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

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.

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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.

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...

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.

    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.
    http://www.chicagotribune.com

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Updated 19 hours ago

Steve's Bite Opens at 80 E. Cermak

Pazzo's Appears to Be Coming to 825 S. State (Form...

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Steve's Bite Opens at 80 E. Cermak

Looks like a new diner type of restaurant has opened at 67 E. Cermak (between Michigan and Wabash).  We can't find much online in the form of a website or yelp reviews.  A reader sent us the following pic of their menu:

    Steve's Bite Opens at 80 E. Cermak
    Looks like a new diner type of restaurant has opened at 67 E. Cermak (between Michigan and Wabash). We can't find much online in the form of a website or yelp reviews. A reader sent us the following pic of their menu: Additionally, we noticed that Chef Luciano has done some additional renovations and has opted for a very clean, modern look for their restaurant.
    http://www.sloopin.com

  • Was going to get a slice of pizza .As I was walking past Steve's Bite, the food smelled great. They menu looked delicious, I tried the Gyro bowl & Chicken Bowl. I could not resist the taffy apple grapes. I was offered a sample of the chili, it was awesome....

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    Was going to get a slice of pizza .As I was walking past Steve's Bite, the food smelled great. They menu looked delicious, I tried the Gyro bowl & Chicken Bowl. I could not resist the taffy apple grapes. I was offered a sample of the chili, it was awesome. a great balance of spices. It was quite delicious, am i am super picky.
    I enjoyed both entrees, the gyro & chicken was nicely seasoned , on a bed of rice & mixed salad , lightly drizzled vinagarette.
    Overall Steve"s Bite is a wonderful change from the same old fast food cycle. You have got to try a meal, you will not be disappointed.

31 hours ago

Our First Jazz Showcase Experience Prompts a Desire for a Second

Late last year, we made our first ever visit to the venerable Jazz Showcase in Dearborn Station (806 S. Plymouth).  It's slightly embarrassing that it's been this difficult for us to go, but enough about that...

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Fashion Geek Closes at 69 East 16th

    Our First Jazz Showcase Experience Prompts a Desire for a Second
    We finally made it! Late last year, we made our first ever visit to the venerable Jazz Showcase in Dearborn Station (806 S. Plymouth). It's slightly embarrassing that it's been this difficult for us to go, but enough about that...
    http://www.sloopin.com

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Updated 38 hours ago

Sunday picks: Professional Bull Riders roar into Rosemont

...s Pfeiffer Concert Hall, 310 E. Benton Ave., Naperville; then on Monday at Symphony Center, 220 S. Michigan Ave., Chicago. $10-$62. (312) 284-1554 or chicagosinfonietta.org. 3 p.m. Sunday, Jan. 14...

...of "Too Hot to Handel: The Jazz-Gospel Messiah" this weekend at the Auditorium Theatre, 50 E. Congress Parkway, Chicago. $29-$78. (312) 341-2300 or auditoriumtheatre.org. 3 p.m. Sunday, Jan. 14

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...the production. Preview at 2:30 p.m. Sunday, Jan 14, at Greenhouse Theater Center, 2257 N. Lincoln Ave., Chicago. The show opens Monday, Jan. 15. $20-$45. (773) 404-7336 or greenhousetheater.org...

• Umphrey's McGee "it's not us" album release party: 7 p.m. Sunday, Jan. 14, at Park West, 322 W. Armitage Ave., Chicago. $189 for 1 ticket plus deluxe edition of "it's not us"; $239 for 2 tickets plus deluze edition of album. (773) 929-5959 or um.shop.ticketstoday.com.

• Winter's Jazz Club featuring the George Fludas Trio: 7:30 and 9:30 p.m. Sunday, Jan. 14, at Winter's Jazz Club, 465 N. McClurg Court, Chicago. $10. (312) 344-1270 or wintersjazzclub.com.

• Trident Deep, Woody and the Sticks, Two Bit Actor: 7 p.m. Monday, Jan. 15, at Uncommon Ground, 1401 W. Devon Ave., Chicago. $10. (773) 465-9801 or uncommonground.com.

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

• 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.

