| Nov 28, 2013
Bagel and lox: The space across from the East Bank Club where Dillman's now stands went from an actual deli to a sort-of deli to an "American brasserie" with deli intentions. Before its current incarnation, it was Steve's Deli, then it was taken over by...
| Jul 11, 2013
In the 1998 Zagat Survey Chicago Guide, of the 40 restaurants with the highest food ratings (based on popular opinion), 20 of them were French.
In the most recent Chicago Guide, fifteen years later, that list of 40 includes maybe five French...
| Aug 1, 2013
What do you think of when you think of Chicago?
Great indie music. Some of my favorites include: Urge Overkill, The Smashing Pumpkins, Ministry, alt country pioneers The Waco Brothers, Liz Phair (the early days), Neko Case, The Redwalls, Smith Westerns,...
| 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...
| 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 1, 2012
There are at least three things you can count on at every Brendan Sodikoff restaurant. There will be a retro-cool, dimly lit atmosphere. There will be bread; roasted bone marrow with toast is a menu given. And there will be great soap in the restroom....
| Dec 19, 2012
When it comes to adventures in dining and drinking, Chicago definitely delivered this year. Hot chefs expanded their empires with new restaurants. New words made their way into our nightlife vocabulary. And, of course, there were doughnuts. And pie. And...