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95 BLACK-OWNED RESTAURANTS IN CHICAGO AREA TO COMMEMORATE JUNETEENTH WITH FOOD SPECIALS. SEARCH OUR MAP TO FIND ONE NEAR YOU

Nearly 100 Black-owned restaurants in the Chicago area will offer Juneteenth specials June 18 and 19 through a Black People Eats-led...

NINI'S DELI ANNOUNCES PLAN TO REOPEN, 1 YEAR AFTER ITS HOMOPHOBIC, ANTI-BLACK LIVES MATTER MESSAGING DREW OUTRAGE

The owner of Nini's Deli and his brother denounced homosexuality and Black Lives Matter, sparking protests last summer.

 
 
 

BARS IN ILLINOIS CAN FINALLY RETURN TO FULL CAPACITY, BUT CROWDS COME WITH A SHOT OF APPREHENSION

Bars in Illinois and Chicago can fully reopen Friday with the end of many COVID-19 restrictions, but some are nervous for the weekend...

ORIOLE TO REOPEN IN FULTON RIVER DISTRICT

Oriole, at 661 W. Walnut St. in the Fulton River District, is set to reopen July 3. The restaurant closed in March 2020 because of...

 
 
 

AN ORAL HISTORY OF CHICAGO'S BIGGEST RESTAURANT GROUP AS IT TURNS 50: FROM ‘ONE OF THE WORST RESTAURANT NAMES OF ALL TIME' TO A POSSIBLY CANNABIS-LACED FUTURE

To mark the 50th anniversary of Lettuce Entertain You, the Tribune spoke with key figures within the enterprise about its history -...

ORIOLE, AWARD-WINNING WEST LOOP RESTAURANT, TRIPLES SPACE - BUT NOT SEATS - AND WILL ADD UPSTAIRS AIRBNB

Oriole, the West Loop restaurant with two Michelin stars, is expanding its restaurant space and adding an upstairs Airbnb.

 
 
 

LETTUCE ENTERTAIN YOU ENTERPRISES: HOW THE TRIBUNE REVIEWED 50 YEARS OF THE RESTAURANT GROUP'S CONCEPT DEBUTS

A look back at more than 50 years of Lettuce restaurant concepts - some that worked, and others that didn't.

WATCH THIS. EAT THAT: ‘IN THE HEIGHTS' + JIBARITOS = PERFECT DOUBLE BILL

This week's dinner and a movie? 'In the Heights' and Jibaritos y Mas

 
 
 

LETTUCE ENTERTAIN YOU TURNS 50

Lettuce Entertain You, the restaurant industry behemoth that witnessed - and played no small part in shaping - the modern era of dining...

AURELIO'S PIZZA OWNER DENOUNCES SIGN AT BOURBONNAIS FRANCHISE DECRYING LACK OF WORKERS DUE TO ‘GOVERNMENT HANDOUTS'

Joe Aurelio acknowledged the pizza chain has been hamstrung by a restaurant industry labor shortage, but said the sign at the Aurelio's...

 
 
 

DOM'S KITCHEN & MARKET IS WORTH VISITING FOR BONCI PIZZA ALONE. HERE ARE THE 5 BEST DISHES FROM THE POSH NEW GROCERY STORE

Dom's Kitchen & Market, a new grocery store from the minds behind Mariano's and Dominick's in Chicago, has food counters that include...

COLUMN: COCOA CHILI'S FOOD MIGHT BE AFRO-CARIBBEAN-SOUL, BUT IT'S ALSO QUINTESSENTIALLY CHICAGO

Dishes like the CPS-inspired lunchroom butter cookies are pure Chicago and found at Cocoa Chili restaurant, which serves up irresistible...

 
 
 

45 PATIOS IN THE CITY AND SUBURBS, PLUS A NEW MCA SHOW FROM A CHICAGO NATIVE

This week we spoke with restaurant workers about the real reasons for the industry worker shortage, and with the minds behind the upcoming...

27 OF CHICAGO'S BEST ICE CREAM SHOPS AND FROZEN TREATS FOR SUMMER

Fun fact: Chicago was built on swamp land. So it should be no surprise that as we enter the height of summer, the days become long...

 
 
 

COCOA CHILI IN EAST GARFIELD PARK

Cocoa Chili is a new Afro-Caribbean-Soul restaurant working out of The Hatchery shared kitchen in the East Garfield Park neighborhood.

