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Happy Birthday Chicago!

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Happy Birthday Chicago! Uncork your favorite bottle of wine or champagne and toast to Chicago’s 178th birthday was held on March 4, 2015. Crank up your iPhone as you listen to Frank Sinatra sing “My Kind of Town“; originally part of the musical score for Robin and the 7 Hoods, a 1964 musical film starring several members of the Rat Pack.

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Cover of Robin and the Seven Hoods

Chicago is famous for many things including gangsters like Al Capone and the city definitely has some offers that you can’t refuse:

Chicago is also famous for sports teams: Bears, Bulls, Hawks, Cubs and Sox. We have had pretty good record for start-ups: Kraft, Motorola, Baxter, Sara Lee and don’t forget Groupon just to name a few.

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We have plenty of famous politicians including: 2 Mayor Daleys and President Barack Obama.

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Chicago Mayor Richard M. Daley

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Chicago is home to a plethora of superlatives: our higher learning institutons are world-class with some of the best business schools in the world like University of Chicago and Northwestern. The city is brimming with world-class chefs and we have some of the best restaurants in the world like Charlie Trotters and Alinea.

Chicago is a city of neighborhoods with distinctive architecture and ethnic roots.

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But one or our most endearing and enduring blessings is our world-class architecture! Generally, to celebrate Chicago’s birthday, some of her architectural shining stars will turn blue including:

the Willis Tower, the Trump Tower, the Merchandise Mart and the Prudential Building.

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Chicago‘s Columbian Exposition in the 1890’s spawned a flourishing legacy of global architectural pre-eminence and outstanding architecture in Chicago. Daniel Burnham’s passion for Beaux Arts priniciples of design generated a flurry of world-class structures. Chicago architects and structural engineers are still staking claims to global architectural marvels.

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Much of new classical research was conducted at the University of Chicago. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Chicago World's Columbian Exposition, 1893

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Bill Baker is a structural engineer who works at Skidmore, Owings and Merrill‘s (SMO) Chicago office in the landmark, 17 story Sante Fe Building. He can be credited with more supertall buildings of over 1000 feet than any other structural engineer in the world including the Trump Tower. The “Burl Khalifa” in Dubai is world’s tallest building at 160 stories. It is almost twice as tall as the building formerly known as the Sears Tower in Chicago. Bill was instrumental in designing The Burl with architect Adrian Smith at SMO.

Two of my favorite vintage buildings include the majestic Wrigley Building and the Gothic Revival Tribune building located at the intersection of Michigan Avenue and the Chicago River.

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The distinctive clock tower of the Wrigley Building reminds me of Big Ben in London. There are 250,000 glistening glazed terra cotta tiles covering the classical structure that was completed in 1924 by Graham, Anderson, Probst and White. Quite appropriate for the great “White City.” The beautiful neo-gothic Tribune Tower is across the street from the Wrigley building. The 26 foot Sculpture of Marilyn Monroe is next to the Tribune Tower.

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I love the juxtaposition of the classic architecture with the modern architecture of buildings like the sleek Trump Tower. There’s a great view of the Wrigley Clock from Trump’s 16th floor restaurant aptly named “Sixteen.” They have an outstanding Sunday Brunch so why not celebrate Chicago’s Birthday party there!

Chicago Architecture

Chicago is a mecca for world-class museums, restaurants and hotels with plenty of “Vino con Vista” opportunities. The Michelin Guide for Chicago was released in November 2011.

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Michelin-Starred Restaurants in Chicago for Valentine’s Day

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Here are some Michelin-Starred Restaurants for Chicago that offer outstanding menus for Valentine’s Day. Note that restaurants new to the list in 2014 are marked with an asterisk after their names.

In 2014, Chicago had 25 Michelin-starred restaurants, up from 19 last year. Chicago was awarded a total of 31 Michelin stars with Grant Achatz‘s Alinea maintaining its standing as the city’s only three-star restaurant in Chicago.

