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.
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.