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Chicago Restaurant Week guide: Phil Vettel's list of best bets

Smoke Daddy, 1804 W. Division St. Like Remington, a 4 Star Restaurant Group property, also offering a “cocktail course” (bloody mary or mimosa) as part of its three-course brunch menu. Dishes include blueberry cornbread and pulled-pork Benedict. Lunch and dinner menus also available.

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Beacon Tavern, 405 N. Wabash Ave. I really like the blackened-redfish sandwich here, and it’s part of Beacon Tavern’s three-course lunch menu. Other dishes include an eggplant-parmigiana sandwich, Brussels sprouts-kale salad and clam chowder. Dinner and brunch menus also available.

Blackbird, 619 W. Randolph St. Four-star dining for $22; that’s the lure at Blackbird. Skimming through the menu...

Chez Joel, 1119 W. Taylor St. The three-course lunch menu is loaded with bistro classics, including moules frites, boeuf aux champignons, profiterole and creme brulee. Dinner menu also available.

Cindy’s, 12 S. Michigan Ave. Assuming it isn’t blizzarding, the glass-enclosed rooftop restaurant should offer beautiful Millennium Park views along with its lunch menu, which includes gnocchi parisienne and chocolate quesillo with maple-pecan ice cream.

Gene & Georgetti, 500 N. Franklin St. and 9421 W. Higgins Road, Rosemont. G&G’s city and suburban locations are part of CRW this year. The lunch menu includes a sirloin-steak sandwich, along with beet-orange salad, pistachio-crusted whitefish and tuxedo mousse cheesecake.

The Kitchen, 316 N. Clark St. Part of me wonders what “seasonal bruschetta” means in late January, but the rest of the lunch menu (turkey burger with Sriracha aioli, pasta bolognese, creme fraiche panna cotta) has me sold. Dinner menu also available.

Marisol, 205 E. Pearson St. The restaurant inside Chicago’s Museum of Contemporary Art has a lunch menu that includes the signature Marisol salad, porchetta sandwich and a veggie cheeseburger. And when you’re finished, you can wander around the museum for a while.

Pearl Brasserie, 180 N. Wacker Drive. The newest casual-French restaurant in the Loop makes its CRW debut with a three-course menu that includes tomato soup with mini grilled cheese, chicken milanese, prime burger and apple tart.

Portsmith, 660 N. State St. Decisions, decisions. The $22 lunch and $33 dinner both appeal (the latter has that upscale “fish and chips” dish I like), but the lunch menu offers “fried fish and waffle” with Dark Matter (local coffee) maple syrup, and that tips the scales for me. Eat early.

Booth One, 1301 N. State Parkway. Classic glamour is back at the former Pump Room, which is offering a four-course...

City Mouse, 311 N. Morgan St. Plenty of options for guests who try the three-course ($44) dinner menu: at least four choices per course (five entree options). Bring friends.

HaiSous, 1800 S. Carpenter St. A first-time participant, HaiSous was one of the best restaurants to open in 2017...

Lena Brava, 900 W. Randolph St. Rick Bayless’ open-fire restaurant joins the CRW club with a four-course ($44) menu that includes a vegetarian option in every course. In fact, the vegetarian dishes — including the superb grill-roasted pineapple with hazelnut salsa macha — all sound terrific.

The Loyalist, 177 N. Ada St. Last month, Bon Appetit ranked the Loyalist’s cheeseburger as one of the three best burgers in the nation. Said burger, along with the tempura-fried chicken sandwich and other treats, is part of the restaurant’s three-course ($33) dinner menu.

Margeaux Brasserie, 11 E. Walton St. Michael Mina’s gorgeous Parisian brasserie comes with Gold Coast prices, which makes the three-course ($33) dinner option (including smoked-salmon tartine, blanquette de veau and dark-chocolate pot de creme) especially attractive.

Mercat a la Planxa, 638 S. Michigan Ave. For a taste of Barcelona and other Spanish-inspired dishes, check out Mercat’s three-course ($44) menu of savory choices, including cannelloni stuffed with short rib and chicken, with a creamy foie gras and truffle bechamel.

