| Feb 23, 2014
The story behind the bizarre trial of Steven Mandell and his plot to murder and dismember a businessman began at a quiet table at a popular restaurant on Chicago's Near West Side.
It was July 2012, and real estate mogul George Michael was lunching at La...
| Feb 20, 2014
| 3:21 PM
Bruce Kalman, who was chef at the Churchill and erstwhile Urbano Pizza Bar and also has his own pickle company, is planning to open Union with his partner, Marie Petulla, next month in Pasadena.
The 50-seat restaurant and bar, located in Old Town next...
| Feb 14, 2014
| 9:15 AM
Chicago’s winter has officially frozen everything except time.
The weather has been so unbearably brutal. The city hasn’t seen this much snow since 1979, and it hasn’t been this cold since 1984. Yet time marches on, and just as sure as...
| Feb 7, 2014
| 8:02 AM
The day before Markeyo Carr was fatally shot, he completed a short paper for a school assignment about heroes. The Amundsen High School junior wrote about his mother.
"She is my backbone," he wrote, according to his sister Dysheka Bibbs, who read from...
| Feb 14, 2014
| 12:18 PM
First came the history-defining eruption of Italy's Mount Vesuvius in A.D. 79. The volcano buried two cities — Pompeii and Herculanean — and their citizens under lava and ash. Although Vesuvius has exploded since, this particular eruption left...
| Feb 9, 2014
Ask any chocoholic: Valentine's Day is not just for lovers.
Which brings us to the Hot Chocolate Crawl sponsored by CitySwarm, a Chicago-based events organizer.
The crawl, offered on five weeknights in February, will take participants to four...
| Feb 12, 2014
| 11:19 AM
I don't know when "shareable" became attached to "small" in the dining realm, but waiter patter has included the phrase "small, shareable plates" — spoken without a trace of irony — for some years now.
And even though it makes no sense...
| Feb 13, 2014
| 10:37 AM
Ready for your chance to gorge on $100 worth of bacon? Baconfest 2014 tickets will go sale at noon on Monday, Feb. 24.
Last year, tickets sold out within an hour of release. The sixth annual event will feature in three sessions spanning two days--April...
| Feb 12, 2014
| 4:21 PM
The 900 North Michigan Shops' Presidents Day Tax Free Event starts Saturday and lasts through Monday. More than 40 of the 70 retailers are offering the 9.25 percent discount, including J. Crew, MaxMara, Kate Spade New York, Mont Blanc, Michael Kors ...
| Feb 3, 2014
| 9:14 AM
Ask Vicki Annecca why she and her husband, Mickey, decided to buy Serafina five years ago, and she'll answer, "We went to dinner, and I fell in love with the location."
I did, too.
On a cool night a few weeks ago, I had no intention of sitting...
| Feb 4, 2014
| 1:10 PM
Nine video gambling cafes with friendly names like Stella's Place and Dotty's have opened in the last several weeks from Oak Lawn to Matteson.
These cafes are essentially mini-casinos with each one having the state limit of five video gambling machines....