Beat the Heat with Frozen Cocktails

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                            Pub Royale

Pub Royale

The best antidote to the Dog Days of Summer is a refreshing frozen cocktail, available in unique iterations all over Chicago for the season.
 

Sushi Burritos Make a Splash in Chicago

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                            Freshii

Freshii

Cultures are colliding as Mexican-Japanese sushi burritos make their debut in Chicago. After catching fire on the East and West Coasts, the latest fusion mash-up has popped up at Sumo Restaurant in Lincoln Park and Freshii locations all over the city.

 

Lindt and Ghirardelli Sweeten Up Chicago

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                            Ghirardelli

Ghirardelli

Two of the country’s most revered names in chocolate have expanded in Chicago in bold new ways, as Ghirardelli opens its largest store in the world on Michigan Avenue and Lindt launched a chocolate drinks bar at the Fashion Outlets of Chicago in Rosemont.
 

Gourmet Ice Cream Sundaes

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                            Filini Bar & Restaurant

Filini Bar & Restaurant

As the dog days of summer set in, it’s an apt time to cool off with the season’s quintessential comfort food: ice cream sundaes. Filini Bar & Restaurant and Glazed & Infused are both offering elaborate, novel new takes on ice cream sundaes to help beat the summer heat.
 

New Bars Harken to Bygone Days

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                            The Heavy Feather

The Heavy Feather

What’s old is brand new again, as a handful of new bars harken back to bygone days of lore. Each of this trifecta of new spots pays homage to a particular bar era, from the Fern Bar heyday to saloon-style piano lounges.
 

Humboldt Park Cools Down With New Ice Cream Shops

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                            Spinning J

Spinning J

There are a couple new ice cream shops to scream for in Humboldt Park these days, with the arrival of Ruth & Phils Gourmet Ice Cream and Spinning J.
 

A Taste of New Tasting Menus

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                            The Florentine

The Florentine

Gone are the days when tasting menus were confined to haughty, expensive restaurants that demanded multiple hours of dinnertime. These days, chefs are having fun and mixing it up by imbuing tasting menus with more options. Here’s a taste of a few new tasting menus around town.
 

Dining, Drinking, and Snacking Tips for Lollapalooza

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                            Magnolia Bakery

Magnolia Bakery

Attending Lollapalooza’s three-day spree of music, taking place July 31 through August 2, requires ample sustenance in order to maintain stamina, something easily and deliciously achieved with visits to restaurants close by and/or offering Lollapalooza specials.
 

Wine Coolers Cool Again?

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                            ENO Wine Room

ENO Wine Room

Wine coolers, in recent years, have fallen off the radar to become a nostalgic giggle. But thanks to ENO Wine Room, wine coolers are cool again, and they’re primed to become the al fresco libation of the season.
 

Jamaica Steps into the Culinary Spotlight

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                            Mr. Brown’s Lounge

Mr. Brown’s Lounge

In terms of summer dining trends this year in Chicago, Jamaican jerk spices are red hot. Between two new Jamaican openings and Jamaican-inspired menu offerings around town, it’s never been easier to take your taste buds on a tropical vacation.
 

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