Since its debut in 2016, Oriole has quickly and firmly established itself as one of Chicago’s best restaurants. We catch up with chef-owner, Noah Sandoval, and learn about Oriole’s history, his early career in Richmond, VA, and what it’s like growing up with a Navy SEAL dad. Our buddy, wine writer Jameson Fink, drops in for a final toast of “Snacky Tunes 5’s” for the year. Fittingly for the holidays, Jameson’s all about sparkling wine. (Keyword to look for when your bottle shopping? “Crémant.”) The New York Times recently highlighted Brooklyn girlwave rock trio, THICK, in a feature about women making the best rock music today, and we couldn’t agree more with the pick. THICK join us in-studio for conversation and a live performance. Check out their first EP, “It’s Always Something…”


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