    Sunday picks: Professional Bull Riders roar into Rosemont
    It's man versus beast when the Professional Bull Riders (PBR) Chicago Invitational arrives this weekend at the Allstate Arena, 6920 N. Mannheim Road, Rosemont. $20-$500; $15-$20 parking. (800) 745-3000 or allstatearena.com. 1:45 p.m. Sunday, Jan. 14 More than 10 model trains travel through displays of trees from around the world as part of The Enchanted Railroad.
    http://www.dailyherald.com

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  • Sandy, most Spaniards find that tradition repulsive and shameful. They don't want to be associated with it and slowly but surely it'll be banned nationally. It's a matter of when, not if. There is a recalcitrant (yet small) cross section of the population that unfortunately supports it, the same ones...

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    Sandy, most Spaniards find that tradition repulsive and shameful. They don't want to be associated with it and slowly but surely it'll be banned nationally. It's a matter of when, not if. There is a recalcitrant (yet small) cross section of the population that unfortunately supports it, the same ones who didn't have a problem supporting other shameful yet formerly legal practices that I would rather not mention. It's unacceptable. Spain has recently changed other contemptible laws. It's a matter of time at this point in history. The EU cut subsidies to fund such an abomination. What an unpresentable tradition. An embarrassment.

5 days ago

Updated 40 hours ago

Launch Announcement:  Visit our NEW GSLA Website!

Launch Announcement:  Visit our NEW GSLA Website!

    Launch Announcement: Visit our NEW GSLA Website! - Greater South Loop Association
    We at the GSLA love to bring neighbors together, and are excited to announce the launch of our refreshed website, greatersouthloop.org! Here's a rundown of some of our favorite features: News: Here you'll find our blog, with summaries of our events and other pertinent information about the South Loop.
    https://greatersouthloop.org

47 hours ago

Singer Paul Marinaro recovering from severe health scare: 'I was very close to kicking the bucket'

Sheila Jordan and Dee Alexander will headline a benefit concert for Paul Marinaro on Feb. 28 at the Jazz Showcase, 806 S. Plymouth Court; 312-360-0234 or www.jazzshowcase.com.

    Singer Paul Marinaro recovering from severe health scare: 'I was very close to kicking the bucket'
    Last July, the singular Chicago jazz singer Paul Marinaro sang a 44th birthday concert at Winter's Jazz Club that announced his return to the spotlight.
    http://www.chicagotribune.com

3 days ago

Updated 2 days ago

Underground Pedway

How safe is the underground pedway near the museums? I know there's an entrance near 1100 S. Columbus Drive near the Aquarium. Input greatly appreciated. Thanks!

  • Morgan S. Live in Heart of Chicago / Pilsen neighborhood

    a bomb, your description is on point. The Lake Shore Dr. underpass has always been a little risky, but OK to use if you are aware of the environment around you. The Pedway is a great system downtown, except for accessibility for those with mobility disabilities has not been great.

  • Sheila A. Donovan Have been an owner at the Stratford since 2001.

    I've used the underpass to the museum campus countless times without a problem. In fact, I've never heard of anyone having a problem there, though like anywhere there might have been a few incidents. I consider it to be quite safe.

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Missing 16yrs old Young Girl

Missing from the Chicago Grand Crossing Neighborhood.(Dial 911/311 with Any Information) Thanks!!!

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16 Year Old GIRL MISSING???

(16YRS.OLD YOUNG GIRL MISSING)Call 911/311 with any Information. Thanks!!!

2 days ago

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2 days ago

South Loop Neighbors is at Bulldog Ale House ...

Join the South Loop Neighbors for FRIDAY NIGHT FISHFRY this Fri Jan 19th @ 7P. ALL YOU CAN EAT FISHFRY for $10.99. $5 Jameson and Guinness. $6 Irish Car Bomb. Email Christine@southloopneighbors.org to RSVP!

    South Loop Neighbors
    Join the South Loop Neighbors for FRIDAY NIGHT FISHFRY this Fri Jan 19th @ 7P. ALL YOU CAN EAT FISHFRY for $10.99. $5 Jameson and Guinness. $6 Irish Car Bomb. Email...
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3 days ago

MLK Events to go to in the Chicago Area

• Mikva Challenge MLK Youth Summit at Jones College Prep, 700 South State St. at 10 a.m.; Mayor Emanuel Rahm is scheduled to deliver remarks.