Naha, 500 N. Clark St. Lunch is so popular during CRW that chef/owner Carrie Nahabedian routinely adds extra tables to the dining room. I prefer the relative quiet of the three-course dinner menu ($44), with dishes such as “popcorn” polenta with goat cheese and mushrooms.

Split-Rail, 2500 W. Chicago Ave. Dueling five-course ($44) menus at Split-Rail invite you to choose between menus inspired by “Seinfeld” (yes, there’s soup for you) and “Friends.” Each dish is listed with the episode that inspired it. A binge-watcher’s dream.

Tanta, 118 W. Grand Ave. The three-course ($44) menu includes Peruvian favorites, such as cebiche, lomo saltado and chihoakay marino.

Bad Hunter, 802 W. Randolph St. Not surprisingly, the lunch and brunch menus are heavily veggie-focused, though there is a...

Bar Siena, 832 W. Randolph St. Bar Siena offers lunch, dinner and brunch CRW menus, but I’m especially intrigued by...

Bistronomic, 840 N. Wabash Ave. Martial Noguier always rises to the CRW occasion. This year’s brunch menu is especially intriguing. The three-course menu is $22, or $39 with bottomless mimosas. (There’s an hour-and-a-half time limit on the elbow-bending.) Lunch and dinner menus also available.

Ella Elli, 1349 W. Cornelia Ave. A CRW newbie, the flashy Ella Elli offers dinner and brunch menus, the latter including poached-egg avocado toast, mushroom-artichoke quiche and stuffed brioche French toast.

Mon Ami Gabi, 2300 N. Lincoln Park West and 260 Oakbrook Center, Oak Brook. MAG’s city and suburban locations are part of...

    Chicago Restaurant Week guide: Phil Vettel's list of best bets
    In 2008, Chicago's very first Restaurant Week featured 35 restaurants. The 11th annual Chicago Restaurant Week, which begins Jan. 26 and runs through Feb. 8 (yes, it lasts two weeks) boasts more than 370 city and suburban participants. I'd call that a success story.
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Historic Ukrainian Village dairy gets ready for condo rebirth

The old structure near Augusta and Damen will see its nearly 100-year-old facade preserved and reused

After being spared from the wrecking ball, a 1920s-era Ukrainian Village building at 1938 W. Augusta Boulevard is ready to begin its transformation into condominium units. This week, Chicago-based MCZ Development...

    Historic Ukrainian Village dairy gets ready for condo rebirth
    After being spared from the wrecking ball, a 1920s-era Ukrainian Village building at 1938 W. Augusta Boulevard is ready to begin its transformation into condominium units. This week, Chicago-based MCZ Development has been awarded a $4.9 million construction permit to begin work on the project, designed by Space Architects + Planners.
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    ERECT DOUBLE SIDED SIGN WITH EXPOSED NEON ON WEST BUILDING ELEVATION (MARION CT SIDE) TO READ 'PARLOR CARRY OUT'.

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Candidates Quigley, Mustafa, Pattison speak to EVA members

Upcoming issues include another bid to purchase the Happy Village tavern at 1059 N. Wolcott and downzoning of the Tropikava Kafe building at 1115 N. Hermitage. Also, meetings for three CAPS beats are consolidated at the Goldblatt's building, 1615 W. Chicago Ave.

Upcoming issues include another bid to purchase the Happy Village tavern at 1059 N. Wolcott and downzoning of the Tropikava Kafe building at 1115 N. Hermitage. Also, meetings for three CAPS beats are consolidated at the Goldblatt's building, 1615 W. Chicago Ave.

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Developer Mike Skoulsky is awaiting city review of a redevelopment agreement. St. Boniface church at 1358 W. Chestnut St. to 17 condos. A new building next door would have 24 condos. All would be...

EVA president Michael VanDam gave a development update on the 1300 block of West Walton Street. Noah Properties plans to build 8 6-flat buildings, as opposed to a denser development...

Upcoming issues include another bid to purchase the Happy Village tavern at 1059 N. Wolcott and downzoning of the Tropikava Kafe building at 1115 N. Hermitage. Also, meetings for three CAPS beats are consolidated at the Goldblatt's building, 1615 W. Chicago Ave.

