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                            Lao 18

Lao 18

Good news! You can now find Bang Bang Pie Shop’s masterful pies at Parson’s Chicken and Fish. The offerings will rotate, and the first dessert is baked lemon cream pie with ginger cracker crust.

Learn to Make Maki

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                            Sunda

Sunda

If you’ve ever wanted to learn how to make sushi rolls at home, now’s your chance. Sunda is launching Maki Sake Mondays, sushi making classes that will be held the last Monday of each month at the River North restaurant.

New Menu Formats at Terzo Piano & Acadia

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                            Acadia

Acadia

Sometimes, you just need to switch things up. Both Terzo Piano and Acadia recently switched around their menu formats to reflect what diners were ordering. Here’s what you can expect.

Market News

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                            Green City Market

Green City Market

Summer Saturdays got a little lovelier, with the recent addition of The NOSH, a new food market taking place in Wicker Park each weekend.

Summer Cocktails

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                            Parson’s Chicken & Fish

Parson’s Chicken & Fish

Summer’s in the air and now it’s in your glass. Cocktail bars and restaurants have recently added icy cocktails perfect for summer’s hottest days. Here’s what to drink now.

BBQ Boom

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                            County Barbecue

County Barbecue

It seems like every week we’re hearing about a new BBQ joint in town. Here are the three latest to show up on our radar.

Watermelon & Ice Cream

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                            Fulton’s on the River

Fulton’s on the River

It’s National Ice Cream Month, and Hawaiian restaurant Sola is offering a three-course prix fixe menu that focuses on ice cream. The first course is octopus with sweet soy wasabi sorbet and ginger wakame seaweed. The second course is Wagyu hanger steak with fried blue cheese ice cream, roasted fingerlings, Chinese broccoli, and a port demi glaze. The final course is a flight of ice creams, including vanilla miso and cherry goat cheese. You can also add on additional wine pairings.

Breakfast Bites

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                            Chicago Bagel Authority

Chicago Bagel Authority

For its fifth anniversary, Ukrainian Village coffee roaster Dark Matter has released the Cherry Bomb Blend, made with triple-processed beans grown in Finca San Jose, Sonsanate, El Salvador. The natural-processed beans add bing cherry flavor, the pulp-natural beans provide dark chocolate notes, and the washed beans add red fruit acidity, making it an ideal summer coffee blend. There are only 500 bags available, 250 online and 250 at Star Lounge. The best part? Five bags have golden tickets, which could net you a free pound of coffee or three-day passes to Pitchfork, where Dark Matter will have a booth.

West Loop Dining

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The changes keep coming in the West Loop – the area continues to add restaurants, bring in new bartenders, and perhaps most importantly, now there’s gelato on an already great menu. Here’s what’s new.

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                            Double A

Double A

In restaurant news this week, a Wicker Park restaurant has launched a new lunch menu, a long-awaited West Loop eatery opened, and a cocktail lounge is throwing a “funky” wine tasting.

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