Will Tracy and Seth Reiss[‘s] time in Chicago helped inspire their view of fine dining, and several experiences they had in and around Chicago are actually reflected in The Menu.
It’s Ethan Lim’s Khmerican bar food vs. your wolfish hunger at Monday Night Foodball
Earlier this summer I sat down to one of the most exclusive tables in town. No, not Alinea. Not Ever. Nor was it The Crib, (RIP). It was an eight-course blowout at Hermosa, Ethan Lim’s tiny sandwich shop by day, six-seat “Family Meal” prix fixe by night. Lim’s ongoing nocturnal pop-up—during which he buries his […]
Kiosk Balkan Street Food ghosts the old ways of cooking
Nemanja Milunovic became a chef because he didn’t like his mother’s cooking. “I just wanted to be better,” he says. “Growing up, her food was not that good. She was working all the time. She cared, but not really. She was always cooking fast. She didn’t have passion.” Operating out of an Avondale ghost kitchen, […]
Drown your regrets in Nick Kokonas’s Something & Tonic
The longtime bartender is hosting a release party for his historical cocktail book devoted to the “most iconic mixer in the world.”
Chicago music mastermind Nnamdï reflects our absurd world with the gorgeously strange Krazy Karl
Our country has always privileged the powerful—a group that, historically and presently, has consisted almost exclusively of straight white men. Since the start of the COVID-19 pandemic, they’ve only intensified their avaricious push to feed the rest of us into the grinder in order to prop up a broken, inhumane economic system. It can feel […]
Pretty Cool Ice Cream is the anti-Happy Place
Pastry chef Dana Salls Cree’s novelty ice cream shop is a genuine antidote for end-time anxiety.
42 Grams and the weight of culinary greatness
In a new documentary, filmmaker Jack C. Newell captures the life cycle of chef Jake Bickelhaupt’s dearly departed Uptown restaurant.
Police close Kenneka Jenkins investigation but for some photos of her body ‘raise more questions than answers,’ and other Chicago news
Also, a Republican state representative is considering running against Rauner.
Schwa, now with fewer drugs and more adult responsibility
Once infamous for its excesses, the influential restaurant from mercurial chef Michael Carlson has transformed itself into a fertile proving ground for Chicago’s next generation of young culinary talent. Now that it’s all grown up, has Schwa lost its edge?
The Obamas will reveal more details about their presidential center Wednesday, and other Chicago news
Also, an analysis of how the “Laquan effect” has changed Chicago.
How Rauner’s millions of dollars in campaign contributions are being spent in legislative races, and other Chicago news
Also, 26 Chicago restaurants earned stars in the new Michelin guide.
Smyth is right at home among Chicago’s temples to high gastronomy
The fine-dining sibling to the Loyalist is worth a splurge.
The private off-menu staff meals of Chicago’s top restaurants
A behind-the-scenes look at how the city’s best restaurants and chefs feed their workers
Before the doors open at Alinea, molecular gastronomy is verboten
Grant Achatz’s flagship serves simple, well-executed food during staff meals.
The Loyalist injects culinary purpose into everyday menu items
In the West Loop, John Shields and Karen Urie Shields’s casual subterranean answer to the Smyth holds its own.