| Jul 13, 2014
| 9:57 AM
In December 2012, Chicago-born brothers Ricardo Talavera and Alfredo Esparza took a big risk and opened American Wildburger, a fast-casual restaurant that advertises itself as a gourmet and health-conscious dining experience.
Now, they're ready to...
| Jul 18, 2014
| 2:26 PM
Two eagerly anticipated restaurants will make their debuts on Wednesday.
The Promontory (5311 S. Lake Park Ave.) is a restaurant and concert venue from Bruce Finkelman and Craig Golden, the duo responsible for Longman & Eagle and Dusek's. Jared...
| 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...
| Jul 1, 2014
| 11:34 AM
Little Market Brasserie, the Gold Coast restaurant inside the historic Talbot Hotel, is rebranding itself as Mercadito Fish and will officially re-open July 7. (The restaurant has already "soft opened.")
The restaurant, located at 10 E. Delaware St.,...
| Jul 8, 2014
| 5:20 AM
Mayor Rahm Emanuel’s task force recommended Monday that Chicago’s minimum wage be ramped up to $13 an hour by 2018, an idea that comes as City Hall faces pressure to act on the issue while Democrats nationally try to make income disparity a...
| Aug 4, 2014
| 10:00 PM
Food photography has become one of my favorite assignments in Chicago.
When I came to the Tribune five years ago this was the aspect of my job where I had the least experience. Restaurant reviews weren't a big part of my previous papers.
| Aug 5, 2014
| 7:50 AM
Fame can be as alluring as lights for a moth. If you're an aspiring chef, the spotlight shines no brighter than in a big city like Las Vegas.
Sin City was where Ken Myszka cooked six years ago, working for superstar chefs Guy Savoy and Thomas Keller...
| Aug 5, 2014
| 1:57 PM
Potbelly Corp. posted a second-quarter profit that was slightly better than the sandwich chain suggested it would be in July, and said that is disappointed in results at longstanding locations.
Potbelly said its priority is to increase visits to its...
| Aug 4, 2014
| 3:08 PM
Evansville-based Shoe Carnival has opened its 24th Chicago area store at Lake View Plaza at 159th Street and LaGrange Road in Orland Park.
"We are excited to open a new Shoe Carnival location in the Orland Park area," Todd Beurman, senior vice president...
| Jun 26, 2014
| 12:03 PM
Seven Chicago restaurants are among the 100 on Wine Enthusiast's list of best wine restaurants. The magazine's annual list honors restaurants with "unique wine programs."
The local restaurants are:
Blackbird, 619 W. Randolph St.
Girl & the Goat, 809...
| Jul 3, 2014
| 7:21 AM
Some of Chicago's most well-respected restaurants will be closed July 4, which is mildly surprising only because July 4 is a Friday this year.
Nevertheless, many restaurants, facing a very slow day of business anyway (July 4 is great for carryout, not...