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Tribune reportersIn Chicago’s dining scene, there is Alinea, and there is everybody else. That’s the message being conveyed in the 2012 Michelin Guide Chicago, whose star ratings were announced Tuesday afternoon. Only Alinea, which also earned three stars...
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....
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: Graham Elliot, Topolobampo, Frontera Grill, Ria, Sepia
We admire this sugared peak from our downtown L.A. offices on the clearest winter days, a 10,000-foot postcard of pleasures. Indeed, Mt. Baldy offers challenging (though limited) ski terrain. Serious hikers use it to train for Everest. In short, this...
Hollywood considered Matt Mattox one of the best dancers in the country when he was cast to dizzying effect in "Seven Brides for Seven Brothers," the 1954 Oscar-winning film celebrated for its imaginative and masterful dance moves. Billed as one of...
Tags: Music Theater, Music, Fred Astaire, Entertainment Events, Dance
"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,...
Tags: Mormonism, Henri, Michigan Avenue, Steaks, Wines
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...
Tags: Sports Illustrated, Frostbite, Authors, Climbing, Mountaineering
PARK CITY, Utah -- About three years ago, Randy Moore, a struggling screenwriter living in Burbank, had an out-there idea: What if he took a tiny camera and, without asking permission, began shooting a narrative movie at Disney theme parks? Moore had...
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...
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: Graham Elliot, Frontera Grill, Doughnuts, Ria, Charlie Trotter's
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: Henri, New Year's Day, Music, Sepia, Belly Shack
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