| Jun 22, 2013
| 8:17 AM
Nash Kato was the swaggering singer-guitarist of the rising Chicago band Urge Overkill in the early '90s when he and his bandmates would hang out at Wicker Park's Rainbo Club, and, he recalls, a petite young woman was always hitting them up for beers...
| Mar 14, 2013
There is no shortage of decent Mexican restaurants in the western suburbs, but far too many of them play down to their audiences, falling back on the standard Mexican and even Tex-Mex dishes that everybody prepares.
Today we look at two west suburban...
| May 13, 2013
| 2:08 PM
Mary Hoffmann was out of my league. Star gymnast. One of the cutest girls in the ninth grade. Rumored to date upperclassmen.
I thought of her immediately when I was invited to be one of three contestants last Friday in the season finale of "Shame That...
| May 14, 2013
| 3:43 PM
How much does Chicago love its beer? Our craft beer week is 11 days long, if that's any indication. The fourth annual Chicago Craft Beer Week (May 16-26) is busier than past years, with 21 new breweries joining the lineup of tastings, tap takeovers and $4...
| May 7, 2013
| 12:48 PM
Norma Reyes, who served as Chicago's deputy chief of staff and commissioner of business affairs and consumer protection, died Monday. She was 56.
Reyes worked as a Cook County assistant state’s attorney for nine years before becoming chief...
| May 9, 2013
Restaurant Michael in Winnetka feels a bit like stepping back into the famed Le Francais dining room in Wheeling, except it's cozier, a touch more casual, with brighter lighting and upbeat jazz gently playing on the speakers. It all makes sense because...
| Jun 4, 2013
| 4:12 PM
A bank in the Wicker Park neighborhood was robbed this afternoon, police said.
About 4 p.m. a man who looked about 30 years old handed the teller a note demanding cash in the 1400 block of North Milwaukee Avenue, said Chicago Police News Affairs Officer...
| Jun 5, 2013
Karma is a bitch -- the baddest bitch, I'd say.
We've all fantasized about a universal day of reckoning for the people of Chicago who insist on interrupting our daily goings-on with their "Are you kidding me?" behaviors. One South Side alderman...
| 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...