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Dining news: New Lake View chefs, Nat'l Fried Chicken Day
Special to the online edition of Windy City Times
by Andrew Davis, Windy City Times

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—Lake View spots DryHop Brewers and Corridor Brewery & Provisions have new executive chefs. Jeff Dysart and Jason Vandegraft are the new executive chefs at, respectively, DryHop and Corridor. They both were Former Executive Chef Joel Pillar's chef de cuisines at the brewpubs. Pillar will be the executive chef at The Sherwood Inn in New York state.

—To honor National Fried Chicken Day on July 6, Honey Butter Fried Chicken, 3361 N. Elston Ave., celebrates the day with a limited-time offer ( 11 a.m.-9 p.m. ) of buckets of fried chicken and beer. For one day only, guests can order an eight-piece bucket of fried chicken with five corn muffins and honey butter, plus a bucket of four Miller High Life's on ice for $40. See .

—Seven Lions, 130 S. Michigan Ave., has unveiled its summer brunch options. Executive Chef Patrick Russ and Pastry Chef Becca Zuckerman are offering items such as the Ooh Baby Chicken 'n Waffles, the Soft-Shell Crab Sandwich, Southern Fried Chicken Sandwich, Strawberry Pancakes and Banana Bread French Toast, among other dishes. See .

—Salero, 621 W. Randolph St., is bringing back its Running of the Bulls tasting menu July 6-14, featuring dishes inspired by the region of Pamplona. Pamplona, Spain, hosts the annual festival that takes place every year during that same stretch of days. Executive Chef and Partner Ashlee Aubin invites Chicagoans and visitors to the city to join the annual festival in spirit with a four-course tasting menu, priced at $49 per person. ( Some of the dishes include grilled duck with peaches, and oxtail-stuffed piquillo pepper. See or call 312-466-1000.

—Boleo and Vol. 39 will have Executive Chef Nick Sutton ( Tru, Pump Room ), Chef de Cuisine Alexis Hernandez ( Embassy of Peru, Washington D.C.'s Romeo & Juliet ) and Head Bartender Jess Lambert ( The Dawson, Sable Kitchen & Bar ) leading the two forthcoming restaurant and bar concepts. The trio will spearhead the food and beverage programs of both Boleo, a South American rooftop restaurant and bar, and Vol. 39, a refined lobby bar offering a wine and spirits program. Each concept is slated to launch in tandem with The Kimpton Gray Hotel opening later this summer.

—Ocean Cut Chicago—a concept from the owners of Chicago Cut Steakhouse located at 20 W. Kinzie St.—is offering "Timeless Tuesdays" 4-7 p.m. Guests can enter giveaway raffles to win luxury gifts like a Cartier watch or a bottle of Dom Perignon. There are also specials ( four drinks paired with four bites for $15 ). See .

—A Mexican restaurant in Chicago's Bridgeport neighborhood has voluntarily closed after health officials identified an E. coli outbreak linked to the eatery, reported July 1. The Chicago Department of Public Health ( CDPH ) said 25 people were sickened and five were hospitalized after eating at Carbon Live Fire Mexican Grill in the 300 block of West 26th Street. The CDPH recommends that anyone who recently ate at the restaurant and is suffering any of the symptoms to seek medical attention.

—Square Roots, described as "a craft beer and music experience," returns to Lincoln Square July 8-10 with more than 50 acts on four stages, and 30 regional craft brews paired with Lincoln Square restaurants and local artisans. See . There are suggested donations of $10 for adults, $5 for seniors/kids and $20 for families; proceeds support both Old Town School of Folk Music and Lincoln Square Ravenswood Chamber programs.

—Shaw's Crab House ( in Chicago and Schaumburg ) will be celebrating lobsters this summer at its annual Lobster Festival. People are encouraged to stop by Shaw's Chicago through July 31 and try a taste of summer with one of the restaurant's lobster-centric dishes. Call 312-527-2722 or visit .

—‹Grand & Ogden ( G&O ), 459 W. Ogden Ave., ‹will kick off Fourth of July weekend with a patio pig roast on Saturday, July 2, at 2 p.m. Tickets are $18 at the door for all-you-can-eat pig and sides, including braised collard greens, mac n' cheese, and cole slaw. There will also be $3 Coors Banquets and $3 bourbon shots. See .

—The 10th annual Roscoe Village Burger Fest will take place July 9-10. Normally held on Belmont Avenue at Damen Avenue, because of construction this year's fest will be moving to a one-time temporary home at Clybourn Avenue and Diversey Parkway ( 2800-3100 N. Clybourn Ave., to be exact ). Some of the vendors will include Reggie's Chicago, D.S. Tequila, VPT and Chubby Wieners. See .

—The Wine & Sweets Stroll will take place Sunday, July 10, 3-6 p.m. in East Lake View. There will be two routes, 12 stops and more than 24 wines. The cost is $25 for one route and $40 for both. Register at .

—Executive Chef Cardel Reid of The Signature Room, 875 N. Michigan Ave., will team with Bacardi Rum to host a paired rum dinner on Thursday, July 14, 6-9 p.m. Guests are invited to enjoy a four-course meal paired with seasonal rum cocktails while taking in the cityscape. Tickets are $85 per person, and include a cocktail reception and a four-course dinner with cocktail pairings. Space is limited; pre-purchase tickets by calling 312-280-0465.

—With National Ice Cream Day on Sunday, July 17, Cocoa + Co., 1651 N. Wells St., is offering new ice-cream sandwiches. Varieties include Coffee Toffee, Peppermint, Vanilla Oreo and Chocolate Chocolate Chip. See .

—Food Tank Chicago will take place Wed., Nov. 16, at the Gleacher Center, 450 N. Cityfront Plaza Dr., 9 a.m.-4:30 p.m. Among the expected guests are Chicago Tribune food writer Bill Daley, chef Rick Bayless, IATP Executive Director Juliette Majot and Food Tank President Danielle Nierenberg. See

—Chop Shop, 2033 W. North Ave., is offering new summer menu items. They include burrata ( with sweet tomato jam, arugula, sliced prosciutto, balsamic reduction, fried capers, smoked sea salt and toast points ), ranch turkey burger and spinach salad as well as drinks like The Grape Escape, Girls Kissing Girls ( Bombay gin, elderflower liqueur, Aperol and fresh lemon juice ) and Lady Hibiscus ( tequila, Salerno blood orange liqueur, hibiscus syrup, San Pellegrino Aranciata Rossa and fresh lime juice ), among other items. See .

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