Not even the unseasonably warm weather Chicago has seen so far this September can stop local chefs from slowly trading in summery ingredients for all things autumnal. From pumpkin-infused delights aplenty to a cider milkshake to a Thanksgiving-inspired grilled squab preparation, here are eight ways to embrace the season’s bounty across Chicago.
Caramel Apple Cider Shake at M Burger
Throughout the month of October, this local burger chain from Lettuce Entertain You is spinning a limited-run caramel apple cider shake sure to get you in the mood for sweater weather and falling leaves. The supremely thick shakes are made with locally sourced cider, house-made caramel sauce, and vanilla ice cream, and will be available at all six Chicagoland locations. Multiple Locations
Seared Scallops at Mon Ami Gabi
Stop by this French staple after October 13 to try its newly launched, seasonally inspired seared sea scallop dish. The tender scallops are teamed with celery root puree, walnut-apple cider reduction, and a shaved Granny Smith apple and celery salad for a bit of crunchy texture and brightness. 2300 N. Lincoln Park W., 773-348-8886