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When Mercadito opened in River North a few years ago, it was met with a good bit of trepidation from anyone besides the River North barflies. Would it be just another soulless barstaurant with overpriced cocktails tailored to satiate the needs of bar-hoppers? Or does it have some legitimacy? With locations in Miami and New York, Mercadito already had a bit of a party-friendly reputation, so the hesitation was warranted. But over the years, Mercadito has spawned a myriad of spin-off concepts throughout the city, making it a restaurant sensation worth paying attention to. Let’s take a look why.


 

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Few things are more cheers-worthy than chips, especially when said chips have been satisfying diners for almost 100 years. The housemade potato chips at Lawry’s The Prime Rib are as seasoned as the McCormick Mansion in which the storied restaurant resides, and along with adjacent sister restaurant SideDoor, the two are celebrating history with some fried spuds.


 

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Summer’s ending is a hard pill to swallow, but it’s more digestible when Labor Day specials like sausages and pancakes are involved. In honor of Labor Day weekend and the unofficial summer finale, several restaurants around Chicago are sending the season out on a high note with some holiday dishes and drinks.


 

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Governor Quinn and Mayor Emanuel have named September 12 National Bear Necessities Pediatric Cancer Day, and September is National Childhood Cancer Awareness Month. This year, Bear Necessities is collecting lightly worn gym shoes to use for a public display on September 14 as an homage to the thousands affected by pediatric cancer. After the display, the shoes will be donated to non-profit organization Share Your Soles.


 

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The hottest trend at bars these days isn’t a type of liquor, a method of mixology, or a tiki motif. The hottest trend at bars in Chicago is gaming. From skeeball to air hockey, bars are raising the bar on booze-friendly activities, and we’re all winners for it. Here’s where to get your game on in Chicago bars.


 

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The perfect exclamation point to punctuate summer is a hog-filled culinary blowout, and Cochon 555 is rising to the occasion with a BBQ-themed event at Goose Island’s Barrel Warehouse over Labor Day weekend. In line with Cochon 555’s annual tour de force of porcine cookery, the organization is making an encore performance to cap off summer and showcase various styles of sustainable BBQ in Chicago.


 

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Just as kids stock up on backpack supplies and head back to school, food-minded adults can do likewise at 312 Chicago. Culinary classes are back in action at the Loop’s revered Italian restaurant, and the headmaster is executive chef Luca Corazzina.


 

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With one year under its belt, DryHop Brewers is starting to broaden its beer breadth and dabble in new beer creations, further cementing itself as Lakeview’s preeminent beer haunt and one brewery to keep your eye on in Chicago. With summer’s finale in sight (sorry) and fall on the horizon, it's time for DryHop to schedule some new firsts.


 

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What’s old is new again at Heartland Cafe, as Rogers Park’s darling eatery brings back its neighborhood store in line with its 38th anniversary. The longstanding cafe has been a neighborhood mainstay for decades, a pivotal keystone on Chicago’s north side for wholesome food, familiar faces, and crafty wares, the latter of which is back in full force at the adjoining store.


 

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An alum of Top Chef Masters and the culinary maestro behind Takashi and Slurping Turtle, Takashi Yagihashi has proven his mettle both as an esteemed chef and as an amiable television personality. As Top Chef spins off yet again with their Duels edition, I chatted with Yagihashi about reality TV and the behind-the-scenes ingredients therein.

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