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2 SPARROWS – Gregory Ellis

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WebsiteFacebookTwitter Location: 553 W. Diversey Parkway Chicago, IL 60614 (773) 234-2320 Hours: Breakfast and lunch served Monday – Friday: 7 a.m. to 3 p.m. Brunch served Saturday – Sunday: 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. Other Vitals: Street parking is available in the surrounding area. Reservations are not available. All  [Read More]


WebsiteFacebook About 676 Both 676 Restaurant and Bar, and its warm-weather counterpart, Café 676, focus on Midwest and local whenever possible. The fare at these restaurants are approachable, organic and sustainable—local foods treated the way they were intended. A true taste of the Midwest, Chef accentuates the food selection with  [Read More]

694 WINE & SPIRITS – Chris Dunstatter

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WebsiteFacebookTwitter 694 N. Milwaukeee Avenue Chicago, IL 60642 312.492.6620 Open everyday at 5 p.m. – Outdoor patio always open. Formerly known as Juicy Wine Bar, or just Juicy – you may have heard of their famous Benton Bacon BLT’s.  They may have a new name, but word from owner  [Read More]

ATWOOD – Derek Simcik (* 5 year BFC VET)

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  WebsiteFacebookTwitter 1 West Washington Street Chicago, IL.60602 312.368.1900 Breakfast: Mon-Fri  7am-10:30am Lunch: Mon-Fri 11:30-3pm Dinner: Mon-Sun 5pm – Close Brunch: Sat-Sun 8am-3pm Executive Chef Derek Simcik, a graduate of the Art Institute of Washington, was always captivated by the meticulous attention to detail of pastry chefs. He trained  [Read More]

AUTRE MONDE CAFE – Dan Pancake & Beth Partridge

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WebsiteFacebookTwitter 6727 W Roosevelt Rd (between Oak Park Ave & Euclid Ave) Berwyn, IL 60402 (708) 775-8122 Chef Dan Pancake & Beth Partridge quite literally live farm to table.  As Chefs who have a deep culinary history with Mediterranean and Italian cuisines, the duo also owns and operates Cakeridge  [Read More]

BACARO – Thad Morrow

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WebsiteFacebook 113 North Walnut • Champaign, IL 61820 217-398-6982 HOURS: Tuesday thru Sunday 5pm-11pm About bacaro Chef/owner Thad Morrow opened bacaro as a wine bar in November 2001. Originally offering Italian wines and a limited menu of crostini and panini, it soon grew into a restaurant offering pastas, risottos, and entrees. bacaro’s menu  [Read More]

BAKIN’ & EGGS – Bob and Gina Hartwig

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WebsiteFacebookTwitter 3120 N Lincoln Ave (between Greenview Ave & Barry Ave) Chicago, IL 60657 Neighborhood: Lakeview (773) 525-7005 Hours:  8 a.m.-3 p.m. Seven days a week. * Bakin’ & Eggs at Baconfest Chicago 2013: Jalapeno bacon & smoked gouda mac-n-cheese Mini bacon cinnamon rolls with vanilla fudge frosting Bakin’  [Read More]

BAR UMBRIAGO – Michael Ponzio

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  BAR UMBRIAGO 6 W Hubbard Street Chicago, IL 60654 Phone: 312.494.1200 TWITTER: @Bar_Umbriago HOURS OF OPERATION: Monday – Friday: 11:30 a.m. – Midnight | Bar until 2 a.m. Saturday: 3 p.m. – Midnight | Bar until 3 a.m. Sunday: 3 p.m. – 10 p.m. Brunch, Saturday and Sunday: 9  [Read More]

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BARN & COMPANY – Gary Wiviott

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WebsiteFacebookTwitter 950 W. WRIGHTWOOD (Corner Lincoln & Sheffield) 773.832.4000 HOURS: M – F: 4pm – 2am Saturday: 11am – 3am Sunday: 11am – 2am Barn & Company, a smokehouse and public hall from the team behind Hubbard Inn, along with Pitmaster Gary Wiviott, bring true Low Slow hickory smoked  [Read More]


WebsiteFacebookTwitter 444 N Wabash Ave (between Hubbard St & Illinois St) Chicago, IL 60611 (312) 626-2444 Executive Pastry Chef – AARON LINDGREN Aaron Lindgren is an executive pastry chef who received his first cooking lessons by his mother in the “gourmet ghetto” of Berkeley, California, and later was trained  [Read More]

