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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. 

Destination Taprooms: 5 Breweries Around America Upping Their Design Game

Creative, comfortable spaces to enjoy great brews
Jan 29, 2015 11:00 am

As the craft-beer industry continues to explode, brewers are realizing the benefits of stepping up their design game to attract new crowds of “beer tourists” to their shiny facilities. Here are five locations around the country worth checking out. 

Hotel Food: Not Just Club Sandwiches Anymore

If you serve Asian noodles, guests will book
Jan 28, 2015 10:00 am

All over the world, hoteliers are amping up efforts to satiate guests in new and unique ways. Food and drink has become such a critical focus for modern hoteliers that it is taking up ever more real estate, sometimes even commandeering the traditional lobby area and pushing the front desk to the side. Chris Shott checks in on a very accomodating trend.

We’ve Entered The Era Of Cocktail Bottle Service, And It's Sipping Really Nice

Nightclub culture meets hush-toned mixology
Jan 8, 2015 3:00 pm

Cocktail bars in New York, Los Angeles, Chicago and beyond are putting their own spin on a notorious VIP drinking ritual to make the experience more irreverent and democratic. Through shedding exorbitant price tags and thus largely erasing exclusivity from the scenario, “bottle service” is evolving into a more playful, engaging experience for drinkers.

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