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“Bites at Night” Starts in December

New Hours and Late Night Dining at Bites Asian Kitchen and Bar

​​Bites Asian Kitchen and Bar, located on Clark Street in the heart of Wrigleyville, has unveiled new hours that include late night dining. Chef Derek Intapura will offer a special “Bites At Night” Asian fusion menu featuring small bites (fried silkworms; taro fries; salmon ceviche; emerald gyoza; wings with sticky rice; duck leg; basil cream mussels), handhelds (Mongolian beef burger; fried lane snapper with gren mango slaw), sliders (beef teriyaki; sloppy joe; soft shell crab), bao buns (BBQ pork; roast duck; avocado tempura), big bites (fish and chips; Singapore noodles), fried rice (squid ink; Chinese sausage; veggie), ramen (cream tonkotsu; shiitake shoyu; five spice duck) and sweets (blueberry yuzu cheesecake; Saigon tiramisu; Pandan tres leches; banana wontons; cookie dough chopsticks) from 11 p.m. to 1:30 a.m. on Friday and Saturday evenings. The menu may be viewed
​Starting December 1, Bites will remain open until 2 a.m./3 a.m. The new hours are: Monday-Thursday, 4-10 p.m.; Friday, 4 pm.-2 a.m. (kitchen closes at 1:30 a.m.); Saturday, 11 a.m.-3 a.m. (kitchen closes at 1:30 a.m.); and Sunday, 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. Brunch service is available on Saturdays and Sundays from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Bites is located at 3313 North Clark Street, Chicago, IL 60657. Table reservations may be made by calling 773-270-5972 or by visiting Bites

​Kitchen​.com.

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Holiday Tamale Trays at Cantina Laredo

Spice Up Your Seasonal Soiree with a Traditional Mexican Meal 

Heading to, or hosting a holiday party this season? Wow the crowd with a traditional Mexican dish from Cantina Laredo in River North. Now through Christmas Eve, Cantina Laredo offers housemade holiday tamales to go, filled with your choice of seasoned chicken or beef, for $16.95 per dozen.

Orders must be placed at least six hours in advance, and will be available for pick-up through Thursday, December 24. On-site catering options are also available. To place an order, call Cantina Laredo at 312-955-0014.

Holiday Tamales
$16.95 per dozen

Beef Tamale
Spiced shredded beef wrapped in corn masa served with a mild chili sauce

Chicken Tamale
Chicken simmered in a spiced verde sauce wrapped in corn masa and served with a tomatillo sauce

Cantina Laredo
508 N. State Street
Chicago, IL 60654
312.955.0014
CantinaLaredo.com

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Cocktail Class at Koi

Mingle, Mix Drinks and Sip Samples

Thursday, November 9
​6:30-8:30 p.m.

Class is in session! Koi Fine Asian Cuisine in downtown Evanston will hold a handcrafted cocktail class in their lounge on Thursday, November 9. Participating guests will learn how to create six libations (detailed below) while enjoying small plates, such as spring rolls, crab rangoon and sushi. The fee to participate is $25. Tickets may be purchased online here.

Cocktail Class Menu

Whiskey Berry – house whiskey, raspberry puree, Chambord, fresh mint leaves

Koi Sunrise – Kai lemongrass, ginger Soju, aperol, peach puree, orange juice 

Cucumber Elixir – muddled cucumber, Absolut Elixir, St. Germain, lemon juice, simple syrup

Asian Mojito – muddled lime, mint leaves, light rum, house cold sake, mint syrup, ginger syrup, soda

Dragon Mai Tai – Bacardi Dragonberry, Bacardi O, triple sec, pineapple juice, orange juice, grenadine, Myers rum

Dragonfly – vodka, pineapple juice, ginger syrup, lime juice, grenadine float

Koi
624 Davis Street
Evanston, IL 60201
KoiEvanston.com

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Halloween Celebration at Artango

Brazilian Carnaval with Costume Contest and More
 
Saturday, October 28
4 p.m -1 a.m.
 
Artango in Lincoln Square will get into the Halloween “spirit” with a Brazilian Carnaval celebration on Saturday, October 28. From 8-10:30 p.m., a Brazilian jazz trio led by musician Luciano Antonio will perform live Bossa Nova/Samba (no cover). A costume contest will take place at 9 p.m., with prizes for the top three guests ($100 dining gift card for first place; bottle of wine for second place; two glasses of champagne for third place).  
 
In addition to a lengthy list of Latin libations, a special cocktail, La Bruja (the witch) made with rum, ginger liqueur, spices and garnished with grilled orange will be offered for $10. Pair your cocktails with Chef Saul Hernandez’s Argentine menu, featuring small plates (empanadas; ceviche; beef carpaccio; caprese salad), entrees (lamb chops; grilled chicken; house made ravioli), and gaucho-style grilled steaks (prime spiral cut rib-eye; tender filet mignon; prime new york strip; prime center cut aged skirt steak). The complete menu may be viewed here.  
 
