| Jun 15, 2014
| 12:27 PM
Aspiring professional opera singer Marisa Buchheit of Chicago was crowned the new Miss Illinois over the weekend.
The 24-year-old Wicker Park resident who won Saturday’s competition will go on to represent the state in the Miss America pageant...
| Apr 9, 2014
| 8:41 AM
The loud slurping noises were coming from a room toward the back of the coffeehouse as Miro Lomeli lifted cup after cup of brown liquid to his lips.
"I'm aerating the coffee as it goes in," he explained, taking another slurp from one of five cups...
| Jun 6, 2014
| 6:10 AM
A free bike rodeo, a series of bike-related workshops and a potluck luncheon will take place Saturday in an effort to promote what is being billed as Chicago’s next great park, officials said.
The mix of events will take place in Bucktown and is...
| Jun 18, 2014
| 10:00 PM
What Chicago lacks in happy hours—yep, they're technically illegal here—it makes up for in BYOB abundance. The past few months have added even more restaurants to our BYOB radar, from casual lunch options to special-occasion splurge spots in...
| Apr 8, 2014
| 10:50 AM
Christine LaSorda was working in advertising when she realized she would be much happier in a career combining her two childhood pleasures: reading storybooks and making baked goods with her grandmother.
So she learned to make traditional desserts at...
| 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...
| Mar 28, 2014
| 2:45 PM
Gather up three of your best dining friends and set a date for Puerto 511.
But make a reservation first. Word is out about Puerto 511, and diners were being turned away, nicely, on a recent Saturday night. Bring along a bottle of wine or a six-pack of...
| 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
| 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,...
| May 15, 2014
| 10:43 AM
Wicker Park Fest announced its 2014 music lineup and headliners, including Owls, legendary DJ (and composer of the "Mad Men" theme song) RJD2 and JEFF The Brotherhood.
The fest will take place July 26-27 along Milwaukee Avenue between North Avenue and...
| Jun 5, 2014
| 8:11 AM
Is there a word that promises fun more than "festival?" We know. "Chocolate" is right up there, but stop being a distraction. Summer music festivals are a Chicago sonic mainstay, in a city that seems to have gone fest crazy of late. It used to be that...