| Oct 25, 2013
From the blue porch ceiling to the missing 13th floor, home can be a superstitious place.
When builder George Dakis has a spec home to sell, one thing is always certain: There'll be yellow flowers outside. For years, Dakis, president of Lake Forest-...
| Oct 20, 2013
The way James Vest initially envisioned it, he would propose to Kat Carolan while she sky-dived over Chicago, like this:
"Her chute would gently part the clouds and there would be nothing but our green world below, and somewhere directly below, would be...
| Dec 14, 2013
When she was a child, Jean Goldman used to create art shows for family members, dangling drawings from clothespins in her bedroom.
Decades later, Goldman, an art historian, and her husband, Steven, a former Northwestern University Law School professor...
| Jan 2, 2014
The highs in Chicago dining this year put our city on top of the world, while the lows were unbearably sad. In between was news with a common thread: to put good food in front of Chicagoans. Here, now, our look back at the food year that was.
| Jan 22, 2014
| 10:25 AM
Few phrases quicken my pulse as reliably as "a new Paul Kahan restaurant." I've been counting the days since I heard that One Off Hospitality (Donnie Madia, Terry Alexander and Kahan, among others) was developing a rustic, seafood-focused Italian...
| Nov 7, 2013
| 9:17 AM
Sophia Bush took a break from chasing criminals on the set of the upcoming “Chicago Fire” spinoff, “Chicago PD” to get dolled up for an appearance at the Coach store in the Gold Coast.
“Marina (Squerciati) and I had the...
| Nov 21, 2013
| 4:48 PM
When Chicago hosts three Hollywood movie shoots (“Divergent,” “Jupiter Ascending,” “Transformers: Age of Extinction”), two A-list stars who are keeping their significant others company while they film here (Ashton...
| Nov 3, 2013
One night in Chicago, a young man turns on a television set — which is unusual, since he isn't much of a TV watcher, preferring books instead — and finds himself transfixed by the host of a local restaurant review program. She's a well-known...
| Sep 15, 2013
In the wake of the great Elmore Leonard’s death, I immediately felt a great sense of loss. Leonard was for decades a constant in my reading life, each book coming at me with fascinating characters and perfect dialogue; each book reminding me how...
| Sep 3, 2013
| 7:37 AM
Here's the thing about the most popular celebrity hangouts in Chicago: They're always changing.
What was popular four years ago gets replaced by what opened four months ago. And what was once a restaurateur's or nightclub impresario's baby is now an...
| Dec 15, 2013
| 8:17 PM
Rather than take full advantage of the local cuisine during their visit to Chicago, Selena Gomez and Demi Lovato opted for old reliable: The Cheesecake Factory.
The two friends had dinner Tuesday at the national chain’s Gold Coast location....