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Foodie in Residence is a new space for some of our favorite Chicagoland foodies to share tips, trends, and news around town for all things food and drink in Chicagoland.

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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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When it comes to friendly restaurant challenges, food and cooking get all the glory. Until now. Thanks to restaurants like Acanto and Roka Akor, wine is getting in on the competitive action through a couple upcoming events and series.


 

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Hot on the heels of the food-filled frivolity that comes with Mardi Gras, Lent is a time to take a step back and reel in the excess with some seafood and fish. Fortunately, Chicago is chock full of fine seafood spots so fresh and pristine you’ll think you’re dining on a San Francisco dock or by a Boston shore.


 

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Mardi Gras is here, and while we may not be in New Orleans, Chicago knows how to let the good times roll, especially where dining is involved.


 

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It takes a special restaurant to endure for generations. In an industry plagued by turnovers and closures, it’s an impressive feat when a spot can transcend and cement itself as a timeless classic. Few places can speak to such esteem quite like the Original Heaven on Seven on Wabash, a restaurant lauded for 35 years as Chicago’s quintessential destination for Cajun dining and merriment. And it’s all thanks to chef/owner Jimmy Bannos, the affable pioneer who boldly went where no restaurateur dared go before; to the seventh floor of the Loop’s Garland Building with a cuisine previously un-explored in Chicago.


 

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It’s that time of year again. Love is in the air and Cupids are running rampant with bows and heart-shaped arrows. Valentine’s Day beckons, and with it comes one of the biggest dining out days of the year. From prix fixe menus to special chocolates, here’s a roundup of top spots for Valentine’s Day dining this year in Chicago.


 

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Alert the lifeguards, because there’s a charc attack underway. Actually, it’s an entire Charc Week, which is a lot more delicious than its razor-toothed homonym, and it takes place in February as a way to showcase Chicago’s proclivity for fine cured meats, as hosted by Mortar + Pestle Events.


 

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