While not traditionally considered a live music mecca like Austin or New Orleans, Chicago's concert scene is a thriving one, with the city having produced some of the biggest names in music these days.
Sure, Toronto yanking away Chicago's pewter medal at the North American City Olympics appears to square with the facts. But you know what else is true? Chicago is seriously a pretty amazing place to live.
Chicagoans are the friendliest people I have encountered in any city. What Chicago lacks in attitude and excess, both characteristic of NYC and L.A., it makes up for in "Midwestern Charm" and sensible street style. So what exactly is Chicago style?
Have you heard about the Chicago Literary Hall of Fame? It's a little well-kept secret that is starting to get out.
Chicago, along with Atlanta and Detroit, houses the most prolific urban roller skate dance scene in the country. While this form of skating is largely influenced by hip-hop music and dance, Chicago's style of skating is known as "JB."
I compiled a partial list of the millions of great things that make me proud to call Chicago home. Because Chicago deserves to be number one on the civic pride list.
The April 30th Dinner Party was by far the most fun yet! Nora Dunn had everyone in stitches, Lane Alexander tap danced to Bach, and Paul Kahan, James Beard Nominee for Best Chef, prepared the food.
For young foodies who like to hit the bottle without risking insufficient funds notifications from their banks, the BYOB dinner is the obvious choice for Stage One of any birthday celebration. Stage Two is El Circo Cheapo.
The Monday April 30 Dinner Party is around the corner. Amidst a great guest line-up, Executive Chef Paul Kahan will present food tastings for the audience from his new restaurant Publican Quality Meats.
Curious how most ArtLetters find a subplot or theme circulating through much of the work I preview. This week it's art whose materials are recycled, reused or artfully replicate something in another medium.
Rosebud Prime serves a massive, 14 ounce burger that is nearing perfection. The voluptuous prime beef patty avoids the mushiness and inconsistent preparation that is common with other larger patties around Chicago.
Since we've heard a lot of praise about some newer burger establishments in the city, we dedicated a few of our recent "meatings" to exploring two of them: Butcher & The Burger and Three Aces.
The menu is like Starbucks for burgers: you choose from four buns, more than ten different types of meat, more than ten types of spices to include in the meat, and, of course, toppings.
The interior of Sunshine Café is lined with warm wood panels and a couple yellow posters declaring "You are my sunshine." It's simple but cozy, much like the food.
This blog will be about pairing tons of cheap wine and beer with the amazing food Chicago has to offer. This blog will be about dinner partying. First stop: Irazu, a Costa Rican restaurant in Bucktown.
Jennifer Olvera has written perhaps the most up-to-date and comprehensive guide to the Chicago food scene ever written. I spoke with her recently about the making of the book and her own personal haunts in Chicago.