RedEye Eat & Drink, Lifestyles editor. Lover of vanilla cake, tiny things, dachshunds and hip-hop everything.
Generally speaking, there are two different ways people approach Chicago Restaurant Week. Some folks already have four very strategic reservations locked down, and others—most of you—love the idea of discounted dining but won’t actually get around to making a reservation.
Last call doesn’t mean your night has to come to a screeching halt. You know better than that, Chicago. Whether you’re on the prowl for drunchies or looking for a place to debrief the evening with your nearest and dearest, the city is second to none in late-night options.
Owning an ice cream empire sounds like the kind of job that’s paid out in rainbows and sprinkles and puppies. But for Jeni Britton Bauer, founder of Jeni's Splendid Ice Creams, the greatest reward is bringing memories, nostalgia and feelings to life through her product.
Jessica Egan's story is built on stubbornness. The good kind of stubbornness, the stuff some might call perseverance.
Up until last week, I pledged allegiance to the beef of Au Cheval alongside most Chicagoans. But then I stumbled upon one of the city’s best-kept burger secrets at a seafood restaurant. Yeah, I was skeptical too.
Grab a blanket, stock up on food, pick a spot to hunker down and allow us to show you the way to picnic perfection one step at a time.
Throughout Chicago, artisanal ice is chipping away at the notion that frozen water is nothing special. Flavor-infused cubes, hand-chiseled spheres and crystal-clear blocks the size of Rubik’s Cubes are all making a strong case.
I scream, you scream, we all scream for something that will cool us off on an insufferably hot summer day.
As rooftops and patios pop open across the city like tulips on Michigan Avenue, we took a look at what’s new and coming soon.
If you plan on being the first person there on opening day—which you should because they’re giving out free tacos while supplies last—we have something to hold you over.
MegMade painted furniture hits the sweet spot.
We created a suggested schedule to get you through the day—from free tacos for breakfast to lunch at Rick Bayless' new joint to an evening bar crawl with live music. You might want to take Friday off, Chicago.
We’ve all been there: On the hunt for something—a bag, a pair of boots, sunglasses, jeans, a swimsuit—only to find that the painfully specific vision inside our heads doesn’t exist on a rack. Instead, we settle for something that’s close enough. Because sometimes close enough is good enough.
Maybe you don’t consider yourself a foodie. Maybe the thought of foie gras really freaks you out. Maybe you would never dream of dropping a paycheck on dinner at Grace, chef Curtis Duffy’s Michelin three-star restaurant located in the West Loop.