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March 22, 2012 | By Erin Gibbons and For RedEye
If you've been wondering what is going into the old Eatt space in River North, here's your answer: a new Italian wine bar by the Rosebud group. According to executive chef Michael Ponzio, Bar Umbriago (6 W. Hubbard St.) will feature a modern small-plates menu (no $50 steaks here), while staying true to Rosebud's old-world-Italian sensibility with touches such as classic cocktails and live entertainment. It's even named after a character in an old Jimmy Durante song.   The concept is in line with recent management changes at Rosebud: The restaurant group announced this week that...
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April 1, 2014 | By Julia Borcherts and For RedEye
EAT $3 Birthday Burger Burger Boss 3208 N. Southport Ave. 773-248-2677 Show your appetite - and your wallet - who's boss with this special third birthday burger featuring an angus beef patty dressed with lettuce, tomatoes, pickles and condiments on a toasted brioche bun. 11 a.m.-9:30 p.m. Through Sunday (daily hours vary). DRINK Stimulus Social Club Mercer 113 113 W. Hubbard St. 312-396-0113 Socialize for a good cause - door proceeds benefit Chicago Bulls Charities - at the fifth anniversary of this young professionals' mixer where your donation nets you...
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February 23, 2012 | By Emily Van Zandt and RedEye
Rating: !! 1/2 (out of four) Take it or leave it The scene: This small but sleek wine bar features a handful of tables in its well-lit front half, with more seating available along the bar and a wall ledge toward the back. On a Monday night just a few weeks after opening, the bar was surprisingly buzzing around 9 p.m., with tables of 20-somethings and older couples sharing a bite to eat and lingering over rounds of wine. Big TVs behind the bar and unintimidating staff members eager to offer suggestions defy the stuffy wine-bar stereotype.
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April 1, 2013 | By Kate Bernot, @kbernot, RedEye
On a recent Friday night, I found myself perched at the bar inside a pretty swank restaurant, twirling my straw and waiting for friends to arrive. I had mistaken the time of our reservation and arrived 45 minutes early. Rather than filling me with anxiety, the mix-up made me smile - I would get to have a cocktail by myself at the bar. Any adult above the legal drinking age should feel comfortable sitting alone at a bar. From waiting in airports to waiting for dates, sipping a drink is hands-down the best way to pass time.
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September 20, 2013 | By Julia Borcherts @Julia Borcherts and For RedEye
EAT Amigos of Pintxo Barcito 151 W. Erie St. 312-274-1111 Barcelona meets the Deep South as guest chefs Mark Steuer (Carriage House) and Paul Fehribach (Big Jones) team up for all-you-can-eat Southern-style tapas at this bi-weekly dining event where you stand and eat Spanish-style for a good cause - partial proceeds benefit culinary education program Pilot Light. 6:30-8:30 p.m. $25. Monday Sundae Bar Little Market Brasserie 10 E. Delaware Place 312-640-8141 Go bottomless - with your dessert bowl, at least - at a build-your-own-sundae station where you top servings...
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September 5, 2012 | By Lisa Arnett, RedEye
Ready to put your summer standbys to rest and try something new? Mark your calendars for these coming-soon bars and restaurants due to open in September, listed in order of estimated time of arrival. SEPT. 5 Jellyfish 1009 N. Rush St. Pan-Asian restaurant with a hidden entrance in the Gold Coast. WEEK OF SEPT. 10 Embeya 564 W. Randolph St. Contemporary Asian fare in the West Loop from chef Thai Dang, who's worked at Ria and L2O. MID-SEPTEMBER Chuck's...
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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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January 27, 2012 | By Lisa Arnett and RedEye
Vera 1023 W. Lake St.  312-243-9770 Rating:  !!!! (out of four) Already hot The scene: Under the shadow of the Green Line tracks on Lake Street in the West Loop, a little slice of Spain is waiting. Vera is a regional Spanish restaurant and wine bar that, thanks to former Carnivale chef Mark Mendez and his sommelier wife Elizabeth, is breathing life into a space that's sat vacant for years since the short-lived sports bar Addiction closed.
