Illinois

Tips and Articles in Illinois

Every day, Americans drink about 400 million cups of coffee, and I am nothing but grateful for my generous share. I got my first intoxicating taste as a 10-year-old in the markets of Istanbul, and the lure of coffee can still pull me out o...
West Town, Chicago Immigrant Slavs, Puerto Ricans, artsy types, and a proliferation of cafés converge on the city's locus of cool. By Elizabeth Kadetsky The Scene Liz Phair and the Smashing Pumpkins got their start in the West Town club scene, w...
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 at their new restaurants (or just book a table now). MICHY’S6927 Biscayne Blvd., Miami; 305/759...
What is "American cuisine" now?In search of answers, we traveled to 10 of our most forward-thinking food capitals to bring you the best examples and the top tables in each. As we discovered, choice is the new buzzword: from "small plates" to big i...
Whether they're trying to appeal to gourmands who want creative input into their meal or to grown-up kids who don't want their peas to touch their potatoes, chefs across the country are designing building block-style menus. At Snackbar (111 W. ...
See our slideshow of Must-See Green American Landmarks. From atop the High Line, the old elevated freight track that is about to debut as New York’s most revolutionary public park, you get a clear, wide-angle view of the future. The sculpted con...
It's official: beef is back. Thanks to a cash-rich and protein-craving population, the steak house is again the hottest joint in town, from coast to coast. What's more, some of the country's most celebrated chefs are moving in with a whole new tak...
Last year a lot of travelers found that their favorite hotels--and sometimes an entire city's worth of rooms-were sold out for the dates they requested. Many destinations (New York, Chicago, San Francisco, Las Vegas) were fully book...
Dodge dim sum. Hold the raves on risotto. Here's the lowdown on Stars and Stripes for the taste buds. Sure, you might have to drive out of the comfort zone, yell your order, or share a table with strangers. It doesn't faze you at all. You crave th...
At home in New York, my husband and I always celebrated the Christmas holidays with music. He would make a list of recordings for each day during the holiday week. On Christmas Eve, we would settle down in our living room. Then, as if from a far c...
It may come as a surprise, especially to Midwesterners, but right now the most exciting architecture in America can be found in the Midwest. It all started in 2001, when the gleaming Santiago Calatrava addition to the Milwaukee Art Museum opened: ...
Hot Dog Lore Ever since Austro-Hungarian immigrants Emil Reichel and Sam Ladany introduced Vienna-style red hots at Chicago’s 1893 World’s Fair, hot dogs—and the stands that sell them—have become central to the city’s food infrastructure. Chica...
Though chefs like Charlie Trotter and Rick Bayless long ago helped Chicago shed its "Hog Butcher for the World" image, the city hasn't quite been able to edge past the dining capitals on the coasts. But that's all changing. This city in America's ...
Old-fashioned chocolates may lack the shock of the new—wasabi-flavored truffles, say—but the wholesome sweetness of classics from homegrown candy kitchens are making a comeback. Pennsylvania General Store (12th and Arch Sts., Philadelphia; 21...
See our slideshow of Hotels Haunted by Celebrities. You’ve checked into the Beverly Hills Roosevelt hotel, donned your chicest outfit, and are ready to hit Tinseltown. On your way out, you stop to admire your fresh look in a lobby mirror when eer...