| May 7, 2014
| 12:47 PM
There's something about coming across a newly vacated restaurant that feels like a gut punch.
Businesses close all the time in sometimes startling, often melancholy-inducing ways. (Dominick's RIP.)
But you shop in stores. You live in restaurants....
| May 15, 2014
| 9:39 AM
Emanuel Ax: The pianist concludes his Brahms Series with three works by Johannes Brahms and recent pieces of Missy Mazzoli and Brett Dean based on a Brahmsian theme. 3 p.m. Sunday, Symphony Center, 220 S. Michigan Ave.; $28-$92; 312-294-3000, cso.org...
| May 19, 2014
| 5:00 PM
Leslie Buchbinder comes from money. She knows influence. Her family made its reputation in the refrigeration business, and one of the ways her father invested was by collecting art. They are well-connected in the Chicago art world. In particular, the...
| 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...
| Jan 22, 2014
| 11:24 AM
Chicago Restaurant Week is back — bigger and extended.
Running a full 14 days (Friday through Feb. 6), this seventh annual rendition is officially the longest ever. In practice, though, the promotion, in which participating restaurants offer...
| Mar 10, 2014
| 1:50 PM
Bill Plante's journey from his Rogers Park upbringing to his current and longstanding post as CBS News White House correspondent has been, in many senses, a conventional one for reporters of a certain age. Plante, now 76, got into radio young — at...
| May 1, 2014
| 11:49 AM
Apollo Chorus: The choral ensemble under Stephen Alltop concludes its season with "The Beatles and Friends," marking the 50th anniversary of the Fab Four's American debut. 2 p.m. Friday, Fourth Presbyterian Church, 126 E. Chestnut St.; and 3 p.m. Sunday,...
| Aug 20, 2009
The best dining deal in Chicago can be found, every day, at a tiny Bridgeport storefront called Han 202, where chef/partner Guan Chen offers a five-course menu for $20.No, not $20 per course. Twenty dollars for the whole meal.
Did I mention it's BYOB? So...
| Aug 14, 2011
| 3:30 PM
Jimmie Vaughan is one of the great guitarists of the last 30-40 years, though you might not know it – he’s not about calling attention to himself. He’s about substance and economy rather than excess and showmanship.
In every context...
| Jul 19, 2012
| 8:47 PM
Slayer, Motorhead, Anthrax: These three titans are part of something called the “Rockstar Energy Drink Mayhem Festival,” which includes eight metal bands. The headliner is Slipknot, but Slayer (even with guitarist Jeff Hanneman sidelined,...
| Apr 12, 2012
| 9:09 AM
A few weeks ago, the Lumineers were in the midst of the South by Southwest shuffle. The Denver band was playing a quick gig at a makeshift concert venue during the annual music conference: a downtown church in Austin, Texas. Amps and microphones were in...