Newly opened Acadia, in the South Loop of Chicago, has been garnering quite a bit of positive attention for its food, but no reviewer has neglected to include a gushing word or two about head bartender Michael Simon's inventive, humorous, and sophisticated cocktail program. An alum of Chicago's Graham Elliot and a sommelier by training, Simon thinks about the terroir of spirits when he creates drinks, as well how he might be able to expand on the complexity of ingredients by re-using them in different applications within the same cocktail. Here's a little preview of what he's pouring.
As I expected from someone who worked with macaron perfectionists like Pierre Hermé and Laurent Gras, Thomas has worked extensively on perfecting the macaron and so had a lot to say about the petite French confection.
Just as oysters seemed to pop up at each new restaurant opening last year in Chicago, now lobster rolls seem to be everywhere. Of course, not all lobster rolls are created equal. Here are eight you should try now.
The brunch ritual is often mired in screaming children and heinous portions of over-stuffed, over-syrup'd French toast. So it's a welcome relief when a place like Acadia launches brunch, gussying up the weekend tradition with some welcome pomp and circumstance.
McCaskey is a staunch believer in his neighborhood and with Acadia, he's become a pioneer, building a restaurant that boasts the South Loop's only Michelin star. Checkout where else he loves to eat around the area.
Here are some of the best drinking destinations near major tourist attractions in Chicago. Some are full-on craft cocktail bars, while others might be slightly less obvious spots, like restaurants with great cocktail programs and a cozy spot to sit.