| Sep 21, 2012
| 7:40 AM
Michael Pena wanted to sit closer to the floor-to-ceiling windows at NoMI during a recent lunch — and who wouldn't? The trendy restaurant on the seventh floor of the Park Hyatt hotel offers customers a scenic view of Michigan Avenue and the Water...
| Jul 24, 2012
River North has the highest concentration of rooftop bars in the city, ranging from beer gardens a few flights up from street level to penthouse-like perches atop high-rise hotels. A few are technically terraces rather than rooftops, but when you have a...
| Aug 17, 2012
UPDATE: An eviction notice was spotted on Alain's door the week of Sept. 24 and calls to the restaurant have not been answered.
1355 S. Michigan Ave. 312-922-1186
Rating: 2 (out of 4) Give it some time
What happens when a Cameroon-...
| Aug 5, 2011
| 4:22 PM
Celebrations for my recent triumph over a “food coma” came to a screeching halt, because my doctor says that people who live in Lincoln Park are not only at a higher risk for over indulging, but living anywhere in Chicago exposes people to the...
| Mar 14, 2011
| 5:50 PM
Ski Rixen at Quiet Waters Park (photo by Beth Black)
BEST PLACE TO CABLE SKI AND WAKEBOARD
Ski Rixen at Quiet Waters Park
401 S. Powerline Road, Deerfield Beach, 954-429-0215, Skirixenusa.com
No boat is needed to wakeboard, water-ski or kneeboard at Ski...
| Mar 28, 2011
| 1:20 AM
Message received: “Trust” director David Schwimmer doesn’t want to talk about “Friends.”
That became clear as I asked him by phone (after questions about his new movie, of course) what his character, Ross Gellar, is doing...
| Apr 11, 2011
| 11:27 AM
NoMI, the French restaurant at the Park Hyatt overlooking Michigan Avenue, has been closed since January. When it emerges from its gut renovations on June 3, it’ll have a name change: NoMI Kitchen.
It’s a shift from the haute and buttoned-up...
| Jun 15, 2011
Welcome to my first column in the Chicago Tribune! I hope you will enjoy my coverage of some of the most exciting events around Chicago each week.
Friends of Prentice celebrated at its 25th annual gala, "Reflections," with an elegant black-tie affair...
| Nov 10, 2011
As the second Michelin Guide for Chicago prepares to hit bookstores next week, one thing is for sure: There will be change.
There has to be. Among the 23 restaurants that received one or more stars, Sixteen (one star) saw chef Frank Brunacci depart,...
| Dec 5, 2011
| 10:42 AM
While nowhere as big as its local Hyatt brethren, this upscale boutique hotel oozes cool the moment you step into its dark, mahogany-toned lobby highlighted by an impressive art collection (the "Piazza del Duomo Milan" hanging near the front desk is the...
| Feb 17, 2012
| 12:21 PM
10 days. 200 restaurants. One city.
Chicago Restaurant Week is back and bigger than ever, with HUNDREDS of restaurants offering three-course lunches and dinners at a discounted rate ($22 for lunch, $33/$44 for dinner). This gives thousands of diners...