The Food & Drink Issue


From Amber Nettles, SVP of Growth & Strategy 
As the weather gets warmer, we’re venturing out more and more — for me, specifically, that means setting dates for brunch with some of my favorite girlfriends, and/or making reservations to FINALLY try a restaurant I’ve had my eye on. Yesterday, after a mask-making session at Scratch Goods, my friends and I went to Boqueria for the first time, and indulged in more tapas than I could list. It was my first brunch in ages, and it reminded me how much I love eating at new places. I moved to Chicago in 2017, and it feels like I could eat somewhere new twice a week and still never get through all the city has to offer. If you’re like me, and love the food scene here. you will love our upcoming Food & Drink issue. Last year, Mike Sula and the Reader staff wrote about a variety of Chicago foods, trends, and more, including: Back of the Yards Algae Sciences, spirit-free drink brands and community platforms, and some of our staffers’ most memorable food experiences. The food issue is something I look forward to every year, and I can’t wait for this one to hit the stands. Click here to read last year’s issue and download the PDF, and contact us if you have interest in advertising in this year’s Food & Drink issue! (Booking deadline is noon Wednesday. 


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Milo’s Market at the next Monday Night Foodball
By the time the cameras showed up, the corner of Allen and Kimball had gotten too hot for Milo’s Market. “People would come by like a BYOB, and we would sell food out of the back of the house,” says Gilberto Bahena. MORE

Fish ‘n’ faith
Lenten fish fries are a delicious and ubiquitous part of the Catholic midwest. MORE

Best place to take yourself out on a date
Here’s a rule I live by: once a month, take yourself on a date. No phones allowed; bring a book. Last month, I ventured to Ghin Khao Eat Rice, and I can assure you it’s the perfect spot. (And I’ve done this 21 times!). MORE

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April 20-May 3, 2023
Vol. 52, No.14 


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