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Three New Brunches to Try, East Room’s Now a 4 a.m. Bar, More Intel

Plus, a 100-year-old deli owner and star of pickle commercials passed away

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Park & Field
Nick Fochtman

—Happy Friday. To prepare you for the first weekend of 2017, three more restaurants are getting into the brunch game. Park & Field, the new vintage sports club in Logan Square, bucked the trend by starting brunch service on New Year’s Day — mere days after opening to the public — and it’s bringing it back every weekend. The Saturday and Sunday daytime service features bottomless mimosas and bloody Marys and a large food buffet.

—Down in Bridgeport, stalwart Maria’s Packaged Goods and Community Bar and its adjoined Korean-Polish fusion restaurant Kimski are combining on a new weekly Sunday brunch service this weekend. Dishes center on breakfast classics such as biscuits and gravy, corned beef hash, pancakes, country fried steak, and old fashioned peanut doughnuts.

—And finally, Kal’ish, the new casual Vegan restaurant in Uptown, is kicking off brunch service next weekend, on Jan. 15. Expect baked goods, coffee, and dishes similar to its breakfast menu.

—In other news, Logan Square bar-hoppers have a new late-night option. East Room, the speakeasy-style bar and event space at 2354 N. Milwaukee Ave., is now a 4 a.m. bar (5 a.m. Saturdays).

—Sad news from the North Shore: Sam Creinin, the 100-year-old owner of two Jewish delis and star of a Vlasic pickles commercial in the 1970s, died in Northbrook this week, the Sun-Times reports. He opened Creinin’s Unique deli in Hyde Park in 1946 and another in suburban Homewood in the 1970s, and packed a lot of living into his century of life.

—Acclaimed South Korean chef Lim Ji Ho will cook at Parachute for one night — and one seating — only, on Jan. 18. It will have no predetermined menu, according to a news release. Co-owner Johnny Clark trained under Jim Li Ho in Korea.

—More vendors should be coming to the Chicago Riverwalk this spring, as the city is looking for long-term lessees now that the stretch is complete, Crain’s reports.

—And finally, head to Dos Urban Cantina every Sunday this month for all-you-can-eat pork pozole for just $14.


3500 North Elston Avenue, , IL 60618 (872) 204-7138 Visit Website

Park & Field

3509 West Fullerton Avenue, , IL 60647 (773) 360-7373 Visit Website

Chicago Riverwalk

Chicago River, Chicago, IL 60601

Dos Urban Cantina

2829 West Armitage Avenue, , IL 60647 (773) 661-6452 Visit Website


954-960 West 31st Street, , IL 60608 (773) 823-7336

Easy Does It

2354 North Milwaukee Avenue, , IL 60647 (773) 420-9463 Visit Website