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January 10, 2012 | By Tracy Swartz, RedEye
Since she was featured on an episode of TLC's "Extreme Couponing" last year and an all-star version of the reality shopping show last week, it's been easier to walk an aisle in Antoinette Peterson's shoes. The 30-year-old Morgan Park resident said she's been recognized at grocery stores since appearing on the show, which documents how people from across the country save large amounts on their grocery bills. They use coupons and sometimes grow food stockpiles in their homes from multiple purchases.
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March 17, 2014 | By Michael Nagrant, @MichaelNagrant and For RedEye
Review: Bottlefork 441 N. Clark St. 312-955-1900 Rating:  !!! (out of four) Off to a good start I tried to keep an open mind when walking into Bottlefork, the new River North restaurant from former Four Seasons' chef Kevin Hickey and Rockit Ranch Productions. I really, truly tried, even though everything I knew about the place was tempting me to mock it. The photos of a $30 cocktail (since jacked up to $35, see review here ) named after "Saturday Night Live" sketch character Bill Brasky ("best damn salesman in the business")
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ENTERTAINMENT
January 25, 2012 | By Lisa Arnett and RedEye
Davanti Enoteca 1359 W. Taylor St.  312-226-5550 Rating: !!!! (out of 4) Brunch hours: 10 a.m.-3 p.m. Saturday-Sunday Reservations: Not accepted I have yet to meet anyone who's been to Davanti Enoteca for dinner and didn't come back raving about the food. So when this rustic Italian wine bar, added to Taylor Street in September, announced its brunch debut last week, I excitedly rearranged my weekend plans to get an early taste. Menu pointers: At first glance, the brunch menu looks a lot like the dinner menu, with antipasti, pasta and pizza dishes;...
SPORTS
January 20, 2014 | By Brian Hedger and For RedEye
The Blackhawks are growing up. They've won the Stanley Cup twice in four seasons, they're again one of the NHL's elite teams--and a handful have become first-time dads recently. Patrick Sharp and Marian Hossa each welcomed their second children earlier this season, and both are fathers to a pair of daughters. Sheldon Brookbank and his wife are expecting their second child in the spring, and defenseman Niklas Hjalmarsson also is prepping to become a dad in the next few months.
NEWS
June 15, 2012 | By RedEye staff
If you feel like your choice of liquor is usually better than the restaurant's, or if you're just feeling cheap, Boystown has plenty of places that are BYOB. Diva Thai and Sushi Bar 3542 N. Halsted St. 773-857-0571 After the bars and clubs on this stretch of Halsted Street shutter for the night, your late-night meal awaits here in the form of signature maki and Thai staples such as pad kee mao. Chilam Balam 3023 N. Broadway 773-296-6901 The menu at this garden-level Mexican eatery changes often, but you can always count on plenty of grilled meats, complex sauces and...
ENTERTAINMENT
February 8, 2012 | By RedEye Staff and RedEye
Northdown Cafe and Taproom 3244 N. Lincoln Ave. 773-697-7578 Rating:  !!! 1/2 (out of four) Like but not love The scene:  Tucked into a crowded block of Lincoln Avenue, we almost walked past the front door while we were trying to find the bar in a downpour. Inside, the sleek main bar extends almost the length of the room, providing plenty of seating if you just want to catch a drink. For parties that need a little more room, tables take up the rest of the space in the main room, with extra seating in a more cozy dining area tucked away in the...
ENTERTAINMENT
July 24, 2013 | By JoVona Taylor and RedEye
A food truck option specializing in Creole and Cajun cuisine is on its way, but before making its debut on the streets of Chicago this fall, The Great Louisiana Geaux Geaux Truck hosted a sneak preview of a few of its menu items at The Garage in West Loop on Wednesday. The Great Louisiana Geaux Geaux Truck is the creation of chef/owner Andre Mika, a 46-year-old Streeterville resident and television producer by day, inspired by food of his childhood growing up in Baton Rouge, La. Although new to the food truck business, this isn't Mika's first...
ENTERTAINMENT
May 30, 2013 | By Lisa Arnett, @redeyeeatdrink
From this summer's vegan menu at Grant Achatz's restaurant Next to the buzz about plant-based diets, veganism is definitely having a moment. “A few years ago, people said, 'Oh, vegan? What does that mean?” said Don Clements, who opened all-vegan BYOB cafe Kitchen 17 (613 W. Briar Place 773-661-1757) in East Lakeview in early May. While vegetarians eat meat-free, vegans also forgo animal products including dairy, eggs and honey. Clements went vegan for a combination of health, animal rights and environmental reasons.
NEWS
July 24, 2012
Downtown 440 N. State St. 312-464-1400 At the neighborhood's only gay bar, expect the bartenders to call you “honey” and the entertainment to range from live cabaret to karaoke to DJs. The Purple Pig 500 N. Michigan Ave. 312-464-1744 This small but mighty wine and swine bar is packed every night of the week with diners hungry for a taste of charcuterie, cheese and treats that do the name proud, from pork neck bone rillettes...
ENTERTAINMENT
March 8, 2012 | By Kate Bernot and For RedEye
RPM Italian 52 W. Illinois St. 312-222-1888 Rating:  !! 1/2 (out of 4) Take it or leave it To really enjoy reality TV, you have to suspend judgment. If you don't think too hard, it can be a deliciously fun distraction. All the glitz and glamour of an over-the-top reality TV show is embodied in RPM Italian, a new River North restaurant from Chicago's own reality TV couple, Bill and Giuliana Rancic. (He is the first winner of “The Apprentice,” she's a fixture on E!
