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Chicago Craft Distilling Grows Up

Passionate producers are making a name
Apr 22, 2015 2:00 pm

Chicago’s cocktail scene shows no signs of slowing down, leaving those who make spirits locally with more and more shelf room to showcase their efforts. And similar to the city’s top bartenders, these master distillers are taking their own creative risks with flavors, aging and spirit choices. Whether born from family legacy or two pilots’ travels abroad, here are nine distilleries in and around Chicago worth experiencing firsthand.

Check Out This Documentary On Malört, The Spirit That’s Proud To Be Undrinkable

Stories of the wormwood-based, Chicago-made liquor
Apr 21, 2015 2:00 pm

Filmmaker Marc Pearlman’s first Malört experience marked the beginning of a new friendship. He had recently sold his Fender Jagstang to a bartender at the Sovereign in Chicago’s Rogers Park who wanted to honor the trade with a “mystery shot.” The shot turned out to be Malört, the wormwood-based Swedish schnapps that proudly boasts only 1 out of 49 men will drink it after the first “shock glass.” Pearlman was so intrigued that he created a 17-minute documentary about the spirit’s history.

What’s Up With The Crazy Motorcycle Chandelier At Chicago Newcomer The Betty?

A 1917 magazine ad inspires a cool light fixture
Apr 9, 2015 1:00 pm

A vintage motorcycle spurred Chicago designer Karen Herold, of Studio K Creative, to create a striking metal chandelier for the Betty. The design of the Fulton Park tavern, based on the striking juxtapositions of a mythical gal, successfully mixes old and new.

12 Stories That Show Our Love For The Incredible Food Scene In Chicago

Butchering, booze, bistros and barbecue
Mar 27, 2015 12:00 pm

Last week, we dropped our Chicago spring restaurants preview, which served to remind us of the city’s ever-evolving food and drink scene. From fine dining to barbecue to ramen to Indian hot chicken — yes, you read that right — the city will play host to an impressively diverse selection of restaurant openings this season. And people are certainly taking notice: This May, Chicago will be the site for the annual James Beard Awards for the first time ever. With all this in mind, we take a look back at some of our favorite food and drink stories from Chi-town.

Spring Preview 2015: 10 Chicago Restaurants Opening Soon

New ramen, BBQ and more opening in the Windy City
Mar 17, 2015 11:00 am

New high-profile spots from the likes of Rick Bayless and Grant Achatz, transplants from Los Angeles and New York: Chicago has plenty to get hungry for this spring. 

Chicago Chef Tony Mantuano Will Never Forget His Grandmother's Homemade Fusilli

Spiaggia boss reflects on his Italian roots
Mar 10, 2015 1:00 pm

Tony Mantuano will forever remember the day he was mistaken for a Florentine. He was waiting outside a shop in Tuscany’s capital city when an Italian couple approached him and asked for directions. "It made the trip, right?" Mantuano's wife, Cathy, recalls. "I think it was the shoes — Italians notice shoes.” Read on for a profile of the chef of Chicago's only four-star Italian restaurant.

Chicago Chef Paul Kahan Is Calling All Competent Cooks

Blackbird boss talks Midwest hospitality, expansion
Mar 4, 2015 10:00 am

Paul Kahan has been on a roll lately. Beyond his celebrated Chicago newcomers Nico Osteria and Dove's Luncheonette, the chef who first elevated Chicago dining with Blackbird in 1998 now has another eight restaurant projects in the pipeline. Yet empire is not his end goal. 

Here Are The 2015 James Beard Awards Semifinalists

Old names, new faces highlight this year's honorees
Feb 18, 2015 1:51 pm

This afternoon, the James Beard Foundation announced the chef and restaurant semifinalists for its annual awards program, which will be presented at the Lyric Opera of Chicago on Monday, May 4. 

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