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Downtown Chicago Icon Russian Tea Time to Close for Three-Month Renovation

Plus, Rick Bayless’ food is back at Wrigley Field and more intel

Russian Tea Time plans to temporarily stop serving food and drink soon to renovate
Russian Tea Time [Official Photo]

A top downtown food and drink spot will temporarily close for three months

One of Downtown Chicago’s top food and drink attractions will close for much of the summer and fall to implement cosmetic changes. Russian Tea Time, the popular 25-year-old white-tablecloth spot at 77 E. Adams Street in the Loop for afternoon tea, sweet and savory Eastern European foods, and other beverages, plans to shut down soon for renovations, management announces. They’re still deciding on the closure date but expect it to be out of commission starting sometime in July through sometime in October. Renderings, new floor plans, and new furniture and decor pieces are available to see here.

Rick Bayless’ food is now temporarily at Wrigley Field

For the third year in a row, Rick Bayless’ food is now available at Wrigley Field. Part of the ongoing Chef Series at Wrigley Field, Bayless’ team offers Yucatan pork pibil tacos, short rib suadero tacos, toto elotes, Frontera guacamole, and Cruz Blanca beers at a stall at the Sheffield Corner area of the Cubs’ ballpark through June 27. Check out photos of the dishes below.

These Rick Bayless foods are available at Wrigley through June 27
Chicago Cubs [Official Photo]

An acclaimed New Orleans cocktail bar will pop up in Chicago this weekend

Cane & Table, a highly-acclaimed New Orleans cocktail bar and eatery, will come to Saint Lou’s Assembly’s large back patio in the West Loop for one day — this Sunday, June 23 from 4-8 p.m. Expect its popular Caribbean cocktails for $15 each as well as a few food items by chef Alfredo Nogueira, known in Chicago for his work at the acclaimed Analogue before it closed in 2016.

Trendy Chinese social media and mobile payment app comes to downtown steakhouse

And finally, on July 1, Steak 48 will start accepting WeChat, a Chinese social media app and mobile payment platform that’s already big at New York City restaurants. Reps say that the Mastro’s family steakhouse will be the first full-service restaurant in Downtown Chicago to accept payments via the app. Mobile Payments Today has more information and context on the news.

Steak 48

615 North Wabash Avenue, , IL 60611 (312) 266-4848 Visit Website

Wrigley Field

, Chicago, IL 60613

Saint Lou's Assembly

664 West Lake Street, , IL 60661 (312) 600-0600 Visit Website

Russian Tea Time

77 E Adams St, Chicago, IL 60603 (312) 360-0000 Visit Website