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My Neighbor, My Bartender: Tales From Living Above Chicago’s Nightspots

( – Slurred, drunk conversations late at night. The strong scent of spice. Empty wine bottles tossed, clanging, into the alley below a bedroom window. Those are all nightmarish scenarios imagined around living above a bar or a restaurant. But many of Chicago’s residential neighborhoods are lined with main arteries where popular eateries are topped

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Crackdown On Valet Parking Has Restaurants Fuming

( – The city issued more citations to valet parking companies in one month of 2016 than it did in 2014 and 2015 combined, a crackdown that’s causing headaches for restaurants, hotels and other businesses that rely on valet parking as a courtesy to customers. Valet companies received 76 citations for the “storage of goods on

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14 Chicago Restaurants, Chefs Revealed As Finalists For 2016 James Beard Awards

( – The finalists for the 2016 James Beard Awards were just announced in San Francisco, and once again, Chicago area chefs and restaurants made a strong showing. Fourteen local restaurants and chefs made the cut, up from 10 last year. That includes an outstanding restaurant nod for Alinea on its first year of eligibility,

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Demera Ethiopian Owners Bringing African Safari-Themed Restaurant to Rogers Park

( – An African safari-themed restaurant with a venue for music has been a dream for Demera Ethiopian Restaurant co-owner Girmai Lemma. The dream will become a reality later this month when Lemma and chef/owner Tigist Reda open Safari Lounge at 7124 N. Clark St. in Rogers Park (Chicago). Demera —an Eater 38 mainstay—has long

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Honey’s Coming to Fulton Market with Help From Off-White’s Virgil Abloh

( – Cue the Stefon voice: Chicago’s hottest new restaurant just might be Honey’s. Scheduled to open in April, overseen by Virgil Abloh (Kanye West’s former creative director and creator of the fashion brand Off-White), this place will have everything: A hearth-driven kitchen, a bar imported from New York City, and “European elegance meets American

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