Summertime in Chicago is a fleeting time of beautiful weather and outdoor activities, and this means doing everything possible outdoors, including eating! Patios are opening their umbrellas, and rooftops are packed with happy hour crowds at bars and restaurants across the city. But finding the best places to actually dine out can be tough! Here are some of the best spots to eat and drink outside, for every meal of the week. Work week: Escape at ELLE on the River Courtesy of Chef Tim Graham and the team behind Travelle, this waterside concept truly is an escape from the hectic business week, without ever leaving the neighborhood! Still in the Loop, but … Read more
It’s easy to be intimidated by wine when you’re looking at $60 bottles at a store, or a restaurant wine list where a glass of premium Pinot can be pricier than your entrée. But you don’t have to break the bank or settle for some subpar grapes. Cupcake Vineyards has been growing steadily since it started in California in 2008 (in the middle of the cupcake craze) with a goal of providing quality wines for an affordable price. They recently hosted a three-course dinner at Lincoln Park’s Boka that showed off how well their wines pair with food and how good they taste by themselves. The event was held in the … Read more
Brunch can be a way to fuel up for a big day out, to leisurely catch up with some friends or recover from the previous night’s indiscretions with some carbs, eggs and hair of the dog. No matter what you’re looking for, you can find it at Hubbard Inn, which rolled out a new brunch menu this summer. The River North spot has an artsy but comfortable look, with dark wood tables, big plush red booths and walls lined with turquoise tile and bright-colored paintings. You’ll find a list of signature cocktails written on a chalkboard behind the bar, where TVs play classic movies. Big spherical lights hang overhead, and the … Read more
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