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  • Taste of Chicago preview: Pizza to doughnuts to wurst

     Taste of Chicago preview: Pizza to doughnuts to wurst
    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...
  • Chicago Food + Wine Festival names 30-plus new chefs for August event

    Chicago Food + Wine Festival names 30-plus new chefs for August event
    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...
  • 62 great outdoor dining spots in Chicago and suburbs

     62 great outdoor dining spots in Chicago and suburbs
    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...
  • Chicagoing for June 4

    Chicagoing for June 4
    Things to do and see around the city. ART 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....
  • Thursday: Eat. Drink. Do.

    Thursday: Eat. Drink. Do.
    Burger deals, pizza day at Eataly and more things to do in Chicago on May 28. EAT Get A Burger, Give A Burger Umami 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...
  • Jimmy Bannos Jr. of The Purple Pig

    Jimmy Bannos Jr. of The Purple Pig
    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...
  • At last, Brussels sprouts take the stage

    At last, Brussels sprouts take the stage
    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...
  • Jimmy Bannos Jr. pushes restaurant legacy in new directions

    Jimmy Bannos Jr. pushes restaurant legacy in new directions
     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...
  • Closeness in the kitchen for Bannos family

    Closeness in the kitchen for Bannos family
    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...
  • 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,...
  • 2014 James Beard Award winners announced in New York at Lincoln Center

    2014 James Beard Award winners announced in New York at Lincoln Center
    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...