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Just Opened: Asian grocery store H Mart opens in West Loop

H Mart, the pan-Asian grocery chain, is open in the West Loop, and it’s a wonderland. You can buy kimchi by the jar or by the bucket. Live geoduck clam, lobster, fish and king crab lounge in pristine tanks. Seemingly endless kinds of marinated meats sit in giant tubs, ready to be packaged, taken...

Couple behind West Loop restaurants recall their love story on TV

Chef John Shields worked as a sous chef at Charlie Trotter’s and Alinea, but it’s the premiere of Monday’s episode of “Love at First Bite” that has him “kind of nervous to watch.” “I think my wife is much better being on camera than me anyway,” Shields said in a phone interview. “She’s just so...

Avec and Blackbird employee fired for embezzlement, allegedly stole over $600,000

An Avec and Blackbird employee has been fired for embezzlement, according to a statement from the restaurants’ partners. Former bookkeeper Renee Johnson is accused in the lawsuit of stealing $609,574 from the West Loop restaurants between 2011 and 2017, according Crain’s Chicago Business, which...

New Chicago cocktail conference to address industry's inclusion issues

One only has to head to Logan Square or the West Loop to see that Chicago’s cocktail game is strong, as robust and vibrant as in cities like New York, London or LA. Banking on this reputation, three local industry vets are getting together for a new cocktail conference for both consumers and industry...

'West Side Story' Goes From Stage to Screen Again

Stay in the loop on industry and casting news with our write-up on who’s been slated for recent film and television roles! “West Side Story”With recent movie musicals like “La La Land” and “The Greatest Showman” proving lucrative studio investments, it’s no surprise that more are on the horizon. Show More Summary

Big flavors make Loyalist great Restaurant Week bet – if you can grab a seat

The good news: The Restaurant Week menu at the Loyalist is not only a delight, but a great deal at $33. Most importantly, it includes the sub-level West Loop restaurant’s famous dirty burger, a tasty stack that lives up to both its messy name and big billing. The bad news: It seems as if the whole...

'There’s no exciting or juicy glamorous chain of events': Bin 36 now closed

“You can take the man out of the restaurant, but you can’t take the restaurant out of the man,” said Enoch Shully, co-owner with his wife Jennifer, of the West Loop’s now-shuttered Bin 36. After 18 years in Chicago, 15 in River North under founding owner Dan Sachs, three at the West Loop address,...

Stephanie Izard has a new cookbook out in April

Heads up, Stephanie Izard fans: The newly minted Iron Chef and West Loop restaurateur is dropping a new cookbook in April. The book, “Gather & Graze,” is now available for pre-order from Seminary Co-op Bookstore and online retailers, if you can’t wait to get your hands on it. The subtitle reads...

My Five Loops for the Bathyscaphe

The Britten Sinfonia starts its 2018 At Lunch series with the premiere of a new work for piano trio and recorded voices which will be performed at West Road Concert Hall (23 January 2018), Wigmore Hall (24 January 2018) and St Andrew's Hall, Norwich (26 January 2018). Show More Summary

Monteverde wins big at 2018 Jean Banchet Awards

Sarah Grueneberg's Monteverde, the perpetually packed pasta spot in the West Loop, won restaurant of the year at the 2018 Jean Banchet Awards. The Chicago-based awards ceremony took place on Sunday night at Venue Six10, with Michael Muser returning as the host. Muser is the former partner and general...

Blue Onyx Bistro Brings Beautifully Plated Dishes to the Galleria

Seafood and steak will dominate the menu Blue Onyx Bistro, an upscale seafood and steak restaurant, will soon debut just inside the West Loop near the Galleria next month. The eatery at 4720 Richmond Ave can accommodate 150 guests, with 20 on the patio and 20 more in a private dining room. Show More Summary

Glazed and Infused doughnuts closing all shops

Glazed and Infused doughnuts will close all five shops permanently. One one location in River North remains open today until 6 p.m., closing on December 31. The West Loop flagship and main kitchen on Fulton Market, Lincoln Park, Streeterville and Loop locations are now closed to the public. Eater...

Uptown Squeaks By Fulton Market To Advance In Curbed Cup Competition

It's on to the Final Four in the Curbed Cup competition for Chicago's best neighborhood.At one point, Uptown led West Loop/Fulton Market by ten percentage points, but a late surge by WL/FM made it a close 51.2% to 48.8% victory.NextShow More Summary

Uptown In Round Two of Curbed Cup Competition

The lobby of the Uptown Theater The polls are open once again!Uptown is up against the clumsily named "West Loop and Fulton Market" neighborhood in the Curbed Cup competition for best Chicago community.Polls are open only until Friday morning, so vote now.This is Round Two -- we'll know tomorrow if we make it to the semi-finals.VOTE HERE!

No fun in West Loop: WonFun restaurant and 2Fun bar closing Saturday

WonFun Chinese restaurant and 2Fun cocktail bar in the West Loop will close permanently this Saturday, according to a post on the business’ Facebook page that went live late Wednesday night. Austin Baker, chef and founder of Joy Hospitality, opened the dual concepts in November 2016 with executive...

The Lunatic, The Lover & The Poet closes in West Loop

After nine months in the West Loop, Lunatic, The Lover & The Poet unexpectedly closed on Saturday. The massive wine-focused restaurant, with its Shakespeare quoting name, was spearheaded by Tom Powers, who spent two years building out the space. Eater Chicago first reported the closing. The Lunatic...

Gunman flees police in Baltimore car chase

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A gunman fleeing police in a car shot wildly at officers and pedestrians across a swath of West Baltimore on Friday as he led cruisers on a harrowing chase that looped through streets of the city for at least 20 minutes before he was captured. (Dec. 15)        

Chef Jared Wentworth departs Regards to Edith restaurant, which opened in October

Chef Jared Wentworth is out as executive chef at Regards to Edith, the West Loop restaurant inspired by historic Maxwell Street. News of Wentworth’s departure was first reported by Eater Chicago. He is no longer with Heisler Hospitality, confirmed a spokesperson. Wentworth remade Trench in Wicker...

First look: RockSugar Southeast Asian Kitchen, from Cheesecake Factory creator

From the creator of The Cheesecake Factory, RockSugar Southeast Asian Kitchen will open its first Chicagoland restaurant on Dec. 5, not on Michigan Avenue or even in the West Loop, but at Oakbrook Center. It’s the second location for RockSugar, which opened in 2008 also within a shopping mall,...

What does a $53 burger tastes like? One reporter finds out

What does a $53 burger taste like? I never thought I'd have to answer that question until I walked into Roister for lunch. Considering the acclaimed West Loop restaurant is co-owned by Grant Achatz, and dinner at his internationally acclaimed restaurant, Alinea, often costs over $200 a person without...

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