—John Shields and Karen Urie Shields continue to garner critical acclaim for their dual high-and-low West Loop hotspots Smyth and The Loyalist. Phil Vettel filed perhaps the most gushing reviews yet, doling out a rare four stars for the fine-dining Smyth upstairs and writing that he prefers the burger at the loungey The Loyalist downstairs to the vaunted Au Cheval. "Now the Shields...are back in Chicago with a triumphant restaurant that justifies every nice thing that's ever been said about them," the longtime Tribune critic writes.
—While not exactly taking direct aim at Trump, a new sandwich at DMK Burger Bar certainly seems to poke fun at the Donald. The "Chump" sandwich, which consists of fried bologna, mustard, Cheez Whiz, and onion rings—with part of the sales going to the Chicago Foundation for Women—mocks "the bologna being thrown around this election," according to a press release. It’s available now through Election Day (Nov. 8).
—Following months of back and forth over an eviction lawsuit, iconic Wicker Park music venue and bar Double Door is officially trying to move to Logan Square. Ownership is asking for support in the possible move to 2551 N. Milwaukee Ave. via a petition on its website, according to multiple reports. Check out the petition here.
—In what appears to be interesting timing, McNally’s, the South Side bar that famously takes shots at the Cubs and supports their opponents and those teams’ fans when the North Side baseball team is in the playoffs, is for sale. DNAinfo reports that the timing is "purely coincidental," however. The Cubs lost game two of its National League Championship Series with the Dodgers last night and are now tied 1-1.
—Although it doesn’t have an official opening date yet, Bar Lupo, the "Italian pub" in the former Graham Elliot space in River North, is now on OpenTable and is taking reservations for preview dinners this week.
—Milwaukee chef Adam Siegel and 30 Kendall College volunteers did good work yesterday when they prepared a massive meal to feed 2,500 people through the Greater Food Depository, the Sun-Times reports.
—And finally, the folks at Drumbar have created a new fall cocktail menu that’s inspired by Netflix. "Cocktails and Chill" includes drinks such as the "Orange is the New Black," which is described in a press release as a "bright orange cocktail" made with Rhine Hall Mango Brandy, lemon, salted sweet potato, Grand Marnier, and Thai bitters.