BIG JONES – Paul Fehribach (* 5 year BFC VET)

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WebsiteFacebookTwitter 5347 N. Clark Chicago, IL 60640 Phone: 773-275-5725 Open every day for brunch, lunch, & dinner Monday – Thursday: 11am – 9pm Friday: 11am – 10pm Saturday: 9am – 10pm Sunday: 9am – 9pm Paul Fehribach is Executive Chef and co-owner of Big Jones. Throughout his career Paul  [Read More]

BISTRO CAMPAGNE – Michael Altenberg

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WebsiteFacebookTwitter 4518 N Lincoln Ave (between Sunnyside Ave & Wilson Ave) Chicago, IL 60625 Neighborhoods: Lincoln Square, Ravenswood (773) 271-6100 Bistro Campagne is a warm and friendly neighborhood restaurant in the tradition of a true French bistro. From our beginning, Bistro Campagne has strived to capture and express that  [Read More]

BLACK DOG GELATO – Jessica Oloroso

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WebsiteFacebookTwitter 859 N. Damen Avenue Chicago, IL 60622 Phone: 773.235.3116 AND 1955 W Belmont, Chicago, IL 60657 Phone: 773.348.7935 Winter Hours:  Friday-Sunday 2pm-10pm Jessica Oloroso – Owner/Pastry chef Jessica Oloroso is Chef and Owner of Black Dog Gelato, where she crafts gourmet artisanal gelato and sorbet. Her scoop  [Read More]


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WebsiteFacebookTwitter Bleeding Heart Bakery was first opened as a tiny stand at a farmer’s market before becoming a tiny space on Chicago Avenue in 2004, and then finally moving to its current home in Roscoe Village in 2006. The idea behind BHB was to use local, organic and sustainable ingrediants to provide  [Read More]


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WebsiteFacebookTwitter 500 West Superior Street Chicago, IL 60654 312-948-8744 Dinner Sunday – Thursday: 5:30 p.m. – 10 p.m. Friday – Saturday: 5:30 p.m. – 11 p.m. Brunch Saturday & Sunday: 11:30 a.m. – 3 p.m. Bar & Lounge Sunday – Thursday: 5:30 p.m. – 12 midnight Friday – Saturday:  [Read More]

BRANCH 27 – Todd Dibkey

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WebsiteFacebookTwitter 1371 W. Chicago Avenue  •  Chicago, IL 60642  •  Phone: (312) 850-2700 Located in Chicago’s West Town neighborhood, Branch 27 is an American bistro owned by Cary Michael (formerly of Rockit Bar and Grill and Lettuce Entertain You) and Howard Natinsky (of Five Star, Fat Cat, and Empire  [Read More]


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WebsiteFacebookTwitter 321 North Clark (River Level), Chicago, IL 60610 312.644.0283 Monday – CLOSED Tuesday – Friday:  
Lunch: 11:00am – 2:30pm
, Dinner: 4:30 to close Saturday: 
Brunch: 10:00am – 3:00pm, 
Dinner: 4:30 to close Sunday – CLOSED This Industrial Tavern concept was derived from the two owners (Mark Hemmer and  [Read More]


WebsiteFacebookTwitter 2152 N. Damen Avenue Chicago, Illinois 60647 Phone:  773-862-5555 Hours: Sunday Brunch, 10am-2:30pm Sunday, 5pm-10pm Monday-Thursday, 5:30pm-10pm Friday, 5:30pm-midnight Saturday, 5pm-midnight Chris Pandel – The Bristol A rising star on the Chicago culinary scene, executive chef Chris Pandel has honed his craft at Courtright’s Restaurant, Café Boulud of  [Read More]

BROWNTROUT – Sean Sanders

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WebsiteFacebookTwitter 4111 N. Lincoln • Chicago, IL 773.472.4111 Browntrout Cuisine is a comfortable, casual fine-dining experience located at 4111 N. Lincoln in the North Center area of Chicago. We are family owned and can seat 70 people, comfortably, in our dining room. We have a large central communal table  [Read More]


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WebsiteFacebookTwitter 1578 N. CLYBOURN (Just south of North Ave on Clybourn in Lincoln Park) P 312.255.0055 F 312.255.9955 HOURS: Sunday – Thursday: 11am to 11pm Friday & Saturday: 11am to 12am John McLean – Chief Proprietor, Good Eats Restaurant Group John McLean is the chef proprietor of Good Eats Restaurant  [Read More]

