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Jonny Valiant

Are Eastern-inspired cordials the new frontier in cocktails—or a flash in the pan?Some new arrivals are making us wonder. Ty Ku is a sake-based liqueur... Read More

Swedish massages and basic facials can be found on nearly every spa menu, but they're no longer enough to entice savvy spa-goers. The 10 exotic... Read More

The Lincoln Park neighborhood has always been a beauty—tree-lined streets, lake views, Victorian town houses—so it's no wonder that cosmetics boutiques... Read More

Ritz-Carlton New York, Central Park 800/241-3333 or 212/308-9100; www.ritzcarlton.com; doubles from $425. The good people at Ritz-Carlton spent four... Read More

My New York friends say, "It's so clean." My San Francisco friends say, "People are so friendly here." My Washington friends say, "It's so real and... Read More

There are two kinds of people in the world: those who are willing to go anywhere for something good to eat, and those whose last supper would consist of... Read More

The eighties slogan has been replaced with "Worship your body, nourish your soul." To that end, temples of fitness are reinterpreting what it means to... Read More

Converting pagans. Raising the dead. Chasing every last snake out of Ireland. Saint Patrick is known, by history and by legend, for many things, but to... Read More

Chicago's hottest nightspot is luring crowds with shimmering white powder (the legal kind). At the 4,000-square-foot dessert bar Sugar (108 W. Kinzie St... Read More

"Riding a GPS-equipped bus in Barcelona," says Maxwell L. Anderson, director of New York's Whitney Museum of American Art, "I got a hilarious glimpse of... Read More

Restaurateurs and chefs as agents of urban renewal?In Chicago, they are playing a vital role in the city's New Urbanism by luring diners to... Read More

The novelist Richard Wright, who migrated from Mississippi and spent his formative years in Chicago, got pounded by the city's drama. But in time he... Read More

The malling of Michigan Avenue and Oak Street — Chicago's favorite shopping hubs — might not bother mall rats and label victims. For those who prefer a... Read More

Now that Lincoln Park and Wicker Park have been discovered, North Southport Avenue is drawing ... Read More

It's not always the four-star meals that stick in our memories when we travel. Sometimes the most evocative foods are simple, local dishes with everyday... Read More

Family vacations should be fun, of course, but we always hope they’ll do more—kindle an interest, inspire a career, or at least pry them away from... Read More

Every day, Americans drink about 400 million cups of coffee, and I am nothing but grateful ... Read More

No disrespect to your Aunt Alice’s bone-dry stuffing, but it’s time to shake up the old holiday menu. Take your cue from these chefs, getting creative... Read More

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