Dishes like the CPS-inspired lunchroom butter cookies are pure Chicago and found at Cocoa Chili restaurant, which serves up irresistible food.

 

Chicago patios and rooftops are primed for summer, with everything from menus for dogs to large patio space to spots with live music.

 

From Hurricanes to Sazeracs, jambalaya to turtle soup to king cake, here's where to order in Fat Tuesday eats.

 

Shawn Michelle?s Homemade Ice Cream embraces a philosophy that it's not just doing business, says owner Yahya Muhammad. "We have the philosophy that we?re providing a service."

 
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Owner Stephanie Hart expected to have three times the volume by now, but instead pulled the South Side bakery back to its core to weather a pandemic.

 

The takeout-only South Side barbecue restaurant never had to cut staff or close, but it did cut hours. That has worked out well, says owner Carmen Lemons. "It was wearing us out."

 
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Friday is the first day of the Lunar New Year in 2021, beginning the Year of the Ox, an animal sign believed to be symbolic of hard work and reliability.

 

 
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Successes and struggles: The stories of how the owners of eight Black-owned restaurants have fared during the pandemic and what they see ahead.

 

Chicago and suburban bakeries expect longer lines, due to COVID-19 restrictions. So get your orders in early before Fat Tuesday next week.

 
 
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