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From Magazines to Menus, Time Out Plans to Open Gourmet Food Hall in Fulton Market

Ryan Ori | Chicago Tribune The media group that publishes Time Out entertainment magazines and websites plans to open a gourmet food hall in Chicago’s Fulton Market district, after the concept drew more than 3 million visitors in Portugal last year. Time Out Market is close to finalizing a lease to move into all of

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How Next in Chicago Transforms Your Favorite Movies Into Edible Art

Hillary Dixler | Eater Next, the Chicago restaurant that reinvents itself around a new theme multiple times a year, is currently dedicated to Hollywood. That means guests arrive on a “step and repeat,” as at a red carpet premiere. It also means that each course in the tasting menu is somehow tied to movies generally

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Cubs Add Pop-Up Menus From City’s Top Chefs, Starting With Stephanie Izard

Ariel Cheung | DNAinfo | May 24, 2017 WRIGLEY FIELD — Some of Chicago’s top chefs will dream up new takes on their favorite ballpark eats for a pop-up series at Wrigley Field. The Cubs are first teaming up with Stephanie Izard, the newly crowned Iron Chef who won the first season of “Iron Chef Gauntlet” earlier

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Mom-and-Pop Joints Are Trouncing America’s Big Restaurant Chains

Leslie Patton | Bloomberg | May 16, 2017 There’s a limit to unlimited breadsticks after all. Americans are rejecting the consistency of national restaurant chains after decades of dominance in favor of the authenticity of locally owned eateries, with their daily specials and Mom’s watercolors decorating the walls. It’s a turning point in the history

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What Happens To Lettuce Entertain You Without Rich Melman?

By Peter Frost | Crain’s | May 6, 2017 Rich Melman founded what would become the country’s biggest independent restaurant group, Lettuce Entertain You Enterprises, in 1971. When it’s time, he plans to hand it over to his children, R.J., Jerrod and Molly. That time is coming. Rich Melman wants to start taking Mondays off.

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How Do You Replace A Beloved 54-Year-Old Restaurant?

Natalie Escobar | Chicago Magazine | May 1st, 2017 Danny Gutierrez Jr. can recall every moment of December 2, 2015. He had been sleeping on the sofa in the second-floor apartment above his family’s Pilsen restaurant Nuevo León, shortly after closing it for the night. Alone in the building, he had only slept for 15

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Attention Hipsters: Don’t Miss These Chicago Bars

Claire Volkman | April 24, 2017 | PASTE It may not hold a flame to Brooklyn or Portland in terms of sheer volume, but Chicago certainly has its share of flannel wearing, beard-donning, ironic mustache grooming hipsters. However, unlike a few years ago, that term no longer comes with a heavy hand of spite or

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POLL: Chicago’s Best Music (& Food) Venue

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How To Sneak Into Chicago’s Most Secret Bars

By Elizabeth Atkinson, Morgan Olsen and Time Out Chicago editors | April 18 2017 It’s easy enough to know about Chicago’s hidden speakeasies, but just how easy is it to actually get in? We snuck into some of the city’s most secret bars to share the tips and tricks we learned along the way. From cocktail

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Chicago Alderman Seek Control Over All City Licenses In Their Wards

Austin Berg | ChicagoNow | April 4, 2017 Chicago’s 50 aldermen hold near-despotic control over commercial activity within their wards. This has lead to an unrivaled culture of graft, greed and corruption within Windy City municipal government. But instead of taking steps to roll back extraordinary powers, some aldermen are dead set on expanding them.

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