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Category - Dining

Chicago Restaurants Take the Stage in 'Open Tables'

Matt Kirouac

Chicago restaurants lay an important foundation for a new film centered around love, romantic tribulations, and that pivotal social experience that unites us all: dining. "Open Tables" makes its premiere at the Chicago International Film Festival this season, shining the spotlight on a cast of Chicago actors and a smorgasbord of local restaurants and bars.

Weekend Alert: September 25-27

Chicago Gourmet

Jazz, art, food and beer. Sounds like a good weekend to me. It can all be yours, if you're in Chicago this weekend. Time for your weekend alert!

Enjoy Spanish Wine and Authentic Cuisine at Bom Bolla, a New Cava Bar in Wicker Park

Bom Bolla

At the end of my college career, I spent one glorious semester in beautiful Barcelona, Spain, where I got to know about the native wine of the country's Catalonia region quite intimately. There, a love of cava was born that has stuck with me ever since. The answer to my Spanish wine-loving prayers has mercifully arrived in the form of Bom Bolla, a new cava bar in Wicker Park.

An Evening Out at Embeya in the West Loop


Right on the northeast corner of Randolph and Jefferson in the West Loop, Chef Mike Sheerin and his colleagues are serving up some of the best Asian cuisine in the city, accompanied by a setting that is remarkably distinctive in its use of creative design elements and its overall ambience. 

A Classic Afternoon Tea, Chicago-style: The Loyal-Tea Club at the Drake Hotel's Palm Court

Drake Hotel

The Drake Hotel has been welcoming visitors from its perch at the beginning of the Magnificent Mile for more than 90 years. Designed with the Italian palaces of High Renaissance Rome and Florence in mind, with a price to match, the grand hotel was inaugurated on New Year's Eve 1920. The hotel's lovely Palm Court stands as perhaps the most beautiful - and certainly the most historic - place to have afternoon tea in Chicago. And a new club - the Loyal-Tea club - promises perks

Weekend Alert: September 18-20

Expo Chicago

It's Thursday! Which means we're just a day away from Friday! And you know Saturday and Sunday are soon to follow after that! 

Apologies for the Rebecca Black-esque description, but sometimes it's just great knowing the weekend is right around the corner. Have a look below and see that Chicago knows how to keep you busy. It's your Weekend Alert, let's get to it!

Cheat on Meat at the Green City Market Junior Board's Veggie Affair

Matt Kirouac

Get ready to cheat on meat or go whole beast. Or so the tagline goes for the upcoming Veggie Affair event hosted by the Green City Market Junior Board, taking place October 2 at Moonlight Studios.

Leghorn Chicken Makes for Some Delicious Fried Chicken and Much More

Leghorn Chicken

Every summer, Lollapalooza attracts some of the best restaurants in Chicago. The food vendors may get a bit expensive, but they're always of excellent quality. My first experience with Leghorn Chicken was at this year's Lollapalooza. I got what I thought would be a basic, greasy chicken sandwich ... but what I got instead was magical.

Head to these 5 Chicago Coffee Shops for Great Coffee, Work Atmosphere

Currency Exchange

Coffee shops double as second offices for many of us who travel or are remote professionals. There's nothing better than working in a space with tasty beans, yummy snacks, comfortable seating and a creative environment. Here are some great options (that I've personally experienced) to provide whatever vibe you may be craving so you can breeze through your to-do list.

Weekend Alert: September 11-13

World Music Festival Chicago

If you like to have fun and do cool things, I think you're in for a really good time in Chicago this weekend. Guaranteed. Take a gander at the huge selection of events below and you'll see that I'm right. Come on, would I lie to you?

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