Declaring that "anything short of nudity goes these days," Chicago Magazine just picked out its 17 favorite new restaurants in the city.
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After an insane first week, Eataly Chicago closed for a day to restock.
It will be next week before the coveted stars are officially released, but until then you can make due with the list of Bib Gourmand winners.
It comes as a complete shock to post that Charlie Trotter died today at the age of 54. Like a lot of people, I find it hard to discuss Trotter without resorting to hyperbole, but there is little doubt that he, more than anyone else in the city, helped ignite Chicago's adventurous and progressive dining scene.
Some new details were teased out about Eataly's upcoming Chicago location, including fact that it will house eight different restaurants.
To get a sense of her size, here she is in comparison to a medium pan pizza from Pequod's, which is how Chicagoans like to measure all things.
We're big fans of the LTHForum, which you've probably noticed from the few dozen times we've mentioned it. So we're excited to see that the site has been completely redesigned.
After a fire caused significant damages back in May, Lillie's Q finally reopened last night in Bucktown.
I was obviously saddened to hear that all of Grub Street's city sites except New York closed to today. Mostly, I'm just upset that I won't be able to read what current editor, Mike Gebert, has to say about the dining scene.
Remember the rumor about the potential Shake Shack location in the old Harley-Davidson store in Chicago's River North? Looks like it's official now.
Gene & Jude's has been closed since mid-April due to flooding, but there was finally some good news over the weekend, when it announced that it was renovating the space.
Here's some good news for Chicago barbecue fans: A couple weeks after Lillie's Q main location on North Ave. closed due to a fire, the restaurant's stand in the Chicago French Market reopened last Friday.
Kuma's Too, the second location of the massively popular burger joint Kuma's Corner, announced that it was ready for business with a hilariously to-the-point post today on Facebook.
It's with much sadness that we report that City Provisions closed on Monday. In an email sent out last night, Friedman thanked the community for its support and declared that he wasn't exactly going away. But he also admitted that the high cost of purchasing sustainable ingredients was the main issue.
While devouring the largest, lightest, and airiest matzoh ball I've ever faced at Au Cheval last night, it finally dawned on me that Chicago is in the midst of something of a Jewish food wave.
Good news for fans of Kuma's Corner: though that sign at the Woodfield Mall turned out to be a bust, Chicago's most famous purveyor of gargantuan burgers is planning to open a second location.
Let the year-end countdowns begin! Time Out Chicago is first out of the gate with its annual "100 Best Things We Ate & Drank This Year," a list that is as epic and as it sounds.
Should we believe the rumor that Shake Shack, that beloved New York burger institution, is planning on opening a location in Chicago? Selfishly, we want the rumor to be true, if only so that we can be close to one of the restaurant's gloriously griddled burgers.
The second season of Bourdain's The Layover finally premiered last night on the Travel Channel, and Chicago was up first. He manages to visit dozens of awesome places, and even has some flattering things to say about our hot dogs.