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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|

5 Chicago Neighborhoods Ideal for Eating Healthy

"Chicago's food reputation might be all about deep dish pizza and hot dogs (no ketchup, thank you very much), but you don’t have to struggle to find healthy options too. Vegans, vegetarians, and gluten-free enthusiasts will love the restaurants and grocery stores in these five Chicago neighborhoods. Lakeview Lakeview has a thriving restaurant scene with [...]

2018-03-29T15:45:50-05:00March 29th, 2018|

Vital Weekday Breakfast Spots to Know In Chicago, 2018 Edition

"Whether breakfast is the most important meal is debatable— but it's almost certainly the most underrated. While not as attention-grabbing as brunch or dinner, the first bites of the day get the love they deserve at a plethora of Chicago restaurants. Whether old-school, modern, fancy, or quick, the following 20 breakfast spots should not be missed. [...]

2018-03-26T15:09:04-05:00March 26th, 2018|

Chicago’s Best Neighborhood Bookstores

"Borders might have closed (RIP) and e-readers might be everywhere on the L, but the printed word is far from dead. Chicago’s book scene is flourishing through its independent shops. Browse the stacks at these eight essential neighborhood bookstores in search of anything from the latest bestseller to obscure first editions. Unabridged Books - Lakeview [...]

2018-02-26T09:55:31-06:00February 26th, 2018|

Veggie Grill, America’s Largest Vegetarian Chain, Opens First Chicago Restaurant

"The owners of Veggie Grill are excited about the opening of its first Chicago location as the California-based chain debuted its 29th location on Thursday morning near the corner of Broadway and Diversey. It’s the first of as many as eight Veggie Grills pegged for the Chicago area. It’s a fast-casual setting with a menu [...]

2018-02-21T15:32:44-06:00February 21st, 2018|
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