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Meet the Cheeky Guys Behind Crafthouse

By: Dana Hartung

July 28, 2014
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Every Wednesday night, cocktail lovers have been tweeting, Cheeky has been buying and our friends at Crafthouse have been delivering you the best premium all-natural bottled cocktails to enjoy at your Chicago BYOB spot. Now, meet the revolutionary brains behind the bottled Moscow Mule, Southside and Paloma Crafthouse cocktails. Meet Charles Joly A Chicago native, Charles Joly is a bonafide rock star in the mixology world. Charles currently serves as the Beverage Director at the Aviary, which recently won the award for the Worlds Best Cocktail Menu at the Tales of the Cocktail Spirited Awards in New Orleans. The creative and progressive Aviary cocktail menu, produced by Charles, beat out finalists from …  Read more

Make it Your Own at MAK

By: Debra Lipson

July 28, 2014
cheeky speaks

Still searching for creative, go-to Chinese food in Chicago? Look no further than MAK! Opened in 2012, the fast-casual Asian fusion restaurant is carving out quite a name for itself in Wicker Park. Owner Tommy Wang serves up Chinese, Japanese and Korean-influenced fare peppered with a personal touch: Recipes are passed down from Wang’s family (his father owned Tien Tsin in the Northern suburbs) and meals are motivated by his cultural heritage. The MAK premise is an eastern riff on the Chipotle assembly line counter model; however it far exceeds a robotic point and pay experience. Order your meal at the register and a friendly MAK employee brings the searing dish to …  Read more

Wine and Dine Outside, Chicago

Take Your Meals Outside with These Four Outdoor Hot Spots!

July 21, 2014
Kaleigh Glaza

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