Monday, 10/7: Brunch spot Hashbrowns (1155 N. Wells, 312-440-0000) opened its second location at the corner of Division and Wells. The comfort food-packed menu will be familiar to regulars of the University Village café.

Tuesday, 10/15: Pass the biscuits, y’all. Yonder (5 S. Wabash, 312-465-5280) opened its buffet-style Southern kitchen in The Loop, where the 70 communal seats are meant to evoke traditional church socials or family gatherings. Breakfast and lunch menus cover all the down-home favorites, including corn cakes, grits, blackened catfish, and jambalaya.

Thursday, 10/17: The first Chicago site of Seasons 52 (55 E. Grand, 312-832-1752) fires up the grill for fresh foods with low calorie counts—nothing on the menu tops 475 calories.


Starting Thursday, Glazed and Infused (all locations) will feature one gluten-free doughnut each day. First off the line is a cinnamon-and-sugar-coated loop, but the doughnutmeisters at Glazed have other flavors in mind for the coming weeks. The limited supply doughnuts are $2.50 each.

Meatloaf Bakery (2464 N. Clark St., 773-698-6667) and its mobile version, Meatloaf-a-Go-Go, will give away free Loafer Pops on Friday. The pops—which are made of meat loaf, not shoes—come in classic meat loaf or bacon-cheeseburger flavors and are molded and impaled, lollipop-style.

October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month, a cause Chicagoland restaurants take seriously. More than 150 establishments have teamed up with The Lynn Sage Foundation to garner support for cancer research. If you are eating or drinking out this month, Think Pink when you make your reservations.