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  • Phyllis Diller's wacky-wig room

    Phyllis Diller's wacky-wig room
    Comic Phyllis Diller, who died Monday at 95, was one of former Hot Property columnist Ruth Ryon's favorite interview subjects. While doing a story on the entertainer at her Brentwood home more than a decade ago, Ryon discovered a prolific artist, a...
  • The end of room service? Not so fast

    The end of room service? Not so fast
    When the New York Hilton Midtown said it was dispensing with room service starting in August, it caught the attention of frequent travelers who, after getting in from a long flight, have come to count on being able to order a burger at 2 a.m. The news...
  • Food truck fry-off

    Food truck fry-off
    Serving fries from a food truck would have been a futile effort under Chicago's former regulations. Who wants to eat a pre-packaged batch that's fried in the morning and sits under heaters all day? After an ordinance allowing on-board cooking passed...
  • No one cares more

    When I got my reviewer's copy of Bill Walsh's new book, Yes I Could Care Less: How to Be a Language Snob Without Being a Jerk (St. Martin's Griffin, 256 pages, $14.99), the book fell open to this passage: "You're free to talk back to your usage guides....
  • Video/Q&A: Chicago native 'Flight' director Robert Zemeckis

     Video/Q&A: Chicago native 'Flight' director Robert Zemeckis
    Raised in the South Side neighborhood of Roseland, 61-year-old director Robert Zemeckis hasn’t achieved much as a filmmaker. Oh, wait: He’s only made classics like “Back to the Future,” “Who Framed Roger Rabbit?” and...
  • I blame the Renaissance

    It never fails. You try to point out that some supposed rule has no validity or make some empirical observation about actual English usage, and immediately comes the God-is-dead-and-everything-is-permitted outcry. It happened today in a Facebook comment...
  • Up next at Second City? A new theater in Piper's Alley

    Up next at Second City? A new theater in Piper's Alley
    Despite the famously lengthy titles of its revues, the Second City has come up with a very short name for its new venue in the Piper’s Alley complex on Chicago’s North Side: “Up.” Intended as a riff on stand-up comedy and the...
  • So these new comedy clubs walk into Chicago ...

    So these new comedy clubs walk into Chicago ...
    One Friday night in Chicago, two stand-up worlds. The first world: In the established, Old Town room, the nationally known Greg Proops fires off his California hipster comedy, heavy on attitude, high on his own intelligence, thick with high-culture...
  • Restaurant review: Koco's, the quintessential neighborhood pub

    Restaurant review: Koco's, the quintessential neighborhood pub
    Sociologists looking for the quintessential neighborhood pub would be smart to park themselves at Koco's. This family-owned tavern in Lauraville not only serves up good local fare — excellent crab cakes and juicy wings — it is also embedded...
  • This week in food writing

    This week in food writing
    Your weekly compendium of food stories from the Tribune's Good Eating and Dining staff. *** Our Good Eating cover this week, from special contributor Susan Taylor, looks at the many varietals of apples. "The Age of the Apple" *** September is the...
  • Sighting: Zac Efron, Rosie O'Donnell, Gloria Estefan at Paris Club

    Sighting: Zac Efron, Rosie O'Donnell, Gloria Estefan at Paris Club
    Following the debut of her talk show Monday, Rosie O'Donnell and her girlfriend and family had dinner at Paris Club. Singer Gloria Estefan had dinner at Paris Club after appearing on the show Tuesday, as did actor John C. Reilly following his Chicago...