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  • Phil Vettel recommends: Beaujolais Nouveau events

    Phil Vettel recommends: Beaujolais Nouveau events
    The third Thursday in November is when Beaujolais Nouveau gets its official annual release. Beaujolais is a light, fruity, food-friendly and inexpensive wine, ready to enjoy immediately, preferably chilled. Truth be told, it's not a very interesting wine (regular Beaujolais in much better and, let it be noted, turkey-friendly), but its official release date is always an inspiration for celebration.
  • Restaurant reviews: Acanto, Vistro

    Restaurant reviews: Acanto, Vistro
    In August, restaurateurs Billy Lawless and Paul Virant separately opened casual concepts aimed at very specific audiences. Lawless, who owns The Gage and The Dawson, closed Henri, his fine-dining French restaurant, in June to create the more...

    Upscale restaurants that are kid-friendly

    Upscale restaurants that are kid-friendly
    Gather This Lincoln Square restaurant serves a family-style meal every Sunday. Choose three out of the six entrees, which on a recent Sunday included butternut squash risotto, pulled pork and a mixed green salad with apples and hazelnuts. The meal...

    Chicago Gourmet: One tasty weekend

    Chicago Gourmet: One tasty weekend
    Dean Schmiedt, a 64-year-old pharmaceutical consultant from Fort Ripley, Minn., was all set to fly to Chicago Friday with his psychologist wife, Karleen, for their third straight Chicago Gourmet when they arrived at Minneapolis-St. Paul International...

    Review: Acanto

    Review: Acanto
    Review: Acanto 18 S. Michigan Ave. 312-578-0763 Rating: !!! 1/2 (out of 4) Heating up Acanto, the new restaurant from the folks behind The Gage and The Dawson, has a pretty good shot at becoming one of best restaurants on Michigan Avenue. Then again,...