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Your guide to eating, drinking and cooking in Chicago.

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Menu planner: Crisp roasted fingerling potatoes are a tasty side dish

Thinking ahead to your next few meals? Here are some main dishes and sides to try.

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Peaches, plums, nectarines: making a delicious stone fruit ‘mess’

Tarte Tatin (an upside-down caramelized tart) is a beautiful way to showcase summer stone fruit.

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Beef parfaits, vegan brats among new Indiana State Fair foods

Fair officials have announced 23 new items on top of the typical fair food like corn dogs.

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Menu planner: Tomato salad offers simple but flavorful addition to your meal

Thinking ahead to your next few meals? Here are some main dishes and sides to try.

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Teatro ZinZanni revives Loop theater with laughs, thrills and a slo-mo pie

The rebooted and retooled acts are fantastically over-the-top and more than diverting enough to make you momentarily forget we’re emerging from a pandemic.

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Portillo’s announces plans to go public

Morningstar Equity Analyst Sean Dunlop said there is strong investor demand to buy shares of restaurant chains.

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The South Side’s Original Rainbow Cone is headed to the North Side

After early success at two new suburban locations, the iconic South Side ice cream parlor is expanding its partnership with Buona Beef to open a location on the North Side next spring.

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‘Roadrunner’: A profound look at the life Anthony Bourdain savored, and then ended

Insightful documentary details the chef-author-seeker’s endless curiosity and restless spirit.

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She’s a CNN Hero, plus Red Cross 2021 Disaster Services Hero, for feeding hungry in pandemic

After the pandemic shuttered Chef Q. Ibraheem’s just-beginning-to-blossom, upscale pop-up supper club business, she pivoted to distributing fancily prepared, farm-to-table meals to hungry families for free. Now, she’s a CNN Hero, and the American Red Cross of Greater Chicago’s 2021 Disaster Services Hero.

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On Robert Irvine’s ‘The Globe,’ chefs make a surprise country’s cuisine on the fly

Host hopes the discovery+ series will "educate the viewer on a culture they may or may not know."

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Too Good To Go app launches in Chicago; helps people buy food that’s too good to waste

The app already has 1 million U.S. users. Its goal is to reduce food waste by selling "surprise bags" from restaurants, bakeries, and other stores that have food left over at the end of each day.

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Open-faced sandwich art on a plate: beet and goat cheese bruschetta

By removing the top piece of bread from the equation, the sandwich filling becomes the topping, which is a lovely reflection of the sum of its parts and a visual tease.

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Menu planner: For a simple, no-meat dinner, have skillet tortellini

Thinking ahead to your next few meals? Here are some main dishes and sides to try.

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The Berghoff restaurant reopens Monday after a year light on happy-hour and lunch patrons

‘It’s important that we get families back in the Loop,’ says a manager for the venerable restaurant and its Adams Street Brewery.

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High schoolers prep for culinary boot camp: ‘It looks like a challenge. But what’s life without challenges?’

Yes, Chef! Culinary Camp aims to expose students from under-resourced communities to new cuisines and kitchen techniques.

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Spiaggia closes permanently after nearly 40 years as one of Chicago’s top Italian restaurants

Also closed is Spiaggia’s casual-dining sister restaurant, Cafe Spiaggia.

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Chick-fil-A is ranked America’s top fast-food restaurant, McDonald’s is last

Of the fast-food places, also known as limited-service restaurants, Chick-fil-A came in first place with a score of 83 out of 100.

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Taste of Chicago pops up in Pullman

For the iconic summertime event, the city will continue practicing pandemic guidelines at "pop-up" events in neighborhoods.

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Southport Lanes reopening scrapped; items to be auctioned

The former Schlitz-tied tavern in Lake View couldn’t bounce back from the pandemic despite getting state and federal money.

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Superfoods businesswoman prevails in knowing that healthy eating equals love and giving back

Toyin Kolawole started her own company when she realized that the spices, flours and ingredients that she grew up cooking with in her native Nigeria packed a more powerful nutrient punch than those used in processed foods.

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Ratatouille the perfect dish for all those summertime veggies

Ratatouille is the southern French staple that handily combines all of the garden’s goodies layered in a terrine or simmered in a chunky, aromatic stew.

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The tastiest summer cooking TV shows? Here are the Top 5

There are food series on TV all year round, but there’s a certain amount of carefree zaniness that comes with summer programming.

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Menu planner: Instead of a sandwich, try delicious chicken BLT salad

Thinking ahead to your next few meals? Here are some main dishes and sides to try.

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Portillo’s workers stage walkout, claim unfair hours and pay

"All we want is to be treated decently, treated fairly and paid fairly," a worker said a rally in River North Friday.

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Fourth of July barbecue food safety tips: how to keep foodborne bacteria at bay

Food experts are warning Americans not to let the holiday excitement distract them from food safety protocols. Bacteria, food poisoning and poorly cooked meals can easily ruin a celebration.

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Hot dogs cut wrong are the ‘perfect size’ to lodge in child’s throat

The size, shape and texture of hot dogs make them especially dangerous for young children, so here’s what everything parents should know before handing a kid a dog.

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Herbal tea is a lie: here’s what real tea is — and isn’t

The camellia sinensis plant isn’t used in the making of herbal tea, meaning it can’t be classified as real tea. There are four types of true tea: green tea, black tea, white tea and oolong tea.

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Dishin’ on the Dish: Marinated zucchini with cilantro and pumpkin seed at Giant

The marinated zucchini with cilantro and pumpkin seed has been on the menu since day one, and chef Jason Vincent said the plan is to keep it there.

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Food Truck Fest returning to Daley Plaza

A rotating lineup of six trucks will serve food Fridays starting July 30 through Oct. 15

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Keep it simple with three-ingredient asparagus wraps

While you can certainly splurge and use luscious, supple prosciutto di Parma or prosciutto di San Daniele with which to wrap the asparagus, feel free to substitute a less-expensive prosciutto-style ham.

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Red, white and blue cookies, just in time for 4th of July

Thinking ahead to your next few meals? Here are some main dishes and sides to try.

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Camerino Gonzalez Valle, founded Taqueria Los Comales Mexican restaurants, dead at 81

He started his business in Little Village in 1973, focusing on small tacos, built it into a chain and opened one of Chicago’s first drive-thrus for al pastor and other tacos.