| Jul 12, 2012
As the former executive chef of the Ritz-Carlton Dining Room and Seasons, Kevin Hickey knows fine dining. He also knows when the writing is on the wall.
"We saw the dining trend going much more casual," says Allium executive chef Hickey. "We saw the...
| 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...
| Jan 28, 2012
| 11:58 AM
The Jean Banchet Awards, the local Emmy's of the restaurant world, were announced in a lavish ceremony hosted by Steve Dolinsky and Alpana Singh at the Fairmont Hotel Friday night. The awards were part of the 15th annual Grand Chefs Gala. Chef Jimmy...
| Sep 21, 2012
| 7:40 AM
Michael Pena wanted to sit closer to the floor-to-ceiling windows at NoMI during a recent lunch — and who wouldn't? The trendy restaurant on the seventh floor of the Park Hyatt hotel offers customers a scenic view of Michigan Avenue and the Water...
| Jul 24, 2012
River North has the highest concentration of rooftop bars in the city, ranging from beer gardens a few flights up from street level to penthouse-like perches atop high-rise hotels. A few are technically terraces rather than rooftops, but when you have a...
| Feb 16, 2012
Back for a fifth year, Chicago Restaurant Week kicks off Friday with 10 straight days of discounted dining, lunch and dinner, at some of Chicago's best restaurants.
Launched in 2008 with 35 pioneering participants, Chicago Restaurant Week, produced by...
| Feb 17, 2012
| 12:21 PM
10 days. 200 restaurants. One city.
Chicago Restaurant Week is back and bigger than ever, with HUNDREDS of restaurants offering three-course lunches and dinners at a discounted rate ($22 for lunch, $33/$44 for dinner). This gives thousands of diners...
| Aug 17, 2012
UPDATE: An eviction notice was spotted on Alain's door the week of Sept. 24 and calls to the restaurant have not been answered.
1355 S. Michigan Ave. 312-922-1186
Rating: 2 (out of 4) Give it some time
What happens when a Cameroon-...
| Aug 5, 2011
| 4:22 PM
Celebrations for my recent triumph over a “food coma” came to a screeching halt, because my doctor says that people who live in Lincoln Park are not only at a higher risk for over indulging, but living anywhere in Chicago exposes people to the...
| Mar 28, 2011
| 1:20 AM
Message received: “Trust” director David Schwimmer doesn’t want to talk about “Friends.”
That became clear as I asked him by phone (after questions about his new movie, of course) what his character, Ross Gellar, is doing...
| Apr 11, 2011
| 11:27 AM
NoMI, the French restaurant at the Park Hyatt overlooking Michigan Avenue, has been closed since January. When it emerges from its gut renovations on June 3, it’ll have a name change: NoMI Kitchen.
It’s a shift from the haute and buttoned-up...
| 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,...