Chicago's best cheeseburgers, margaritas & gumbo to enjoy before seeing Escape to Margaritaville

Chicago's best cheeseburgers, margaritas & gumbo to enjoy before seeing Escape to Margaritaville
“Escape to Margaritaville,” the musical slated for Broadway is packing the parrotheads and other fun loving types in at its 3-week pre-Broadway run at Chicago’s Oriental Theater. The show which is pure fun immerses the audience in a tropical island paradise with the sounds of 27 of Jimmy Buffett’s classic hits as the backdrop for three... 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 »

Buona Italian Beef Sandwich: a Chicago original

Buona Italian Beef Sandwich: a Chicago original
“A few things are undisputed about the Italian Beef Sandwich: it originated on the “Sout” Side of Chicago by Italian immigrants, is served in hundreds of places around the city and when made correctly should leave a trail of juice down your arm.” USA TODAY The Italian Beef Sandwich may just be the most Chicago of... Read more »
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Forum 55: a new Food Hall opens in Chicago's Loop

Forum 55: a new Food Hall opens in Chicago's Loop
Forum 55 at 55 E. Monroe St. is the latest offering in a string of Chicago Food Halls including Eataly, Latinicity and Revival Food Hall that have taken the city by storm. The new space celebrates its Grand Opening today on the lower level of the Mid-Continental Plaza replacing the former Under 55 Cafe food court.  A line-up of... Read more »

Michelin announces 54 Bib Gourmand restaurants for 2018 Chicago guide

Michelin announces 54 Bib Gourmand restaurants for 2018 Chicago guide
Michelin publishes list of 54 Bib Gourmand’ restaurants Michelin today announced the restaurants that have earned the designation of Bib Gourmand in the eighth edition of the MICHELIN Guide Chicago 2018. Michelin inspectors declared the Logan Square area as a hotbed for Mexican cuisine and praised the exceptional spices from India and creative combinations from Vietnam... Read more »

Open House Chicago: The drinkers guide

Open House Chicago: The drinkers guide
Not only has Chicago been named #1 Restaurant City in America and home of America’s best burger (Au Cheval) but we now have the most breweries of any American city. We’re talking about the beer breweries along Malt Row in the Ravenswood corridor and throughout city neighborhoods and the suburbs. In addition to the breweries,... Read more »
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Mariano's Bannockburn: A sneak peek

Mariano's Bannockburn: A sneak peek
“I only eat sushi from Mariano’s – for real it is our family fave” …Amanda Puck Mariano’s will open its Bannockburn supermarket at 6:00 am, on Tuesday, October 10. From the outside, the store looks like many of the other suburban Mariano’s but inside the new market will reflect the community and has added some offerings... Read more »

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 »
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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 »