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October 11, 2012 | By Lisa Arnett, @redeyeeats and RedEye
"This neighborhood is pretty rich in brunch tradition," chef Patrick Sheerin said. The man speaks the truth: Trenchermen, the 4-month-old restaurant he runs with co-chef and brother Michael in Wicker Park, is just blocks from brunch faves such as The Bongo Room, Toast and Milk & Honey. "We wanted brunch to be a twist on familiar items and maybe be a little more on the savory side. " Mission accomplished. After only a few weeks of brunch service, Trenchermen already is standing out with dishes such as pig skin pad Thai.
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ENTERTAINMENT
September 13, 2012 | By Julia Borcherts and For RedEye
EAT MOLLUSK MADNESS Roscoe Village Damen Avenue and Roscoe Street 773-868-3010 The summer festival season winds down with early-fall favorite Guinness Oyster Fest, which features raw and cooked oysters and other fest food vendors, plus live music on two stages, arts and crafts booths and plenty of Guinness and other beer. 11 a.m.-10 p.m. Saturday-Sunday. $7 suggested donation. MAKIN' BACON Lincoln Hall 2424 N. Lincoln Ave. 773-525-2501 If your dreams involve bacon-wrapped everything, you can satisfy your cravings at the Chicago Bacon Takedown, where you sample 20 sweet and savory creations by local amateur chefs and vote for your favorite.
ENTERTAINMENT
September 11, 2012 | By Kate Bernot and RedEye
2 for $25: Covo Gyro Market 1482 N. Milwaukee Ave. 312-626-2660 On an early date, you may not yet know whether your paramour is a picky eater. Should you take him to an ethnic restaurant, there's a chance he'll spend more time fussing with the food than locking eyes with you. In Wicker Park, it's Covo to the rescue. The new counter-service Greek restaurant from the owners of nearby Division Street eatery Prasino is nearly identical in set-up to a Chipotle, meaning the entire menu is customizable.
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September 7, 2012 | By Kyle Kramer and For RedEye
Sure, Labor Day has come and gone, but that doesn't mean summer festival season is over. In fact, this weekend is one of the busiest of the festival season, from wine-tasting in the heart of downtown to dancing and pierogi-eating in Ukrainian Village, not to mention DIY crowd favorite Renegade Craft Fair and Lincoln Square's biggest outdoor party of the summer, German American Fest. German American Fest When: 5-11 p.m. Friday, noon-11 p.m. Saturday, noon-10 p.m. Sunday Where: Lincoln Plaza on Leland Avenue from Lincoln to Western avenues; Saturday parade on Lincoln from Irving Park Road to Lincoln Plaza Cost: Free Details: Make Baron Friedrich von Steuben, a German general under George Washington and the namesake of Saturday's 2 p.m. parade, proud by diving into the bratwurst, landjaeger (a jerky-like sausage)
NEWS
August 29, 2012
The Bento Box 2246 W. Armitage Ave. 773-278-3932 Fair warning: The space at this BYOB is extremely limited. Just 16 seats are available for diners hoping to nosh on a tight, rotating menu of dishes such as Korean short ribs and pork egg rolls. Marie's Rip Tide 1745 W. Armitage Ave. 773-278-7317 This legendary late-night dive is dead most nights before midnight, but you can bet the crowds will start flowing in once every other bar in the area is closed. Just mutter the cross streets “Armitage and Hermitage” to your cab driver and he or she will know exactly where you're going.
NEWS
August 29, 2012
Trenchermen 2039 W. North Ave. 773-661-1540 Chefs (and brothers) Mike and Patrick Sheerin left their posts at acclaimed restaurants -- Blackbird and The Signature Room, respectively - to jam out together cooking seasonal, globally influenced American fare at their own restaurant in a unique space that was formerly bathhouse. Danny's 1951 W. Dickens Ave. 773-489-6457 It may look like just another house from the outside, but inside, this music-fueled bar can turn into one of the biggest dance parties in the neighborhood.
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August 29, 2012
Milk & Honey Cafe 1920 W. Division St. 773-395-9434 This corner cafe serves breakfast during the week with extended hours on the weekend. Place your order for buttermilk granola pancakes or casserole-style huevos rancheros at the counter and hang out at a table until it's ready. Birchwood Kitchen 2211 W. North Ave. 773-276-2100 During the week, this cute BYOB cafe excels with seriously tasty sandwiches, and the same applies to its hearty breakfast sammies served on the weekends, including a killer croque madame (and a vegetarian version as well)
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August 29, 2012
Double Door 1572 N. Milwaukee Ave. 773-489-3160 It's not the prettiest space in the city, and some of the rock acts can creep toward the “generic” label. Still, DD has been home to early shows from acts such as Kid Rock and The Killers; In '97, the Rolling Stones played a secret show - marquee: “Rolling Stones: One Night Only - $7.” Subterranean 2011 W. North Ave. 773-278-6600 At this Wicker Park bar smack in the hopping intersection of North/Damen/Milwaukee, DJs spin on the first floor and rock/hip-hop acts - both local and up-and-coming touring artists - usually perform in the second-floor Cabaret Room.
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August 29, 2012
Red Door 2118 N. Damen Ave. 773-697-7221 The wooden communal tables on this spacious sideyard patio makes it feel like one big picnic, complete with seasonal shared plates, bacon jam-slathered burgers and spiked snow cones. Tocco 1266 N. Milwaukee Ave. 773-687-8895 At this sleek restaurant serving contemporary Italian fare, two massive garage doors open up to a brickfloored patio that's the closest thing you'll find to a piazza in Wicker Park. The Anthem 1725 W. Division St. 773-697-4804 Don't worry mega-fans, even sitting outside you can still see the massive TVs in this retro sports spot.
ENTERTAINMENT
August 29, 2012
Thursday August 30th 6-8 PM Cans (1640 N. Damen) Coors Light on deck. A lot of it. Show up. Have a brew. America wins.   RSVP HERE. BOOM. SHAKA. LAKA.
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