| May 2, 2011
| 8:00 AM
In April we gave folks 30 sandwiches for 30 days, some of the best the area has to offer. But Chicago is a big place and we could do 365 days of sandwiches if we wanted to.
So here's a few more of personal favorites that didn't make the original list...
| Feb 24, 2011
Man, I wish I'd gotten this assignment two years ago.
The task of matching Oscar-nominated films to appropriate restaurants is challenge enough, but it's even harder these days, thanks to the Academy's esteem-building decision to expand the number of...
| Mar 2, 2011
| 12:26 PM
This year's Chicago Comic & Entertainment Expo will be especially nerdy--but cool at the same time. That's because the cast members from "Chuck" and "The Vampire Diaries" will be there.
C2E2, which takes place March 18-20 at McCormick Place, 2301 S. Lake...
| Nov 14, 2010
Santa Barbara County's Santa Ynez Valley is known for its fine wines and upscale horse farms, but some of the Old West remains, including two historic stagecoach stops that continue to operate as successful restaurants.
Cold Spring Tavern, near the top...
| Nov 25, 2010
Celebrities are cashing in on their fame by designing clothes, concocting fragrances, writing books and creating fine art. For those shopping for the celebrity obsessed, it has never been easier.
Anderson's Bookshop in Downers Grove and Naperville...
| May 9, 2011
| 6:41 PM
Maybe it was the name.
Lettuce Entertain You Enterprises.
How else do you account for its Chicago founder, Rich Melman, being nominated six consecutive times for the James Beard Foundation's outstanding restaurateur of the year award and never winning?...
| May 11, 2011
| 1:50 PM
What’s in a name? For recent James Beard Award-winning restaurateur Rich Melman, it began 40 years ago with an involuntary emission of sound, which led to his restaurant empire. Here's the story of how RJ Grunts and other notable restaurants...
| Dec 3, 2010
When top Chicago chefs visited a Northwest Side lunchroom this fall and found bags of Tostitos with ground meat as the main course, their first instinct was to roll up their sleeves and start cooking.
Within a month, the group of chefs — who call...
| Jan 1, 2012
| 6:57 PM
New Year's Eve is a time for drama, but chef Charlie Trotter outdid himself Sunday.
Shortly after midnight, in front of some 100 guests in his eponymous restaurant, Trotter dropped a bomb: At the end of August, after the acclaimed restaurant celebrates...
| Jan 5, 2012
Happy new year! So what do we have to look forward to in 2012 in the world of Chicago theater? Let's start with new places to see shows. The first new theater to open in 2012 likely will be the Rivendell Theatre in the Edgewater neighborhood — a...
| Jan 6, 2012
| 1:05 PM
If you want to know why there’s not a “Real Housewives of Chicago,” Bravo TV exec Andy Cohen has the answer. Or not.
“That's a good question,” Cohen told RedEye in a recent phone interview. “We’ve done...