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posted on March 22, 2017
Income Tax
review by John Lenart

A wine bar named after a classic cocktail, a bottle list that outsells by-the-glass selections, and a menu designed around the wine list: This is Income Tax, a new reason to head to Chicago’s Edgewater neighborhood. Owner Nelson Finch ...Read the full review

posted on November 4, 2016
review by John Lenart

Two years after chef Jason Vincent left the award-winning Nightwood, he’s finally back, with Giant. Much like Nightwood, Giant’s menu is slightly cheffy (uni shooters) and largely sourced from local, sustainable farms (like this August’s marinated zucchini and summer corn). Partner Josh Perlman’s wine list ...Read the full review

posted on July 29, 2016
Beacon Tavern
review by John Lenart

When Beacon Tavern opened, just a block off of Chicago’s Magnificent Mile, beverage director Jon McDaniel wanted to banish any worries about the outrageous wine prices often associated with that pricey turf. “So often guests buy the second least expensive bottle on the list. I wanted to remove ...Read the full review

posted on May 24, 2016
Augusta Food and Wine
review by John Lenart

“Millennials aren’t concerned with seeing familiar labels; they just want to try something new and delicious,” says Shad Martin, the former wine director at Volo Restaurant and Wine Bar who opened Augusta Food and Wine in Chicago’s Lincoln Square neighborhood late last year. This excites him, as ...Read the full review

posted on April 6, 2016
Maple & Ash
review by Caitlin Griffith

Back on her home turf after a stint in NYC, Belinda Chang is clearly having fun at Maple & Ash, a swanky new steakhouse on Chicago’s Gold Coast. Alongside the expected powerhouse cabernets and Bordeaux blends, she offers alternatives like “Racy Whites” (riesling, grüner and pinot gris) ...Read the full review

posted on June 18, 2015
Lost Lake
review by Caitlin Griffith

Lost Lake, a tiki bar that redefines the category, is the latest newcomer to Chicago’s bar scene, joining the ranks of classics like The Violet Hour and The Aviary. Find the bar through Thank You, an American-Chinese take-out ...Read the full review

posted on June 17, 2015
review by Caitlin Griffith

Nestled between perennial favorites Blackbird and Avec, Salero is the latest addition to West Randolph’s Restaurant Row. Here Ashlee Aubin combines Basque inspiration with seasonal Midwest ingredients for unexpected dishes like burrata cheese with morcilla and blood orange marmalade, or local greens dressed with ras el hanout-spiced “granola ...Read the full review

posted on June 16, 2015
The Kitchen Chicago
review by Caitlin Griffith

Morgan suggests The Kitchen for its casual vibe, a great antidote to a day of pounding the sidewalks downtown. An import from Boulder, Colorado, where it’s a favorite hangout for its gastropub vibe and adventurous wine list, the Chicago branch is housed in a soaring space with views ...Read the full review

posted on June 15, 2015
Osteria Langhe
review by Caitlin Griffith

Warm light spills out of the front windows of Osteria Langhe, a sliver of a place in Logan Square focused on the land of truffles and nebbiolo. Owner Aldo Zaninotto is on hand to walk diners through dishes and through his wine list, which is a virtual master class ...Read the full review

posted on June 12, 2015
review by Caitlin Griffith

It takes effort to find Parachute, with its unassuming façade, but once inside, the challenge is forgiven as fragrant smells emanate from the open kitchen. This is Matty Colston’s first solo list, and his excitement is palpable in the selection—he’s stocked it with plenty of ...Read the full review

posted on June 11, 2015
review by Caitlin Griffith

Any exploration of Chicago’s wine scene ought to begin at Webster’s, my guides insist. An institution since 1994, Webster’s moved into a larger space in Logan Square last summer, giving more room for sommelier Jeremy Quinn to play. With 15 wines by the glass and another 500 or so ...Read the full review

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