| Nov 26, 2013
| 5:11 AM
For the first time in more than 15 years, a Chicago police officer was criminally charged Monday in a fatal, off-duty shooting because Cook County prosecutors said he acted recklessly, opening fire over his left shoulder from inside his car into an...
| Nov 15, 2013
| 12:27 PM
With his spot-on musicality and straight-up embrace of emotion, Frank Chaves has set a strong course for River North Dance Chicago, now in its 24th year. Nowhere is that clearer than in "Eva," a piece that debuted in Chicago at the Auditorium last...
| Nov 6, 2013
| 2:41 PM
An upcoming work by Thodos Dance Chicago will be a collaboration between a leading artist of the dance world and a leading artist of the architecture world. Troupe founder and artistic director Melissa Thodos will work with Jeanne Gang, she of Studio...
| Oct 10, 2013
| 8:44 AM
Over lunch in Chicago's River North neighborhood the other day, the playwright Noah Haidle, a restless spirit, was chortling at a menu item at Restaurant Beatrix.
"Enlightened Caesar," he said. "That's really obnoxious." From there, Haidle, who is a...
| 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...
| 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,...
| 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...
| Jan 2, 2013
For Ellie and Jeremy Forman, getting married involved much more than walking down the aisle in fancy garb and saying their "I do's" in front of family and friends this past July.
Jeremy, 34, an entrepreneur, and Ellie, 29, a community relations...
| 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...
| Dec 21, 2012
| 3:46 PM
It is no coincidence that the lead character—the insecure, ambitious, lonely, befuddled, athletic, smart and searching John Lincoln—of Richard Babcock’s fine new novel “Are You Happy Now?” is an editor with a small Chicago...
| Aug 14, 2013
| 6:05 AM
Before reuniting for dinner at their parents’ home during a recent break from touring, the three siblings that make up The Band Perry — known best for their quadruple-platinum hit “If I Die Young” — and their parents —...