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A Tribute to Takashi Murakami

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Join us on Monday, June 19th at 5:30 p.m. on the first floor of the Chicago Athletic Association hotel as we pay homage to Takashi Murakami. We’ll be joining our friends from Cindy’s to celebrate the artist and his new exhibition at the MCA, The Octopus Eats Its Own Leg, right on top (literally!) of the custom installation from Murakami in the hotel’s Tank space.

The installation is inspired by one of Takashi Murakami’s original characters, in his signature “Superflat” concept which pairs traditional Japanese painting techniques with a contemporary, animé-inspired aesthetic within a flattened picture plane.

We’ll be serving a Japanese Highball from Paul McGee and a Tokyo-inspired snack from Chef Pete Coenen.

Register for complimentary entry HERE. 

SLO’ MO Presents Paradise: A Queer Pride Ball in Bloom

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SloMo presents
Paradise: A Queer Pride Ball in Bloom
Friday, June 23rd 8pm-1am
Featuring
Lost Lake
DJs Audio Jack & Rae Chardonnay
Produced by Kristen Kaza
Michelle’s Ballroom – 2800 W. Belmont Ave
Tickets at slomoparty.com

Lost Lake x J. Reiger & Co. Negroni Week

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It’s Negroni Week at Lost Lake! Come by and enjoy a Kingston Negroni (Appleton Signature Blend, Cocchi di Torino, Campari)—$2 from each negroni benefits Water Defense’s Flint Water Crisis Project.

Cherry Circle Room Picnic Baskets

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Head to Cherry Circle Room before the Tuesday night movie in the park for a picnic built for two! Snack on a selection of burrata, prosciutto, a ficelle loaf, honey, and tomato jam plus popcorn and cookies. Add a bottle or two of wine (screw top, of course!) — we have red, white, rose, and bubbles — or a large format Unirboue Ephemere, a Belgian-style ale brewed with apples. NOTE: Local pick-up only. Available to pick up in Game Room at the Chicago Athletic Association Hotel (12 S. Michigan, 2nd floor) on June 13 from 4-7p.

Order yours today!

L&E x Elijah Craig Private Select Barrel Bourbon

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L&E has something pretty neat in the works for the father figures in your life, right in time for Father’s Day.

Pre-order your dad a bottle of L&E x Elijah Craig Private Select Barrel Bourbon, and engrave it with a personalized message to commemorate the occasion.

This bottle of Elijah Craig — who, appropriately, is known as the Father of Bourbon — was hand selected by the Longman bar team on a visit to the Heaven Hill warehouse in Bardstown, Kentucky. The bourbon they chose has notes of cinnamon Red Hots…bringing to mind contraband candy gifted from dear old dad, perhaps? Or the spicy notes of his aftershave, the same scent he gave you along with your first razor. Or the sting of all the things you never said, but now have the chance to via a limited-edition bottle of quality booze from one of his favorite purveyors (and definitely his favorite child).

Pre-order your custom engraved bottle here, by Monday, June 12 and get an Elijah Craig shirt, hat, and shot glass to match. Then, come by Longman on June 14 from 5-8pm to pick up your perfectly patrician gift, and enjoy some complimentary bites, tastes, and L&E x Elijah Craig party vibes on us.

Reader Best of Chicago 2017

Hey Chicago Reader readers — thanks! Land and Sea Dept. is rolling deep in the 2017 Readers Choice Award nominations, with 30 nominations across 27 categories. We’re very lucky to work with so many (so many!) talented folks and it’s great to see their hard work represented and recognized here.

Thanks to the Reader, and thanks to you for voting (and eating and drinking and hanging with us)! If you’re so inclined to give us a vote in this final round, check out our nods below:

 

FOOD & DRINK

 

Best Al Fresco Dining

Parson’s Chicken & Fish

 

Best Chef

Pete Coenen (Cherry Circle Room, Game Room)

 

Best Cocktail Bar

Lost Lake

 

Best Desserts

Cherry Circle Room

 

Best Doughnuts

Longman & Eagle

 

Best Family Friendly Restaurant

Parson’s Chicken & Fish

 

Best Fancy Restaurant

Cherry Circle Room

 

Best Late Night Eats

Parson’s Chicken & Fish

 

Best Mixologist

Paul McGee (Lost Lake, Cherry Circle Room, Game Room, Milk Room)

 

Best Neighborhood Restaurant

Longman & Eagle

 

Best Overall Restaurant

Cherry Circle Room

 

Best Place Worth a Wait

Lost Lake

Parson’s Chicken & Fish

 

Best Pub Grub

Longman & Eagle

 

Best Restaurant for a Cheap Date

Parson’s Chicken & Fish

 

Best Restaurant for Romance

Cherry Circle Room

 

Best Restaurant Group

Land and Sea Dept.

 

Best Sandwich

Fried Chicken Sandwich, Parson’s Chicken & Fish

 

Best Sommelier

Andrew Algren

 

Best Underground Dining

From Good Stock

 

Best Up and Coming Chef

Pete Coenen

 

Best Waitstaff

Cherry Circle Room

 

Best Wine List

Cherry Circle Room

 

Best Looking Waitstaff

Lost Lake

Parson’s Chicken & Fish

 

 

 

MUSIC & NIGHTLIFE

 

Best Bartender

Paul McGee (Lost Lake, Cherry Circle Room, Game Room, Milk Room)

 

Best Hotel Bar

Milk Room

Cherry Circle Room

 

Best New Bar

Milk Room

 

 

And don’t forget to vote for out buddy Letherbee, up for two awards!

Best Local Distillery

Letherbee

 

Best Local Spirit

Letherbee

 

 

Conde Nast Traveler Readers Choice

Looks like everyone’s favorite awards season — travel and dining awards, of course — is upon us. Conde Nast Traveler just released their nominees for the 2017 Readers’ Choice Awards, and you can spot some of your favorite LSD joints in the mix.

You can fill out ballots for Cherry Circle Room, Parson’s Chicken & Fish, and Longman & Eagle here. You can also vote for the Chicago Athletic Association, and even the city of Chicago!

Thanks to Conde Nast Traveler for including us, and thanks to you, our favorite diners, drinks, and readers, for the support.

Esquire Names Milk Room and Lost Lake Among Best Bars in America

Screen Shot 2017-05-25 at 9.07.58 PMThe 2017 edition of Esquire’s annual list of the “Best Bars in America” only features two bars in Chicago: Milk Room and Lost Lake.

It’s a testament to our phenomenal teams that these are the two bars that won the favor of Esquire editors through their exceptional service, serious attention to detail, and, of course, stellar cocktails.

Congratulations to Lost Lake owner and LSD beverage director Paul McGee, his partner and co-owner Shelby Allison, and the managers, bartenders, and staff that make Lost Lake and Milk Room such special spots.

Thanks to Esquire for including us — what good company! — and to all the guests who have enjoyed a cocktail (or three) in one of these bars over the last few years.

Check out the full list HERE.
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Sunday Tea at the CAA

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On the tails of a sold out Mother’s Day High Tea Service, the Drawing Room at the Chicago Athletic Association is launching weekly Sunday tea on Sunday, May 28. The prix fixe tea features a menu of sweet and savory bites from the Cherry Circle Room culinary team — including strawberry pistachio tarts, avocado toast, mini oreos, banana bread, and more, all served alongside a selection of tea from Rare Tea Cellar. All guests will also receive a sparkling cocktail from beverage director Paul McGee. Seatings will be released a month ahead of time, with seatings available at noon and 2pm.

Reservations are available via Tock.

Longman & Eagle x Virtue Cider: Garage Core Launch

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This spring, Longman & Eagle’s bar team took a trip to Fennville, MI, the home of Virtue Cider, to discover and blend ciders that brought back memories of bands that never existed (but should have!). The resulting brew is a natural, unfiltered, uncarbonated cider that’s both a ‘lil funky and a ‘lil tart. Lower your glass, fill it up from a distance with extended arms, then raise it back up and cheers with us to L&E’s new beloved collaboration with Virtue —  Garage Core!
 
Come celebrate and try the cider on Sunday, June 4 at L&E’s OSB. From 1-4p, we’ll have Garage Core on tap, cider-adjacent cocktails, garage rock from DJ Johnny Walker, and a special menu of snacks from Chef Joshua Mutchnick (L&E) and Chef Missy Corey (Virtue).

Parson’s Community Block and Lawn Party

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Join us at Parson’s Chicken and Fish on Saturday, June 3rd for the second annual block party! Greet patio season with a bang; from 2-8pm, we’ll be chooglin’ on the boulevard with plenty of grub from Chef Hunter Moore’s and slushies from bar manager Charlie Schott’s, tons of ice cold Modelo, music from DJ Dan Maloney and DJs Dave & Mama Mata, a super special surprise live band, fun, games, and more.

Parson’s will be collecting school supplies for Association House as a suggested donation for entry (they were able to set up a school store with last year’s donations!) and a portion of proceeds from the party will benefit the Illinois Coalition for Immigrant and Refugee Rights.

Admission is free – RSVP here!

LSD at P4K

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Land and Sea Dept. is excited to partner with Pitchfork Music Festival as the exclusive vending partner for Pitchfork +PLUS, the brand new ticket tier for the festival, introduced this year. Pitchfork +PLUS allows attendees to enjoy exclusive amenities during the weekend, like access to food and cocktails from the Land and Sea Dept. family, including Parson’s Chicken and Fish, Lost Lake, and more.

These LSD favorites will be serving up fried and fresh bites in the +PLUS section of Union Park, alongside cocktails from Parson’s bar manager Charlie Schott and Lost Lake partner Paul McGee.

Get more details on the weekend’s lineup, Pitchfork +PLUS, and purchase tickets here.

Brunch at Cherry Circle Room

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Brunch, brunched, brunching: Words about weekends past, present, and future. Start studying up for Saturday morning, and check out Time Out’s favorite brunch restaurants in Chicago — including Cherry Circle Room in the cool #4 spot. We’ll have a milk punch ready for you.

Hot Dog Architecture: 12 Screen Prints by Ryan Duggan

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Land and Sea Dept. is excited to partner with artist Ryan Duggan on a show of “Mr. D’s Snack Shack,” Duggan’s screen print series depicting twelve classic Chicago hot dog stands. We’ll have (what else) hot dogs on hand and plenty of Old Style to wash ‘em down with – come through, grab a set of prints, and raise one up to some world class hot dog architecture.

Lost Lake at Chicago Vintage City Flea

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On Saturday, May 13 from 10a – 4p, Lost Lake is participating in the inaugural Chicago Vintage City Flea, a collaboration between Camp Wandawega and Randolph Street Market, hosted by Rejuvenation. Come browse some of the city’s best curated vintage shops and have snacks and treats from Lost Lake and more! See you at the corner of North & Sheffield!

Derby x L&E x Maker’s Mark Kentucky Derby Party

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Derby x L&E x Maker’s Mark Kentucky Derby Party
May 6, 2017 from 3-6PM
“Grandstand” Party at Longman & Eagle
  • Build Your Own Juleps
  • Maker’s Private Select Cocktails in Pewter Cups You Can Keep When Finished
  • Fancy Hats and Suspenders Provided
“Infield” Party at OSB@L&E
  • Maker’s Mudslide Slushies
  • Maker’s Cocktails in Red Solo Cups You Can Keep When Finished
  • Rowdy Atmosphere Provided
Race broadcast at 5PM. Horse Hats Available.

Lost Lake Record Store Day

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On Record Store Day (Saturday, April 22), Lost Lake will be partnering with their next door neighbor, Bric-a-Brac Records, for a celebration. Lost Lake will be opening at noon, and Bric-A-Brac will be curating a lineup of DJs all afternoon – don’t miss it!

Longman & Eagle x Knob Creek Hangover Brunch

Soothe your Whiskey Fest hangover with the folks who are responsible for it. Come by Longman & Eagle from 11am – 3pm on Saturday, April 22 for some hair of the dog with Knob Creek and Dark Matter Coffee. L&E Beverage Director Chad Hauge will be serving up Knob Creek cocktails, Chef Josh Mutchnick and Pastry Chef Mary Reynolds will have your hangover bites covered with breakfast burritos and Cubans, plus some whiskey-inspired donuts. The L&E crew event aged some Dark Matter Coffee in Knob Creek barrels, making for the ultimate morning-after brunch beverages.

Longman & Eagle x Knob Creek
Hangover Brunch
Saturday April 22, 2017 – 11:00AM – 3:00PM

Featuring
-Knob Creek cocktails from Beverage Director Chad Hauge
-Food to soak up all that booze from Chef Josh Mutchnick
-Special Offerings from the OSB Donut Shop from Pastry Chef Mary Reynolds
-Dark Matter coffee aged in Knob Creek barrels
-Bottles of Longman’s Hand Selected Knob Creek Single Barrel will be on hand for purchase

Whiskey Wednesday {RARE}

4 19 rare squareNext Wednesday L&E will be welcoming Heaven Hill’s Master Distiller Denny Potter and Whiskey Professor Bernie Lubbers and highlighting some of our rare and vintage selections from their distillery…

Parker’s Heritage 8th Edition 13yr Wheat Whiskey
Evan Williams 12yr {Bottled 1990}
Evan Williams 23yr
William Heaven Hill 4th Edition
John E Fitzgerald Very Special Reserve 20yr

Wednesday, April 19th, 2017 at 9:00pm
Light snacks will be provided.
The cost is $100 per person and space is extremely limited
E-mail phil@longmanandeagle.com to reserve a spot.

Cherry Circle Room Easter Sunday Brunch

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Reservations are available for Easter Sunday brunch in Cherry Circle Room. We’ll be featuring a special Easter Quiche (with oven dried tomatoes and confit leeks and a watercress and arugula salad, $15) alongside a table side pastry cart, featuring a spectacular selection of goodies from Pastry Chef Kristine Antonian, including Key Lime Tarts, Maple-Bourbon Donuts, Decorated Sugar Cookies, and Strawberry Pistachio Croissants.

Reserve your table now via Opentable.

Not A Hoax

 

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The Garfield Park Conservatory, Land and Sea Dept., and NRDC present

Earth Day 2017: The “NOT A HOAX” Party

April 22 at the Garfield Park Conservatory

VIP Cocktail Hour 6-7pm, General Admission 7-10pm

The Garfield Park Conservatory Alliance, Land and Sea Dept., and the Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC) are excited to partner on a special Earth Day celebration, held on April 22, at the Garfield Park Conservatory.

While last year’s sold out Earth Day party highlighted preserving our environment’s pollinators, this year’s event – Not a Hoax – will focus on climate change. The party will feature drinks, food and music curated by Land and Sea Dept., alongside environmental programming from NRDC.

A fundraiser and a call to action, the event seeks to raise awareness about a suite of environmental protections under attack by the new administration, and aims to harness the energy and passion of the public to pressure lawmakers into recognizing climate change as a serious and real problem.

Proceeds from tickets and a portion of bar sales will help NRDC and the Garfield Park Conservatory Alliance continue their vital work protecting the environment.

“This is the 47th year that the world will celebrate Earth Day. We’re more determined than ever to make sure our country’s 45th President does not thwart the incredible progress we’ve made to combat climate change internationally, nationally and locally.” said Elizabeth Corr, Manager of Art Partnerships & Events at NRDC.

Chicago-based Air Credits (a collaboration of The Hood Internet and ShowYouSuck) will be performing during the party, with opening sets by local favorites Sidewalk Chalk and DJ Audio Jack.

Chef Abra Berens of Local Foods will be creating a menu of Earth Day-oriented bites for a special VIP hour (6-7pm). Minimizing food waste and supporting the planet are both very important in Chef Abra’s day-to-day work, and those values will surely be reflected in the VIP hour offerings.

The VIP hour will also include cocktails by Land and Sea Dept. beverage director Paul McGee featuring Corazon Tequila, as well as bio-dynamic wines selected by LSD wine director Andrew Algren and beer from Lagunitas, a local member of the NRDC’s Brewers for Clean Water campaign.

