| Dec 31, 2011
Tara Lawton says she quit going to her health club in part because she sensed she didn't fit in. People always seemed to be staring at — and silently judging — her 280-pound body.
Then Lawton stumbled on the Facebook page for Downsize...
| May 6, 2014
| 5:06 AM
Chicago chefs and restaurants continued their streak of a respectable showing at the 2014 James Beard Foundation Awards. The annual awards gala, dubbed the “Oscars” of the American culinary scene, was held Monday in New York.
| Oct 10, 2013
| 12:19 PM
Urban Belly, the Avondale restaurant that ushered Chicago into a state of ramen-awareness, is uprooting from the Northwest side and moving to — where else? — the dining epicenter that is the Randolph Street corridor.
Bill Kim is the...
| Apr 8, 2014
| 11:00 AM
Cheese and wine on a lazy Saturday, what could be better? Well, how about some artisanal salami? And local (and imported) craft beers? And lots more.
It's all free at Pastoral's Artisan Producer Festival on Saturday at Chicago French Market. On hand...
| May 28, 2010
One thing to know about our book club: Our group formed about five years ago with people living in two condo communities in the West Loop. Although some of us have moved away, it is a testament to our group that we now meet all over town as we continue to...
| Jul 29, 2014
| 10:00 PM
Medical marijuana dispensaries will be sprouting up in Chicago's commercial and business districts, such as the trendy West Loop and River North areas, under a city council measure approved Wednesday restricting where the facilities can open their doors....
| Jun 16, 2014
| 10:00 PM
You've already waited in line for popcorn at Garrett. You've endured verbal abuse at The Wieners Circle. And you've devoured the Chicago classic that is the Italian beef sandwich (Al's #1 and Johnnie's being the best, depending on who you ask).
| Jun 19, 2014
| 6:17 AM
Chicago-based developer Sterling Bay Cos. has doubled down on its investment in the West Loop with a new joint venture to redevelop the Old Main Post Office with the British developer Bill Davies.
Sterling Bay principal Scott Goodman confirmed the...
| Jun 12, 2014
| 12:39 PM
MTV’s “The Real World” could be headed back to Chicago, more than 10 years after the reality series filmed in Wicker Park.
Assuming the production receives city approval, the show would be based at 1100 W. Randolph St. in the West Loop,...
| Jul 7, 2014
| 1:21 PM
More than 300 cars parked legally around Chicago have gotten tickets after drivers used smartphones to pay with new mobile technology introduced by the company that leased the city’s meters.
Since the ParkChicago smartphone app was launched in mid-...
| Jul 10, 2014
| 10:29 AM
The Hong Kong-based parent company of the luxury Langham hotel in Chicago is looking to build a second hotel here after losing a bid to buy Oprah's studios in the West Loop and construct one there, Langham Hospitality Group CEO Bob Warman said in an...