| Jun 4, 2014
| 7:43 AM
If you seek out good food, you probably care about good beer, too. It's no different for Chicago restaurants, who increasingly are collaborating with local breweries on exclusive beers that are specific to just one restaurant or bar. "It's no question...
| Jun 2, 2014
| 8:16 AM
The Illinois Department of Transportation said last week drivers should avoid the downtown portion of the Kennedy Expressway for three weekends in June because some expressway lanes will be shut down for bridge demolition work....
| May 8, 2014
| 12:02 PM
The Hypocrites, the longtime off-Loop theater company that has seen strong growth in its national identity, is to take up permanent residence as the anchor tenent of a new 200-seat theater in Wicker Park.
The new theater will be on the currently vacant...
| May 11, 2014
Sugar was the lure that connected Gina Howie with Bob Hartwig. Today, it is the foundation of their business and personal relationship.
The pair met in 2006, when Gina, then a 27-year-old interior designer from Marietta, Ga., enrolled in The French...
| May 14, 2014
| 9:14 AM
When The Violet Hour opened way back in the summer of 2007, the idea of "craft cocktails" was a novelty.
Times have changed.
Cocktail-focused bars have sprung up everywhere since, some led by alums of that landmark Wicker Park bar.
| Apr 13, 2014
| 9:04 PM
In 2012, Grace Sweeney did the impossible. She found a studio in Lincoln Park for $745 a month -- just within the budget she kept as an unpaid intern out of college.
It was steps from Fullerton Avenue and Clark Street, had a walk-in closet and...
| May 11, 2014
| 10:00 PM
Jonah Frank is the first to admit that it's going to be hard following Tona Palomino's act. "He’s the warmest and most brilliant and clever and caring guy," Frank said of the former Trenchermen beverage director. After Palomino's exit last month,...
| Apr 22, 2014
| 2:25 PM
First-term Kentucky Sen. Rand Paul, a potential 2016 Republican presidential candidate, said Tuesday that lack of experience can sometimes be a good thing for people seeking top offices against “career politicians” who have become entrenched...
| May 16, 2014
| 8:41 AM
Two weeks ago, Kathleen Alforque, 34, was walking to a Lakeview bus stop when she spotted a group of people outside a shuttle. One of them asked her which way she was headed.
Alforque said she was on her way to the Loop. She got on the shuttle instead...
| May 22, 2014
The last time I was in downtown Libertyville, I was hanging two stars on Tavern in the Town, an ambitious steak-and-seafooder with an impressive wine list. In my view, that was about the only reason to dine on this stretch of Milwaukee Avenue.
| May 21, 2014
| 10:00 PM
When it comes to mouthwatering acquisitions, Chicago's first Sonic—recently opened in Uptown—is just the tip of the iceberg. In the next year, some major players from the East and West coasts (and one from Brussels for good measure) are...