    Candidates Quigley, Mustafa, Pattison speak to EVA members
    Three candidates in the March 20 primary election answered questions from EVA members Jan. 8, and the builder renovating St. Boniface Church as condos gave a progress report. Sameena Mustafa gave a critique of incumbent Rep. Mike Quigley.
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Sound check: Story of the Year, Davlin play Bottom Lounge

• Gin & Jokes comedy and hip-hop open mic hosted by Mikey to the P: 10 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 18, at Rhyme or Reason, 1938 W. Division St., Chicago. Free; drink package is available. (773) 687-8240 or rhymeorreasonchicago.com.

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...kick the night into gear. 7:30 p.m. Friday, Jan. 19, at Bottom Lounge, 1375 W. Lake St., Chicago. $22. (312) 666-6775 or bottomlounge.com...

...Birth of Rock 'n' Roll takes the stage Saturday, Jan. 20. Evanston Rocks Music Hall, 1012 Church St., Evanston. The Nick Pontarelli Band plays at 8 p.m. Friday, Jan. 19; $8. The...

...indie artists, national performers and up-and-coming comedians at five Chicago venues: Lincoln Hall, 2424 N. Lincoln Ave.; Schubas, 3159 N. Southport Ave.; The Hideout, 1354 W. Wabansia Ave.; Metro, 3730 N. Clark...

...up-and-coming comedians at five Chicago venues: Lincoln Hall, 2424 N. Lincoln Ave.; Schubas, 3159 N. Southport Ave.; The Hideout, 1354 W. Wabansia Ave.; Metro, 3730 N. Clark St.; and Smart Bar, 3730...

...Chicago venues: Lincoln Hall, 2424 N. Lincoln Ave.; Schubas, 3159 N. Southport Ave.; The Hideout, 1354 W. Wabansia Ave.; Metro, 3730 N. Clark St.; and Smart Bar, 3730 N. Clark St. The fest runs...

...N. Lincoln Ave.; Schubas, 3159 N. Southport Ave.; The Hideout, 1354 W. Wabansia Ave.; Metro, 3730 N. Clark St.; and Smart Bar, 3730 N. Clark St. The fest runs Wednesday through Sunday, Jan. 17...

• Motherfolk, The Regular, Like Language: 8 p.m. Tuesday, Jan. 16, at Subterranean, 2011 W. North Ave., Chicago. $10. (773) 278-6600 or subt.net.

• Passion Pit, slenderbodies: 8 p.m. Wednesday, Jan. 17, at the Riviera Theatre, 4746 N. Racine Ave., Chicago. $35-$129. (773) 275-6800 or rivieratheatre.com.

• MER's Music Showcase: 7 p.m. Wednesday, Jan. 17, at Cubby Bear, 1059 W. Addison St., Chicago. Free. (773) 327-1662 or cubbybear.com.

• The Footlight District, The Smoking Revolvers, Two Ton Heads, Rotten Mouth, Saltwater Tap: 8 p.m. Friday, Jan. 19, at Elbo Room, 2871 N. Lincoln Ave., Chicago. $9-$10. (773) 549-5549 or elboroomlive.com.

• 2018 Blizzard Bash, featuring Burned, Stars Aligned, Bullet to the Heart, Threatening the Order, Vent To Atmosphere: 7 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 20, at LiveWire Lounge, 3394 N. Milwaukee Ave., Chicago. $10-$15. (773) 756-5363 or livewire.do312.com.

• Tedeschi Trucks Band with JJ Grey & Mofro: 7:30 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 25, at the Chicago Theatre, 175 N. State St., Chicago. $19-$60. (312) 462-6300 or msg.com.

    Sound check: Story of the Year, Davlin play Bottom Lounge
    St. Louis-based Story of the Year heads to Chicago with Davlin, Make Room and Face the Fire rounding out the bill. More on this, Wayland and Werewolves at Hour 30 at West Dundee's Rochaus, Julianne Q in Clarendon Hills and Evanston's new music venue.
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5 teenage boys charged in cellphone store robberies

Shortly before 4 p.m. Jan. 3, robbers entered a cellphone store in the 1800 block of West Division Street and removed merchandise from a display. During that robbery a 26-year-old man was stabbed in the chest and taken to Stroger Hospital, where his condition was stabilized, police said.

