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CAFÉ MARIE JEANNE IS THE GRAND-MÈRE CHICAGO NEEDS RIGHT NOW

CAFÉ MARIE JEANNE IS THE GRAND-MÈRE CHICAGO NEEDS RIGHT NOW

Michael Simmons’ sort-of-Parisian-Montreal cafe in Humboldt Park has the warmth and comfort food you’re looking for this winter


People - February 5, 2016 - 9:32 am - Michael Gebert


THE LOCAL TOMATO THAT CAME FROM THE FUTURE

THE LOCAL TOMATO THAT CAME FROM THE FUTURE

MightyVine grows fresh, tasty tomatoes in the dead of Chicago winter. Is that still growing local?


Growing - February 2, 2016 - 9:16 am - Michael Gebert


MOTO, AND THE DREAMS OF FULTON MARKET

MOTO, AND THE DREAMS OF FULTON MARKET

A look back at a restaurant that brought us its vision of the future, and what happened on the way there


Scene - January 25, 2016 - 10:05 am - Michael Gebert


THE FOODITOR GUIDE TO THAI STREET FOOD AT IMMM RICE AND BEYOND

THE FOODITOR GUIDE TO THAI STREET FOOD AT IMMM RICE AND BEYOND

A new Uptown restaurant brings a uniquely authentic Thai street food experience to Chicago. Here’s our guide to what you have to try


Guides - January 21, 2016 - 9:08 am - Michael Gebert


TOM VAN LENTE TAKES THE STAGE AT WHITE OAK TAVERN & INN

TOM VAN LENTE TAKES THE STAGE AT WHITE OAK TAVERN & INN

Tom Van Lente left Big Star to help turn Lincoln Park’s White Oak Tavern & Inn around—but it’s preparation for a bigger production number down the road


People - January 19, 2016 - 7:24 am - Michael Gebert


THE FOODITOR GUIDE TO CHICAGO’S NEW MEXICAN FOOD BOOM

THE FOODITOR GUIDE TO CHICAGO’S NEW MEXICAN FOOD BOOM

Upscale Mexican is hot—but which hotspots are worth the effort to check out? We ate to find out


Guides - January 14, 2016 - 9:37 am - Michael Gebert


EVOLVING AN OLD FAMILY BUSINESS FOR A NEWLY HOT STRIP

EVOLVING AN OLD FAMILY BUSINESS FOR A NEWLY HOT STRIP

J.P. Graziano reopens today with changes designed to make you think nothing ever changes on Randolph Street


Neighborhoods - January 12, 2016 - 10:01 am - Michael Gebert


MAKING PASTA TO ORDER WITH SARAH GRUENEBERG AT MONTEVERDE

MAKING PASTA TO ORDER WITH SARAH GRUENEBERG AT MONTEVERDE

At Monteverde. some of the pasta is made to order in front of you. We talk about that—with both of the Spiaggia alums behind the restaurant


People - January 11, 2016 - 8:32 am - Michael Gebert


TOUGH ROAD FOR A SAUSAGE GUY ON ROOSEVELT

TOUGH ROAD FOR A SAUSAGE GUY ON ROOSEVELT

Brendan O’Connor’s sausage stand won acclaim. Then life threw him a curveball bigger than a Big Guys sausage


People - January 7, 2016 - 10:37 am - Michael Gebert


THE BEST PLACE IN CHICAGO TO EAT RUSSIAN FOOD—NAKED

THE BEST PLACE IN CHICAGO TO EAT RUSSIAN FOOD—NAKED

There’s authentic, delicious Russian food in a nondescript brick building on the northwest side of Chicago. The only thing is, you have to be male, nearly naked and pass through fire to eat it


Neighborhoods - January 4, 2016 - 8:40 am - Michael Gebert