Here’s a link to the 2015 list:

http://chicago.eater.com/2014/11/11/7190461/chicago-michelin-stars-2015

***Three Star Restaurants

**Two Star Restaurants

  1. Grace
  2. Sixteen in Trump Tower
  3. L2O
  4. Graham Elliott

*One Star Restaurants

  1. Blackbird
  2. Boka
  3. El Ideas*
  4. Elizabeth*
  5. Everest
  6. Goosefoot
  7. The Lobby*
  8. Longman & Eagle
  9. Mexique
  10. Moto
  11. NAHA
  12. North Pond*
  13. Schwa
  14. Senza*
  15. Acadia
  16. Sepia
  17. Spiaggia
  18. Takashi
  19. Topolobampo
  20. Tru

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Valentine’s Day Restaurants that I Love in Chicago

Chocolate Bar at the Peninsula Hotel in Chicago

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Oysters and Oatmeal dish from Schwa in Chicago (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

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Here’s are some of the restaurants that I love!

1. The impressive Lobby Restaurant of the Peninsula Hotel offered a starter buffet of roasted vegetables, crabmeat ceviche over a medley of fresh fruit and an assortment of cheeses and charcuterie options. I usually order  the salmon.

2.  Sepia is a delightful restaurant in Chicago. The dining room is located in a former 1890’s print studio and it is filled with photography memorabilia. Executive chef Andrew Zimmerman graduated first in his class at the prestigious French Culinary Institute and it is reflected in his Meditterranean influenced cuisine. The urban eatery has exposed brick walls and is located at 123 N. Jefferson Street in Chicago just east of the Kennedy Expressway between Washington and Randolf. I love the porchetta.

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Sepia Restaurant in Chicago

3. NAHA is located at 500 N. Clark St. where executive chef Carrie Nahabedian merges her Armenian roots with Mediterranean influenced flavors that earned her a Michelin star. She was the former executive chef at the Four Seasons Properties in Beverly Hills and Santa Barbara. I love the  braised Mishima Ranch “Kobe” Wagyu Beef Brisket with Beluga lentils, bacon roasted parsnips and carrots. For dessert order bananas with vanilla mousseline and salted caramel.

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4. David Burke”s Primehouse is located in the James Hotel at 616 N. Rush. I love the Surf and Turf Dumplings filled with lobster mousse or braised short-ribs. Have a dry-aged classic fillet served with a side of mushrooms and mashed potatoes. For dessert, I enjoy the pinapple upside down cake with rum caramel and sour cherry sorbet.

5. Le Colonial has one of my favorite French-Vietnamese inspired menus. It is located Rush Street and is housed in a two-story vintage townhouse  decorated in the millieu of 1920’s Siagon. I indulge in the Cha Gio for starters; these fried spring rolls are outstanding! Follow up with the “Bun Thit Nuong”;  BBQ pork served over angel-hair noodles. For dessert try, the crispy banana wonton.

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6. Schwa’s Chef Michael Carlson worked under Spiaggia’s chef Paul Bartolotta. He turned down the position of sous-chef at Alinea. Since then he has earned a string of prestigious press:  he graced the cover of Food & Wine magazine as one of the Best New Chefs, won the Jean Banchet Award for rising chef of the year, GQ magazine did a nine-page feature on Schwa and Chef Carlson saying that Schwa was “The Most Revolutionary Restaurant In America” and in 2010 he got a “Best Chef” nomination from the esteemed James Beard Foundation. Schwa is at 1466 N. Ashland in Wicker Park seats 26 people; good luck getting in. There is no liquor license or wine list. Just amazing food! Call 773-252-1466 for reservations.

Famed Quail Egg Ravioli from Schwa in Chicago

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“Our Philosophy – A restaurant that is part of a new movement; a community of chefs who work collaboratively and share openly. A house with no front or back; a house where chefs are servers, and serving is about creating dialogue. A menu that moves with the seasons; a menu designed to illustrate the diversity of a dish and highlight how one ingredient can be presented in a variety of ways. Taking the unusual and making it enjoyable. Taking the rustic and making it unforgettable.” http://www.schwa.com

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7. The Atwood Cafe in the loop on State Street is one of my favorite dining rooms and is located in the elegantly-renovated Hotel  Burnham across from Macy’s on Washington. I love the Ahi Tuna appetizer. They serve one of the best pork chops in town. The chocolate dessert is always decadent.

