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West Town Bakery & Diner is a Fresh Additio...

West Town Bakery and Diner Collage

Part of the Fifty/50 Group— and located right next door to sibling restaurants Roots and Homestead— West Town Bakery & Diner looks like your favorite college town hangout. Walk in and you’ll notice the eye-popping street art and graffiti, colorful seats and stools, and references to the Wu-Tang Clan. This isn’t a stuffy place or…

Get Your Hands Dirty With the Seafood Boil at th...

food and drinks at Mad Boiler in Chicago

As if Restaurant Row wasn’t already a foodies dream come true, the West Loop’s dining scene continues to grow and expand beyond the confines of Randolph. Head just a little bit south of Randolph to 1045 W. Madison Street and you’ll find the Mad Boiler, a Cajun seafood boil restaurant that opened a few months…

The Fifty/50 Has Been Renovated and Reinvigorate...

Fifty/50 Chicago Collage

Chicago has a vibrant food scene with new restaurants and concepts constantly popping up. But how do you continue to stay relevant when your restaurant has been around for nearly a decade? Case in point: the Fifty/50. The sports bar was one of the first of its kind on Wicker Park’s Division St. and has…

Revival Food Hall Brings Neighborhood Charm to t...

Revival Food Hall collage

It’s noon and time for lunch. You’ve really got a craving for Antique Taco, but there’s definitely not enough time to go to Wicker Park and back on your meager lunch break. I guess you’ll have to settle for Taco Bell again… If this is the sad existence you’ve led as a downtown office worker…

With Steadfast, the Fifty/50 Group Embraces Fine...

Collage of Steadfast Chicago

Chicago’s the Fifty/50 Group has so far been known for their eclecticism with restaurants ranging from the namesake sports bar to Roots Handmade Pizza to craft cocktail lounges like the Berkshire Room. With the recent opening of Steadfast in the Loop’s business district, the Fifty/50 Group has gone to the next level with a fine…

Belly Up Smokehouse Brings Southern Barbecue to ...

Belly Up Chicago Entrance and Meat

You’ve spent all day cheering on the Bears, and you’ve worked up an appetite. But where to go? The South Loop’s Belly Up Smokehouse is a southern barbecue joint built for big groups looking to eat a lot and have a good time. What’s the Restaurant Like? Walking into Belly Up, you’ll be astounded by…

Stay Cool and Caffeinated This Summer at Caffè U...

girl drinking at Caffe Umbria

Whether headed to the office or coming into town for a day of sightseeing, most Chicagoans get by with a cup, or five, of coffee. With temperatures this summer regularly reaching 90 degrees, it’s definitely iced coffee season. However, if you’re in the River North area, your options are pretty limited to the usual chains…

Pizzeria Serio’s New Breakfast Pizza Gives You a...

Lakeviews Pizzeria Serio Breakfast Pizza Makes Waking Up Early

Chicagoans love brunch so much that more and more restaurants decide to get into the brunch game. However, the results can often be kind of surreal when you wind up at the local dive that's trying their hardest to deliver an extravagant Lobster Eggs Benedict in the morning and greasy griddle burgers in the evening.…

Logan Square’s Ugo’s Offers New Takes on Italian...

Ugo's Logan Square in Chicago

When I lived near the intersection of Armitage and California a few years ago, the food options were fairly limited and imbalanced. You could have a high-end foodie meal at Table, Donkey and Stick or grab a hot dog at the Tastee Freez. All of that has changed drastically thanks to restaurants like Ugo’s at…

North Center’s Kick is a Haven for Spicy Food Fa...

Kick Chicago Featured

Kick, which replaced Sola in late 2015, is a gastropub in North Center focusing on spicy food. Though fiery burgers, sandwiches, and other casual pub food with a kick make up the bulk of the menu, the restaurant takes influence from all around the world. People from many, many countries love spicy foods with their own…

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