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A Critic Thinks Mordecai Changes the Game in Wrigleyville

"Mike Sula says Mordecai is an experience worth braving the Wrigleyville crowds for. Matthias Merges’s project inside Hotel Zachary is a refreshing addition that brings fine dining and a seriously impressive whiskey collection to the neighborhood. For fans who want more than an Old Style, the cranberry gin rickey is “tall, pleasingly bitter” and “fresh as [...]

2018-05-21T12:59:34-05:00May 21st, 2018|

Chicago’s Best Grilled Cheese Spots Debuts a Late-Night Lakeview Pizzeria

"Those walking in the sunshine on Wednesday afternoon in Lakeview may have noticed some surprising activity as Slice of Cheesies, the new pizza parlor from the owners of Cheesie’s Pub and Grub, is open. A formal opening wasn’t expected until Friday, but the doors were open and vintage video games were plugged in at 958-964 [...]

2018-05-09T10:46:04-05:00May 9th, 2018|

Best Outdoor Bars in Chicago

"After months spent huddling around fireplaces and shivering from inevitable bar-room drafts, you deserve a drink. Outside. With the sun beaming down, margarita in hand. Chicago is happy to oblige with droves of excellent alfresco watering holes. Whether you're looking for a boozy slushy, an ice-cold beer or a glass of rosé, we have just the spot for you. Our guide to [...]

2018-05-03T12:30:55-05:00May 3rd, 2018|

20 New Spots for Chicago’s Patio Season

"Fun in the sun is coming... It may seem like spring will never truly arrive in Chicago but think positive thoughts because warmer days are (presumably) ahead. And when temperatures finally do rise, many of the city’s newest restaurants will be ready to unveil their patio spaces. Beat the crowds by checking out the list [...]

2018-04-19T13:00:45-05:00April 19th, 2018|

How One of Chicago’s Most Ambitious Restaurant Projects Arrived in Wrigleyville

"The Hotel Zachary and the Ricketts family aim to transform Lakeview... The Hotel Zachary has finally opened across the street from Wrigley Field, a massive development that’s attempting to redefine Lakeview with a bevy of new dining and drinking options. Gone is the McDonald’s at the corner of Clark and Addison and its place there’s a 173-room boutique hotel with [...]

2018-04-16T14:45:33-05:00April 16th, 2018|

Nine Chicago-Area Restaurant Openings to Know

"A regularly-updated list of new restaurants and bars... LAKEVIEW— Okashi, a new ice cream parlor with Thai rolled ice cream tacos (it’s a shell made out of a waffle cone) has debuted in the former Stellar Wine Company space. Status: Certified open, 820 W. Belmont Avenue. LAKEVIEW— The former Melrose Restaurant has a new diner in the space thanks to Eggsperience. [...]

2018-04-16T14:00:03-05:00April 16th, 2018|

The Eater Chicago Cocktail Heatmap: Where to Drink Right Now, April 2018

"Behold the 16 hottest bars in Chicago... the Eater Chicago Cocktail Heatmap shows the hottest bars and restaurants which have been open for less than nine months, where cocktail, beer, and wine aficionados are drinking right now. April in Chicago means springtime and its warmer weather is finally peeking through. And the latest Heatmap shakeup adds three [...]

2018-04-16T14:02:50-05:00April 16th, 2018|

Explore the Food at the Hotel Zachary Across From Wrigley Field

"Lost in the hoopla surrounding the new restaurants opening around Wrigley Field is that the Hotel Zachary has its own food and beverage outlets. Beyond Big Star, Smoke Daddy, Mordecai, and West Town Bakery, the hotel has opened its own second-floor bar, along with a private dining space called the Alma Room that will be [...]

2018-04-03T12:09:53-05:00April 3rd, 2018|

The Massive Big Star Wrigleyville Debuts Today to Ignite a Cubs Taco Tradition

"Big Star’s come a long way in the nine years since chef Paul Kahan and company took over the former Pontiac Cafe to open Wicker Park’s most popular patio. Back then, few would believe Big Star would merit a spin-off right across from Wrigley Field. Yet that’s exactly what’s transpired as Cubs fans and other [...]

2018-04-03T12:00:25-05:00April 3rd, 2018|

Wrigleyville Will Get a Boozy Bakery and Cocktail Bar Next Week

"Opening announcements for the many high-profile restaurants and bars in the Hotel Zachary across from Wrigley Field are coming fast and furious, and West Town Bakery & Tap now has an opening date too. The boozy sweets spot from The Fifty/50 Group will start serving cake-inspired cocktails, hooch milkshakes, and non-alcoholic cakeballs, doughnuts, and more [...]

2018-03-29T16:23:57-05:00March 29th, 2018|
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