| Feb 5, 2014
| 11:10 AM
Love is in the air. In Chicago, love looks a lot like snow, but, trust me, there's love in the air. And when Valentine's Day rolls around next week, Chicago's restaurants will be ready.
Ada St.: A three-course menu ($40) will be served, with seatings at...
| 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...
| 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...
| Jan 31, 2014
| 1:31 PM
Though he was born in Evanston and famously won an Iron Chef America cooking challenge (in the “Battle Hamburger” episode), Kerry Simon is far better known outside Chicago than here, thanks to his restaurants in Los Angeles, Las Vegas and...
| 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...
| 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...
| Feb 20, 2014
A cotton swab to the cheek. That's how the destination for this journey to Africa, nearly a decade in the making, was chosen.
It would be the first trip to the continent for our family, and we wanted to have a connection to our location, beyond a...
| 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...
| Feb 18, 2014
| 2:30 PM
SOCHI, Russia -- There are two things I probably forgot to mention about my time here at the Winter Olympics in Russia.
But now that I'm wrapping up, I'll tell you.
One is that there are palm trees everywhere, the fronds wafting in the warm breezes...
| Feb 18, 2014
| 4:31 PM
Less than a year after disgraced former Rep. Mel Reynolds ran a failed bid for Congress under the slogan of “redemption,” the convicted sex offender is again facing allegations of sexual misconduct, this time in Zimbabwe, according to...