52 CHICAGO-AREA FARMERS MARKETS: SEARCH OUR MAP AND LIST

Chicago-area farmers markets are in full swing for 2021, and the Tribune has a searchable map of 52 of them, complete with dates, COVID-19...

 
 
 

FARMERS MARKETS IN CHICAGO ADAPTED WITH PREORDERS AND NO-TOUCH SHOPPING DURING COVID-19. HERE'S WHAT THEY'LL LOOK LIKE AS ILLINOIS REOPENS

Chicago and suburban farmers markets start up after the COVID-19 pandemic dampened operations, but some have restrictions to start...

AREA FARMERS MARKETS BEGIN AGAIN

Farmers markets in the Chicago area are starting up again in 2021 with looser COVID-19 restrictions compared to 2020.

 
 
 

45 CHICAGO PATIOS AND ROOFTOPS TAILORED TO YOUR WEEKEND NEEDS, FROM MENUS FOR DOGS TO SWEEPING CITY SCENERY

Chicago patios and rooftops are primed for summer, with everything from menus for dogs to large patio space to spots with live music.

PEOPLE ENJOY THE PATIO AT RECESS IN THE WEST LOOP

People dine and drink at Recess, a West Loop restaurant with one of the biggest patios in Chicago, on June 3, 2021.

 
 
 



Chicken Picatta

Chicken Picatta

A simple pan sauce made with capers, butter, white wine, chicken stock and lemon juice envelop chicken cutlets in the traditional Chicken Piccata recipe made in episode 101 of... Read more ...

Burgers & Griddle Corn - Sound of Flavor

Burgers & Griddle Corn - Sound of Flavor

Burgers sizzling on the grill is the definitive sound of summer in America. Hamburgers with 80 lean meat and 20 fat, that are featured in this video, makes juicier, more... Read more ...

Beer Bread Tasting with Grandkids - FUNNY!

Beer Bread Tasting with Grandkids - FUNNY!

This is a tasting from the end of my Italian Beer Bread episode where I have two of my grandchildren tasting the bread with me. This is my favorite tasting! I've never... Read more ...

We unboxed 4 premade earthquake kits, from $30 to $300

You can buy a plethora of earthquake kits online, but which ones are the best for the price? Here's a look at four off-the-shelf options. Read more ...

Red Velvet Cookies

Red Velvet Cookies

Soft and chewy, these cookies are a combination of two favorite desserts, red velvet cake and chocolate chip cookies. Gorgeously red with white chocolate chips, these made from... Read more ...

9 Popsicle Recipes to Keep You Cool

9 Popsicle Recipes to Keep You Cool

Want a refreshing treat for both kids and adults? These 9 popsicle recipes will keep you cool as the weather gets warmer! Plus they're healthy and super fun for kids to... Read more ...

This easy pasta salad is perfect for serving alongside burgers and hot dogs

The quintessential side dish of summer cookouts Read more ...

Your earthquake kit isn't complete without these foods and supplies

Staples for a "cook's kit" to keep with your emergency supplies. They'll make make eating during the fallout more enjoyable. Read more ...

Canned isn't so bad. Dishes you can make with your emergency food

Meals to make from canned food and a little seasoning ingenuity. These will make your earthquake emergency rations more palatable. Read more ...

What does a chef have on hand for emergencies? We asked L.A.'s food people

L.A. chefs, restaurateurs and the Food staff share the food and drink items they would want in their earthquake kits. Read more ...

Berry Festa at Eataly NYC Downtown

Berry Festa at Eataly NYC Downtown

Ask any Italian: perfectly ripe summer fruits are a treasure to be savored. Picked for peak ripeness, our experts source only the best locally sourced seasonal produce from... Read more ...

Jaden's Monthly Favorites Instant Win

Jaden's Monthly Favorites Instant Win

Happy Friday Steamy Kitchen! Today we have a new instant win theme for you, and that is “Jaden's Monthly Favorites”! We have compiled a list of Jaden's favorite products for... Read more ...

Tuna suspected for a dozen illnesses in Italy

Tuna suspected for a dozen illnesses in Italy

At least 12 people are sick in Italy with tuna being investigated as the source of their illnesses. The foodborne outbreak is suspected to have been caused by thawed yellowfin... Read more ...