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The Florentine

As the weather grows colder—and quickly!—rich, hearty flavors beckon us inside from the chill. The bright colors of autumn's harvest—think roasted delicata squash, pink-red pomegranates, pumpkin seeds, swiss chard and more—warm and delight us. This time of year, many of Chicago’s top restaurants transition to new fall menus, which means you'll reap the bounty of eating seasonally, plus you may get the opportunity to find new favorite dishes at old favorite spots!

Logan Square is an up-and-coming area that many might consider to be the new Wicker Park with less hipster, more artsy vibe. It's become a go-to spot for food, beer, and music festivals thanks to an abundance of open space and a lovely park system. There are so many things to check out, you could easily spend a day (or more!) getting a taste of the neighborhood. From brunch and record stores to mezcal and arcade games, here's what an ideal visit to Logan Square on a budget might look like: 

Revival Food Hall Pays Homage to Chicago

Tuesday, July 26, 2016 12:00 AM by Matt Kirouac

Revival Food Hall Chicago

First came Chicago French Market, then came Eataly and Latinicity. Food halls are becoming quite the thing in Chicago, and while up until this point they've skewed international, an upcoming food hall will pay homage to its homeland in the Loop. Here's everything you need to know about Revival Food Hall.

A Few More Chicago Spots for Bourdain

Tuesday, May 24, 2016 12:00 AM by Max Grinnell

Anthony Bourdain

Anthony Bourdain, master of the pithy culinary one-liner and noted raconteur, stopped by Chicago again to sample our wares for the show "Parts Unknown". He was thoroughly impressed and noted in the Chicago episode and essay that the Windy City’s “sense of humor… was built on hard work”. I certainly agree and it was great to see him make his way through Piece Brewery and Pizzeria, Girl & the Goat, Avec, and the Old Town Ale House.

Navy Pier Evolves Into a Dining Destination

Friday, February 26, 2016 12:00 AM by Matt Kirouac

Navy Pier Chicago

One of the most visited destinations in Chicago, Navy Pier most definitely has a reputation as a warm-weather attraction, what with it's magnificent skyline views, lake cruises, rides, and more. But you'd be remiss to think Navy Pier goes into hibernation for the winter. In fact, there's plenty of reason to visit when the weather gets cold. Chief among them is the fact that the Pier has been steadily upping the ante on its restaurants, transforming into a dining destination in and of itself.

Chicken Shop Chicago

Chicago Restaurant Week is the perfect time of year to check out some of our city's culinary delights. From January 16 through February 4, you can take advantage of excellent prix fixe menus — starting at $22 for lunch and $33 and/or $44 for dinner (excluding beverages, tax and gratuity) — for the whole family.

Neighborhood Spotlight: Feasting Through Uptown

Monday, September 9, 2013 12:00 AM by Matt Kirouac

Baker & Nosh

One of the city's most eclectic and colorful neighborhoods, Uptown is a haven for culture. This lakeside nook is quieter and less expensive than it's splashier neighbors such as Andersonville and Lakeview, but its dining scene is just as rich. From Argyle Street's Vietnamese enclave to cute cafes and brunch spots, Uptown offers a delicious smorgasbord of options for every hankering. The neighborhood is accessible via the Red Line or busses running along Broadway, Lawrence Avenue, and Clark Street.

Five Sports Bars With All-Star Food

Friday, September 6, 2013 12:00 AM by Matt Kirouac

Bull & Bear

Sports bars pose a tricky conundrum when it comes time to eating. For people who want something with a little more integrity than a bowl of bar nuts or a blase burger, it can be difficult selecting places with worthwhile food menus. And with the onset of NFL season, people are going to be filling bar stools on the regular, in need of proper sustenance. Thankfully, Chicago has several sports bars that raise the bar on game day grub. No matter what team you're rooting for (and if you're rooting for the away team, you might want to keep quiet), everyone's a winner when eating at these sports bars.

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