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By New Eastside News, April 24, 2020 A filet mignon with grilled asparagus, mashed potatoes and salad is just one of many Curbside Meal combinations now available for carry-out or delivery from III Forks Steakhouse. Located on The Park at Lakeshore East, III Forks has been an upscale neighbo…

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By Stephanie Racine, Elisa Shoenberger, and Daniel Patton   The Chicago culinary community is not taking a backseat during the restaurant shutdown. With Illinois’ shelter-in-place order planned through April 7, local restaurants have had to alter their methods of feeding the community.   Vol…

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By Daniel Patton, March 18, 2020   Social distancing has elevated the kitchen to a new level of importance in America. Loosely defined as the practice of staying away from other people to avoid spreading a virus, it is one of the recently issued federal guidelines that are turning private ho…

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Chicagoans love for food will not be dashed by the specter of the coronavirus. Although the two-week ban that began yesterday prohibits people from dining in restaurants throughout the state, the option to pick-up a meal or to order delivery still remains. In an effort to keep everyone satis…

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by Doug Rapp Self-ordering kiosks with food appearing in a cubby minutes later. Robots working as concierges and assisting restaurant servers. All of these are happening in Chicago in what might be a version of dining in the future.  Hotel EMC2, which bills itself as “at the intersection of …

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by Doug Rapp An upscale wine and dining chain that started in the suburbs has come to downtown Chicago in time for the holidays. Cooper’s Hawk, which has 41 locations nationwide, recently opened its first urban location at 58 E. Oak Street, in the Gold Coast’s historic Esquire building. “The…

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Only hours before opening day at 8 a.m. on Nov. 21, people mindlessly pass the entrance attempting to arrive for the 6 p.m. pre-opening party at TimeOut Market Chicago, 916 W. Fulton Market. “There’s people inside, it has to be open,” one passerby says to another. They want to be a part of t…

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by Mat Cohen In New Eastside’s version of American Idol, there’s no Ryan Seacrest or dimming of lights, but there is a pretty great deal for the winner. Musician Justin Elliott has reaped the rewards after winning the competition Magellan Development Group puts on each year. Elliot, a solo a…

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By Elisa Shoenberger Ever wondered if Earl Grey tea should be paired with milk or dark chocolate? Or how to make a cocktail infused with matcha or other green teas? These are two of many lectures set for the Chicago’s International Tea Festival. Taking place Nov. 1-3 at Holiday Inn Mart Plaz…

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(Published 31, 2019) By Jesse Wright Longtime fans of Filini Bar and Restaurant may have noticed some recent changes. Since April, Filini, 221 N. Columbus Drive, has been helmed by executive chef Leonard Ventura, a veteran chef with experience in Texas and California. Ventura added a sushi s…

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(Published Aug. 1, 2019) By Stephanie Racine, Staff Writer             Farm-to-table eating is not a new trend, but it has had a resurgence in recent years. One restaurant in West Town incorporates farm-to-table to their own rooftop garden. Homestead on the Roof opened in 2012, but Chef Jess…

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(Published July 31, 2019) The Signature Room, the restaurant located on the 95th floor of the former John Hancock Center, announced in July the launch of its first exclusive beer label, Top View Brew. The beer is a result of a partnership with suburban brewery Crystal Lake Brewing, currently…

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(Published June 30, 2019) By Jesse Wright With July comes the annual Taste of Chicago, a celebration of all that’s great to eat in the city. This year’s Taste will be held July 10-14 in Grant Park and will feature 82 restaurants and food trucks and 300 menu items. The event also offers live …

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By Stephanie Racine, Staff Writer Fulton Galley opens on June 22 in Fulton Market, bringing five unique food stalls to the community. From Italian to Thai, Fulton Galley promises to help and support new culinary endeavors, as starting a new restaurant in Chicago can be a difficult task. Most…

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By Jesse Wright | May 1, 2019 Optima Signature, a residential and retail building at 220 E. Illinois St., announced Egg Harbor Café, a restaurant specializing in breakfast, brunch and lunch, will be the open its first Chicago location this fall. There are 20 locations in Illinois, Wisconsin …

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By Jesse Wright, Staff Writer(Published March 18, 2019) Julia Momose has been busy. She is one of the partners behind Kumiko, the newest Japanese restaurant in the West Loop and while she has an exacting eye for excellence, this project is a bit more personal than her first outing, Oriole. T…

