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Chicago Approves Earlier Start for Sunday Alcohol Sales

Plus, the inaugural Citizen Food Conference launches with big-name talent

Two champagne bottles in a icy chiller flanked by mimosas with orange wedges.
Chicago’s city council approved earlier alcohol sales for Sunday mornings.
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.

City approves earlier start for Sunday boozy brunch

Earlier this week, Chicago’s city council adopted an ordinance so restaurants and bars that serve food could start serving alcohol earlier on Sunday mornings, moving the start time from 11 a.m. to 9 a.m. That means Sunday boozy brunches can now start two hours earlier. The old law was a leftover from the city’s blue laws that at one time restricted the sale of meats on Sundays. The new boozy brunch hours start on March 18.

Big-name chefs from across the county to converge in Chicago

A new conference will launch in April from Pilot Light, the Chicago charity that helps feed needy kids. The inaugural Citizen Food Conference is scheduled to take place on Monday, April 20 at the Ace Hotel Chicago in Fulton Market. The day-long conference will cover topics including racial and gender equality, education and school lunch programs, sustainability, and immigrant rights. The lineup includes Dan Barber (Blue Hill) and Tunde Wey (SAARTJ, BabyZoos). Local participants include Paul Kahan (One Off Hospitality), Jason Hammel (Lula Cafe, Marisol, Superkhana International), and Matthias Merges (Folkart Management Group, Billy Sunday, Mordecai, Hush Money). Tickets are available for purchase on the event’s website.

Man charged with sexually assaulting toddler at River North McDonald’s

A 34-year-old homeless man was arrested this week after he allegedly sexually assaulted a 3-year-old at a McDonald’s bathroom on Monday morning in River North. The attack happened while the child’s father was also in the bathroom and helping a sibling, according to the Sun-Times. The suspect, Christopher Puente, is being held without bond. The McDonald’s is the company’s flagship on the parcel that formerly held the chain’s famous rock ‘n’ roll location.

Pilsen alderman wants food festivals to donate to the community

In recent years, Pilsen has hosted several festivals, including several that feature food (Mole de Mayo, Michelada Fest, Tacos y Tamale Fest). Pilsen Alderman (25th) Byron Sigcho-Lopez wants all festival organizers to give back to the community. The alderman told Block Club Chicago he’s going to scale back the number of fests; residents say traffic and noise are nuisances. Sigcho-Lopez also suggested that organizers donate 20 to 25 percent of proceeds to Pilsen youth initiatives. Organizers haven’t responded on how they feel about the suggestion.

Suburbs get in on restaurant week fun

Winter doesn’t only affect Chicago restaurants, as several suburban communities have rallied to organize their own week-long promotions during this frigid downtime for the industry. The Tribune has a round-up of the events, include restaurant weeks in Elmwood Park, La Grange, and Rosemont. For city dwellers, Black Restaurant Week continues through February, and Pilsen’s restaurant goes from March 1 to March 7.

Ace Hotel Chicago

311 North Morgan Street, , IL 60607 (312) 764-1919 Visit Website

Superkhana International

3059 West Diversey Avenue, , IL 60647 (773) 661-9028 Visit Website


3632 North Clark Street, , IL 60613 (773) 269-5410 Visit Website

Hush Money

3632 North Clark Street, , IL 60613 (773) 269-5410 Visit Website


205 East Pearson Street, , IL 60611 (312) 799-3599 Visit Website

Lula Cafe

2537 North Kedzie Boulevard, , IL 60647 (773) 489-9554 Visit Website

Billy Sunday

1115 North Brevard Street, , NC 28206 Visit Website