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8. Blackbird’s award-winning restaurant at 619 W. Randolph has fabulous seared scallops for a starter with a roasted chicken entree and a choclate ganache dessert.

9. Joe’s Seafood, Prime Steak and Stone Crab at 60 E. Grand is the Chicago outpost of Miami’s legendary Joe’s Stone Crab. For dinner have a cup of chowder of bisque with crab claws, king crab legs or steak and don’t leave without indulging in the famous key lime pie for dessert.

10. I also love Terzo Piano at the Art Institute and Aria on Chicago’s east side at the Fairmont Hotel  http://www.ariachicago.com.

11. You can never go wrong at Piccolo Sogno, one of my all time favorites Italian restaurants in Chicago!

For French Food head over to Les Nomades in a lavish Streeterville townhouse. You will never be disappointed!

.Happy Valentine’s Day!

Dr. EveAnn Lovero writes Travel Guides @ www.vino-con-vista.com

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Chef Week Chicago 2014

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Just when you are recovering from the weight that you gained during Restaurant Week, you should start thinking about making reservations for the

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6th annual Chicago Chef’s Week 2014 extravaganza.

WHEN: March 16th – March 21st

Top-notch Chicago restaurants will offer special menus and signature dishes.

For more information visit:  www.chicagochefweek.com

Here is a list of the 2014

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participants:

Celebrate Chicago chefs during Chicago Chef Week 2014

Lunch: 3 courses for $22**  |  Dinner: 4 courses for $44**

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2014 Participants:
720 Bar & GrillAda St. – Dinner only — Antique Taco*** – Lunch only — Atwood Café – Dinner only — Autre Monde – Dinner only — Avec – Dinner only — Azzurra – Dinner only — Balena – Dinner only — BarbakoaBistro Bordeaux – Dinner only — BistronomicBlackbird – Lunch only — The Boarding House – Dinner only — Bread & Wine – Dinner only — The Bristol – Dinner only — Browntrout – Dinner only — Carriage HouseCarlucciChez Moi – Dinner only — Chicago QCicchettiCyrano’s*** – Dinner only — Coppervine – Dinner only — The Dawson – Dinner only — De CeroEmbeyaEpic
Frontier – Dinner only — Gather*** – Dinner only — The GageGemini Bistro – Dinner only — Graham Elliot BistroGrange Hall Burger BarGreen Zebra – Dinner only — GT Fish & Oyster***Homestead on the Roof – Dinner only — Hot ChocolateHowells & Hood – Dinner only — iNG – Dinner only — JamJellyfishLas Palmas – Dinner only — Le ColonialLibertad – Dinner only — Little Market BrasserieThe LobbyLocal RootLockwoodMacku Signature – Dinner only — MercaditoMexiqueMK*** – Dinner only — Mott Street – Dinner only — Nana
Nico Osteria – Lunch only — Nightwood – Dinner only — North Pond – Dinner only — Oceanique – Dinner only — Perennial Virant – Dinner only — The Publican*** – Lunch only — Riccardo Trattoria – Dinner only — Roka AkorRoka Akor Old OrchardRustic House – Dinner only — SepiaSiena TavernSlurping Turtle***Sol de MexicoSophie’s at Saks Fifth Avenue – Lunch only — Table Fifty-Two – Dinner only — Table, Donkey and Stick – Dinner only — TakitoTanta – Dinner only — TavernitaTelegraph – Dinner only — TesoriTortoise ClubTroquet River NorthVermilionVie – Dinner only
* 2 lucky guests will be chosen at random to win 52 $50 gift cards from participating restaurants. ** Beverages, tax and gratuity not included in pricing. Participation depends on each restaurant’s hours of operation. *** Offer different than regular Chicago Chef Week promo pricing. Please inquire with individual restaurant.
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Make your reservations ASAP at www.opentable.com or directly at the restaurant’s website.

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Many noteworthy Executive Chefs will prepare outstanding meals at bargain prices. A three-course prix fixe lunch will set you back $22 and dinner will be $44.

