| Jun 24, 2015
| 12:51 PM
When the first Taste of Chicago set up on a stretch of Michigan Avenue between Wacker Drive and Ohio Street 35 years ago, 36 food vendors showed up to dispense ribs, egg rolls, gyros and more. It was such a huge success, the event moved to Grant Park...
| Jun 16, 2015
| 1:17 PM
Get your appetites in gear: More than two dozen Chicago chefs, including Jimmy Bannos Jr., Jessica Oloroso, Jared Wentworth, Christine Cikowski and Joshua Kulp, have been added to the culinary lineup at the first annual Chicago Food + Wine Festival on...
| Jun 12, 2015
| 4:29 PM
It seems as though outdoor dining has been around forever. In fact, Chicago's outdoor-dining scene was born a mere 30 years ago.
It was April 1985 when the Chicago City Council passed an ordinance permitting restaurants to set up outdoor tables on their...
| Jun 4, 2015
| 9:41 AM
Things to do and see around the city.
THE ART INSTITUTE OF CHICAGO: 111 S. Michigan Ave. 312-443-3600. "Puppets!" on display through June 6. "A Voyage to South America: Andean Art in the Spanish Empire" on display through Feb. 21, 2016....
| May 27, 2015
| 11:13 AM
Burger deals, pizza day at Eataly and more things to do in Chicago on May 28.
Get A Burger, Give A Burger
1480 N. Milwaukee Ave. 773-423-2005
Buy a burger and you'll get a coupon for a free burger you can either redeem in June or turn...
| Jan 7, 2015
| 3:00 AM
Winning the James Beard Foundation's Rising Star Chef of the Year can be a career-launcher; previous winners, for example, include Bobby Flay, Marcus Samuelsson, Grant Achatz and David Chang.
So when Jimmy Bannos Jr. heard his name announced in...
| Mar 15, 2015
| 9:14 AM
March. Spring. St. Pat.
While we're on the subject of all things green, might I turn your attention to a verdant rising star, a once much-maligned gift from God that is finally getting its day in the sun among health-conscious humans as well as those...
| Jan 5, 2015
| 1:03 PM
In spite of its wild popularity and critical acclaim, and hence the large crowds that usually keep me out of restaurants that are wildly popular and critically acclaimed, the Purple Pig is where I was sitting one recent night awaiting the arrival of some...
| Jan 5, 2015
| 12:25 PM
I couldn't believe that 6 o'clock on a Thursday night was a good time to connect with the father-and-son Bannos team, but I was assured that it was best for getting them in the same place. As I entered The Purple Pig, I started having my doubts about...
| Sep 10, 2014
| 10:00 PM
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,...
| May 7, 2014
| 11:12 AM
Winners were revealed Monday, May 5, 2014, at the annual 2014 James Beard Foundation Awards, the culinary industry’s most prestigious recognition program. During a ceremony headlined by Award-winning TV personality and multiple James Beard Award...