| Nov 10, 2011
As the second Michelin Guide for Chicago prepares to hit bookstores next week, one thing is for sure: There will be change.
There has to be. Among the 23 restaurants that received one or more stars, Sixteen (one star) saw chef Frank Brunacci depart,...
| Dec 11, 2011
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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...
| Jun 12, 2011
Part of a series of mini-reviews of Chicago-area hotels.
Does the 10-year-old Peninsula Chicago deserve all of its accolades? Does it merit Forbes' five-star and AAA's five-diamond ratings or a seemingly perennial spot on Conde Nast Traveler's Gold List?...
| 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...
| Oct 2, 2009
The first time President Barack Obama visited Edison Park he was Illinois Sen. Obama with two preschool children at home. It was an invitation to dine at Zia's Trattoria on "restaurant row" that drew Obama from one end of the city to the other -- from...
| 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...
| Nov 28, 2008
Tony Hays unlocks his bike from the rack near the entrance to the Blue Line at Logan Square. For Hays, a music performance major at Columbia College, this is an everyday occurrence. Ride over, catch the train downtown and then reverse it all at mid-day....