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From "the dark continent," a ray of light shines

From “the dark continent,” a ray of light shines

Deep in the shadow of the Southport Brown Line El stop lives an overlooked and under-appreciated coffee shop that caters to carnivores and herbivores alike. Intricate paintings and quilts adorn the burnt orange walls while an offensively bright yellow coffee roaster nestles between artsy chair and table sets and a recessed service bar. Welcome to…

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My one-night stand with Ann

My one-night stand with Ann

Cheers to the freakin’ weekend. Rolling by Ann Sather Café (3416 N. Southport Ave.) at 10 minutes past closing time this afternoon (and feeling completely guilty for being “that customer”), I scored four cinnamon rolls for $5. Flaky, sticky, warm, fresh—how many ways can I describe her glory?! What words will capture the magic of…

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Cool off at these ice-cold dessert spots

Cool off at these ice-cold dessert spots

With the heat index flirting with 100-degrees, you need a cool-down strategy, fast. Obviously, dessert is the only remedy. Pick your poison and decide whether you want one scoop or four: Anthony’s Homemade Italian Ice (3442 N. Southport Ave.): Smack in the middle of Lakeview’s Southport Corridor, this family-friendly staple serves up Italian ice, ice…

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Kickoff patio season with Turkish BYOB Café Orchid

Kickoff patio season with Turkish BYOB Café Orchid

With next week’s temperatures scheduled to hit 90 degrees, you should start planning your outdoor dining strategy now. Of course, the weather could turn sour at any second (storms are in the forecast, too), so expect plenty of competition from fellow diners with the same mission as you. Thankfully, Lakeview’s plethora of patios and beer…

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