It’s Thursday, Chicago.
In food, we have a review for Kyoten Next Door, a decidedly lower-priced omakase restaurant from chef Otto Phan in Logan Square, that still packs a punch with flavor, Tribune critic Nick Kindelsperger writes. Stay tuned for his review of sister restaurant Kyoten on Monday.
Enjoy the weekend, we’ll see you next week.
— Lauryn Azu, deputy senior editor
Kyoten Next Door is more than a sushi sequel, Tribune critic Nick Kindelsperger writes. At the new restaurant from chef Otto Phan, a 15-course meal goes for only $159, and the quality doesn’t falter. Read his full review here.
Riot Fest is back this weekend in Douglass Park. Headliners such as the Foo Fighters Friday, Queens of the Stone Age Saturday and The Cure Sunday make it a musical showdown for rockers of every age. Read more here.
What is perhaps Chicago’s first Persian fine-dining restaurant opened in Albany Park in July. Read here how a former flight attendant’s cultural memories and an Italian chef’s cuisine finesse brought the project to fruition.
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Music critic Britt Julious names the shows she’s looking forward to the most this fall, including Victoria Monét at the House of Blues, Raphael Saadiq and Tony! Toni! Toné! at The Chicago Theatre, and Lauryn Hill at United Center. Read on here.
Picking up a Polish sausage to cook at home should be simple. But in Chicago, the sheer number of options almost boggles the mind. Tribune critic Nick Kindelsperger lists his favorites here.
“The Changeling,” now streaming on Apple TV+, “does more than merely depict the sleeplessness and no-exit despair of so much postpartum depression,” Tribune critic Michael Phillips writes. Read his review of the dark, fantastic tale here.
October is right around the corner, which means Oktoberfest is almost here. Break out your lederhosen for a meal at a Chicago restaurant near you — check out our list here.
Rainy fall days were made for deep thoughts and museum gallery exploration. Indulge your creative self at 10 of critic Lori Waxman’s picks for exhibitions to visit this fall, which you can read here.
September is International Underground Railroad Month. With this three-day itinerary to visit Underground Railroad sites across the state, you can visit the places where freedom seekers took refuge and get to know the stories of how they made new lives for themselves in Illinois communities. Read the guide here.
Paramount Theatre’s production of “Little Shop of Horrors,” which opened Friday, isn’t so little, Tribune critic Chris Jones writes. Read his review of the show he says is “packed with talent,” but needs some shaping, here.