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  • 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...
  • A city tour of LGBT history

    A city tour of LGBT history
    Stand on any corner. Close your eyes. Listen. So urges journalist and historian St. Sukie de la Croix in the introduction to his book, "Chicago Whispers: A History of LGBT Chicago Before Stonewall." You'll hear, he writes, the "rat-tat-tat-tat of Al...
  • Mini-review: County Barbeque

    Mini-review: County Barbeque
    Mini-review: County Barbeque 1352 W. Taylor St. 312-929-2528 Rating: !! (out of 4) Give it some time If you've ever smoked a perfect rack of ribs on your own grill, it's easy to understand how a thousand barbecue joints have been launched. The beauty of...
  • Kelsey Grammer films 'Transformers 4' in Chicago

    Kelsey Grammer films 'Transformers 4' in Chicago
    Whatever the 100 or so extras were frantically running away from during “Transformers 4” filming Sunday at Cloud Gate (better known as The Bean) in Millennium Park, Kelsey Grammer, who plays a villain in the film, was nonchalantly walking...
  • Mike Tyson, Evander Holyfield reunite in Chicago supermarket

    Mike Tyson, Evander Holyfield reunite in Chicago supermarket
    Chicago once again played host to a Mike Tyson-Evander Holyfield reunion Saturday, just like it did when the two former boxing rivals appeared on "The Oprah Winfrey Show" in 2009. But rather than reunite in front of a live studio audience, they smiled and...
  • Gold Coast cocktail bars

    Gold Coast cocktail bars
    Whether you prefer yours shaken or stirred, there's no shortage of cocktail spots to provide your fancy-drink fix. First, order up at The Barrelhouse Flat (2624 N. Lincoln Ave. 773-857-0421), a sexy two-floor lounge where progressive bartenders push the...
  • Sighting: Bulls were on parade for New Year's Eve

    Sighting: Bulls were on parade for New Year's Eve
    Rather than spend New Year’s Eve at a private party or on the couch watching the ball drop on TV, some celebrities braved the Chicago-in-January weather and hit the town to ring in 2014. The Bulls’ Derrick Rose, Bears’ Alshon Jeffery,...
  • Chicago, that tippling town

    Chicago, that tippling town
    The first rule of business — any business — is this: Do what you do well. And what Chicago does well is drink. Oh, there are other things to be sure (architecture! comedy! baseball!), but in this city, booze is as much a business as it is...
  • 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...
  • Common: 'Hell on Wheels' role 'most fulfilling' yet

    Common: 'Hell on Wheels' role 'most fulfilling' yet
    Common said he put a significant amount of time into his role as former slave Elam Ferguson on AMC’s Wild West drama, “Hell on Wheels.” The Chicago rapper-turned-actor, however, refused to call the role difficult. “It’s the...
  • Ian Schrager transforms a legend, Chicago journalists are honored

    Ian Schrager transforms a legend, Chicago journalists are honored
    The oversized invitation for the opening of Ian Schrager's newest hotel, Public Chicago, stated "no jacket required and dress knockout." And even though the party was intended to be a celebration of the hotel, formerly the Ambassador East, it also...