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November 15, 2011 | By Lisa Arnett, RedEye
The Michelin Guide's second annual Chicago edition was released today, and chefs around town are seeing stars - but fewer than last year, it turns out. The famous French guide is notoriously tightfisted when it comes to awarding its star designations (three means exceptional, two is excellent and one is very good). In this year's guide, 21 Chicago-area restaurants received stars, down from 23 last year. Of the two restaurants - Alinea and L20 - that received three-star ratings in Michelin's first Chicago guide last year, only one, Grant Achatz's renowned Alinea in Lincoln Park,...
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June 6:  Enolo Wine Bar in River North  Mid-June:  Owen & Alchemy  in Logan Square, Parlor Pizza Bar in the West Loop Late spring/early summer:  First Draft  in the South Loop,  Villains Chicago  in the South Loop,  The Northman  in Ravenswood,  Tippling Hall  in River North,  Mercadito Counter  in River North, Emporium Logan Square  > > Find more coming-soon restaurants on The...
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July 17, 2012 | By Lisa Arnett
All around Chicago, restaurants and bars are in a constant cycle of opening and closing. As the lights go out at a kitchen in Andersonville, a new tavern is putting up signs in the South Loop, and it's all just part of the circle of nightlife. But if you look closely, you'll see a handful of in-the-works hangouts making a few already hot downtown blocks even hotter. Read on for four good guesses as to where the city's foodies and scenesters will be flocking in upcoming months. CLARK BETWEEN ILLINOIS & HUBBARD This block of River North has been celeb chef Rick Bayless' row for years, but now...
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May 8, 2014 | By Michael Nagrant, @MichaelNagrant and For RedEye
Demera Ethiopian Restaurant 4801 N. Broadway 773-334-8787 Looks like: An art gallery-restaurant hybrid trimmed in gold and crimson Sounds like: The chatter of families sharing messob plates Smells like: Sweet pungent garlic, onion and ginger Unless you're a foie gras duck farmer, shoving food in another's mouth isn't exactly a common thing in America. In Ethiopia, it's an act of love and friendship. At an Ethiopian communal table, a friend will break off a piece of injera - a traditional, spongy sour flatbread - with their right hand, wrap it around meat or a...
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November 28, 2012 | By Lisa Arnett, @redeyeeats and RedEye
Mark your calendars for these coming-soon spots due to open in the last weeks of the year, listed in order of estimated time of arrival.   DEC. 1 Del Frisco's Double Eagle Steak House 58 E. Oak St. Gold Coast steakhouse in the former Esquire Theater space. DEC. 3 Suite 25 2529 N. Milwaukee Ave. Sports lounge in Logan Square from the owner of Rio's d'Sudamerica.  Park Tavern 1645 W. Jackson St. Sports bar serving craft brews near United Center.
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July 22, 2013 | By JoVona Taylor and RedEye
Attention all chefs and restaurateurs planning to open a new restaurant later this year or starting major renovations on an existing one: Electus Casting wants you. The casting company known for scoping out the talent of reality TV shows including “MasterChef” and “Mob Wives” is looking for chefs/owners/ restaurateurs for a new docu-series detailing the journey to opening a restaurant. The official title and network of the show has not been released. Electus representatives said they are interested in a variety of up-and-coming...
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April 4, 2012 | By RedEye staff
Jam 3057 W. Logan Blvd. 773-292-6011 During the day, nosh on unique breakfast and lunch dishes such as pork belly eggs benedict and malted custard French toast with pink peppercorns. Once the dinner hour hits, you can order one of the diner-inspired blue plate specials such as meatloaf with tomato jam or venison stroganoff. Bonsoiree 2728 W. Armitage Ave. 773-486-7511 Got a special bottle of wine or two saved for a special occasion? Make a dinner reservation and then uncork it over a five- or nine-course feast at this contemporary...
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October 17, 2012 | By Lisa Arnett, RedEye
The South Loop has seen a flurry of bar and restaurant openings in the past year and a half, and four of them happen to be on the west side of Michigan Avenue between Roosevelt Road and 16th Street. If you haven't paid these bustling blocks a visit, let this mini-map serve as your guide. Karamela Coffee, Sweets & Crepes 1250 S. Michigan Ave. 312-322-0400 Opened in: October This just-opened cafe offers Julius Meinl espresso and a pastry case full of sweets for a quick-grab snack as well as crepes, sandwiches and salads.
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May 24, 2012 | By Erin Gibbons and For RedEye
The West Loop will soon have not one, but two new Mexican spots to add to its growing restaurant roster. Zenba Mexican Grill (605 W. Lake St.) opened May 2, and Blue Agave Tequila Bar & Restaurant (555 W. Kinzie St.) - a second location of the Gold Coast spot with the same name - is scheduled to open in mid-June. Expect traditional Mexican fare at Zenba: guacamole, enchiladas, fajitas, grilled skewers, and entrees such as carne asada and grilled blackened tilapia (nothing's more than $15)
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October 29, 2012 | By Erin Gibbons and For RedEye
Spooked by the sight of blood, let alone the thought of eating it? Ingredients like blood, bones, organ meats and insects may seem more trick than treat to some Chicagoans, but in many parts of the world (and many parts of the U.S.), they're common -- even celebrated. Mexican chef Manuel Bañuelos, who opened Oaxacan restaurant Mezcalina in the Loop in August, said that grasshoppers -- a high-protein, nutritious snack -- are considered a delicacy in Oaxacan cuisine. And Thomas Elliott Bowman, partner and co-executive chef at ...
