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

Plants in beer, pot in baked goods, and more.

Arbor Oak Amber Ale   Photo: Courtesy of Morton Arboretum

Openings

Wilmette gets into the Neapolitan-style pizza game with Napolita (1126 Central Ave., 224-215-0305). Their straight-out-of-Naples oven is firing up pies such as the salumi piccante (soppressata, mozzarella, basil, chili flake) to match with Prosecco on tap.

Boozy milk shakes spill onto the Division Street scene with a new location of burger emporium 25 Degrees (2015 W. Division St., Wicker Park), taking over the spot last occupied by Barley & Brass.

On a restricted diet? Take comfort in the Carb Free Café (222 Merchandise Mart Plaza, River North), where gluten-free and low-carb options abound on the menu developed by Food Network host and nutritionist Robin Miller.

Morsels

Pastry pro Mindy Segal is stepping into the state’s nascent medical marijuana industry. The Hot Chocolate pastry chef and James Beard award winner is developing a line of edible pot products in collaboration with Cresco Labs, giving a gourmet option to sufferers of the state’s approved list of conditions. Patients can expect to see her granola bites and brittles in dispensaries by late February.

In other plant-infused consumable product news, the Morton Arboretum and Lake Effect Brewing have joined forces to create the Arbor Oak Amber Ale, which used chips from the arboretum’s oak trees to add a hint of vanilla flavor. If you want to taste it, stop by the arboretum (4100 Route 53, Lisle, 630-968-0074) on Monday from 5 to 8 p.m. for a launch event. The tickets ($10 for members, $15 for the general public) include a glass of the brew.

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