February 14, 2014 |
Just to be clear: This column is written by Matt Pais. It's a Matt Pais column, and the important thing to remember is that it's written by me. Matt Pais. Oh, does that sound egotistical? How about a restaurant that reopens with a new name just because they're so proud of the chef that they've acquired? It happened in 2011 when Perennial became Perennial Virant (after chef Paul Virant, who won awards for his cooking at suburban Western Springs hit Vie). It happened in November when Chuck's Manufacturing decided people were less interested in Chuck manufacturing stuff and more impressed that the bar and...
February 13, 2014 |
The recession may have put some of the South Loop's development in a holding pattern, but this steadily growing neighborhood is back in the game when it comes to fresh dining and nightlife. Over the past year, a new crop of hangouts have steadily taken up residence, from new restaurants along South Michigan Avenue to a destination-worthy music lounge in the Motor Row district. Whether you live, work or go to school in the neighborhood or are just looking for somewhere to grab a drink after a trip to a nearby museum or theater, you've got a ton of new options -...
January 31, 2014 |
Raise your hand if you've ever gone to a restaurant and lied about it being your birthday so that the staff would come out and sing a horrible song and you'd get a free scoop of ice cream. Or if you've ever lied about it being your birthday in a bar so that you get a free shot. Or if you've ever called a restaurant and lied about a botched delivery order (that you never made in the first place) in hopes of getting free food. Hopefully that last example never so much as crossed your mind, because you are a good and generally honest person.
January 21, 2014 |
Sure, you survived the Polar Vortex, but that doesn't make leaving the warm cocoon of your apartment any easier. Lucky for you, dozens of restaurants have launched delivery service within the last year, which means you can feast on a chef-made meal without leaving the oh-so-cozy land of sweatpants and Netflix. View restaurants by cuisine: > > Comfort food & barbecue > > Mediterranean > > Pizza > > Indian & Nepalese > > Chinese, Japanese & Korean > > Italian ...
January 15, 2014 |
Levy Restaurants has temporarily closed Spiaggia for renovations and is bringing a new concept to Fulton's on the River 's space. Spiaggia will reopen for its 30th anniversary in April with a redesigned dining room, which chef Tony Mantuano said will modernize the space and "get rid of the stuffiness. " The bar will move to the center of the restaurant, providing a view of Oak Street Beach, and all diners will now walk through the wine room when they enter the restaurant. The Magnificent Mile restaurant is also...
January 6, 2014 |
The subzero temperatures might be keeping most of Chicago indoors today, but not the local deliverymen. The extreme weather has forced some local restaurants to close for the day, but others are seeing a surge in delivery orders from cooped up residents and office workers who don't want to venture outside to pick up food. Leona's restaurant on East 53rd Street in Hyde Park saw double the usual lunch orders, according to its manager, Pedro Vazquez. "All our locations are delivering today," he said.