As an added bonus, Chicago’s bike share program, Divvy, will be offering a free 24-hour pass to the first 75 ticket purchasers.

Wine, beer, and cocktails will also be available during the general admission portion of the night. Please purchase drink tickets in advance of attending – they are available HERE.

VIP hour tickets are $100 and general admission tickets are $25. Tickets go on sale on Friday, February 28, at noon, and are available to purchase HERE.

 

 

Backroom Wrap-up

We just wrapped up The Backroom, our pop-up bar with The Field Museum, Johanna Projects and the Chicago Athletic Association. It was a busy month; over the course of The Backroom, we dug up dinosaurs, pressed plants, pinned butterflies, put together fish skeletons and more with experts from The Field, jammed with our favorite DJs and artists.
Huge thanks to everyone who worked with us on this project and all the guests who enjoyed it – it was a good one!
Photo by Zachary James Johnston
Video by Richard Smith III

Mike Rea – Showcase at CAA

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Land and Sea Dept. is partnering with the Chicago Athletic Association for an exhibit of the work of Chicago-based visual artist Mike Rea. Rea’s bold wooden sculptures will be displayed in the hotel’s second floor display case, directly across from the Milk Room, from April 1 – May 15.

Join us on Sunday, April 9 in the CAA’s Drawing Room to celebrate the exhibit. From 2-3p, Chicago-based artist Ethan Gill will chat with Rea about his work, then from 3-5p we will toast the artist with an opening reception.

2017 L&E Adult Easter Egg Hunt

 

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It’s time for Longman & Eagle’s annual Adult Easter Easter Egg Hunt! Join us this Easter – Sunday, April 16 – for another year of eggs, whiskey, and all around charitable good times.

Email  info@longmanandeagle.com to register in advance – and don’t wait, last year’s hunt sold out well in advance.  The fee per two person team is $10 ($5 per person) – all proceeds will be donated to One Tail at a Time, our charity partner.

On Sunday, April 16 , registration will begin at 11am, followed by the hunt around Logan Square from noon – 2pm, followed by a block party back at Longman & Eagle from 2-4pm where we’ll count the eggs and declare a winner.

Sunday, April 16
11am – Team Registration
Noon – Hunt begins
2pm – Block Party & Counting of the Eggs

We’ll have plenty of fun, food, and games at Longman & Eagle during and after the hunt. See you there!

Prizes & support from our friends at: Lost Lake, Fleur, Parson’s, Thalia Hall, The Empty Bottle, The Whistler, Brown Brothers, The Owl, Logan Theater, Hopewell, Darkmatter, Letherbee, Gordon Food Service, Reno Chicago, Wolfbait, Katherine Anne Confections, The Walk In, Busy Beaver Buttons, Bang Bang Pie, Black Dog Gelato, The Bus Shop & More

 

L&E and the 2nd Annual Chicago Cocktail Summit

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The second annual Chicago Cocktail Summit is this Sunday-Monday, happening right around the corner from L&E at the Logan Theatre! We’re excited to welcome the two days of seminars, panels, and tastings back to the neighborhood, and we’re especially psyched for Monday’s “American Rectified Whiskey: Pre-Prohibition and Today” seminar—our very own Phil Olson (Longman’s general and bar manager) will be participating!
Get your tickets to the summit here – and use the code LSDxCCS to get 20% off!
And then…
This Sunday, April 2, immediately following “The Art and Science of Creating & Pairing Savory Cocktails” seminar, join Jerald O’Kennard, Robert Bansberg, and Laura Kruming from TASTINGS.com for a paired dinner experience at Longman & Eagle. Enjoy principles from their talk in practice with a four-course meal from Chef Joshua Mutchnick served with paired cocktails from Beverage Director Chad Hauge and a welcome cocktail courtesy of dinner sponsor Winebow and Tastings.com.
Grab your tickets for the dinner here.

DJ NITE at Game Room Chicago

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Be sure to check out DJ Dan Maloney, DJ Michael Correy and DJ Moose this month at Game Room. For April 1st, we’ll be showing The Final Four as well.

Longman & Eagle Staycation Special April 2017

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For all the weary travelers looking to Longman & Eagle for rest & respite this April, we’ve got a package for you. For all stays booked with code STAYAPRIL17 this month, we’ll hook you up with your very own Aesop hand cream perfect for your carry-on, plus a travel-sized Fernet Branca (for your in-flight entertainment). Combine that with a hearty meal at Longman and a good night’s sleep (after a whiskey or two), and you’ll be bright eyed and bushy tailed no matter where your travels take you this spring.

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This promotion applies to new reservations booked with promo code
Not transferable to other goods/services

Whiskey Wednesday {Rare Edition} at L&E

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Longman & Eagle is excited to announce Whiskey Wednesday {Rare Edition} – the new, monthly culmination of the Whiskey Wednesday program. General & bar manager Phil Olson will be opening the L&E vault on the last Wednesday of the month to give guests the chance to try some of L&E’s rarest vintage whiskeys.

On Wednesday, March 29, for the inaugural event, Phil will be featuring some bourbons from the Jim Beam Distillery, as well as spirits from now-defunct distilleries that have been acquired by Beam over the last century.

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Old Grand-Dad {Bottled 1960}
Old Crow Chessmen Decanter {Bottled 1969}
Jim Beam 5yr {Bottled 1969}
Jim Beam “Beam’s Choice” 8yr {Bottled 1976}
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Guests will have the chance to not only try these rare bottlings, but also receive a ‘master class’ in the history of Jim Beam and Old Grand-Dad from the 1960s and 1970s with a guided tasting from Phil. Tickets are $100 per person, and light snacks from Longman & Eagle Chef de Cuisine Joshua Mutchnick will be served.

This will be a very intimate experience – space is (super!) limited – so reserve your spot today. Email phil@longmanandeagle.com to book.
Wednesday, March 29, 2017 at 9:00pm.
Light snacks will be provided.
$100 per person
E-mail phil@longmanandeagle.com to reserve a spot.

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L&E March Staycation

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This March, book a stay and join us for some fun in our Off Site Bar (OSB). Before retiring to your room for the evening, enjoy your choice of dessert off of pastry chef Mary Reynold’s new OSB sweets menu, plus two glasses of bubbly. Then, head back down to OSB in the morning for a complimentary donut from the OSB Donut Shop to start your day off right. (The OSB Donut shop is open Saturdays and Sundays – you can keep your donut voucher for a later date if you’re staying with us a weeknight.). Use promo code MARCHSTAYCATION to book.
This promotion applies to new reservations booked with promo code
Not transferable to other goods/services
​Promo Coupons accepted in OSB only​

Parson’s Karaoke

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Join us for karaoke at Parson’s Chicken & Fish. We have double griddle burgers, special guest hosts and drink specials from 9pm ’til 1am!

Lost Lake is a semifinalist for the James Beard Award

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For the second year running, Lost Lake has been named a semifinalist for the James Beard Award for Outstanding Bar Program (that’s two nominations in as many years of being open!). Huge congratulations to the entire team at Lost Lake, and all of the other Chicago-based semifinalists.

The Backroom at CAA

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February 25 – March 25

The Chicago Athletic Association hotel, The Field Museum, Johalla Projects and Land and Sea Dept. are excited to announce the opening of The Backroom – a pop-up bar experience opening on Saturday, February 25, in the hotel’s ground floor Tank space (formerly the Chicago Athletic Association’s pool). The bar will be open on Friday and Saturday nights from 5pm – midnight through March 25.

Following last summer’s Cherry Circle Yacht Club pop-up bar, The Backroom will celebrate Specimens: Unlocking the Secrets of Life, an upcoming special exhibition taking a deep dive into The Field Museum’s vast collections, opening March 10. The pop-up, designed by Chicago-based art gallery Johalla Projects and operated by Land and Sea Dept., will feature actual specimens from the Field’s huge collection, available to guests to explore for the first time off museum grounds.

The Backroom will feature interactive programming with Field Museum professionals in the space each night on a variety of topics, ranging from space to taxidermy and more (full schedule below). All events will be free, and will give guests the rare opportunity to chat in person with leading experts in the fields of botany, zoology, geology, history, and more, all while enjoying cocktails from LSD beverage director Paul McGee. The bar will also offer late night programming until midnight following each workshop, like DJs, trivia, karaoke, and more – stay tuned for more details.

Saturday, February 25
7-10pm: Opening Party with DJ set from Elliot Bergman of Wild Belle

Friday, March 3
6pm: Dig Your Own Dinosaur with Akiko Shinya
8pm: Dino Trivia Night!

Saturday, March 4
6pm: Glowing Rocks with Jim Holstein
8pm: Glitter Guts photobooth with custom backdrop by Stephen Eichhorn

Friday, March 10
6pm: Plant Pressing with Anna Balla
8pm: Bitters making workshop with Wetherby’s Bitters

Saturday, March 11
6pm: Mushroom Show & Tell with Patrick Leacock
8pm: Psych Rock DJ set from DJ’s Adam & Angel

Friday, March 17
6pm: Butterfly Pinning with Crystal Maier
8pm: Gutter Butter (Logan Bay & Ben Fasman) DJ Set

Saturday, March 18
6pm: Taxidermy Night with Ben Marks and Kayleigh Kueffner

Friday, March 24
6pm: Scientists on Screen with Greg Mercer
8pmLumpen Radio‘s Green Screen Karaoke

Saturday, March 25
6pm: Assembling Fish Skeletons with Caleb McMahan
8pm: Closing Party

L&E Staycation 2017

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February is a rough month. The promise of spring is real, but the cold, gray days can feel inescapable.
Lighten your metaphysical load with a little getaway to Longman & Eagle. Cuddle up in our beds (with custom Unison Home bedding, no less), gorge yourself on our mini-bar, and warm up from the inside out with our whiskey. For the entire month of February, we’re including a two complimentary whiskey flights with each stay – one for you and one for your travel companion, or just two for you (like we said, February is a rough month). Our bartenders will hand select three pours from our L&E flight list for you to enjoy and talk you through each selection. It’s amazing what a little whiskey and R+R can do for your perspective!
Book with code STAYCATIONFEB17.
This promotion applies only to new reservations. Not transferable to other goods/services

Super Bowl

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Game Room is gearing up for the Super Bowl with an afternoon of pre-game fun. Come early to grab your table for the game, and starting at 2pm, we’ll have a DJ, bags, giant sized jenga, wings and beer deals, a queso fundido special and a themed large format cocktail to fuel your fandom.

Dungen at Garfield Park Conservatory

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Land and Sea Dept. is excited to present Swedish rock band Dungen performing their new album, Häxan, at the beautiful Garfield Park Conservatory on Sunday, March 19.

The band will be performing the original score they were asked to create to Lotte Reiniger’s 1926 touchstone The Adventures of Prince Achmed, understood to be the oldest surviving full-length animated feature film. Inspired by the nature of the work and the characters portrayed within, the members of Dungen collaborated on themes to represent their take on the film’s narrative, and immersed themselves in the groundbreaking visual language of this landmark film. The result is Häxan, the group’s first instrumental album.

This is sure to be a memorable night – grab your tickets here.

Parson’s HOT

Hot news out of Parson’s Chicken and Fish!

For the month of February, you can get Chef Hunter Moore’s Nashville-style hot chicken…in SANDWICH FORM!

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After years of requests to offer the super popular hot chicken dish as a sandwich, Chef Hunter Moore will put the Parson’s Hot Sandwich on the menu for one month and one month only.

Topped with slaw, American cheese, aioli, North Star pickles, and plenty of Chef Hunter’s secret recipe hot sauce, this might be your only chance to eat this much-requested, never before available sandwich – so mark your calendars for February 1st. You don’t want to miss this.

250,000

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This week, Lost Lake hit 250,000 drinks sold in two years of being open. Wow – that’s a lot of daiquiris, Tic Tac Taxis, and Banana Dolphins! Thanks to all the guests, locals and visitors alike, who contributed to that count over the last two years. See you guys at 500,000 — who’s thirsty!?

L&E

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Longman & Eagle has got one for the lovers this year, with a five course dinner from chef de cuisine Joshua Mutchnick. This dinner is available in three seatings on February 14 (5:30, 7:30, and 9:30) and will also offer option whiskey and wine pairings. Email info@longmanandeagle.com to reserve your table.

1st: Scallop Crudo, Rose, Pistachio, Meyer Lemon, Yuzukoshō
2nd: Foie Gras, Cherry, White Pepper, Bitter Chocolate
Intermezzo: Beef Heart Puttanesca
3rd: Oyster Rockefeller, Ham, Horseradish
4th: Duck for two; Breast, Confit, Burnt Orange, Foie Emulsion, Sunchoke
5th:Chocolate Almond Pudding Cake, Coconut Chai Ice Cream, Candied Almond, Cardamom

L&E for the win!

BULLS

Headed to the Bulls game on February 16 vs. the Celtics, or the Blackhawks game on February 18 vs. Edmonton? Your favorite whiskey bar is, too! Longman & Eagle will be serving up cocktails at the United Center during those games as part of the Chicago Pours program. Come say hi and have a drink.

Shift-Ease at Lost Lake

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Back in March of last year, Lost Lake’s kitchen had a pretty bad electrical fire. The Chicago Fire Department raced to our rescue, contained the blaze, and made sure no one was hurt — but smoke damage had us closed for nearly a month. In the interim, our bar community rallied around the Lost Lake crew, generously hosting us for pop-ups that put cash in our tip-based bartenders’ pockets.

Each pop-up was themed, and one of those themes was “SHIFT-EASE”. The idea was that in order to ease the pain of lost shifts, we’d serve a menu of our favorite “shifties” — the cocktails we make ourselves as we breakdown the bar at the end of a long shift. To make sure it’s an authentic shifty, we pumped in our breakin-down-the-bar soundtrack (hint: it’s Champagne Papi).

Now that we’re looking forward to reconstructing our kitchen and dreaming up big things for 2017, we’re gonna turn SHIFT-EASE into a monthly charitable party. On the fourth Tuesday of every month, from 9pm-2am, we’ll be serving our favorite shifty cocktails in the name of that month’s good cause.

For the first installment on January 24th, we’re inviting the firefighters that extinguished the blaze, and donating $1 from every Damoiseau daiquiri sold to CFD Engine 106’s charity of choice: Ignite the Spirit. We’ll also be donating $5 of every Corn N’ Oil sold to Chicago nonprofit Embarc in Jacob Johnson’s honor — a bright, young Chicagoan who recently passed.

Menu:
Damoiseau Daiquiri – Damoiseau Virgin Cane Rhum Agricole, Lime, Sugar ($8)
Classic (shaken and served up)
Party Girl Style (served with crushed ice)
Party Boy Dump ‘em Out (served with ‘dirty’ ice)

Corn N’ Oil – Clement Select Barrel Rhum Agricole, Blackstrap Rum, Falernum, Lime ($10)

VDAY ON LSD!

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Milk Room will be offering a very special Valentine’s Day experience on February 14 for those looking to celebrate with an elegant evening of rare and vintage spirits. Guests will be greeted with a glass of Charles Krug Brut Reserve Champagne and oysters with mignonette, and then get their choice of two cocktails from a special menu designed by Paul McGee only available for that night, including the Right Hand Cocktail (Plantation Reunion Island 15 Year Ruby Port Cask Finished Rum, Blackadder 17 Year Guadeloupe Rum, Dolin Rouge Sweet Vermouth, 1970s Campari, Chocolate) and the Saratoga (Pierre Ferrand Ebel Cognac, 1950s Stock Maraschino, Pineapple Gomme, Charles Krug “Brut Reserve” Champagne), among many others. Guests will also be treated to a charcuterie board to accompany their drinks, along with a nightcap of Valrhona Hot Chocolate with 1970’s Fernet Branca.  This experience is available for $150 per person (including gratuity) and can be booked via Tock.

