Urbanspace, the New York City food hall pioneer, opened its long awaited first food hall in Chicago today, September 22, in the Loop at 15 W. Washington. It is the first, new food hall to open in Chicago since the pandemic.
Mesa Urbana, a popular neighborhood, Mexican fusion restaurant, hosted its Grand Opening Celebration on September 14. The charming hotspot is located at 1935 N. Lincoln Park West and, on this night, it was the scene of much merriment, food, drink and music.
Fame Supper Club, a new dining spot offering modern American fare, classic cocktails and live music, recently opened in River North at 157 West Ontario Street. The bi-level concept features an elevated dining experience and a nightclub/private event space.
Beatrix, the neighborhood coffeehouse, restaurant and meeting place from Lettuce Entertain You Restaurants, will open in the Loop at 155 N. Wacker Dr. in Spring 2022. This will be Beatrix’s first location in the Loop and the fifth of its kind. The concept was created by Lettuce Entertain You…
There are certain foods that just taste like summer. Walking through the produce section at Mariano’s is like a journey through summer fl avors: ripe tomatoes, succulent peaches, corn slightly charred on the grill, and my favorite, sweet, juicy watermelon!
Who knew you could find an award-winning menu in a bowling alley? Well, to be fair, Pinstripes is wayyy more than a bowling alley. It's really an entire entertainment complex that also happens to have some of the best food around.
Even the Uber driver had trouble finding this sleek, yet charming new (3-month-old) restaurant nestled in the heart of Lincoln Park. Yet once you've arrived, you feel like you've come home. The staff, from top to bottom, greets everyone like long lost friends. Yes, Mesa Urbana is a true neig…
When summer hits, I crave anything off the grill. It’s my favorite way to bring people together. Grilling not only brings out food’s natural characteristics while adding savory, flame-kissed flavor, it’s also a simple way to throw together a feast — especially with help from Mariano’s.
Adalina hosted "Friends & Family" dining this week at its Gold Coast location at 912 N. State. The restaurant was buzzing with activity as servers flew around the elegant space with dishes created by its talented Michelin-starred Chef Soo Ahn.
Michelin-starred, celebrity chef Gordon Ramsay plans to open his first Chicago restaurant in the city's River North neighborhood. It will open late this year or early next in place of the old Wahlburgers which was located at Ontario and State Streets.
Situated in the former III Forks restaurant spot in Lakeshore East, at the corner of Field Blvd. and Benton Place, Avli is far removed from the ghost of this old, dark restaurant. In fact, it's the polar opposite with everything artfully designed in sparkling shades of cream, beige and white…
Adalina is set to open in the Gold Coast (912 N. State) in mid-June with a culinary team led by Michelin-starred Chef Soo Ahn. Ahn will present classic Italian dishes with modern twists, exploring all regions of Italy.
A Chicago institution is celebrating its 32nd anniversary this month. Since Steve Lombardo and Hugo Ralli opened Gibsons Bar & Steakhouse in May of 1989, they have never looked back. Housed in the space made legendary by the famous Mr. Kelley's (where a very young Barbra Streisand perfor…
Chef Art Smith finds the opening of his new Reunion, at Navy Pier this fall, to be particularly meaningful for two reasons.
Lírica, the new Latin-inspired restaurant located in Sable Chicago (900 E. Grand), officially launched last night (April 22) on Navy Pier. A small group, 50 invitees per Covid restrictions, enjoyed a casual atmosphere that invites relaxation along with spectacular lake and skyline views.
The Luminary, a cafe and bar located at 303 East Wacker, opened this week with a selection of on-the-go food and beverage options.
An exciting new dining experience begins in Chicago on April 7. Discover what goes on within the darkness with Dining in the Dark with The Secret Society's tasting experience held at Masq at Hubbard Inn (110 W. Hubbard). Guests are encouraged to arrive masked as an ensemble of assistants, we…
Chicago Alfresco, a new initiative announced by city officials Friday, will increase outdoor dining space and provide businesses and community organizations with the opportunity to design creative long-term outdoor spaces.
For the time ever, Chicago Restaurant Week has expanded its offerings and will now include the option for guests to stay at some of Chicago’s top-rated hotels per package deals.
Former Chicago Tribune dining critic Phil Vettel was among the awardees recognized at the Illinois Restaurant Association's 2021 annual meeting, earning a lifetime Achievement Award for his contributions to the city's culinary community.
Chicago’s popular Restaurant Week will run March 19 to April 4, offering diners a chance to sample prix fixe tasting menus showcasing the highlights of hundreds of area restaurants.
Cafe Ba-Ba-Reeba! celebrated its 35th anniversary by opening a “little sister” location, Lil' Ba-Ba-Reeba! on 441 N. Clark in River North in what was formerly Bar Ramone.
