Category: Chicago restaurants

Celebrating the Holidays

Courtesy of carryout, delivery, Zoom and FaceTime, families and friends can celebrate the holidays together, despite the pandemic. Restaurants throughout the Chicago area are offering delicious meals, minus the fuss and most of the clean-up. Better yet, guests can order their meal of choice. In 2020, that’s as good as it gets. The following are... Read more »

A Surviving Rite of Summer

Dining al fresco is one of the cherished rites of summer. And this year, with the cancellation of virtually all of the city’s summer festivals, it’s more important than ever. It’s safe to say that Recess (838 W. Kinzie) in the West Loop looks nothing like any other restaurant in the Chicago area. In lieu... Read more »

The New Normal

While no one can accurately predict what the long range economic effect of the Coronavirus will be on the restaurant industry, individual owners and restaurant groups agree that change is a certainty. After a career in banking, Julia Zhu, together with partner and veteran restaurateur Howard Davis, opened Bar Roma, a casual Italian restaurant in... Read more »
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It's Good, But Is It Portable?

It’s Good, But Is It Portable ? Sunday is Mother’s Day, and Mother’s Day is typically the busiest day of the year for restaurants. Even now, even with the Coronavirus continuing to take a toll, letting a restaurant do the cooking for Mother’s Day is still a good idea. For chef/partner David DiGregorio and the... Read more »

The Way It Is

Six-or is it seven?-weeks into the Shelter At Home quarantine, life has settled into a mind numbing routine for some and a frightening reality for others. There is no news that isn’t about the Coronavirus itself or the effect it’s had on every aspect of life as we knew it. People who never-or hardly ever-... Read more »

The New Normal

Six weeks ago, “Zoom” was what I used to adjust the size of the font on my laptop. Now a Zoom of another sort is what I use to attend classes, visit with family, and conduct interviews. For restaurants, wineries and an endless number of small businesses, the new technology offers an opportunity to connect... Read more »
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Tres Bon

Le Sud With neighborhood French restaurants increasingly scarce, restaurateur Sandy Chen decided to go against the flow. The result is Le Sud, a charming spot that celebrates the food, wine and decor of southern France. “I’d  been doing Chinese restaurants for more than twenty years, and I was ready to do something else,” she says.... Read more »

Thattu Chicago: James Beard semifinalist for best new restaurant

Thattu Chicago: James Beard semifinalist for best new restaurant
James Beard Foundation has just announced their semifinalists for the 2020 Best Restaurant and Chef’s in the nation. Out of Chicago’s extensive lineup of new restaurants opening in 2019, only two were bestowed the honor of being named a JBF semifinalist for Best New Restaurant. The national winner will be announced at the James Beard Awards Gala... Read more »

Aba Chicago: the rooftop patio is open (and warm)

Aba Chicago: the rooftop patio is open (and warm)
Tired of waiting for summer? Why wait? The snow may be lingering outside but that hasn’t stopped Aba from opening up their spectacular outdoor patio. We stopped by, the popular Fulton Market hotspot on the final Sunday of Chicago Restaurant Week to sample their CRW brunch menu. The “outdoor” patio, that is partially-enclosed for winter, was... Read more »
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Say oui to Aboyer: a sibling to the award-winning George Trois

Say oui to Aboyer: a sibling to the award-winning George Trois
Chef Michael Lachowicz offers the ‘Trois’ experience with 3 dining options at one address It’s been almost a year since Chef Michael Lachowicz introduced his much-anticipated trio of restaurants at 64 Green Bay Road in Winnetka, aka, George Trois Group. George Trois is the group that has brought the national spotlight to the small North Shore suburb of Winnetka... Read more »