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New Stunning Entries Of The 2016 National Geographic Nature Photographer Of The Year Contest

The 2016 National Geographic Nature Photographer of the Year contest is accepting entries in one or all of four categories: Landscape, Environmental …

D.C.'s First Restaurant and Distillery Combination is Here

Four years in the making, the two-story District Distilling Co. finally debuts tonight on U Street. Its stunning design was unveiled earlier this week, and the menu is also extensive.<p>The plan is for the place to start selling its own booze created on the first level in the coming months. But for …

30 iconic American hotel bars everyone should have a drink at

All the major hospitality groups are filling their portfolios with new projects inside buzzy and beloved hotels. Hoteliers, too, are answering the bar-hopping public's call: multiple cocktail concepts within a single hotel are becoming the standard at big city hotels, especially those that stand on …

Lena Brava review: Bayless on fire at new seafood-focused restaurant

Every time I visit a Rick Bayless restaurant, I learn something. That's no idle statement when you're talking about a guy who has been feeding Chicago for more than a quarter-century.<p>First there was Frontera Grill, eschewing chips-and-salsa Mexican for serious Mexican cooking that took sopa Azteca …

Cruz Blanca review: Great tacos and beer, awkward service at Bayless' brewpub

Is Rick Bayless taunting us with Cruz Blanca? He made his name by opening Mexican restaurants that only briefly addressed tacos in favor of highlighting unique regional dishes — think of the complex moles at Frontera and the crackly crusted tortas at Xoco. He must have known that at any time he …

Brewpub

50 don't-miss new restaurants to try this summer in Chicago

Inspired by the summer reading lists that burdened my childhood summers, I present my annual Summer Eating List, a compilation of recently opened, soon-to-open and hoping-to-open restaurants that will brighten Chicago's dining scene in the coming months.<p>Your assignment: Visit at as many of these …

Recreation

30 cocktail recipes to fight summer heat wave

These easy, breezy cocktails — from swizzle to flip to fizz to spritz and more — salute the dog days of summer and take you on through Labor Day.

Heat Waves

Nick recommends: 55 tacos worth hunting down

Reporter Nick Kindelsperger ate tacos every day in May to suss out Chicago's best. Here, he narrows his list to a scant 55 favorites. (And don't miss his daily blog, dubbed Nick's Taco Challenge.)

Tacos

50 Best Restaurants in Chicago

For those who haven’t seen this list before (the last update ran in April), Phil’s 50 isn’t intended to indicate the absolute best restaurants in Chicago, but rather the ones that I feel are most vital to Chicago right now.<p>Thus the list skews a bit newer than an absolute Top 50 might, and makes …

Bread

Chicago's best doughnuts

'Breakfast Queen' Ina Pinkney's top picks for breakfast in Chicago: 2015

You don't need all-day Egg McMuffins. Instead, take these breakfast recommendations from Ina Pinkney, who ran beloved breakfast spot Ina's in the West Loop for more than 30 years. These are Pinkney's favorite breakfasts of 2015; head here for her 2016 recommendations.

Breakfast

Get out there: 150-plus Chicago patios and rooftops for summer eating and drinking

On a warm Chicago day, there is one place to be: posted on a great rooftop or patio, beverages and bites within reach. To that end, we've compiled a list of outdoor dining spaces throughout the city, organized by neighborhood, so everyone can eat alfresco all season long. You'll find suburban …

Texas

24 great spots for fried chicken in Chicago

Fried Chicken

Umami Burger to open second Chicago location July 25

Is the West Loop the new battleground where all the best fast-casual burger chains square off against one another for ground beef supremacy? A week after Shake Shack announced a new location headed to Morgan Street, Umami Burger announced that its upcoming Randolph Street shop is dropping in two …

5 things to eat, drink, do this weekend

<b>1. Hit up a serious barbecue festival</b><p>West Town is gonna smell really good this weekend: The Windy City Smokeout, a massive barbecue festival, is back. Pitmasters from around the country descend on the fest to fire up their meaty offerings. Between chowing on barbecue and sipping beers from local …

Chicago

Eat This: Some of Chicago's best French fries, found in Lakeview

A good French fry is pretty easy to find. A <i>great</i> French fry? Much harder.<p>It's a Goldilocks situation: These fries are too crispy. These fries are too soft. These could use more seasoning. These taste as if they were ambushed by the girl in the yellow dress on the Morton Salt canister. You get the …

French Fries

Review: Alinea, now as much as $385 a head, puts on quite a show

"Do any of us," muses chef Grant Achatz, "want to have a five-hour meal anymore?"<p>Coming from any other chef in Chicago, that remark might sound wise, or possibly envious. But from Achatz, who set the culinary world ablaze with his 30-course, assumptions-shattering menus at Alinea, it smacks of …

The best burgers in Chicago of 2016

The Food & Dining team tried dozens of burgers to find Chicago's best. Check out our favorites here. For more of our burger coverage, visit our Craving: Burgers page.

Burgers

The Publican to open a bar in Wicker Park

The group behind Big Star, Dove’s Luncheonette and Violet Hour on Damen Avenue — not to mention Publican, Avec and Blackbird in the West Loop — is expanding its foothold on Wicker Park’s food and drink scene.<p>If you swing by 1576 N. Milwaukee Ave., the site of the former Francesca's Forno, you’ll …

Pubs

Adding Storage to a Bicycle, Improving Your Designs Mid-Project, How to Make Parts Fit Together, a Clever DIY Camera Dolly and More

<b>Router Bit Storage and Mid-Project Modification</b><p>This is a great example of designing on-the-fly and making adjustments when your first idea doesn't …