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

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

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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.

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...

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.
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West Loop Community Organization added 2 new ...

**Community Meeting Notice** There will be 2 separate community meetings to review the proposed developments for Related Midwest: January 30th - Community Meeting for 900 W. Randolph January 31st- Community Meeting for 725 W. Randolph

    West Loop Community Organization
    West Loop Community Organization, Chicago, IL. 3.6K likes. The West Loop Community Organization (WLCO) represents the residential and business community in Chicago's West Loop neighborhood....
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What's The Cheapest Rental Available In the West Loop, Right Now?

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168 North Desplaines St.

This studio apartment, situated at 168 North Desplaines St. (at N Desplaines St. & Lake St.), is listed for $1,685 / month. In the unit, expect to find both air conditioning...

184 South Jefferson St., #2201

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1222 West Madison St.

Here's a studio apartment at 1222 West Madison St. (at W Madison St. & S Racine Ave.), which is going for $1,695 / month. The building features garage parking, a fitness center...

1140 West Van Buren St.

700 W Van Buren St., #1110

190 North State Street celebrates 100 years

    What's The Cheapest Rental Available In the West Loop, Right Now?
    Finding a good deal can be a challenge if you're apartment hunting on a budget. So what does the low-end rent on a rental in the West Loop look like these days--and what might you get for your money?
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27 hours ago

The Boka group strikes again with Bellemore

564 W. Randolph 312-667-0104 bellemorechicago.com

    The Boka group strikes again with Bellemore
    Let's say things start turning around for the better. Say the president takes a perp walk, and the oft-foretold Chicago restaurant bubble never pops. If things stay on that trajectory, soon you'll be able to eat at a different Boka Restaurant Group restaurant every day of the month.
    https://www.chicagoreader.com

28 hours ago

Midday Fix: Tuna ceviche

Ronero – 738 W. Randolph St.

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Revel Fulton Market – 1215 W. Fulton Market

    Midday Fix: Tuna ceviche
    Trevor Cole, Executive Chef at Ronero Ronero - 738 W. Randolph St. www.ronerochicago.com Event: 9th Annual Eisenopoly Friday, January 19th - 6:30 p.m. - 11:00 p.m. Revel Fulton Market - 1215 W. Fulton Market The event supports the Harold E. Eisenberg Foundation's mission to raise funds for gastrointestinal cancer research.
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Kalak is a vodka that drinks like whiskey

661 W. Walnut, Chicago West Loop/Fulton Market IL

    Kalak is a vodka that drinks like whiskey
    click to enlarge By definition, vodka should be odorless and flavorless. Kalak Single Malt Vodka is neither-and that's exactly why bartender Julia Momose likes it. "What I love is the fact that the flavors really shine through," she says. "I get notes of lemon, freshly baked brioche and croissants, hints of cacao.
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Lunchbreak: Bun Rieu, a Vietnamese soup

567 W. Lake St.

131 N. Clinton St.

605 W. Lake St.

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251 E. Huron St.

300 N. LaSalle St.

    Lunchbreak: Bun Rieu, a Vietnamese soup
    Mary Nguyen Aregoni, Restaurateur and Founder of Saigon Sisters & Bang Chop Thai Kitchen Saigon Sisters locations: 567 W. Lake St. 131 N. Clinton St. 251 E. Huron St. 300 N. LaSalle St. Bang Chop Thai locations: 605 W. Lake St. 300 N. LaSalle St.
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10 Chicago spots mixing up hot cocktails to fight the winter chill

353 W. Hubbard St. 312-386-5778

730 W. Grand Ave. 312-243-8955

644 W. Lake St. 312-600-0600

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405 N. Wabash Ave. 312-955-4226

11 W. Illinois St. 312-955-0439

12 S. Michigan Ave. 312-792-3502

1747 N. Damen Ave. 773-489-1747

505 N. State St. 312-755-9704

2018 W. North Ave. 872-315-3082

521 N. Rush St. 312-645-1500

    10 Chicago spots mixing up hot cocktails to fight the winter chill
    A strong drink can warm you from the inside out, but when the city turns into Chiberia, it's nice to sip something that can also heat up your numb fingers. These 10 spots will help you get through the worst of winter by offering hot cocktails that take you from chilled to cozy.
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As Wilson Men's Hotel prepares to close for renovations, a look at shrinking number of SROs in Chicago

...once called the SROs home during the winter months, according to the Encyclopedia of Chicago. Madison Street east of Halsted Street was one of the stretches with a cluster of SROs...

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So Adams, a 13-year resident of the SRO, has mixed feelings when he thinks about packing what few belongings he has and moving out later this year when the hotel on Wilson Avenue near Broadway shutters for renovation by its new owners.

    As Wilson Men's Hotel prepares to close for renovations, a look at shrinking number of SROs in Chicago
    The 7-by-7 room fits a mattress, a plastic bin for clothes and milk crates that double as storage. The wooden floors in Jonathan Adams' North Side unit are worn and creaky, and he frequently cleans his mattress to keep out bed bugs.
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Jan 12

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

• 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.

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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...

...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...

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

• 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

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Jan 11

Top-of-the-line finishes and free rent at the West Loop’s new EMME

EMME Chicago, 165 N Desplaines, the newest apartment tower in the sizzling hot West Loop, recently welcomed its first residents to a pet-friendly, rich-in-character, luxury boutique environment. There’s no place like EMME.

    Top-of-the-line finishes and free rent at the West Loop's new EMME
    EMME Chicago, 165 N Desplaines, the newest apartment tower in the sizzling hot West Loop, recently welcomed its first residents to a pet-friendly, rich-in-character, luxury boutique environment. There's no place like EMME. Studios at EMME start at $1,895 a month, convertibles at $2,025, 1-bedrooms at $2,260, and 2-bedroom, 2-baths at $3,330.
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