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  • Mexique's Carlos Gaytan on life after 'Top Chef'

    Mexique's Carlos Gaytan on life after 'Top Chef'
    A miracle is a coincidence you know can't be a coincidence. How else could Carlos Gaytan explain what happened 17 months ago — with his West Town restaurant Mexique spiraling into debt, he and his wife, Iliamar, decided it could no longer go on....
  • Upscale restaurants that are kid-friendly

    Upscale restaurants that are kid-friendly
    Gather This Lincoln Square restaurant serves a family-style meal every Sunday. Choose three out of the six entrees, which on a recent Sunday included butternut squash risotto, pulled pork and a mixed green salad with apples and hazelnuts. The meal...
  • Local reservation, pay method is just the ticket

    Local reservation, pay method is just the ticket
    42 Grams is the latest Chicago restaurant to feature prepaid, nonrefundable tickets in place of traditional reservations. The advantage to the customer: Known, up-front costs and little, if anything, to settle up at evening's end. The advantage to the...
  • World's top chefs talk cuisine, creativity in Chicago

    World's top chefs talk cuisine, creativity in Chicago
    If the culinary world had a "Three Tenors"-like tour, it couldn't do much better than chefs Ferran Adria, Andoni Luis Aduriz and Grant Achatz — and the music likely would make your head spin. Adria was the chef of Spain's El Bulli, which topped...
  • Alinea ranks No. 9 on 2014 World's 50 Best Restaurants list

    Alinea ranks No. 9 on 2014 World's 50 Best Restaurants list
    British-based Restaurant magazine announced its 2014 list of the World’s 50 Best Restaurants Monday, and Alinea was back in the top 10 this year. Grant Achatz and Nick Kokonas’ Lincoln Park restaurant was ranked No. 9 in the world, up six...
  • Ruth Reichl and Alice Waters discuss simple food, writing

     Ruth Reichl and Alice Waters discuss simple food, writing
    When you think of the pioneers of the organic, "simple food" movement, perhaps the first two names that come to mind are Alice Waters and Ruth Reichl. Waters is the co-founder of the legendary Chez Panisse, one of the earliest American fine-dining...
  • Archive: Hot Doug's, the quintessential Chicago restaurant

    Archive: Hot Doug's, the quintessential Chicago restaurant
    This article was originally published on May 26, 2011 Two months ago, I returned from unquestionably the greatest vacation of my life: 96 hours spent in New Orleans eating, drinking, dancing, stumbling merrily down Decatur Street, drooling Sazerac...
  • Hot Doug's and the melancholy of closed restaurants

    Hot Doug's and the melancholy of closed restaurants
    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....
  • Chicago grabs James Beard 'food Oscars' ceremony from New York

    Chicago grabs James Beard 'food Oscars' ceremony from New York
    The James Beard Foundation Awards, considered the Oscars of the American restaurant scene, is moving its 25th anniversary ceremony to Chicago in 2015. It will be held at the Civic Opera House May 4 and would be the first time the ceremony is hosted...
  • World's 50 best restaurants: Noma reclaims its No. 1 title

    World's 50 best restaurants: Noma reclaims its No. 1 title
    Noma in Copenhagen was named the No. 1 restaurant on the annual list of the "World's 50 Best Restaurants" at an awards ceremony Monday at the Guildhall in London. The four-time champ reclaimed its title after Spanish restaurant El Celler de Can Roca,...
  • 'Chicagoland' finale review: more violence, more Rahm

    'Chicagoland' finale review: more violence, more Rahm
    And so it ends, this extraordinary and exasperating, revelatory and redundant, infuriating and ultimately tragic eight-part series "Chicagoland." For the last two months, CNN has given us our town in mostly unscripted, sometimes contrived and...
  • CNN's 'Chicagoland' has real trauma, passion, in a real ER

    CNN's 'Chicagoland' has real trauma, passion, in a real ER
    Hot time, summer in the city, and the third episode of "Chicagoland" is filled with fireworks of all sorts. For those of you who like and admire our mayor, this episode is a feast of favorable scenes. For those who do not like and admire the mayor, this...