| Nov 4, 2014
| 3:00 AM
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...
| Sep 29, 2014
| 2:02 PM
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...
| Oct 1, 2014
| 10:00 PM
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...
| Jun 30, 2014
| 1:47 PM
From pizza and Italian beef sandwiches to award-winning, locally sourced cuisine, more change is coming to the Hinsdale restaurant scene.
James Beard Award-nominated chef Paul Virant, along with business partner Glen Gardner, plan to open Vistro, a...
| Jun 2, 2014
| 1:45 PM
No. 3 from Virant: Paul Virant, who was nominated for a James Beard Award for best chef in the Great Lakes region, is opening his third restaurant. Vistro is scheduled to open in Hinsdale (112 S. Washington St.) in late summer, and will offer “an...
| May 6, 2014
| 5:06 AM
Chicago chefs and restaurants continued their streak of a respectable showing at the 2014 James Beard Foundation Awards. The annual awards gala, dubbed the “Oscars” of the American culinary scene, was held Monday in New York.
| May 7, 2014
| 8:14 AM
The city's first "culinary" brewery is set to debut, but don't expect its ingredient-heavy beers on liquor store shelves or at most bars. Moody Tongue beers, appropriately enough, will be on tap at the city's most adventurous restaurants.
| Apr 30, 2014
| 9:04 AM
Seems like just last week we were dealing with Easter, doesn't it? Well, the other big Sunday for dining is just 10 days away, and Chicago's restaurants, as always, are ready.
Acadia: A la carte Mother's Day brunch served 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Dinner...
| Jul 16, 2014
| 4:30 AM
ROME -- The 67th Locarno Film Festival has unveiled a promising lineup, which sees particularly strong presences from both North and South America, more established auteurs competing alongside lots of newcomers, and a distinct diversity of genres and...
| 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 3, 2014
| 11:52 AM
Being an apricot is the pits.
All summer long, those other stone fruit — the peaches, plums and cherries — get the spotlight. People line up for them at farmers markets. They stock their picnic baskets with them and hold them in esteem at...