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March 25, 2014 | By Rachel Cromidas, @rachelcromidas and RedEye
A man has been robbing West Side restaurants and food delivery services at gunpoint, according to a Chicago Police Department community alert released Tuesday. According to the alert to businesses in the 12th police district, over the weekend a man reportedly used a "shotgun-type weapon" to rob restaurants and food deliverers in Garfield Park. The alert said a woman may have acted as a lookout while the hold-ups took place. The first incident was reported around 9:30 p.m. in the 200 block of South Leavitt Street on March 22. The second reportedly took place...
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February 14, 2014 | By Matt Pais, @mattpais and RedEye
Just to be clear: This column is written by Matt Pais. It's a Matt Pais column, and the important thing to remember is that it's written by me. Matt Pais. Oh, does that sound egotistical? How about a restaurant that reopens with a new name just because they're so proud of the chef that they've acquired? It happened in 2011 when Perennial became Perennial Virant (after chef Paul Virant, who won awards for his cooking at suburban Western Springs hit Vie). It happened in November when Chuck's Manufacturing decided people were less interested in...
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February 13, 2014 | By Samantha Nelson, @samanthanelson1 and For RedEye
The recession may have put some of the South Loop's development in a holding pattern, but this steadily growing neighborhood is back in the game when it comes to fresh dining and nightlife. Over the past year, a new crop of hangouts have steadily taken up residence, from new restaurants along South Michigan Avenue to a destination-worthy music lounge in the Motor Row district. Whether you live, work or go to school in the neighborhood or are just looking for somewhere to grab a drink after a trip to a nearby museum or theater, you've got a ton of new options -...
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January 21, 2014 | By Gwendolyn Purdom and For RedEye
Sure, you survived the Polar Vortex, but that doesn't make leaving the warm cocoon of your apartment any easier. Lucky for you, dozens of restaurants have launched delivery service within the last year, which means you can feast on a chef-made meal without leaving the oh-so-cozy land of sweatpants and Netflix. View restaurants by cuisine: > > Comfort food & barbecue > > Mediterranean > > Pizza > > Indian & Nepalese > > Chinese, Japanese & Korean > > Italian       ...
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January 15, 2014 | By Samantha Nelson, @samanthanelson1 and For RedEye
Levy Restaurants has temporarily closed Spiaggia for renovations and is bringing a new concept to Fulton's on the River 's space. Spiaggia will reopen for its 30th anniversary in April with a redesigned dining room, which chef Tony Mantuano said will modernize the space and "get rid of the stuffiness. " The bar will move to the center of the restaurant, providing a view of Oak Street Beach, and all diners will now walk through the wine room when they enter the restaurant. The Magnificent Mile restaurant is also...
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January 6, 2014 | By Rachel Cromidas, @rachelcromidas and RedEye
The subzero temperatures might be keeping most of Chicago indoors today, but not the local deliverymen. The extreme weather has forced some local restaurants to close for the day, but others are seeing a surge in delivery orders from cooped up residents and office workers who don't want to venture outside to pick up food. Leona's restaurant on East 53rd Street in Hyde Park saw double the usual lunch orders, according to its manager, Pedro Vazquez. "All our locations are delivering today," he said.
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January 6, 2014 | By Rachel Cromidas, @rachelcromidas and RedEye
The subzero temperatures might be keeping most of Chicago indoors today, but not the local deliverymen. The extreme weather has forced some local restaurants to close for the day, but others are seeing a surge in delivery orders from cooped up residents and office workers who don't want to venture outside to pick up food. Leona's restaurant on East 53rd Street in Hyde Park saw double the usual lunch orders, according to its manager, Pedro Vazquez. "All our locations are delivering today," he said.
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March 25, 2014 | By Rachel Cromidas, @rachelcromidas and RedEye
A man has been robbing West Side restaurants and food delivery services at gunpoint, according to a Chicago Police Department community alert released Tuesday. According to the alert to businesses in the 12th police district, over the weekend a man reportedly used a "shotgun-type weapon" to rob restaurants and food deliverers in Garfield Park. The alert said a woman may have acted as a lookout while the hold-ups took place. The first incident was reported around 9:30 p.m. in the 200 block of South...
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January 6, 2014 | By Samantha Nelson and For RedEye
Former Sunda chef Rodelio Aglibot is opening a dim sum restaurant in Lakeshore East in March. The so-called "Food Buddha" said he's always looking for spaces for new restaurant concepts and decided to open Yum Cha at 333 E. Randolph St. (formerly French restaurant Maison) because he saw a void for Chinese food in the neighborhood. "Dim sum is hot right now," he said. "The idea of eating small plates is something Chicago has embraced. " Aglibot and his partners have traveled to Shanghai, Hong Kong, New York, San Francisco and Toronto in search of inspiration.
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December 23, 2013 | By Samantha Nelson and For RedEye
When 41-year-old Lakeview restaurant La Creperie announced it would close in August, people began lining up for hours in 90-degree heat for a last meal at the restaurant. Jack Crombie, owner of the nearby Duke of Perth, said customers at his bar were very vocal about the news. "There was great wailing and gnashing of teeth when the place was closing," Crombie said. "People proposed to their sweethearts there. They've aged together there. It's a veritable institution.” Crombie reached out to La Creperie owner Germain Roignant and offered to buy the restaurant and...
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