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Avec is open seven days a week and has remained in my rotation and recommendation list since it opened in 2003. The full menu is available at the bar if […]


Daisies hosted an Indian-influenced, contemporary food collaboration event with three other Chicago food businesses, a San Francisco food truck, and a restaurant from Miami. The event was called Desi at Daisies. […]


We ordered everything. Tasting Menu $85 (a la carte menu available) Chef David Posey Tips – Eat outside by the fireplace – Save room for dessert Click here to see […]

Thai Cafe

Thai Cafe is located 23 miles west of Chicago in Downers Grove. There is a counter with several stools plus two small tables. Everything we tried isn’t pictured, but all […]


Sepia has a new baby sister who lives next door. Her name is Proxi. Open for dinner, Proxi serves contemporary street food-inspired dishes in Chicago’s West Loop. Proxi bar Proxi […]

Sixteen Chicago

Dinner at Sixteen Sixteen offers tasting menu options for dinner with a wide variety of options. Choose one item from each section to build a 3-course dinner Order the set […]


Quiote serves lunch in their front room with tacos and tortas as the main fare. Chef: Dan Salls Tip: The main shelf by the hostess stand is filled with various […]

Maple & Ash

Maple & Ash recently started serving Sunday buffet brunch. It’s posh, it’s fun and it’s $40 for unlimited filet mignon. Brunch There are two to four items at each station offering […]


Sepia offers both lunch and dinner in the West Loop neighborhood of Chicago. Their wine program has received numerous accolades on the national level and the restaurant has received a […]

Publican Tavern | Chicago

If you’re flying through O’Hare, you can squeeze one more Chicago restaurant into your itinerary by dining at Publican Tavern which is located in Terminal 3. Info Publican Tavern | O’Hare International […]


Tasting Menu Beverages Info Oriole | 661 W Walnut St, Chicago IL | 312 877 5339 Follow Me Facebook | Instagram | Twitter | Flickr

Three Dots and a Dash

The James Beard Foundation Awards are awards that recognize top culinary industry professionals in the United States. Category winners include: writers, media, chefs, service, beverage, restaurant designers and culinary educators. It’s an exciting […]

Boka Backyard BBQ

Boka hosted Shake Shack, Milk Bar Bakery and Bang Bang Pie & Biscuits for a backyard barbecue the week of the James Beard Awards ceremony. Guests feasted on pork tacos served […]


I was familiar with David Posey’s cooking talent from when he was chef de cuisine at Blackbird restaurant in Chicago. Back then, I didn’t follow restaurants or knew who was creating my dishes. […]

Quiote | The Mezcal Bar

Finding a good place to eat is always a challenge. Everyone has to agree and there are too many places to decide. Finding a good place open on a Monday night […]

Dana Hotel and Spa

Dana Hotel and Spa in Chicago’s River North neighborhood is unique in that they have an in-room wine reserve collection, reasonably priced snacks and mini bar, 24-hr fitness and sauna and […]


Acadia is a restaurant in Chicago where you can order a tasting menu that is 5, 10, or more courses long. But what’s special about Acadia is you can also sit in the […]

Café Marie-Jeanne | The California Clipper

Café Marie-Jeanne Café Marie-Jeanne is an easy-going bistro serving breakfast, lunch and dinner, drawing its inspiration from Montreal, Quebec and Paris. The California Clipper The California Clipper Lounge is a bar […]


A show so nice. I saw it twice. Pre-show dinner was at The Dearborn. Hamilton was spectacular the second time around. Now I’m going to try for lottery tickets to see […]

The Dearborn

Theater district dining open for lunch, brunch and dinner. The Fish and Chips are fantastic and their gnocchi are like pillows. Info The Dearborn | 145 N Dearborn St, Chicago IL | 312 […]

Mirai Sushi

Mirai Sushi – Gold Coast Location The Bar at The Peninsula Chicago Info Mirai Sushi | 990 N Mies Van Der Rohe Way, Chicago IL | 312 280 9100 The Peninsula Chicago […]

NoMI Kitchen

Fresh wasabi is something I don’t see often in Chicago. Roka Akor was a lovely recent dinner where I had it. I was looking for more sushi spots that have fresh wasabi and […]

Oyster Bah

Lettuce Entertain You’s New England-inspired casual seafood restaurant. Info Oyster Bah | 1962 N Halsted St, Chicago IL | 773 248 3000 Follow Me Facebook | Instagram | Twitter | Flickr


A show so nice. I saw it twice. Italian Village After dinner at Revival Food Hall, we headed over to the the bar at Italian Village. My friend’s godfather is THE Vinny, […]


Boka serves creative, contemporary American food using seasonal Midwestern ingredients in an elegant but non-formal setting. There are different dining sections, a bar area, and a cozy back patio open […]


I had always imagined Cajun/Creole seafood boil restaurants as hyper, boisterous places where you get messy. Lowcountry was relaxed, happy, bright and clean and the sound level was surprisingly quiet. […]

Freehand Chicago

Freehand Chicago is part of a US hotel chain that has hostel features in a boutique hotel environment. There are laundry facilities, a kitchen, large lounge and cafe and bar […]

3 Greens Market

3 Greens Market is several of the Hogsalt Hospitality restaurants rolled into one. Besides the Small Cheval burger and Chilaquiles (weekends only) from Au Cheval, there are Doughnut Vault donuts, […]

Roka Akor

Roka Akor is a Japanese sushi, seafood and steakhouse with two locations in the Chicago area and also in Scottsdale and San Francisco. Our server was quick and upbeat and the dining room […]