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By Elizabeth Czapski, Staff Writer(Published March 18, 2019) The Chicago Philharmonic Chamber Players performed classic Beatles hits during “All You Need is Love” at City Winery on Feb. 17, making for a fun-filled show perfect for Valentine’s Day weekend. The event is part of an ongoing seri…

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For the News Choose Chicago and its partner restaurants announced today that Chicago Restaurant Week has been extended through Feb. 12.  More than 235 restaurants will participate in the extension, which will continue to offer specially designed prix fixe menus, starting at $24 for brunch an…

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Taylor Hartz | Staff Writer It’s patio season and restaurants and bars across the city are opening up their sidewalks, decks and outdoor spaces for sunshine seating.  When it comes to a good view, City Winery at 11 W. Riverwalk South can’t be beat. Situated right on the water, start off with…

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By Kathleen O’Connell | Loews Chicago Hotel Summer is in full swing in Chicago—the days are long, the temperatures are high, and al fresco dining is a must. Whether wanting to enjoy the season’s freshest ingredients from juicy peaches to sweet corn, or feast on dishes that scream summer like…

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By Taylor Hartz | Staff Writer All-beef frank, yellow mustard, sweet pickle relish, chopped white onions, a dill pickle spear, tomato wedges, pickled sport peppers and a dash of celery salt on a poppy seed bun. No ketchup. When it comes to hot dogs, that’s the Chicago way. The famous Chicago…

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By Gianna Annunzio, Staff Writer Streeterville Social’s “Flavor by Loews” event on June 6 offered a range of food and beverage samples from partnerships with the Loews Hotels & Co Flavor program, including products by Chicago Honey Co-Op, Here and Revolution Brewing. As the sun set overh…

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By Kathleen O’Connell | Loews Chicago Hotel Streeterville Social’s new weekend brunch offers elevated favorites such as King Benny with Alaskan king crab, organic poached eggs and herb hollandaise, and Chicken and Waffle with crispy chicken thighs, sour cream waffles and a spiced honey. Summ…

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By Gianna Annunzio | Staff Writer Spring is a time of renewal and two local hotels are taking advantage of the season’s spirit by unveiling new food and interior decor initiatives. Loews Chicago Hotel, 455 N. Park Dr., has introduced a mouthwatering program, “Flavor by Loews Hotels,” a food …

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By Jon Cohn | Community Contributor Our highly caffeinated journey begins with a tour around Lake Shore East Park, with stops at The Drunken Bean 400 E. South Water St., Eggy’s Diner, 333 E. Benton Pl. and the 24-hour Subway, which also offers decent coffee. Of course, Mariano’s grocery stor…

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By Taylor Hartz, Staff Writer January 2, 2018 Stan’s Donuts and Coffee unveiled their new Loop store Willy Wonka style – but with golden donuts instead of golden tickets. The new sweet shop, located at 181 N. Michigan Ave., opened on Dec. 23 and hosted its grand opening celebration on Dec. 3…

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By B. David Zarley | Staff Writer November 15, 2017 Salad chain sweetgreen’s newest location is now open in the Crain Communications Building at 150 N. Michigan Ave. Manager Margaret Doherty said sweetgreen is a farm-to-table, from-scratch restaurant. “We do everything in house every day, fr…

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By Stephanie Racine | Staff Writer November 15, 2017 Renovations transformed the interior of MingHin’s Grant Park restaurant, 333 E. Benton Pl. with updated blue and gold decor and an addition of an exterior door. MingHin has been a staple in New Eastside since 2015, drawing customers from a…

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Residents of New Eastside have a lot of choices when it comes to food. There are plenty of restaurants and markets, but there is also an underrated op- tion—food trucks. Here we profile two of our favorites that can be found on weekdays in New Eastside. La Cocinita A truck serving Venezuelan…

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Sitting at the base of the 111 E. Wacker Pedway escalator, a teal-colored nook holds a culinary surprise: A five-foot-wide box dispensing recyclable jars filled with salad. “It’s very transparent what’s in the actual salad,” said Paul Williams, who, like many Farmer’s Fridge fans, visits the…

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Big World’s Tortas joins growing Aon food truck scene His truck may be tiny — the smallest in the lunchtime brigade — but that doesn’t stop AJ Castillo, 26, from having Aon-sized ambition. “I envision having my own restaurant, with a patio area and a food truck outside,” says Castillo, owner…

