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When I was 13 I spent a socially awkward winter obsessed with learning to bake. I don't remember how it started — but suddenly there I was after school, day in and out, sifting flour and salt and soda into mixing bowls and creaming the butter with...
Another month, another week of discounted dining. In January we had Chicago Restaurant Week; starting Sunday, and running through March 22, we have Chicago Chef Week, which will feature 75 restaurants offering three-course lunches for $22 and three-course...
Where you dine before or after the Big Ten tournament games depends on what time your team's game starts. If your team is playing at 11 a.m. (as Illinois and Minnesota do on Thursday, the winner playing Indiana at 11 a.m. Friday), you'll need a...
A roundup of restaurants reviewed in 2012 by critic Phil Vettel. Acadia ✭✭✭ 1639 S. Wabash Ave., 312-360-9500. Ryan McCaskey's gamble to place a luxury restaurant in the South Loop is, so far, paying off. People are crowding into...
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....
OK, Bill Kim, owner (with his wife, Yvonne Cadiz Kim) of Urban Belly, Belly Shack and now your latest, 6-week-old BellyQ: What's with all the bellies? "Life starts from the belly, from the mother's womb," says Kim. "Everything starts from there, so it'...
Charlie Trotter says he first thought of closing his namesake restaurant after his plane sat on the tarmac at LaGuardia Airport on the morning of Sept. 11, 2001. “I realized really how fragile the world is,” he reflects. “I love what...
Graham Elliot was an aspiring young cook in the late '90s carrying steaks to a party of 20 in the Charlie Trotter's Studio Kitchen when the restaurant's brilliant, mercurial owner stopped him in the hallway and grabbed one of the pieces of meat. "He...
Tags: Chicago Restaurants, Travel, Beverly Kim, Avenues, Jupiter
Tribune criticBelly Q, the long-awaited follow-up restaurant by Bill Kim (Belly Shack, Urban Belly) will open its doors at 5 p.m. today at 1400 W. Randolph St. (312-563-1010). (Chicagoist leaked the news earlier today.) The restaurant is a collaboration between Kim...
Tags: Michael Jordan, Belly Shack
I don't know if teachers still do this, but at the end of each school year, I was handed a summer reading list, a sheet of required and optional books that would prepare students for the coming school year. (I still owe a measure of revenge to the teacher...
Tags: Perennial Virant, Au Cheval, Ethics, Music, Chicago Restaurants
Tribune reporterPaul Kahan is the opposite of an enigma. He is easily explained. He is pleased by simple pleasures. He defines his life by four pillars: chef, record-store geek, husband, law-abiding citizen. Everything else is noise. In judgment, he renders halfway...
Tribune criticAdd Bill Kim's name to the list of star chefs setting down roots along the Randolph Street restaurant corridor. The chef and owner of Urban Belly and Belly Shack is hooking up with the Cornerstone Restaurant Group (Michael Jordan's Steak House) to open...
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