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BY Belinda Lichty Clarke

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Burrito Beach Party Platters Put a New Twist on Box Lunches

Although they’ve been around for the past 20 years, Chicago’s Tex Mex emporium Burrito Beach is charting new waters with a foray into affordable catering for meetings and events. While its taco and nacho bars bank on the popularity of “build-your-own” stations, “beach boxes” update the old lunch staple with a choice of burrito, salad or quesadilla. Even breakfast gets a wakeup call with genius breakfast burritos and a breakfast taco bar.

Paramount Fresh Delivers Fresh Office Lunches

Trying to eat healthy in the office? The struggle is real. That is, unless you have Paramount Fresh, a new drop-off catering service offered through Chicago’s Paramount Events that delivers nutritious orders for client lunches and business meetings and can also stock office pantries.

Delightful Pastries Offers a Delectable Spread

With the upcoming St. Joseph’s and Easter holidays, sweet tables are in season (as if you really needed an excuse). Someone that really knows how to set the table is Chicago’s own Delightful Pastries, a European-style bakery run by pastry chef Dobra Bielinski, who was trained in her native Poland. Along with her mother and brother, Bielinski whips up old-world favorites with the freshest ingredients, including real sugar and butter and no preservatives.

5 Unique Dining Spots Serve Up Impressive City Views

By now everyone knows that if you want the most iconic view of Chicago, you head to The Signature Room. Situated on the 95th and 96th fl oors of the John Hancock Center, you can’t get much higher above the city’s ground level, says Director of Sales and Marketing Tricia Bryant. “Our private dining rooms are more than 1,000 feet above the city. On a clear day you, can see all the way to Indiana, Wisconsin and Michigan.” 

5 Outdoor Spaces Let Diners Enjoy the Summer Sun

Memorial Day is the official kickoff to summer when Illinoisans can temporarily forget polar vortexes and revel in all the sunshine finally coming our way. The holiday weekend puts the extra day off to good use, packed with barbecues, fireworks and a plethora of brews that has everyone in celebration mode.

Restaurant Weeks Give Planners New Ways to Sample Meals

Seven years ago, the City of Chicago kicked off what has become one of the biggest annual foodie celebrations in the country: Chicago Restaurant Week. The program, which was extended to two full weeks and this year was from January 30 to February 12, offers prix fixe lunches and dinners that have helped to put the city on the map as a culinary destination. It also benefits restaurants by giving them a much-needed boost during the slow, post-holiday period when people dine out less and McCormick Place hosts fewer conventions.

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