| Jun 24, 2011
| 8:36 AM
So, now we have it: The Pump Room will be called…the Pump Room.
How prosaic. How uninspired. How positively awful.
That is the result of a two-week long contest conducted by hotelier Ian Schrager, who bought the Ambassador East hotel and its...
| Aug 22, 2011
| 2:29 PM
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...
| Oct 13, 2011
| 9:40 AM
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...
| Oct 16, 2011
| 3:59 PM
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.
| Oct 19, 2011
| 12:18 PM
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...
| Sep 16, 2011
| 5:35 PM
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...
| Oct 28, 2011
| 11:24 AM
The legendary Ambassador East — and its equally renowned Pump Room restaurant — were far past their prime when hotel design legend Ian Schrager bought the 85-year-old Gold Coast property.
But Public, Schrager's boutique hotel that...
| Aug 20, 2012
| 4:39 PM
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...
| Sep 30, 2012
The membership roll in Malibu's unofficial Billionaire's Beach club is shrinking. Former Yahoo Inc. Chief Executive Terry Semel and his wife, Jane, have sold their spot to Oracle Corp. CEO Larry Ellison, who already has eight other houses along Carbon...
| Sep 21, 2012
| 2:40 PM
The longtime home of comic Phyllis Diller has come on the market in Brentwood at $12.9 million.
The Country English-style house sits on 1.25 flat acres. It was built in 1914 as a summer home for Lawrence C. Phipps, who made his fortune in the steel...
| May 17, 2012
| 12:30 PM
The three minute trailer for the upcoming NBC drama “Chicago Fire” features firefighters battling flames in a collapsing building, a firefighter receiving a “Pulp Fiction”-like needle through the chest, and two people sucking...