| Mar 22, 2011
| 1:15 PM
Mindy Segal and Bruce Sherman are hoping five’s a charm.
Rich Melman is hoping it’s seven.
All three have been nominated — again — for James Beard Foundation Awards, which annually recognize the best chefs, restaurants and...
| Dec 11, 2011
| 7:16 PM
In January 2010, chef Curtis Duffy took a one-month sabbatical from Avenues to creatively recharge. He set a goal for himself: conceptualize one dish for every day that month (one he came up with was called “The Life Cycle of Fennel”). He...
| Sep 2, 2011
| 2:38 PM
Chef Curtis Duffy will cook his final service at Avenues Saturday, and after that, the two-Michelin star flagship restaurant of The Peninsula Hotel will close indefinitely.
Avenues will be searching for a new chef de cuisine in the interim. According...
| May 9, 2011
| 6:41 PM
Maybe it was the name.
Lettuce Entertain You Enterprises.
How else do you account for its Chicago founder, Rich Melman, being nominated six consecutive times for the James Beard Foundation's outstanding restaurateur of the year award and never winning?...
| Mar 7, 2011
| 4:22 PM
The good: A vegan restaurant, drug store, street murals, a new park. The bad: Possibly more graffiti and earlier last calls?...
| Mar 18, 2011
| 4:22 PM
Finally, the abandoned lot at the corner of Milwaukee and Honore Avenues is being built up. What's going there?...
| Apr 21, 2011
| 11:10 AM
Cops are searching for a heavyset man who is wanted for burglarizing 17 Manhattan stores in two months.
Dubbed the "Hefty Burglar," police say the suspect usually cuts through the metal pull-down security gate of businesses, enters through the front door...
| Feb 14, 2011
| 10:00 PM
Grant Achatz moved up the aisle of the plane, his carry-on draped over his gaunt frame. It was October at Reagan National Airport, a rare moment of calm for Chicago's top chef, whose wary eyes belong to a man older than 36, and whose life has been blessed...
| Sep 19, 2011
| 9:49 AM
Located within 500 miles of the Yucatan Peninsula in Mexico and Western Caribbean islands, the Port of Tampa is an ideal departure point for seven-day or shorter cruises to Cozumel, Costa Maya, Roatan, Belize City, Grand Cayman and other Western Caribbean...
| Sep 5, 2008
Being bored is not an option in Lincoln Park, where the kinetic lifestyle verges on sensory overload.
With its potpourri of restaurants, shops, amenities and close proximity to downtown Chicago, it's no wonder the North Side neighborhood's unique...
| Jun 26, 2009
For Chinese and Chinese-Americans, the word "jia" is not lost in translation. Loosely interpreted, it means family or home, even homeland.
For the Chinese who worked the railroad yards in Chicago in the 1870s and those arriving in the periodic waves of...
| Aug 7, 2009
Mark Dobrzycki recalls the Avondale of decades ago. At Northwestern Savings & Loan, a financial institution of the era at Belmont and Milwaukee Avenues, lines stretched out the door Friday evenings, he said. Customers, many of them Polish immigrants, were...