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  • 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...
  • 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...
  • 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...
  • 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...
  • 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...
  • 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...
  • 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...
  • Tricks are the trade

    Tricks are the trade
    I don't meet many magicians these days and that's a shame. Magicians are among my favorite people and Chicago has a lengthy and colorful history with magic and those who practice it. It wasn't so long ago that I sat with a magician named Walter Anthony,...
  • 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...
  • Jean-Georges Vongerichten to head up The Pump Room

    Jean-Georges Vongerichten to head up The Pump Room
    What leaked out two weeks ago on Eater.com is finally being confirmed: Star chef/restaurateur Jean-Georges Vongerichten will head up the new and improved Pump Room when that fabled restaurant reopens in the fall. Although it might not be called the...