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As I exited Balena a week or so ago, a passing stranger stopped me. "Good restaurant?" he asked, jerking his head toward the door. I nodded enthusiastically. "Great pizzas," I said. And in that split-second, I fear I gave Balena, which opened two...
For its latest menu, Next restaurant invested in a special piece of cooking equipment. A Weber kettle grill. Standing alongside the recirculating thermal circulators, Anti-Griddles, Sonicpreps and other high-tech gizmos that populate Next's high-tech...
Tags: Human Interest, Restaurants, Alinea, Dining and Drinking, Pasta
Dale Levitski's career arc is like that of most top chefs. In reverse. After running a couple of modest Chicago restaurants, Levitski found himself thrust into the spotlight as the surprise pick to succeed Grant Achatz at four-star Trio, and, just as...
If you haven't visited Tallgrass restaurant in a while, or worse, have never had the pleasure of this singular restaurant, let me humbly suggest that you make your plans now, or at least, soon. Because I don't care how many times chef/partner Bob...
Tags: CLTV, Restaurants, IKEA, Butter, Dining and Drinking
There are at least three things you can count on at every Brendan Sodikoff restaurant. There will be a retro-cool, dimly lit atmosphere. There will be bread; roasted bone marrow with toast is a menu given. And there will be great soap in the restroom....
As a restaurant, Red Door in Bucktown seems rather unambitious, but as a neighborhood pub, the place is pretty impressive. Compare executive chef Troy Graves' output at this 3-month-old Bucktown newcomer to his fine-dining efforts at Eve, his last stop,...
Tags: Media Industry, Restaurants, CLTV, Bacon, Dining and Drinking
In college I would often spout off — with great indignation — about issues that annoyed me. That earned me the not-so-complimentary nickname, Righteous Rex. Prepare to meet him. Some troubling statistics recently landed in my email inbox:...
A workplace discussion of the differences between men and women can be squirm-inducing. Fortunately, I was born with squirm-resistant genes and dive into touchy subjects, at least until someone gets angry and I hide under my desk. Connie Glaser, an...
Tags: Rex Huppke
Tribune reportersAt 18, Joseph Coleman was a little-known part of a generation of budding South Side rappers whose rhymes depicted everyday life in their crime-ridden neighborhoods. Coleman, who went by the nickname of Lil Jojo, had recently earned offers from two...
BOURBONNAIS — Jeremy Bates is new to the Bears, but he's totally at home in training camp. The team's new quarterbacks coach can measure his life in yard markers, tackling dummies and two-a-day practices. "When I was 5 years old at Texas Tech I was...
The popular joke when the Bears traded for Jay Cutler in 2009 was that they fleeced the Broncos by including two first-round draft picks because such selections were worthless in Chicago. The trade simply spared the Bears the indignity of making even more...
Bill Davies, the eccentric Monaco-based owner of Chicago's old post office, wants to turn the hulking mass that straddles Congress Parkway into a mecca of shopping, office space, residences, etc. But the building sits rotting and untouched because,...
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