BUTCHER & THE BURGER – Allen Sternweiler

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WebsiteFacebookTwitter 1021 West Armitage Avenue, Chicago IL 60614 Phone: 773.697.3735 Fax: 773.697.3739 Open from 7:30AM-9PM Mondays, 7:30-10PM Tue-Thurs, 7:30AM-12AM Friday, 8AM-12AM Saturday Chef/Owner Allen Sternweiler Allen Sternweiler has spent the past several decades in Chicago earning a reputation as a world-class, dedicated chef with an exceptional talent for game meats,  [Read More]

CAFÉ des ARCHITECTES – Greg Biggers

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WebsiteFacebookTwitter 20 East Chestnut Street, Chicago, IL 60611 (312) 324-4063 ‎ Open every day from 6:00 am to 11:00 pm Discover Sofitel on Greg Biggers – Sofitel Chicago Water Tower Executive Chef Executive Chef Greg Biggers joined Sofitel Chicago Water Tower in January of 2011 to oversee all aspects  [Read More]


WebsiteFacebookTwitter 980 North Michigan Avenue Level Two, Chicago, Illinois 60611 Phone: 312.280.2750 Lunch Hours: Seven days a week from 11:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Dinner Hours: Monday through Thursday: 5:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. Friday and Saturday: 5:30 p.m. to 10:30 p.m. Sunday: 5:30 p.m. to 9 p.m. Sarah Grueneberg  [Read More]

CANTINA 46 – Troy Graves – (* 4 year BFC VET!)

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WebsiteFacebookTwitter 46 East Superior Street—Chicago, Illinois 60611—(312) 664-0100 Hours of Operation: Monday – Thursday 5pm – 11pm Friday 3pm – 12am Saturday 11am – 12am Sunday 11am – 11am Going South of the Border in the Heart of the Gold Coast The Mexican fare features upscale comfort food. With  [Read More]

CANTINA LAREDO – Larry Sinclair

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WebsiteFacebookTwitter 508 N. State Street • Chicago, IL 60654 (312) 955-0014 Cantina Laredo serves authentic Mexican dishes in a sophisticated atmosphere.  They offer daily fish specials, grilled chicken and steaks complimented by signature sauces such as chipotle-wine with portobello mushrooms or sauteéd artichoke hearts and roasted red bell peppers. Cantina  [Read More]


WebsiteFacebookTwitter 4343 N. Lincoln Ave. Chicago, IL 60618 Phone: 773-477-7144 Hours: Dinner Served Monday and Wednesday-Sunday from 5-10pm Afternoon Tea Service Saturdays and Sundays from 2-4pm Sunday Brunch – 10am-2pm Closed Tuesdays Chef Gilbert Langlois Chef Gilbert Langlois grew up in Mokena, Illinois. After first moving to New Orleans  [Read More]

Chef Chris Curren

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Chef Chris Curren Born July 20th, 1979 in Niskayuna, NY Chris Curren spent his formative years growing up in Cleveland, Ohio. Curren recalls his earliest culinary memories taking over the kitchen in his family home.“When I was around eleven years old my parents started letting me experiment a little more  [Read More]

CHICAGO q – Lee Ann Whippen

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WebsiteFacebookTwitter 1160 N. Dearborn Street • Chicago, IL 312.642.1160 Hours: Sun-Thu 11 am-10:30 pm Fri-Sat 11 am-12 am LEE ANN WHIPPEN – Chef/Partner Chef Lee Ann Whippen is excited to start the new urban BBQ restaurant Chicago q. Lee Ann Whippen is also President and Owner of Wood Chick’s  [Read More]

CHIZAKAYA – Harold Jurado

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WebsiteFacebookTwitter 3056 N. Lincoln Avenue Chicago IL, 60657 Phone: 773-697-4725 Hours: Monday-Thursday: 5pm-11:30pm Friday-Saturday: 5pm-12pm Closed Sunday Chef Harold Jurado Harold Jurado has cooking in his blood—his mother is chef and baker for a family-owned Filipino restaurant in the suburbs of Chicago. Growing up, he witnessed the passion it  [Read More]


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WebsiteFacebookTwitter 500 S. Dearborn Street Chicago, Illinois 60605 Phone: 312-523-0200 Hours: Breakfast: Mon-Fri 7-9am, Sat & Sun 8-10am, Lunch: Mon-Sat 11:30am-2pm, Dinner: Mon-Sun 5-10pm, Brunch on Saturday & Sunday from 10:30 – 4pm. Custom House Tavern is a sleek, contemporary restaurant in the heart of downtown Chicago, which focuses  [Read More]