Cherry Circle Room will be offering a menu of a la carte special items from executive chef Pete Coenen starting Saturday, February 11, and into Valentine’s Day proper, including sea scallops with rose and citrus ($17), roasted monkfish with coffee and carrots ($34), and, of course, dessert – chocolate mousse with cherry and almond ($12). Paul McGee will also be offering the Rose Petal cocktail (Gin, Raspberry, Lemon, Egg White) for $12 all weekend long.

Game Room is bringing Crew Love back for a second year for another night of partying with your buds. On Saturday, February 11, we’ll have a DJ bringing the tunes on the bocce court dance floor and Glitter Guts will have your group photo covered (sponsored by Fernet Branca). On the food and drinks side, Game Room will offer a brownie sundae that’s big enough to share (a giant sized brownie topped with six scoops of chocolate, peanut butter, and vanilla ice cream + chocolate sauce, peanuts and more for $20), Boozy Root Beer Float Shots (vanilla ice cream topped with root beer and fernet for $6), and a large format cocktail from Paul McGee to split with your table (Jamaican rum, California brandy, ruby port, Curacao, black tea, lemon – serves 4-6 for $45, also available in a single size for $12).

Longman & Eagle has got one for the lovers this year, with a five course dinner from chef de cuisine Joshua Mutchnick. This dinner is available in three seatings on February 14 (5:30, 7:30, and 9:30) and will also offer option whiskey and wine pairings. Email info@longmanandeagle.com to reserve your table.

And finally, Parson’s Chicken and Fish has all you single homies covered. Chef Hunter Moore will be serving up a triple cheeseburger with all the fixins (affectionately known as The Juicy Loser), and they’ll have the antidote to love song overload in the form of Bummer Karaoke, going in the pool house from 9p ’til midnight.

 

Imbibe

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Beverage-focused magazine Imbibe took an in-depth look at Milk Room, our eight seat microbar serving rare and vintage spirits in the Chicago Athletic Association hotel. Come have a look for yourself one of these days.

Staycation Special at L&E

Reward yourself for getting through the holidays with a little Chicago staycation at Longman & Eagle. You deserve some R&R.

If you book any room during the entire first month of 2017, you’ll also get:

Two free movie passes to the nearby Logan Theater
A $10 gift card to tropical tiki bar Lost Lake (also a quick walk from L&E)
2 for 1 admission to any January show at the Empty Bottle
2 in-room complimentary PBRs and 2 whiskey shot tokens to cap off your night
A coupon for two complimentary donuts from the OSB Donut Shop

Use promo code STAYCATIONJAN17 to redeem – see you soon.

Photos by Clayton Hauck for Longman & Eagle

Some restrictions apply. Donut Shop is open on Saturdays & Sundays only; coupon can be used at a later date. Empty Bottle 2 for 1 admission valid through the month of January 2017. Logan Theater passes cannot be used after 6pm on Saturday.

Parson’s Food Drive

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Parson’s Chicken and Fish is helping us keep that holiday spirit alive even after the New Year hits. Now through Valentine’s Day, Parson’s will be home to a donation bin for the Greater Chicago Food Depository. For every two cans of (non-expired, edible, good) food you bring in, you get a can of Modelo on the house.

In particular, they’re looking for peanut butter and a variety of canned items: Beans, chili, soup, stew, fruit, fish and vegetables.

You can even participate online without leaving your house! But…you should probably come have a beer at Parson’s. Just swing by the grocery on your way.

Airbnb on LSD

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Chicago’s Airbnb hosts put together a guide of the best things to do in the city, and we’re happy to see that some of our spots are among them. In the top 40 things to do in the city, Longman & Eagle, Parson’s Chicken and Fish, and Lost Lake all made the list, with Parson’s and Longman ranking in the top ten. Thanks, Airbnb! We like you, too.

Clayton Hauck for Lost Lake / Thank You.

NYE at L&E

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Longman & Eagle is bringing their much-loved New Year’s Eve dinner back! The Michelin-starred neighborhood favorite is offering three New Year’s Eve seatings this year at 5:30pm, 8pm, and 10pm. The first two seatings will feature a five-course menu for $95 per person, and the final will feature an eight-course dinner with a midnight champagne toast for $125 per person. Optional whiskey and wine pairings will be available for each seating.

For reservations, email info@longmanandeagle.com.

Milk Room NYE

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Paul McGee has dreamed up a very special New Year’s Eve experience in Milk Room, our eight seat microbar in the Chicago Athletic Association specializing in very rare and vintage spirits. Guests will be able to choose two cocktails from either a special champagne focused menu or an American whiskey focused menu, in addition to a welcome amuse and a send-off glass of egg nog made with 1908 Blandy’s Bual Madeira.Executive Chef Pete Coenen has also created an assortment of elegant shared bites to accompany the drinks, including Kumamoto oysters and a pate, cheese, and charcuterie plate.
Tickets for this experience are $250 per person – view the full cocktail menu below and book your reservations here.

MENU (CHAMPAGNE SIDE) 

AMUSE

“Adonis”

Maestro Sierra Palo Cortado Sherry, Cocchi di Torino Sweet Vermouth, Orange Bitters

   CHAMPAGNE COCKTAILS (choice of 2)

“Champagne Padre”

1970s Courvoisier Napoleon Cognac, 1970s Yellow Chartreuse, Krug “Grand Cuvee” Brut

“Champagne Cobbler”

Krug “Grand Cuvee” Brut, PM Spirits Pineau de Charentes, Citrus, Berries

“Alfonso Cocktail”

Byrrh Quinquina, 1940s Secrestat Bitters, Krug “Grand Cuvee” Brut

“Saratoga Cocktail”

Pierre Ferrand “Ebel” Cognac, 1950s Luxardo Maraschino, Pineapple, Krug “Grand Cuvee” Brut

“Le Perroquet”

1960s Beefeater Gin, 1962 Campari, Orange, Krug “Grand Cuvee” Brut

  SEND OFF

“Baltimore Egg Nog”

1908 Blandy’s BoalMadeira, Pierre Ferrand “Ebel” Cognac, Whole Egg, Spices

(mignardises)

MENU (WHISKEY SIDE)

AMUSE

“Adonis”

Maestro Sierra Palo Cortado Sherry, Cocchi di Torino Sweet Vermouth, Orange Bitters

WHISK(E)Y COCKTAILS (choice of 2)

“Brooklyn”

Willett XCF Rye, Dolin Dry Vermouth, 1940s Amer Picon, 1950s Luxardo Maraschino

“Monte Carlo”

Four Roses “Milk Room Cask” Bourbon, 1950s Benedictine, Abbott’s Bitters

“King Cole”

Wild Turkey Kentucky Spirit “CCR Cask” Bourbon, 1970s Fernet Branca, Demerara

“Affinity”

A Dewar Rattray “Peatside” Scotch, La Garrocha Amontillado Sherry, 1960s Cynar

“Tipperary”

A Dewar Rattray “Cooley” Irish, Cocchi di Torino Vermouth, 1974 Chartreuse VEP

SEND OFF

“Baltimore Egg Nog”

1908 Blandy’s Boal Madeira, Pierre Ferrand “Ebel” Cognac, Whole Egg, Spices

Game Room House Party NYE

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Come through the Game Room at the Chicago Athletic Association Hotel for a New Year’s Eve House Party—and you don’t even have to clean up!

We’ve got a special large format punch by Paul McGee, mini bottles of Moet Chandon, Hopewell beer, fried food galore, and plenty of time to finish out 2016 with a shuffleboard win. We’ll have DJs all night playing a sweet soundtrack of 90s hip hop and R&B, and the bocce court will transform into your dance floor to showcase all your moves.

Tables are available to book for $95 per person and are available here:

Tickets include:

  • Reserved seating for you and your party all evening
  • A large format cocktail for your group
  • A growler of Hopewell Brewing’s custom Game Room beer
  • A bucket of mini Moets for midnight toast (1 per person)
  • A platter of Game Room’s creative takes on classic party snacks (this time without the freezer burn): Mozzarella sticks, chicken wings, jalapeño poppers, chips & dips, sliders
  • Midnight munchie platter of cookies

If you’re not worried about grabbing a table, the party is also open to the public on a first come, first served basis. We’ll have Paul’s special punch available on special by the pouch (Capri Sun-style!), and the party food available to order a la carte.

The full Game Room food & drink menus will be available all night. Guests are welcome to purchase additional items for the entirity of the event.

If your party size differs from our available options, please email events@landandseadept.com.

Cherry Circle Room NYE 2016

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Cherry Circle Room is doing it up this New Year’s Eve with a special surf ’n turf menu from Chef Pete Coenen. The New Year’s Eve menu will be available in addition to CCR’s full dinner menu, and features King Crab Ravioli, Pan Seared Scallops with Foie Gras, Poached Lobster and Dry Aged Ribeye, and a dessert of white chocolate panna cotta.

The special menu is available to order as a four course tasting menu ($125 per person) – but all dishes are also available to order as a la carte specials. Wine director Andrew Algren will have a special wine pairing available to ring in 2017 as well.

Make your reservations now via OpenTable.

Sippin’ Santa’s Surf Shack

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This December, from the 1st ‘til New Year’s Eve, Lost Lake will transform into a tropical winter wonderland and change the sign on the door to ​Sippin’ Santa’s Surf S​hack. Miles of pink tinsel, thousands of twinkling lights, and hundreds of glittering snowflakes will decorate the ​Surf ​Shack.

Lost Lake’s Paul McGee, Jeff “Beachbum” Berry and Brad Smith of Latitude 29 in New Orleans, and Samuel Gauthier of Boilermaker in New York City all put their Santa hats together and collaborated on a menu of festive cocktails.

Sippin’ Santa’s Surf Shack will be open seven days a week, from 4pm-2am — 3am on Saturdays.

Ye Olde Holiday Shoppe

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This winter, do your holiday shopping with LSD. We’re throwing a little pop-up market with our favorite local businesses, makers, and artists.

Parson’s Chicken and Fish Chef Hunter Moore & bar manager Charlie Schott will be slinging eats and drinks all night, we’ll have Longman & Eagle sweet treats on offer, beer from Hopewell Brewing and DJs all night — plus a bunch more good cheer and festive fun.

A portion of proceeds from Land and Sea Dept.’s food and beverage sales will be donated to Christopher House’s holiday program to help ensure that the Chicago children and their families have a joyful holiday season.

Hope you can make it.

 

LSD at Chicago Printers Guild Publishers Fair

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Since 2009 the Chicago Printers Guild (CPG) has cultivated print culture through monthly meetings of its members. This year, the CPG is holding its first annual publishers fair, happening at Elastic Arts in Logan Square on November 18 and 19. Over the course of the two days, the CPG hopes to offer a strong platform of exchange for the public to intersect with artists who “make things print.”

Lots of our favorite artists and publishers will be there (Nadine Nakanishi and Nick Butcher of Sonnenzimmer, Clay Hickson of Tan & Loose Press, Ryan Duggan of Drug Factory Press, and many more!), and Land and Sea Dept. will be on hand for drinks and refreshments both days.

Full details are here – hope to see you there.

Party With Us!

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We know that sometimes you want to spend life’s happy occasions and holidays somewhere special. That’s why we’re happy to offer private and semi-private dining options at our establishments, all available to book this holiday season.

We should be able to celebrate in our favorite places, surrounded by our close friends and family, enjoying quality and innovative food and drink. Oh, and comfort and joy, too.

For more info visit HERE.

From Good Stock #3

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For the final installment of 2016’s From Good Stock supper club, Land and Sea Dept. is excited to welcome Chef Ryan Poli and beverage director Matt Poli of Nashville’s acclaimed The Catbird Seat on Saturday, December 3, at 7pm.

Ryan will be preparing a three-course, Roman-style feast, including handmade rigatoni, gnocchi, steak, tiramisu and much more. Matt will be creating a welcome cocktail for guests and has tapped Scarpetta Wine as our wine partner for the dinner. Accompanying this festive spread will be beautiful florals from Fleur and a soundtrack of funk and Italo-disco tunes.

Given The Catbird Seat’s extremely limited seating and availability, this is a rare chance to experience Chef Ryan Poli’s cooking in a family style supper cub format. Tickets are $75 and available here - they include food, beverage, and gratuity.

The Catbird Seat, which opened in 2011 as a creative incubator, is an intimate, interactive chef-run experience. With just 22 seats around an open kitchen, guests have the opportunity to watch the chefs prepare dishes for the ever-evolving tasting menu. Known for its avant-garde dishes, The Catbird Seat is a highly-sought-after reservation. Chef Ryan Poli, a Chicago native, has helmed The Catbird Seat kitchen since January 2016.  Poli’s experience ranges from some of the world’s most celebrated kitchens, including several Chicago favorites, as well as extensive travel throughout Spain, France, and Asia.

Don’t sleep on this – grab your tickets today!

Hot Heels Soul Club

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The Chicago Athletic Association, Land and Sea Dept., Do 312, and 1833 are excited to present HOT HEELS SOUL CLUB on November 18, 19, and 20. Stagg Court, the CAA’s historic full sized basketball court, will be transformed into a skate rink straight out of your roller disco fantasies.

Each skate session will feature music from DJs Johnny Walker, Alex White, Wayne Montana, and Stefan Ponce and food & drink from Game Room.

Full details and tickets available here.

Vintage Amaro Tasting with Brad Thomas Parsons

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We’re excited to welcome award winning writer Brad Thomas Parsons to the Milk Room at the Chicago Athletic Association on Sunday, November 13. Brad is celebrating the release of his second book, Amaro: The Spirited World of Bittersweet, Herbal Liqueurs, and will be in Chicago to host a vintage amaro tasting event with beverage director Paul McGee from 7:30-9:30pm on the 13th.
This very personal event will be limited to eight guests, and will include guided tastings of four vintage amari by Brad and Paul, pulling from their respective (deep) knowledge of vintage spirits and amaro. Tickets are $250 each, and include a welcome cocktail, four vintage amari tastes, and a send off cocktail, alongside bites from Executive Chef Pete Coenen.
All guests will also a receive a signed copy of Amaro: The Spirited World of Bittersweet, Herbal Liqueurs.
This intimate, guided tasting with two renowned spirits experts is a one-of-a-kind chance to experience the world of vintage amaro – tickets are sure to sell out quickly, so purchase yours via Tock here. https://milkroom.tocktix.com/
BRAD THOMAS PARSONS
Brad Thomas Parsons is the author of Bitters: A Spirited History of a Classic Cure-All, which was the winner of the James Beard and IACP Cookbook Awards, and a finalist for the Tales of the Cocktail Spirited Awards. His new book, Amaro: The Spirited World of Bittersweet, Herbal Liqueurs, was published on October 11, 2016. Parsons received an MFA in writing from Columbia University, and his work has appeared in Bon Appétit, Food & Wine, Travel + Leisure, Lucky Peach, Punch, and more. He lives in Brooklyn, New York.

Lost Lake Halloween Fun

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Lost Lake is getting ghosty not once, but twice this year – double the fun, double the rum. On Saturday, October 29, they’ll be serving up a menu of freaky tiki cocktails sure to spook ya to the bone. Then, on Halloween Proper, the bar will transform into the Bird Cage – complete with classic Miami cocktails (and maybe some feathers).

Brunch is Back!

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Chef Hunter Moore’s brunch menu is back at Parson’s for the fall and winter! It’s available on weekdays from 11am to 3:30pm, and Saturday & Sundays from 10am to 3:30pm.

It’s full of classics like the Early Riser (two fried eggs, hash browns, and toast) and the Chicken & Waffles (Belgium waffle, fried chicken thigh, maple brown butter, and sunny side egg), plus some enticing new dishes: Chicken Cutlet (cheddar grits, braised collards, Creole butter sauce, six minute egg and scallions), the Mortadella Cuban (house-made bologna, gruyere, fried egg, pickled banana peppers and mustard) and Chilaquiles (chicken chorizo, simmered tomatillo salsa, queso anejo, crema, red onion and sunny side egg).

