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New restaurants open seemingly every day in Chicago, but rarely do two long awaited juggernauts debut in the same week, potentially shifting the paradigm of chef-driven dining in their respective neighborhoods. The first is The Promontory, a sprawling multi-tiered Hyde Park endeavor from the folks behind Longman & Eagle and Dusek’s Board and Beer. Additionally, world-renowned Tony Mantuano breaks new ground with his first non-Italian venture at River Roast.


 

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Summer is the season of the milkshake, the root beer float, and anything else fizzy, creamy, and quenching. 25 Degrees and Chuck’s: A Kerry Simon Kitchen are both doling out grown-up – spiked – cooling sweets this season, which do double-duty as intoxicating desserts and beverages.


 

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During the summer in Chicago, people come alive. This often entails staying out into the wee hours drinking, dancing, and cavorting, all activities that lend themselves well to hunger. While there may not be a 24-hour eatery on every corner, the city is still brimming with apt late-night dining destinations, prime for soaking up liquor or just satiating your cravings after hours of activities. Here are some of the city’s top spots for late-night eats:


 

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If there’s one thing we love more than a good meal, it’s a good meal that supports a good cause. Like adorable animals at the Lincoln Park Zoo. As one of Chicago’s preeminent family-friendly attractions, the zoo is a popular spot for kids, especially considering it contains enough animals from all over the world to fill an ark. It makes perfect sense that one of the most family-friendly restaurants in the neighborhood would step up to the plate to support its eclectic neighbor. Enter: Gemini Bistro.


 

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Weather-wise, the “dog days of summer” aren’t technically until next month, but if we’re talking hot dogs, you only have to wait until July 21. Bull & Bear is bringing back its “Dog Days of Summer” hot dog fete, a week-long spree of encased meats and indulgent Americana to help celebrate National Hot Dog Day.


 

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David Posey first made his mark as a line cook at Blackbird, the Randolph Street restaurant oft credited with kickstarting the “Restaurant Row” boom. Since then, the dexterous chef has climbed the culinary rungs under executive chef Paul Kahan to serve as chef de cuisine, earning national acclaim and establishing credibility as one of Chicago’s most talented forces. On August 1, Posey will depart Blackbird to begin working on his own restaurant while simultaneously working as Blackbird’s private dining chef. In the interim, Posey will be going out with a bang via a “best of”-style tasting menu available July 18 through his departure.


 

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Living and working in a major metropolis entails getting crafty with urban gardens. Case in point, the new underground mushroom assortment beneath the Palmer House Hilton and Revolution Brewing’s rooftop garden installation, two unique ways restaurants are maneuvering the world of urban gardening.


 

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Summer is prime time for picnicking, and thanks to a variety of custom picnic baskets curated by cafes and restaurants all over town, all you have to worry about is the sunburn. Especially considering the fact that July is National Picnic Month, it’s a great time to stock up, head outside, and eat on the grass.


 

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When it comes to warm-weather wine, rosé is as quintessential as the sidewalk lemonade stand. The luscious, refreshing pink tipple is perfect patio fodder and easily matched with just about any summertime food, making it dream drinking in July and August. In honor of rosé season, restaurants in Chicago are updating menus with rosé-centric wine lists to keep guests appropriately quenched.


 

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In case Andy Roddick didn’t tell you and you’ve been too swept up with Fourth of July antics, Wimbledon is taking place now through July 6.


 

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