| Jun 27, 2013
The heat of summer 2013 took its sweet time arriving this year, even though summer officially began only last week. But as anyone in Chicago can tell you, the weather doesn't have to be ideal to make outdoor dining appealing.
Chicagoans, perhaps because...
| Jun 13, 2013
Summer is the sweet season for restaurants. Fresh produce is abundant, daylight lasts longer and restaurants are busier and bigger (with the addition of outdoor seats) than at any other time of the year.
So once again I'm trotting out my Summer Eating...
| May 9, 2013
Restaurant Michael in Winnetka feels a bit like stepping back into the famed Le Francais dining room in Wheeling, except it's cozier, a touch more casual, with brighter lighting and upbeat jazz gently playing on the speakers. It all makes sense because...
| Sep 8, 2012
| 3:00 PM
Move over, all you Hillary Clinton and Henry Kissinger wanna-bes. Here come Chicago’s Rick Bayless, Tony Mantuano and Art Smith, along with 87 other renowned chefs, willing to perform a little kitchen diplomacy on behalf of the U.S. Department of...
| Apr 20, 2011
| 4:22 PM
Cool story about local chefs gathering at a Bucktown restaurant to help raise money for victims of the Japanese earthquake. Here's the Tribune story: Just once, too many cooks in the kitchen was a good idea. By one count Monday night, a dozen chefs...
| May 17, 2011
| 4:33 PM
Tom Hanks (left) and Rita Wilson attend the "Simply Shakespeare" performance at Royce Hall, UCLA on May 9, 2011 in Westwood, California. (Frederick M. Brown/Getty Images) Oscar-winning actor Tom Hanks dined at Spiaggia on Michigan Ave. on Monday with wife...
| Aug 11, 2011
To corrupt an old saying, the good Lord never closes a condo without opening a bungalow.
Berwyn is on the rise. The financial crisis has turned the near west suburb into a hot spot of affordable housing, and young couples and families are crowding in....
| Apr 15, 2011
| 12:56 PM
While making your weekend plans, don't forget to include Monday night.
Japanese-born Takashi Yagihashi is hosting a special dinner Monday at Takashi restaurant (1952 N. Damen Ave.) to benefit the victims of Japan's earthquake and subsequent tsunami....
| Sep 22, 2011
| 10:16 AM
The fourth annual Chicago Gourmet food and wine festival, running Saturday and Sunday at Millennium Park, is just a couple of days away. If you're planning to go, and really you should. here's some useful information:
Getting in: There's a second...
| Jun 1, 2011
| 8:50 AM
Bistro 110 (110 E. Pearson St., 312-266-3110), a Gold Coast fixture since 1987, will bid adieu to Chicago on Aug. 4. The venerable bistro is making room for a new concept, led by chef Tony Mantuano (Spiaggia, Terzo Piano).
The as-yet-unnamed restaurant,...
| Mar 2, 2011
Wine dinner: Winemaker Sean Minor pairs his wines, including the popular Four Bears Cabernet, with a six-course menu. $100; 6:30 p.m. Thursday; Lemon Tree Grocer, 5101 Michel Drive, Downers Grove; tickets, 630-969-9869
Pairing tips: Jessica Bell of the...