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
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
I’ve never met a fish taco I didn’t like. Tortilla wrapped, charred seafood goodness layered with zesty toppings — it’s edible paradise on a platter! Last week, a girlfriend and I sank our teeth into the city’s latest offerings at Más. The recently opened West Loop spot is helmed by Executive Chef and Partner Yanitzin Sanchez (Sabor Saveur, CiNe). Sanchez’s modern Mexican menu riffs on culinary fusion with savory tacos, fresh crudos, an array of dips and shareable plates featuring Latin and global influences. The food focus is undoubtedly fresh, seasonal fare with an authentic kick evident in playful presentation and unusual flavor pairings. Less is truly more at Más. A swanky, … Read more
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