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January - National Soup Month in Chicago

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I love me some soup from snooty lobster bisque to peasant sauerkraut.

January is the time to slurp soup, too, not just because of the cold weather but because it's relatively cheap and soup takes up a ton of valuable real estate in your belly, preventing you from filling it with junk.

Hello, New Year resolutions and a big bowl of soup!

Free tastings of gluten-free soups
Free tastings of gluten-free soups Delightful Pastries

Free tastings of gluten-free soups

Delightful Pastries at the Chicago French Market offers a complete menu of both sweet and savory goodies including a wonderful selection of delicious homemade soups.

Stop by for a complimentary tasting of its two gluten free offerings: Butternut Squash Soup with purely of roasted butternut squash and chicken broth or Split Pea Soup with pea, potato, carrot and bacon.

Other soups include homemade Clam Chowder with clams, potato, bacon and cream, Chicken Noodle, and Beef Mushroom Barley Soup with beef, barley, carrot, onion and mushroom. All soups this month are only $3.50 a cup. Soups choices rotate daily.

Delightful Pastries
Chicago French Market
131 N. Clinton St.
Chicago, IL  60661

Steak and Black Bean Chili
Steak and Black Bean Chili LUXBAR

Steak and Black Bean Chili

For National Soup Month, Wednesday, Jan. 1 to Friday, Jan. 31, 2014, why not warm up with heft and big flavor at LUXBAR.

The signature Steak and Black Bean Chili ($6, cup; $8, bowl) is served with a five-way garnish ($2) of macaroni, cheddar, onions, jalapeños, and sour cream.

18 East Bellevue Place
Chicago, IL 60611
(312) 642-3400 |

   Bookbinder Soup
Bookbinder Soup Hugo’s Frog Bar & Fish House

Bookbinder Soup

This winter Chicagoans can celebrate National Soup Month with Hugo’s Frog Bar & Fish House’s hearty Bookbinder Soup.

The soup features a house made fish stock base, tomatoes, bell peppers, cilantro, parsley, rosemary, dry sherry and fresh fish.  it is available for $5 for a small bowl ($2 at Naperville) and $7.25 for a large bowl ($4 at Naperville).

Additionally, you can enjoy Hugo’s signature New England Clam Chowder for $5 for a small bowl ($2 at Naperville) and $7.25 for a large bowl ($4 at Naperville).

Hugo’s Frog Bar & Fish House
1024 North Rush Street
Chicago, IL 60611
(312) 640-0999

55 South Main Street
Naperville, IL 60540
(630) 548-3764

New England Clam Chowder
New England Clam Chowder Da Lobsta

New England Clam Chowder

On January 21, National New England Clam Chowder Day, Da Lobsta is offering $2-off its homemade clam chowder with the purchase of any of its lobster rolls. 

While New England doesn't have a monopoly on clam chowder, it is probably the most recognized regional style of this soup. Since Da Lobsta opened in Streeterville and at the Chicago French Market, getting a perfect cup is just around the corner.

New England Clam  Chowder is a delicious stick-to-your-ribs soup using a cream-base and thickened with starch from potatoes. Other base ingredients include onions, celery and bacon. Once you've tried Da Lobsta's version, you might call it "wicked good."

Da Lobsta
131 N Clinton St
Chicago, IL
(312) 575-0306

12 E Cedar St
Chicago, IL
(312) 929-2423