| Apr 18, 2014
| 7:05 PM
Between the bouncy music and the stacks of colorful jeans, visitors to the Benetton store on Chicago's Michigan Avenue might catch a whiff of a growing marketing trend.
Mounted high in the corner beside the store entrance, a scent diffuser, installed in...
| Jan 28, 2014
Q: Can you tell me anything about the Villa Moderne Nite Club from back in the 1940s and 1950s? We are trying to remember where it was located in the Chicagoland area and some of its history.
--Doris Ruchalski, Chicago
A: I was able to find some...
| 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...
| Jan 31, 2014
| 6:31 PM
A former Chicago real estate developer who converted hotels in Chicago, Miami Beach and other cities into condominium-hotels has been sentenced to six years in prison after pleading guilty last year on federal tax evasion charges, prosecutors said....
| 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,...
| Apr 23, 2014
| 5:00 AM
In the battle for tourists, Los Angeles is losing ground to rivals Orlando, Fla., New York, and Chicago.
L.A. County has broken its own record for annual visitors three years in a row — thanks to a rebounding economy, sunny California weather...
| Apr 9, 2014
| 6:30 PM
Contestants from NBC's hit singing competition "The Voice" will hit the road this summer for a 31-city North American tour.
The tour, headlined by season five winner Tessanne Chin, will kick off June 21 at San Antonio's Majestic Theatre and includes...
| Mar 27, 2014
| 9:31 AM
Diego Luna is in director mode.
The Mexican actor ("Y Tu Mama Tambien," "Dirty Dancing: Havana Nights") effectively called "Cut!" on himself as a siren interrupted him mid-answer during a recent interview at the Peninsula Hotel.
"Is this going to...
| Apr 2, 2014
| 8:52 AM
Patrick Fahy, three-time semifinalist for the James Beard Foundation's outstanding pastry chef award (finalist in 2011) is well-known to Chicago dining fans. In the past five years, Fahy has been executive pastry chef at Blackbird, Avec and The Publican;...