Yep. They’re all as good as they sound, so get yourself to Parson’s for the best breakfast you’ve had in weeks.

 

Plantation Rum O.F.T.D.

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At long last, Plantation O.F.T.D. is finally and officially coming to Chicago. You’ll soon be able to find it behind your favorite bars and on the shelves of your favorite stores — but before then, join two of the seven O.F.T.D. collaborators at Lost Lake for an official launch party on Wednesday, November 2!

Paul McGee and the Lost Lake team are thrilled to welcome a very, very special guest: the Indiana Jones of tiki himself, Jeff “Beachbum” Berry, of New Orlean’s Latitude 29. Jeff is the man to thank if you’ve ever had a well-balanced, traditional tiki cocktail (accompanied by a historically accurate anecdote) at a fancy cocktail bar.

Paul and Jeff were two of the seven spirits professionals that collaborated on the creation of Plantation’s new overproof multi-island rum, O.F.T.D. Along with David Wondrich (Esquire columnist and author of Imbibe), Martin Cate (Smuggler’s Cove, San Francisco), Scotty Schuder (Dirty Dick, Paris), Paul McFadyen (Trailer Happiness, London), and Plantation’s founder and master-blender Alexandre Gabriel, Paul and Jeff contributed to the creation of the smoky, baking spice-forward blend of rums from Jamaica, Guyana, and Barbados with a powerful proof (138!) that plays perfectly in traditional tiki recipes.

On Wednesday, November 2nd (4-8pm), Lost Lake will officially launch Plantation O.F.T.D. into the Chicago market with a menu of O.F.T.D. cocktails, limited edition t-shirts and buttons, and the opportunity to purchase bottles of O.F.T.D. signed by Paul and Jeff.

Family Style Thanksgiving

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Longman & Eagle‘s family style Thanksgiving dinner is back! The Michelin-starred neighborhood favorite will be serving up roasted heritage turkey, green bean casserole, bourbon & orange cranberry sauce, chestnut foie gras stuffing, and more.

This special L&E menu is available for $65 per person, not including beverages and gratuity. Email info@longmanandeagle.com to book.

Special Thanksgiving bonus: Starting at 3pm, OSB will be serving a Thanksgiving leftovers sandwich (to tide you over ’til your family dinner starts).

Thanksgiving at CCR

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Cherry Circle Room is offering a prix fixe menu from Executive Chef Pete Coenen on Thanksgiving Day, with seatings available from 1pm to 8pm. This special meal will be served family style, featuring the choice of a mushroom porridge or spinach and chicory salad, roasted turkey, roasted garlic mashed potatoes, candied yams, corn bread stuffing, pumpkin cheesecake, and more. There will be optional wine and beer pairings to add, as well as Paul McGee’s full menu of cocktails.

The Cherry Circle Room Thanksgiving meal will be $75 per person (not including tax, beverages, or gratuity) – reservations can be made via OpenTable.

Parson’s Thanksgiving Dinner

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Parson’s will be offering Thanksgiving fixings for takeout again this year, for those of you who are thankful that someone else can do the cooking. They’ll have Chef Hunter Moore’s Thanksgiving Dinner for two available for $50, which includes one whole fried Amish chicken, two pieces of green chile cornbread, mashed potatoes, gravy, tomato & bacon braised green beans, and Thanksgiving elotes (add-ons are also available, like salad, hush puppies, and extra mashed potatoes, our personal Thanksgiving vice).

Get your order in by noon on Wednesday, November 23 – your feast will be available for pick up from 10am – 6pm on Thanksgiving Day. Place your orders here.

L&E + Unison

 

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Longman & Eagle recently collaborated with Unison Home on a special edition quilt for our Inn’s guest rooms. The simple comfort of the bedding is a perfect match for Longman’s  interiors. Make sure you check them out during your next stay, or get your own to bring that relaxed Unison vibe home.

LSD/L&E partner Cody Hudson chatted with Unison about the collaboration, Longman, and his work.

HENRIOT HAPPY HOUR

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On October 14, Cherry Circle Room’s wine director Andrew Algren will be welcoming Champagne Henriot for a little Friday happy hour in the Drawing Room, featuring Laurent Fresnet, Henriot’s chef de cave himself!

From 5-7:30pm, we’ll be offering tastes of Henriot Brut, Henriot Blanc, and Brut Rose – then guests can choose their favorite and get a glass for $15. That sounds like a lovely little Friday to us.

Jens Lekman Storytelling

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Land and Sea Dept. and the Chicago Athletic Association are excited to welcome Jens Lekman to the hotel’s storytelling series. Jens will be joining Kevin Warwick (The Reader, AV Club) for a fireside chat in the Drawing Room on Thursday, November 3 (following his sold out show at Lincoln Hall on the 2nd). Come by to hear them chat about Jens’ (super) limited US tour, old favorites, his wide-spanning career, and more.

Seating is limited and on a first come, first served basis – we hope you can join us.

Jens Lekman, born and reared in Gothenburg, Sweden, is a songwriter, adventurer and retired bingo hall employee. Traveling our globe as a wide-open receptor of all it has to offer, Lekman repurposes for his own oeuvre the world’s great, lost pop hooks of past and present. He breathes into them his droll senses of humor, romance and melody and gives them newfound buoyancy. Since his 2004 trifecta of EPs (Maples Leaves, Rocky Dennis in Heaven, You Are the Light) and right on through his acclaimed 2007 full-length, Night Falls Over Kortedala and 2012′s touchingly personal I Know What Love Isn’t, Lekman has made hopeless romantics of us all. In a musical language that has roots in the work of Arthur Russell, The Magnetic Fields, Calvin Johnson and Modern Lovers, Lekman’s songs serve as a reminder to look closer at the world around us, to appreciate the beauty when it’s both in and out of context; at its most heartbreaking, its most loving, and its most absurd.

Restaurateur Andrew Tarlow in Conversation with Ed Marszewski

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On October 22 at 2pm, join Brooklyn-based restaurateur Andrew Tarlow (Diner, Marlow & Sons, Reynard, Wythe Hotel, and more) in conversation with Chicago-based entrepreneur Ed Marszewski (Maria’s Packaged Goods, Kimski, Mash Tun, Marz Community Brewing, and more) in the Chicago Athletic Association’s Drawing Room.

Largely credited with launching Brooklyn’s artisanal food movement, Tarlow has grown a restaurant empire on the simple idea that a meal can somehow be beautiful and ambitious, while also being unfussy and inviting. With this philosophy in mind, Tarlow wrote Dinner at the Long Table – a cookbook bursting with recipes for meals shared between family and friends. It’s already being heralded as one of the best cookbooks of the season.

Andrew will be joined with co-author Anna Dunn (also editor of Diner Journal, Tarlow’s quarterly culinary publication) for an afternoon of lively conversation, readings from the book, and a signing. We hope you can join us!

DINNER AT THE LONG TABLE

From Andrew Tarlow, the acclaimed owner of Brooklyn’s Diner, Marlow & Sons, Marlow & Daughters, Reynard, The Ides, Achilles Heel, She Wolf Bakery, Marlow Goods, Roman’s, and the Wythe Hotel comes this debut cookbook capturing a year’s worth of dishes meant to be shared among friends. Personal and accessible, Dinner at the Long Table brings Tarlow’s keen eye for combining design and taste to a collection of seventeen seasonal menus ranging from small gatherings to blow-out celebrations. The menus encompass memorable feasts and informal dinners and include recipes like a leisurely ragu, followed by fruit and biscotti; paella with tomato toasts, and a Catalan custard; fried calamari sandwiches and panzanella; or a lamb tajine with spiced couscous, pickled carrots, and apricots in honey.
Dinner at the Long Table includes family-style meals that have become a tradition in his home. Written with ANNA DUNN, the editor in chief of the company’s quarterly magazine Diner Journal, the cookbook is organized by occasion and punctuated with personal anecdotes and photography. Much more than just a beautiful cookbook, Dinner at the Long Table is a thematic exploration into cooking, inspiration, and creativity, with a focus on the simple yet innate human practice of preparing and enjoying food together.

ANDREW TARLOW
In 1999, ANDREW TARLOW opened his first restaurant, Diner, which serves locally sourced, New American food inside a refurbished 1927 dining car in the industrial neighborhood of South Williamsburg, in Brooklyn. Marlow & Sons, a restaurant, oyster bar, and general store soon followed next door, functioning as a cafe by day and a raw bar and restaurant by night. Other culinary ventures include Marlow & Daughters, a butcher shop specializing in locally sourced grass-fed meat; and Roman’s in Fort Greene, an Italian-inspired restaurant. In 2012, Andrew and his partners opened the Wythe Hotel and its ground floor restaurant Reynard in a turn-of-the-century factory building in Williamsburg. He most recently opened Achilles Heel, a riverside watering hole in Greenpoint. He is publisher of Diner Journal, an independent magazine featuring original art, literature, and recipes. Tarlow grew up in New York and began his career as a painter and a bartender at the Odeon. He now lives in Fort Greene with his wife, designer Kate Huling, and their four children.

FROM GOOD STOCK no. 2

From Good Stock: Dinner at the Long Table with Andrew Tarlow, Anna Dunn, and Ken Wiss
October 21, 2016 @ 7pm

Tickets are now available: http://www.ticketfly.com/event/1340605

For the second installment of From Good Stock 2016, we’re excited to welcome author and restaurateur Andrew Tarlow. Largely credited with launching Brooklyn’s artisanal food movement, Tarlow has grown a restaurant empire on the simple idea that a meal can somehow be beautiful and ambitious, while also being unfussy and inviting. With this philosophy in mind, Tarlow wrote Dinner at the Long Table – a cookbook bursting with recipes for meals shared between family and friends.

Andrew, his co-author Anna Dunn (editor in chief of Diner Journal, the group’s quarterly publication), and Chef Ken Wiss of Diner and Marlow & Sons will be joining us on Friday, October 21, at 7pm. They’ll be preparing a three-course, family style feast with recipes from Dinner at the Long Table, creating a kind of extra large dinner party in our studio space, complete with music, art, and plenty of wine (and a few very long tables).Tickets include both food and drink – we hope you can join us.

DINNER AT THE LONG TABLE
From Andrew Tarlow, the acclaimed owner of Brooklyn’s Diner, Marlow & Sons, Marlow & Daughters, Reynard, The Ides, Achilles Heel, She Wolf Bakery, Marlow Goods, Roman’s, and the Wythe Hotel comes this debut cookbook capturing a year’s worth of dishes meant to be shared among friends. Personal and accessible, Dinner at the Long Table brings Tarlow’s keen eye for combining design and taste to a collection of seventeen seasonal menus ranging from small gatherings to blow-out celebrations. The menus encompass memorable feasts and informal dinners and include recipes like a leisurely ragu, followed by fruit and biscotti; paella with tomato toasts, and a Catalan custard; fried calamari sandwiches and panzanella; or a lamb tajine with spiced couscous, pickled carrots, and apricots in honey.

Dinner at the Long Table includes family-style meals that have become a tradition in his home. Written with ANNA DUNN, the editor in chief of the company’s quarterly magazine Diner Journal, the cookbook is organized by occasion and punctuated with personal anecdotes and photography. Much more than just a beautiful cookbook, Dinner at the Long Table is a thematic exploration into cooking, inspiration, and creativity, with a focus on the simple yet innate human practice of preparing and enjoying food together.

Peter Skvara @ L&E

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Longman & Eagle is excited to announce “As the Crow Flies,” an installation from Chicago-based artist Peter Skvara which will be on display at the restaurant this fall.  Join us at Longman at 9pm on September 20 for a reception celebrating Peter’s work.

Parson’s & Perrier, Again

 

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Make sure you catch the last Perrier x Parson‘s Patio Party of the summer, happening this Friday from 5-9pm!

This final blowout will have tunes from DJ Johnny Walker, a Paloma Perrier slushy, and – of course – a GlitterGuts Photo booth.

See you there!

Aesop now @ L&E

 

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We’re happy to share that Longman & Eagle has partnered with Aesop to stock the Inn’s guest rooms. Visitors to the city who stay with us will now be treated to the Australian skincare line’s collection of shampoos, conditioners, balms, hand soaps, and body cleansers. More incentive to take a little trip, L&E style.

Cherry Circle Room Winemaker Dinner

Cherry Circle Room and wine director Andrew Algren are pleased to welcome lauded wine writer John Haeger and winemaker Morten Hallgren for a Riesling Seminar Dinner, taking place on September 12 at Cherry Circle Room.  The dinner will showcase wines from Ravines alongside wines from Weingut Malat in Austria’s Kremstal region.

Morten Hallgren is the owner of Ravines Wine Cellars, a boutique winery in the Finger Lakes region of upstate New York. Together with his wife Lisa, Morten has created a distinctive winery crafting elegant and food friendly wines using Old World winemaking techniques helmed from his family’s winemaking business in the South of France. John Haeger is an historian, educator, administrator and wine writer who just released his third wine-focused book – Riesling Rediscovered: Bold, Bright, and Dry.  Michael Malat, Weingut Malat’s 9th-generation winemaker, will not be present, but John will introduce the Malat Rieslings, atypically low in alcohol, bright with acid, intensely flavored and very dry — parameters which complement the Ravines wines in fascinating ways.

Morten and John’s wine selections will be paired with a four course dinner menu from Cherry Circle Room’s Executive Chef Pete Coenen. They’ll guide guests through the pairings alongside wine director Andrew Algren in an intimate and rare opportunity to speak with some of the country’s foremost riesling experts.

Tickets for this wine dinner are $90 each (not including tax and gratuity) and are available HERE.

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Welcome wine:
2013 Ravines Dry Riesling Argetsinger Vd (Sparkling)

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Langostine with sesame and spinach
2014 Malat Goettweiger Berg Riesling
2014 Ravines Dry Riesling Finger Lakes

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Halibut with cider and apples
2012 Malat Riesling [Ried] Silberbichl
2010 Ravines Dry Riesling Finger Lakes

3rd
Pork with charcroute and bacon
2014 Malat Riesling [Ried] Steinbuehel
2012 Malat Riesling [Ried] Steinbuehel

4th
Tomme with hazelnuts plums and honey
2007 Ravines Dry Riesling Argetsinger Vd

What’s Happening? Longman & Eagle’s Annual Block Party

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Longman & Eagle’s What’s Happening Block Party is back for another Labor Day weekend celebration on Sunday, September 4 from noon – 10pm.

The annual ‘thanks’ to the neighborhood is free and will be setting up right outside of Longman, on Schubert between Kedzie and Troy. This year’s celebration will feature a special street food menu from Chef Matt Kerney (Elotes! Tacos! Wild Boar Sloppy Joe Nachos! Sausages!), refreshing cocktails on tap, and plenty of beer. The party will also have tunes all day, including a set from Windy City Soul Club (6-10pm) to close out the night.

See you there!

Milk Room

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Milk Room is included in the top 50 finalists for Playboy’s “Best Bars 2016.” We’re in some good company, both nationally and locally – thanks, Playboy!

They’re narrowing down the list to the top 10 over the next week. You can vote for Milk Room here, if you like Paul McGee’s menu of cocktails using rare spirits as much as they (and we) do. Voting concludes August 31.

Thanks and cheers.

Hopewell Brewing Field Day

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Hopewell Brewing Company (our new Logan Square neighbor) is headed to Game Room this Sunday, August 21 for an afternoon of games ‘n brews. They’ll be playing bocce, shuffleboard, foosball and more from 3-6p (with prizes!) – and pouring Field Day, their new summer beer, all day long.

RSVP here. Cheers!

Milk Room

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Milk Room reservations from September 11 – October 31 will be released on Wednesday, August 24, at noon. This next round of seatings will also include a brand new cocktail menu from our beverage director Paul McGee, featuring some newly acquired vintage bottles. Head here to make your reservation.

 

Parson’s & Perrier & You

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Parson’s Chicken & Fish is partnering with our buddies at Perrier for a summer party series – join us on Sunday, August 21, from 3-7p, for the second laid back patio party in the series.

