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Can a four-star meal begin with fried smelts and end with a Butterfinger bar? My last dinner at Sixteen says yes. These are uncertain times for four-star dining in Chicago. Since last September, four previous top-rated restaurants have closed up shop...
Rick Steves' EuropeIt was the final day of a two-month trip to Europe. I was in London, and with all of my work behind me, I had the freedom to do whatever I wanted. So I decided to test my five free London audio tours in a citywide blitz spanning two neighborhoods, one...
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: Twin Anchors, Blackbird, Tru, Graham Elliot, Schwa
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...
Rodrick Markus reached for the top shelf of a metal cabinet at the back of his office. "I know, I know, I know," he said to himself. His fingers worked across a row of jars and stopped at a tall glass cylinder. I had asked him about rare ingredients. Rare...
I have this problem. I made more New Year's Eve reservations than I can use. More than 100 of them, actually. Which is why, for the 12th straight year (and the 17th time in the past 19 years), I'll be giving them away to nimble-fingered readers who ask....
There are Valentine's Days. And then, there are Valentine's Days. You know the difference. Sometimes the stakes are higher, the pressure greater, the need to make a statement crucial. You want a restaurant that reflects that importance, and if that...
Tags: Dining and Drinking, Holidays, Everest, Sepia, Wines
Sixteen years ago, Joseph Jurkivo was a busboy at Pane e Vino Italian restaurant at 2118 Schoenersville Road in Hanover Township, Northampton County, eager to make his mark on the region's food service industry. He eventually moved up the ladder,...
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: Blackbird, Concerts, Tru, The Publican, L2O
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: Blackbird, Tru, Graham Elliot, Schwa, Alinea
Money & CompanyOpenTable's 50 top restaurants for foodies include 16 California eateries....
In a move bound to please gun-rights advocates and appall critics, Kutztown University has altered a policy to allow weapons to be carried in certain areas of campus "for compelling reasons of … personal safety." The revision, which took effect...
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