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Julia Momose Lands at Oriole, Chance the Rapper Cookies Are Booming, More Intel

Plus, fine-dining Thai mainstay Arun’s is quietly back open

Julia Momose
Nick Fochtman

Chicago’s 2016 Eater Young Gun has moved from a Danny Meyer establishment to one of the country’s best new fine-dining restaurants. Star bartender Julia Momose is now making drinks at Oriole, the newly minted two-Michelin-starred West Loop restaurant helmed by chef Noah Sandoval, where she’s launching new non-alcoholic drinks this week and will eventually take over its entire cocktail program, according to Food & Wine. Momose left Michelin-starred GreenRiver in December.

—After donating $1 million to Chicago Public Schools, Chicago’s Grammy Award-winning hip-hop artist Chance The Rapper has a new endeavor to raise money — cookies. The sweet treats, decorated with a few images of Chance and #SupportCPS, have been on sale at Alliance Bakery in Wicker Park since last week — but batches are routinely selling out in around an hour, DNAinfo first reported. Two batches went on sale yesterday and more should hit the shelves soon. One dollar from each cookie’s sale goes to SocialWorks, Chance’s nonprofit for youth arts, entertainment, and civic engagement.

—After it nearly closed for good — eventually closing temporarily for renovations late last year — Thai fine-dining classic Arun’s quietly reopened in February. The Tribune reports that the Albany Park mainstay has new dishes including five flower pork with turmeric curry sauce, new floors, ceilings, and lighting, and the second-floor private dining room is still under construction.

The Eastman Egg Company’s Ogilvie Transportation Center location is no more. Ownership of the popular egg-themed local restaurant chain decided to close it on Friday because they were “compromising our values to be a contender in the busy corridor” and to “focus on growing our other locations more in line with our mission and vision,” they announced on Facebook this morning. You can still get their addictive egg sandwiches and more at 23 N. Wacker Drive and 939 W. Randolph St.

—And finally, 20 restaurants are coming together to honor Charlie Trotter and raise money for a bust in the iconic chef’s honor on April 3. The 2017 Charlie Trotter Wine & Food Festival at Galleria Marchetti will include Le Bouchon, Quartino, Saigon Sisters, eight drink stations, live music, and a Michael Jackson impersonator. Tickets start at $79 and are available here.

Ogilvie Transportation Center

500 West Madison Street, , IL 60661

Alliance Bakery

1736 West Division Street, , IL 60622 (773) 278-0366 Visit Website

Oriole

661 West Walnut Street, , IL 60661 (312) 877-5339 Visit Website

Galleria Marchetti

825 West Erie Street, , IL 60642 (312) 563-0495 Visit Website

Arun's

4156 N Kedzie Avenue, Chicago, IL 773 539 1909

The Eastman Egg Company

23 N Wacker Drive, Chicago, IL 60606 (312) 384-1011 Visit Website

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