Windy City BBQ Bash 2015

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                            Windy City BBQ Classic

Windy City BBQ Classic

Summer is at its end, but there’s still plenty of opportunity to stoke those barbecue cravings. The Windy City BBQ Classic is back on September 12, marking one of the largest food events of the year. In its fourth year, the event plans to host upwards of 70 pit masters and thousands of attendees.
 

The Duck Inn Goes Garden-to-Table

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                            The Duck Inn

The Duck Inn

Going a step further than farm-to-table, The Duck Inn is going garden-to-table by cooking with ingredients plucked from its very own property.
 

Bars Get Crafty with Dice and Cards

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                            The Drifter

The Drifter

Going out for a drink is a lot more interesting when dice and tarot cards are involved. New bar destinations in Chicago have upped the ante on the beverage ordering process with whimsical new menu offerings and formats.
 

A Taste of New England in the Midwest

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                            Haywood Tavern, photo by Clayton Hauck

Haywood Tavern, photo by Clayton Hauck

Between crispy clams and Maine lobster rolls, New England has never tasted closer to Chicago than it has this summer.
 

Tomato Time on Menus

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                            Davanti Enoteca

Davanti Enoteca

This time of year is ripe with tomatoes. Across Chicago, the fresh fruits are making their way onto menus in ways sweet, savory, and drinkable. Here are some top picks for tomato creations.
 

The Latest Lunch News

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                            Bohemian House, photo by Nicholas James

Bohemian House, photo by Nicholas James

More and more restaurants in Chicago are hopping on the lunch bandwagon, giving the midday meal the same diligence and thought that goes into dinner. From brand new lunch programs to expanded offerings, here’s the latest on lunch in Chicago.
 

Streeterville’s Dining Scene on the Rise

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                            Rural Society

Rural Society

When it comes to downtown dining destinations, Streeterville has mostly paled compared to nearby River North. But thanks to a slew of recent openings and upcoming restaurants, Streeterville is in the midst of a dining resurgence.
 

Porridge Steps into the Culinary Spotlight

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                            Cafe Integral

Cafe Integral

One of the most surprising food trends of late is the rise of porridge. The humble bowlful has long been confined to breakfast fare, but thanks to restaurants like Sixteen and Found, porridge is experiencing a renaissance.
 

New Restaurant Roundup

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                            Small Cheval

Small Cheval

New restaurants open at a rapid rate in Chicago throughout the year. Lately, the onslaught has beget a burger spin-off, a Lakeview pizzeria, and a Thai wonderland.

The Most Adorable Cocktail Garnish

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                            The Terrace at Trump

The Terrace at Trump

While not necessarily novel, especially in the realm of refreshing summertime drinking, banana drinks are enjoying their time in the spotlight this year thanks in large part to a quirky garnish. The banana dolphin, with eyes marked by cloves and the stem standing in for the beak, can now be found at no less than three drinking destinations in Chicago.

 

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