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If only it were so easy to pithily proclaim 2012 as the Year of the (fill-in-the-blank). But there's really no one thread that neatly ties together the Chicago restaurant scene these last 12 months. A restaurant that put Chicago on the culinary map 25...
Tags: Arun's, Auction Service, Tom Colicchio, Charlie Trotter's, L2O
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....
Activity Pals For single seniors. Get together with others to attend events, shop, go sightseeing, dine out and more. 301-596-6385. The Bain Center 5470 Ruth Keeton Way, Columbia. 410-313-7213. •Acting Up! Thursdays, 10:30 a.m. A theater...
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...
Tags: Lifestyle and Leisure, Carlos', Avenues, Veal, Mushrooms
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: Avenues, L2O, Restaurants, Charlie Trotter's, Takashi
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...
The trick to dining out on Christmas Day is finding interesting places that are open. Chinatown, where Christmas is just another day, is always an option, and hotel restaurants always offer something, if only to ensure that guests in the hotel don't go...
Editor's Note: In the time since our review, Bonsoiree has closed. Review: Bonsoiree 2728 W. Armitage Ave. 773-486-7511 Rating: 2.5 stars (out of four) Take it or leave it Beverly Kim was perhaps the most controversial contestant on "Top Chef: Texas"...
Tags: Carrots, Cheese Corn, Bonsoiree, Lifestyle and Leisure, Tru
The Bank of America Chicago Marathon will be run Sunday, which means that Chicago restaurants have a renewed focus on the carbo-loading pre-race types and the generally hungry post-race crowd. Lottie's Pub (1925 W. Cortland Ave., 773-489-0738). Runners...
After living in a nondescript subdivision, Kevin and Holli Boivin longed for a house in a picturesque setting. They found it at the Preserves at McDonald Woods in Lindenhurst. Long-time residents remember this part of Lake County for its dairy farms...
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,...
Tribune newspapersTwo Chicago hotels and three restaurants have been awarded the top five-star designation in the annual Forbes Travel Guide ratings. The honored hotels were the Four Seasons and The Peninsula, and the restaurants were Alinea, Charlie Trotter's and L2O....
Jan 3, 2013 |Story| Chicago Tribune
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