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Have I been transported to Alabama? Or perhaps Kansas City? No, I’m still in the Windy City, but it sure doesn’t feel like it. That’s because I’m at the newly opened Pedway location of Blackwood BBQ, which features slow cooked barbecue from around the U.S. in one convenient stop. Blackwood B…

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Don’t want to cook the turkey this Thanksgiving? Let the chefs of the New Eastside do it for you Thanksgiving is all about traditions, and first among them is the custom of gathering around the dinner table with family and friends for a delicious feast. You could spend the week leading up to…

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$5 Karma-free meals come to New Eastside It’s the middle of a Wednesday workday, but K.C. Brown is all smiles. “It’s a gorgeous day … and I like that I don’t have to think,” said the Cision manager, sitting on a waist-high pillar outside the Blue Cross Blue Shield building. “It’s great.” As …

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Tiny Hatt bar and restaurant may be the first real neighborhood joint on downtown Chicago’s Riverwalk. The product of a budding union between Tiny Lounge and Big Hatt Gourmet, two of Lincoln Square’s most beloved establishments, it brings an upscale vibe and a friendly menu to an umbrella-li…

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Every dish at Cyrano’s Café on the River Walk is inspired by a recipe that Chef Didier Durand learned as a child in France. From authentic quiche Lorraine to good old-fashioned hamburgers, each item hints at a flavor that dominated his mother’s kitchen. “Great food makes people happy,” he sa…

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Conveniently located in the heart of the New Eastside at the courtyard just outside Mariano’s second floor, the Summer Patio Grill has become a popular lunchtime destination. If the wind is blowing in the right direction, you can enjoy the wonderful barbecue aroma from many blocks away. It i…

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July beckons the return of Chicago’s largest food festival to Grant Park. The Taste of Chicago is a giant, sprawling smorgasbord, featuring an eclectic cross-section of the city’s culinary offerings. When I first moved to Chicago in 2007, I was scared away from the festival by thoughts of st…

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New Eastsiders looking for a friendly new neighborhood haunt with tasty and comforting food and drink can rejoice! Whispers / Café Michelle, owned by Nimer “Tiger” Alia, recently opened in the charming and highly coveted space that Friendship Restaurant previously occupied. Alia opens his ca…

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“When you think about it, there’s nothing like this in the city,” says Mark Stern, one of three founding partners of the Island Party Hut on the Chicago River Walk. “A tiki bar on the water. What a perfect thing to do.” Now in its second year, the Island Party Hut is a bar and restaurant in …

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Grant Park Conservancy President Bob O’Neill describes the current challenges and future success of the eatery expected to open in 2017. The original design for Maggie Daley Park excluded a restaurant because the city wanted to make sure that people liked the place before adding brick and mo…

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The Fairmont Chicago hotel is opening a new restaurant in the space formerly occupied by Aria. Columbus Tap aims to tap into the microbrew trend, competing with nearby gastropubs like The Gage near Millennium Park. Just in time for spring, Columbus Tap will offer carry-out food for those att…

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I Love Sushi, a cafe serving Japanese and Korean cuisine in the Pedway underneath 233 N. Michigan Ave., has been igniting tastebuds for nearly twelve years with its unique brand of Asian-American cuisine. “I’ve been coming here since I started working upstairs about two years ago,” says an a…

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By Shanti Nagarkatti | Community Contributor Houlihan’s announced last month that it has closed its downtown location on Upper Wacker Drive, in the Illinois Center. The reason for the closure was not immediately clear. “Parting is such sweet sorrow,” the restaurant posted on its Facebook pag…

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By Daniel Patton | Staff Writer The best way to enjoy a Chicago winter is to spend it in Cancun. If that’s not an option, a warm cocktail will do. From December to March, cocoas, coffees, toddies and teas ward off the Windy City chill and turn whipped cream into a blanket. Here’s a list of N…

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Daniel Patton | Managing Editor There’s no sensation like dining out on Thanksgiving. Holiday menus, thoughtful decoration and bustling hospitality provide a uniquely warm reminder that someone else has to do the dishes. This year, several restaurants in the New Eastside are committed to wel…

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By Daniel Patton | Managing Editor MingHin Cuisine, the highest Yelp-rated dim sum destination in Chinatown, opened a new location at 333 E. Benton Place in September. Serving authentic Cantonese dishes and signature Asian cocktails in three separate rooms that create as many distinct moods,…