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November 2, 2011 | By Katie Donbavand, For RedEye
Lunch has always been my favorite part of the work day. I know that isn't a very controversial stand to take - I might as well declare that the Chicago winters get pretty bad or Hugh Jackman should have taken his shirt off more in "Real Steel" - but, nonetheless, I stand by it. Lunch is awesome. Lunch is the breath that breaks up my day. It's a chance to escape my desk and clear my head. Just when my eyeballs feel like they're going to melt from overexposure to spreadsheets and Google Docs, in swoops my lunch break, like Batman after a call from Commissioner Gordon, here to save the day. I grab my...
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August 20, 2013 | By Kristen Kuchar, @KristenKuchar and For RedEye
On July 8, chef Gilbert Langlois closed the doors of his North Center restaurant, Chalkboard, after six and a half years.  “I didn't know if I wanted to do it anymore,” Langlois said. When his seven-year-old son grew bored of sitting in the kitchen with him, he decided that his habit of working 16-hour days was going to need to come to an end. “I wanted a change of lifestyle and to make life a little easier for us,” Langlois said. And so, Langlois has reopened the restaurant as Homegrown Cafe (4343 N. Lincoln Ave. 773-477-7144)
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January 24, 2013 | By Erin Brereton and For RedEye
Venturing outside to grab lunch in this week's chilly weather feels more like a wintry punishment than a work break. You can bundle up mummy-style in your puffiest coat and run to the fast-food spot nearest to your office - or you can let the deliciousness come to you while you work thanks to these restaurants that have debuted delivery service within the last year. With some delivery areas that focus on office-laden River North and the Loop and others that extend outside of downtown to Wicker Park and the South Loop, chances are you'll find some tasty options ready to be delivered right to your door.
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August 15, 2013 | By Samantha Nelson, @samanthanelson1 and For RedEye
If there's one thing that can help get you through a long workday, it's a good, solid lunch break. Unfortunately, it's all too easy to get bored of the options within walking distance of your workplace. Luckily, there are plenty of new options popping up for your midday meal, whether you just have time to grab and go or linger for longer. QUICK CARRY-OUT: 10-15 MINUTES Naf Naf Grill 326 N. Michigan Ave. 312-263-0019 Lunch times: 10:30 a.m.-10 p.m. Monday through Friday, 11 a.m.-10 p.m. Saturday and Sunday Since opening in July, the latest location from the pita-slinging mini-chain has...
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February 7, 2012 | Ernest Wilkins
Chicago Restaurant Week returns for its 5th annual culinary celebration featuring value pricing at more than 230 restaurants.  The 10-day dining festival runs from February 17 through February 26 and will feature prix fixe menus starting at $22 for lunch and $33/$44 for dinner.  For more details, visit www.EatitUpChicago.com . Also, we've prepped a guide to the best of the week ahead here.
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August 15, 2013 | By Samantha Nelson, @samanthanelson1 and For RedEye
If there's one thing that can help get you through a long workday, it's a good, solid lunch break. Unfortunately, it's all too easy to get bored of the options within walking distance of your workplace. Luckily, there are plenty of new options popping up for your midday meal, whether you just have time to grab and go or linger for longer. QUICK CARRY-OUT: 10-15 MINUTES Naf Naf Grill 326 N. Michigan Ave. 312-263-0019 Lunch times: 10:30 a.m.-10 p.m. Monday through Friday, 11 a.m.-10 p.m. Saturday and Sunday Since opening in July, the latest location from the pita-slinging...
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July 31, 2013 | By Riley Blevins @Riley_Blevins and RedEye
Want to eat lunch with Hillary Clinton? Here's how. Sort of. Clinton, the former first lady and secretary of state, will serve as the keynote speaker at Chicago House's 5th Annual Speaker Series Luncheon on Sept. 18. Guests will enjoy a three-course lunch and hear remarks from Clinton alongside Chicago House CEO Stan Sloan at Chicago Hilton's international ballroom from 11:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. Organizers expect more than 1,200 attendees. For more information on tickets, visit www.chicagohouse.org.
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June 11, 2013 | By Samantha Nelson, @samanthanelson1 and For RedEye
Brown Bag Lunch Truck owner and chef Joaquin Soler is opening a barbecue restaurant in Irving Park this month. Soler first began using the tiny space at 4009 N. Albany Ave. to host pop-up shops where he served dougnuts or chicken and waffles. Their success convinced him to park his truck and open Smalls. “It's a great little neighborhood," Soler said. "It's fairly underserved. There's not a lot of food options. " The restaurant will serve the same brined and smoked meats the food truck was known for along with ribs, fried...
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October 10, 2012 | By Erin Brereton and For RedEye
If you think hummus is yummus, here's some very good news: The Loop has just added two new pita-packed Middle Eastern restaurants. In July, Lebanon-based Abou Andre Mediterranean Bistro (60 E. Jackson Boulevard 312-386-1300) launched its first U.S. location in the Loop's south end. A few blocks northwest, suburban favorite Naf Naf Grill (309 W. Washington St. 312-251-9000) fired up the grill at its first city location earlier this month. That's a serious uptick in kabobs, falafel and shawarma.
