| Jun 17, 2014
Marcello Franchini, an Italian immigrant who met his American wife while on a train ride from Paris to Rome, came to Chicago in the 1950s and opened a boutique with his bride on the Gold Coast.
La Colonna, named for a monument in Rome where Mr....
| Jun 12, 2014
| 8:48 AM
Sports Illustrated swimsuit model Kate Upton is in Chicago, and we likely have Detroit Tigers star Justin Verlander to thank for it.
Upton had lunch Monday on Tavern on Rush's patio with Verlander -- whose team kicked off its series with the White Sox...
| Jun 12, 2014
| 4:40 AM
This week, hundreds of millions of people around the globe will be watching the World Cup, cheering on their nations' teams as they compete in the monthlong soccer tournament. Plenty of local bars and hangouts are hosting viewing parties or offering...
| Jun 2, 2014
| 1:45 PM
No. 3 from Virant: Paul Virant, who was nominated for a James Beard Award for best chef in the Great Lakes region, is opening his third restaurant. Vistro is scheduled to open in Hinsdale (112 S. Washington St.) in late summer, and will offer “an...
| Jun 2, 2014
| 12:32 PM
A “distinctive” neck tattoo led police to the man charged with killing a Gold Coast business owner, prosecutors said today as a judge ordered the alleged killer held without bail.
Tyneil Washington, 29, has the name “Pam”...
| May 31, 2014
| 12:18 PM
A 29-year-old man was charged with murder in connection with the shooting and attempted robbery of a 66-year-old Gold Coast business owner earlier this year.
Tyneil Washington was arrested "without incident," according to a press release from the...
| May 30, 2014
The way Stuart Dybek tells it, on the night that he decided to become a writer, the moon rose full and bright over Lake Michigan. It had not been an easy decision. His father, an immigrant from Poland who had pushed his way to foreman at the McCormick...
| May 23, 2014
| 5:00 AM
President Barack Obama used a pair of hometown fundraisers Thursday to defend Democratic control of the Senate against potential gains in the fall mid-term elections by what he called “ideologically rigid” Republicans.
Donors paid as much as...
| May 22, 2014
| 8:12 PM
Set in a hyper-connected modern-day Chicago, "Watch Dogs" is full of virtual versions of real places. Between shootouts and car chases, gamers can even check in to and learn about more than 100 hot spots throughout the city, Foursquare-style.But did...
| May 21, 2014
| 10:00 PM
When it comes to mouthwatering acquisitions, Chicago's first Sonic—recently opened in Uptown—is just the tip of the iceberg. In the next year, some major players from the East and West coasts (and one from Brussels for good measure) are...
| May 13, 2014
| 6:08 AM
Chicago billionaire Jennifer Pritzker, who has amassed an extensive collection of some 35 Chicago-area properties for which she has paid more than $75 million, now can add another one to her portfolio: a landmark, six-bedroom row home on the Gold Coast...