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Uncooked: Chicago's first zero-waste dining experience opens in Fulton Market

Uncooked: Chicago’s first zero-waste dining experience opens in Fulton Market

August 13, 2020

During the coronavirus pandemic, I have found myself searching for food that is healthy, filling and easy to grab on the go because I like the convenience of take-out, and I also want to maintain soci...

Roots Handmade Pizza offers an array of signature pizzas, including 3 vegetarian-friendly options.

Review: Roots’ pizza doesn’t have a ‘pizza’ my heart

July 22, 2020

The newly built, trendy two-story restaurant with patio seating and a retractable roof may distract you from what you are actually there for—the pizza. Until you take your first bite. Roots H...

Coronavirus closures put strain on local restaurants, food service workers, delivery drivers

Coronavirus closures put strain on local restaurants, food service workers, delivery drivers

March 21, 2020

College campuses across Chicago have closed due to coronavirus, leaving the South Loop—and its restaurants—largely empty. Devil Dawgs, a Columbia student favorite, was hurt by this loss of clie...

The Chronicle's vegan restaurant guide to Chicago

The Chronicle’s vegan restaurant guide to Chicago

March 15, 2020

When I went vegan eight years ago, I was a 16-year-old in Gardner, Kansas, who had to drive 45 minutes to Kansas City, Missouri, to find the nearest vegan restaurant. Moving to Chicago a year and a half ...

Carlos Matias leads a round of applause in Lao Sze Chuan to celebrate the restaurant bar crawl.

Supporters rally in solidarity of Chinatown businesses negatively affected by coronavirus fears

February 26, 2020

With the global coronavirus epidemic gradually worsening as the number of cases climb worldwide, many Asian-owned businesses in Chinatown are losing customers as some people are associating the coronavir...

Sam & Gertie’s offers a variety of bagels, including “mish mosh,” plain, everything and poppy seed bagels, which are also gluten-free.

Review: The one-of-a-kind vegan, Jewish deli you knead

January 23, 2020

Inside Sam & Gertie's, snug seating arrangements prompt most customers to opt for take-out rather than dine-in, as the slightly too loud '60s and '70s music rings throughout the cozy deli. Rows of...

Weiner Circle, 2622 N. Clark St., is located in the Lincoln Park neighborhood of Chicago.

The Chronicle’s 2020 restaurant guide to Chicago

January 22, 2020

Before you walk into fine-dining establishments and spend $40 to $50 on a single plate as a part of Chicago Restaurant Week, consider walking into these casual eateries instead. In most of these hot spots...

Baita, a new restaurant at Eataly, brings the Italian Alps to Chicago with dishes inspired by food served on top of the mountains.

REVIEW: Delicious food thaws winter blues at BAITA

January 28, 2019

As temperatures plummet and snow covers the city, warm comfort foods are in demand. Look no further than BAITA at Eataly.BAITA is serving up Italian-style food inspired by the cuisine found in Alpine ...

Chicago Black Restaurant Week brings bucks to black businesses


By Mayan Darbyshire

February 11, 2018

Black restaurant owners are gearing up for the third annual Chicago Black Restaurant Week, a celebration of black-owned restaurants.The celebration runs Feb. 11–18—the second week of Black History Month...

A penguin takes an early morning swim at the Robert and Mayari Pritzker Penguin Cove in Lincoln Park Zoo. 2001 N. Clark St. Thursday, Sept. 7.

Love lives of penguins at Lincoln Park Zoo captivate readers

September 11, 2017

Pilchard was devastated when Robben broke up with him and he would haunt their former home only to be shooed away by Robben’s new partner Preston. After wallowing in his loneliness, Pilchard found a f...

Authentic Italian polenta meets American fast dining

Camillo Villa, head chef at The Polenta Bar.

By Ariel Parrella-Aureli

May 1, 2017

The smell of fresh pesto wafts from the kitchen as Emile Chalouhi and Camillo Villa huddle over the stainless steel kitchen island, weighing ingredients on a small scale and exchanging banter in Italian...

Chap Chae from Amitabul at 6207 N Milwaukee Ave. in Jefferson Park.

The ethnic side of veganism: Chicago offers so many meatless choices, you’ll never get bored

March 3, 2017

It’s midday and stomachs are grumbling for lunch. For those who follow a vegan diet, finding food at restaurants can be difficult, but less so in Chicago. The city boasts more than 40 vegan restaurants ...

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