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Valentine's Day dinner specials

Pick one of these themed dinners or prix fixe menus to share with your sweetheart

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Oyster Bah

Shaw's Crab House welcomes a new little sibling

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  • 4 out of 5 stars
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  • 2 out of 5 stars
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Monteverde

A top chef serves her own take on Italian classics

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  • 4 out of 5 stars
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Cold Storage

An oyster bar within Swift & Sons elevates the concept

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  • 4 out of 5 stars
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  • 4 out of 5 stars
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Maple & Ash

Filet mignon with a side of irreverence

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  • 4 out of 5 stars
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Sawada Coffee

Brendan Sodikoff already proved that he can serve great coffee and pastries (see: Doughnut Vault, C.C. Ferns); now, he's teamed up with Japanese latte artist Hiroshi Sawada to open this new cafe within Green Street Smoked Meats. Enter off Green Street and you'll find yourself in the front of the barbecue restaurant—that gives it an odd vibe, though the space is clearly delineated and really, you're there for the coffee anyway. The main attraction is the military latte, Sawada's signature drink that's visually stunning and quite strong. It's roasty from espresso, slightly bitter from the green tea and warmed with gentle notes of white chocolate. Pair it with a camouflage doughnut from Doughnut Vault, which matches the latte with drizzles of chocolate and matcha. The rest of the offerings include straightforward espresso drinks, plus spiked options like shochu and iced coffee or Benedictine and chai. The cafe is open till 4pm, so consider it your evening starting point.

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Intro names a permanent executive chef

Intro, Lettuce Entertain You's restaurant known for its quarterly rotating chefs, has hired a permanent executive chef, Stephen Gillanders. Gillanders is currently the chef-in-residence at Intro and has changed things up a bit since entering the kitchen, including serving an a la carte menu. Never fear, Intro lovers: While Lettuce Entertain You is bringing on Gillanders full time, chefs-in-residence will still cycle through the kitchen. The chef-in-residence will work with Gillanders to reformat and modify Gillanders' a la carte menu to create a cohesive menu between both chefs. Intro will also showcase the chef-in-residence's own separate menu as well. The idea is to create a restaurant that you can go back to and find dishes you love, while continually being able to have a new experience. Chef Jessica Largey (formerly of contemporary restaurant, Manresa in Los Gatos, California) will be Intro's next chef-in-residence, beginning on February 8. Largey is a Southern California native and is creating a California-inspired menu with a focus on vegetables. The menu will be offered a la carte at first, with a family-style menu becoming available on February 15.

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Cook County Jail culinary training program receives MacArthur Foundation Award

"Recipe for Change" receives funding award

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Iliana Regan's Bunny, the Micro Bakery is now open

We'll have toast and tea, please

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10 romantic Chicago restaurants for Valentine's Day

Can't go wrong with cozy dim lights and dessert trays for the romantic holiday

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Best pizza in Chicago

Deep dish isn't the only pizza Chicago does well

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Best Jamaican restaurants

There's so much more than jerk chicken to Jamaican cuisine

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Best Indian restaurants in Chicago

When you're jonesing for spicy curries or flaky parathas, head to a top Indian restaurant

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Best Italian restaurants

From cozy neighborhood trattorias to fancy splurges, these are the best places to eat Italian food in Chicago

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Cheap eats guide to Chicago

Chicago is a world-class dining city, but that doesn't mean eating out at restaurants has to cost a fortune

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Best steakhouses

There's no denying it: This is a city that loves its steak.

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