Courtesy of Sam Kirk

Artist and designer Sam Kirk crafted the Art of Chicken to look like a chicken coop, with murals that tell the story of a family of chickens.

Openings This Week

  • Wednesday, 3/6: Opening several months later than expected, The Art of Chicken (2041 N. Western Ave., 773-697-9266) in Bucktown specializes in flame-broiled quarter, half, and whole chickens. 
  • Wednesday, 3/13: Wicker Park will be invaded by tumbleweed in the form of High Noon Saloon (1560 N. Milwaukee Ave., 773-227-9339), serving Tex-Mex cuisine (house-made tamales, fajitas, tacos, and guacamole) and, of course, margaritas, plus 50 kinds of bourbon.


Bringing the ampersand to a fast-food standard, the Longman & Eagle team announced the scheduled spring opening of Parson’s Chicken & Fish (2952 W. Armitage Ave., no phone yet). Or maybe instead of “announced,” that should say “copped to,” as Tasting Table’s Chicago editor, Heather Sperling, spilled the beans two days ago on Windy City Live. . . . Café Ba-Ba-Reeba! now sells its house-made bread from Ba-Ba-Bakery, a takeout counter within the restaurant. . . . Rosemont’s Fashion Outlets of Chicago, opening August 1, will include a third Chicago-area location for Prasino, plus the chain Italian restaurant Villagio, hailing from South Florida. . . . The Dish team sends well-wishes to the restaurateur Jason Chan, who is in treatment for throat cancer. Donate to a fundraiser in his name here.