| May 17, 2012
I don't know if teachers still do this, but at the end of each school year, I was handed a summer reading list, a sheet of required and optional books that would prepare students for the coming school year. (I still owe a measure of revenge to the teacher...
| Nov 8, 2012
Time once again for my annual exercise in humiliation, as I try to predict the star recipients in the 2013 Michelin Chicago Guide, which hits bookstores Wednesday.
This is the third year that Michelin has published a Chicago guide, and if there's one...
| Aug 28, 2012
| 7:12 AM
Old Rip Van Winkle Distillery (Frankfort, KY) and Three Floyds Brewing Co. (Munster, IN) will be featured in a special dinner at Boka (1729 N. Halsted St., 312-337-6070).
The dinner takes place Oct. 3, but tickets (and only 90 will be sold) go on sale...
| 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...
| 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 7, 2013
Valentine's Day is one week away, and as some of you have already discovered, restaurant reservations are going fast.
That's the bad news. The good news is that Valentine's Day is one of the biggest days of the year for reservation no-shows. So if the...
| Feb 11, 2013
| 1:37 PM
Amanda Rockman, whose pastry wizardry at Balena (1633 N. Halsted St., 312-867-3888) and The Bristol (2152 N. Damen Ave., 773-862-5555) earned her a Chicago Tribune Dining Award earlier this year, will leave her two-restaurant gig in two weeks.
| 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'...
| Feb 14, 2012
| 4:34 PM
Food Events: Moveable Feasts; HopHead Heaven at Library Alehouse; Can You Dig It?; Zinfandel Festival....
| 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...