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For RedEyeIf there's something Chicago and Russia have in common, it might be the January forecasts. Enter a cure for the tundra-like weather: Red Square Russian Bathhouse (1914 W. Division St., 773-227-2284), housed in the historic building that used to be...
Chef Andrew Brochu was hired at Graham Elliot restaurant last January with an explicit directive: Take the keys to the kitchen, and elevate the restaurant from one Michelin star to two. In November, when the Chicago Michelin Guide came out, Graham Elliot...
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...
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....
On the eighth floor of the Daley Center, behind a locked metal door, is a narrow room known as the vault. Within its walls reside files that Cook County Circuit Court judges have ordered hidden from the public, something they have done hundreds of...
Review: Embeya 564 W. Randolph St. 312-612-5640 Rating: !!! (out of four) Off to a good start It seems like there's a new restaurant opening in the West Loop every other week these days, and Thai Dang, the chef of recently opened Embeya, is just happy to...
Tribune criticThe AAA Five- and Four-Diamond Awards for restaurants and hotels were announced this morning, and Chicago wound up tied with New York with the most five-diamond restaurants in North America. All of Chicago's Five-Diamond restaurants or hotels were repeat...
You can't count on snow for Christmas. You can't count on a 7-3 Bears team making the playoffs. But you can count on my annual save-the-tables list, which provides dozens of last-minute, primo New Year's Eve reservations for procrastinating readers....
Tags: Blackbird, Music, Navy Pier, Harry Caray, Dining and Drinking
Tribune criticWe now know the fate of the Ben Pao space (52 W. Illinois St.), which is closing in two weeks. The Melman siblings (RJ, Jerrod, Molly) will partner with Bill and Giuliana Rancic to create an Italian restaurant in the space. Think there will be a...
Cole Dickinson, the chef de cuisine at Michael Voltaggio's soon-to-open West Hollywood restaurant, Ink, got his culinary education the old-fashioned way: in the kitchen. That might sound obvious, but it makes him something of an anomaly as the number...
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,...
Tags: Blackbird, Les Nomades, Michelin Group, Vie, Dining and Drinking
L.A. at HomeCarla Corona: Pastry chef Carla Corona’s home kitchen is not particularly large, nor refined in its finishes, nor loaded with gonzo equipment. It’s humble. And to Corona, it’s perfect. A look at a modest kitchen that serves as a symbol...
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