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Big Star Debuts New Taco Saturday; Winchester Fundraiser at Paramount Room; More

Plus, Clarke's on Belmont shutters; Shawn McClain pops up on a gold food truck; Gibson's delivers food to the Blackhawks.

Daniel Boulud and Jonathan Waxman at Big Star
Daniel Boulud and Jonathan Waxman at Big Star
Eva Deitch

WICKER PARK—Tom Van Lente's first taco is hitting Big Star's menu this coming Saturday. The former Two head chef, who took over back in February, is introducing his beef picadillo taco with chipotle, raisins, queso fresco, roasted peanuts and cilantro for $4. [EaterWire]

RIVER WESTRepresentatives are saying that The Winchester hopes to be up and running within a month after a small electrical fire that resulted in water damage forced them to close back in May. Until then, their friends at Paramount Room are helping them out with a fundraiser this coming Tuesday, June 16. From 6:00 p.m. until closing, Paramount Room will offer their full menu as well as cocktails and beer donations from CH Distillery, 4 Roses, Metropolitan Brewing and Off Color with all collected tips to be donated to help The Winchester get back on its feet. [EaterWire]

LAKEVIEWLooks like Clarke's Diner on Belmont is over and done, having closed in April under the auspices of a fresh coat of paint. Reportedly, the owners did not renew their licenses and a new establishment is already planning on taking over the space in the coming weeks. [DNAinfo]

AROUND TOWNJames Beard award-winning chef Shawn McClain (Green Zebra, Trio) will be in town this coming Monday, June 15 to promote Las Vegas on the Ice Dream Truck, which is gold-plated and dispenses ice cream made with alcohol. How very Vegas. [EaterWire]

GOLD COASTThe Chicago Blackhawks are heading back to Tampa today and Gibsons Bar & Steakhouse shipped over filet mignon, lamb chops, chickens, salmon and a whole lot of vegetables for their plane ride there. Let's hope the sustenance fuels them to another Stanley Cup win. [EaterWire]

The Winchester

1001 North Winchester Avenue, , IL 60622 (773) 698-8703 Visit Website

Big Star

1531 North Damen Avenue, , IL 60622 (773) 235-4039 Visit Website

Paramount Room

415 N Milwaukee Ave, Chicago, IL 60654 (312) 829-6300 Visit Website

Gibsons Bar & Steakhouse

1028 North Rush Street, , IL 60611 (312) 266-8999 Visit Website


930 W Belmont Ave, Chicago, IL 60657 (773) 348-5988 Visit Website