If the plethora of new restaurants in Chicago has you in a constant food coma, don't go on that kale-and-water diet just yet. Three of the newest eateries to hit the Windy City dining scene are worth the calories — no matter what you have a hankering for.
Booze on the brain? Then CH Distillery in the West Loop is for you — especially if you're interested in the spirit-making process. If you're looking for a culinary vacation, Tanta in River North serves up some seriously authentic Peruvian cuisine. And, A10 in Hyde Park (the brainchild of Charlie Trotter alum Matthias Merges) is a Mediterranean carb-lover's dream.
While these nosh spots are diverse in their offerings, they are all great places to meet strangers and friends alike. With that in mind, we've curated three rad ensembles to ensure that you'll turn a head or two. Trust, you'll thank us for freeing up some extra time — you'll need it to study all those amazing menus before you go.
A10 Hyde Park
It’s no shocker that one of the hottest new tables in town is from yet another Charlie Trotter alum, chef Matthias Merges. This welcoming addition to Obama’s ‘hood is named after a road that runs through France and Italy, so you can pretty much guess what’s on the menu. And, from small plates and pizzas to hearty mains and pastas, the bounty is only one of many reasons to visit.
Since the space is ripe for sharing a great meal among friends, we suggest sporting something equally cozy, such as this fun sweater dress. To elevate this simple frock, add a sexy pair of knee-high boots, a sharp hat, and a killer clutch. Trust, you’ll be glad you had on a comfy dress after polishing off the last bite of that baked gnocchi.
A10 Hyde Park, 1462 East 53rd Street (between Harper and Blackstone avenues); 773-288-1010.
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Some new restaurants seem to blend in with one another — but not Tanta. This lively eatery in the River North ‘hood will take you on a culinary vacation from the moment you take the first sip of your pisco sour. The menu is made up of small and large plates consisting of everything from Peruvian-style sashimi to traditional dishes like chupa, a hearty stew made with prawns and potatoes.
For your visit, we suggest sporting a pair of skinny jeans and a sexy, sleeveless blouse — you can always whip off that jacket if the spice (or the crowd) amps up your body temperature. Swap heels for a comfy pair of booties (did we mention how strong the drinks are?) and you’re all set for the hottest night out this side of Lima.
Tanta, 118 West Grand Avenue (at LaSalle Street); 312-222-9700.
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While wine bars will never get old, an establishment specializing in vodka is enough to pique anyone’s palate — especially if you need a quick pick-me-up. C.H., Chicago’s only grain-to-bottle vodka distillery, serves up potent sippers and eastern European-inspired bites that are guaranteed to melt the chill from a crisp Windy City winter evening.
Whether this is your only destination or you plan on hitting the Randolph Street strip afterward, we suggest dressing up a bit so that you’re ready for wherever the night may take you. These sexy trousers and brightly colored T-shirt create a comfortable ensemble that can be jazzed up with a sharp pair of stems and a little bit of bling around your neck. And, of course, there’s that oh-so necessary leather bomber jacket to keep you warm and toasty without sacrificing your sartorial style.
CH Distillery, 564 West Randolph Street (between Jefferson and Clinton streets); 312-707-8780.
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