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Thanks to an exponential rise in breweries and distilleries in and around Chicago these past few years, never has our fair city been so spirited. One of the distilleries at the forefront has been CH Distillery, which innovated as a distillery and cocktail bar in the West Loop, where customers could actually see where their vodka and gin was distilled before it made its way into their drinks. The portfolio has expanded over the months to include rum, bourbon, amaro, and now its latest creation, the Spirit of Du Sable.

 

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Chicagoans can’t get enough burgers. Nowadays it’s rare for a restaurant not to offer some sort of burger on their menu, and burger-centric restaurants pop up faster than groundhogs in February. But despite the surfeit of ground beef, we can’t get enough. Considering succulent comfort food is best appreciated in the thick of tundra-like winter, here’s the latest burger news you need to know in Chicago.


 

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In terms of Loop dining and drinking culture, the South Loop has long been relegated to the shadows of the West Loop and Loop. It’s the Loop more commonly associated with Museum Campus, Soldier Field, and Grant Park, which is all well and good, but dining and drinking options paled in comparison to its Loop brethren. All that is changing rapidly, thanks to the epic uptick in breweries/brewpubs taking shape in the neighborhood.


 

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In terms of produce bounty, winter is a far cry from the peachy provisions outfitting farmers’ markets in the summer. But there’s one large ray of fresh hope in the form of citrus. January is prime citrus season, which means food and drink menus throughout Chicago are awash with orange, grapefruit, and more, each bite and sip offering a refreshing solace from the bitter reality of winter.


 

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Few institutions can boast legacy status by the age of 30. Beyonce and Shaw’s Crab House are a couple exceptions. The latter is celebrating its 30th anniversary in Chicago, where the River North seafood haunt has become a venerable keystone in the Midwest. The restaurant is as popular today as it has been for decades, drawing in hordes of seafood lovers to its rollicking oyster bar and its more formal dining room.


 

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The best defense against a blustery January day in Chicago is a piping hot bowlful of soup. It’s like a wool scarf for your soul. Seeing as January is fittingly National Soup Month, a few restaurants are stewing up soup through the chilly weeks.


 

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The holidays may be over, but candy-eating is always in season, especially when Chicago recently welcomed two sugary juggernauts to its dining and snacking scene. Las Vegas-based Sugar Factory American Brasserie made its Chicagoland debut in Rosemont, while New York City’s famed Dylan’s Candy Bar sweetened up Michigan Avenue downtown.


 

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Table side cookery and service has long been resigned to bananas Foster and flaming cheese antics in Greektown, but a slew of restaurants throughout Chicago are changing that notion with a bit of table side razzle-dazzle. From guinea fowl to risotto, here are some unique destinations for table side cookery in Chicago.


 

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Winter is here, and with it comes the inevitable plunge into subzero temps that test our will to socialize and leave the house. Unless of course there’s hot chocolate involved, luring us outside the confines of our couches with the promise of fudgy warmth. And Chicago isn’t lacking in superb cocoa.


 

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Let’s face it. New Year’s resolutions are made to be broken. How about you resolve yourself to indulge yourself once in a while? And nothing says “indulge” quite like butter-slathered fried chicken, bacon-flecked cookies, and burgers. Here are some of the best spots in Chicago for breaking resolutions.


 

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