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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.

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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.

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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…

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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.

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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…

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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.

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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.

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Several media outlets have reported that Cité, the legendary restaurant that occupies the 70th floor of Streeterville’s Lake Point Tower, will be closing. Serving upscale American fare with a hint of French influence, the venue earned fame its cuisine as well as its panoramic views of downto…

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The Lakeshore East Beer & Food Garden energized the New Eastside with live music and a call to help young people during its grand opening celebration on July 9. Nestled in the corner of the neighborhood's award-winning green space, the 75-table outdoor venue offers more than just a place…

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The Taste of Chicago has been cancelled, but the city’s restaurants are still cooking. This creates an ideal scenario for foodies to host their own private sampling feasts at home. A handful of Streeterville residents and professionals shared their thoughts on the best food to serve to frien…

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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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(Published May 29, 2019) By Jesse Wright The weather is warm and the coals are hot. But what to grill? And how? Grilling doesn’t need to be complicated, but it takes some planning. Shane Timmons, the executive chef from Southern Cut Barbecue in Streeterville, said the best cooks are prepared…

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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 …