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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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Hot dogs and burgers are two of the most Americana foods imaginable, so for the Fourth of July it makes sense to fuse the two sentiments into one tasty, patriotic amalgam. Rockit Burger Bar is basically doing just that with a slew of burger-inspired hot dogs on deck from July 3 through July 6, wherein for a few days the burger-focused bar and eatery will shift gears into hot dog territory.

Rockit Burger Bar is renowned for its beefy, exotic, and decadent creations of the ground beef ilk. That’s all well and good, but in honor of Independence Day, Rockit Burger Bar is embracing a different kind of American meat with its “Hot Dog Takeover.” All weekend long, the menu will be filled with hot dog versions of the signature burgers, each one served atop an eight-ounce foot-long sausage.

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When it comes to summer dining, there are few things as quintessential as barbecue. This revered American pastime is at its craveable peak in July, as patriotism and pulled pork go hand-in-hand. We may not be in North Carolina, Memphis, or deep Texas, but Chicago is not lax in the barbecue department. In fact, the city is chock full of exceptional regional ’cue. In honor of patriotic meaty appetites, here’s a roundup of some of the best barbecue restaurants in Chicago and some of their can’t-miss specialties.


 

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If you should find yourself in, say, Boston and craving a meatloaf cupcake (or eight, rather), The Meatloaf Bakery has you covered. The niche Lincoln Park meat-bakery has taken flight with national shipping, making it that much easier to consume handheld meatloaves anywhere in the continental United States.


 

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