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Entering its 11th year this month, the Good Food Festival & Conference presented by FamilyFarmed is one of Chicago’s preeminent celebrations of sustainable, locally sourced food, an ethos showcased by sustainable farmers, chefs, entrepreneurs, and more. Taking place March 19 through March 21 at the UIC Forum, the symposium features panel discussions, speakers, demos, workshops, and the Localicious food and drink tasting event.


 

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Shamrock Shakes are to March as pumpkin spice lattes are to all of autumn. People await those neon-green dessert drinks with the fervor of a leprechaun stalking a pot of gold. Here are some examples of St. Patrick’s Day-inspired drinks that shake up the Shamrock game.


 

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Like a pot of gold at the end of a rainbow, St. Patrick’s Day signifies the onset of warmer weather at the end of a ceaseless winter. And no better way to celebrate than with corned beef, whiskey, and everything in between. Chicago restaurants and bars are going all out this year with their St. Patrick’s Day-inspired menus and specials.


 

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Attention, beer-lovers. The Super Bowl of beer events is poised to take place at Headquarters Beercade in River North with the second annual Firkin Fest. This glorious tasting event serves as a sudsy homage to Chicago’s booming craft beer scene, with this year’s roster featuring more than 50 local and regional breweries on March 29.


 

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It goes without question that Chicago’s dining and drinking scene gets bigger and better every day, but this is also true of established restaurants, bars, and breweries literally physically expanding in scope. Revolution Brewing and Fat Rice both have expansion plans in the offing, giving us more to love and more to drink in the coming months.


 

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A couple heavy-hitting new restaurants recently made their debuts with dinner service, but now that they’ve found their respective footing, it’s time to feed the masses midday. Labriola Ristorante & Cafe and Formento’s have both instated new Italian lunch menus to help tide your eggplant Parm cravings.


 

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New restaurants pop up in Chicago faster than Puxatawny Phil can pop up from the ground. Fortunately, despite the forecast we have warming new restaurants to keep us excited and prevent cabin fever. From a hotly anticipated new Michigan Avenue wine temple to a “furious” new ramen joint, here are some ideas for new dining experiences.


 

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Nothing shakes up a good cocktail like a little camaraderie. The Barrelhouse Flat and CH Distillery are both rolling out new guest bartender programs over the next few months to help showcase local talent and give customers something unique to sip.


 

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School is in session, and the curriculum du jour features pasta and punch. Food- and drink-lovers alike will revel in the new DIY classes taking place at The Winchester and Punch House, as each spot prepares to host educational classes in the coming weeks.


 

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From Publican Quality Meats to Little Goat, the West Loop’s lunch scene is just as famed as its renowned dinner landscape. Lately, though, the restaurant-packed neighborhood welcomed two new lunchtime standouts that are sure to beef up the area and stand out for years to come.

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