| Jan 14, 2014
| 11:49 AM
Alinea chef Grant Achatz ignited debate over a baby ban in posh restaurants after a crying tot spoiled other guests’ dinner. It seems readers’ advice in this 2009 Parent ‘Hood column is as relevant as ever.
| Jan 22, 2014
| 7:02 AM
The owner of exclusive Chicago restaurant Alinea recently sparked a national debate after he wondered on Twitter whether children might need to be banned from his dining room. The tweet came after a couple brought their infant to his establishment and the...
| Nov 5, 2013
| 1:31 PM
I was 6 years old when Charlie Trotter opened his restaurant.
While I was chomping on PBJ school lunches in 1987, he was creating elaborate multi-course meals that would earn countless awards and put Chicago on the map as a fine-dining destination....
| Nov 5, 2013
| 8:04 PM
Renowned Chicago chef Charlie Trotter, an inspirational and notoriously mercurial figure whose eponymous restaurant became an international destination and who pioneered a bold, distinctly American form of haute cuisine, has died. He was 54.
| Nov 5, 2013
| 8:22 PM
Before there was “Top Chef,” “MasterChef” or “Iron Chef,” before chefs were multimedia celebrities who could monetize their volcanic personalities, before “farm-to-table” and “American cuisine”...
| Nov 13, 2013
| 10:11 AM
Three-month-old Tanta, in River North, is easily Chicago's most accomplished Peruvian restaurant, elevating the cuisine — a melting pot that claims Chinese, Japanese, Spanish, African and ancient Incan influences — to the level of fine dining....
| Nov 14, 2013
Update: Chef Rene De Leon recently left The Dawson. The restaurant released the following a statement on Nov. 19: “The Dawson announces the departure of chef Rene De Leon and the promotion of current sous chef Patrick Russ (most recently at Next...
| Mar 9, 2011
A good restaurant runs on hunger — not just that of its customers, but also of its owners, who put in 18-hour days obsessing that every single detail must be as perfect as possible. But although the hunger of the diners is pretty simple to figure...
| Feb 9, 2012
| 10:00 AM
I met a blue-eyed girl 1,135 days ago. Her name is Anne.
Our lives first crossed at a New Year’s Eve party teeming with unfamiliar faces and red Solo cups. We were bumper cars, swerving aimlessly from stranger to stranger, that kept running into...
| Sep 27, 2012
Can a four-star meal begin with fried smelts and end with a Butterfinger bar? My last dinner at Sixteen says yes.
These are uncertain times for four-star dining in Chicago. Since last September, four previous top-rated restaurants have closed up shop...
| Jun 3, 2011
| 4:05 PM
It's fair to say that both Graham Elliot and his food are polarizing. The Chicago Tribune said Elliot had "another hit on his hands" after dining at his 6-month-old sandwich shop Grahamwich on opening day, while Time Out Chicago issued a scathing one-star...