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

Burgers, cider and late-night Japanese fare
Aug 28, 2014 10:00 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 3:30 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.

There's More To BYOB Than Just Bringing Your Own. Plan Ahead With This Handy Guide

DIY wining and dining requires know-how (and where)
Aug 1, 2014 11:30 am

For a wine lover, the most magical acronym out there is “BYOB.” Toting a bottle of your choice allows you to avoid extraordinary mark-ups — up to 300 percent in some restaurants. Moreover, it makes dining out a more active experience. There is, however, an art to BYOB. Here are some tips on where to go and how to go about it.

Plate Deconstruction: Grace's Magical Scallop With Tamarind, Flavors of Licorice

An artful balancing act from the Windy City
Jul 31, 2014 11:06 am

Time to get over the deep-dish stereoptypes — Chicago's been stepping up its dining game for a while now. Just check out chef Curtis Duffy's tasting menu at his West Loop restaurant Grace. Or have a look at this stunning plate of scallops, hoja santa puree and coconut milk pudding. Hoja santa wha? Chef Duffy gives us the breakdown here.

Chef David Posey Flies The Blackbird Coop

Get excited, Chicago, for very good things to come
Jun 30, 2014 2:30 pm

We sat down with the chef a year ago to discuss intensive meat-sourcing, culinary school and why Chicago is the best food town in America. And clearly, it's about to get better as Posey goes off on his next journey: a yet-unnamed and totally undetailed solo venture. We love it already. A frustrating lack of details after the jump. Patience, friends.

Teriyaki Sauce And Lox: Nostalgic Musings On Growing Up In Chicago

A boy from the suburbs reflects on delicious youth
Jun 26, 2014 9:00 am

I take pride in being a fourth-generation Chicagoan. There's something about the city that sticks with you and in my case, it's about 4,000 calories a day. Visits back here are structured around an eating schedule. Every time I come home, I'm confronted with a dilemma: do I try the latest and greatest or do I stick to my old favorites? Here's how I worked through this pickle. Pickles may have been involved.

Are The James Beard Awards Moving To Chicago?

Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel may announce this today
May 20, 2014 9:13 am

Chicago journalist Steve Dolinksy breaks some shocking news this morning, suggesting that Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel's press conference today will announce that the James Beard Awards are moving to Chicago in 2015. 

This Gluten-Free Restaurant Is Actually Good And Has The Michelin Star To Prove It

No wheat is no problem for Senza chef Noah Sandoval
May 16, 2014 9:00 am

Chicago's Senza restaurant, the proud recipient of a recent Michelin star, does modernist cuisine right. Dishes are creative and artfully plated, decorated with various microgreens, reductions and other fine touches. All courses are perfectly paired with a wine or a cocktail. Oh yeah, one other thing: It's completely gluten-free.

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