For table reservations, visit artangosteakhouse.com or call 872-208-7441.

Artango Bar & Steakhouse
4767 N. Lincoln Ave.
Chicago, IL 60625
artangosteakhouse.com
872-208-7441

 

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Halloween Cocktail at Cantina Laredo

Celebrate All Hallows Eve and Day of the Dead with an El Diablo 

Saturday, October 28 – Thursday, November 2

Cantina Laredo in River North will celebrate Halloween and Dia de los Muertos with a spooky Latin libation. The “El Diablo” cocktail, made with Hornitos Reposado Tequila, Crème de Cassis, agave nectar, mole, Angostura bitters, fresh lime juice and Fever-Tree Ginger Beer, will be available for $6 from October 28 to November 2 (regularly $12).

Pair your devilish drink with Cantina Laredo’s modern Mexican fare crafted by Chef Cruz Almanza. Head over for happy hour on weekdays to enjoy discounted small plates in the lounge, Monday-Friday from 3:30-6:30 p.m. The complete lunch, dinner and weekend brunch menus may be viewed here. Cantina Laredo is open Sunday-Thursday from 11:30 a.m. to 10 p.m.; Friday and Saturday from 11:30 a.m. to 11 p.m.

Cantina Laredo

508 N. State Street
Chicago, IL 60654
312.955.0014
CantinaLaredo.com

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III Forks Features Classic Coupe Cocktails

III Forks Features Classic Coupe Cocktails

Sip Traditional Libations in Retro Stemware 

III Forks Prime Steakhouse has unveiled three classic cocktails, offered for a limited time. The South Side, Hemingway Daiquiri and Sidecar (detailed below) are served in coupe stemware, now making a comeback among cocktail enthusiasts.

III Forks is open Sunday-Thursday, 4-10 p.m.; Friday and Saturday, 4-11 p.m. Happy Hour selections include $1 oysters, $9 III Forks Certified Angus Burgers and more, available Monday-Thursday from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. For reservations, call 312-938-4303 or visit 3forks.com.

Coupe Cocktails

South Side

The Botanist Gin, fresh lime juice, fresh mint leaves, simple syrup $12

Hemingway Daiquiri
Bacardi Superior Rum, Luxardo Maraschino Liqueur, fresh lime and grapefruit juice, and a Luxardo cherry $12

Sidecar
Rémy Martin VSOP, Cointreau Orange Liqueur, and fresh lemon juice $13

III Forks
180 N. Field Blvd.
Chicago, IL 60601
312.938.4303
IIIForks.com

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New Fall Cocktails at Cantina Laredo

Trio of Tequila Libations for a Limited Time

Cantina Laredo, offering modern Mexican cuisine and cocktails in River North, has unveiled three new cocktails for the fall season: Flor de Jalisco; El Diablo; and Anejo Fashioned. The tequila-based drinks, outlined below, feature such ingredients as orange marmalade, ginger beer, Luxardo cherries and Angostura bitters.

Enjoy cocktails at Cantina Laredo during lunch, dinner or weekend brunch. The large main floor bar and second story lounge are the perfect place to linger over libations. For table reservations, call 312-955-0014 or visit cantinalaredo.com.

New Fall Cocktails at Cantina Laredo

FLOR DE JALISCO
Avión Silver Tequila, agave nectar, fresh lemon juice, orange marmalade and orange zest $12

EL DIABLO
Hornitos Reposado Tequila, Crème de Cassis, agave nectar, mole and Angostura bitters, fresh lime juice, topped with Fever-Tree Ginger Beer $12

ANEJO FASHIONED
Patrón Añejo Tequila, mole and Angostura bitters, orange peel and Luxardo cherries $13.50

Cantina Laredo
508 N. State Street
Chicago, IL 60654
312.955.0014
CantinaLaredo.com

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New Happy Hour at III Forks Prime Steakhouse

Half-Priced Wine by the Glass, One Dollar Oysters and More 

Monday-Friday
4-7 p.m.

III Forks Prime Steakhouse has launched a new happy hour promotion, taking place Monday through Friday from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. The Lakeshore East restaurant now offers half-priced wine by the glass (listed below), $5 select martinis, $1 oysters and half-priced Certified Angus Beef burgers. Guests may enjoy the happy hour specials in the spacious lower level lounge or on the stunning rooftop patio that boasts a bar, cabanas and fireplaces with serene park and skyline views.

III Forks is open Sunday-Thursday, 4-10 p.m.; Friday and Saturday, 4-11 p.m. For reservations, call 312-938-4303 or visit 3forks.com.

III Forks
180 N. Field Blvd.
Chicago, IL 60601
312.938.4303
IIIForks.com

III Forks Happy Hour Menu
Monday-Friday, 4-7 p.m.

