club ( 135 W. Madison St.; ) is as busy as a beehive, thanks to its Loop location that accommodates businesspeople, theatergoers, tourists and more. In fact, every part ...


  DINING Big Star brunch, Daisies option, Drumbar cocktails

—Big Star, 3640 N. Clark St., is now serving brunch. The menu—created by Executive Chef/Partner Paul Kahan and Brand Chef de Cuisine Julie Warpinski—includes items such as chorizo mulas made with house-made corn tortillas, fluffy scrambled ...


  SAVOR Bistro Campagne brunch; Chicago Restaurant Week

DISH Dining Guide

I have to admit I was a little concerned going to Bistro Campagne ( 4518 N. Lincoln Ave.; ) for brunch. The reason? Bistro Campagne has a new executive chef ( Adam Grandt ), who ...


  SAVOR Best restaurants of 2018

Chicago has thousands of restaurants—and Windy City Times checked out a few of the spots last year. Below are some of the best that this writer witnessed ( in no particular order ): —Twain ( 2445 ...


  DINING Restaurant closings, Portsmith dinner, Le Colonial

—The owners of Schaumburg's El Meson Mexican Restaurant, which had been in business for nearly 30 years, permanently closed their doors at the end of business on New Year's Eve, The Daily Herald noted. Owner Juan ...


  SAVOR Eataly's Baita; Restaurant Week

DISH Dining Guide

You can visit the Italian Alps here in Chicago. Baita, located in the River North spot Eataly ( 43 E. Ohio St.; ), brings this area of Europe to the Windy City. And it's a ...


  DINING Late-night burger, Bistro Campagne, New Year's Eve offerings

—Fulton Market Kitchen, 311 N. Sangamon St., has introduced its late-night burger as an off-menu option for diners in West Loop. Chef Chris Curren's $16 burger contains two grilled Slagel Family Farm beef patties with American ...


  SAVOR The Ruin Daily; Charlie Brown; Piccolo Sogno

DISH Dining Guide

The Ruin Daily ( 328 S. Jefferson St.; ) has a few unusual aspects to it—starting with its name. The name actually pays tribute to U.S. President Martin Van Buren, the inspiration behind the cross ...


  DINING Walton's Italian supper, Parlor Pizza Bar, holiday offerings

—Walton Street Kitchen + Bar, 912 N. State St., is now offering the Italian-American Sunday supper. Offered on Sunday evenings, there are three courses ( $32 individual/$54 to share ), featuring chopped antipasti salad, Pasta Napoletana ...


  Jobe named to post at Navy Pier

Navy Pier announced the appointment of Cory Jobe to the newly-established position of vice president of communications, effective Monday, Jan. 7. In his new role, Jobe will be charged with leading the Pier's marketing, branding and ...


  DINING Twain brunch, Little Goat, December Pride event

—Midwestern-inspired spot Twain, 2445 N. Milwaukee Ave., is now open for Sunday brunch. Menu items include cast iron butterscotch pecan roll, brulee grapefruit, chorizo hash, yogurt parfait, steak and eggs, and French toast Suzette; also, Bloody ...


  SAVOR 'Pie in the Sky'; Heartland closing; Yugen opening

DISH Dining Guide

A pizza dinner is a pizza dinner, until there's a special element added—like dining 1,300 feet high. Skydeck Chicago ( 233 S. Franklin St.; )—located in the Willis Tower, the tallest building in the Western ...


  DINING Gift drive, Theater on the Lake, 'Charlie Brown' Christmas

—Caffe Umbria, in Logan Square ( 2545 W. Armitage Ave. ) and River North ( 346 N. Clark St. ), is hosting a gift drive to benefit Friends of the Children. There will be a complimentary ...


  World of Chocolate provides dessert for a good cause

Hundreds of community members visited AIDS Foundation of Chicago's ( AFC ) annual World of Chocolate celebration and fundraiser at Revel Fulton Market, 1215 W. Fulton Market, on Nov. 30. Nearly two dozen vendors from across ...


  SAVOR Conrad's Grill; Swissotel's Santa Suite

DISH Dining Guide

Apparently, students at Michigan State University know how to party—and how to eat after one. The fast-casual restaurant Conrad's Grill ( 1422 N. Milwaukee Ave.; )—a staple in the university's city of East Lansing, Michigan—has ...


