I have been singing the praises of Chicago as a cultural force since my first move abroad to Paris in 1986. However, there is no need take my word for it, or the promises of a government document.
Our Meatpacking District is the real deal: bloody, apron-clad workers moving pounds of meat and fish in the wee hours.
It's been almost impossible to keep track of Chicago restaurant openings in 2012, with a new spot popping up what seems like every other second. Here are three of my favorites, each with memorable food, outrageous cocktails and unique decor.
Matt Eversman, the 28-year-old chef of the soon-to-open OON in Chicago, visited The Interview Show to talk about his quick rise in Chicago's restaurant scene, his plans for OON, "externing" for Charlie Trotter and more.
Our new neighborhood is ripe for evaluation. But something amidst the quaint, hipstery, organic and grass-fed masses was lacking. Enter The Lazy Parrot of the Caribbean.
Some may say tacos are trending in Chicago. Really, they're just getting the attention they've always deserved.
Chef Michael Kornick would never use the word "empire" to describe his restaurant business, in Chicago and beyond, but I will.
All that I ask from Mayor Emanuel and the city council is to give my fellow food truck owners and me the same opportunity to grow our businesses and contribute to the amazing culinary community in Chicago as my mother had, 34 years ago.
Chicago's new food truck ordinance has a significant number of reforms, which can seem complex, but were established to ensure public safety, dispel the competitive concerns of established businesses and help the food truck industry grow.
Whether you're looking for the perfect way to wind down the workday, playing tourist, need some date ideas, or just a night out with friends, using the train may be the best way to barhop downtown Chicago.
This burger is one of many tempting meaty options at this old-fashioned, homey gastropub. They offer great house cocktails, delicious appetizers and entrees on a menu capable of pleasing just about anybody.
For many companies, that "native versus HTML" is almost a religious debate. "Forcing a channel is a mistake," says GrubHub's founder Mike Evans.
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.
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.