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A friendly reminder that ramen noodles are hotter than cronuts have ever been. The once collegiate pantry paperweight has risen to ravenous acclaim in recent years thanks to the onset of ramen burgers, ramen tacos, ramen-focused menus, and more. In light of the noodly fever pitch, a couple restaurants are rolling out new noodle-focused menu additions and weekly specials. Get ready to slurp.


 

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When it comes to Halloween dining, drinking, and activities, there’s so much more to it than candy and bobbing for apples. From offal-themed dinners to Goldfish-eating challenges, here are some surefire bets for unique Halloween fun this year in Chicago.


 

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Farm-to-table, sea-to-table, and market-to-table are prominent practices in Chicago restaurants, but what’s not so common is the chef who goes the extra mile by conceptualizing his own market of sorts. Chestnut Provisions is that market and Greg Biggers is that chef. The executive chef at Sofitel Chicago Water Tower’s Café des Architectes has released a new passion project focused on enhancing the menus at the restaurant and its adjoining Le Bar.


 

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Apples and fall go together like tricks and treats. One of the season’s quintessential ingredients lends itself seamlessly to a smorgasbord of autumnal dishes and drinks, from savory to sweet. Here are a few noteworthy apple creations to partake in this season.

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Paul McGee never fails to dazzle and entice in the cocktail department. When he was at The Whistler, he stood out as one of Chicago’s pioneering mixologists at the forefront of the craft cocktail genesis. Then he decamped and hitched his wagon to Lettuce Entertain You’s star with Three Dots and a Dash, that subterranean tiki wonderland regarded as one of the best bars in the world. Now the dexterous mix master is at it again, turning to classic European cocktail lore for his newly implemented drink list at Paris Club Bistro + Bar. But rest assured that when McGee does classics, you can expect a whole lot more than dusty throwbacks.


 

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Not since the final Harry Potter book has there been so much anticipation for new books. Why? Because new releases from acclaimed chefs Sean Brock, Nick Balla, and Cortney Burns come with can’t-miss dining events at Publican Quality Meats and The Publican. Thanks to One Off Hospitality’s upcoming slate of food book events, diners and readers have plenty of reason to get excited.


 

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Chicago may get most of its meaty reputation from hot dogs and sausage-studded deep-dish pizza, but we are certainly not lacking in our own superfluous array of burger joints. From high-end to low-brow, burger-centric spots can be found throughout the city. But that’s not stopping a recent onslaught of incoming burger concepts from other cities, gracing our fair city with their own brand of ground beef.


 

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As evidenced by the surfeit of pumpkin spice everything nowadays, ’tis the season for orange gourds. Far far far beyond lattes, this seasonal sensation is handily applied to dishes both savory and sweet, as well as a myriad of drinks. Here’s where to feast on pumpkin this season in Chicago
 

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After amassing national acclaim from the likes of Food & Wine and Cochon 555, Jason Vincent was at the top of his career game when he decided to step down from his chef de cuisine post at Nightwood. His departure was met with a collective jaw drop from Chicago’s culinary community, leaving anxious curiosity in his wake as to where he would end up next and what he would pursue. With a couple notable events and appearances this month, Vincent serves to fill that eager void. At least for now.


 

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The Chicago Marathon races into action on Sunday, October 12, an occasion that merits an all-out pre-marathon carb blowout in order for runners to amass stamina for the big day. And since it’s of the utmost importance that we all show solidarity, pasta binges all around! Restaurants throughout the city are rising to the occasion with a bevy of starchy specials.


 

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