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Reno (Restaurant/Bar/Retail Reviews)

The idea behind Reno sounds simple: coffee and bagels by day, pasta and pizza by night. But because Reno is owned by a team that also owns some of Chicago's best wine bars (notably Telegraph, which is right next door), everybody expected the spot to be a little bit......Read Full Story

Acadia (Restaurant/Bar/Retail Reviews)

The clean, sophisticated look of the dining room at Acadia signals a meal that's going to be luxurious and, accordingly, expensive. But in fact, there are deals to be had at this South Loop restaurant. The lobster roll is chef Ryan McCaskey's homage to childhood summers in Maine; available...Read Full Story

Autre Monde (Restaurant/Bar/Retail Reviews)

When it comes to food, the industrial Chicago suburb of Berwyn has been known for Italian beef sandwiches (if it's been known for anything at all). But over the summer, four fine-dining veterans opened Autre Monde—and in doing so quite literally created for Berwyn, as the name suggests,...Read Full Story

Rootstock (Restaurant/Bar/Retail Reviews)

Located on a block in the Humboldt Park neighborhood that is, frankly, a little sketchy, Rootstock is a small, glowing respite in a city full of more "traditional" (read: boring) wine bars. Simmering with hushed jazz, idiosyncratic wines, artisanal beers and a brilliant menu by chef Remy Ayesh, the...Read Full Story

Anchovies & Olives (Restaurant/Bar/Retail Reviews)

Chicago's no stranger to Greek food, but Taxim brings Greek wares the likes of which this city has never seen. Instead of spanakopita, try rampopita—housemade phyllo stuffed with ramps, goat feta and dill. And instead of meat carved from a spit, roasted duck and walnut-yogurt mousse fills...Read Full Story

The Bristol (Restaurant/Bar/Retail Reviews)

What happens when three restaurateurs team up on "value"? Thankfully, nothing involving frozen chicken cutlets. John Ross, Phillip Walters and chef Chris Pandel created The Bristol, a glowing, pubbish spot in Chicago's Bucktown neighborhood. By dividing the menu into snacks, medium and large dishes, the trio makes...Read Full Story

Osteria Via Stato (Restaurant/Bar/Retail Reviews)

Osteria Via Stato brings seasonal ingredients with Italian flare to Chicago's River North. Visit the enoteca for cicchetti (small plates) and a choice of 40 wines by the quartino or mezzelitre, or settle in for the $36 fixed price menu of the night. Wine Director Belinda Chang (formerly of...Read Full Story

Violet Hour (Restaurant/Bar/Retail Reviews)

Violet Hour was supposed to be a secret: Owner-mixologist Toby Malone, a veteran of New York's cocktail scene, wanted to keep the room as comfortable (read: uncrowded) as possible. But the bar has turned out to be too lovely to keep under wraps. Now Chicagoans are toppling...Read Full Story

The Palm Court (Restaurant/Bar/Retail Reviews)

The Palm Court is a comforting room all year round, but during Chicago's notoriously harsh winters, its luxuries take on a practical edge. The Executive Cocktail menu features four-ounce libations-which means that an Executive Rob Roy has double the Scotch you'd get in a normal Rob Roy....Read Full Story

Twisted Spoke (Restaurant/Bar/Retail Reviews)

At the Twisted Spoke's new Wrigleyville location, Chicago's Harley enthusiasts, baseball fans and off-duty chefs all gather to check out a list of over 60 different Bourbons, including gems like Pappy Van Winkle 20 Year, Black Maple Hill, and (for the truly hard-core) Old Ancient and Jim Beam on...Read Full Story

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