Chicago’s preeminent mezcal-focused bar has added four new summery cocktails to its libations lineup. All four additions are inspired by newly available Mexican spirits, such as the Balam raicilla-based “Must Collect,” which is a delightful yet unintentional homage to this summer’s Pokémon Go trend. The cocktail comprises ripe watermelon, green chartreuse, fresh lime, and honey served in a black ceramic cup outfitted with a stripe of cilantro salt. As with the standing menu staples, these new drinks are listed with sliding scales for their freshness, smokiness, and adventurousness levels. 3149 W. Logan Blvd., 773-278-2215
Since taking the reins as head pastry chef at The Publican, James Beard-nominated Dana Cree has given the restaurant’s dessert menu a major face-lift. The newly minted sweets selection is inspired by her travels through Europe, and highlights dishes like Cree’s twist on a Bakewell tart: Fulton Mess, which is made with ripe blueberries and raspberries, lemon, and burnt vanilla meringue. There's also Dana’s Cookie Jar, which features a rotating selection of house-made cookies like matcha rice crispy treats, chocolate chips, and nutterbuddies. In addition, Cree has also launched a new ice cream menu packed with indulgences from her forthcoming cookbook, Hello My Name Is Ice Cream (to be published in 2017). 837 W. Fulton Market, 312-733-9555
Boasting well over a dozen unique vendors, this massive food hall might just be the thing the Loop has needed to boost its status to culinary destination. The 24,000-square-foot giant is located on the ground floor of The National, a historic building that originally opened in 1907, and includes a café-bar and a book and record store in addition to food concepts like Aloha Poke Co, Smoque BBQ, Furious Spoon ramen, Black Dog Gelato, and much more. 125 S. Clark St.
This West Town mainstay gives the hungry people of Chicago two more reasons to dine out during the work week: a Tuesday special featuring half-priced draft beers from the restaurant’s curated selection of Midwestern craft brews, and a Thursday half-priced two-patty burger special. Both promotions will run from open-to-close on their respective days. 1132 W. Grand Ave., 312-624-8363
On the heels of opening chef Jimmy Papadopoulos’ bittersweet departure, this River North favorite has named Rob Sidor its new executive chef. The Chicago native gets back to his roots after cooking in Philadelphia for a number of years, and is currently preparing to launch a fall menu that reflects his personal cooking style while remaining true to BoHo’s penchant for elevated yet authentic Central European cuisine. 11 W. Illinois St., 312-955-0439