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Drink The (Disgusting) Liqueur that Only Chicagoans Love

Drink The (Disgusting) Liqueur that Only Chicagoans Love

The taste of Malort has been described as baby aspirin wrapped in grapefruit peel, bound with rubber bands and soaked in well gin—so why do Chicagoans...

The Best Chicago Beers You’ve Never Heard of (Unless You’re Lucky Enough to Live Here)

The Best Chicago Beers You’ve Never Heard of (Unless You’re Lucky Enough to Live Here)

by Jordana Cohen | When it comes to culinary treats, Chicago brings up a lot of associations: deep dish pizza...Italian beef...giardiniera...Chicago-style hot dogs. Beer...

12 of Chicago’s Most Iconic Steakhouses

12 of Chicago’s Most Iconic Steakhouses

by Greg Stegeman | It’s no secret Chicago is a steak and potatoes kind of town. In fact, I think you’d be hard-pressed to find another city in America where steak is more...

Roasted Carrot and Parsnip Salad with Grapes, Blue Cheese, and Spiced Pecans

Roasted Carrot and Parsnip Salad with Grapes, Blue Cheese, and Spiced Pecans

This healthy roasted carrot and parsnip salad is sweet, earthy, and wholly satisfying, with extra color and flavor from grapes, blue cheese, and spiced...

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The Final Frontier: Where Chicago Serves Whole Animals for Supper

The Final Frontier: Where Chicago Serves Whole Animals for Supper

by Melissa Banigan | Pig pickins, luaus, and hot roasts. No matter what people call the cooking of an entire pig, the delicious tradition goes back thousands of years and...

Sweet and Sour Eggplant

Sweet and Sour Eggplant

This sweet and sour eggplant hits every flavor note from savory and sweet to salty and spicy, and is way tastier than take-out or delivery.

More Than Just Tourist Traps: A Love Letter to Two Chicago Sports Personality Restaurants

More Than Just Tourist Traps: A Love Letter to Two Chicago Sports Personality Restaurants

by Greg Stegeman | I spend a lot of time thinking about, talking about, preparing/ordering, and eating food. It’s actually a staggeringly important part of my daily schedule...

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Chicago Recs for a San Francisco Hound

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Heading to Chicago for the first time. Staying by the Loop. Alinea is on the list. Need other recommendations for spots that... View full discussion ›

Chicago Trip - Critique My Itinerary & Recommendations

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Hello, My wife and I will be traveling to Chicago at the end of August. We already have a few things planned, but could use some... View full discussion ›

First Time to Chicago

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Hi! I'm hoping to gain some insight into the best places to eat while visiting Chicago in October. We'll be in town for 4 nights... View full discussion ›

Unique Chicago Restaurants

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We are headed back to Chicago for a graduation in January and are looking for some unique dining experiences. We have been to Alinea... View full discussion ›

Drink: Explore Cocktails and Beverages in Chicago

Brew U: The Rise of Coffee Classes in Chicago

Brew U: The Rise of Coffee Classes in Chicago

by Erin Meister | What do you think helps Chi-Town stay so smart? Sure, there’s plenty of higher learning to be done in Chicagoland, home to some of the best colleges...

My First Experience with Malort 03:56

My First Experience with Malort

by Greg Stegeman | About 12 days ago, the folks at Chowhound sent me an email. They wanted to do a story about a Chicago drink, Malort, and they asked me if I had any...

Chicago’s Punch Bowl Trend Is So Much More Than a Pitcher of Kool-Aid

Chicago’s Punch Bowl Trend Is So Much More Than a Pitcher of Kool-Aid

by Melissa Banigan | Although the mention of punch often conjures visions of cheap handles of booze mixed with red 40-dyed Kool-Aid, it actually has a storied past that...

How Chicago Became a Coffee Roaster’s Town

How Chicago Became a Coffee Roaster’s Town

by Erin Meister | If there’s an iconic food to be found somewhere in America, you better believe Chicago is going to have its own special spin on it. From hot dogs to...

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