| Oct 26, 2013
| 8:08 AM
A tense scene ended in applause from dozens of bystanders Friday night when firefighters freed a woman whose foot became stuck in a narrow gap as she crossed Michigan Avenue.
About 10:30 p.m., the woman's foot became lodged in an expansion joint in a...
| Nov 26, 2013
Kayak published some additional holiday travel guidance, again based on mining its extensive airfare and hotel cost data:
-- Airfares to Las Vegas during the mid-December "dead zone" are as much as 61 percent below peak fares. The lowest-cost day is...
| Dec 26, 2013
| 7:00 AM
New Year's Eve is just six days away. Do you have your dinner reservations yet?
If not, I've got a few extras. More than 130, actually.
As I've done for the last 13 years (and 18 of the last 20), I've made reservations, in my name, at restaurants...
| Dec 28, 2013
| 10:00 AM
The final flourish of your meal arrives at the table — a rich pudding of chocolate cremeux ("creamy" in French), candied pistachios, a crumble made from ground pistachios, and both dehydrated and frozen mandarin. Its deliciousness almost obscures...
| Jan 5, 2014
| 5:00 PM
Rather than spend New Year’s Eve at a private party or on the couch watching the ball drop on TV, some celebrities braved the Chicago-in-January weather and hit the town to ring in 2014.
The Bulls’ Derrick Rose, Bears’ Alshon Jeffery,...
| Nov 27, 2013
Ugly sweater parties, peppermint mochas and those slightly addicting holiday tunes creeping on the radio are all pretty good indicators that it's about time you started cracking on your holiday gift list. Regardless of where you're shopping this holiday...
| Nov 28, 2013
| 2:30 AM
Love 'em, or hate 'em?
No, not the relatives, though the holidays can bring out the worst in everyone. In fact, I had to laugh at a new holiday travel survey from Embassy Suites that found that more than half of Americans confess to misbehaving as a...
| Nov 19, 2013
| 11:07 AM
The Jean Banchet Awards for Culinary Excellence — the local Emmys equivalent to the James Beard Foundation Awards — is the annual ceremony celebrating the achievements in Chicago’s restaurant community. This year’s nominees were...
| Oct 17, 2013
| 5:13 PM
In trying to meet customer demands, hotels have done the comfortable bed and bedding bit. They've added healthy menu items. And now they are picking up on social media traffic.
Lobby makeovers feature open spaces, plug-in places, comfortable seating and...
| Aug 28, 2013
| 12:49 PM
Jeff Hephner loved filming "Boss" in Chicago so much, he asked NBC to cast him in "Chicago Fire."
"I think I poured it on enough," the actor said during my Aug. 20 visit to the show's firehouse location. "I'm like, 'Listen, I really want to work there...
| Aug 27, 2013
| 5:54 PM
When Angela Hackett heard that demolition of the Purple Hotel in Lincolnwood was slated to start Tuesday morning, she made the trek from Chicago to bid farewell to the building where she spent her wedding night.
"This has a lot of history to me,"...