| Oct 11, 2012
| 4:19 PM
Some vehicles are in a class of their own.
Laguna Beach Rotary Club's ninth annual Classic Car Show on Sunday at the Festival of Arts Grounds and the Village Entrance parking lot featured 188 classics in 30 classes — ranging from antiques to hot...
| May 10, 2012
No restaurant better exemplifies the changing face of the Taylor Street neighborhood than 3-month-old Urban Union.
Taylor Street, the city's de facto Little Italy (no disrespect meant toward the Heart of Italy enclave at 24th and Oakley), has been a...
| May 17, 2012
I don't know if teachers still do this, but at the end of each school year, I was handed a summer reading list, a sheet of required and optional books that would prepare students for the coming school year. (I still owe a measure of revenge to the teacher...
| Nov 8, 2012
Time once again for my annual exercise in humiliation, as I try to predict the star recipients in the 2013 Michelin Chicago Guide, which hits bookstores Wednesday.
This is the third year that Michelin has published a Chicago guide, and if there's one...
| May 31, 2012
As I exited Balena a week or so ago, a passing stranger stopped me.
"Good restaurant?" he asked, jerking his head toward the door. I nodded enthusiastically.
"Great pizzas," I said.
And in that split-second, I fear I gave Balena, which opened two...
| Aug 28, 2012
| 7:12 AM
Old Rip Van Winkle Distillery (Frankfort, KY) and Three Floyds Brewing Co. (Munster, IN) will be featured in a special dinner at Boka (1729 N. Halsted St., 312-337-6070).
The dinner takes place Oct. 3, but tickets (and only 90 will be sold) go on sale...
| Feb 7, 2013
Valentine's Day is one week away, and as some of you have already discovered, restaurant reservations are going fast.
That's the bad news. The good news is that Valentine's Day is one of the biggest days of the year for reservation no-shows. So if the...
| Feb 11, 2013
| 1:37 PM
Amanda Rockman, whose pastry wizardry at Balena (1633 N. Halsted St., 312-867-3888) and The Bristol (2152 N. Damen Ave., 773-862-5555) earned her a Chicago Tribune Dining Award earlier this year, will leave her two-restaurant gig in two weeks.
| Feb 14, 2012
| 4:34 PM
Food Events: Moveable Feasts; HopHead Heaven at Library Alehouse; Can You Dig It?; Zinfandel Festival....
| Aug 8, 2011
| 4:22 PM
Joie de Vivre, the San Francisco-based boutique hotel chain, has announced that it will open only its second location outside California in Chicago's Lincoln Park neighborhood. They recently purchased a 184-room property in a historic landmark building on...
| May 19, 2011
| 4:22 PM
The experts at Grub Street Chicago advise us mere mortals on what to eat at Perennial Virant, now open: Talk about a quick turnaround. In late February, the Boka Restaurant Group surprised us all by pulling in chef Paul Virant (of the acclaimed Vie in...
| Aug 26, 2010
Five years ago, I wrote that chef Stephanie Izard had "a fanaticism for balance that a Wallenda might envy."
Two years ago, after Izard had emerged victorious in the fourth season of "Top Chef," I joked that she should get out of the restaurant business,...