ENTERTAINMENT
January 16, 2014 | By Michael Nagrant, @MichaelNagrant and For RedEye
Review: Cicchetti 671 N. St. Clair St. 312-642-1800 Rating:  !!! 1/2 (out of 4) Heating up Chicago is in the midst of such an Italian restaurant renaissance that you can almost smell the garlic in the air. The prince of orange clogs, Mario Batali, and his band of merry culinarians recently opened Eataly, a castle for fresh pasta and parmigiano-reggiano procurement. Paul Kahan just debuted Nico Osteria in the Gold Coast. And now, from Michael Sheerin (formerly of Trenchermen and Kahan's Blackbird)
ENTERTAINMENT
December 3, 2013 | By Kate Bernot, @redeyeeatdrink and RedEye
What's the worst part of Jan. 1 (besides untagging yourself from unflattering photos from the previous night's revelry)? Yep, it's the hangover. Fortunately, the four finalists of RedEye's 2013 Best Bartender competition have a few tried-and-true-tricks for banishing the morning-after blech.  Meg Silvas Dusek's Board & Beer and Punch House "A hangover is nothing a trip to the movies can't fix. Fountain pop, buttery fresh popcorn with a...
ENTERTAINMENT
November 20, 2013 | By Samantha Nelson and For RedEye
Let's not cook and say we did. If you're hosting or attending a family Thanksgiving - or the buddies-only version, Friendsgiving - dinner this year, that might be what you're thinking about now. If the idea of brining your own turkey or bringing a made-from-scratch dish to pass isn't worth the hassle (or gamble, if cooking isn't your thing), look to these eight restaurants catering to the cooking impaired and time-crunched by offering Thanksgiving dishes to-go. Whether you're looking for a traditional turkey and sides or a pie that everyone...
NEWS
November 14, 2013 | By Mick Swasko, @swasko and RedEye
The Daily Show Get More: Daily Show Full Episodes , The Daily Show on Facebook That one cut deep.  "The Daily Show's" Jon Stewart spent a considerable portion of an otherwise unrelated segment about the Willis and Freedom Tower's height dispute decimating deep dish pizza. Calling it "tomato soup in a bread bowl" a "(bleeping) casserole" and "a corpse made of sandpaper," Stewart railed on one of Chicago's biggest points of pride.  Whether it's still sore about losing out to the Freedom Tower for tallest building, or because...
NEWS
November 14, 2013 | By Mick Swasko, @swasko and RedEye
The Daily Show Get More: Daily Show Full Episodes , The Daily Show on Facebook "The Daily Show" made things personal last night about Chicago pizza.  In a segment about the height of the Willis Tower and Freedom Tower finally being settled, Stewart knocked one of Chicago's points of pride: deep-dish.  Calling it "a casserole," "a corpse made of sandpaper," "tomato soup in a bread bowl" and ribbing that it's a...
ENTERTAINMENT
September 26, 2013 | By Kate Bernot, @redeyeeatdrink and RedEye
Review : Honey Butter Fried Chicken 3361 N. Elston Ave. 773-478-4000 Rating : 3 1/2 (out of four)   "You should know that I'm currently eating a bowl of chicken cracklings. " That's how Joshua Kulp, chef and co-owner of Honey Butter Fried Chicken, interrupts his business partner and fellow chef Christine Cikowski during our 10:30 a.m. phone call. This breakfast of champions isn't the first piece of evidence that the duo is chicken-obsessed. Kulp and Cikowski already had a successful, seven-year-old supper club...
ENTERTAINMENT
June 15, 2012 | By Kate Bernot, RedEye
G.E.B. 841 W. Randolph St. 312-888-2258 Rating: !!!½ (out of four) Heating up Chef Graham Elliot's been known to ruffle feathers. Over the years, he's pissed off Yelp reviewers, argued with critics and can be brutally honest as a judge on "MasterChef. " Naturally, his food speaks just as loudly. At his first restaurant, Graham Elliot in River North, he captivated the city with his truffle popcorn and other fine-dining riffs on American classics. Lucky for those of us who couldn't shell out the big bucks for a meal at Graham Elliot, he's opened a more casual bistro in the West Loop...
ENTERTAINMENT
January 25, 2013 | By Lisa Arnett, @redeyeeatdrink
Review: Sumi Robata Bar 702 N. Wells St. 312-988-7864 Rating: 3 (out of 4) Off to a good start Ten years ago, all eyes were on chef Gene Kato when he and his business partners opened a massive, opulent riverfront restaurant on the edge of River North. You might have heard of it: It's called Japonais. Kato remembers serving 700 to 900 people on weekend nights. “To do that kind of volume is unreal,” he said. While the restaurant became known for celeb-spotting, Kato was praised for his prowess preparing both impeccable sushi and contemporary cooked dishes.
ENTERTAINMENT
July 24, 2013 | By JoVona Taylor and RedEye
A food truck option specializing in Creole and Cajun cuisine is on its way, but before making its debut on the streets of Chicago this fall, The Great Louisiana Geaux Geaux Truck hosted a sneak preview of a few of its menu items at The Garage in West Loop on Wednesday. The Great Louisiana Geaux Geaux Truck is the creation of chef/owner Andre Mika, a 46-year-old Streeterville resident and television producer by day, inspired by food of his childhood growing up in Baton Rouge, La. Although new to the food truck business, this isn't Mika's first attempt at bringing his...
ENTERTAINMENT
June 10, 2013 | By Julia Borcherts, For RedEye
The spotlight on Seth Meyers has been shining so bright these days that he probably feels like reaching for his sunglasses. This spring, he's been all over the news not only for landing the gig as Jimmy Fallon's 2014 replacement on NBC's "Late Night," but also for speculation as to who will replace him as "Saturday Night Live" head writer and "Weekend Update" anchor. And of course, for marrying "Weekend Update" correspondent character Stefon during the show's season finale. So what's next?
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