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• The City Year Chicago’s Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Day of Service Opening Ceremony at Gale Elementary Community Academy, 1631 W. Jonquil Terrace from 9:30 a.m. until 1:30 p.m.; Governor Rauner is said to attend as well as Senator Dick Durbin

• Willie Wilson’s Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Day Celebration will host Governor Rauner at the New Convenant Missionary Baptist Church at 754 E. 77th St. at 11 a.m.

               o Pack lunches and make blankers for youth and families with                            Honeycomb for La Casa Norte, at the Obama Foundation Offices,                      1538 East 53rd St.

    MLK Events to go to in the Chicago Area
    Civil rights leader Martin Luther King Jr. is being honored in a variety of ways across the nation on Monday. Ahead of the 50th anniversary of his assassination in Memphis, Tennessee, Illinois is just one of the many states partaking in a series of gatherings this holiday to commemorate his memory as an advocate for equality and justice.
    https://www.nbcchicago.com

3 days ago

Good neighbor reminder: Snow Removal

Good neighbor reminder: Snow Removal

    Good neighbor reminder: Snow Removal - Greater South Loop Association
    Chicagoans are very fortunate to experience a winter that has it all - cold temps, biting wind chills, freezing rain, and of course, snow. And speaking of snow, now is a good time to remind everyone to clear their sidewalks after it snows.
    https://greatersouthloop.org

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5 days ago

Weekend picks: See Jim Belushi at Waukegan's Genesee Theatre

...of "Too Hot to Handel: The Jazz-Gospel Messiah" this weekend at the Auditorium Theatre, 50 E. Congress Parkway, Chicago. $29-$78. (312) 341-2300 or auditoriumtheatre.org. 7:30 p.m. Saturday, Jan...

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...Saturday, Jan. 13; and 2:30 p.m. Sunday, Jan 14, at Greenhouse Theater Center, 2257 N. Lincoln Ave., Chicago. The show opens Monday, Jan. 15. $20-$45. (773) 404-7336 or greenhousetheater.org...

Puccini's grand opera "Turandot" returns for more performances at the Civic Opera House, 20 N. Wacker Drive, Chicago. $20-$349. (312) 827-5600 or lyricopera.org. 7:30 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 13 and 27; 2 p.m. Wednesday, Jan. 17, and Sunday, Jan. 21

• Kali Uchis: 7 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 13, at Concord Music Hall, 2047 N. Milwaukee Ave., Chicago. $27.50. (773) 570-4000 or concordmusichall.com.

• Winter's Jazz Club featuring the John Dokes Quartet -- The Music of Joe Williams and Nat King Cole: 7:30 p.m. and 9:30 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 13, at Winter's Jazz Club, 465 N. McClurg Court, Chicago. $20-$25. (312) 344-1270 or wintersjazzclub.com.

• The Inventors, The Flesh Failure, Them Dead Poets, Swell Suburbia: 8 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 13, at Cubby Bear, 1059 W. Addison St., Chicago. $6-$8. (773) 327-1662 or cubbybear.com.

• Umphrey's McGee "it's not us" album release party: 7 p.m. Sunday, Jan. 14, at Park West, 322 W. Armitage Ave., Chicago. $189 for 1 ticket plus deluxe edition of "it's not us"; $239 for 2 tickets plus deluze edition of album. (773) 929-5959 or um.shop.ticketstoday.com.

• Trident Deep, Woody and the Sticks, Two Bit Actor: 7 p.m. Monday, Jan. 15, at Uncommon Ground, 1401 W. Devon Ave., Chicago. $10. (773) 465-9801 or uncommonground.com.

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

    Weekend picks: See Jim Belushi at Waukegan's Genesee Theatre
    Actor and comedian Jim Belushi takes the stage at the Genesee Theatre along with the Chicago Board of Comedy. More on this, Pheasant Run's All Canada Show, Snuzfest 2018 pajama party and benefit show at Berwyn's Wire and other fun events.
    http://www.dailyherald.com

6 days ago

Weekend picks: 'Insomniac' comedian Dave Attell plays Woodfield's Improv

...of "Too Hot to Handel: The Jazz-Gospel Messiah" this weekend at the Auditorium Theatre, 50 E. Congress Parkway, Chicago. $29-$78. (312) 341-2300 or auditoriumtheatre.org. 7:30 p.m. Saturday, Jan...

