The Chicago Area

Tips and Articles in The Chicago Area

Start with an early gem: Clifford Brown, New Star on the Horizon (Blue Note 5032), from the Modern Jazz Series. Brown is cropped close against the record album's left-hand border, natty in a loose-fitting houndstooth jacket. The gleaming brass tru...
WRIGHT'S OWN SUMMER AND WINTER RETREATS No houses by Frank Lloyd Wright are more important than those he designed for himself, and together Taliesin and Taliesin West sum up his genius in a very personal way. Wright grew up in Wisconsin's Helena ...
Hey, squirt, how about some mac and mascarpone?It's on the kids' menu (yes, the kids' menu) at the Bacara Resort's Bistro (8301 Hollister Ave., Santa Barbara, Calif.; 805/571-4217 ), along with heirloom-tomato soup and petit filet of beef with pom...
What would childhood be without dreams of banana splits—the ultimate reward for surviving the school year, passing the final exam, winning (or losing) the softball championship?Whole weeks can be consumed deciding on the exact combination of fl...
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...
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...