New Reservations Apps Up the Ante on Hospitality

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                            Trencherman

Trencherman

When a city has a restaurant caliber like Chicago’s, you can never have too many reservations tricks and tips. With so many dining options to choose from, not to mention so many hungry diners grappling over seats, it helps to have some new restaurant reservations services. Two new ones to join the fray as of late are Table8 and the humbly dubbed Reserve.


 

White Oak Tavern & Inn Puts Vermouth in the Spotlight

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                            White Oak Tavern & Inn

White Oak Tavern & Inn

Tiki drinks and bracing whiskey cocktails are all the rage at bars nowadays, but at White Oak Tavern & Inn there’s another spirit stepping into the spotlight. In line with the rising tide of old-world ingredients experiencing a renaissance, vermouth is front-and-center at the Lincoln Park newcomer, and it’s all thanks to beverage director Danielle Sander.

Strawberries and Rhubarb Tag-team Chicago Menus

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                            DryHop Brewers

DryHop Brewers

Strawberries and rhubarb are the Bert and Ernie of spring produce. The seasonal culinary keystones are inseparable friends, oftentimes combined not just for rosy luster, but for the fact that rhubarb’s innate tartness counters the sweetness inherent in the berries. Together, they make for a powerful one-two punch, and a potent foray into warm-weather dining and drinking. From desserts to cocktails, here’s your strawberry-rhubarb bible for the season in Chicago.


 

Chefs Embrace Childhood Nostalgia at Chefs’ Playground

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                            Terzo Piano

Terzo Piano

Culinary skill and whimsy collide at the 3rd annual Chefs’ Playground event at Terzo Piano. Taking place June 4 in conjunction with Bon Appetit Management Company’s Fedele Bauccio, the event will feature chef/owner Tony Mantuano joined by a who’s-who of culinary talent, each cooking up some childhood nostalgia. The cherry on the altruistic sundae is that the event serves to raise funds for the Academy for Global Citizenship, a public charter school on the city’s southwest side that utilizes innovative, engaging techniques to curate well-rounded student wellness.


 

Memorial Day Meals and Events in Chicago

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                            Castaways

Castaways

Memorial Day marks the unofficial start of summer, and considering how Chicagoans have to endure long winters before these warm days arrive, we’re excited. To celebrate the occasion, restaurants and bars are getting festive with food and drink events sure to kick off summer in style.


 

Sportsman’s Club Beckons Summer with Barbecue Series

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                            Sportsman’s Club

Sportsman’s Club

One of the most reliable harbingers of summer is the al fresco barbecue series at Sportsman’s Club. The Ukrainian Village bar just announced its lineup of guest chefs/barbecuers for the upcoming season, and boy does it sound promising.

Augusta Boulevard Becomes Humboldt Park’s Very Own Mag Mile

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                            The California Clipper

The California Clipper

There is a surprising spate of restaurant and bar development along Augusta Boulevard in Humboldt Park. Seeing as there is no train stop within walking distance, and Augusta doesn’t even have a bus route, the corridor that runs from California to Damen sure has become one of the most unexpected developments in recent memory.


 

New Restaurant Roundup, Spring Edition

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                            C Chicago, photo by Anthony Barlich

C Chicago, photo by Anthony Barlich

New restaurants emerge in Chicago practically on a daily basis, which is great for all those who love good food, yet potentially crippling for the indecisive. Here to navigate some of the season’s standouts, notable new openings include a couple seafood spots, a couple barbecue spots, and a new location for a wine-fueled favorite.


 

Raise the Roof

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                            Kensington

Kensington

Considering the stifling winter we all have to endure each year, Chicagoans are ravenous about their al fresco dining and drinking opportunities. From sidewalk patios to courtyards, there’s no shortage of outdoor dining to be had throughout the city, but in order to find a truly stunning experience, you’ll have to look up. Rooftop bars are absolute treasures, offering sprawling views with quenching cocktails and snackable plates. Here are a few to check out this year.


 

Rockit Relaunch

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                            Rockit Bar & Grill

Rockit Bar & Grill

One of the swankest and most popular bar/restaurants in River North is ready for its relaunch. Rockit Bar & Grill just underwent an extensive redesign and menu revamp, in line with its 10-year anniversary of the downtown entertainment nexus. Now it’s once again ready for its close-up.


 

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