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  • Loud restaurants work to diminish noise

    Loud restaurants work to diminish noise
    Chef Brian Huston knew he was in trouble at the pre-opening party for his new Evanston restaurant Boltwood. "It was so loud," he said.
  • Chicagoan Ben Weprin launching Graduate Hotels

    Chicagoan Ben Weprin launching Graduate Hotels
    The night after I graduated from Northwestern, I stayed with my parents in a Fairfield Inn in Gurnee, 32 miles north of campus. It was the closest room my family could find and afford. More than a decade later, downtown Evanston boasts all of five...

    Fundraiser at River Roast to benefit chef's children

    Fundraiser at River Roast to benefit chef's children
    By now, a lot of people know about the tragedy that befell chef Dean Zanella six months ago. His wife, Mary, gave birth two twin girls (Anna Grace and Nora Joan), but complications set in and, eight days later, she died. Tuesday, a number of Chicago's...

    Phil Vettel: Mother's Day dining recommendations

    Phil Vettel: Mother's Day dining recommendations
    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...

    Timing's right for mocktail hour

    Timing's right for mocktail hour
    The quality of a culinary experience is no longer judged merely by the food on one's plate but also by the accompanying libation sipped and savored between bites. As an increasing number of restaurants prioritize mixology, some are realizing not all...