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WebsiteFacebookTwitter 1359 W. Taylor Street, Chicago IL 60607 (312) 226-5550 Davanti Enoteca Opened in September 2010, Davanti Enoteca is part of the Francesca’s Family of Restaurants of restaurateur Scott Harris. Located in Chicago’s Little Italy neighborhood, Davanti Enoteca offers shareable plates of rustic Italian cuisine from pastas, pizzas, entrees  [Read More]


WebsiteFacebookTwitter at The Ritz-Carlton Chicago, A Four Seasons Hotel 160 E Pearson Street Chicago, IL 60611 (312) 573-5160   Team deca at Baconfest Chicago 2012: Gunthorp Farm glazed pork belly, creamy Anson Mills polenta, fava beans


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WebsiteFacebookTwitter Chicago: 101 W North Ave, (At N Clark St), Chicago 60610 Phone: (312) 643-2300 Hours: Daily: 24hrs Serves: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner Arlington Heights: 372 E Golf Rd (between Arlington Heights Rd & Goebbert Rd), Arlington Heights, IL 60005 Phone: (847) 364-4400 Hours: Mon-Sun 6 am – 4 pm  [Read More]


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WebsiteFacebookTwitter EPIC is located at 112 W Hubbard Street, just steps from the intersection of Clark & Hubbard. We are accessible by CTA Bus lines 22 & 36, and walking distance from the Grand, Merchandise Mart and Clark & Lake train stops. (312) 222-4940 Lunch Served: Monday – Friday:  [Read More]

FARMHOUSE – Eric Mansavage & Kristine Antonian

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WebsiteFacebookTwitter 228 W Chicago Ave Chicago, IL 60654 (312) 280-4960 Hours:  Mon-Sun 11 am – 2 am Farmhouse Tavern is a Midwestern Craft Tavern specializing in local food and drink. We are a farm to tavern restaurant, making all of our own burgers, sausages, condiments, and sodas from scratch.  [Read More]

FLO AND SANTOS – Mark Rimkus

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WebsiteFacebookTwitter 1310 S. Wabash Ave Hours: We’re open every day for business at 11:30 a.m. Family friendly and a bit more “social” after 8pm-ish. About Flo & Santos Located in Chicago’s South Loop Neighborhood, Flo & Santos is a warm 67 seat exposed brick and red-boothed pub and eatery.  [Read More]


  WebsiteFacebookTwitter Chef Massimo Salatino - Corporate Executive Chef, Francesca’s Restaurant Group Francesca’s Restaurants • Chicago, Illinois A native Italian, Massimo Salatino’s career has spanned two decades, from kitchens in Italy to New York City, eventually settling in Chicago. As a youngster, Salatino worked at a friend’s restaurant, where his  [Read More]

FRONTIER – Brian Jupiter

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WebsiteFacebookTwitter 1072 North Milwaukee • Chicago, IL 60642 773.772.4322 THE FRONTIER STORY Frontier is a warm, multi-level space replete with a 40-foot bar, private party room, open-air kitchen and beer garden. The West Town tavern features state-of-the-art ice taps with 16 seasonal and traditional beers, over 20 varieties of  [Read More]


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Gemini Bistro WebsiteFacebookTwitter 2075 N. Lincoln Avenue Chicago, IL 60614 773-525-2522 Hours: Tuesday-Thursday 5pm-10pm Friday & Saturday 5pm-11pm Sunday 5pm-9pm Closed Monday Located In the Heart of Lincoln Park, Gemini Bistro Redefines Neighborhood Dining

Open since 2009, Gemini Bistro is a stylish, inviting bistro that offers contemporary American cuisine with  [Read More]

GIRL & THE GOAT – Stephanie Izard

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WebsiteFacebookTwitter 809 W. Randolph Chicago, IL 60661 312-492-6262 Dinner: Monday – Friday: 4:30pm – 11:00pm Saturday & Sunday: 4:30pm – 12:00am STEPHANIE IZARD, EXECUTIVE CHEF/PARTNER, GIRL & THE GOAT Stephanie Izard, James Beard “Best Chef: Great Lakes,” and Food & Wine “Best New Chef” is the Executive Chef/Partner of two  [Read More]