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Three of the juveniles were caught shortly after 1:30 p.m. in the 1400 block of South Jefferson Street, and two were arrested about the same time in the 500 block of West 14th Place, police said.

Three of the juveniles were caught shortly after 1:30 p.m. in the 1400 block of South Jefferson Street, and two were arrested about the same time in the 500 block of West 14th Place, police said.

    5 teenage boys charged in cellphone store robberies
    Five teenage boys were charged Saturday evening in connection with cellphone store robberies on the Near West Side, Chicago police said. The teenage boys range in age from 14 to 16, and were not identified due to their ages.
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Five juveniles charged in cell phone store robberies: Including Division Street

Five juveniles ranging in age from 14 to 16 were charged with a total of nine felonies and 14 misdemeanors in multiple cell phone store robberies, including the incident at 1819 W. Division on Jan. 3. 

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Three of the offenders were placed into custody on the 1400 black of S. Jefferson St. at approximately 1:38 p.m. and the other two were placed into custody on the 500 block of W. 14th Place at the same time.

    Five juveniles charged in cell phone store robberies: Including Division Street
    Five juveniles ranging in age from 14 to 16 were charged with a total of nine felonies and 14 misdemeanors in multiple cell phone store robberies, including the incident at 1819 W. Division on Jan. 3. In response to a cell phone store robbery on Jan. 11 at 1 p.m.
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5 teenage boys charged in cellphone store robberies

Shortly before 4 p.m. Jan. 3, robbers entered a cellphone store in the 1800 block of West Division Street and removed merchandise from a display. During that robbery a 26-year-old man was stabbed in the chest and taken to Stroger Hospital, where his condition was stabilized, police said.

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Three of the juveniles were caught shortly after 1:30 p.m. in the 1400 block of South Jefferson Street, and two were arrested about the same time in the 500 block of West 14th Place, police said.

Three of the juveniles were caught shortly after 1:30 p.m. in the 1400 block of South Jefferson Street, and two were arrested about the same time in the 500 block of West 14th Place, police said.

    5 teenage boys charged in cellphone store robberies
    Five teenage boys were charged Saturday evening in connection with cellphone store robberies on the Near West Side, Chicago police said. The teenage boys range in age from 14 to 16, and were not identified due to their ages.
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Jan 12

First handroll bar opens in Chicago

Sushi bars are nothing new in Chicago, but Anaba in Wicker Park offers something different.It shares an address with the veggie-friendly Mana Food Bar at 1742 W. Division St., and like its sibling, it's laser-focused on just one thing: handrolls.

    First handroll bar opens in Chicago
    Sushi bars are nothing new in Chicago, but Anaba in Wicker Park offers something different. It shares an address with the veggie-friendly Mana Food Bar at 1742 W. Division St., and like its sibling, it's laser-focused on just one thing: handrolls.
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Community Alert: Residential Burglary in Wicker Park

Jan 5, at 10:30 a.m. on the 1200 block of N. Paulina St.

Jan 7, between noon and 2:30 p.m. on the 1200 block of N. Wolcott Ave. 

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Jan 1, at an unknown time on the 1700 block of W. Ellen St.

    Community Alert: Residential Burglary in Wicker Park
    Since New Year's Day, there have been three residential burglaries in Wicker Park during daytime hours. One or more offenders either entered the home through an open rear door or forced open the rear door. Jan 1, at an unknown time on the 1700 block of W. Ellen St.
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Jan 11

Face the Chicago Cold With These Hot Winter Styles

Husband and wife duo founded Penelope’s, offering complimentary options for hims and hers alike. Their comfort-boasting clothing line is clean, modern, and à la mode. Shop online or see what they have in store at 1913 W Division St.

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...to keep your cranium nice and toasty. Visit their Chicago store in Wicker Park at 1533 N Milwaukee Ave, or shop online here...

