Chicago is one of the best places in the world for restaurants. There are so many options to pick from fine dining to a casual affair.
The beach can be packed in the summer but nearby the North Avenue Beach lies Castaways Bar & Grill to offer an escape. We are not only talking pina coladas but a frozen drink called the Miami Vice took me back to my loafer and white jacket days!

Opening new this year are private cabanas with their own server for groups of up to twelve. You can reserve one today by e-mailing afranko@stefanigroup.com. With all the action at Hollywood Beach this summer, where is our restaurant with this kind of fun?

Celebrating its one year anniversary hotspot Roka Akor at 456 N Clark knows how to keep things interesting. Their drink the “ichi” is unforgettable unless you lose your memory after too many. It is a mix of Grey Goose cherry, cognac, agave lemon and rose proseco.

This sushi establishment has Japanese drummers to entertain guests on the patio making it the complete experience.

Many restaurants pull together for a great cause every year as Chefs  and the City takes over The Ritz-Carlton Chicago this time for the eighth year. Having moved from the too tight of a space Peninsula there was room to grow in this venue. There was a VIP room along with table after table of delicious treats. Twenty four chefs like Dale Levitski were on hand and he even gave out a take home dessert.

This event grossed more than $100,000 for Vital Bridges, an organization that provides meals and housing for people affected by HIV/AIDS.

The pork sandwich by the Union League Club of Chicago was a huge hit and Chef Michael Garbin brought the personality and panache that had many coming back for seconds. Donate today at www.vitalbridges.org and plan on attending next year.