Hamburger Hop 2017: and the winner is

Hamburger Hop 2017: and the winner is
The  competition was hot at last night’s Bon Appétit presents Chicago Gourmet’s Hamburger Hop 2017. One of the most popular events on the weeklong calendar of events for Chicago Gourmet’s 10th Anniversary is the celebrity chef challenge that pits top chefs against each other to see who makes Chicago’s best burger. This year, as in past years, the... Read more »

Chicago Gourmet: It's only a week away

Chicago Gourmet: It's only a week away
This year’s 10th annual Bon Appétit Chicago Gourmet–yes it’s been 10 years–is going to be bigger and better than ever. And it’s almost here. Related events kick off Tuesday, September 19, with Cocktails on The Crown (Tribune Tower) with the big event Chicago Gourmet taking place Saturday, September 23 and Sunday, September 24 in Millennium... Read more »

Highwood festival celebrates Nashville’s Honkey Tonk Row

Highwood festival celebrates Nashville’s Honkey Tonk Row
It’s Happening in Highwood No need to leave town this weekend to get a Taste of Nashville. Just head about 20 miles north of downtown Chicago to Highwood…or should we say  Nashwood. North Suburban Highwood has transformed its downtown into Nashwood complete with authentic sounds and tastes from the Music City. Live country music from... Read more »
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The Chocolate Bar at the Pen may just be the best bar in town

The Chocolate Bar at the Pen may just be the best bar in town
A long standing tradition at Chicago’s Peninsula Hotel is “Chocolate at The Pen,” where visitors can devour all they can eat chocolate from the hotel Chocolate Buffet in The Lobby. When you first see the $40 price tag, per adult, for the dessert buffet, you may think it sounds like a lot but once you... Read more »

The Barn in Evanston: Upscale dining in an alley barn

The Barn in Evanston: Upscale dining in an alley barn
It seems that nothing can stop Amy Morton–not the actress–but the lady who’s been taking Chicago’s restaurant scene by storm. Amy, who grew up in the restaurant biz as the daughter of steakhouse legend Arnie Morton, is putting together her own stable of restaurants with her latest, The Barn, that opened in November in a... Read more »

Friday Night Flights: tickets and information

Friday Night Flights: tickets and information
Friday Night Flights, Chicago’s popular new summer-long series of events highlighting Chicago’s thriving craft beer scene, is down to its final two nights for the summer. “Since its launch last May, Friday Night Flights has become a premier city showcase for Chicago’s neighborhood breweries and craft beer scene,” Mark Kelly, commissioner of Chicago’s Department of... Read more »
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Shore Club: One-of-a-kind beachfront dining comes to Chicago

Shore Club: One-of-a-kind beachfront dining comes to Chicago
Just when you thought summer couldn’t get any better beachfront dining arrives in Chicago Forget, Palm Beach, Palm Springs, Tahiti, Chicagoans and visitors, in the number one restaurant city in the nation, can now dine, imbibe and mingle on the “third” coast at Chicago’s newest alfresco restaurant, Shore Club on North Avenue Beach overlooking Lake... Read more »

Bon Appetit names Chicago Restaurant City of the Year

Bon Appetit  names Chicago Restaurant City of the Year
Ditch the deep dish, there’s a whole lot more to Chicago’s dining scene It’s no surprise to Chicago Eats that Chicago has been named the Restaurant City of the Year by Bon Appetit magazine. A statement from Mayor Rahm Emanuel yesterday says it all: “Chicago’s thriving culinary scene is not only the nation’s best, but... Read more »

Cruz Blanca Brewery: an authentic taste of Mexico in the West Loop

Cruz Blanca Brewery: an authentic taste of Mexico in the West Loop
Rick Bayless has done it again. His casual style Taqueria and Brewery, Cruz Blanca Cerveceria, which opened a little over a year ago in the West Loop (904 W. Randolph) is packing them in. The restaurant, that was four years in the making, was inspired by Emil Dercher, the brewer who left France to go... Read more »
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Ballpark Fare Goes Gourmet at foodie festival at the Park at Wrigley

Ballpark Fare Goes Gourmet at foodie festival at the Park at Wrigley
Two of my favorite things baseball and food team up when Ballpark Fare Goes Gourmet at The Park at Wrigley. The event, part of the eXtraordinary chefs – eXtraordinary places series in celebration of Bon Appétit presents Chicago Gourmet’s 10th anniversary will take place on September 23. The pitch: Which chef can spin the most... Read more »