GLENVIEW HOUSE – Grant Slauterbeck

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WebsiteFacebookTwitter 1843 Glenview Road • Glenview, IL (847) 724-0692 Hours: Mon – Thurs: 3pm-Midnight (Kitchen opens at 4pm) Fri – Sat: 11am-2am Sunday: 11am-Midnight The New Glenview House Brings History with a Delicious Twist to the North Shore
First Operating Business in Glenview Now Houses Upscale American Restaurant & Bar. With over 200 years  [Read More]

HOPLEAF – Ben Sheagren

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WebsiteFacebookTwitter 5148 N. Clark St. • Chicago, IL 60640 • (773) 334-9851 Open 365 days of the year. BAR HOURS: Sunday – Friday 3pm – 2am Saturday 3pm – 3am KITCHEN HOURS: Monday – Thursday 5pm – 11pm Friday & Saturday 5pm – 12am Sunday 4pm – 10pm Reservations  [Read More]

INOVASI – John des Rosiers

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WebsiteFacebookTwitter 28 E. Center  Ave. • Lake Bluff, IL 60044 847.295.1000 HOURS: Monday: Lunch – 11:30 – 2, Dinner – 5:30 Tuesday: Lunch – 11:30 – 2, Dinner – 5:30 Wednesday: Lunch – 11:30 – 2, Dinner – 5:30 Thursday:  Lunch – 11:30 – 2, Dinner – 5:30 Friday:  Lunch  [Read More]

IPO – Trevor Hoyte

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WebsiteFacebookTwitter 172 West Adams St. • Chicago, IL 60603 ( Map It ) 312 917 5608 HOURS: M–F breakfast 6:30–11am | lunch 11:30am–2pm | dinner 5–10pm SAT brunch 7:00–11:30am | dinner 5–10pm SUN brunch 7:00–11:30am | closed for dinner Housed in the W Chicago City Center, IPO captures the elegant energy  [Read More]

J LAFAYETTE CATERING CO. – Alexander L. Martin

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WebsiteFacebookTwitter Chef Alexander L. Martin Phone: (847) 714-2155 Fax: (847) 563-1343 J Lafayette Catering Company provides a culinary experience of delectable tastes to create a welcoming and intimate ambiance.  Our goal is to cater your special event with distinction and first-class service to create an exclusive, personal and unforgettable  [Read More]


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Website Jordan’s Food of Distinction | 1551 W. Thomas Street, Chicago, IL 60622 ph 773 278 8111 | | Cooking and event planning are in Chef Jordan Spritz’s blood, having grown up in a house of foodies and professional party planners. At an early age, Spritz developed a profound  [Read More]

LA MADIA – Jonathan Fox

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WebsiteFacebook Twitter 59 W. Grand Ave. • Chicago, IL 60654 312.329.0400 Hours: Monday-Tuesday – 11:15a.m. – 11:15p.m. Wednesday-Saturday – 11:15a.m. – 1:a.m. Sunday – noon – 10pm. At LA MADIA , two pleasures – great food and distinctive, delicious wines – come together. After tasting dozens of styles of pizza in the U.S.  [Read More]

LEOPOLD – Michael Dean Reynolds

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WebsiteFacebookTwitter 1450 W. Chicago Ave, Chicago IL 60642 312.348.1028 Hours: Sunday, Tuesday – Thursday: 5:00 p.m. – 11:00 p.m. Friday, Saturday 5:00 p.m. – 1:00 a.m. (Bar / lounge open one hour later all nights) A Belgian-inspired restaurant, Leopold is located in Chicago’s West Town neighborhood. Chef Jeffrey Hedin’s  [Read More]

LILLIE’S Q – Charlie Mckenna

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WebsiteFacebookTwitter 1856 W North Ave • Chicago, IL 60606 773-772-5500 Hours of operation Sunday – Thursday 11am – 11pm Friday — Saturday 11am – midnight Chef Charlie McKenna owns Lillie’s Q — a Bucktown restaurant named after his maternal grandmother, Lillie, that serves award-winning competition BBQ along with elevated Southern favorites and  [Read More]


WebsiteFacebookTwitter 17 E. Monroe Street • Chicago, Illinois 60603 312.917.3404 HOURS: Breakfast: 6:30am – 11am Lunch: Mon thru Fri 11am – 2pm, Sat & Sun 11am – 3pm Dinner Prix Fixe: 5pm – 10pm Dinner: Sun thru Thu 5pm – 10pm, Fri & Sat 5pm – 11pm Executive Chef Joseph  [Read More]