There will be a chooglin’ soundtrack of funk and soul classics from DJ Tim Zawada, a Glitter Guts photo booth, and a special slushy straight from the brain of bar manager Charlie Schott – the L’Orange Drink, made with Aviation Gin, Aperol, Lemon, and Perrier L’Orange.

See you there.

Franklin Barbecue

 

 

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Thanks so much to everyone who joined us for the Franklin Barbecue events over the 4th of July weekend earlier this month – we hope you had as much fun (and had as many full & happy bellies) as we did.

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Big thanks to Aaron and the crew for bringing the barbecue and good times, and to Parson’s Chef Hunter Moore and bar manager Charlie Schott for helping out with delicious sides and slushies – and Old Style, Lone Star, and Larceny Bourbon for keeping the good times rolling.

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Tropical Vibes #2: Meet The Cates! Smuggler’s Cove Finds Lost Lake

LSD-site-LL-sCOn Tuesday, September 6th, authors Martin Cate and Rebecca Cate will bring their brand new book, Smuggler’s Cove: Exotic Cocktails, Rum, and the Cult of Tiki, to Lost Lake!

Martin and Rebecca Cate are the founders and owners of Smuggler’s Cove,the most acclaimed tiki bar of the modern era and the newly minted winners of Tales of the Cocktail’s Spirited Award for Best American Cocktail Bar! WithSmuggler’s Cove: Exotic Cocktails, Rum, and the Cult of Tiki, the Cates take their readers on a colorful journey into the lore and legend of tiki: its birth as an escapist fantasy for Depression-era Americans; how exotic cocktails were invented, stolen, and re-invented; Hollywood starlets and scandals; and tiki’s modern-day revival.

Each ticket includes a copy of Smuggler’s Cove: Exotic Cocktails, Rum, and the Cult of Tiki to have autographed by Martin and Rebecca Cate, a special commemorative glass, and an exotic cocktail from the book!

Get your tickets here!

From Good Stock 2016: Chef Andy Ricker Of POK POK

good-stock-LSDsite1Land and Sea Dept. is pleased to announce that Chef Andy Ricker of the Pok Pok empire will be kicking off the third season of From Good Stock, our annual fall supper club series.

Andy will be joining us for two dinners at LSD’s Garfield Park studio space, both happening on Friday, September 30 – the first at 6pm, and the second at 9:30pm. He’ll be cooking up a three course Tai Yai / Shan meal from the North of Thailand, featuring Pok Pok favorites.

LSD beverage director Paul McGee will be creating beverage pairings for the evening featuring Pok Pok’s line of drinking vinegars and Letherbee Gin, as well as beers from Marz Community Brewing and Pok Pok’s Som soda (and maybe even some Thai jelly beers!). 

DJ Logan Bay will be providing a soundtrack of Thai jams.

Tickets are $100 for this intimate chance to enjoy Pok Pok’s acclaimed northern Thai cuisine in Chicago, including food and beverage. 

Tickets will go on sale THIS FRIDAY, September 16, at NOON CENTRAL TIME, via the links below.

If you recall this summer’s Franklin Barbecue events, you’ll remember that tickets for these pop-ups tend to go quickly (very, very quickly), so don’t sleep on it — set your alarms and clear your Friday lunch hour. These tickets won’t last long, and once they’re gone, they’re gone.

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September 30

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Conceived by LSD executive director Elana Green, From Good Stock invites talented chefs to create unique menus based on personal passions and seasonal whims, coupled with our penchant for art, design and music. Past collaborators have included Chef Katrina Zito of St. Anselm and Chef Alexandra Manley of Josephine House – stay tuned for the complete 2016 lineup. 

¿Qué bola, NOLA?

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Don your daisy dukes and a Daisy de Santiago, float in the pool while splashin’ in a daiquiri, cool your coconuts on a Tic Tac Taxi, sip a Mojito the Sloppy Joe’s way — that’s the way Lost Lake and The 86 Co. throw a pool party!

During this year’s Tales of the Cocktail, our BFFs from The 86 Co.’s Caña Brava Rum invited us to hang with them at the spankin’ new Ace Hotel New Orleans! We brought a crew down to the cutest rooftop pool in Crescent City and mixed up some Lost Lake favorites and a few classic Cuban recipes, too.

Photos by the fantastic Angelina Melody. Follow her on Instagram! and check out more photos on the Lost lake Blog

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Parson’s Patio Posse

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Like to hang out on the Parson’s patio? Tell the world with this 100% cotton t-shirt and beverage friendly koozie. now available in the Parson’s webstore.

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Lost lake in NOLA

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New Orleans – it’s time to tiki. The Lost Lake crew (banana dolphins included) is in town for Tales of the Cocktail, and they’re all headed to the brand new Ace Hotel tomorrow, Saturday July 23, for a cocktail-filled afternoon pool party with Cana Brava Rum. RSVP to rsvp@lostlaketiki.com (no plus ones, please).

Private Select

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This past winter, the team at Longman & Eagle headed down to the Maker’s Mark Distillery in Kentucky to create a custom Private Select Bourbon for Longman & Eagle. The team got to select the wooden staves that flavor the bourbon, then aged it for nine weeks to perfection. The result is a totally unique (and delicious) bourbon available exclusively at Longman & Eagle. Come by and try a pour – and check out this behind the scenes video (made by L&E bartender extraordinaire Eric Abert) of the process below:

MAKERS MARK PRIVATE SELECT from Longman & Eagle on Vimeo.

Monument is Back!

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For the second year running, Land and Sea Dept. is excited to collaborate with Revolution Brewing and Logan Square Preservation on a limited-edition beer called Monument. The release of Monument will raise funds for Logan Square Preservation.

Monument is a special draft-only beer that will be available at Revolution’s brewpub and tap room and other participating locations around Logan Square – including Longman & Eagle and Parson’s Chicken & Fish (see a full list of participating venues below).

For each pour of Monument sold, $1 will be donated to Logan Square Preservation, a 501(c)3 not-for-profit organization.

Monument is an extra pale, smooth bodied, American Wheat Ale, using 2-row, Red Wheat, Carafoam malt and flaked oats along with an English Ale yeast. This highly drinkable and refreshing ale, clocking in at 5.5% ABV and 30 IBU, was brewed with Apollo and Amarillo hops, and then dry-hopped with Centennial and Amarillo, locking in citrus aromas and flavors.

Last year’s Monument Brew raised funds that facilitated a laser scan and diagnostic check up of the Logan Square Monument, which stands in the center of the neighborhood. Join us in another summer of supporting a local non-profit that keeps our community beautiful – and rich in history and culture.

Participating locations:
Boiler Room
Crown Liquors
Dunlay’s on the Square
Green Eye
Harding Tavern
Kuma’s Corner
Logan Arcade
Logan Theater
Longman & Eagle
Lula Cafe
Parson’s Chicken and Fish
Parts & Labor
Quenchers
Rocking Horse
Scofflaw
The Burlington
The Double
The General
The Owl
The Radler
Weegee’s
Wyler Road

Wine Spectator 2016 Best of Award of Excellence Winner

We’re honored to share that Cherry Circle Room is among the Wine Spectator 2016 Best of Award of Excellence winners. Huge congrats to our wine director Andrew Algren for his incredible work with the wine program, and to the whole team.

Union Wine Pop-Up

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Portland-based Union Wine Co. is on an epic cross country summer road trip, and they’re making stops at some of your favorite Land and Sea Dept. spots while they’re in Chicago. They’ll be pulling up their nifty custom re-purposed 1972 Citroën H Van to Parson’s Chicken & Fish, the OSB at Longman & Eagle, and the CAA for happy hours on Thursday, Friday, and Saturday. They’ll be serving their Oregon wines straight from the can, including their brand new Sparkling wine. (And we have a feeling some of that wine might make it’s way into a slushy at Parson’s, too.)

Union Wine Co. will be popping up at:
Parson’s Chicken & Fish – Thursday, July 7 (3-6pm)
OSB @ Longman & Eagle – Friday, July 8 (3-6pm)
Madison Alley @ Chicago Athletic Association – Saturday, July 9th (2-5pm)
About Union Wine Co.

Embracing the artistry of making great wine minus all the fuss is what Union Wine Company is all about. We care more about what goes into the glass than what kind of glass it is. Not willing to sacrifice taste or value, we challenge our team to balance tradition with the latest technology, crafting exceptional Oregon wines at extraordinary prices. Union’s three wine series, Underwood, Kings Ridge and Alchemist, all capture the spirit of Oregon in a way you can put on your table every day.

Parson’s Block Party

 

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Join us at Parson’s on July 10th at noon for fun, food, drinks and music! Bring a donation of school supplies for Association House for entry.

 

Thanks Chicago Readers!

The Chicago Reader just released their annual “Best Of Chicago” list, and we’re lucky enough to be represented among the winners! Paul McGee, our very own beverage director and partner in Lost Lake, won Best Mixologist. Parson’s Chicken & Fish is the runner up for Best Alfresco Dining, and Cherry Circle Room scored the runner-up spot for Best Restaurant for Romance. Thanks to all the readers who voted!

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Maker’s Mark Longman & Eagle Private Select Bourbon Launch Party

 

MM_LSDThis past winter, Longman & Eagle was invited down to Maker’s Mark to participate in their Private Select program. Our team was able to select some non-traditional types of wood to add to a barrel of Maker’s, creating a whiskey exclusive to Longman & Eagle. This was one of the most amazing tasting and selection processes we’ve ever participated in, and we’re incredibly excited to be able to share this exclusive bourbon with our L&E friends and family. We will be launching this exclusive bourbon on June 29 in the OSB at L&E starting at 7:30pm. Please join us to try our signature Longman & Eagle Private Select bourbon!

The Maker’s Mark Private Select program is unlike any other barrel selection we’ve participated in. In most barrel selections, you are just choosing from samples of existing bourbons. This program allowed us to manipulate the flavor of the whiskey beforehand to control the final flavor profile of the whiskey.

MM_02Makers 46 is essentially Maker’s Mark that has been “finished,” or aged, slightly longer. French oak staves (a wood post used in whiskey aging) are inserted into the barrel and left to age for an extra nine weeks. This adds a whole new layer of flavor to the original whiskey. The Maker’s Private Select program is similar in process, however, there are a variety of different type of wood staves to choose from. There are French and American Oak, toasted and charred to different levels. We went through a full tasting of bourbons finished with each different stave, then the fun began. We were able to choose a combination of those different staves and blend those whiskies back together hoping to get an idea for what our finished whisky will taste like.

We broke into two teams in order to have a lot of variety of options. One team wanted to find a combination that would emphasize the existing flavors already in Maker’s, while the other wanted to contrast those flavors and add a layer of complexity. But when we both started working on our first blend, both teams chose the same combinatioin of staves. After tasting through nine different blends, we eliminated a few, and then tasted through them again – this time, blindly. After eliminating a few other options in the blind test, we finally selected our signature Longman & Eagle Private Select. Ironically, the one we chose was that first combination of staves that both teams came up with!

We inserted the staves in our barrel, filled it, then rolled it to its new home in the rickhouse where it would sit for another nine weeks.
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We have been impatiently waiting those whole nine weeks – this is one of the most exciting programs we’ve been lucky enough to participate in, and we’re thrilled to share this bourbon with our friends and family at L&E.

L&E Whiskey for Dad!

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A lot of us at Longman are Dads, and a lot of us at Longman love whiskey. So we thought the perfect Father’s Day gift for YOUR Dad is one of OUR whiskeys. We’ve been lucky enough to have a variety of whiskey bottled just for us here at L&E and are really proud of these bottles and know they would make a great addition to any Dad’s home bar. Available only in house at L&E, so stop in and pick one up for a Dad in your life.

Bernheim Wheat Whiskey L&E  $35
Named for I.W. Bernheim, a bourbon pioneer responsible for the I.W. Harper brand, this wheat whiskey was made by Heaven Hill after they moved into the Old Bernheim Distillery in Louisville.

Four Roses Single Barrel L&E  $75
Hand picked by the team at Longman, this 10 year old bourbon has a rich, full body with notes of spice and dark chocolate. Bottled at 54.4%, it is aggressive, but still finishes with a pleasant dryness. For the nerds, this bottling is recipe: OESK and Barrel EN 52-2 O.

High West Double Rye L&E  $50
Hand Selected by the Longman bar crew, this double rye blend was re-barreled in 5 yr old bourbon barrels for an additional two years before being bottled exclusively for L&E. Non-chill filtered and bottled at 104 proof, this whiskey is rich, spicy, with a pleasant, smooth finish.

Jefferson’s Small Batch L&E $30

Jefferson’s Reserve Very Small Batch L&E $55
Aged in lightly charred barrels, these high rye bourbons were selected by the team here at Longman along with Jefferson’s Master Blender Trey Zoeller. The lighter char on the barrel allows the flavor of the grains to be present while the vanilla and caramel notes from the barrel still come forward.

Knob Creek L&E Single Barrel #2 $45
This is the second barrel of Knob Creek selected by the staff at L&E. Distilled in 2005, and aged on the 9th floor of the rickhouse, this bourbon has picked up flavors of maple, vanilla, and burnt sugar. Sure to be a favorite.

Redemption Rye 8yr Barrel Proof L&E $100
This barrel strength version of Redemption’s classic 95% Rye recipe is hot and spicy on the initial taste, but it’s 8 years in oak gives it a rich, sweet finish. Surprisingly balanced for such a high proof, this is a truly exceptional rye.

Russell’s Reserve Single Barrel L&E $65
Selected by a handful of veteran Longman bartenders, this single barrel from one of our favorite distillers is sure to please both the casual and seasoned bourbon drinker. Non-chill filtered, this full flavored bourbon is sweet, but balanced by a bit of spice and a long, smooth finish.

***DISCLAIMER***
No, the Willett 21 year bottles “Longman” and “Eagle” are not for sale, not now, not ever, never again. Don’t ask, the answer is no, and will be no. Thanks for understanding the limited nature of this kind of product. Cheers!

Aaron Franklin returns to LSD!

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We’re doing it again!

Land and Sea Dept. is pleased to welcome Aaron Franklin and his team back to Chicago, following last year’s sold out series of dinners with the James Beard Award-winning chef.

Located in Austin Texas, Franklin Barbecue is largely considered the best BBQ joint in the country, and has been anointed as such by the likes of Bon Appetit, Full Custom Gospel BBQ, Texas Monthly and many others.

In a format similar to last year, Aaron and his team will be in Chicago for three consecutive nights of barbecue, beer and good times, with events taking place on July 1st, 2nd and 3rd from 6pm to 9pm nightly.  Tickets will again be available in advance and are all-inclusive, including beverages and food.

Tickets go on sale on Friday, June 17th at noon and will go quick. (The events sold out in less than three minutes last year.)

Repeating, loudly – tickets go ON SALE at NOON on FRIDAY.

July 1                6pm – 9pm

July 2                6pm – 9pm

July 3                6pm – 9pm

UPDATE: 

That was fast! The tickets for this year’s Franklin Barbecue events sold out almost instantly. We’re excited to welcome the lucky ticket holders this weekend – get ready for some good eats.

Nataniel Russell

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We’ve been enjoying spending time with Nathaniel Russell’s Slow Comet art installation at the Chicago Athletic Association.

But, as we know, nothing gold can stay, and soon it will be time for the work to make its way back to Nathaniel’s doorstep. The pieces are all currently for sale, so if you are interested in purchasing a real art work, feel free to reach out to him via Instagram. Make your way to the hotel to check out the work – it’s up through June 30.

 

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Clayton Hauck for Land & Sea Dept.

 

photos: Clayton Hauck

Cherry Circle Yacht Club at Chicago Athletic Association

Land and Sea Dept. and the Chicago Athletic Association hotel are going nautical this summer with the Cherry Circle Yacht Club,  a bar concept popping up on the ground floor of the CAA from June 10 – June 26.

