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Wine Bar Brunch: Give Ampersand an Exclamation Mark!

Countless restaurants host weekly brunches — typically on the weekends, and often restricted to Sundays — when they offer extensive buffets or otherwise expand their menus with an array of creative dishes. Most of those brunches serve sparkling wine-based beverages

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My Favorite Chicago Pizza Restaurant and How You Can Have Amazing Pizza at Home

In case you hadn’t checked your handy dandy food-and-wine holiday calendar, be aware that this is National Pizza Week. Chicago is known for its pizza, and during the 12 years I spent living in the Windy City, I ate a

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Pairing Wine With ‘Junk Food’ Favorites at Chicago’s Volo

Volo Restaurant and Wine Bar is one of the most popular destinations in Chicago for wine lovers. Located in a boutique storefront, with both street parking and easy access to public transportation, the space combines cozy and chic design elements

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An Authentic Wine and Tapas Experience in Chicago

When it comes to reviewing food or wine, the older I get, the more I realize that absolutely nothing beats experience. When talking about experience, it’s important not to confuse it with age. I’ll take a 25-year-old restaurant reviewer who

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Culinary Regrets of an Erstwhile Chicago Resident

I lived in Chicago for 14 years, beginning in 2000, but I never considered myself a Chicagoan. I now live in Las Vegas, but I doubt I’ll ever think of myself as a Las Vegan. I was born and raised

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Dining Decadence, Italian Style, in the Windy City

I lived in Chicago for 14 years, leaving in late October of 2013 after completing an all-consuming, sleep-depriving special project in the publishing industry — editing (and writing much of) a 300-page magazine. I got out just in time, too,

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