| Oct 31, 2014
| 9:46 AM
Chicago's restaurants are looking forward to a wild weekend. Here are a few suggestions for Halloween.
Artango Bistro. A Spanish-themed Hallow's Eve Dinner Friday features a four-course dinner ($55), 1900s-costumed servers, tango dancing and open...
| Jul 3, 2014
| 7:21 AM
Some of Chicago's most well-respected restaurants will be closed July 4, which is mildly surprising only because July 4 is a Friday this year.
Nevertheless, many restaurants, facing a very slow day of business anyway (July 4 is great for carryout, not...
| Dec 26, 2013
| 7:00 AM
New Year's Eve is just six days away. Do you have your dinner reservations yet?
If not, I've got a few extras. More than 130, actually.
As I've done for the last 13 years (and 18 of the last 20), I've made reservations, in my name, at restaurants...
| Jun 17, 2014
| 10:00 PM
All-star collaboration: Last year, the James Beard Foundation took its act on the road with a pop-up culinary series called "Taste America." For this year’s stop in Chicago, the chefs involved are a veritable all-star team. The event will be held at...
| Jun 12, 2014
Father's Day is Sunday, and if you haven't figured out what to do for Dear Ol' Dad, Chicago restaurants are eager to assist.
Barbakoa: Father's Day prix-fixe menu, $45, includes five-course dinner and beer or sangria flight. 1341 Butterfield Road,...
| Jun 12, 2014
| 2:11 PM
Attendance at Arlington Heights' annual Japan Festival soared this year, as organizers partnered with a business group and added events geared toward younger festivalgoers, officials said.
About 10,000 people attended the annual event that normally...
| Dec 26, 2013
I admit to an irrational fondness for New Year's Day pajama brunches. The idea of showing up for brunch in one's pjs has a certain quirky charm, and when the entire dining room, including staffers, is doing the same — let's just say that one year at...
| Aug 15, 2013
Last March, Big Bowl hosted an invitation-only dinner that doubled as an introduction to its star culinary hire, chef Patricia Yeo. She prepared a seven-course menu that featured beef heart crudo with pickled beets and citrus, and a three-tongue course of...
| Oct 1, 2013
There's more to come from the New Orleans-based 11th season of "Top Chef" than host Padma Lakshmi tossing the cheftestants Mardi Gras beads instead of making them draw knives. This year's cast features a rockabilly chick, a proud recipient of the title of...
| Oct 10, 2013
| 12:19 PM
Urban Belly, the Avondale restaurant that ushered Chicago into a state of ramen-awareness, is uprooting from the Northwest side and moving to — where else? — the dining epicenter that is the Randolph Street corridor.
Bill Kim is the...
| Dec 19, 2012
Coffee is now good for you. According to a research study, it may help prevent Type 2 diabetes, Parkinson's, stroke and dementia as well as help you live a little longer. But java lovers know this: Another study says that drinking three or more cups of...