The pop-up’s opening weekend coincides with the world-renowned America’s Cupsailing competition, happening on Lake Michigan for the first time on June 10 – 12.

The Cherry Circle Yacht Club is inspired by the Chicago Athletic Association’s own yacht team from the early 20th century, and is named after their boat, the Cherry Circle. The concept was developed Chicago-based art gallery Johalla Projects and Ship to Shore Productions, content creators specializing in science, nature, and conservation story telling. Johalla Projects also designed the space, which will be housed in a freestanding structure in the hotel’s Tank event space, outfitted in vintage furniture, maritime-inspired décor, and coastal touches.

Land and Sea Dept. will be operating the bar, which will feature a menu of historic and nautically inclined cocktails from beverage director Paul McGee, alongside a selection of beer from Anchor Brewing and champagne from Moët-Hennessey.

LSD and the CAA will be collaborating on an event schedule for the CCYC – stay tuned here for more.

June 16, 7pm:
Storytelling Series: Ship To Shore Productions with Photographer & Great Lakes Surfer Mike Killion

Join STS co-founder and sailing photographer Zachary James Johnston for a conversation with fellow photographer and Great Lakes surfer Mike Killion. You can RSVP for the event here.

Time Out Bar Awards

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Time Out Chicago is hosting their inaugural bar awards on June 6 of this year, and we’re thrilled to be included among the finalists.

Lost Lake is nominated in the Best New Cocktail Bar category, Longman & Eagle is nominated for Best Restaurant Bar, and Milk Room is nominated for Best Design.

Congratulations to all the nominees, and thanks to Time Out – see everyone at the Awards in June!

 

Elana Green in Crain’s Chicago

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Elana Green, LSD’s Executive Director, was just named to Crain’s Chicago’s “20 in their 20’s” for 2016. Congratulations to Elana – check out her interview and the other honorees HERE.

Letherbee Vernal 2016

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Our friends at Letherbee Distillers have just released their 2016 Vernal Gin for the season. This year’s Vernal blend takes inspiration from Eclectic Medicine (a branch of American medicine that focused on botanical remedies, which was popular in the late 19th and early 20th centuries), and includes notes of Chamomile, Echinacea, lemon, honey, and Himalayan salt – making it the perfect spirit to drink in warmer weather. Also perfect for warm weather is the release’s label, designed by LSD’s art director Drew Ryan.

These are limited run, so grab your bottle today – check in at your favorite Letherbee retailer.

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photos: Colin Beckett

 

LSD at Chicago Cocktail Summit

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The Chicago Cocktail Summit is coming to Logan Square! Conceived by friends of the company, the summit merges the amateur and professional cocktail worlds with two days of demos, discussions, panels, seminars and tastings, happening May 22 – 23 at the Logan Theatre. Day One’s schedule is geared more towards consumers and home enthusiasts, while Day 2 is for bar and restaurant professionals. Both days feature some of the best and brightest from Chicago’s bar and restaurant community – including some of our very own!

On Day 1, May 22, catch Longman & Eagle‘s principal bartender Chad Hague, who will be leading a seminar on how to use cider in cocktails. Cherry Circle Room‘s wine director Andrew Algren is also leading a talk, this one on the history of Amaro and other fortified wines.

On Day 2, May 23, the schedule shifts to an industry focus, and Parson’s bar manager Charlie Schott will give a talk on creating frozen drinks – aptly titled, “Rage With The Machine: Charlie Schott Talks Slushies.”

Make sure you grab your passes now!

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Anthony Bourdain at L&E

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Anthony Bourdain stopped by Longman & Eagle during his recent trip to Chicago for Parts Unknown, his show on CNN. He and Second City main stage performer Paul Jurewicz tried (and enjoyed!) many of Chef Jared Wentworth’s & Chef Matt Kerney’s specialties, including the Slagel Family Farms Bone Marrow. Check out a clip HERE.

LSD Beard

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We are both honored and humbled to have received the James Beard Foundation Award for Outstanding Restaurant Design for our work on the Cherry Circle Room. Big thanks and congratulations to everyone at Cherry Circle Room, the Chicago Athletic Association and Land and Sea Dept. for all of the hard work and support. We couldn’t ask for a better team to work with, or a better space to be in work at every day.

And, of course, thanks to the Beard Foundation.

We want to thank the folks that had the fortitude and vision to realize the project and bring it to life – AG Partners, AJ Capital, Geolo Capital, as well as the Bully Andrews and Hartshorne Plunkard teams.  Thanks, too, to the Commune crew, who have all been such a pleasure to work alongside and with on a daily basis.

We also want to acknowledge the collaborators we were lucky enough to work with while designing the space. Our companion company Mode Carpentry designed and built historically relative elements for the room, including the epic upper back bar. We worked with Doubleday & Cartwright to develop the system of icons and symbols that appear on CCR’s china, menus and textiles. Meghan McAleavy created the handmade banners that hang on the west wall of the room, and Tereasa Surratt of Camp Wandawega helped source the collection of vintage art and objects that fill the back bar. We worked with Stock Mfg.on the design and fabrication of custom staff uniforms.

Which is all to say: We’re thrilled and very grateful.

Cheers!

Maison Premiere at Lost Lake

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Lost Lake Returns!

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Carolina Mariana shoots Wild Belle

 

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Friend of LSD Carolina Mariana (who also currently has photos up on the walls of L&E) shot some great photos of Wild Belle at the Earth Day show at Garfield Park Conservatory the other night. Check a few out below and see more of her work HERE and HERE.

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Parson’s Pool Party at Pinewood Social Nashville

Chicago’s Parson’s Chicken & Fish is popping up at Pinewood Social from May 13 – 15, marking the opening of the pools for the summer season.

Parson’s Chicken & Fish, located in Chicago’s Logan Square neighborhood, is headed to Nashville for a weekend long pop-up at Pinewood Social, one of Nashville’s most dynamic restaurants and gathering places. Parson’s will be trading their umbrella-filled Chicago patio for Pinewood’s pool area for three days, serving up some of the restaurant’s greatest hits out of the airstream trailer. The weekend will also mark the opening of Pinewood’s pools for the summer season.

Parson’s Chef Hunter Moore and bar manager Charlie Schott will be at Pinewood
for the weekend, sharing the items that put Parson’s on the map with Nashville. Look out for hush puppies, pimento toast, and (of course) Chef Hunter’s award-winning fried chicken sandwich. Charlie’s famous Negroni Slushy (the cocktail Parson’s is best known for) is headed down to Nashville too, alongside his Red Hook and Michelada.

Parson’s menu will be available at Pinewood from 3pm – 9pm on Friday, May 13, and Saturday, May 14, and from 10am – 3pm on Sunday, May 15.

“Things” curated by Becca Mann Opening Night at Soccer Club Club

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“Things” curated by Becca Mann
April 22nd – June 22nd 2016

Soccer Club Club
2923 N. Cicero Ave
Chicago, IL 60641
312-455-1015
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Featuring works by:

Marzena Abrahamik, Alexandra Cassiniti, Mariano Chavez, Rob Doran,Cayetano Ferrer, Judith Geichman, Sayre Gomez, Megan Greene, Jennifer Herrema, Mika Horibuchi, Dirk Knibbe, Tyler Krasowski, Summer Mann,Claire Nereim, Denee Petracek, Ben Pruskin, Dan Rizzo-Orr, Max Hooper Schneider, Ty Segall and JPW3

with a catalogue by Kate O’Neill

Here is a collection of objects that address the multiple implications of being a “thing.” Selected artworks challenge the parameters of their physical forms-

they are made of unexpected materials or extend into unreliable dimensions. Some works don’t act like art at all, they are useful items that malfunction in compelling ways, artist-made merchandise, reconfigured domestic objects, absurdist and dystopian anomalies. The spaces between mediums, and between the categories object and art are home to a particular intermingling of forms, with things working on many levels simultaneously. The exhibition provides an environment that encourages and frames these unusual ontological processes.

The exhibition opens with a reception on April 22nd from 7-10pm
With Bruce Lamont Solo Vocal Performance and age-appropriate drinks by Land and Sea Dept!

Soccer Club Club is an exhibition and performance space owned and operated by Drag City and located in an intact private bar built by a former Polish soccer star.

Becca Mann in an artist from Los Angeles, CA

Foodieodicals Pop-Up Shop

The Food Book Fair, Madison Hall, and Land and Sea Dept. are excited to collaborate on the first-ever physical Foodieodicals pop-up shop, happening in Chicago during the James Beard Foundation Awards. Headquartered at the Chicago Athletic Association hotel, the pop-up will take place the weekend of April 30 and May 1, the same weekend that the Food Book Fair is happening in New York City.

Now in its fifth year, the annual Food Book Fair is part conference, part festival; a celebration of food culture and media through panel discussions, demos, dinners, screenings and more. The Foodieodicals ‘zine fest has been part of the fair since 2012, shining a light on indie food magazines and celebrating their makers and readers.

Land and Sea Dept. and Madison Hall boutique (neighbors in the Chicago Athletic Association hotel with a common love of printed media, design, and food), were inspired by what their friends in New York were doing with the Food Book Fair and decided to join forces to bring Foodieodicals to life in Chicago during the James Beard Foundation Awards. Madison Hall, located on the ground floor of the CAA, will transform into a Foodieodicals pop-up from April 27 to May 4th. A wide range of indie food publications will be available, ranging from Lucky Peach and Cherry Bombe to smaller imprints like Mouthfeel and Noble Rot.

The shop will expand to the second floor Drawing Room of the Chicago Athletic Association from noon – 6pm on Saturday, April 30, and Sunday, May 1, where Land and Sea Dept. will have their range of cocktails and snacks available, as well as some curated ‘zine packs.

 

 

Earth Day
with Wild Belle

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Join us for this one-of-a-kind Earth Day event featuring drinks, food and music curated by Land and Sea Dept., along with environmental programming by NRDC, all set admist artgroup Luftwerk’s critically acclaimed art installation solarise: a sea of all colors.

Chicago natives and brother-sister band Wild Belle will be headlining the event as part of their national tour, as well as playing a DJ set after their live show.

Jason Hammel of Lula Cafe will be creating a menu of Earth Day-oriented bites for a special VIP hour, which includes cocktails by Land and Sea Dept. beverage director Paul McGee, wines selected by LSD wine director Andrew Algren, alongside a selection of beers.

UPDATE: Tickets SOLD OUT.

Drink tickets can be purchased here.

Thanks everyone, see you there!

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Parson’s Original Recipe Hot Sauce Now Available

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NOW AVAILABLE: Parson’s is now offering our housemade hot sauces for you to enjoy at home! Come pick up a bottle in the restaurant. Coming soon to our web store, too.

Cherry Circle Room Winemaker Dinner: Patty Green of Patricia Green Cellars

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Cherry Circle Room and wine director Andrew Algren are excited to welcome Patty Green of Patricia Green Cellars for a four course dinner on Wednesday, April 20, at 7:00 pm. The legendary winemaker will be guiding diners through bottles from the Willamette Valley winery’s catalogue, paired with a menu from Executive Chef Pete Coenen.
Patricia Green Cellars focuses on producing Pinot Noirs that show the distinct characteristics between sites and vintages within the category. After staring with a Muscat Ottonel, the pairings will feature Pinot Noirs from 2011-2014. Tickets are $90 per person (excluding tax and gratuity) and can be purchased here.Patricia Green Cellars is located in the Ribbon Ridge Appellation of the Willamette Valley on a 52 acre estate purchased in 2000 by Patty Green and Jim Anderson. The winery, and thus the two friends and business partners, are noted for producing a tremendously broad selection of vineyard designated Pinot Noirs from several vineyards representing some of the better sites in the Willamette Valley with a particular emphasis over the years on Ribbon Ridge, Dundee Hills and the Chehalem Mountain appellations.

Patricia Green Cellars Winemaker Dinner
 
Welcome Wine:

Dry Muscat Ottonel

Course 1:

Freedom Hill Vineyard Coury Clone Pinot Noir 2014

Smoked white fish, Brussels sprouts, beet bouillon

Course 2:

Freedom Hill Vineyard Coury Clone Pinot Noir 2012

Carbonara, duck egg, guanciale

Course 3:

“Notorious” Pinot Noir 2011

Natural Aged Duck Breast, Cherries, foie gras

Course 4:

Durant Vineyard Bishop Block 2013

Chocolate Sundae: Oatmeal raisin, caramel, raspberry

Nathaniel Russell “Storytelling” Talk in the Drawing Room

 

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The Chicago Athletic Association will be showing “Slow Comet,” a collection work by Indianapolis-based artist Nathaniel Russell, in the Drawing Room from April 10 – June 30.

Join us on April 10 for a talk by Russell and an opening reception to celebrate the display. At 3pm, Russell will be participating in the Chicago Athletic Association’s storytelling series where he’ll discuss his work and his life as an artist, followed by an opening reception at 4pm.  Both events will be held in the Drawing Room – we hope to see you there.

James Beard Nomination for LSD!

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We’re very excited and honored to share that Land and Sea Dept. is a finalist for the James Beard Foundation’s Outstanding Restaurant Design Award for our work in Cherry Circle Room.

Together with our companion company Mode Carpentry, we set out to create an intimate, modern space that still references the many dinners that happened in the room 50+ years ago. We’re pleased with the result, and it’s nice to see that others appreciate it as well.

Thanks to everyone who helped make the space beautiful (and those who keep it that way!), and congrats to our fellow nominees.

Nathaniel Russell – Slow Comet

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Land and Sea Dept. and the Chicago Athletic Association are pleased to display the work of Indianapolis-based artist Nathaniel Russell. This collection of Russell’s work, entitled “Slow Comet,” will be on display in the hotel’s Drawing Room from April 10 through June 30.

Russell was born and raised in Indiana, where he attended Ball State University and graduated with a BFA in printmaking. After college, Russell spent several years in the Bay Area making posters, record covers, and woodcuts. This time in California informed Russell’s current work; he’s now living in his home city of Indianapolis, where he creates fake fliers and books, wood cut-outs, drawings, music, and more.

Though his pieces vary in medium, humor and sincerity are a constant thread running through Russell’s art. His work is regularly shown around the world in both traditional galleries and informal spaces, usually surrounded by an expanding list of friends, collaborators, and like-minded folk.

Join Us April 10 at 3pm for Artist Talk & Slideshow with Nathaniel and a reception with the artist at 4pm.

Chicago Athletic Association
12 S. Michigan Ave, Chicago, IL

Cherry Circle Room Winemaker Dinner: Division Winemaking Company

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Join Cherry Circle Room’s wine director Andrew Algren for the second event in his new winemakers series – on Tuesday, April 5, Andrew will be welcoming Thomas Monroe of Division Winemaking Company, one of Oregon’s most exciting new wineries.
A selection of Division wines, including Chenin Blanc, Rosé, Gamay Noir, and Syrah, will be paired with a four course dinner from Cherry Circle Room’s executive chef Pete Coenen. Thomas and Andrew will be discussing the wines and pairings with guests in the intimate setting of Cherry Circle Room – and with just twenty seats available for this dinner, each guest will be able to chat with both the winemaker and sommelier individually over the course of the evening. Tickets are $90 each (not including tax and gratuity), and are available here: http://www.ticketfly.com/event/1139009
Division, founded in 2010 by Thomas and his partner Kate Norris, was inspired by the wineries of Loire, Beaujolais, Burgundy and the Northern Rhone. Recently the winery has been named an “Oregon Winery to Watch” by Wine Press Northwest, and Kate and Tom were mentioned as winemakers to watch in the San Francisco Chronicle article, “All you wanted to know about this year’s Winemakers to Watch.”  Division Winemaking Company wines have also been featured by Eric Asimov in The New York Times, and the 2011 Gamay Noir was also the only wine from the United States to win a gold medal at the 2014 International Competition of Gamay in France.
1st course:
Tuna tartar with green papaya
2nd course:
Crispy sweetbreads with green chickpeas and charred leek
3rd course:
Pot au Feu (suckling pig, mirepoix, natural jus)
4th course:
Farmers cheese with cherries and almonds

 

Storytelling Series: Ted Leo

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Storytelling Series: Ted Leo of Ted Leo and the Pharmacists

Join us in the second floor Drawing Room at the Chicago Athletic Hotel (12 S. Michigan) on Sunday, March 27th for the latest installment of the Storytelling Series, from 2-4pm on Sunday, March 27. This week, we’re excited to welcome musician Ted Leo, of Ted Leo of the Pharmacists.

