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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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, 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.
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.