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These gifts beat your usual pit stop souvenirs. Instead, illustrator Tammy Smith hand-makes cityspecific items including tea towels, pillows, platters and totes that provide novelty items for gift bags and clients. After being laid off as an artist for Hallmark Cards, Smith started her city collections in 2014 with a series devoted to her hometown of Kansas City, Missouri, but it’s her Chicago assortment that’s really taking off.
Located in the heart of Chicago’s River North neighborhood, il Porcellino is one of the latest ventures from the Lettuce Entertain You group, offering a cozy restaurant honing in on classic Italian-American comfort food. Seasonal menus feature homemade pastas that use locally sourced ingredients, plus a wide-ranging cocktail program. The Jimmy Two Times was inspired by the movie “Goodfellas” and boasts the flavors of rye whiskey, ginger and grapefruit.
After a two-year hiatus from the restaurant world, chef Jason Vincent is back with Giant. The 40-seat spot in Logan Square offers classic Midwestern dishes from the culinary genius named Food & Wine’s “Best New Chef” and a winner of the Michelin Guide’s Bib Gourmand award. General Manager and Partner Josh Perlman will oversee Giant’s beverage program, which includes a boutique wine and beer list and classic cocktails like this one—named after A Tribe Called Quest song.
In light of current events and the changing industry, the association for special event planners changes its name.
If the extent of your cocktail knowledge is building the perfect rum and coke, there’s a new service that can help you become a mix master and wow guests at your next event. Founded in Chicago last fall, Cocktail Courier aims to “demystify the craft cocktail process” by delivering foolproof kits right to your door stocked with premeasured ingredients (with no skimping on the premium liquor) and an easy-to-follow recipe card stirred together by award-winning bartenders.
There’s a world of flavors out there and Arbella aims to try them all. The new River North cocktail lounge, from the VBD Hospitality team behind Peruvian restaurant Tanta, describes itself as “an energetic, sophisticated social gathering place celebrating the art of mixology with a sense of travel and exploration.” The spirit shows in this drink inspired by a summertime refresher of lime sorbet topped off with red wine often sold in Mexican street markets.
Instead of serving Manhattan after Manhattan, Staytion Market & Bar decided to go a little more local with a menu of Chicago-centric cocktails after recently opening in the Renaissance Chicago Downtown Hotel. O’Leary’s Cow, of course, recalls the poor scapegoat of the Great Chicago Fire of 1871 and is one of the new signature drinks that go well with a selection of small plates.
Who doesn’t love designer items? They are chic, luxurious, well-made, but expensive. Within recent years, more and more designers have been offering office accessories to help personalize your workspace. But dropping $30 on designer paper clips may not be the best thing for your wallet. Here are various items to help make your office space look designer, but at a fraction of the cost. Enjoy!