| Sep 27, 2012
Can a four-star meal begin with fried smelts and end with a Butterfinger bar? My last dinner at Sixteen says yes.
These are uncertain times for four-star dining in Chicago. Since last September, four previous top-rated restaurants have closed up shop...
| Jun 6, 2013
Michael Rotondo spent eight years at Charlie Trotter's, three of them as chef de cuisine, and was executive chef during the restaurant's final year, making him a pivotal figure during the eight-month victory lap between Trotter's announced closing and the...
| Sep 13, 2013
1729 N. Halsted St. 312-337-6070
With Steppenwolf and The Royal George Theatre just down the street, this dining room makes a stunning setting for a pre-theater dinner or date. Former Charlie Trotter's chef Giuseppe Tentori changes the contemporary...
| Jun 5, 2013
| 3:24 PM
For anyone still holding out hope that Charlie Trotter might eventually reopen his namesake restaurant in its original space, think again.
The connected town houses at 814 and 816 W. Armitage Ave. — which were home to Trotter’s restaurant in...
| Mar 19, 2013
| 10:05 PM
At last, after great deliberation and much wringing of hands, David Manilow made a decision.
White smoke rose from a pipe outside the window of his Lincoln Park office. He adjusted the zipper on his navy blue garment, splayed his hands on a conference...
| Jan 28, 2013
| 11:58 AM
Charlie Trotter’s auction is being rebooted online.
In December the legendary chef cut short the live auction of his shuttered self-named Lincoln Park restaurant’s contents after only about a third of the 1,500-plus lots had gone up for bid....
| Dec 30, 2011
Close watchers of Chicago's food scene may have been surprised to learn that Alinea — one of the most highly regarded restaurants in the city and the world — failed its routine health inspection a month ago.
But what may seem like a big...
| May 11, 2011
Chef Rob Macey was at the pinnacle of a successful career and in top physical health when he suffered his first grand mal seizure.
"I started to feel sick, nothing major," Macey said. "It was a little high stress. ... I finished a sauce in a large...
| Dec 3, 2010
When top Chicago chefs visited a Northwest Side lunchroom this fall and found bags of Tostitos with ground meat as the main course, their first instinct was to roll up their sleeves and start cooking.
Within a month, the group of chefs — who call...
| Dec 7, 2010
Q: I have celiac disease (gluten allergy) and it is very hard to find restaurants in the Chicagoland area that have gluten-free menus. You can't rely on the staff to have understanding of gluten free items, and having a menu that is certified gluten...
| Jan 20, 2012
| 5:18 AM
The AAA Five- and Four-Diamond Awards for restaurants and hotels were announced this morning, and Chicago wound up tied with New York with the most five-diamond restaurants in North America.
All of Chicago's Five-Diamond restaurants or hotels were repeat...
| Jul 26, 2011
| 2:22 PM
There are lots of garden walks in the city and burbs, but very few offer garden visitors corn soup with Manila clams and a peek at the back-of-the-restaurant herb garden of a place like Charlie Trotter’s. But during last weekend’s 43rd...