| Apr 11, 2013
You've already waited in line for popcorn at Garrett. You've endured verbal abuse at The Wieners Circle. And you've devoured the Chicago classic that is the Italian beef sandwich (Al's #1 and Johnnie's being the best, depending on who you ask).
| Apr 11, 2013
EL Ideas has been playing to full houses since it opened in July 2011. That would be a nice achievement for any operation, but given the quirky experience chef and owner Phillip Foss offers, it's positively miraculous.
Dinners cost $145, prepaid, tip...
| 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...
| Feb 11, 2013
Stop in to one of the eight Mariano's Fresh Markets in the Chicago area and you could spot founder Bob Mariano pushing carts, rewrapping meat or helping clean up spills.
The eponymous, upmarket grocery stores, tended with his exacting sense of detail,...
| Apr 18, 2012
| 4:35 PM
Toppers, the latest pizza chain to open in Downers Grove, will reward their first customers with free food for a year after opening their doors …...
| Dec 30, 2012
| 7:10 AM
A 16-year-old boy and a woman were among four people shot overnight in the city, police said.
Someone shot the woman in the leg about 5:20 a.m. today while she was outside in the 700 block of West Gladys Avenue in the West Loop Gate neighborhood,...
| Jan 2, 2013
| 2:29 PM
Glowing fish, giant dinosaurs, plasticized animals and more. That's not a description of the toy aisles at Target, or at least it's not only that. It also spotlights what's coming up in the new year at the area's family museums and zoos. Here are some...
| Sep 20, 2012
Trotting out familiar flavors in unexpected guises is almost de rigueur among serious young chefs these days, but few can match the wit and imagination on display at Trenchermen, a not-quite-3-month-old restaurant in Wicker Park.
| Jul 23, 2012
| 7:31 AM
Lady Gaga has ordered fried chicken at Table Fifty-Two and deep dish pizza at Lou Malnati’s during past visits to Chicago, but the “Born This Way” singer opted for vegetarian-friendly restaurants during last week’s stay in the...
| Dec 18, 2012
| 6:38 PM
DETROIT — Many people can't see past this city's abandoned buildings and overgrown lots, and that's sort of fair. A city once boasting 2 million people and an unbreakable auto industry is down to 700,000 and apocalyptic decay in every direction. The...
| Dec 21, 2012
You're probably all dead — me too — swallowed by the Mayan apocalypse that many of us (foolishly) thought was utter nonsense, once.
Which means you're not even reading this. But still ...
I probably shouldn't have spent my last day writing...
| Nov 18, 2012
| 5:43 PM
A 16-year-old boy and a 23-year-old man have died and 10 other people were wounded during shootings from Saturday night into early Sunday afternoon in the city, authorities said. The man was slain late this morning in the Back of the Yards neighborhood on...