| Dec 4, 2013
| 8:07 AM
Culinary professionals on Bravo's "Top Chef" face off in heated battles during cutthroat Quickfire challenges and kill-or-be-killed Restaurant Wars. But the scorching atmosphere of reality TV doesn't necessarily reflect the real-life ambience of Chicago's...
| Nov 17, 2013
We're supposed to be husky, brawling, big-shouldered. Not whiny, defensive, thin-skinned.
What diminishes Chicago's image, its standing, its brand is not a TV comedian's critique of local cuisine, experts concluding a tall building is no longer the...
| Aug 8, 2013
It used to be that going to a museum for the food was like going to Wrigley Field for the baseball. They offered a version of the thing in question, sure, but you were pretty likely to be disappointed.
But these days, most Chicago cultural...
| Sep 17, 2013
Q: How can the home cook make gelato?
—Jack Kane, Chicago
A: Yes, the home cook can make gelato. The process is pretty much the way you'd make ice cream at home. Just follow the instructions that come with your ice cream maker.
| Sep 13, 2013
2075 N. Lincoln Ave. 773-525-2522
This neighborhood bistro pleases all kinds of palates, thanks to chef Jason Paskewitz's brand of American cuisine with a touch of Mediterranean flavor.
52 W. Elm St. 312-573-4000
| 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 27, 2013
The heat of summer 2013 took its sweet time arriving this year, even though summer officially began only last week. But as anyone in Chicago can tell you, the weather doesn't have to be ideal to make outdoor dining appealing.
Chicagoans, perhaps because...
| Jan 3, 2013
A roundup of restaurants reviewed in 2012 by critic Phil Vettel.
Acadia ✭✭✭ 1639 S. Wabash Ave., 312-360-9500. Ryan McCaskey's gamble to place a luxury restaurant in the South Loop is, so far, paying off. People are crowding into...
| Jun 1, 2013
| 5:57 AM
The City of Chicago today released the names of the 35 restaurants that will be participating in this year's Taste of Chicago, held July 10-14 in Grant Park.
There are a lot of familiar faces in the lineup, including Eli's Cheesecake (which has never...
| Jun 13, 2013
Summer is the sweet season for restaurants. Fresh produce is abundant, daylight lasts longer and restaurants are busier and bigger (with the addition of outdoor seats) than at any other time of the year.
So once again I'm trotting out my Summer Eating...
| May 9, 2013
Restaurant Michael in Winnetka feels a bit like stepping back into the famed Le Francais dining room in Wheeling, except it's cozier, a touch more casual, with brighter lighting and upbeat jazz gently playing on the speakers. It all makes sense because...
| Mar 14, 2012
| 4:33 AM
There's nothing like sitting down to a three-course meal prepared by a top-name chef. But at Taste of Chicago?
If the City Council gives the OK, that could be an option in July.
An ordinance going before the City Council Wednesday would allow the...