Futurgarb is a fairly new apparel boutique founded in 2001. They have a colorful inventory of hip, playful clothing and accessories—and their infinity scarf options seems to go on forever. Check them out online, or visit their shop at 1369 N Milwaukee Ave, Wicker Park.

...cold. And there are tons of brands to choose from. Visit their downtown locations at 111 North State Street and 835 North Michigan Avenue, or order online...

...of brands to choose from. Visit their downtown locations at 111 North State Street and 835 North Michigan Avenue, or order online...

...the slush, City Soles has the boots to fit. Try them on in store at 1630 N Milwaukee Ave, or shop online if you’re not ready to traverse on foot just yet...

    Face the Chicago Cold With These Hot Winter Styles
    Okay, so the holidays have passed, the glitzy New Year's garb is hung back in the closet, and those gaudy Christmas sweaters are starting to feel a little out of season. But the winter chill is still very present in Chicago. But don't break into those sloppy sweats just yet-these lingering winter winds still give...
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Jan 10

11 Happy Hour Specials to Try In Chicago Now

WICKER PARK— Black Bull, 1721 W. Division Street

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ANDERSONVILLE— Hutch American Kitchen + Bar, 1477 W. Winnemac Avenue

BRIDGEPORT— The Duck Inn, 2701 S. Eleanor Street

DUNNING— Fizz Eatery and Soda Fountain, 7958 W. Belmont Avenue

FULTON MARKET— Regards to Edith, 326 N. Morgan Street

LINCOLN PARK— King Crab House, 1816 N. Halsted Street

The latest iteration of King Crab, back at the original location near the corner of Halsted and Willow, has $4 house wines, $5 draft beers and cocktails — including their Mai Tai.

THE LOOP— Raised, 1 W. Wacker Drive

PILSEN— Alulu Brewpub, 2011 S. Laflin Street

PORTAGE PARK— Community Tavern, 4038 N. Milwaukee Avenue

STREETERVILLE— The Albert, inside The Hotel EMC2, 228 E. Ontario Street

WEST LOOP— Bin 36, 161 N. Jefferson Street

WICKER PARK— Estelle’s, 2013 W. North Avenue

    11 Happy Hour Specials to Try In Chicago Now
    Happy hour specials are important. The discounted prices are a great tool to bring Chicagoans into bars and restaurants no matter the weather. It's been almost three years since state lawmakers legalized happy hour, lifting obsolete restrictions that prevented restaurant and bar owners from offer discounts on alcoholic drinks.
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Joe Swanberg introduces a screening of The Heartbreak Kid, and more of the best things to do in Chicago this week

...an open-ended, welcoming, and warm open mike running each week at Phyllis' Musical Inn (1800 W. Division). Comics, poets, and experimental performance artists alike are all given slots by host Elizabeth Harper...

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Mon 1/8: Think you’re ready for Eat More Tamales, the Delta's (1745 W. North) tamale-eating contest? Heed the event title and give it a shot—proceeds benefit MLB baseball player (and Chicago homeboy) Curtis Granderson's Grand Kids Foundation. 6 PM, $20 suggested donation

...Museum's exhibit "Housing As a Human Right: Social Construction" was recently extended by Archeworks (625 N. Kingsbury). The Reader's Maya Dukmasova visited when the exhibit opened and wrote, "In each installation...

...and family's hearts by pursuing a shiksa on his honeymoon. Screening at Music Box (3733 N. Southport), the film will be introduced by Chicago writer-director Joe Swanberg (Easy). 7 PM, $7...

...Yugoslavia in 1926 and survived the Holocaust in hiding, gives a talk at Poetry Foundation (61 W. Superior) in celebration of the opening of "Here I Am," a new exhibit devoted to her...

...California mountainside," writes the Reader's Leor Galil about the artist, who performs at Schubas (3159 N. Southport). 7 PM, $18, $15 in advance

    Joe Swanberg introduces a screening of The Heartbreak Kid, and more of the best things to do in Chicago this week
    click to enlarge There's plenty to do this week. Here's some of what we recommend: Mon 1/8: Think you're ready for Eat More Tamales , the Delta's (1745 W. North) tamale-eating contest? Heed the event title and give it a shot-proceeds benefit MLB baseball player (and Chicago homeboy) Curtis Granderson's Grand Kids Foundation.
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44 Chicago restaurants serving Christmas dinner so you don't have to

...percent off during lunch and dinner. 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. Christmas Eve., 1924 W. Division St., 773-772-6251, makrestaurant.com...