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July 17, 2012 | By Emily Van Zandt and RedEye
No one said embracing healthy eating habits is easy, but sticking to a diet while still hitting bars for an after-work drink can be a nightmare. The most direct solution is obvious, if impossible: Cut out the bar visits. But putting a sudden end to the fun may not be the only solution. Thanks to lengthy bar menus and more restaurant/lounge hybrids in the city than ever, you don't have to reach for a pile of fried-and-sauced wings when you sit down for a drink. "I'm not recommending you eat [at bars]
ENTERTAINMENT
April 1, 2013 | By Kate Bernot, @kbernot, RedEye
On a recent Friday night, I found myself perched at the bar inside a pretty swank restaurant, twirling my straw and waiting for friends to arrive. I had mistaken the time of our reservation and arrived 45 minutes early. Rather than filling me with anxiety, the mix-up made me smile - I would get to have a cocktail by myself at the bar. Any adult above the legal drinking age should feel comfortable sitting alone at a bar. From waiting in airports to waiting for dates, sipping a drink is hands-down the best way to pass time.
ENTERTAINMENT
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.
ENTERTAINMENT
September 5, 2012 | By Lisa Arnett, RedEye
Ready to put your summer standbys to rest and try something new? Mark your calendars for these coming-soon bars and restaurants due to open in September, listed in order of estimated time of arrival. SEPT. 5 Jellyfish 1009 N. Rush St. Pan-Asian restaurant with a hidden entrance in the Gold Coast. WEEK OF SEPT. 10 Embeya 564 W. Randolph St. Contemporary Asian fare in the West Loop from chef Thai Dang, who's worked at Ria and L2O. MID-SEPTEMBER Chuck's Manufacturing 224 N. Michigan...
NEWS
July 24, 2012
Downtown 440 N. State St. 312-464-1400 At the neighborhood's only gay bar, expect the bartenders to call you “honey” and the entertainment to range from live cabaret to karaoke to DJs. The Purple Pig 500 N. Michigan Ave. 312-464-1744 This small but mighty wine and swine bar is packed every night of the week with diners hungry for a taste of charcuterie, cheese and treats that do the name proud, from pork neck bone rillettes...
ENTERTAINMENT
July 17, 2012 | By Emily Van Zandt and RedEye
No one said embracing healthy eating habits is easy, but sticking to a diet while still hitting bars for an after-work drink can be a nightmare. The most direct solution is obvious, if impossible: Cut out the bar visits. But putting a sudden end to the fun may not be the only solution. Thanks to lengthy bar menus and more restaurant/lounge hybrids in the city than ever, you don't have to reach for a pile of fried-and-sauced wings when you sit down for a drink. "I'm not recommending you eat [at bars]
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May 18, 2012 | By RedEye staff
Flight 1551 1551 N. Wells St. 312-944-1551 This combination restaurant and wine bar offers more than 50 wine options by the glass, including several flight options if you just can't choose. Snack on small plates ranging from mussels to chorizo-stuffed dates to charcuterie. Afraid you'll miss a big game? Don't worry. There's a TV over the bar. D.O.C. Wine Bar 2602 N. Clark St. 773-883-5101 From the same owners as neighboring Dunlays on Clark, D.O.C. offers dozens of wines by the glass, flight, bottle or half-bottle.
ENTERTAINMENT
March 22, 2012 | By Erin Gibbons and For RedEye
If you've been wondering what is going into the old Eatt space in River North, here's your answer: a new Italian wine bar by the Rosebud group. According to executive chef Michael Ponzio, Bar Umbriago (6 W. Hubbard St.) will feature a modern small-plates menu (no $50 steaks here), while staying true to Rosebud's old-world-Italian sensibility with touches such as classic cocktails and live entertainment. It's even named after a character in an old Jimmy Durante song.   The concept is in line with recent management changes at Rosebud: The restaurant group announced...
NEWS
July 24, 2012
Downtown 440 N. State St. 312-464-1400 At the neighborhood's only gay bar, expect the bartenders to call you “honey” and the entertainment to range from live cabaret to karaoke to DJs. The Purple Pig 500 N. Michigan Ave. 312-464-1744 This small but mighty wine and swine bar is packed every night of the week with diners hungry for a taste of charcuterie, cheese and treats that do the name proud, from pork neck bone rillettes...
ENTERTAINMENT
February 23, 2012 | By Emily Van Zandt and RedEye
Rating: !! 1/2 (out of four) Take it or leave it The scene: This small but sleek wine bar features a handful of tables in its well-lit front half, with more seating available along the bar and a wall ledge toward the back. On a Monday night just a few weeks after opening, the bar was surprisingly buzzing around 9 p.m., with tables of 20-somethings and older couples sharing a bite to eat and lingering over rounds of wine. Big TVs behind the bar and unintimidating staff members eager to offer suggestions defy the stuffy wine-bar stereotype.
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