Author: Maggie Hennessy


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The Hit ListChicago

The September Hit List: Lure Fishbar, Split-Rail, The Chicago Diner, and More

Fall is almost here, which has us craving a little cozy sustenance, good wine, and low light. Luckily, this month’s…

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All the gin drinks, at Scofflaw. // Photo courtesy of Scofflaw

GuidesChicago

The Resy Guide to the Best Cocktail Spots in Chicago

Could you maybe use a cocktail? Us, too. Fortunately, superb choices abound in Chicago, helmed by world-class bartenders in spaces…

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Giant has become known for comfort food favorites like cold fried chicken (center), grilled pork (lower right) and a multi-layered crepe cake (upper left). // Photography courtesy of Giant

Dish By DishChicago

Giant’s Engaging Comfort Food, As Seen Through Five Dishes

Whenever I’ve tried to describe the food to someone who’s never eaten at Giant, standard menu-speak like “seasonal American” or…

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Photo by Clayton Hauck, courtesy of Lardon

The Hit ListChicago

The August Hit List: Esmé, Lula Cafe, Lardon, Dave’s Red Hots, and More

The steamy dog days of summer are here, bringing a few hotly anticipated restaurant openings (and one long-awaited return). There’s…

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GuidesChicago

The Resy Guide to Outdoor Dining in Chicago

It’s full summertime, and we’re here for all of Chicago’s many stellar patios. From diverse, vibrant Bridgeport to the soaring…

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Part of a spread at Esme. // Photography courtesy of Esme

The RundownChicago

Five Things to Know About Esmé, Opening in Lincoln Park

Before you go to a restaurant, what do you want — or need — to know most? In our series…

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Chef FeaturesChicago

At Chicago’s Perilla, Intention Runs Deeper Than Dinner

At every pre-shift meeting, Perilla partner and general manager Thomas Oh starts with a variation on the same question: “What…

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The Hit ListChicago

The July Hit List: Chikatana, Ms. Biscuit, Little Wild, Shang Noodle, and More

It’s officially SummertimeCHI, and our favorite restaurants are dutifully rolling out frosé and every kind of patio seating. The city’s…

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The Hiroshima-style okonomiyaki, with noodles, notably different from Gaijin's Osaka-style version.. // Photo by Regan Baroni

Dish By DishChicago

The Japanese and Midwestern Roots of Paul Virant’s Gaijin, in Six Dishes

A sultry slip of a restaurant beneath the El tracks in the bustling West Loop, Gaijin is chef and owner…

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Some of the greatest hits on the menu at mfk.

InterviewsChicago

In a Changed World, mfk Seeks to Redefine the Neighborhood Restaurant

Married restaurant veterans Scott and Sari Worsham have, collectively, clocked some 60 years in the restaurant business. In the seven…

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