| Jul 21, 2014
| 10:00 PM
432 W. Diversey Parkway 773-857-2540
Rating: 3 1/2 (out of 4) Heating up
This past winter's wicked assortment of thunder snow, Siberian temps and polar vortexes had a positive summer legacy. "This last winter was so brutal, we wanted to...
| Apr 3, 2014
Chicago's love for oysters dates back to the mid-1800s, when trains from the East Coast made oysters accessible to rich and poor alike. Today, specialists such as GT Fish & Oyster and Shaw's Crab House shuck thousands of oysters each week, and oysters...
| Nov 19, 2013
| 11:07 AM
The Jean Banchet Awards for Culinary Excellence — the local Emmys equivalent to the James Beard Foundation Awards — is the annual ceremony celebrating the achievements in Chicago’s restaurant community. This year’s nominees were...
| Feb 5, 2014
| 11:10 AM
Love is in the air. In Chicago, love looks a lot like snow, but, trust me, there's love in the air. And when Valentine's Day rolls around next week, Chicago's restaurants will be ready.
Ada St.: A three-course menu ($40) will be served, with seatings at...
| Jan 22, 2014
| 11:24 AM
Chicago Restaurant Week is back — bigger and extended.
Running a full 14 days (Friday through Feb. 6), this seventh annual rendition is officially the longest ever. In practice, though, the promotion, in which participating restaurants offer...
| Dec 26, 2013
| 7:00 AM
New Year's Eve is just six days away. Do you have your dinner reservations yet?
If not, I've got a few extras. More than 130, actually.
As I've done for the last 13 years (and 18 of the last 20), I've made reservations, in my name, at restaurants...
| Sep 11, 2013
Whether you prefer yours shaken or stirred, there's no shortage of cocktail spots to provide your fancy-drink fix.
First, order up at The Barrelhouse Flat (2624 N. Lincoln Ave. 773-857-0421), a sexy two-floor lounge where progressive bartenders push the...
| Oct 5, 2013
| 8:00 AM
Artist Doug Aitken, back home in Venice after three weeks crossing the country by train with the artists and musicians who joined his "Station to Station" traveling art exhibition, has yet to lose his sense of movement.
"It's weird," he said. "I...
| May 24, 2011
| 3:01 PM
As if we needed yet another reason to write about The Drawing Room...
Still, it's a big deal when one of our favorite bars in Chicago is named one of Esquire's Best Bars in America -- especially because that elite list is overseen by esteemed cocktail...
| Sep 14, 2011
| 7:21 AM
If you've already got your tickets to the fourth annual Chicago Gourmet, which takes place Sept. 24 and 25 in Millennium Park, here's a way to plan your assault on the two-day food and wine festival.
The Illinois Restaurant Association, which organizes...
| Jan 30, 2011
In deep winter, the home barkeep tends to stockpile high-alcohol spirits in various shades of brown, from amber rum to tawny bourbon and rye, liquors that tend to warm the toes but can also tire the palate.
Time to wake up and try the best aperitif you'...
| Apr 19, 2011
| 4:22 PM
Our buds at Metromix Chicago landed a quick Q&A with Peter Gugni, the beverage director and general manager at The Bedford, aka the bank vault bar due to open at Ashland and Division in early May....