Hutch Brunch in River North

Upon graduating from college I found the existence of a magical new meal called “brunch.” Growing up our family was always up by 9:00 a.m. on weekends thus necessitating “breakfast” and in college I slept well past noon. But the combination of post college partying on Lincoln Avenue with the internal clock of a 7:00 a.m. weekday wakeup soon found me in the 10:00-11:30 a.m. weekend brunch zone and it was glorious! Seven years later I am still a big brunch fan and there are more and more fantastic options than ever before.

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Weber Grill Adds Spring Menu Items and New Patio

Weber Grill was a restaurant I went to a lot growing up in the Chicago burbs. It was a special treat to go to a restaurant in the city and the visit often went hand in hand with a trip to see the Macy’s windows during the Christmas season and a tour of the Christkindlmarket. Yet after living in the city for years, and with the abundant choices of restaurants, I had forgotten how good Weber Grill was until I was invited to try out new spring menu items and enjoy their amazing patio space.

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A Hidden French Gem: Bistro Voltaire

The folks at Bistro Voltaire reached out to me a while back to come by and be transported to Paris for an evening. For those of you who don’t know, besides Chicago, Paris is my favorite city in the world! Even though I spent a semester studying in London, there is just some “je ne sais quoi” about Paris that draws me in. Anytime I have a chance to “visit” Paris, I jump at the opportunity!

As I entered Bistro Voltaire I felt as if I was being whisked away to a quiet bistro somewhere in Saint Germaine (a Parisian neighborhood). The restaurant was cozy and not overly French-themed which would have made it feel touristy and fake. The weather had just begun to cool down and the wood interior automatically made me feel a bit warmer. Recently Bistro Voltaire had switched to a new seasonal menu that offers a variety of classic French dishes like French onion soup, escargot, mussels in a white wine sauce, several fish dishes, boeuf bourguignon, and more.

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