This summer, Chef Paul Virant of Perennial Virant got his hands dirty with students at the Montessori School of Englewood for Gardeneers’ second Chefs in the Garden series.
Latin fusion rooftop restaurant Boleo opens in the new Kimpton Gray Hotel.
Intro Chicago (2300 N Lincoln Park) welcomes the 22-year-old culinary “dorm room” chef, Jonah Reider, to its restaurant Sept. 15.
Pret A Manger, the quick and nutritious eatery, joins shopping hub Block 37 (108 N. State) Sept. 1 and is giving out free meals to celebrate.
A Chicago-centric dining destination opens in the Loop
Forget fast food: Stephanie Izard’s latest restaurant, Duck Duck Goat, debuted a walk-up window last week for quick lunches to go.
Cool off with a sweet treat, courtesy of Chef Mindy Segal and her custom IceTrike. The James Beard award-winning pastry chef and owner of Mindy’s HotChocolate circles The 606 trail on nights and weekends this month, peddling gourmet fudge-cicles in flavors like milk chocolate malted, peanut butter and jam and Klug Farms strawberries and cream. $4, follow @MindySegal on Twitter for updated location...
This fall, become a mix master with a new line of barware by Chicago native and James Beard Award winner Charles Joly. The sleek collection, available at Williams-Sonoma come October, includes everything from glassware and a shaker set (pictured, $99.95) to a smoking box and gun for making ultra-impressive smoked cocktails. $15-$200; Williams-sonoma.com
The restaurant group behind spots like Blackbird and avec teams up with local farms this month to create delicious seasonal sips. Try Big Star’s (1531 N. Damen) Spanish Moon tequila cocktail, made with tart cherries from Seedling Farms (pictured above, $10). A dollar from each of the featured drinks benefits Slow Food Chicago, a nonprofit working to educate diners about sustainable food production.
Soak up summer — and a savory steak — on two brand-new patios. Swift & Sons’ (1000 W. Fulton Market; Swiftandsonschicago.com) 28-seat spot is an extension of the chic, AvroKo-designed interior, with teak tables and romantic string lighting. Across town, Eight Bar & Patio (8 W. Maple; Mapleandash.com) is a reimagined space below Maple & Ash offering bites — such as the Epic hot dog (left)...
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