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Mastercard Pricess Dinner at Spiaggia

Priceless Evening with Spiaggia Chef Tony Mantuano

Magnificent Mile | StreetervillePriceless is a great beginning to expounding on the wonderful evening and meal I had at Chicago’s only four-star Italian restaurant, Spiaggia. I was one of twelve thrilled diners who were entertained...
Chicago Beers 2012

The Best Beers I Drank in 2012

You know how when a year ends, we all take time to reflect on what we've accomplished ? Maybe you ran your first marathon, or built a house, or adopted a child from Ethiopia. Looking back on my 2012...

Review of Burger Joint Chicago

River NorthWe are a country that loves burgers. In fact, the average American eats 3 burgers on average each week! So if we are gonna eat ‘em then they might as well be good, right? In fact, with so many burger...

Pizza Rustica: So Much More Than Pizza

WrigleyvilleYou'd think a restaurant with the word "pizza" in its name would be all about pizza. While they do feature it, Pizza Rustica is so much more, as we learned at our December Chef's Table event. The...

Bistro Voltaire

Near NorthI was invited to bring a companion to dine at Bistro Voltaire, a small French restaurant in the Near Northside neighborhood. Bistro Voltaire is a long, narrow restaurant, much of it taken up by the...

Review of JD's Q and Brew

Arlington HeightsThere is a shift going on. Not the seismic kind that causes earthquakes but rather the culinary kind where the people of Chicagoland are learning what real barbeque is. For years we have known boiled...

Executive Chef Gregory Elliott's New Menu at WAVE

Magnificent Mile | StreetervilleI was invited to dine at WAVE, the restaurant at the W Lakeshore.  The media dinner introduced new Executive Chef Gregory Elliott’s new menu, which skews toward modern Italian. WAVE is lovely and...

The House Theatre of Chicago Presents The Nutcracker

Bucktown | Wicker ParkI was invited to see The House Theatre of Chicago’s production of The Nutcracker on November 18.  I was told that his was not the Joffrey Ballet production, which made me more interested in attending...

Review of Prime Burger Bar

Elgin  You feeling lucky? When that lucky feeling strikes you may be tempted to hop in the car and drive to Elgin and pull a few slots at the Grand Victoria Casino. After a couple of hours of battling the...

People = Pleasing

Bucktown | Wicker ParkThe stretch of Milwaukee between Division and North is a bustling corridor of restaurants, bars, coffee shops, and boutiques. They're lined up on the Avenue one after the other until even the long-...

You're My Gyro

Bucktown | Wicker ParkI'm a sucker for gyros. Anytime I see that spit of lamb turning behind the counter I forget all other options on the menu. Imagine my glee when I walked into Covo Gyro Market: they've got a whole...

"Best Steakhouse" bestowed upon by Mafia Hairdresser

Magnificent Mile | StreetervilleMy absolute supreme unequivocal favorite steakhouse is the Saloon Steakhouse. It used to be my "special occasion" restaurant because it had only opened just one year before I moved to Chicago, in...

Argent Restaurant and Bar * Dana Hotel

River NorthI went to an event last month and this fabulous hairdresser thought I had just found my new “Let’s-meet-up-at” place. The drinks were great and the appetizers that I had were fantastic. I just loved...

Chef's Table at Bombay Spice: Indian Different [PHOTOS]

When I think of Indian restaurants, I generally envision places that try to 'capture' the atmosphere of being in a far away country with traditional artwork, dark colors on the walls, a strong scent...

Great Food Is a Big Deal at SmallBar Division

Ukrainian Village | East VillageEver since it opened eight years ago SmallBar Division has been known for its carefully curated selection of craft beers. It was one of the early bars riding the craft beer wave and their commitment...

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