| Jan 21, 2015
| 8:46 AM
The first Chicago Restaurant Week ran for eight days in 2008 and featured 35 participating restaurants.
This year's Chicago Restaurant Week, which begins Jan. 30 and will run through Feb. 12, will feature more than 300 city and suburban restaurants....
| Dec 25, 2014
| 6:51 PM
Though several guests at Bottle & Bottega's Tuesday night art party in Glen Ellyn said they hadn't painted since they were kids, it didn't matter.
The night's festivities were decidedly adult.
As local artists showed participants how to paint empty...
| Dec 29, 2014
| 12:07 PM
Last week, my colleague Phil Vettel and I unveiled our 10 favorite dishes we ate in Chicago restaurants in 2014. Narrowing the list down to five each was yeoman's work, and we were pained to leave out a number of worthy contenders.
So here, now, are...
| Dec 30, 2014
| 11:11 AM
So you just read a rave restaurant review, you have an anniversary approaching and that settles it: you'll splurge on dinner for two at RPM Steak. We're sure you'll enjoy the New York Strip, the risotto with white truffles and the romance … of a 4:...
| Dec 30, 2014
| 11:37 AM
Millions of Americans are mulling New Year's resolutions this week. Some will be made — and broken — before sunset. But thousands will resolve to quit smoking and ... stick to it.
We know that because the proportion of Americans who smoke...
| Dec 31, 2014
| 8:13 AM
We Chicagoans know in our hearts we're the bee's knees, but 2014 was a year food lovers everywhere saw us for what we already knew ourselves to be. A restaurant other than Alinea won three Michelin stars. A mixologist was deemed best in the world. A...
| Dec 16, 2014
| 9:23 AM
Caviar, once upon a holiday past, meant a tin of Caspian sturgeon roe nestled in ice with a mother-of-pearl spoon, accompanied by Champagne. Today, concerns about the environmental impact of those fabled Caspian fisheries — and one's budget —...
| Jan 12, 2015
| 10:00 PM
Hold on to your cocktail umbrellas: Paul McGee is opening another tiki bar in Chicago.
McGee led the resurgence of tiki cocktails in Chicago with the opening of Three Dots and a Dash with Lettuce Entertain You Enterprises in 2013 and, before that, tiki...
| Dec 16, 2014
| 1:08 PM
If you’re driving north on Oak Avenue in downtown Evanston, you’ve probably noticed the renovation of the large building on the east side of the street, across from the post office, that used to house the Illinois unemployment office, and...
| Jan 7, 2015
| 12:27 PM
A battle is brewing in the red-hot Southport Avenue corridor between a planned performance venue in the mode of New York's 54 Below cabaret, and a much-loved Irish bar of the old Chicago tradition.
But it's more complicated than that. The bar and eatery...
| Dec 11, 2014
| 2:57 PM
Born in Greece, Steven Balourdos was a crewman on a cargo vessel when he jumped ship to make a new home in the United States, where he eventually made his way to Chicago and success in the restaurant and real estate businesses.
His business sense was...