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20 East will offer Christmas Day brunch with a hot chocolate bar, monkey bread, baked crabcake Benedict and a smoked salmon board. 8 a.m. to 7 p.m., 20 E. Delaware Place, 312-397-3633, 20eastchicago.com.

The Albert will host a three-course, family-style Christmas Eve and Christmas Day supper with items like heirloom turnips, dry-aged Painted Hills beef rack, au gratin potatoes and a cranberry-ginger cobbler. $75/person, 2-9 p.m., 228 E. Ontario St., 312-471-3883, thealbertchicago.com.

...the day and end in dessert. $21.95/adults, $12.95/children 12 and younger. 909 W. Belmont Ave., 773-348-2378, annsather.com...

...flan. $55/adult and $24/children ages 4-12, 2-10 p.m. both days. 4767 N. Lincoln Ave., 872-208-7441, artangosteakhouse.com...

...Brunch is $22 per person, 10:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. Christmas Eve, 5101 N. Clark St., 773-942-7572, barromachicago.com...

...bone marrow pudding pie. Dinner is $52 per person, 4-9 p.m. Christmas Eve, 5347 N. Clark St., 773-275-5725, bigjoneschicago.com...

...m., and 5-10 p.m. Christmas Eve; noon to 8 p.m. Christmas Day. 840 N. Wabash Ave., 312-944-8400, bistronomic.net...

...York sirloin and other chef specials. 4-9 p.m. Christmas Eve and Christmas Day, 1301 N. State Parkway, 312-649-0535, boothone.com...

Cafe Ba-Ba-Reeba! will serve tapas and bloody marys, waffles with house-made chocolate-hazelnut spread, and breakfast paella with Spanish sausage. Brunch, 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.; dinner, 3-9 p.m. Christmas Eve; 2024 N. Halsted St., 773-935-5000, cafebabareeba.com.

...m. to 1 p.m. brunch and 2-8 p.m. dinner on Christmas Day. 311 N. Morgan St., 312-764-1908, citymousechicago.com...

...p.m. brunch on Christmas Eve, 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. Christmas Day, 2000 W. Roscoe St., 773-697-7965, commonwealthchicago.com...

Joe’s Seafood, Prime Steak & Stone Crab offers bone-in fillet, Florida stone crab claws, Dover sole and fried chicken. 11 a.m. to 10:30 p.m. Christmas Eve, 60 E. Grand Ave., 312-379-5637, joes.net.

Kizuki Ramen & Izakaya will serve ramen and Japanese-inspired hot cocktails, like Fuyu Koshu, made with pinot noir, haku sake and Akama shochu. 11:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. Christmas Eve, 1482 N. Milwaukee Ave., 773-270-4150, kizuki.com.

Koi will serve a 10-course prix fixe holiday menu with dumplings, satay, spicy chicken wings, kung pao chicken, garlic prawns, tempura banana and chocolate lava cake. $30/person, 624 Davis St., Evanston, 847-866-6969, koievanston.com.

Maple & Ash will offer its full regular menu Christmas Eve with one special holiday item. You can order the fire-roasted seafood tower, dry-aged steaks or ricotta agnolotti, or choose the four-course, chef-selected menu. Noon to 9 p.m., 8 W. Maple St., 312-944-8888, mapleandash.com.

...30 p.m. Christmas Eve dinner; 2-8 p.m. Christmas Day brunch and dinner. 11 E. Walton St., 312-625-1324, michaelmina.net/restaurants/chicago/margeaux-brasserie...

Mastro’s Steakhouse will add specials to the regular menu, including a cocktail called the Winter Whisper, made with RumChata, Kerrygold Irish Cream and D’usse Cognac. 3-9 p.m. Christmas Eve; 3-9 p.m. Christmas Day; 520 N. Dearborn St., 312-521-5100, mastrosrestaurants.com.

