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

There’s poutine.

Poutine at Sidecar at LR   Photo: Don Markus

Openings

Think of Sidecar at LR as a weather-independent food truck inside the Long Room (1612 W. Irving Park Rd., 773-665-8210). Two groups of chefs will take turns manning the kitchen, accessible to the bar through a service window. At breakfast and lunch, it’s sandwiches from Biscuit Man, the brainchild of chef Zeeshan Shah; by night, Beard and Belly (led by Kyle Schrage and Jim Torres) will do burgers, poutine, and other bar faves.

Bucktown may now be home to the most American of American restaurants, AMK Kitchen Bar (1954 W. Armitage Ave., 773-276-4400), which boasts both a menu of comfort food and a flag motif on the spot’s façade.

Deposit yourself at La Voûte Bistro and Bar (2034 Ridge Rd., Homewood, 844-204-2034), a French-inspired spot inside of the new La Banque boutique hotel. The place is headed up by Dominique Tougne (Chez Moi) and his former Bistro 110 colleague Thomas Donnelly.

Morsels

Because you shouldn’t have to choose between the three, you can now sit on a patio, drink a cocktail, and get a manicure all at once at Elle on the River (The Langham, 330 N. Wabash Ave., River North, 312-923-9988). From 5 to 7 p.m., you can get your nails done and your choice of cocktail for $30 (just go to the bar and request a manicure and your nail technician will appear tableside), or, if you want to make a big group thing of it, five people can each get a treatment and access to a ten-serving punch bowl for $150.

A blog post on Bon Appétit’s website earlier today tipped us off to the work of Mimi O Chun, a designer who’s been doing a project making stuffed-fabric versions of some of the trendiest edibles in the country. Of particular relevance are two sculptures she made of dishes at Alinea (1723 N. Halsted St., Lincoln Park, 312-867-0110), and they’re pretty gorgeous—take a look here.

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