| May 31, 2012
As I exited Balena a week or so ago, a passing stranger stopped me.
"Good restaurant?" he asked, jerking his head toward the door. I nodded enthusiastically.
"Great pizzas," I said.
And in that split-second, I fear I gave Balena, which opened two...
| Jan 20, 2012
| 5:18 AM
The AAA Five- and Four-Diamond Awards for restaurants and hotels were announced this morning, and Chicago wound up tied with New York with the most five-diamond restaurants in North America.
All of Chicago's Five-Diamond restaurants or hotels were repeat...
| Jul 24, 2012
| 4:21 PM
440 N. State St. 312-464-1400
At the neighborhood’s only gay bar, expect the bartenders to call you “honey” and the entertainment to range from live cabaret to karaoke to DJs.
The Purple Pig
500 N. Michigan Ave. 312-464-1744...
| Feb 6, 2012
| 1:01 PM
GT Fish & Oyster
531 N. Wells St. 312-929-3501
Rating: !!!! (out of 4) Already hot
The scene: Seriously bustling. The decor at GT in River North, the latest Boka Restaurant Group eatery, is all ships-at-sea paintings, plates set with fishing sinkers...
| Mar 5, 2012
| 10:27 AM
There are plenty of rooftop lounges in the city, but it’s hard to find one where you can take in the sights from a distance. When it opens June 1, Hotel Lincoln’s rooftop bar and small plates restaurant (1816 N. Clark St.) will look out over...
| Nov 15, 2012
Alinea, Chicago's most acclaimed restaurant, has used Open Table in the past to manage — though not take — reservations, but co-owner Nick Kokonas isn't shy about anticipating and working toward the service's demise.
Kokonas, partners with...
| Nov 15, 2012
Here's something you may not know about Open Table, the predominant online restaurant reservations system: When you book a table through the Open Table website, the restaurant is charged $1 per seated guest — so if you show up as a foursome, that'...
| May 19, 2011
| 4:22 PM
The experts at Grub Street Chicago advise us mere mortals on what to eat at Perennial Virant, now open: Talk about a quick turnaround. In late February, the Boka Restaurant Group surprised us all by pulling in chef Paul Virant (of the acclaimed Vie in...
| Aug 8, 2011
| 4:22 PM
Joie de Vivre, the San Francisco-based boutique hotel chain, has announced that it will open only its second location outside California in Chicago's Lincoln Park neighborhood. They recently purchased a 184-room property in a historic landmark building on...
| Mar 21, 2011
| 7:15 AM
Ready for another week of affordable, multi-course meals at top Chicago restaurants?
Chicago Chef Week is underway, running through Saturday, during which some 52 restaurants will feature three-course lunches for $22 and three-course...
| Apr 6, 2011
| 1:11 PM
Another day, another award for Stephanie Izard. At least she has company this time.
Izard, named Tuesday to Food & Wine’s annual Best New Chefs list, is among the 18 Chicago chefs, restaurateurs and beverage professionals dubbed “Rising...