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5 New Chicago Cocktail Bars Focusing On The Casual Side Of Good Drinking

These spots add to an already impressive bar scene
Nov 20, 2014 11:00 am

There’s no questioning that Chicago has some of the most respected and downright fancy craft cocktail bars in the country. Now, as some of the city’s best barkeeps fly the coop to open their own concepts, the latest slew of craft cocktail bars boast a new mentality: the drinks should be top-notch, but the atmosphere a tad more laid-back. Here are five excellent cocktail spots that opened in Chicago within the last year, shrouded in the guise of fun-loving neighborhood bars.

5 New Chicago Craft Beer Bars For Drinking Exceptional Midwest Brew

Better beer is getting easier to find in Chicago
Nov 3, 2014 2:00 pm

Chicago is experiencing quite the local beer boom, with more than 10 new breweries opening doors in 2014 alone. To keep up the pace, beer-focused bars are opening left and right to make sure the citizens of the Windy City are properly acquainted with all the new beers. 

It's Like A Piña Colada, But With Pig's Blood

Chicago bartender so went there
Oct 22, 2014 9:00 am

Greater collaboration between the kitchen and bar has resulted in all sorts of interesting food-booze mashups in recent years. But, at Chicago’s Kinmont, bartender Jason Brown has taken the culinary-cocktail crossover to another level with one ingredient, in particular: pig’s blood. You can thank Warren Zevon and San Francisco's Chinatown for inspiring Brown's bloody concoction. More this way.

Video: Hurray For This Footlong Grilled Cheese From Chicago!

One foot of grilled cheese = 12 inches of happy
Oct 17, 2014 8:00 am

The Scout Waterhouse & Kitchen in Chicago's South Loop has long loaves of brioche and isn't afraid to cut them lengthwise for the mammoth sandwich they call the Foot-Long Triple Cheese. It contains nine slices of cheese (American, muenster and cheddar, all made in Wisconsin) and comes with short rib if you so desire. Pair it with a Goose Island Endless IPA for the grown-up after-school snack we've all been dreaming of.

5 Weird And Cool Spirits We Discovered At The Chicago Independent Spirits Expo

New vodka and amaro, while discovering raicilla
Oct 6, 2014 10:00 am

Throw over a hundred distillers together in a hotel ballroom and you’re bound to find more than just a wild party. There was some interesting booze to try out. This year’s annual Independent Spirits Expo in Chicago featured around 500 (!!) new and existing gins, tequilas, rums and more curiosities from distillers around the country. While it’s impossible to hit every sample at the event, here are some of the most interesting things we stumbled across.

Hot Doug: The Exit Interview

Chicago tubesteak pioneer is calling it a day
Sep 29, 2014 8:00 am

Ever since Chicago hot dog institution Hot Doug’s opened 14 years ago, it’s been the fancified franks (think alligator sausage with crayfish-shrimp remoulade) legendary duck fat fries and owner Doug Sohn’s warm hospitality that have been winning over the hearts and, as evidenced by upward of nine hour wait times, the personal days of customers. Chances are that wait will be longer than ever on October 3, the shop’s last day in operation before Sohn closes its doors forever. We caught up with owner Doug Sohn. 

Fall Preview 2014: 9 Major Restaurant And Bar Openings In Chicago

Burgers, cider and late-night Japanese fare
Aug 28, 2014 9:00 am

Chicago’s dining scene is all about democracy — a blend of high and low cuisines, international influences and a scintillating, broad mix of tastes and styles. So, it makes sense that both casual bite-and-a-beer spots and pinkies-up-small-plates concepts land on our “most anticipated” list with equal fervor. Find out what's in store for the Windy City this fall right here.

In Chicago, Great Design Collides With Even Better Craft Beer And Fried Chicken

Cody Hudson talks Pipeworks beer, Parson's chicken
Aug 26, 2014 2:30 pm

Chicago's Pipeworks Brewing is known for creating wildly fantastical craft beers with labeling to match, as in the astronaut unicorn hurtling through space on its Imperial India Pale Ale bottle. The label for its latest offbeat brew, "Brown & Stirred," goes in an entirely different direction. The beer, a collaboration with Longman & Eagle, is a strong rye ale (10.5 ABV) inspired by the Manhattan cocktail. The label features a whimsical drawing of a bottle of beer high-fiving a cocktail by Cody Hudson, who shares more details right here.

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