Tag: Chicago

10 Top Chicago Bars + Charles Joly & Paul Hletko Interviews

My first feature for Distiller Magazine was on Chicago with a 6-page print spread, my photos and three articles: My article on 10 of Chicago’s great bars An interview with Charles Joly, beverage director at The Aviary An interview with Few Spirits founder/distiller, Paul Hletko All three articles here. More of my Chicago food and drink recommends here. ______________________________________ Past… Read more →

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Winter Dining in Chicago

My second return to Chicago in 6 months (and 4th trip overall) was a freezing journey, warmed by fantastic friends and family, food and drink. Here are more Chicago standouts and newcomers from late February. OWEN & ENGINE, Logan Square Perhaps my favorite find this visit is Owen and Engine, a gastropub-esque restaurant/bar marked by Old World British elegance (black… Read more →

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Winter Drinking in Chicago

My second return to Chicago in 6 months (and 4th trip overall) was a freezing journey, warmed by fantastic friends and family, food and drink. A highlight was visiting funky, small Few Spirits distillery in Evanston with Master Distiller Paul Hletko. In my book, Few is the most exciting distillery to come out of Chicago, both in the gin and… Read more →

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Eating Through Chicago

Last issue we journeyed through six newer cocktail destinations in Chicago – with a little food. This time, its food highlights from my recent Chi-town travels – sometimes with cocktails. Listing stand-out places or dishes, first I recap coffee, tamales and deep dish explorations. Though Intelligentsia Coffee was launched here in 1995 by San Francisco transplants Doug Zell and Emily… Read more →

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The Latest in Chicago Cocktails

For years it seemed no one could talk Chicago cocktail bars without the subject centering almost solely around Violet Hour. Though I preferred cocktails and service at the Drawing Room, there wasn’t the selection of artisan cocktail bars three years ago that there is now. The following six places are all new since my last visit to Chicago, all with solid… Read more →

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Two Intriguing New Food Memoirs From Grant Achatz & Gabrielle Hamilton

Just released in early March, here are two new reads I’d recommend not only for foodies but for fans of absorbing, well-crafted memoir. Life, On the Line – Grant Achatz & Nick Kokonas When Alinea’s chef genius Grant Achatz writes a memoir, it’s destined to get buzz amongst foodies. When this visionary chef was diagnosed with stage four tongue cancer,… Read more →

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Chicago’s Northwest, Lincoln Square, Andersonville & Bucktown Neighborhoods

Back to Chicago… neighborhood by neighborhood, in a multi-part series, I’ve been covering some haunts during my last visit. Here’s my three previous columns on Chi-town. NORTHWEST SIDE Hot Doug’s – So much has already been said about this fairly recent addition to the Chicago dog landscape. I thankfully got to try about 8 dogs here and they were all… Read more →

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