Since the early ’90s, Ted Leo has been one of the most progressive forces in East Coast independent music, with a unique combination of punk and folk, soul and hardcore, and tradition and experimentation. Originally rising to fame in the late-’80s New York hardcore scene by playing with Citizen’s Arrest and Animal Crackers, Leo left New York for Washington, D.C., in 1990, when he founded and fronted Chisel, one of the first mod/punk revival outfits to gain national renown. Leo was the primary songwriter and singer of Chisel, recording two full-length records with the band which were released on Gern Blandsten in the mid-’90s and leading the band on countless short tours. The songwriting was as infectious and calculated as that of Brit rock legends the Kinks, yet the rhythms remained fueled by the anthemic energy reminiscent of bands like the Who and the Clash. He eventually recorded a self-titled full-length on his homestead, Gern Blandsten Records, in 1999 with a new band, the Pharmacists, that included various friends and affiliates of the Secret Stars, including Jodi Buonanno. This record marked a notable change in Leo’s sound, which, mostly due to his performance practices, was more and more rooted in songwriting legends like Billy Bragg and Alex Chilton. Ted Leo and the Pharmacists released a split with the One AM Radio later that year as a collaborative effort of both Gern Blandsten and Garbage Czar.  In early 2013, Ted Leo and Aimee Mann formed a duo called The Both, after Leo had toured with Mann for several months as her supporting act. The two began writing songs together, and in March 2013, performed their first show together as The Both. Their self-titled debut album released in April 2014.

Ted Leo is currently working on the follow up to ‘The Brutalist Bricks’, to be released late 2016.

Jo Landron Wine Tasting

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Hot on the heels of the last week’s inaugural Winemaker Dinner with William Fevre Chablis, Cherry Circle Room’s wine director Andrew Algren is back at at again with another tasting event to deepen our collective wine knowledge.

On Monday, March 14, we’ll be welcoming Jo Landron to the Drawing Room for a free tasting from 6-8pm. Jo himself and our wine director Andrew Algren will be on-hand to answer questions and guide guests through tastes of four wines from the Jo Landron collection: Atmospheres NV, “Fief du Breil” Muscadet Sevre et Maine 2012, “Fief du Breil” Muscadet Sevre et Maine 2006 (out of a magnum!), and “Les Houx” Muscadet Sevre et Maine 2013.

Jo Landron is the man behind the winemaking at Les Domaines Landron, and happens to be responsible for one of our favorite sparkling wines. If you’ve had a glass of Atmospheres in the Drawing Room, you know what we’re talking about – we look forward to seeing you there.

Monday, March 14
Jo Landron in Drawing Room
6:00 – 8:00 PM: Complimentary Tasting

The Desert Diaries w/ Carolina Mariana Rodriguez, Eva Deitch and Lucy Hewett

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Please join us at Longman & Eagle on Tuesday, March 22 at 9pm for an opening reception featuring photography from Carolina Mariana Rodriguez, Eva Deitch and Lucy Hewett. Their work will be on display at L&E through the end of May.

Some background on the project from the artists :

In March 2015, EvaCarolina, and Lucy met for breakfast. It had been a long winter for us as photographers and we needed some inspiration. Our conversations about uncertainty quickly turned into a plan for an eleven-day road trip across the state of New Mexico. In a week’s time, we were driving twenty-five hours south of Chicago through white deserts, red rocks and endless open skies.

We returned with a deep respect for one another, the landscape and our craft. One year later, we want to share what we’ve made.

We’ll be showing work, selling prints and enjoying desert inspired cocktails.

Carolina Mariana Rodríguez

Eva Deitch

Lucy Hewett

 

CCR & L&E in TOC

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If you snag the new spring issue of Time Out Chicago, you might recognize a familiar (and delicious!) egg dish on the cover – yep, that’s Cherry Circle Room’s Baked Eggs! The cover ties to Time Out’s big brunch feature, which also highlights Chef Pete Coenen’s new Scotch Eggs dish and beverage director Paul McGee’s Red Snapper (a take on the Bloody Mary).

Longman & Eagle’s brunch also earned some praise – the feature highlights L&E’s PBR Breakfast, granola with smoked blueberries and horchata gel, and “excellent drinks.”

Thanks for the love, Time Out! Grab your copy today or browse the digital version HERE.

Ryley Walker: Storytelling with Featherproof Press and Live Set

RyleyWalker_980Join us for a Sunday afternoon with Ryley Walker in the Chicago Athletic Association’s Drawing Room. First, he’ll be joining in another installment of the Storytelling Series, in which we invite Tim Kinsella of Featherproof Press to chat with some of Chicago’s most interesting figures. Then, Ryley will treat us to his trademark blend of jazz, psych rock, and folk music during a intimate live set. Seating is on a first come, first served basis as space allows.

Longman & Eagle Happy Hour 3-5PM

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Join us for Happy Hour every Monday through Friday from 3-5pm. We have a weekly $2 shot, a weekly $4 draft beer and $1 cans of PBR!

Black Lips DJ Set in Game Room

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Round two!  After all the fun we had last year welcoming The Black Lips to the Game Room at Chicago Athletic Association, we’ve got them back for another night of lively antics.  Join the band from 10 pm to midnight this Friday the 26th where they’ll be spinning tunes and hanging out on the second floor of The Chicago Athletic Hotel.

Lost Lake James Beard Semifinalist

 

 

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We got some great news this week – Lost Lake is a semifinalist for the James Beard Award for Outstanding Bar Program. Lost Lake is the only Chicago-based bar nominated in this category.

We’re honored and very proud of the team at Lost Lake and the work they do every day.  To create complex (and delicious!) cocktails while keeping the vibe so warm and welcoming – well, it’s no easy feat, and we’re constantly impressed with everyone involved.

Congratulations to the team and the rest of the semifinalists! Exciting stuff in 2016.

Marz Brewing x Lost Lake

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Piranhanas has landed at Lost Lake!

The third Marz Community Brewing and Paul McGee beer collaboration for Lost Lake, Piranhanas (piranha + ananas, or ‘pineapple’) is fermented at high temps with a yeast blend that produces an array of tropical fruit flavors and dries out the beer, emphasizing the fermentation and hop flavors. This beer was born to pair well with any rum, like Vacation Beer and Exotica Ale before it.

It’s interesting yeast and special fermentation process results in just a little funk and minerality, in addition to some tropical fruitiness. Come in and try it out today. We suggest a Tiny and a Tot: A pony of Piranhanas, plus a shot of the featured rum.

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Stephen Eichhorn + Foxglove Studio at L&E

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Longman & Eagle is excited to display “Cats & Plants & Cats & Plants”, a collaborative installation from floral design company The Foxglove Studio and Chicago-based artist Stephen Eichhorn.

The installation, which will be on display from February 16 – March 8, combines Eichhorn’s cat collage pieces with plants and flowers from Foxglove. Join us at 9pm on February 23 for a reception in celebration of the collaboration at Longman & Eagle.

LSD VDAY Weekend

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We’ve got some plans for you, your boo, and your crew happening this Valentine’s Day weekend…

Longman & Eagle is hosting a special dinner in celebration of Valentine’s Day this February 14, inspired by the Piano Man himself. L&E is serving up a Billy Joel-inspired Valentine’s Day Prix Fixe menu from Chef Matt Kerney. Chef Matt’s 5-course dinner includes tomato-ricotta agnolotti, marinara, basil and parmesan chips (“Scenes from an Italian Restaurant”), pave of braised lamb, jerk, banana puree, butter rum gel, and cauliflower couscous (“Captain Jack”) and more.

This special menu is $85 / per person (optional beer and wine pairings available for an additional $40 and $50 per person, respectively), with seatings at 5:30, 7:30, and 9:30. Reservations can be made by emailing info@longmanandeagle.com.

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LSD at Chicago Athletic Association

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Cherry Circle Room will be offering a special, a la carte Valentine’s Day menu available to guests over Valentine’s Day weekend. Executive Chef Pete Coenen has created a menu of specials for the occasion, including oysters with a champagne mignonette, pan seared gnocchi, and pomegranate-glazed lamb shank, as well as two super decadent desserts from executive pastry chef Kristine Antonian: Chocolate peanut butter ganache with banana ice cream, butterscotch, and dates, and white chocolate cremeux with raspberry cake, candied sesame, and pomegranate. This special menu will be available alongside the normal dinner menu in Cherry Circle Room from available from Friday, February 12 through Sunday, February 14. Reservations can be made by visiting Cherry Circle Room on OpenTable.

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This Valentine’s Day, share the love with your friends in Game Room. On February 13 from 9 p.m. – 1 a.m., the Chicago Athletic Association hotel is celebrating Crew Love. DJ Kristin Marx and her crew from Toast ’n Jam will be spinning the best in music duets and collaborations and Glitter Guts will set up shop with a photo booth sponsored by Perrier. Game Room will have Paul McGee large format cocktails on special and large format beer available for sharing, and as always, Game Room’s sharable snacks will be offered all night. Admission is free, no RSVP necessary.

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Drawing Room will be hosting a series of Valentine’s Day pop-ups over the weekend. On Saturday, February 13th from 5-9p, Chicago-based online boutique Local Eclectic will be popping up with gifts, goodies, and jewelry for all your Valentine’s Day gifting needs along with a build-you-own bouquet station from Fleur, and on Sunday, February 14, from 11a-2p, CAA’s own Madison Hall boutique will be popping up with their selection of jewelry, gifts, and flowers. Accompanying both of these shopping experiences will be a love letter writing station – we’ll provide the type writer, stationary, and envelopes, guests just need to bring the heartfelt sentiments!

William Fevre Chablis Winemaker’s Dinner

winecollectors-flyer2Join winemaker Didier Seguier for a 4-course paired dinner in Cherry Circle Room exploring William Fevre Chablis. Guests will join Didier, who is visiting from Chablis, in the Drawing Room for an opening reception at 6pm, featuring passed bites and a preview of the 2014 vintages. Following the reception, guests will enjoy a four-course dinner in Cherry Circle Room from executive chef Pete Coenen (see below for menu), paired with William Fevre Chablis back catalog vintages. Andrew Algren, Cherry Circle Room’s wine director and sommelier, will also be on hand to discuss the catalog and pairings with guests.

The intimate dinner will allow Didier to educate each guest individually, discussing his decades making wine in Cognac, Bordeaux, Alsace, Champagne, the Côtes du Rhône, Burgundy (where he worked with Bouchard Père & Fils under Philippe Prost), and especially Chablis, where he has been working with the Henriot family since their purchase of William Fevre in 1998. Didier has since elevated William Fevre to new heights, joining the ranks of the top Chablis producers in the world. With its 47 hectare Domaine, more than half are in Chablis Premier Cru (12 hectares) and Grand Cru (15.2 hectares), William Fèvre owns the widest array of Grands Crus vineyards.

Tickets are available at milkroom.tocktix.com (choose the ‘William Fevre Winemaker Dinner’ experience) for $90 per person, including both the dinner and pairings. This will be the first in a series of monthly winemaker dinners hosted by Cherry Circle Room.

 

William Fevre Winemaker Dinner

To begin:
Beausoleil oyster on the half shell with grilled rose, champagne mignonette

1st
Brandade croquettes with king crab and orange caramel

2nd
Poached langoustine with carrot, sea bean, langoustine bisque

3rd
Chicken presse with artichokes in barigoule

To end:
Delice de Bourgogne with hazelnut, white truffle honey

 

Parquet Courts Storytelling and DJ set

parquetcourts-DJParquet Courts are headed to the Chicago Athletic Association on February 17! First, head to the second floor Drawing Room from 8:30 PM to 9:30 PM to hear them discuss life on the road and their writing process with Kevin Warwick, Chicago Reader associate editor and A.V. Club music contributor. Then head to the Game Room for a DJ set from the band from 10 pm till midnight! Game Room’s selection of beer, cocktails, and snacks will be available, as always. RSVP here.

8:30 PM – 9:30 PM: Storytelling Series Talk in the Drawing Room
10 PM – midnight: Live DJ set in the Game Room (no cover)

Cherry Circle Room at Dose Market

doseCherry Circle Room’s executive pastry chef Kristine Antonian will be at the next Dose Market, taking place this upcoming Sunday, February 14. This edition of the pop-up market, aptly titled the Love Dose, will be held at Morgan Manufacturing from 10am – 4pm. Chef Kristine will have her freshly made macarons on offer, available in singles (for eating) and packs of six (for gifting…or eating) in a range of flavors: Chocolate mint, lemon, chocolate strawberry, espresso, white chocolate raspberry, and chocolate peanut butter. She’ll also be pouring her homemade hot chocolate. Swing by and grab a little V-Day treat!

Tickets HERE.

Texas Tiki Disco

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Anvil Bar & Refuge x Lost Lake: February 28 – March 4

Paul McGee and his team at Lost Lake are excited to welcome Bobby Heugel of Anvil Bar & Refuge to Chicago from February 28 – March 4. Anvil, one of Houston’s most celebrated cocktail bars, will be taking over Lost Lake for a weeklong pop-up while McGee & co are on a research trip to Martinique.

When Anvil Bar & Refuge opened in 2009, it was Houston’s first bar devoted to classic cocktails. Building a program with equal focus on utilizing quality spirits and serving locals, Anvil quickly gained popularity among Houstonians and garnered national acclaim.

For Anvil’s foray into the Chicago cocktail landscape, Heugel is delving into the annals of US bar history to inform the concept.

The popular tiki temples that inspired Lost Lake met their downfall in the 1970s through the onset of disco culture. The laid-back vibe and the quality, handcrafted drinks that are pillars of tiki couldn’t coexist with the demand for super speedy service, live music and dance floors. Heugel and his team will explore a booze-fueled conspiracy theory that tiki and disco are not opposing cosmic forces, and can, in fact, spectacularly co-exist.

Channeling the tiki-disco hybrids that exist in Caribbean discotheques outside the US, Anvil Bar & Refuge will present an alternative reality in which they envision what would have happened if tiki and disco had merged here in the United States. Expect tropical takes on classic cocktails, sharable punch bowls with a Houston edge, and much more. Heugel will also be bringing his popular ‘Break Even” program up from Texas, which allows guests to have a one ounce pour of an extremely high end spirit at cost, in the spirit of thanking guests and continuing cocktail education.

HVW8 Berlin

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Land and Sea Dept. partner Cody Hudson is presenting a new body of work in his first solo show in Germany at HVW8 Gallery in Berlin. The show includes new paintings on linen as well as a new series of steel sculptures. Four screen prints produced by the Berlin-based art publisher Draw A Line will also be shown and available.

And as a nod to our favorite local spirit, bartenders from the recently opened Letherbee Fountain in Berlin will be on hand making cocktails for the crowd. If you are in Berlin stop by and say hello.

Lost Lake Video Vibes

Imbibe Magazine recently made this great video of the Lost Lake crew to commemorate us being named cocktail bar of the year in the 2016 Imbibe 75.

Check it out below…

Valentines Weekend at CCR

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Cherry Circle Room will be offering a special, a la carte Valentine’s Day menu available to guests over Valentine’s Day weekend. Executive Chef Pete Coenen has created a menu of specials for the occasion, including Kusshi oysters with a champagne mignonette, poached Maine lobster risotto with white truffle honey, and pomegranate-glazed lamb shank, as well as two super decadent desserts from executive pastry chef Kristine Antonian:  Chocolate peanut butter ganache with banana ice cream, butterscotch, and dates, and white chocolate cremeux with raspberry cake, candied sesame, and pomegranate. This special menu will be available alongside the normal dinner menu in Cherry Circle Room from available from Friday, February 12 through Sunday, February 14. Reservations can be made by visiting Cherry Circle Room on OpenTable.