Mercat a la Planxa will offer regular brunch and dinner menus on Christmas Day and the regular menu on Christmas Eve. Christmas Eve dinner, 11 a.m. to 9 p.m.; Christmas Day brunch, 7 a.m. to 3 p.m.; Christmas Day dinner, 5-9 p.m. 638 S. Michigan Ave., 312-765-0524, mercatchicago.com.

Mon Ami Gabi will serve French classics, like escargot, steak frites, onion soup and beef bourguignon. 4-9 p.m. Christmas Eve, 2300 N. Lincoln Park West, 773-348-8886, monamigabi.com.

Osteria Via Stato will serve the Feast of Seven Fishes, a multicourse meal featuring seafood dishes, like lobster, shrimp and fennel risotto. The Italian meal comes with dessert and sides. $59.95/person, 4-9:30 p.m. Christmas Eve. 620 N. State St., 312-642-8450, osteriaviastato.com.

...55 for children 12 and under, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Christmas Day. 108 E. Superior St., 312-337-2888, chicago.peninsula.com...

Il Porcellino will serve Christmas Eve dinner with items like pan-seared scallops and a Maine lobster over linguine. 4-10 p.m. Christmas Eve, 59 W. Hubbard St., 312-595-0800, ilporcellinochicago.com.

R.J. Grunts will offer an all-you-can-eat brunch Christmas Eve with salad bar, pecan bread pudding French toast, mini Belgian waffles and more. Brunch, $15.95, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.; the restaurant will be open until 7 p.m.; 2056 N. Lincoln Park West, 773-929-5363, rjgruntschicago.com

RPM Italian will serve the Feast of Seven Fishes, with dishes like whole roasted lobster and wild Dover sole. The regular dinner menu will also be available. Dinner is $85/person, noon to 10 p.m. Christmas Eve, 52 W. Illinois St., 312-222-1888, rpmrestaurants.com.

RPM Steak will serve its traditional dinner menu, as well as seasonal specials. Noon to 10 p.m. Christmas Eve, 66 W. Kinzie St., 312-284-4990, rpmrestaurants.com.

Ruth’s Chris Steak House Dinner on Christmas Eve and Christmas Day will feature a surf-and-turf special of twin cold-water lobster tails, with a choice of steak. 2-9 p.m. Christmas Eve; noon to 8 p.m. Christmas Day; 431 N. Dearborn St., 312-321-2725, ruthschris.com.

Shaw’s Crab House will serve a special brunch menu on Christmas Eve, with roasted leg of lamb, honey ham, holiday pies and cookies. Brunch is $75/adults and $20/kids 12 and under. 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Christmas Eve. 21 E. Hubbard St., 312-527-2722, shawscrabhouse.com.

...to 2 p.m. and dinner is 2-10 p.m. on Christmas Eve. At 1954 N. Halsted St., 772-634-4101, stellabarra.com...

Tanta will serve Christmas Eve dinner with such specials as uni ceviche, wagyu carpaccio, crispy pork shank with Peruvian corn pepian, and seafood. 5-10 p.m. Christmas Eve, 118 W. Grand Ave., 312-222-9700, tantachicago.com.

...p.m. dinner, Christmas Eve; 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. brunch, Christmas Day; 160 E. Pearson St., 312-573-5160, toralichicago.com...

...m.; dinner is $85 for adults, $40 for kids 5-12, 5-10 p.m.; 330 N. Wabash Ave., 312-923-7705, travellechicago.com...

    44 Chicago restaurants serving Christmas dinner so you don't have to
    For a time meant to be full of joy, Christmas can sure be stressful. You're expected to decorate, host and also throw together an extravagant meal - I'm exhausted just thinking about it. Make it easier on yourself by letting one of the many restaurants open during the holidays take care of dinner, so you can focus on giving your loved ones some quality time.
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  • Thanks for the tip, but I'd rather go to one of my favorites, Trattoria Gianni.

  • What about Sapori on Halsted and Shubert? One of my favorites.

