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The Swampby Mark Silva Posted Thursday evening, updated Friday at 6:15 am and 9:35 am EDT Republicans have been ready with criticism for President Barack Obama's overnight journey to Copenhagen, where the president today pressed Chicago's case for the 2016...
Have you heard the fairy tale about the political princess and the pea? She was not some ordinary princess. She was the high princess, the Princess Lisa, heiress of the mythical land of Madiganistan. Madiganistan was once a green and fertile domain...
Tags: John Kass
That's a good point! (No it isn't.) I'd be happy to join the team! (I'd rather be eaten by wart hogs.) Your cake is delicious! (Thanks for the food poisoning, Julia Child.) These are but a few examples of the lies we tell at work. Most aren't...
Things are certainly heating up, foodwise, in the neighborhood dubbed Lakeshore East, the easternmost spit of land between the Chicago River and Randolph Street. The stylish, upscale steakhouse III Forks opened there late last year; Aria restaurant is...
It would be easy to overlook Fogon, an 8-week-old Mexican restaurant in River West, especially as the space has been home to two or three forgettable restaurants in the last few years. The restaurant's pedigree suggests that would be an error. Fogon is...
Tags: Shrimp, Tomatoes, Foods and Beverages, Salads, Mangos
I'm not awarding four stars to Goosefoot, the splendid new restaurant by former Les Nomades chef Chris Nugent. But I suspect it's just a matter of time — and not a lot of time — before I do. Goosefoot opened in mid-December with the plug-and-...
Tags: Goosefoot, Wines, Dining and Drinking, Restaurants, Phil Vettel
The good news is, the Mayans were wrong, and we get to start a brand new year. The bad news is, we will have to spend most of that year working. (Thanks for nothing, Mayans.) To keep you from feeling too bummed out about the lack of an apocalypse, I'm...
Tags: Rex Huppke
Not that my memory is slipping or anything, but I was surprised, bordering on astonished, to realize that mk restaurant is in its 15th year. Though it won't arrive until late November, the impending anniversary has the restaurant in a celebratory mood...
Some day, I hope chef Jared Van Camp finds a suitably food-focused stage for his cooking, but that doesn't seem likely to happen any time soon. Van Camp, executive chef at 2-month-old Nellcote, creates thoughtful, approachable and affordable Provence-...
Tags: Olives, Nellcote, Dining and Drinking, Phil Vettel, CLTV
Chicago has seen vegetarian restaurants before, and vegetable menus before, but nothing, not even the vegetable tasting menus that Charlie Trotter offered during his long career, compares to the Vegan menu currently featured at Next. In more than 20...
Tags: Diets and Dieting, Potatoes, Kale, Restaurants, Baked Potatoes
To corrupt an old saying, the good Lord never closes a condo without opening a bungalow. Berwyn is on the rise. The financial crisis has turned the near west suburb into a hot spot of affordable housing, and young couples and families are crowding in....
Funny how a simple gesture, a little grace note, can render a dining experience memorable. For instance, I would send people to BLT American Brasserie just for the popovers. Maybe it's because bread at restaurant tables these days is often missing, or...
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