  DINING Travelle cocktails, new Wow Bao, 'Vanderpump' parties

—Travelle at the Langham, 300 N. Wabash Ave., now has art-inspired signature cocktails. The restaurant's new cocktail menu is influenced by famous works of art, and all of the selections were hand-chosen by the Travelle bar ...


  SAVOR Talking with Will Song of bopNgrill

DISH Dining Guide

In Chicago's restaurant scene, it can be tough to survive with just one establishment. However, Will Song has been pretty successful, with two locations of the fast-casual Korean restaurant bopNgrill ( )—one in Rogers Park ...


  SAVOR Talking with Travelle's chefs; dining news

DISH Dining Guide

There was a time when dining at a hotel's restaurant was almost an afterthought. How times have changed. Many hotels across the nation now boast at least dining establishment that features upscale dishes that warrant repeat ...


  DINING Tokio Pub burgers, The Dearborn's pies, Sable's pop-up bar

—On Wednesdays, Schaumburg's Tokio Pub is offering, for $12, any combination of three burgers—including the Tokio Sunrise Burger, Eruption Burger and the signature Ramen Burger—with any of the eight beers for 24 pairings. See —The ...


  Always Andersonville Pledge Local Campaign begins holiday schedule Nov. 24

CHICAGO ( November 16, 2018 ): Over 100 Andersonville businesses are featured in the Andersonville Chamber of Commerce's ( ACC ) holiday programming lineup this season with a full schedule of shopping, dining, entertainment, traditional Swedish ...


  DINING 'Friends' pop-up, Avli opens, Chicago Wolves

—Replay Lincoln Park, 2833 N. Sheffield Ave., has transformed into a Friends-themed experience open through Sunday, Nov. 25. Fans will be able to hang out in Monica's apartment as well as Chandler and Joey's place, or ...


  SAVOR Fulton Market Kitchen; options for Thanksgiving

DISH Dining Guide

Fulton Market Kitchen ( 311 N. Sangamon St.; ) continues to be an assault on the senses—and I mean that in a very good way. FMK, as it's often called, is part art gallery, part ...


  DINING New spots, LuxeHome event, Veterans Day specials

—This November, BK Park, chef/owner of Juno, will open his passion project, Mako, at 731 W. Lake St. Mako, the fastest breed of shark, is named for what chef BK believes sushi chefs should aspire to ...


  SAVOR Return of the MAK; SideDoor brunch

DISH Dining Guide

The chork lives! The chopstick/fork combination is the tool of the trade at Modern Asian Kitchen ( 1924 W. Division St.; ), a fast-casual spot also known as MAK that I initially profiled a few ...


  DINING VU event, Fleetwood Mac pop-up, Sunda feast

—Newly opened VU Rooftop Bar, 133 E. Cermak Ave., will mark the upcoming Day of the Dead with a Dia de los Muertos Celebration on Halloween night, Oct. 31, in partnership with FINO Tequila. Doors will ...


  SAVOR Brunch at etta; The Florentine's aperitivo

DISH Dining Guide

Let's get one thing out of the way: the new Bucktown spot etta ( 1840 W. North Ave.; ), from the creators of Gold Coast restaurant Maple & Ash, is not named after singer Etta ...


  DINING 'Raising the Bar,' Trotter gala, Halloween items

—The James Beard Foundation's Taste America will present an inaugural kick-off reception on Thursday, Oct. 25, 6-9 p.m., at The Lakewood, 1758 W. Lake St. "Raising the Bar—James Beard Foundation Celebrates Women Shaking Up Chicago's Beverage ...


  SAVOR Alpana Singh returns to 'Check, Please!'

DISH Dining Guide

Check, Please!—the local show focuses on a rotating panel of everyday people commenting on various restaurants—will have a combination of the new and the familiar when Alpana Singh returns to helm the show after a five-year ...


  DINING A'ville Pastoral closing, Wine Riot, 'Buffy' pop-up

—The Andersonville outpost of Pastoral Artisan Cheese, Bread & Wine retail and its sister business, Appellation Wine Bar & Restaurant, will close after three years on Sunday, Oct. 21. In a Facebook post, co-owner Greg O'Neill ...


  SAVOR Twain, Halloween in Andersonville

DISH Dining Guide

The new Logan Square restaurant Twain ( 2445 N. Milwaukee Ave.; )—which, yes, is named after the famed author and reflects where chef Tim Graham was raised—relies on a shrewd concept for its success: nostalgia. ...


