Category: Chicago Restaurants.

Marco’s Northside Grill: a hidden gem in Highwood

Marco’s Northside Grill: a hidden  gem in Highwood
It would be easy to pass right by Marco’s Northside Grill, an unimposing storefront nestled along Highwood Illinois’ busy restaurant strip at 329 Waukegan Ave. But it would be a big mistake. Marco’s. is one of the hidden gems in and around Chicago that doesn’t get the big press. It is one man’s dream realized–the... Read more »

Wicker Park diner Dove's to reopen

Wicker Park diner Dove's to reopen
The Good News After an 18 month absence, Wicker Park’s beloved neighborhood diner Dove’s Luncheonette, the retro-inspired MexTex eatery that first launched in 2014 from Paul Kahan and One Off Hospitality (avec, The Publican, The Violet Hour, Big Star), is officially reopening doors at 9 a.m. on Monday October 11th. Photo: Carole Kuhrt-Brewer What’ new Dove’s is getting back... Read more »

Michelin Star & Bib Gourmand winners: Chicago 2021

Michelin Star & Bib Gourmand winners: Chicago 2021
Michelin has just announced their 2021 star and Bib Gourmand winners. 24 star Chicago restaurants and 58 Bib Gourmand restaurants made the cut. New Bib Gourmands include two 2-star restaurants and one new 1-star restaurant, listed here. Ever (West Loop 2-Stars) Curtis Duffy, original illustration by Paul Brewer 1340 W. Fulton Chef Curtis Duffy and Michael... Read more »
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Chicago sets date and guidelines for indoor dining

Chicago sets date and guidelines for indoor dining
Restaurants, bars and breweries will be able to serve patrons indoors with limited capacity and safety restrictions starting Friday, June 26 Illinois has been enjoying alfresco dining since May 23 with Chicago jumping on the alfresco bandwagon on June 3. It has been, both literally and figuratively, a breath of fresh air. Heading into July followed... Read more »

Chicago Riverwalk reopens: here’s what you need to know

Chicago Riverwalk reopens: here’s what you need to know
Mayor Lori E. Lightfoot today announced the long-awaited reopening the Chicago Riverwalk. Following the latest data and based upon guidance from public health experts, City officials believe the Riverwalk can safely reopen and operate throughout the summer months. With special restrictions, of course. Here’s what you need to know: Entrance points: The Riverwalk will be... Read more »

Chicago restaurants: open-air Saturday market at Acadia & pickup & delivery throughout the city

Chicago restaurants: open-air Saturday market at Acadia & pickup & delivery throughout the city
The two Michelin-starred Chicago restaurant Acadia, along with many other restaurants and bars closed due to the Coronavirus, have, by necessity, found creative ways to stay in business and help feed those sheltering in place. The closures of restaurants across America has left many chefs and farmers with food and produce piling up with no where to go.... Read more »
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Latest find for Found Kitchen in Evanston: Gold

Latest find for Found Kitchen in Evanston: Gold
Institutions are permanent, which means that they do not end when one person is gone.  I’m not sure if eight years is long enough to call something an institution but, if so, Found Kitchen & Social House definitely meets that definition. If not, it still feels like an institution–in a very good way. Certainly the Morton family of which Found Kitchen proprietor... Read more »

6 Awesome Restaurant Weeks in Chicagoland: What you need to know to go

6 Awesome Restaurant Weeks in Chicagoland: What you need to know to go
You may have missed Chicago Restaurant Week (January 24-February 9), but no worries, there’s more. Not unlike the Jimmy Buffet song, “It’s Five O’Clock Somewhere,” it seems, if it’s winter in Chicago “it’s restaurant week somewhere. Restaurant Week specials can be a great time to try new spots–often at bargain prices. Here’s five to try running now... Read more »

A sneak peek inside the world's largest Starbucks Reserve Roastery

A sneak peek inside the world's largest Starbucks Reserve Roastery
Chicago may not be first to get a Starbucks Reserve Roastery–Seattle, Shanghai, Milan, New York, and Tokyo were in line before us–but we did get the “World’s Largest” and arguably the best. It’s hard to imagine a more innovative space. Jill Enomoto, vice president of Roastery Design & Concept for Starbucks, says the design was... Read more »
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Offshore Chicago: Does it live up to the hype?

Offshore Chicago: Does it live up to the hype?
There’s been lots of hype about, Offshore Chicago, the nation’s largest rooftop patio. Yes, I said the NATION’S LARGEST–not Chicago’s, but the largest across the USA. At last night’s grand opening party it became official when Offshore received the award for the Nation’s largest rooftop patio from the Guinness Book of World records. But is... Read more »
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