A Taste of Tiki

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                            Tokio Pub

Tokio Pub

Tiki cocktails are all the rage these days, as evidenced by the popularity of Three Dots and a Dash and Lost Lake. But it’s not just tiki bars where you can get a taste of tiki culture. From a Tex-Mex lunch counter to a modern Italian restaurant inside an art museum, the tiki torch is burning bright around Chicagoland.


 

Summer Picnic Provisions

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                            Pastoral Artisan Cheese, Bread and Wine

Pastoral Artisan Cheese, Bread and Wine

Summer is the season for picnics, and while it’s always nice to prepare food for yourself at home, restaurants and companies throughout the city make it easy to luxuriate with special picnic packages, bottled cocktails, and more.


 

Two New Bartenders You Need to Know

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                            Drumbar

Drumbar

Gone are the days when men dominated the kitchens and the bars. With more and more women taking the lead in the hospitality industry, two new mixologists have recently assumed position at two of downtown Chicago’s bars.

The Bread Bakers Guild of America Takes You Inside Chicago Bakeshops

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                            Floriole Cafe & Bakery

Floriole Cafe & Bakery

Bread-lovers will soon have an opportunity to get up close and personal with some of Chicago’s most beloved bakeshops, as The Bread Bakers Guild of America’s 5th Annual Bakery Open House takes place June 27. The event, part of the Guild’s 2015 event series dubbed “Revival: What’s Old Is New,” features 40 bakeries across the country, including Chicago’s Floriole Cafe & Bakery and Publican Quality Bread.


 

Restaurants Tap into Custom Wine and Beer

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                            Bread & Wine

Bread & Wine

Drinking can be a lot more enjoyable with that personal touch. New custom wines and beer are hitting menus at Bread & Wine and Mrs. Murphy & Sons, adding some depth to drink lists.


 

Sizing Up Chicago’s Hotel Dining Scene

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                            Virgin Hotel

Virgin Hotel

The hotel industry is booming in Chicago, with new hotels popping up throughout the city in all shapes, sizes, and styles. Along with the hotels themselves comes a spate of trendy new hotel restaurants and bars, which are upping the ante on hotel dining. Here are a few new hotel restaurants to visit in Chicago.


 

Chipotle is Seeing (RED)

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                            Chipotle Mexican Grill

Chipotle Mexican Grill

Chipotle Mexican Grill has partnered with (RED) during the month of June to support the fight against AIDS. With celebrity chefs and TV personalities lending support to Chipotle and gift cards specifically designed to raise money and awareness for (RED), the new incentives form the foundation for the month-long EAT (RED), DRINK (RED), SAVE LIVES campaign.

Pop Open a New Batch of Bottled Cocktails

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                            Slippery Slope

Slippery Slope

In line with wine and spirits on tap, another burgeoning trend is the increasing omnipresence of bottled cocktails. Affording a streamlined preparation and service method for bartenders, bottled cocktails are paving the way for a new frontier in the bar setting. From dance clubs to craft cocktail dens, everyone’s getting in on the action.


 

The Lunch Game in Town

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                            C Chicago

C Chicago

While many chefs and restaurants focus on dinner service, lunch is emerging as a new opportunity for a more casual style of ingenuity. As two crowd-pleasing, perpetually packed dinner spots implement lunch service, one River North newcomer is giving lunch the prix fixe treatment.


 

Hot Doug’s Prepares for an Encased Meat Encore

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                            Dog Dayz of Summer

Dog Dayz of Summer

It seems like just yesterday Doug Sohn pulled the plug on his legendary hot dog emporium, Hot Doug’s. It also feels as if he never left, considering all the pop-up events and guest chef appearances he’s been doing, such as his Hot Doug’s-inspired pizza at Piece Pizzeria recently. But the Sausage King is ready to make his biggest encore appearance to date in June at Goose Island Barrel Warehouse for a weekend-long Hot Doug’s pop-up.


 

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