ENTERTAINMENT
August 20, 2013 | By Kristen Kuchar, @KristenKuchar and For RedEye
On July 8, chef Gilbert Langlois closed the doors of his North Center restaurant, Chalkboard, after six and a half years.  “I didn't know if I wanted to do it anymore,” Langlois said. When his seven-year-old son grew bored of sitting in the kitchen with him, he decided that his habit of working 16-hour days was going to need to come to an end. “I wanted a change of lifestyle and to make life a little easier for us,” Langlois said. And so, Langlois has reopened the restaurant as Homegrown Cafe (4343 N. Lincoln Ave. 773-477-7144)
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July 31, 2013 | By Riley Blevins @Riley_Blevins and RedEye
Want to eat lunch with Hillary Clinton? Here's how. Sort of. Clinton, the former first lady and secretary of state, will serve as the keynote speaker at Chicago House's 5th Annual Speaker Series Luncheon on Sept. 18. Guests will enjoy a three-course lunch and hear remarks from Clinton alongside Chicago House CEO Stan Sloan at Chicago Hilton's international ballroom from 11:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. Organizers expect more than 1,200 attendees. For more information on tickets, visit www.chicagohouse.org.
ENTERTAINMENT
June 11, 2013 | By Samantha Nelson, @samanthanelson1 and For RedEye
Brown Bag Lunch Truck owner and chef Joaquin Soler is opening a barbecue restaurant in Irving Park this month. Soler first began using the tiny space at 4009 N. Albany Ave. to host pop-up shops where he served dougnuts or chicken and waffles. Their success convinced him to park his truck and open Smalls. “It's a great little neighborhood," Soler said. "It's fairly underserved. There's not a lot of food options. " The restaurant will serve the same brined and smoked meats the food truck was known for along with ribs, fried...
ENTERTAINMENT
January 24, 2013 | By Erin Brereton and For RedEye
Venturing outside to grab lunch in this week's chilly weather feels more like a wintry punishment than a work break. You can bundle up mummy-style in your puffiest coat and run to the fast-food spot nearest to your office - or you can let the deliciousness come to you while you work thanks to these restaurants that have debuted delivery service within the last year. With some delivery areas that focus on office-laden River North and the Loop and others that extend outside of downtown to Wicker Park and the South Loop, chances are you'll find...
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January 3, 2013 | By Lisa Arnett, @redeyeeatdrink
Reservations opened today for Chicago Restaurant Week 2013, which runs Feb. 1-10. More than 200 restaurants in Chicago and the surrounding suburbs participate in Chicago Restaurant Week by offering prix-fixe specials, including a $22 lunch and dinner for $33 or $44. View the full list of participating restaurants and make reservations at eatitupchicago.com . Here's a look at the 28 Chicago restaurant that are new additions for this year: ...
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October 10, 2012 | By Erin Brereton and For RedEye
If you think hummus is yummus, here's some very good news: The Loop has just added two new pita-packed Middle Eastern restaurants. In July, Lebanon-based Abou Andre Mediterranean Bistro (60 E. Jackson Boulevard 312-386-1300) launched its first U.S. location in the Loop's south end. A few blocks northwest, suburban favorite Naf Naf Grill (309 W. Washington St. 312-251-9000) fired up the grill at its first city location earlier this month. That's a serious uptick in kabobs, falafel and shawarma.
ENTERTAINMENT
July 10, 2012 | By Lisa Arnett and RedEye
The Fourth of July has come and gone, but this year's Taste of Chicago starts July 11 and runs through July 15. New this year, a booth located just south of Jackson Boulevard on the east side of Columbus Drive will feature a rotating roster of pop-up restaurants that change daily. Highlights include Jin Ju, Inspiration Kitchen, LM and and Karyn's on Green. See the full pop-up schedule at explorechicago.org. Also new at this year's fest is the Celebrity Chef Du Jour series, which features five local chefs cooking ticketed lunches or...
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May 31, 2012 | By Erin Gibbons and For RedEye
For many Chicagoans, the start of summer also marks the return of summer Fridays -- those glorious hours of freedom that help us tolerate our jobs the other nine months of the year. How it works varies by workplace, but typically -- beginning Memorial Day weekend and continuing through Labor Day weekend -- companies allow employees to put in a few extra hours Monday through Thursday in exchange for starting the weekend early every Friday or taking every other Friday off. For those who firmly believe summer Fridays are a rare gift not to be squandered on errands, dentist appointments and other practical tasks, but to...
ENTERTAINMENT
July 10, 2012 | By Lisa Arnett and RedEye
The Fourth of July has come and gone, but this year's Taste of Chicago starts July 11 and runs through July 15. New this year, a booth located just south of Jackson Boulevard on the east side of Columbus Drive will feature a rotating roster of pop-up restaurants that change daily. Highlights include Jin Ju, Inspiration Kitchen, LM and and Karyn's on Green. See the full pop-up schedule at explorechicago.org. Also new at this year's fest is the Celebrity Chef Du Jour series, which features five local chefs cooking ticketed lunches or...
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July 9, 2012 | By Erin Brereton and For RedEye
Diners who stop by Jellyfish (1009 N. Rush St. 312-660-3111), set to open in August in the Gold Coast, will be able to nosh on pan-Asian fare in the restaurant's modern second-floor dining room - or in a floor-to-ceiling glass atrium overlooking the street. The all-season atrium, which co-owner Josh Carl calls “a beautiful glowing box,” will seat 60 in sofas and chairs. Carl, an investment partner with Lululemon and Barneys, joined forces with co-owner Joseph De Vito, who in opened Moto (now chef owned and operated)
ENTERTAINMENT
May 31, 2012 | By Erin Gibbons and For RedEye
For many Chicagoans, the start of summer also marks the return of summer Fridays -- those glorious hours of freedom that help us tolerate our jobs the other nine months of the year. How it works varies by workplace, but typically -- beginning Memorial Day weekend and continuing through Labor Day weekend -- companies allow employees to put in a few extra hours Monday through Thursday in exchange for starting the weekend early every Friday or taking every other Friday off. For those who firmly believe summer Fridays are a rare gift not to be squandered on errands, dentist appointments and...
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