| Aug 15, 2013
Last March, Big Bowl hosted an invitation-only dinner that doubled as an introduction to its star culinary hire, chef Patricia Yeo. She prepared a seven-course menu that featured beef heart crudo with pickled beets and citrus, and a three-tongue course of...
| Aug 15, 2013
Before you start imagining lava lamps and terrible shag carpeting, allow partner Johnny Swet to clarify where the '70s inspiration for forthcoming Jimmy in The James Chicago hotel came from.
"We’re not talking hippies. We’re talking '70s...
| Aug 19, 2013
Chicago's budding bicycle-sharing program has attracted thousands of tourists, biking enthusiasts and the just-plain curious this summer, city transportation officials say. But preliminary data obtained by the Tribune suggest the new service also is...
| Sep 2, 2013
| 4:10 AM
A nightclub security guard was struck by a car in the River North neighborhood as he directed traffic early this morning, authorities said.
A dark-colored car struck the 22-year-old guard about 3:40 a.m., in the intersection of West Erie and North...
| Sep 4, 2013
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You might not have heard of Peruvian chef Gaston Acurio, but he has 33 restaurants around the world, including Astrid y Gaston in Lima, which ranked one spot higher (#...
| Sep 5, 2013
Splashy restaurant debuts attract a lot of attention, no surprise there. But today we take a look at two quiet newcomers, low-key neighborhood Italians with impeccable culinary credentials: J. Rocco, which opened in mid-May in River North, and Tre Soldi,...
| Sep 29, 2013
When superstorm Sandy swamped the East Coast last year, Heather Becker's crew performed triage in a warehouse outside of New York City as 2,000 pieces of artwork poured in from private and corporate collections.
And now calls are trickling in from...
| Oct 1, 2013
| 6:03 PM
After separating from her husband nearly two decades ago, art lover Cathy Quainton found the glitzy auctions at Chicago's Kass/Meridian Gallery to be intoxicating.
The tony River North gallery hosted wine and cheese parties at which buyers socialized as...
| Oct 1, 2013
There's more to come from the New Orleans-based 11th season of "Top Chef" than host Padma Lakshmi tossing the cheftestants Mardi Gras beads instead of making them draw knives. This year's cast features a rockabilly chick, a proud recipient of the title of...
| Jun 22, 2013
Vince Vaughn was a huge fan. So was Wally Pfister, director of photography for the Chicago-made Batman blockbuster "The Dark Knight." "Barbershop" producer George Tillman swore by the work, insisting that his films get processed there. They were all...
| 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 28, 2013
| 11:13 AM
More than 25 public spaces throughout the city will resound with live music of all genres when the free, daylong Make Music Chicago festival returns for a third year on June 21, the first day of summer.
Hundreds of performers of all ages and levels of...