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Chicago Chef Week Pick: Michael Jordan’s One Sixty Blue on Randolf

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Passionate foodies and wine aficionados should make a Chef’s Week reservation at Michael Jordan‘s One Sixty Blue Restaurant located at 1400 W. Randolf www.onesixtyblue.com.

Executive Chef Michael McDonald’s exceptional “Contemporary American Cuisine” was nutured by Charlie Trotter‘s passion for food when Michael served as Charlie’s Executive Chef at his restaurant in Los Cabos, Mexico. Chef Michael excels at creatively combining quality ingredients and executing a flawless presentation in this sleek and elegant dining establishment in Chicago’s trendy West Loop neighborhood.

For the first course one of my favorites is the Pacific Shrimp and Grits with sweet corn and chanterelle mushrooms or enjoy the delightful Charcuterie with smoked meats and whole grain mustard.

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Smoked Meat Appetizer @ One Sixty Blue in CHicago

I highly recommend the perfectly-prepared Porcini Ravioli served over white and green asparagus with mushrooms as well as the outstanding wood-grilled flat iron steak served over blue cheese mashed potatoes drizzled with a savory cracked pepper sauce.

Porcini Ravioli served over asparagusFlat iron steak over blue cheese mashed potatoes

I enjoyed the complex flavor of the incredible 2008 Sineann Wilamette Valley Pinot Noir which paired nicely with both entrees.

Willamette Valley Pinot Noir

The talented Pastry Chef Hillary Blanchard-Rikower attended Le Cordon Blue‘s Cooking and Hospitality Institute of Chicago. She wowed us with her decadent chocolate peanut butter terrine with buttery popcorn-flavored ice cream as well as a superb sticky toffee cake with citrus pear mascarpone.

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Chicago’s Creative Chefs Earn Coveted Michelin Stars

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On November 18th, the First Edition of the Chicago Michelin Guide hits the book shelves with 342 restaurant listings that include 42 different types of cuisine in 14 of my favorite “Vino con Vista” Chicago neighborhoods. www.michelinguide.com/us/index.html

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 There are only 93 restaurants in the world with exceptional cuisine worthy of three-stars. Chicago’ s ulta-modern Alinea‘s chef  Grant Achatz  at 1723 N. Halsted and  seafood-inspired chef Laurent Gras of L20 at 2300 N. Lincoln Park West just joined the prestigious club.

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Two-star winniers are:

Charlie Trotters at 816 W. Armitage

Avenues in the Peninsula at 108 E. Superior

Ria in the Elysian Hotel at 11 E. Walton

Ria Restaurant at the Elysian in Chicago

Eighteeen of Chicago’s restaurants earned an impressive one-star rating including :

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NoMI in the Park Hyatt at 800 N. Michigan

Sepia at 123 N. Jefferson

Sepia Restaurant in Chicago

Sepia Restaurant in Chicago

 

 

Sixteen in Trump Tower at 401 N. Wabash. Trump International Hotel and Tower Chicago was named the #1 Large City Hotel in the Continental U.S. and Canada in Travel and Leisure’s 2010 World’s Best Awards.

Sixteen Restaurant at the Trump Tower in Chicago

The “Bib Gourmand” rating went to 46 Chicago restaurants including:

The Girl and the Goat at 809 W. Randolf

Bistro 110 at 110 E. Pearson

The Purple Pig at 500 N. Michigan

Purple Pig Menu in Chicago

Green Zebra at 1460 W. Chicago

Frontera Grill at 445 N. Clark

Michelin Guide director Jean-Luc Naret and Mayor Daley celebrated the launch with a party at the Chicago Cultural Center with other local notable foodies. The Guide was first published in France in 1900 and today there are 25 guides covering 23 countries. There are also US Michelin Guides are for New York and San Francisco.

The selection process entails anonymous visits from Michelin inspectors that are passionate about food. They are employed full-time at Michelin to identify high quality establishments around the world. Just because a chef earns a Michelin star doesn’t mean they keep it. The biggest blow to a chef’s ego is losing their coveted Michelin stars.

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