Modern Fare

Crème de la Crème

Every summer Kimmer’s Ice Cream parlors (St. Charles, Wheaton, and Elmhurst; kimmersicecream.com)…
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A Pot Roast for Every Palate

Chef Paul Katz’s new menu at Old Town Pour House in both Naperville (1703 Freedom Dr.)…
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The Cinco Special

The secret ingredient in chef Abel Cortes’s signature brisket taco at Quiubo (quiubomx.com)…
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Standing Ovation

There’s always music in the air at Stolp Island Social, the Amy Morton–owned spot…
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Just Like Old Tymes

The Irish Tyme Pub in Plainfield is gilded with more romantic flourishes than a Keats…
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Cheers to Your Squad

Members of Cooper’s Hawk Wine Club can sign up for a three-course Galentine’s Gathering…
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Saluting Rome

When Jeremy Rubinstein, the GM/sommelier of Che Figata in Naperville, chose pairings…
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Tell ’Em Frankie Sent You

Now that owners Jim and Tely Nagle have renovated the Drake Hotel in Oak Brook—note…
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Baby, Light My Fire

Sicilian fare is as hot as Palermo in late July. Ditto for Joe Farina’s Calabrian pork…
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Where There’s Smoke…

The whiskey list at Barrel + Rye in Geneva is so potent it could stagger a cowboy at…
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Alfresco Vibes

A Toda Madre’s signature aquachile was tailor-made for the Glen Ellyn hot spot’s…
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Duck Hunt

After a challenging year, chef Patrick McLaughlin of SixtyFour Wine Bar & Kitchen…
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