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  • Where to eat during Big Ten tournament

    Where to eat during Big Ten tournament
    Where you dine before or after the Big Ten tournament games depends on what time your team's game starts. If your team is playing at 11 a.m. (as Illinois and Minnesota do on Thursday, the winner playing Indiana at 11 a.m. Friday), you'll need a breakfast spot pregame, lunch spot thereafter. Subsequent games will have fans looking for late-lunch and early-dinner options, and fans of the 8 p.m. game teams (Northwestern and Iowa Thursday, the winner playing Michigan State on Friday) will be scrambling for a late-night postgame meal.
  • Charlie Trotter preaches excellence to the extreme

    Charlie Trotter preaches excellence to the extreme
    Graham Elliot was an aspiring young cook in the late '90s carrying steaks to a party of 20 in the Charlie Trotter's Studio Kitchen when the restaurant's brilliant, mercurial owner stopped him in the hallway and grabbed one of the pieces of meat. "He...

    Charlie Trotter gets ready to hang it up

    Charlie Trotter gets ready to hang it up
    Charlie Trotter says he first thought of closing his namesake restaurant after his plane sat on the tarmac at LaGuardia Airport on the morning of Sept. 11, 2001. “I realized really how fragile the world is,” he reflects. “I love what I...

    Pizza review: Ciao Bella

    Pizza review: Ciao Bella
    Pizza review: Ciao Bella 3737 W. Lawrence Ave. 773-236-8799 Rating: !! 1/2 (out of four) Despite their reputation for suburban blandness, strip malls in Chicago have managed to yield a handful of culinary gems. High-end dining destinations such as...

    Michelin Guide names 2015 Bib Gourmand Chicago winners

    Michelin Guide names 2015 Bib Gourmand Chicago winners
    The Michelin Guide announced the Chicago recipients of its 2015 Bib Gourmands, an award that sometimes comes with mixed emotions. Chefs and restaurateurs dream of receiving Michelin stars (Chicago's star winners will be announced next week). Bib...