Bars Mix Things Up

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                            Bordel

Bordel

Nothing like a little camaraderie to make cocktails taste better. Chicago’s restaurant scene is famously community-oriented, filled with chefs throughout the city eager to support one another. The bar department is no different, with mixologists happy to shake drinks alongside their brethren. Two spots jumping on board the guest bartender bandwagon of late, The Winchester and Bordel, are mixing things up by featuring drinks from various mixologists around the city and the country.

Ramenfest 2015

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                            urbanbelly

urbanbelly

From chili festivals to doughnut fests, every food has its day. This most definitely includes ramen, which is gearing up to once again take the spotlight as the second annual Ramenfest takes place November 7. It all goes down at urbanbelly, at apt locale considering the Asian restaurant was one of the first in Chicago to legitimize the dish and catapult it into popularity.
 

Halloween Tricks, Treats, and Bug-infused Ice Cubes

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                            Seadog Sushi

Seadog Sushi

This Halloween, restaurants are going well beyond the call of candy duty with a slew of holiday events and more.
 

How ’Bout Them Apples?

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                            Summer House Santa Monica

Summer House Santa Monica

One of the most pivotal fall ingredients, apples are rolling onto menus throughout Chicago. From sweet to savory to potable, here are the apple creations you need to try this season.
 

Culinary Couples Add Fine Dining Prowess to the West Loop

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                            David and Anna Posey

David and Anna Posey

The West Loop has long been a national destination for dining, but thanks to a handful of new efforts from husband-wife couples, the neighborhood is about to get a huge dose of fine dining cred.
 

The New Nautical

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                            Sink|Swim

Sink|Swim

Whether it’s fueled by our lack of ocean or our newfound obsession with all things tiki, nautically inspired bars and restaurants are in.
 

The Violet Hour Launches Absinthe Hour and Retail Line

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                            The Violet Hour

The Violet Hour

Lots of new additions are afoot at one of the country’s most famed cocktail bars, as The Violet Hour rolls out an absinthe happy hour and a new line of retail cocktail bases.
 

Get a Taste of Real Pumpkin Spice

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                            Bar Siena

Bar Siena

As fall settles in and pumpkins roll onto menus, here are some restaurants, bars, and cafes serving up legit takes on pumpkin spice that go well beyond the standard pies and syrups.
 

Moe’s Cantina Launches Visiting Chef Series

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                            Moe’s Cantina

Moe’s Cantina

River North’s Moe’s Cantina is looking to expand its breadth in terms of regional Mexican cookery, and it’s doing so in part via a new dining series focused around guest chefs. Dubbed the “Visiting Chef Series,” the monthly occurrence features a different guest chef from throughout the continent to curate weekly signature dishes and augment the regular menu with special prix fixe options.
 

LUXBAR Celebrates 10 Years in the Gold Coast

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                            LUXBAR

LUXBAR

One of the most popular dining and drinking destinations in the restaurant-packed Gold Coast has achieved its banner 10th anniversary, and the restaurant is celebrating with a variety of specials, updated menus, and a new partnership with Gotham Greens.
 

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