A stone-lined fountain mists in front of Bolingbrook Golf Club?s 76,000-square-foot clubhouse, foreshadowing the 18-hole golf course that teems with pristine water features. Designed by prolific design team Arthur Hills and Steve Forrest?whose footprint of original courses spans the globe?the 7,104-yard layout plays alongside seven lakes that impede passage on multiple holes, including a par 3 with a true island green that players can access only by footbridge or buoyant golf bag. A particularly challenging course with a par 5 that's 600 yards when played from the farthest tees, the layout levels the fairways for players of all abilities with five tee options. Alongside the course, PGA Master Teaching Professional Carl Rabito?who was named one of Golf Magazine's Top 100 instructors?oversees the club?s driving range and Rabito Golf Academy, which help players to nurture their relationship with each wood, wedge, or hard-hitting spatula. The space includes grass tee and short-game areas, with lights on for night practice through the end of September. A clubhouse with men?s and women?s locker rooms and a full-service restaurant is available to maximize comfort and convenience during visits to the club.
That restaurant, the Nest Bar & Grill, breathes out a nearly regal opulence in deep red carpeting and upholstery, rich wooden fixtures and furnishings, and a roaring fireplace with a tiny crown on top. It's the perfect place for a wedding, a bridal shower, a business meeting, or even just a hearty meal of gourmet cuisine. Those entrees include pork chops with peach-ginger chutney, baby back ribs in a bourbon barbecue sauce, and plump scallops doused in white wine and herb sauce.
Course at a Glance: * Designed by Arthur Hills and Steve Forrest * 18-hole, par-72 course * Length of 7,104 yards from the farthest tees * Course rating of 73.8 from the farthest tees * Slope rating of 135 from the farthest tees * Five tee options
Smashburger isn't just the name?it's the way chefs, otherwise known as Burger Smashers, cook every burger. First, they form never-frozen, 100% Certified Angus Beef into a giant meatball. Then they season it, place it on a butter-glazed grill, and smash it into a patty. The process caramelizes the beef, locking in flavor while keeping the meat juicy and tender. Each slab is then sandwiched in an artisan bun and is turned into one of an array of standard burgers or locally inspired specialties unique to each market.
This handcrafting approach typifies everything else the restaurant does, from blending handspun shakes to hand painting Smashburger's logo onto every beverage cup. Letting its food stand for itself and relying mostly on word of mouth for advertising, the Smashburger franchise expanded from one restaurant in 2007 to 220 today, with its swift growth from zero to 100 stores making it one of the nation's fastest-growing restaurant companies. This rapid development even caught the attention of Forbes and Inc. along the way.
Branmor's stable of protein pugilists is home to a heavyweight assortment of steaks and chophouse standbys. Tempt taste bids with savory starters such as the gorgonzola bruschetta ($9) or calamari fritters ($9) before selecting from the eight signature, sear-seeking styles of steak. Stay classic with the filet mignon (7 oz., $24+), kick up piquant clouds with the chimichurri hangar steak ($23), or let mouths marvel at the mushroom and blue cheese-laden grid iron steak, which combines disciplined preparation with tender tastes in a way unseen since the all-linebacker production of Swan Lake ($22). Branmor's block of menu mainstays also includes australian lamb chops ($31), dijon-drizzled pretzel chicken ($19), and Walt's well-rubbed barbecued ribs ($14 for half, $22 for full).
As they struggled to make ends meet by peddling fruits and vegetables from a truck, Mr. and Mrs. Ricobene never dreamed that their family’s name would one day be renowned throughout the South Side of Chicago. The couple first opened their own food stand in 1946, where they doled out sandwiches, pizzas, and pastas inspired by their Italian homeland. With the aid of their sons, they soon perfected their signature dish—the breaded steak sandwich, a meal that would one day be lauded by reporters from Chicago magazine as one of the best in the city. Today, Ricobene’s has expanded to multiple restaurant locations across Chicagoland, and chefs continue to whip up steak sandwiches in accordance with the original Ricobene family recipe. They fold ultrathin steaks into crusty Italian rolls before showering sandwiches in peppers, cheese, and meaty marinara sauce. The chefs draw culinary inspiration from both Italy and Chicago, seasoning wieners in celery salt and topping deep-dish pizzas with mozzarella. Meanwhile, out in the casual dining rooms, guests perch at wooden tables and admire the photographs of old Chicago that speckle the walls.
The kitchen at Salad Creations is like a symphony hall. Chefs rap their knives against their cutting boards, drawing their orchestra of fresh lettuce, vegetables, and fruits to attention. Staccato chops and legato slices pierce the air as the culinary conductors harmonize these ingredients in salads, wraps, and paninis, each arranged to be a quick, nutritious meal. They transpose any of their classic, signature, and premium combinations into different forms, be they salads or wraps. Otherwise, they welcome diners to improvise their own salad or wrap by picking a lettuce, choosing from nearly 50 toss-ins-avocado, candied pecans, hearts of palm, and wonton strips-then choosing a protein such as turkey or wild Alaskan salmon.
Salad Creation's dressing choices range from classics such as buttermilk ranch to creative blends including blueberry pomegranate and cucumber wasabi. In addition to salads and wraps, the staff also grills up paninis made with multigrain sunflower bread or italian ciabatta bread to create toasty sandwiches perfect for warming palms after being woken up from a cryogenic freeze.