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  • Permit issued for new construction

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    819 N. Paulina St. Issued January 5, 2018 Comment
  • Permit issued for electric wiring

    INSTALLATION OF LOW VOLTAGE SECURITY SYSTEM (CUSTOMER# 402466962/JOB# 94727297) AND CAMERAS (CUSTOMER# 402466961/JOB# 94727292).

    922 N. Damen Ave. Issued January 5, 2018 Comment

Jan 06

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Jan 04

Clerk stabbed after teens try to shoplift from West Side store

About 3:55 p.m., four teenage boys entered the store in the 1800 block of West Division Street, police said.

    Clerk stabbed after teens try to shoplift from West Side store
    An employee of a retail store in the West Town area was stabbed Wednesday afternoon after a group of teens tried to steal items from the shop, according to Chicago police.
    http://www.chicagotribune.com

Jan 04

Employee Stabbed at Wicker Park Store During Theft

The 27-year-old man was stabbed in his abdomen about 3:54 p.m. while working at a store in the 1800 block of West Division, Chicago police spokesman Anthony Guglielmi confirmed.

    Employee Stabbed at Wicker Park Store During Theft
    An employee of an AT&T retail store was stabbed Wednesday afternoon in the Wicker Park neighborhood, Chicago police said. The 27-year-old man was stabbed in his abdomen about 3:54 p.m. while working at a store in the 1800 block of West Division, Chicago police spokesman Anthony Guglielmi confirmed.
    https://www.nbcchicago.com

Jan 04

Clerk stabbed after teens try to shoplift from West Side store

About 3:55 p.m., four teenage boys entered the store in the 1800 block of West Division Street, police said.

    Clerk stabbed after teens try to shoplift from West Side store
    An employee of a retail store in the West Town area was stabbed Wednesday afternoon after a group of teens tried to steal items from the shop, according to Chicago police.
    http://www.chicagotribune.com

Jan 04

Man stabbed during attempted robbery at Wicker Park store

Police said a 27-year-old man was stabbed in the abdomen after four to five male teens entered the store at Division Street and Honore Street and attempted to take two display phones. The offenders then fled the scene.

1842-1849 W. Division St.

    Man stabbed during attempted robbery at Wicker Park store
    CHICAGO - An employee at a phone store in the city's Wicker Park neighborhood was stabbed during an attempted robbery. Police said a 27-year-old man was stabbed in the abdomen after four to five male teens entered the store at Division Street and Honore Street and attempted to take two display phones.
    http://wgntv.com

Jan 04

Phone store employee stabbed during robbery in East Village

Four to five teenage boys grabbed phones from the store displays on either side of the door at 1819 W. Division St., according to a local resident. Those phones are not working phones. 

    Phone store employee stabbed during robbery in East Village
    An AT&T store employee was stabbed in the East Village phone store during a robbery Thursday afternoon at approximately 3:54 p.m. Four to five teenage boys grabbed phones from the store displays on either side of the door at 1819 W. Division St., according to a local resident.
    http://oururbantimes.com

Jan 04

Man stabbed during attempted robbery at Wicker Park store

Police said a 27-year-old man was stabbed in the abdomen after four to five male teens entered the store at Division Street and Honore Street and attempted to take two display phones. The offenders then fled the scene.

    Man stabbed during attempted robbery at Wicker Park store
    CHICAGO - An employee at a phone store in the city's Wicker Park neighborhood was stabbed during an attempted robbery. Police said a 27-year-old man was stabbed in the abdomen after four to five male teens entered the store at Division Street and Honore Street and attempted to take two display phones.
    http://cltv.com

Jan 04

Man stabbed at Wicker Park store during attempted theft

...abdomen at 3:54 p.m. while working at a cell phone store in the 1800 block of West Division, Chicago Police said.He was taken to Stroger Hospital, where his condition was not immediately...

    Man stabbed at Wicker Park store during attempted theft
    An employee of a retail store was stabbed Wednesday afternoon in the Wicker Park neighborhood. The 27-year-old was stabbed in his abdomen at 3:54 p.m. while working at a cell phone store in the 1800 block of West Division, Chicago Police said. He was taken to Stroger Hospital, where his condition was not immediately known, police said.
    http://abc7chicago.com

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