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Sodikoff Bringing Dillman's Back Soon; Freebies at Damen Blue Line Reopening; More

Plus, Owen & Engine closed this weekend due to construction issues; Chili cook-off Sunday at Empty Bottle.

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RIVER NORTH—Dillman'sBrendan Sodikoff's deli (half of which became Cocello), is poised to return a little over a year after closing and a few months later than originally planned. Sodikoff says that the the 2.0 version will feature a smaller menu, focusing on to-go orders and operate daytime hours only (11:00 a.m. until 6:00 p.m.) [Chicago]

WICKER PARKTo celebrate the re-opening of the CTA Damen Blue Line stop this coming Monday, area restaurants are offering up some freebies. Flash Taco is putting its taco cart out and giving away free tamales for morning and evening commuters until Christmas Eve. And if you show your Ventra card at La Colombe, Glazed & Infused and Stan's Donuts you get some freebies (coffee at all three, doughnuts at Glazed and Stan's). [DNAinfo]

LOGAN SQUAREOwen & Engine will not be open this weekend due to "ongoing water issue related to the Western Ave. construction" in front of the restaurant. They are expecting to be open again Monday, December 22. [EaterWire]

UKRAINIAN VILLAGEThere's a chili cook-off happening at the Empty Bottle this Sunday from Noon until 4:00 p.m. Seven home chefs will compete against professionals from The Brixton, Chop Shop, Yusho and more. $9 advance tickets can be had here, saving you a $1 at the door. [EaterWire]

Flash Taco

1570 N Damen Ave, Chicago, IL 60622 (773) 772-1997 Visit Website


354 West Hubbard Street, Chicago, IL 60654 312-988-0078

Empty Bottle

1035 N Western Ave, Chicago, IL 60622 (773) 276-3600 Visit Website

Owen & Engine

2700 North Western Avenue, , IL 60647 (773) 235-2930 Visit Website