| Oct 25, 2013
Although they were renters from Chicago's River North neighborhood, Bethany and Alden Van Solkema had not spent much time in the South Loop before they shopped for condos there. Now they are sold on the historic area's neighborly atmosphere.
| Nov 13, 2013
| 10:11 AM
Three-month-old Tanta, in River North, is easily Chicago's most accomplished Peruvian restaurant, elevating the cuisine — a melting pot that claims Chinese, Japanese, Spanish, African and ancient Incan influences — to the level of fine dining....
| Feb 12, 2014
| 10:47 AM
I've always liked hotel bars. In college in Indiana, my friends and I could often be found at the Fluttering Duck, an Irish pub attached to a small inn on the edge of campus. Early in my newspaper career, co-workers and I would drink bourbon at a...
| Sep 5, 2013
Splashy restaurant debuts attract a lot of attention, no surprise there. But today we take a look at two quiet newcomers, low-key neighborhood Italians with impeccable culinary credentials: J. Rocco, which opened in mid-May in River North, and Tre Soldi,...
| Jan 20, 2014
| 7:22 AM
Lady Gaga wasn’t just being polite when she told Giuliana Rancic on the American Music Awards red carpet that she was a fan of her restaurant, RPM Italian. The pop mega star genuinely seems to love RPM Italian, seeing how she was spotted having...
| Dec 16, 2013
| 6:27 AM
No animal products? No problem.
R&B mega-star Beyonce Knowles appeared to stick to her much-publicized vegan diet while in Chicago for her concert at the United Center, visiting vegan-friendly Karyn’s Cooked in River North Friday and Saturday....
| Jan 29, 2014
| 7:39 PM
Thinking of heading out with the whole gang to take advantage of Chicago Restaurant Week? More than 300 area dining establishments are participating in the popular event, which runs through February 6th, with prix fixe menu deals of $22 for lunch and $33-...
| Nov 25, 2013
Elizabeth Stein has made a life of music. She's a dealer of fine antique and modern musical instruments. She books musicians for events around the area. She began a two-year term as president of the League of the Chicago Symphony Orchestra in July,...
| Sep 29, 2013
When superstorm Sandy swamped the East Coast last year, Heather Becker's crew performed triage in a warehouse outside of New York City as 2,000 pieces of artwork poured in from private and corporate collections.
And now calls are trickling in from...
| 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...
| Jan 24, 2014
| 2:54 PM
For an upcoming concert at Moraine Valley Community College, not just any old orchestra or any old artist will do.
Indeed, it is the nation's big band traveling here to perform and pay tribute to the most celebrated jazz singer of a generation, and do...