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  • 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....
  • 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...
  • 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...
  • 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...
  • 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...
  • 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...
  • New name for Pump Room? How about the Pump Room?

    New name for Pump Room? How about the Pump Room?
    As you may have read a couple of weeks ago, the venerable Pump Room restaurant, and the building that houses it, are being renovated by hotelier/impresario Ian Schrager and will emerge in September as a boutique hotel, to be called Public Chicago (1301 N....
  • The legendary Pump Room retains its name

    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...
  • 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,...
  • At the Pump Room, everything must go

    At the Pump Room, everything must go
    It’s the ultimate garage sale and everything must go. Memorabilia from the Ambassador East Hotel and the Pump Room, once a celebrity stopover in trips from New York to Hollywood, will be available to the public in a 12-day liquidation sale starting...