| Dec 3, 2013
| 11:34 AM
Mini-review: Lone Wolf
806 W. Randolph St. 312-600-9391
Rating: !!! ½ (out of 4) Heating up
Here's my dilemma: It's 7:30 p.m. on a Friday and I'm jonesing for the burger at Au Cheval. I give the hostess my name, but I'm staring down the barrel of...
| Nov 28, 2013
Bagel and lox: The space across from the East Bank Club where Dillman's now stands went from an actual deli to a sort-of deli to an "American brasserie" with deli intentions. Before its current incarnation, it was Steve's Deli, then it was taken over by...
| Nov 14, 2013
Back in the days when Ellis Island brought in the huddled masses, Americans considered a plate of spaghetti exotic. Exotic! We thought a lot of things were foreign and peculiar then. It took half a century of progress and assimilation for spaghetti to...
| Nov 7, 2013
| 9:17 AM
Sophia Bush took a break from chasing criminals on the set of the upcoming “Chicago Fire” spinoff, “Chicago PD” to get dolled up for an appearance at the Coach store in the Gold Coast.
“Marina (Squerciati) and I had the...
| Oct 1, 2013
There's more to come from the New Orleans-based 11th season of "Top Chef" than host Padma Lakshmi tossing the cheftestants Mardi Gras beads instead of making them draw knives. This year's cast features a rockabilly chick, a proud recipient of the title of...
| Jul 11, 2013
In the 1998 Zagat Survey Chicago Guide, of the 40 restaurants with the highest food ratings (based on popular opinion), 20 of them were French.
In the most recent Chicago Guide, fifteen years later, that list of 40 includes maybe five French...
| Jan 3, 2013
A roundup of restaurants reviewed in 2012 by critic Phil Vettel.
Acadia ✭✭✭ 1639 S. Wabash Ave., 312-360-9500. Ryan McCaskey's gamble to place a luxury restaurant in the South Loop is, so far, paying off. People are crowding into...
| Apr 29, 2013
| 4:32 PM
By Jessica Reynolds Chicago architect Scott Sarver of the firm smdp has a plan to spruce up the West Loop. Among his many ideas detailed recently in The Architect's Newspaper, he wants to cover the trench of the Kennedy Expressway......
| Jan 24, 2013
Appreciating Three Aces in Little Italy requires two approaches: one for the burger bar identity locals know it for, and the other, a surprisingly refined Nightwood-esque restaurant waiting to be embraced by greater Chicago. The first squares with this...
| Jan 3, 2013
If only it were so easy to pithily proclaim 2012 as the Year of the (fill-in-the-blank). But there's really no one thread that neatly ties together the Chicago restaurant scene these last 12 months. A restaurant that put Chicago on the culinary map 25...
| Dec 19, 2012
When it comes to adventures in dining and drinking, Chicago definitely delivered this year. Hot chefs expanded their empires with new restaurants. New words made their way into our nightlife vocabulary. And, of course, there were doughnuts. And pie. And...