Baconfest Chicago brings out the best in animalistic, salacious cravings, proving year after year that the bacon hoopla has transcended trend to become a permanent obsession in Chicago and beyond. With the grand event taking place April 25 and April 26 this weekend, it seems an apropos time to exercise those stomachs with a roundup of some of the city’s most gluttonously wonderful bacon creations.
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While Logan Square and the West Loop garner most of the glory when it comes to new restaurant and bar openings these days, an unlikely neighborhood is amassing sizable acclaim of its own. Hyde Park, long regarded by north siders as mere museum and college territory, is in rapid expansion mode in terms of dining. From a European-inspired eatery to meatloaf tartines, there are lots of new things to see and eat in this south side neighborhood.
Chicago bars and restaurants are all about collaborations, not only by supporting one another but by working together to create specific pairings, dishes, and drinks. Such is the case with a couple new collaborations taking place this month, including a zany pizza-beer combo and some special cocktail teamwork.
Considering the trajectory of our recent winter, you’ve probably never been happier to see an asparagus stalk in your life. It’s with wide open arms and mouths that we welcome spring menus to Chicago restaurants, invigorating our numbed senses with the rejuvenating life force of greenery. New menus continue to roll out on the regular, but here are some standout menus and dishes that provide a potent taste of spring in the Midwest.
In case the sea of Cadbury Eggs and the uptick in pastels haven’t given it away, Easter is almost here. When it comes to Easter eating, it’s not all egg-shaped chocolates. Rather, Chicago restaurants and bakeries are rolling out an array of decadent Easter dishes and menus for the spring-y holiday.
The year is still young, but L20’s next wine dinner already looks to be the wine dinner of 2014. Oenophiles, get ready to flock to L20 on April 22 for the restaurant’s latest wine spree, a progression of wines from Henri Boillot adjoined by Michelin-starred cuisine from Matt Kirkley.
This quaint, cozy West Loop nook charms with its mix of old school and new school wines, an impressive array of sherries, ciders, and more. At the epicenter, however, is an incomparable nod to Spanish dining and drinking culture, dutifully executed by Mark and Elizabeth Mendez.
While much of Logan Square thirsts for PBR and cocktails, here’s a wine bar that touts the grape in all its glory. Sommelier Jeremy Quinn is an oenophile mastermind, curating a wine list as varied, dynamic, and exciting as the contemporary cuisine flying out of the kitchen.
Like a fine wine, this Mediterranean wine bar has only gotten hotter with age. One Off Hospitality’s West Loop nook hops around Europe with wine steward Eduard Seitan as guide, unleashing a flood of small producer-grown wines from the likes of France, Italy, Spain, and Portugal.
One of the most pivotal keystones in American comfort food lore gets a month all to itself with Grilled Cheese Month. That’s right, April is a month-long ode to everyone’s favorite cheese sandwich, a snack rooted in nostalgia and savored on menus throughout Chicago in both classic and novel interpretations. One apt way to make the most of Grilled Cheese Month is by visiting Sedgwick’s Bar and Grill for their "Wiki-cheese-ia" celebration.
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