| May 28, 2013
A few brief moments after the doors opened for the first time at Headquarters Beercade’s new pinball expansion, Michael Messaros strolled over to a brightly colored “Tales From the Crypt” game. He was quickly absorbed by the process of...
| May 29, 2013
| 9:56 AM
I don’t know about you, but when I think of a cardio-intensive workout some standard images come to mind.
There’s the overzealous businessman cruising on the treadmill, the first-time gymgoer aimlessly climbing the Stairmaster and the soccer...
| Jun 2, 2013
In the beginning, Jason Methner was the impatient one.
After meeting Molly Lipsitz at a mutual friend's birthday party in Wicker Park, Methner, 27 at the time and in a master's program at Northwestern University, was eager to accelerate the...
| May 30, 2013
From this summer’s vegan menu at Grant Achatz’s restaurant Next to the buzz about plant-based diets, veganism is definitely having a moment.
“A few years ago, people said, ‘Oh, vegan? What does that mean?” said Don...
| May 31, 2013
| 1:28 PM
As opening night glitches go, this was a good problem.
The back room at Lakeview gastropub The Dog's Bollox was jammed with people squeezing in for the debut of Story Sessions, yet another yarn-spinning event to add to Chicago's already-packed...
| Jan 8, 2013
It's telling of malort's taste that most people first try the liquor as a dare.
Chicago-based Jeppson's has produced the wormwood-based spirit for decades, and it's that familiar yellow-and-red bottle that most people associate with the bitter—to...
| Jan 10, 2013
Vietnamese coffee: I might be the only Seattleite who doesn't guzzle coffee on an hourly basis. I make an exception, though, for Vietnamese coffee.
It's coffee for noncoffee drinkers, for those who find its bitterness overbearing. Vietnamese coffee is...
| Jan 10, 2013
Chef Andrew Brochu was hired at Graham Elliot restaurant last January with an explicit directive: Take the keys to the kitchen, and elevate the restaurant from one Michelin star to two.
In November, when the Chicago Michelin Guide came out, Graham Elliot...
| Jan 10, 2013
| 11:40 AM
The Den Theatre's hit production of Brian Friel's "Faith Healer" announced Thursday that it will extend for two additional weeks through Feb. 3. Many performances of the three-character drama, a reprise of a production first seen in Chicago many years...
| Jan 4, 2013
| 12:24 PM
The Violet Hour isn’t really a bar--it’s more of a lounge, really. If it were a drink, it would be as elaborate as any of the libations on its menu--an esoteric concoction with a liberal splash of sophistication and just a dash of exclusivity....
| Jan 6, 2013
| 12:53 PM
Where did the famous and semi-famous spend New Year's Eve in the Chicago area?
NASCAR driver Danica Patrick dined New Year's Eve at the newly opened Baume & Brix in the River North neighborhood before heading nearby to The Grid. "Cooler Than Me"...