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The 12 days of Christmas are much more than turtle doves, partridges in pear trees, and other festive fowl. Rather, restaurants and bars have adopted their own takes on the festive ditty, using it as inspiration for cocktail specials, burgers, and more.


 

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Nothing like a little camaraderie to make cocktails taste better. Chicago’s restaurant scene is famously community-oriented, filled with chefs throughout the city eager to support one another. The bar department is no different, with mixologists happy to shake drinks alongside their brethren. Two spots jumping on board the guest bartender bandwagon of late, The Winchester and Bordel, are mixing things up by featuring drinks from various mixologists around the city and the country.

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When you think of November foods, scallops aren’t likely the first thing to come to mind. Monopolized by turkey, pumpkin pie, gravy, and stuffing, the holiday season tends to fall into a predictable paradigm, when really there’s a whole sea of seasonal delicacies out there that are just as deserving of your attention and appetite. One such specialty is Nantucket Cape scallops, a divine and slightly sweet type of scallop that splashes into season early November and runs until temperatures and catch levels allot.


 

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It’s that time of year again. Loosen the belts, remove them entirely, and throw dietary caution to the wind. Thanksgiving is upon us and Chicago restaurants are rolling out gluttonous spreads that would have made pilgrims blush.


 

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Nowadays, snowflakes aren’t the only white things falling. ’Tis the season for truffles, most notably those ever so opulent white truffles, raining down upon dishes to substantially up the ante on autumnal luxury. The Italian gems have found their way onto a few menus and specials around Chicago.


 

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Turkey and stuffing being quintessential components of a well-rounded Thanksgiving meal, it makes sense that gluttonously stuffed turkeys would rise to prominence as well. Case in point: turducken. The infamous chicken-stuffed-duck-stuffed-turkey is a bit of a gratuitous indulgence for some, but lately for chefs, it’s an opportunity to get whimsical.


 

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Alice Waters has long been esteemed as one of the forebears of the farm-to-table movement in restaurants, so it makes sense that chefs would want to honor her via special tasting menus. And that’s precisely what Michael Kornick and Erick Williams of mk are doing with a degustation dedicated to the culinary wunderkind herself.


 

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Roast chicken, pork tenderloin, caramel apples, Italian sausage, and lamb pappardelle. These are just a few examples of fall’s headiest, heartiest, and most soulful flavors, currently being offered on menus across Chicago from restaurants, bars, and bakeries. As we enter the throes of holiday season and the nexus of autumn, it’s time to get serious about upping our comfort food quotient.


 

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Like the coziest stew, the thickest slab of pie, and the burliest short rib, cocktails are a way Chicagoans off the winter blues. Why? Because cold-weather cocktails are often hearty and rich. Who needs a scarf! This year’s batch of standout cool-weather cocktails in Chicago includes drinks with spice, egg, cocoa, and lots more.


 

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In a boon to late-night revelers across the city, restaurants (and a doughnut shop) are mercifully extending their hours to help satiate our twilight hankerings. It would be especially convenient if said hankerings specifically included pierogi, mussels, and fritters.


 

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