Posts in category "Chicago restaurants"

Seven Chicago restaurants ranked among best in America

Seven Chicago restaurants ranked among best in America
People are always asking me,”What are your favorite Chicago restaurants?” I don’t always have a fast answer. If I’m in the mood for beef, it’s Gibson’s or Au Cheval. If I want Mexican, I like Rick Bayless’ west loop casual Cruz Blanca Taqueria or Pilsen’s wonderful line-up of Mexican fare, especially along 18th St. Asian, any... Read more »

A Chicago Holiday Tradition: the Great Tree at Marshall Fields 110 years later

A Chicago Holiday Tradition: the Great Tree at Marshall Fields 110 years later
This year celebrates the 110th year of the ‘Great Tree.’ It was a very different Chicago 110 years ago. Horse-drawn vehicles were de rigueur, people dressed up to go ‘downtown.’ Women and children wore white gloves, fine clothes and fancy hats. Men wore suits, ties and hats called bowlers–sometimes even top hats. During the holidays regions... Read more »

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 »
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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 »

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 »
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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 »

Try This! The shishito peppers at Eight Bar and Patio

Try This! The shishito peppers at Eight Bar and Patio
Shishito peppers…are the little peppers that could. A staple in Asian cooking the peppers got their name ‘shishito’ with a Japanese accent in reference to the tip of the chili pepper which looks like the head of a lion. These skinny, finger-long peppers are thin-walled and glossy with a unique ‘withered’ look. Fruit is typically... Read more »

Chicago Eats Top 8 Doughnut Shops

Chicago Eats Top 8 Doughnut Shops
 Donuts or doughnuts, either way you spell it, are hot When it comes to doughnuts, Chicago is not lacking in places to get your doughnut fix. Doughnuts have been around for many moons and seem to be getting hotter every day. According to the NEW York Post (June 1, 2014), “Early 19th century: Legend has... Read more »
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Michael Jordan’s Steak House burgers are a slam dunk

Michael Jordan’s Steak House burgers are a slam dunk
For the past three years, Michael Jordan’s Steak House has been celebrating the month of May, National Hamburger month, with a different burger for each day. The burgers are named after various Chicago neighborhoods like the Pilsen Burger (May 9), the Taylor Street burger (May 29) and others; or famous people and politicians such as... Read more »