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...Saturday, Jan. 13; and 2:30 p.m. Sunday, Jan 14, at Greenhouse Theater Center, 2257 N. Lincoln Ave., Chicago. The show opens Monday, Jan. 15. $20-$45. (773) 404-7336 or greenhousetheater.org...

Puccini's grand opera "Turandot" returns for more performances at the Civic Opera House, 20 N. Wacker Drive, Chicago. $20-$349. (312) 827-5600 or lyricopera.org. 7:30 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 13 and 27; 2 p.m. Wednesday, Jan. 17, and Sunday, Jan. 21

• Common Allies at Haymarket Pub & Brewery 7th Beerthday Celebration: 5 p.m. Friday, Jan. 12, at Haymarket Pub & Brewery, 737 W. Randolph St., Chicago. Free. (312) 638-0700 or haymarketbrewing.com.

• Brandon Fox, Rebecca Brunner, Taylor Mallory, Justin Ruff: 7 p.m. Friday, Jan. 12, at 1st Ward at the Chop Shop, 2033 W. North Ave., Chicago. $10. (773) 537-4440 or chopshopchi.com.

• Winter's Jazz Club featuring the Chris Madsen Quartet and Alyssa Allgood -- An Evening of Thelonious Monk: 7:30 and 9:30 p.m. Friday, Jan. 12, at Winter's Jazz Club, 465 N. McClurg Court, Chicago. $20-$25. (312) 344-1270 or wintersjazzclub.com.

• Mama Jimi, Bosco, Mike Gassett Band, Josh Flagg: 8 p.m. Friday, Jan. 12, at Cubby Bear, 1059 W. Addison St., Chicago. $7-$10. (773) 327-1662 or cubbybear.com.

• The Devil Makes Three, Roebuck: 8 p.m. Friday, Jan. 12, at Concord Music Hall, 2047 N. Milwaukee Ave., Chicago. $23. (773) 570-4000 or concordmusichall.com.

• Kick ­-- The INXS Experience, PriMary, DJ Greg Corner: 9 p.m. Friday, Jan. 12, at House of Blues, 329 N. Dearborn St., Chicago. $15-$18. (312) 923-2000 or houseofblues.com.

• Umphrey's McGee "it's not us" album release party: 7 p.m. Sunday, Jan. 14, at Park West, 322 W. Armitage Ave., Chicago. $189 for 1 ticket plus deluxe edition of "it's not us"; $239 for 2 tickets plus deluze edition of album. (773) 929-5959 or um.shop.ticketstoday.com.

• Trident Deep, Woody and the Sticks, Two Bit Actor: 7 p.m. Monday, Jan. 15, at Uncommon Ground, 1401 W. Devon Ave., Chicago. $10. (773) 465-9801 or uncommonground.com.

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

    Weekend picks: 'Insomniac' comedian Dave Attell plays Woodfield's Improv
    Standup comedian and "Insomniac" host Dave Attell takes the mic at Schaumburg's Improv Comedy Showcase for a run of shows through Sunday. More on this, the Enchanted Railroad display at Lisle's Morton Arboretum, the premiere of Steel Beam Theatre's "Dry Powder" and other fun events.
    http://www.dailyherald.com

6 days ago

  • Permit issued for elevator equipment

    Modernizatin Of One (1) 3000lb.cap, 350 FPM, 10-Floor, Geared Traction Passenger Elevator. Pursuant To The Scope Of Work Submitted.EV002030

    680 S. Federal St. Issued January 10, 2018 Comment

6 days ago

“Too Hot to Handel” performance

50 E. Congress Pkwy

    "Too Hot to Handel" performance
    Celebrate the transformative power of music at the Auditorium Theatre with Too Hot to Handel: The Jazz-Gospel Messiah, taking place for the 13th consecutive year over Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Day weekend. Inspired by Dr. King's message of "beloved community," Too Hot brings Chicagoans together to witness "a contagiously joyous jazz, gospel, and blues treatment of George Frideric Handel's famous 18th-century oratorio" (Chicago Reader).
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