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Milwaukee Ramen Fave at White Oak; Logan Square's New Taproom; More Intel

Plus, Forever Yogurt's lawsuit, Valentine's Day spending in Chicago and more.

White Oak Tavern
White Oak Tavern
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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.

—Fans of ramen from Milwaukee's Ardent are in luck, as the cult fave's chef, Justin Carlisle, will stop by at the White Oak Tavern & Inn for a pop-up on Feb. 28. The Red Light Ramen dinner will also feature the talents of White Oak executive chef Tom Van Lente and Bristol chef Sean Pharr. Try Carlisle's tonkotsu ramen, some miso peanut brittle chicken wings, fried rice coquettes and beef belly with fermented rutabaga. Call (773) 248-0200 to buy tickets, which cost $29 each.

—Logan Square's got a new taproom thanks to Hopewell Brewing Company. They opened on Friday and feature three beers on tap at 2760 N. Milwaukee Ave., according to DNAinfo.

—Starting today through Feb. 22, The Art Institute of Chicago will celebrate Chinese New Year with a special Asian Noodle Food Station at the Museum Cafe. The food is meant to complement self-guided tours of the museum's monkeys, much of which include art from Southeast Asia. Check out this map of all the monkeys at the museum.

—An investor at Forever Yogurt hit the chain's founder with a lawsuit claiming he's owed $35,000, according to DNAinfo. The investor, Amal Agarwal, alleged that Forever Yogurt founder Mandy Calara and company denied him access to fiscal records and that they've missed quarterly payments Agarwal was promised after putting in $100,000 into the company. It's been a rough time for Calara of late, who recently shuttered his two Chicago Bee & Tea spots.

—Celebrating Valentine's Day in Chicago? Expect to pay more than other cities, according to some numbers crunched by D.C.-based personal finance site WalletHub. They rank Chicago 90 out of 100 U.S. cities when it comes to "Valentine's Day Budget." This is a calculation that includes a variables including the cost of a three-course Valentine's Day meal and the cost of wine. Check out the full study (which attempts to quantify how good a city is overall for celebrating the holiday) for what it's worth here.

—Stephanie Izard continues to make the media rounds as her fans wait for Duck Duck Goat to open (they're saying spring, now). As part of a feature on the "2016 Top Women in Food," read FW: Chicago Women Magazine for bits about Izard's beginnings, her time spent swimming and about her home, which includes a "Star Wars" room.

—In a story Eater Chicago's been following since December, the Conrad Hotel confirmed that, yes, they are building a rooftop bar and two restaurants at their new hotel in River North. DNAinfo has some renderings of the building.

—The folks at Lowcountry are putting their own spin on the "donuts for life" promotion that's grown in popularity around town in recent years. They're offering beignets for life to the winner for their Fat Tuesday masquerade contest. They'll judge the winner by applause at 10 p.m. on Tuesday at the restaurant.

White Oak Tavern & Inn

1200 West Webster Avenue, , IL 60614 (773) 248-0200 Visit Website

Forever Yogurt

1924 W North Ave, Chicago, IL 60622 (773) 772-4770 Visit Website

Hopewell Brewing Company

2760 North Milwaukee Avenue, , IL 60647 (773) 698-6178 Visit Website


3343 N Clark St, Chicago, IL 60657 (773) 996-9997