| Aug 8, 2014
| 10:11 AM
A few years ago, reflecting the fizzy optimism that preceded the Great Recession, Chicago's skyline was lit up by "balcony wars." It had architects turning the prosaic balconies that typically mar the face of residential high-rises into all manner of eye-...
| Aug 8, 2014
| 6:15 PM
Nick Jones says he can tell within five minutes whether a space is right for Soho House, the private members club for "creative souls" that he has been bringing to cities across the globe.
It took him even less time on his first visit to the century-old...
| Aug 3, 2014
For about 54 weeks, Chicago adman Kevin Lynch has used Airbnb to find a place to sleep in Hong Kong.
By Lynch's tally, he has stayed in 53 neighborhoods, spending 150 nights in locales ranging from a cow shed to a tepee to a storefront art gallery while...
| Aug 2, 2014
| 7:22 AM
There were a decent number of recognizable names in town for Lollapalooza weekend — many of whom were repeat customers.
Ed Westwick (“Gossip Girl”) took in the Lolla festivities in 2010 with ex-girlfriend Jessica Szohr and was back...
| Aug 5, 2014
Bob Bowman is the coach of the most famous swimmer in the world: Michael Phelps. While he won't confirm if Phelps will compete in the 2016 Olympics in Brazil, he says the two enjoy competition of another kind: horseracing. "Michael and I own some horses...
| 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,...
| Jan 17, 2014
| 5:47 PM
SAN DIEGO -- Twin 63-year-old brothers were sentenced Friday to federal prison for defrauding sports fans by persuading them to pay for tickets, hotel accommodations and airline flights for out-of-town events and then failing to provide "nearly all the...
| Jan 19, 2014
Chicago is no stranger to fire. Reborn after the flames of 1871, the city has had to deal with repeated tragedies. Here are some of the worst since 1900:
Dec. 30, 1903
More than 600 people, many of them children, were killed when...
| 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...