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Two Chicago Hotels Are Serving Picnic Fare In the Dead of Winter

February 21, 2014 at 4:17 PM | by | Comments (0)

If you're not caught up on Chicago weather, here's what you missed this past winter: horrifically low temperatures, dizzying amounts of snow, and foggy rain to wash it all down. Nothing sounds better than a little taste of summertime right now, so it's lucky that two Chicago hotels are serving up heaping portions of classic picnic fare.

TheWit Hotel may have just launched a super-health-conscious new menu, but chef Evan Percoco understands that we all need a little fried chicken from time to time. His first-floor restaurant State & Lake has just introduced "Fried Chicken Sundays." Good for your soul (if not for your heart), the menu includes two sizes of buckets stuffed with fried chicken and biscuits; there are also growlers, or big old beer jugs, on offer.

And in a very non-prissy move, the Four Seasons Hotel Chicago is offering two all-you-can-eat specials through the end of this month. On Tuesdays, the hotel's Pig Roast (yes, a pig roast) includes pulled shoulder tacos, roasted loin, ham and shank, and pineapple upside-own cake. On Fridays, a Fish Fry serves up beer-battered Wisconsin Walleye, coleslaw, hush puppies, hand-cut French fries, and winter citrus meringue pie for dessert.

You know how they tell you swimsuit season is around the corner? It's not. (That's just crazy gym-people jargon.) So if a little fried food reminds you of picnic blankets and fireflies, go ahead and indulge.

[Photos: TheWit and Four Seasons Chicago/Facebook]

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