Revival Food Hall

Revival Food Hall is a food lover’s “dream team” food court. This place is massive, it’s busy, the selections are varied and it could take me weeks, maybe months to […]

Architectural Artifacts

I used to want spend my life building a home slowly over the years filling it with things I created, painted, put together, found or collected from around-the world travels. In […]

Andersonville Galleria

Andersonville is a charming, low key neighborhood with unique independent businesses including vintage furniture shops, a toy store, a candy shop, the Swedish Museum, bookstores, music stores and some restaurants I really […]

GT Prime

GT Prime is elegant and beautifully designed. It’s modern and glamorous but doesn’t feel intimidating. The seating is comfortable but upright enough that you want to sit up straight and look your best. The lighting […]

Warwick Allerton Hotel

The kids and I stayed home for their winter break so we took a few nights to enjoy Chicago. Parking in Chicago Chicago overnight parking with in and out privileges […]


Boka Chicago hosted Michael Tusk of 3-star Michelin restaurant Quince for a collaboration dinner highlighting black and white truffles. My friend and I were the first to arrive so it was nice to […]


Seasonal, chef-driven menu. Dinner Dessert Way Back When Info Entente | 3056 N Lincoln Ave, Chicago IL | 872 206 8553 Follow Me Facebook | Instagram | Twitter | Flickr


There is a $25, 3-course prix fixe menu in Chicago that is a fantastic value for this level of cooking, service and ambience. The always reliably incredible, Blackbird. Lunch: 3-course tasting menu […]

Publican Tavern

For years after landing at O’Hare Airport, I have ordered Tortas Frontera sandwiches and guacamole to bring home and feed the family. On this trip, I arrived earlier in the day so […]

Elske + Boka

Boka restaurant and soon-to-open Elske worked together to create a special nine-course menu, paired with Spanish wines, for 16 guests. The Chefs Lee Wolen – Boka, (The Lobby at The Peninsula Chicago, Eleven Madison […]

Terzo Piano

Terzo Piano is located in the Modern Wing of The Art Institute of Chicago just past the main entrance. The menu, driven by Tony Manutano of Spiaggia, has Mediterranean influences. […]

Boka Jack Daniel’s Dinner

Sip Simmer & Savor. Jack Daniel’s Single Barrel Collection Dinner with Paul Liebrandt and Lee Wolen at BOKA Photo by K Tempest Bradley via Flickr (CC BY-NC 2.0) Other Visits […]

Taste Talks Conference Chicago

The Taste Talks festivals place food in a forward-thinking light through a multi-day series of dinners, parties, a conference and a BBQ. The programs are held once a year in Brooklyn, Chicago and […]


Pièce de Résistance It’s everything they say it is. Info Roister | 951 W Fulton Market, Chicago IL Follow Me Facebook | Instagram | Twitter | Flickr

Maison Parisienne

Three friends from Paris moved to Chicago to open a small cafe called Maison Parisienne. One is a recent culinary school graduate, one grew up cooking in her parent’s bistro, the other […]

The Loyalist

The Smyth and The Loyalist is one name, but two Chicago restaurant concepts under the same roof. Run by John and Karen Shields, a seasonal tasting menu is offered upstairs […]

Bohemian House

Brunch at Bohemian House Info Bohemian House | 11 W Illinois St, Chicago IL | 312 955 0439 Follow Me Facebook | Instagram | Twitter | Flickr

Junhyuk at Hanbun (Dinner at Hanbun)

Hanbun is a Korean restaurant run by Dave Park and Jennifer Tran. It’s located in a strip mall just outside of Chicago in the International Mall in Westmont. There is […]


Hanbun is a Korean restaurant run by Dave Park and Jennifer Tran. It’s located in a strip mall just outside of Chicago in the International Mall in Westmont. There is […]


Pre-Lollapalooza Saturday brunch on Bistronomic’s outdoor patio. Jules Meinl coffee I think the puppy said “Bye!” Info Bistronomic | 840 N Wabash, Chicago, IL | 312 944 8411 Follow Me Facebook | Instagram | Twitter | Flickr

Secret Supper: de Quay

Chicago Magazine hosts a dinner every few months called Secret Supper. Tickets are purchased ahead of time without knowing the name of the restaurant until the day of the event. As […]

HaiSous at White Oak

HaiSous Vietnamese Kitchen is holding a series of Sunday night dinners at Chicago’s White Oak Tavern & Inn through the month of July. The room was filled with familiar faces, […]


Small plates. Big flavors. Info Giant | 3209 W Armitage Ave, Chicago IL | 773 252 0997 Follow Me Facebook | Instagram | Twitter | Flickr


Preview of Steadfast, the latest restaurant by The Fifty/50 Group located in The Kimpton Gray Hotel offering New American cuisine. The hotel is now taking reservations for stays starting September 2016. Info […]

The Ladies Room (at Fat Rice)

The Ladies Lounge is a soulful, reservations-only cocktail lounge by Fat Rice. The offerings include seasonal cocktails, specialty spirits, champagne, teas, and Macanese snacks. Info The Ladies Room | 2957 W […]

Longman & Eagle

Today the kids and I started our day at the newly opened The Bakery at Fat Rice. Afterwards we went to Longman & Eagle and talked about how good the breakfast potatoes were […]

The Bakery at Fat Rice

Macanese and Asian inspired bakery also serving coffees and teas. The egg tart and the coconut mochi pastries are exceptional. Info The Bakery at Fat Rice | 2951 W Diversey […]

Green City Market

Chicago’s Green City Market is held outside Wednesdays and Saturdays in Lincoln Park, on Saturdays in the West Loop and Saturdays at the Peggy Notebart Museum during the fall and […]