| Jul 10, 2014
| 12:11 PM
The bus idled in front of the so-called rock 'n' roll McDonald's across Clark Street from the Rainforest Cafe, and the tourists climbed aboard. You assumed they were tourists, because who else would be spending two hours of a splendid, sunny weekday...
| Jul 13, 2014
| 8:28 PM
The sun shone bright and hot over Taste of Chicago on its final day Sunday as vendors hoped to rebound from a rare closure of the festival earlier in the weekend.
There were few signs of the puddles and stagnant water that had forced the festival to...
| Jul 24, 2014
| 7:38 AM
Rick Bayless will square off against three other top chefs in a friendly battle of Mexican food and drink at Mod Mex & Mod Mix, a two-day event taking place Sept. 13 and 14 at Kendall College (900 N. North Branch St.).
Tickets for the events ($95 on...
| Jul 15, 2014
| 7:41 AM
The final phase of my transformation into a full-fledged Chicagoan involves appreciating the Italian beef sandwich. Until now, I have neglected to give it my full appreciation.
When I moved to Chicago 10 years ago, I had never even heard of the...
| Jul 15, 2014
| 5:29 AM
Edna Velazquez looked with frustration at the debris still scattered across the park at Montrose Beach Monday morning as a dozen seagulls picked at the six-pack rings and hundreds of bottle caps stamped into muddy grass.
Velazquez was asked by Chicago...
| Jul 14, 2014
| 10:00 PM
Affordable living space in popular enclaves such as Andersonville, Logan Square and Wicker Park is rare, so how can young urbanites on a budget determine what neighborhoods are on the cusp of cool?
"Look for the halo effect, which is the impact a...
| Jul 19, 2014
| 1:12 PM
It was a good week for wine recognition for some of Chicago's top restaurants.
Wine Spectator magazine's announced its 2014 Restaurant Awards, and 52 Chicago restaurants were honored, including Tru (676 N. St. Clair St.), the only Chicago restaurant...
| Jul 16, 2014
"The repeated failure of well-intentioned programs is not an accident. The failure is deeply rooted in the use of bad means to achieve good objectives."
— The late University of Chicago economist Milton Friedman
Before we mull what hiking...
| Jul 18, 2014
| 9:22 AM
If you’d like to attend this weekend’s North American Bitcoin Conference at McCormick Place, you can buy your entry pass for about 0.16 bitcoins. A two-night stay at a nearby hotel will set you back roughly 1 bitcoin, while a beef and...
| Jul 30, 2014
| 1:29 PM
Jason Chan and his restaurant, Juno (2638 N. Lincoln Ave.), reached an unwelcome milestone this week.
"We've now been closed as long as we were open," Chan says.
Juno was a mere 7 months old, and still one of the hottest restaurants in town, when an...
| Jul 2, 2014
| 12:32 PM
The spot: 31s Street Beach and playground (3100 S. Lake Shore Drive, 312-742-5121, cpdbeaches.com/beaches/31st-Street-Beach)
Why it's a gem: The trifecta of an awesome ADA-accessible playground, beautiful beach with southern views of the skyline, and...