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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....
Tags: Libertad, New Year's Day, Sixteen, Navy Pier, Yusho
Everyone knows Charlie Trotter as the chef of Charlie Trotter's. It's his name, his restaurant, and he's the boss. But that title “chef” has many meanings, and Trotter has embodied just about all of them during his 25 years at Charlie Trotter'...
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...
When the Goodman Theatre announced its prices for its current production, "Sweet Bird of Youth," starring Diane Lane, it listed $89 as the top ticket price for that show, a price that duly appeared in this newspaper. And had you bought your decent main-...
How far would you drive in the suburbs to get a great burger? Chances are, you wouldn't want to drive very far. And, frankly, you wouldn't need to. Between the suburban surge in upscale burger specialists (Five Guys, Tom & Eddie's, Smashburger, Everest...
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, Ann Sather, Dale Levitski, Boka, Spiaggia
"The Book of Mormon" opens next week in the Bank of America Theatre, drawing a couple of thousand people each day (except Monday) to the Loop. Quite a few of them will arrive hungry. Add in the multitudes with tickets for other Loop theater performances,...
Popular WTTW-Ch. 11 restaurant show "Check, Please!" is among the most successful locally produced series in Chicago television and an oasis of public television reasonableness in an otherwise frenetic restaurant scene. The series begins its 12th season...
Maurice Herzog, a French mountaineer who became a hero to his country in 1950 when he and a fellow climber became the first men to successfully scale a peak of more than 26,000 feet, has died. He was 93. Herzog, who wrote a best-selling account of his...
Someone once told me the best thing about being a journalist was that I got a first-row seat to history. What I didn't know then — and what I'm only beginning to understand now — is how one defines “history.” For example, last...
JACKSON, Wyo. — If the antler door handles don't announce what lies ahead at The Gun Barrel Steak and Game House in this idyllic mountain getaway, then Winchester does. Standing just inside The Gun Barrel's front doors, Winchester is 1,500 pounds...
Food? Art? History? It's all here in this slightly quirky city On that famous restaurant byway, Rue Merciere, servers were putting chairs on tabletops and sweeping up crumbs. I had arrived in this gourmand paradise far too late for dinner. Feeling...
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