Sparkling/Rose

Chandon Brut 187ml, NV, California $7.50 (regularly $15)

Famille Perrin Reserve Rose, Cotes du Rhône, France $5 (regularly $10)

White 

Emiliana Natura Un-Oaked Chardonnay, Casablanca Valley, Chile $5 (regularly $10)

Beringer Luminous Chardonnay, Napa Valley, California $8 (regularly $16)

Conundrum White Blend, California $7.50 (regularly $15)

King Estate Signature Collection Pinot Gris, Oregon $6 (regularly $12)

Chateau Ste. Michelle Riesling, Columbia Valley, Washington $5 (regularly $10)

Craggy Range Te Muna Road Vineyard Sauvignon Blanc, Martinborough, New Zealand $7 (regularly $14)

Red

The Seeker Cabernet Sauvignon, Central Valley, Chile $5 (regularly $10)

H3 by Columbia Crest Cabernet Sauvignon, Columbia River, Washington $6 (regularly $12)

Beringer Knights Valley Cabernet Sauvignon, Knights Valley, California $8 (regularly $16)

Justin Winery Cabernet Sauvignon, Paso Robles, California $9.50 (regularly $19)

Alamos Malbec, Mendoza, Argentina $5 (regularly $10)

Frei Brothers Reserve Merlot, Dry Creek Valley, California $7.50 (regularly $15)

Acrobat Pinot Noir, Oregon $8 (regularly $16)

Meiomi Pinot Noir, Coastal California $7 (regularly $14)

Chloe Pinot Noir, Monterey County, California $5 (regularly $10)

Paraduxx Proprietary Red Blend, Napa Valley, California $9 (regularly $18)

Conundrum Red Blend, California  $7.50 (regularly $15)

Gnarly Head Old Vine Zinfandel, Lodi, California $5 (regularly $10)

Martinis

$5 each, selections vary

Oysters

$1 each, selections vary

III Forks Burger

Certified Angus Beef $9 (regularly $18)

4 year aged cheddar, lemon aïoli

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“Bao for a Buck” at KorFusion

$1 Bao Tacos on National Bao Day

Tuesday, August 22
11 a.m.-8 p.m.
 
Get more bao for your buck at KorFusion! On National Bao Day (August 22), the quick service, Korean-fusion restaurant in Lincoln Park will serve Bao Tacos for $1 each, all day (limit two per person; with any purchase). KorFusion’s Bao Tacos offer an Asian twist on a traditional taco, featuring a steamed bao bun filled with the choice of protein and three veggies (regularly $5.99 for two). 
 
KorFusion’s make-it-your-own menu features an array of snacks (bao tacos; mandu), entrees (burritos; tacos; rice bowls; bibimbap) and sides (kimchi fried rice; japchae). Dining guests may enjoy a unique taste of Seoul by customizing their meal through the selection of proteins, carbs, cold and hot vegetables and sauces. An interesting selection of non-alcoholic beverages include aloe vera water, Ramune, Milkis (Korean cream soda) and more. The complete menu may be viewed here.
 
KorFusion
1234 N. Halsted Street
Chicago, IL 60642
KorFusion.com
@KorFusion

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III Forks Welcomes Hans Aeschbacher

Seasoned Chef Now Leads Lakeshore East Steakhouse

III Forks Prime Steakhouse is proud to announce the appointment of Executive Chef Hans Aeschbacher. The kitchen team at the Lakeshore East-located restaurant and rooftop lounge will be led by a veteran chef with a twenty year, storied career.

Hans Aeschbacher’s father, also a restaurant professional, led him to where he is today. At the age of 11, Hans was mentored by his father, then Executive Chef of Lawry’s the Prime Rib in Chicago. He was introduced to knife skills, creating sauces and managing industrial kitchens. He then apprenticed in Switzerland at the Hotel Barren, finding inspiration from London chef, Anton Mosimann. Hans’ ACF apprenticeship was with Chef and James Beard winner, John Coletta. His career continued by gaining experience from other outstanding Chefs, such as David Burke, Scott Ubert and Jason Handelman. Aeschbacher opened the Sheraton Hotel, worked at the Double Tree’s Park Avenue Cafe and Mrs. Park’s tavern, reopened Trader Vic’s and opened Chicago Cut. There, his steakhouse cuisine was received with high praise. He assisted in the opening of The Local and worked to save The Chicago Tower Club, the oldest private club in Chicago.

Executive Chef Hans Aeschbacher is eager to continue offering guests a superb dining experience utilizing the finest ingredients. III Forks Prime Steakhouse offers Certified Angus Beef Prime 42 Day Age cuts, USDA prime steaks, Durham Ranch Wagyu by the Strube Family, incredibly fresh seafood and local favorites. A walk-in, glass wine cellar stores global wines while cocktails are crafted with care. The simply stunning dining room and rooftop lounge sit among serene park views and an urban skyline.

III Forks is open Sunday-Thursday, 5-10 p.m.; Friday and Saturday, 5-11 p.m. For table reservations, call 312-938-4303 or visit 3forks.com.

III Forks
180 N. Field Blvd.
Chicago, IL 60601
312.938.4303
IIIForks.com

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