| Nov 18, 2014
| 6:31 PM
Who thinks shopping is a selfish enterprise?
At the Fourth Annual Shop for Success pop-up this week, customers can shop more than 125 designer brands at up to 70% off retail, with 100% of the proceeds going to benefit career development and employment...
| Oct 16, 2014
| 6:57 AM
This city's new slogan, SkiCityUSA, is especially apt because eight major ski resorts are within an hour's drive of the airport.
But it gives short shrift to all the other options available for visitors to this growing, diverse metropolis nestled at the...
| 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...
| Feb 5, 2014
| 11:10 AM
Love is in the air. In Chicago, love looks a lot like snow, but, trust me, there's love in the air. And when Valentine's Day rolls around next week, Chicago's restaurants will be ready.
Ada St.: A three-course menu ($40) will be served, with seatings at...
| 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...
| Jul 11, 2013
In the 1998 Zagat Survey Chicago Guide, of the 40 restaurants with the highest food ratings (based on popular opinion), 20 of them were French.
In the most recent Chicago Guide, fifteen years later, that list of 40 includes maybe five French...
| Sep 19, 2013
| 9:46 PM
They soared on the wings of eagles. A group of Newport-Mesa women, led by Stephanie Bernardy and Michele Mullen, came together Sept. 13 at Newport Beach's Haute Cakes Caffe to launch a new women's auxiliary dedicated to fundraising and "friendraising"...
| 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...
| Aug 1, 2013
116 W. Hubbard St. 312-464-0466
In addition to Japanese-inspired tapas, bento box lunches and satisfying bowls of steaming ramen, award-winning chef Takashi Yagihashi also serves skewers of meat and seafood cooked on a bincho charcoal-...
| Nov 12, 2013
| 2:40 PM
TOKYO -- In the late 1980s, when Katsumi Suzuki was 20, he was mesmerized when he heard a recording of John F. Kennedy's inaugural address.
"I heard the words 'Ask not what your country can do for you, but what you can do for your country' and those...
| Apr 1, 2014
| 10:00 PM
Bowls of ramen are like snowflakes: no two are alike. At least that's what many owners and chefs of Chicago ramen-focused spots told me.
"We do these ramen battles at Yusho, and Abe [Conlon of Fat Rice] and Jason [Hammel of Lula Cafe and Nightwood]...