20 Things to Eat and Drink This Summer in Chicago

With summer's official start just around the corner, cravings shift toward seasonal sensations — gelato, fried chicken and frozen cocktails, to name a few. So, of course, new dishes and drinks abound all over town. Here’s what you'll want to be eating and sipping this summer in Chicago. 

Picnic-ready delivery from Seaside's
The new carryout- and delivery-only restaurant from the folks behind Oyster Bah have got your fried chicken, lobster roll and ribs cravings covered this year. The new addition makes it easy to bring food to picnics or outdoor concerts, be it Ravinia, Millennium Park or anything in between. Don’t forget to punctuate your order with a whopping slice of coconut cake. 

1962 N. Halsted St.; 773-248-1749

Greek yogurt cocktail at Ēma
There's a lot to get excited about on Ēma's new cocktail menu, courtesy of the always inventive Julian Cox. The list is the perfect counterpart to chef CJ Jacobson's Mediterranean and Middle Eastern fare. The Balm.com is a riff on breakfast — a vodka and cachaça creation splashed with housemade blueberry syrup, coconut syrup, lemon balm and the kicker: Greek yogurt made in-house. The yogurt lends a silky body and a puckery tartness to balance out the sweetness of the syrups. 

74 W. Illinois St.; 312-527-5586

 

By Matt Kirouac

Zagat Chicago

(May 29, 2017)