Greektown Chicago will present its first-ever Greektown Restaurant Week from March 1-7, a weeklong event featuring special offers from popular Greektown restaurants and bars.
Chicago foodies have something to look forward to in 2021 as Chicago Restaurant Week is officially back on. The annual event this year will run from Friday, March 19, to Sunday, April 4.
Brown Bag Seafood made a comeback this week, welcoming customers back to its original location today on 340 E. Randolph Street, across the street from Millennium Park.
From restaurant group DMK and James Beard Award nominee Brian Huston comes a new culinary experience for residents. Operating as a takeaway market/retail operation, The Arch will feature classic items like Detroit-Chicago hybrid pizzas, fresh soups, salads, sandwiches, baked goods, pastries …
As the days grow colder, Chicago restaurants are focusing on accommodations for the winter months that prioritize giving guests a warm, enjoyable outdoor dining experience.
Streeterville residents seeking ways to stay entertained this winter have no shortage of opportunities for do-it-yourself projects—including recreating some of their favorite treats from the comfort of home.
The Chicago City Council regulated the fees that third-party companies can charge for delivering online orders from “food dispensing establishments” like restaurants during its Nov. 23 City Council meeting.
Prolific Windy City chef and restaurateur Rick Bayless has launched a YouTube channel that offers a double dose of good stuff.
A handful of local eateries have been awarded winterization grants through DoorDash’s Main Street Strong effort. Bombay Wraps, Goddess and the Baker, Pinched on the River and Saigon Sisters are among 100 venues that will receive funds to “help continue safely offering service as the weather …
Thanksgiving diners can enjoy this year’s feast by simply heating a meal prepared in the kitchen of Wildfire Restaurant and delivered to homes via the new Fresh Midwest app.
Pinstripes concluded a Hometown Heroes campaign recently, honoring the people who “go above and beyond to make the community a better place to live.” Launched in June, the bistro, bowling and bocce venue asked patrons to nominate those who they felt most deserved the recognition and explain …
Bill’s Original Tavern Pizza began dishing out tavern-style pies for carryout and delivery from its new location in River North on the day before Halloween. Open 4-10 p.m. Monday – Sunday, the restaurant will deliver up to five miles from its home at 317 N. Clark St.
International travel may be on hold, but thanks to the diversity of brunch offerings at Streeterville and New Eastside restaurants, residents can embark on a culinary tour of the world right in their neighborhood.
Eyeballs, skeletons, and ghosts are just a few of the “hauntingly creative” cookie designs available from The Goddess and Grocer this Halloween season.
Lettuce Entertain You is helping kids, adults, and families make the most of Halloween with themed events, dishes, flavors, and desserts specials at various downtown venues. Pumpkin carving events, scary sundaes, cookie-making kits and homemade waffles are just a few of the treats in store.
Award-winning Chicago restaurant Everest is now offering its signature French cuisine for delivery or carryout via the new At Home Menu.
Lawry's The Prime Rib, a long-term staple of the Magnificent Mile, will close its Chicago location on Dec. 31, 2020, the restaurant announced Monday, Sept. 21, in a news release.
Nearly three-dozen Chicago eateries will celebrate the first ever Lettuce Entertain You Restaurant Week beginning Monday, September 28. Representing the venerable restaurant group that started with Lincoln Park’s R.J. Grunts in 1971, the diverse collection of venues seem capable of satisfyin…
Labriola Chicago will host a farmer’s market in the cozy pedestrian thoroughfare at its 535 N. Michigan Ave. location from 8-11 a.m. on Saturday, September 19.
Offshore on Navy Pier will not let the nation’s largest rooftop fall victim to the pandemic. The 56,000 square-foot bar, restaurant, and event space will remain open when the rest of the historic facility closes for the year on September 8.
A taco joint inspired by the flavors of California street food debuts Wednesday, Sept. 2, at its new Streeterville location.
A new partnership between Foxtrot and a Chicagoland coffee company is assisting organizations providing food and other essential services during COVID-19.
Women’s Restaurant Week offers a satisfying (and additional) reason to commemorate the signing of the 19th Amendment, which granted women the right to vote on August 26, 1920. It kicked off yesterday on the amendment’s annual celebration, also known as Women’s Equality Day, and will continue…
Beacon Tavern has announced the return of its Maryland Blue Crab Boil.
Chick-fil-A plans to open a new restaurant in the Magnificent Mile on Thursday, Aug. 13, one of two Michigan Avenue locations to debut in Chicago this month.
Even in the era of social distancing, area restaurants haven’t stopped finding innovative ways to connect with their customers—including helping guests shape the future of their menus.
The only thing better than having a picnic is having a picnic with food made by someone else. A number of local venues are helping alfresco fans do just that by offering ready-to-go baskets and take-out specials designed to pair with the great outdoors.
The host thought the large sheets of pasta that felt silky smooth would be good for pajamas.