Chicago Mag Names Lost Lake Best New Bar in 2015!

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Chicago Magazine has named Lost Lake the best bar of 2016 in their just-released annual ‘bars’ issue! We’re very honored, and so glad that they like tiki-ing as much as we do.

They also must like spirit forward cocktails and rare whiskies as much as we do — because Milk Room came in at the #3 spot.

The issue is on newsstands now. Big thanks to Chicago, and congratulations to our teams at Lost Lake and Milk Room.

L&E Valentines Day 2016

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Longman & Eagle is hosting a special dinner in celebration of Valentine’s Day this February 14, inspired by the Piano Man himself. You read that right – L&E is serving up a Billy Joel-inspired Valentine’s Day Prix Fixe menu from Chef Matt Kerney. Chef Matt’s 5-course dinner includes tomato-ricotta agnolotti, marinara, basil and parmesan chips (“Scenes from an Italian Restaurant”), pave of braised lamb, jerk, banana puree, butter rum gel, and cauliflower couscous (“Captain Jack”) and more.

This special menu is $85 / per person (optional beer and wine pairings available for an additional $40 and $50 per person, respectively), with seatings at 5:30, 7:30, and 9:30. Reservations can be made by emailing info@longmanandeagle.com.

Course 1 “We Didn’t Start the Fire”
Scallop Crudo, Ponzu Sauce, Green Apple Gel, Verdita Gel, Watercress, Pickled Pineapple Hearts, Pineapple-Jicama Relish

Course 2 “Billy the Kid”
Brisket Sausage, Cornbread Puree, Baked Beans, Chili, Fried Hash, Pickled Green Beans

Course 3 “Scenes From An Italian Restaurant”
Tomato-Ricotta Agnolotti, Marinara, Basil, Parmesan Chips

Course 4 “Captain Jack”
Pave of Braised Lamb, Jerk, Banana Puree, Buttered Rum Gel, Cauliflower Cous Cous

Course 5 “She’s Always A Woman To Me”
Fernet Pave, Spruce Powder, Chocolate-Juniper Cream, Confit Grapefruit, Grapefruit Pomelo

New CCR Brunch

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Just in time for the brand new year, Cherry Circle Room has launched a brand new brunch. The new menu from Executive Chef Pete Coenen features creative takes on classic brunch and lunch dishes – including Scotch Egg (lamb sausage, runny yolk, giardiniera, yogurt sauce), Belgian Waffle (blueberry compote, marscapone, roasted pistachio butter), Surf N Turf Eggs Benedict (house smoked pork belly and nova salmon, tomato, arugula, béarnaise), and more. These new dishes are available alongside some CCR brunch and lunch favorites (Baked Eggs, Farro Risotto, New England Lobster Roll) and a menu of Paul McGee’s brunch cocktails (including Milk Punch, Red Snappers, Gin Fizzes and more).

Start your 2016 out brunching. You deserve it.

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CCR Wins Best Restaurant Design at Jean Banchet Awards

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Cherry Circle Room was awarded Best Restaurant Design at last night’s Jean Banchet Awards – Chicago’s ‘local food Oscars.’ We were in great company, with friends like Lula Cafe, Billy Sunday, and Fat Rice taking home awards as well. Huge thanks to the food writers who make up the Banchet panel, and congratulations to the teams at Cherry Circle Room, LSD, and Mode Carpentry.

We Made it to 1!

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Birthday twins Lost Lake and Thank You are celebrating our first birthday on Wednesday, January 13th, and whew — what a year it’s been! We’ve grown as a team, made lots of new friends, taken our lil’ show on the road (Los Angeles! New Orleans! Austin! Fort Lauderdale!), and received more than a few amazing accolades (Chicago Reader’s Best New Bar! Eater Chicago’s Bartender of the Year! Imbibe’s Cocktail Bar of the Year! Yusho Ramen Battle champs! PQM Burger Night victors! The #66 spot on World’s 50 Best Bars 51-100 List! A top ten nomination for Best New Cocktail Bar by Tales of the Cocktail’s Spirited Awards!)

We’ll be lifting tiki mugs to the sky (er, thatched roof) on the 13th, and hope you’ll join us. For without you, dear reader, none of this would have been possible. Thank you for the best year ever!

L&E on Food Network

Turns out the rest of the country likes Longman & Eagle’s Fried Chicken & Waffles as much as we do here in Chicago – Food Network just named the dish the #2 Best Friend Chicken in America! They loved the sweet potato and pork belly hash we top it with, too. Come and in try for yourself – Food Network recommends you pair it with one of our Bloody Mary’s (or Larry, or Maria).

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Check it out HERE.

Lost Lake Pocket Tees

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The most-Instagrammed element at Lost Lake is immortalized in neon pink script across the back — along with a palm tree-emblazoned front pocket for keeping your emergency supply of paper parasols. This staff and web store fave is back in stock on the Lost Lake and LSD web stores.

LSD x MCA Vibes Video

In early 2015, we were approached by the Museum of Contemporary Art with the hopes of working together to launch a new quarterly late night event series in their space, with Land and Sea Dept. being the first in what has since become their ongoing ‘MCA Prime Time’ initiative. Our program, ‘Vibes’, explored themes of collaboration, community and inspiration, allowing us to work across our collective experiences in the realms of art, design, food, music and more in a contemporary museum setting, across all four of its floors.

Check out the video of the event above made by friend of LSD Richard Smith and to see more about the project visit HERE.

Lost Lake is Imbibe’s Cocktail Bar of the Year!

We couldn’t be more thrilled that Imbibe Magazine named Lost Lake their Cocktail Bar of the Year as part of their annual Imbibe 75 list! Huge congratulations to Paul McGee and the whole team there. Thanks to the magazine, as well as everyone who came through for some tiki drinks and warm vibes this past year. Check out the full article in this months magazine or online HERE.

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Straight Outta Parson’s is Back

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Mondays after 10pm at Parsons. You know the deal. Drinks, Hip Hop and you.

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Many, many thanks to all of you that supported our various efforts in 2015 – it was an active year for all of us at Land and Sea Dept., and your continued support across projects means the world to us.  We can’t wait for the year to come – it’s going to be a good one!

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Deck Your Desserts: Make Sprinkles with Chef Kristine of CCR

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Cherry Circle Room‘s Executive Pastry Chef Kristine Antonian crafts the picture perfect desserts we’ve been enjoying at the CAA since it opened this summer. She also makes the pastel-sprinkled doughnuts guests devour with their coffee on the daily in Drawing Room and CCR.

Not many people know that Chef Kristine makes those sprinkles (herself!) fresh, every day. Even fewer people know that you too can make your very own sprinkles to decorate your holiday treats – and with this recipe from Chef Kristine, it’s pretty much as easy as cracking open a container of store-bought jimmies, and allows for way more bragging rights.

Ingredients:
2 egg whites
16 oz powdered sugar
Liquid food coloring in desired colors

Recipe: 
1. Mix egg whites and powder sugar in mixer with paddle attachment until smooth
2. Divide evenly and color with desired food coloring
3. Fit a piping bag with a small round tip and fill
4. Line a sheet tray with parchment paper
5. Pipe sprinkles in long straight lines across the parchment
6. Let dry, uncovered overnight
7. Loosen sprinkles from parchment paper and chop into small pieces
8. Sprinkle on treat!
9. Store in an airtight container

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We’ve launched our very own web store, your one stop shop for all things Land and Sea! From limited-edition prints (like friend and collaborator Ryan Duggan’s print for our Franklin BBQ event), to gift cards,  kooziespins and tees, from all your favorite LSD spots, these are the things you didn’t know you needed (and everything you know you need).

Browse away, and bring home a little bit of LSD for the holidays!

Poppin’ Bottles with CCR’s Andrew Algren

Champagne. Cava. Prosecco – we like all bubbly beverages around these parts. We’re also lucky enough to have Andrew Algren at the helm of our wine program in Cherry Circle Room. In the spirit of holiday giving, Andrew has shared his favorite baller and budget bottle picks for all your celebration needs.

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Under $30

Weingut Burg Ravensburg “Rabanus” Riesling Sekt Brut 2008
Baden, Germany
Approx $28

It wouldn’t be right for me to not kick this list off with a Riesling given my own propensities for the grape. This property can trace its history back to 930 AD, with this bottling being named in honor of its founder. The 2008 is a current release, seeing disgorgement in 2014 having spent approximatley six years en tirage (contact with the lees, or yeast sediment in the bottle after secondary fermentation). Bright, crisp, and clean with a low dosage, absolutely perfect to kick the New Year of auf Deutsch.

Jo Landron “Atmospheres” Brut MV
Loire Valley, France
Approx $18

A personal favorite from one of my favorite producers of Muscadet, on the far western edge of the Loire River. The blend here is non-traditional (80% Pinot Noir and 20% Folle Blanche) so it cannot bear the Muscadet moniker, but that driving minerality carries through with a heaping helping of fresh apple and pear. While supply in Chicago right now is dwindling, I have it on good authority that a fresh disgorgement should be arriving just in time for New Years Eve!

Domaine des Terres Dorées “FRV100″ NV
Beaujolais, France
Approx $19

For those looking to keep a slightly more level head but still enjoy some bubbles, this bottle clocks in at just 7.5% abv.  A deep rosé made from all Gamay, look for plenty of ripe, sweet berries and playful effervesce. Made in the Methode Ancestrale (spontaneous fermentation begins in tank and then the partially fermented wine is moved to bottle and sealed to trap the ongoing production of C02) which in this case leaves a good degree of residual sugar for those with a sweet tooth.

Scar of the Sea California Hard Cider 2014
Santa Maria, California
Approx $13 for a 375mL bottle

To switch things up but still get that carbonation fix, try try this stunning cider coming from the Scar of the Sea winery located in the Central Coast of California. A blend of Arkansas Black, Idared, Red Ashtrachan, Williams Pride and Mutsu apples from Paso Robles It is barrel fermented with native yeast in French oak barrels and barrel aged sur lie for 3 months. A second fermentation in bottle provides the sparkle and fully dries this cider out.  This offering is infinitely quaffable with a tart, clean finish. Track this one down as soon as possible as total production was only 336 cases.

Raventós i Blanc “L’Hereu” Reserva Brut Conca del Riu Anoia 2013
Catalonia, Spain
$22

This producer began to revolutionize Cava production in the 1980s through their efforts to focus on native varietals, estate grown fruit, and a top-tier approach in the winery.  This dedication to quality led the family to leave the Cava appellation in 2012, which they felt had become flooded with low quality offerings.  The new designation of Conca del Riu Anoia now adorns this bottle which is a blend of Macabeu, Xarel-lo, and Parellada.  A very light hand with dosage leaves a bone dry wine with intense chalky mineral tones. Just the thing to wake up your palate and keep the party going well into the wee hours.

For the Ballers:

Pierre Moncuit “Cuvée Pierre Moncuit-Delos” Brut Grand Cru Blanc de Blancs NV
Les Mesnil-Sur-Oger, Champagne
Approx $45 (750mL) $200 (3000mL)

An exceptional 100% Chardonnay bottling from the Grand Cru vineyard of Les Mesnil-Sur-Oger in the  Côte des Blancs of Champagne. All vinification and ageing takes place in stainless steel, allowing the chalky, mineral character of the soil to shine through.  This wine is an absolute treat, and better yet is available in jeroboams (3000mL) bottles so you can make lots of friends during this year’s celebrations!

Larmandier-Bernier “Rosé de Saignée” Extra Brut Premier Cru NV
Vertus, Champagne
Approx $75

Bone dry pink bubbles coming from the biodynamic duo of Pierre and Sophie Larmandier.  This bottling is pure Pinot Noir from the family vineyards in Vertus.  As opposed the usual style of rosé Champagne in which red wine is blended into existing white wine, a saignée is made in the more traditional method.  There is a brief period of skin contact before the juice is bled away, retaining a pale pink hue.

Bouchard Roses de Jeanne “La Bolorée” Brut Nature Blanc de Blancs 2011
Celles-Sur-Ource, Champagne
Approx $155

Cedric Bouchard is a madman of individual parcels coming from his holdings in the Aube district in southern Champagne. La Bolorée is a 0.2107 hectares parcel planted to Pinot Blanc in 1960.  An amazing menthol character and intruiging texture make this a bottle to grab whenever you see it as production is almost non-existent.

Saint-Chamant “Cuvée de Chardonnay” Brut Grand Cru Blanc de Blancs 2005
Chouilly, Champagne
Approx $68

This release comes from the cellar of Christian Coquillette who holds hundreds of thousands of bottles in his mile long cellar below an unassuming house in Epernay.  The fruit is source from the Grand Cru of Chouilly in the Vallée de la Marne in western Champagne.  Truly decadent with deep flavors of toast and vanilla.  An excellent match for a truffle and caviar topped omelette  to cure your first hangover of 2016!

Egly-Ouriet “V.P.” Extra Brut Grand Cru NV
Ambonnay, Verzenay, and Bouzy, Champagne
Approx $100

The signature of Egly-Ouriet, this wine spends six years sur lees drawing out a rich, almost caramelized character.  Fermented completely in barrel, this bottling shows hazelnut and red fruit with white pepper on the finish. The body and profile are enough to stand up on the dinner table to the likes of duck, lamb, and even a  côte de bœuf!

 

A Holiday Bourbon Gift Guide from Phil Olson

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Longman & Eagle‘s bar manager Phil Olson knows a thing or two (or a hundred) about whiskey. Phil was generous enough to share his expert knowledge to bring a little joy to the whiskey lover in your life this season.

“Every year around this time, I get asked for bourbon recommendations for gifts. I thought I’d put together my favorite picks or the whiskey fan in your life.”

For the person who missed their chance at Pappy:

Weller 12 Year

Often referred to as “Poor Man’s Pappy,” this wheated bourbon from the Buffalo Trace distillery is made from the same mash bill (or recipe) as current releases of Pappy Van Winkle. However, it is much more affordable and tends to be more readily available…although that is changing due to people writing about it, like I’m doing right now. (Whoops, sorry.)

For the person who thinks they have everything.

John E. Fitzgerald 20 Year

This extremely limited release is a bottling of some surviving Stitzel-Weller bourbon. Stitzel was the distillery operated by Pappy Van Winkle, and where he made the old Fitzgerald brand famous. This bottle is a 20 year old whiskey with heavy butterscotch, vanilla, and toffee notes. It’s an amazing whiskey in some pretty incredible packaging. If you can get ahold of it, this pick will blow away any whiskey collector.

For the office Secret Santa with a $25 limit:

Very Old Barton Bonded

One of the best bourbons available when it comes to quality versus price. Rich and full-flavored, it’s great in cocktails or as a sipper on it’s own.

For the person who thinks they know everything:

Pikesville Rye 

Recently re-released by Heaven Hill, this is essentially an older expression of Rittenhouse (already one of our faves), and has quickly become one of the staff favorites since it was released this past summer. Pikesville comes in at the agressive proof of 110 or 55% ABV. In spite of that high proof, it is surprisingly smooth. It has been stumping several of our best bartenders in blind tastings with it’s sweet profile and deceptively smooth finish.

For the person who maybe actually has or knows everything:

Instead of trying to impress them with a bottle of something they already have, why not find a way to help them enjoy their collection. They’d probably love to see some cool bar tools under the tree for their home bar. Cocktail Kingdom is a great resource for tools. Put together a kit for your whiskey fan to make a great old fashioned with a Yarai Mixing Glass, Teardrop Barspoon, Strainer and Bitters Bottle.

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(Don’t forget: You can pop into the bar at Longman & Eagle anytime to try a pour of L&E’s vintage bottles – that would make for a nice holiday gift in and of itself!)

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