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What You Need To Know About the Chicago Dining Scene This Week

Barbecue, tacos in bags, and the Lollapalooza of food.

Pork 3-Way at Dinosaur Bar-B-Que   Photo: Autumn M. Thomes

Openings

Dinosaur Bar-B-Que (923 W. Weed St., Lincoln Park, 312-462-1053) comes roaring into the Chicago market with a giant dining room, a beer garden, live music, and, yes, barbecue.

It ain’t the most refined thing you can eat in the city, but that doesn’t stop the straightforwardly named Taco in a Bag (4603 N. Lincoln Ave, Lincoln Square, 773-250-2437) from already having a loyal following thanks to its roots in a food court in West Dundee and an appearance on the Food Network’s Food Court Wars.

More dining pastabilities in Bucktown—there’s now a second location of Lincoln Park standby Pasta Bowl (1852 W. North Ave., 773-935-2695) that’s just as noodle-intensive as the original.

Morsels

Make room in your festival-season calendar for the first-ever Chicago Food + Wine Festival, coming to Lincoln Park for three days starting on August 28. The big event is a team effort between Texas-based chef Tim Love, the promoters of Lollapalooza, and (unsurprisingly given the name) Food & Wine magazine. There will be dozens of heavy-hitting chefs from both Chicago and around the country on hand for all manner of dining activities and demonstrations. See the full line-up online.

You’re probably ordering delivery anyway, so you can at least do some social good while you do it by selecting from GrubHub’s special menu benefiting No Kid Hungry. Six restaurants (Old Town Social, Lillie’s Q, Hub 51, Bub City, RPM Italian, and Ramen-San) are offering special menu items, and for each one ordered, GrubHub will donate $5 to the charitable organization. If Bub City’s cinnamon bread pudding or Old Town Social’s cubano don’t strike your fancy, you can use the promo code NOHUNGER5 to have $1 donated from any order. The promotion runs through May 3.

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