Chicago

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

Nightclub culture meets hush-toned mixology
Jan 8, 2015 2:00 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.

2014 In Review: 15 Stories That Showed Our Love For The Food Scene In Chicago

Butchering, cocktails, bistros and bakeries
Dec 30, 2014 1:00 pm

Chicago is certainly home to an impressively diverse food and drink scene and the recent announcement that the James Beard Awards are moving there next year confirms that the Windy City is rightfully being recognized as a premier destination for all types of cuisine. Food Republic has been there every step of the way in 2014, reporting on the city's exciting restaurant and bar openings, unveiling the ten commandments of modern butchering and interviewing a hot dog legend. All that, and more, in our year-end roundup of all things Chi-town.

2014 In Review: Korean Food Had A Ridiculously Big Year In America

The year people started thinking beyond barbecue
Dec 30, 2014 10:00 am

It was not long ago when Korean food in America was nothing more than a curiosity (at best) and a cliché (at worst). Doing Korean was a fun night out with friends to eat a bunch of grilled meat, maybe get a little loaded on soju and have your Korean pal order from a poorly worded, oddly photographed, moribund menu full of soups, stews and steaming platters. It’s certainly not bad, any of that. But something significantly changed with Korean food in 2014. Matt Rodbard reports.

Paris, 1910. It’s The Inspiration For Grant Achatz's French Bistro Menu At Next.

The rotating restaurant focuses on France in 2015
Dec 9, 2014 10:30 am

The team behind Chicago’s innovative rotating-theme restaurant Next announced the three new concepts for 2015 last week. Since it’s French Week here at Food Republic, our interest specifically piqued when we heard French Bistro cuisine will take the first rotation of the year.

10 Brasseries, Bistros And Bakeries For Authentic French Cuisine In Chicago

From fancy and formal to must-visit patisseries
Dec 8, 2014 10:00 am

When people consider Chicago’s current dining landscape, French cuisine might not be the genre that immediately springs to mind. Yet a whole world of wonderful brasseries, bakeries, bistros linger just beneath the crust of the mainstream, waiting to be rediscovered. Here are a handful of excellent spots to get your baguette on in Chicago right now.

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

As some of the Chicago’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. 

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