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Time once again for my annual exercise in humiliation, as I try to predict the star recipients in the 2013 Michelin Chicago Guide, which hits bookstores Wednesday. This is the third year that Michelin has published a Chicago guide, and if there's one...
Tags: Bonsoiree, L2O, Naha, Autre Monde, Spiaggia
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...
Charlie Trotter’s auction is being rebooted online. In December the legendary chef cut short the live auction of his shuttered self-named Lincoln Park restaurant’s contents after only about a third of the 1,500-plus lots had gone up for bid....
For anyone still holding out hope that Charlie Trotter might eventually reopen his namesake restaurant in its original space, think again. The connected town houses at 814 and 816 W. Armitage Ave. — which were home to Trotter’s restaurant in...
Michael Rotondo spent eight years at Charlie Trotter's, three of them as chef de cuisine, and was executive chef during the restaurant's final year, making him a pivotal figure during the eight-month victory lap between Trotter's announced closing and the...
Charlie Trotter says he first thought of closing his namesake restaurant after his plane sat on the tarmac at LaGuardia Airport on the morning of Sept. 11, 2001. “I realized really how fragile the world is,” he reflects. “I love what...
You can't count on snow for Christmas. You can't count on a 7-3 Bears team making the playoffs. But you can count on my annual save-the-tables list, which provides dozens of last-minute, primo New Year's Eve reservations for procrastinating readers....
Tags: L2O, Spiaggia, Carlos', Entertainment Events, Disc Jockeys
New Year's Eve is a time for drama, but chef Charlie Trotter outdid himself Sunday. Shortly after midnight, in front of some 100 guests in his eponymous restaurant, Trotter dropped a bomb: At the end of August, after the acclaimed restaurant celebrates...
As the second Michelin Guide for Chicago prepares to hit bookstores next week, one thing is for sure: There will be change. There has to be. Among the 23 restaurants that received one or more stars, Sixteen (one star) saw chef Frank Brunacci depart,...
Tags: Bonsoiree, L2O, Spiaggia, Next (restaurant), Naha
A recap of the restaurants I've reviewed in the last six weeks or so: Telegraph 2601 N. Milwaukee Ave., 773-292-9463. The owners of Webster's Wine Bar and The Bluebird created this Logan Square newcomer, which has a predictably impressive wine list (and...
Even on a typical night in Charlie Trotter’s dining room, if a single detail was off, there were consequences. To hear it from some of the cooks and wait staff who worked in his venerable Lincoln Park restaurant, any such misstep could set off...
Another month, another week of discounted dining. In January we had Chicago Restaurant Week; starting Sunday, and running through March 22, we have Chicago Chef Week, which will feature 75 restaurants offering three-course lunches for $22 and three-course...
Tags: CLTV, Physical Fitness and Exercise, Urban Belly, Avec, Takashi
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