| Jan 15, 2014
| 12:19 PM
My friend Julie has a complaint about malort, and it's not that it tastes like sweaty socks wrapped in spoiled grapefruit after marinating in a trash can.
It's that people have started liking it too much.
Not so long ago, Julie explained, malort was...
| Jan 2, 2014
The highs in Chicago dining this year put our city on top of the world, while the lows were unbearably sad. In between was news with a common thread: to put good food in front of Chicagoans. Here, now, our look back at the food year that was.
| Jan 3, 2014
Game on, Logan Square. Wicker Park's Emporium Arcade Bar announced plans for a second location at 2363 N. Milwaukee Ave. tentatively scheduled to open in late spring.
Though the new location will have the same "Emporium spirit," co-owner Dan Marks...
| Jan 7, 2014
| 3:44 PM
Wicker Park native Tom Crawford isn’t missing winter in Chicago, and he’s living about 100 yards from the South Pole.
While Chicago marked a record-low temperature of -16 on Monday, it was a balmy -9 at the National Science Foundation...
| Jan 10, 2014
| 7:54 AM
Chris Kaskie pulled out his phone and flipped though his pictures until he stopped on an image, then turned the screen toward me and grinned: It showed the local staff of Pitchfork Media, the Chicago company behind the Pitchfork music website and...
| Nov 21, 2013
| 6:44 PM
When Exal Iraheta found out he had defaulted on a $17,105 student loan, his first reaction was dread.
"I immediately was like, what am I supposed to do?" he said. "You feel like you're sinking. Instantly."
Though Iraheta works full-time as a media...
| Dec 17, 2013
| 10:19 AM
Many a cubicle-dweller has dreamed of turning their office into their own personal theme park, stripping away the soul-crushing beige-and-gray cubicles and replacing them with something different.
Like, say, an indoor skate park.
It’s a dream...
| Nov 15, 2013
Update, Dec. 20: DonutFest announces online ticket sales will begin through its website Monday, Dec. 23.
Did you think last year's first annual Poutine Fest was the zenith of the city's indulgent food events? Loosen your belts, because Chicago is about...
| Dec 4, 2013
No matter what sort of year you've had, chances are you're going to bid 2013 farewell with plenty of food and booze. The guilt of overindulging might not set in until you're in the grips of your first hangover of the New Year, but you can make your...
| Dec 26, 2013
| 7:00 AM
New Year's Eve is just six days away. Do you have your dinner reservations yet?
If not, I've got a few extras. More than 130, actually.
As I've done for the last 13 years (and 18 of the last 20), I've made reservations, in my name, at restaurants...
| Nov 3, 2013
| 8:07 PM
Sophia Bush is sporting a new tattoo, courtesy of Speakeasy Custom Tattoo in Wicker Park.
The “One Tree Hill” actress – who is in town filming the “Chicago Fire” spinoff “Chicago PD” – visited Speakeasy...