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Native Foods Debuts Express Concept in West Loop; Simon's 80th Birthday; More

Schuba's wants a beer garden and Chicago Food + Wine Festival announces its lineup.

Native Foods Café West Loop
Native Foods Café West Loop
Ashok Selvam is the editor of Eater Chicago and a native Chicagoan armed with more than two decades of award-winning journalism. Now covering the world of restaurants and food, his nut graphs are super nutty.

WEST LOOP— Native Foods Café on Monday debuted a new express concept by converting their existing store in the West Loop. This new offering from the Vegan-friendly chain has a streamlined menu and faster service. [Nation's Restaurant News]

ANDERSONVILLE— Simon's Tavern, home of one of best jukeboxes of any Chicago bar, will celebrate its 80th birthday at next week's Midsommarfest. The bar was originally a Prohibition-era speakeasy. The fest's held from June 12 to 14. [EaterWire]

LAKEVIEW— Schuba's Tavern, the venerable music venue with bar and restaurant (Harmony Grill) wants a new beer garden. They've applied for the proper outdoor liquor license. A new owner bought the venue, as well as Lincoln Hall, last month. [DNAinfo]

LINCOLN PARK— Organizers of the inaugural Chicago Food + Wine Festival have announced their lineup, here. Check out the two-day lineup (Aug. 29-30 in Lincoln Park) that features cooking demonstrations from Rick Bayless, Graham Elliot, Tim Love, Stephanie Izard and others. [EaterWire]

Native Foods Café

14 S Clinton St, Chicago, IL 60661 (312) 382-8600 Visit Website


5800 Franklin Avenue, , IA 50322 (515) 255-3725 Visit Website

Schubas Tavern

3159 North Southport Avenue, , IL 60657 (773) 525-2508 Visit Website