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Cindy’s- Chicago

Cindys

12 S Michigan Avenue
Chicago, IL 60603

MONDAY – FRIDAY
Lunch 11:00 am – 2:30 pm
4:00 pm – 2:00 am

SATURDAY
Brunch 10:00 am – 2:30 pm
4:00 pm – 3:00 am

SUNDAY
Brunch 10:00 am – 2:30 pm
4:00 pm – 12:00 am

Undoubtedly on the list of top summer rooftops, stepping out onto Cindy’s terrace and overlooking the endless turquoise lake Michigan, you there is not better panoramic view of the city. Perfectly placed in the Chicago Athletic Club Hotel, Cindy’s airy “beach house” feel flawlessly contrasts the dark smoky feel of the historic men’s club.

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The Chop Shop & 1st Ward- Chicago

The Chop Shop 7

|2033 W. North Ave – Chicago IL 60647|

Restaurant & Bar:

Mon – Thurs: 11 am – Midnight
Fri: 11 am – 2 am
Sat: 11 am – 3 am
Sun: 11 am – 10 pm*

You should definitely not judge a book by its cover when it comes to this adaptable space! The Chop Shop & 1st Ward in the Wicker Park neighborhood of Chicago showcases everything from a gourmet butcher shop, restaurant with a seasonal menu, and 6,000 square foot private event space. Read more

Heritage Bicycles – Chicago

Heritage- Chicago

Lakeview: 2959 N. Lincoln Ave| Chicago, IL 60657  Uptown: 1325 W Wilson Ave | Chicago, IL

Hours:

Monday- Sunday 7:00 am – 7:00 pm

Whether you come to fix your gears or grab a latte, the family culture of Heritage Bicycle will give you the feeling of home in a bustling city. The vintage-inspired bike café displays handcrafted bicycles with a full service bike repair shop. As you enjoy a seasonal pastry with a strong sip coffee, helmeted guests will walk their bicycles straight through the coffee shop to have their bike repaired.  Committed to a strong belief in eco-friendly transportation and local manufacturing, Heritage Bicycles proudly combines the two concepts that really go hand in hand: coffee and bikes. Read more

Fire Roasted Shrimp Salad with Garlic Lime Dressing

Garlic Lime Shrimp Salad

Fire plays such a large role in both beer and cooking, so why not celebrate it by pairing Goose Island’s Sofie with this Asian inspired Fire Roasted Shrimp Salad. Sofie is a sparkling Belgian Style Farmhouse Ale, which is wine barrel-aged with copious amounts of zested orange peel. For all you champagne or wine lovers, this is your stuff!

The complex spicy white pepper and citrus notes of the Ale flawlessly compliment the fresh pop of lime and kick of heat from the salad. I chose to pair this beer specifically with the garlic shrimp because it brings out salinity and natural sweetness, all while cleansing the palate. Read more

Double Chocolate Soufflé

Bourbon County Chocolate Souffle

I chose to wrap up my food and beer pairing experiment with Goose Island’s Bourbon County, not only because its personally one of my favorite beers, but because I find it fascinating that Goose Island actually pioneered the now so highly sought after bourbon-aged beer. Read more

Culinary Fight Club- Chicago

Culinary Fight Club

Recently selected as an “Official Qualifying Event” for the World Food Championships, Culinary Fight Club is no walk in the park! The Windy City Chili Chitown event held at Morgan Manufacturing was a competition that brought fire and smoke, literally!

What is Culinary Fight Club? Culinary Fight Club hosts live cooking competitions, which they call TasteBudChallenges, that are currently in Chicago and Atlanta, but rapidly growing nationally.  No two events are the same. The teams of cooks race to choose 15 ingredients in 45 seconds from the pantry of food provided. Once the ingredients are collected, each team has 60 minutes to construct a dish that depicts their take on the monthly theme. These Chefs and cooks of all levels around the area compete for a “Golden Ticket,” to advance to the Super Bowl of “food sport” events, the World Food Championships! Once the timer hit 60 minutes, the audience members and judges sample and vote on a winning dish.

The most amazing part about this concept is that the Culinary Fight Club is partnered with Fight2Feed, which 20% of proceeds are donated.  This is an organization that partners with top restaurants and food trucks to provide service and support to hungry men, women and children. Read more

Solemn Oath Brewery- Naperville, IL

solemn Oath Brewery

Driven by their passion of Belgian-Inspired and Barrel Aged beers, Solemn Oath Brewery produces some of the most sought after beers in the Chicago suburbs. You won’t believe how small the Taproom is first walking in, but by the end of your flight, you have made great friends with everyone around! Solemn Oath is unique in the sense of its décor with corky stools made out of used skateboards and barrels used as tables, but it mainly stands out for its feeling of community

Solemn Oath Brewery’s tap list is every changing and guaranteed to never be the same every time you visit. The Brewery’s goal is to move swiftly through dozens and dozens of beers across a range of styles for the first few years to really be able master a wide range of styles. They want to give their drinkers more than just the now standard IPA. Read more

Stan’s Donuts- Chicago

Stan's Donuts- Chicago

If a place could be made for Instagram, it would be Stan’s. Walking into the door, you are immediately hit the smell of sweet yeast and dark coffee. Your eyes are quickly drawn to the massive case of about forty donut and pastry options. When it comes down to making a decision, the pressure feels like choosing from about a million because there isn’t a wrong choice! Read more

Farmer’s Fridge- Featured Product

Farmer Fridge

For all us health nuts, vending machines could be just about the worst “snack” imaginable. Well Farmer’s Fridge to the rescue! Imagine that same vending machine, but a million times cuter and filled with fresh organic meals! Every morning,  the Farmer’s Fridge team makes everything from scratch and have it ready by 5am to be delivered to their kiosks by 10am.

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