  DINING South African wines, pheasant pie, Truluck's expansion

—Booth One, 1301 N. State Pkwy., is hosting a South African wine tasting in the Library Bar on Thursday, Oct. 11, 6-8 p.m. Each glass will be paired with regionally inspired two-bite hors d'oeuvres with sommelier ...


  SAVOR Showroom Food Hall; Conn's Catering

DISH Dining Guide

The purposes of a food court or hall is to make sure patrons have a variety of culinary items to choose from—and to make said items are tasty. On both counts, the Marriott Marquis' Showroom Food ...


  DINING Shaw's anniversary, Michelin spots, Sable director

—Shaw's Crab House is celebrating its 30th "Pearl" anniversary of Oyster Fest on Oct. 4-12 at Shaw's Crab House Chicago, 21 E. Hubbard St., and Shaw's Crab House Schaumburg, 1900 E. Higgins Rd. Events will include ...


  Walton Street Kitchen + Bar; Chicago Gourmet

DISH Dining Guide

Maybe it's because I just saw a Chicago Cubs game before writing this review/profile, but Ballyhoo Hospitality Group has hit a home run with new spot Walton Street Kitchen + Bar/Lounge (912 N. State St.; ...


  IN THE LIFE Lizzy Wolferman

Everyone's life is a journey. However, with Liz Wolferman—the front-of-house manager of the acclaimed local restaurant Mott St.—it's been a literal journey that's involved Chicago, New York City and even England, resulting in a life shaped ...


  SAVOR Merchant; breakfast at The Palm

DISH Dining Guide

One of the most challenging things for a restaurant is to retain the patrons from a similar business that occupied the same spot. This was the daunting task facing the co-owners of Merchant (3137 W. Logan ...


  DINING Chicago Gourmet auction, 'Chug' event, Wis. restaurant's honor

—Bon Appetit presents Chicago Gourmet's annual online auction is now live. With registration now open at, gourmands can bid on a lineup of experiences and packages, including private tastings in the PreVail Room at California's ...


  LGBT-themed films abound at 2018 CSAFF

The Chicago South Asian Film Festival ( CSAFF ), founded in 2010 and organized by the Chicago South Asian Arts Council, takes place this year. This festival, the largest of its kind in the Midwest, will ...


  DINING Hoptoberfest, "Breakfast at Tiffany's," Nacional 27

—Starting at 10 a.m. on Sunday, Sept. 23, HopCat, 2577 N. Clark St., will host Hoptoberfest, and continue the fun with Hofbrau beer dinner on Tuesday, Sept. 25. The beer dinner will feature a five beer, ...


  SAVOR Juniper Spirits & Oysters; U.S. Pizza Museum

DISH Dining Guide

With the thousands of restaurants in Chicago, it's natural that some are overlooked. The Gold Coast spot Juniper Spirits & Oysters ( in the Claridge House hotel at 1244 N. Dearborn St.; ) should not ...


  Ravenswood Art Walk Sept. 15-16

The 17th Ravenswood Art Walk will take place Sept. 15-16, 11 a.m.-6 p.m, along Ravenswood Avemue, from Irving Park Road to Leland Avenue. The art walk will feature a diverse exhibition of Chicago artists, along with ...


  DINING Ina Mae Tavern, South Shore brunch, Gemini anniversary

—New Orleans-inspired Ina Mae Tavern & Packaged Goods, 1415 N. Wood St., has launched a weekday happy hour menu. Available Monday-Friday at 4-6 p.m, Happy Hour specials include half price fried chicken ( white or dark ...


  SAVOR Vinny's Pizza Bar; Publican Anker

DISH Dining Guide

If you want to spend some time ( whether family or post-work ) in a funky place with some delicious items, check out Vinny's Pizza Bar ( at the French Market, 130 N. Canal St.; ...


  SAVOR Brunches at Kit Kat Lounge and Lark

DISH Weekly Dining Guide

It's safe to say that weekend brunches at The Kit Kat Lounge & Supper Club ( 3700 N. Halsted St.; ), are not the same as almost any other spot in the city. For almost ...


  SAVOR Vinny's Pizza Bar

DISH Dining Guide

If you want to spend some time ( whether family or post-work ) in a funky place with some delicious items, check out Vinny's Pizza Bar ( at the French Market, 130 N. Canal St.; ...


