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Restaurants With the Best Pairings for Restaurant Week


Food and liquor go together like Mike Ditka and facial hair, but it's not as easy as slapping together a plate of food with a random boozy beverage. It takes a special artistry and precision to make a masterful pairing, and when done right it can really make a memorable meal. There are plenty of places in Chicago who have got pairing down to a science, many of which are participating in Chicago Restaurant Week.

Weekend Alert: January 30-February 1

Chicago Restaurant Week

Good times this weekend, very good times. Whether you're checking out a very unique new show in "The Adventures of Tapman,"a dazzling production on ice of "Frozen," admiring purebred dogs at the International Kennel Club Dog Show, or digging in to some delicious food in the return of Chicago Restaurant Week 2015 (!!), you've got things to smile about.

Go Out on the Town (or Don't), Then Overnight at the Hotel Palomar

Hotel Palomar

Perhaps you've never been to the River North area of Chicago. Some call it RiNo (pronounced like the sizable animal) and this linguistic reduction is just another way to move more quickly to a description of the area's steakhouses, lounges and other pastimes.

If you've never been, you might want to plan for a night over at the Hotel Palomar. Of course, if you have frequented the area before this is also the perfect time to spend the night, slow things down and

A Lover’s Guide to Celebrating Valentine’s Day in Chicago

Valentine's Day

Whether you're making a special trip to Chicago or you're a local looking to make plans for an unforgettable date, here are eight great ideas for celebrating Valentine's Day.

A Restaurant Week Guide to Neighborhood Gems

Gemini Bistro

You've heard of Restaurant Row and celebrity chefs like Paul Kahan, Stephanie Izard and Rick Bayless. They're culinary keystones that help make Chicago the world-class food city it is today. But with thousands upon thousands of restaurants in Chicagoland, there's lots to explore beyond the famous and familiar.

Enjoy Chicago Restaurant Week with Dietary Restrictions


Let's face it. Dietary restrictions are a part of dining out. But rather than a cumbersome burden, restaurants in Chicago have risen to the occasion in recent years to assuage restrictions and offer exciting options for vegans, individuals with gluten sensitivity, and more. No better time to explore these options than Chicago Restaurant Week, kicking off its two-week run January 30, featuring more than 300 restaurants throughout Chicagoland.

Donut Fest Returns for Round Two

Matt Kirouac

The rampant obsession with doughnuts in Chicago shows no sign of subsiding anytime soon. After its sold-out premiere last year, Donut Fest is back for round two this year on January 25 at Chop Shop/1st Ward, celebrating all things doughy, deep-fried, and addictive. 

Chicago Restaurant Week Newcomers

Matt Kirouac

Like Beyoncé's career, Chicago Restaurant Week gets better with age. One of Chicago's preeminent dining draws, the two-week promotion boasts nearly 300 restaurants this year, providing more than 250 options for prix fixe deals throughout the city. In preparation for Chicago Restaurant Week's January 30 kickoff, let's take a look at some of this year's newcomers, shall we?

Explore Chicago's Soupy Side

Carne En Su Jugo

Just in time for winter, indulge your body and soul with aromatic bowls of steaming soup. Our suggestions focus on those with a spicy twist.

Instead of complaining about the dreaded winter in Chicago, we're the kind of optimists that will make the most of it. If it's simply too cold to be outdoors then we'll explore the city's culturally rich cuisine, especially the kind - like soup - that

The Keys to a Great Chicago Restaurant Week

City Winery CRW

It's almost that time of year; Chicago Restaurant Week is coming up fast, taking place January 30 through February 12. You'd best save up an appetite now, because the best of the best in Chicago restaurants are slated to participate in this can't-miss lineup of dining supremacy. Of course, the surfeit of superb dining options can be a tad overwhelming, so to help you navigate the sea of deliciousness, here are some keys to a great Restaurant Week. Feel free to print it out, frame it, and

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