  DINING Florentine's baskets, Twain opens, Palm breakfast

—Italian Loop restaurant The Florentine ( in the J.W. Marriott Hotel ) is offering its annual summer picnic baskets. The featured baskets include Saluti! ( chef's selection of meat and cheese, olives, crackers, dried fruit and ...


  Jamaican Fruit and Flowers Bloom in Chicago

Cris Avery's anatomy brought him and Armani Dae together in 2014. The two artists officially met for the first time at a Community Kinship Life conference in Philadelphia, where Dae lived at the time. Avery, a ...


  SAVOR Ronero; Station mixology class

It's hits you as soon as you walk into Ronero ( 738 W. Randolph St.; )—a friendly, vibrant, and refined yet casual atmosphere that epitomizes Latin America. Bold colors, romantic lighting, friendly staff and samba ...


  DINING Mercat's dates, SideDoor's menus, Field Museum beer pop-up

—International Bacon Day happens to fall over Labor Day weekend, so Spanish restaurant Mercat a la Planxa, 638 S. Michigan Ave., is offering a special for the holiday all weekend long. The restaurant's signature bacon-wrapped dates ...


  SAVOR Locanda; The Dearborn

DISH Weekly Dining Guide

Italian restaurant Locanda ( 201 E. Walton St.; ), opened very quietly a few months ago—but the laid-back casually elegant spot practically deserves a parade. How low-key is Locanda? It's actually housed inside a Residence ...


  SAVOR Longacre

DISH Weekly Dining Guide By Emagin Tanaschuk

Longacre ( 1309 W. Wilson Ave.; )—a chic restaurant known for its delectable Detroit-style pizza and more—recently opened in Uptown. This BYOB retardant is for everyone—and it's certainly the place to be after a long day ...


  DINING Lawry's special, free Wow Bao lunch, banana-pudding cones

—Through Friday, Aug. 31, Lawry's, 100 E. Ontario St., is offering a $150 prime-rib dinner for two. Items include a choice of Silver Oak Cabernet Sauvignon, Silver Oak Cabernet Sauvignon Blanc or the signature Meat & ...


  SAVOR Out restauranteur Bruce Bozzi Jr. brings changes to Palm Chicago

DISH Weekly Dining Guide by Ashley Collins

Bruce Bozzi Jr., executive vice president of The Palm Restaurant Group, is the fourth-generation descendant of a company that his great grandfather co-created. With 22 locations in the US and two in Mexico—including one in Chicago's ...


  DINING The Gwen's popsicles, MOMosa brunch, Sangria festival

—The Gwen, a Luxury Collection Hotel, 521 N. Rush St., is offering artisan popsicles, created in partnership with ItsaPop. The Gwen's guests can beat the heat with three flavors of popsicles from Chicago-based popsicle artisan Itsapop. ...


  SAVOR Chicago Chop House; Taste of Andersonville

DISH Weekly Dining Guide

Chicago Chop House ( 60 W.Ontario St.; )—which has been around for more than three decades—is currently about the past, present and future. Looking at the walls reflects local history, including a montage of past ...


  DINING Food Truck Social, Bounce desserts, the 'Hog-Hattan'

Special to the online edition of Windy City Times—The Food Truck Social brand will debut to the Near North community in August. The first-ever Near North Food Truck Social will take place Aug. 11-12 at 800-873 ...


  SAVOR Streeterville Social; ETA

The Loews Chicago Downtown Hotel ( 455 N. Park Dr.; ) is an upscale beauty that also proves how far hotel dining has evolved over the years. Streeterville Social, Loews' seasonal rooftop offering, is back ...


  SAVOR Hubbard Inn; Taste of Andersonville

DISH Weekly Dining Guide

Although it's been around for a decade, I had never stepped foot in Hubbard Inn ( 110 W. Hubbard St.; ), a European-influenced restaurant in Chicago's River North neighborhood. It certainly won't be another 10 ...


  DINING urbanbelly goes retro, Portsmith series, Chelsea Room

Special to the online edition of Windy City Times

—To celebrate the 10th anniversary of urbanbelly in August, Chef Bill Kim is bringing back three dishes from urbanbelly's very first menu. Each dish will be offered for 10 consecutive days at both urbanbelly locations: 1400 ...