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Top Spots for Pie in Chicago

Matt Kirouac

As you can tell from the onslaught of gift wrap and tree-shaped chocolates, we are deep in the trenches of holiday season. Or better yet, pie season. While apple pie is evergreen year round and fruitier versions like blueberry and key lime are summer favorites, let's be honest with ourselves that pie belongs to autumn. Need to satiate your craving? Here are some top spots for pie in Chicago.

An Evening With Beatrix


The chill of fall is upon us and now is the time to seek out those foods that will cheer us, even when the sun bids us farewell at a tragically early hour.

The curious culinary traveler would do well to make a trip over to Beatrix, warmly tucked in on the first floor of the Aloft Chicago City Center in River North. Marc Jacobs and his colleagues have been doing wonderful things there as of late and they recently received a Bib Gourmand award courtesy of the

The Dinner Party - The Best Conversations Happen Over Dinner

The Dinner Party

The Dinner Party is an event that brings together a talk show with a dinner at City Winery in the Fulton Market neighborhood. Hosted by Executive Producer Elysabeth Alfano, the Dinner Party, presented by Fear No ART, is a monthly show that streams live on Chicago Sun-Times' Splash website. It invites three celebrities of various media up on stage as the audience enjoys dinner from a local chef. I attended the most recent Dinner Party, and the event

Chicago Restaurants Serve Up Thanksgiving Dinner

Matt Kirouac

Thanksgiving is a time to be with family, to scream at the football game, to marvel at the parade floats, and to stress about possibly burning your kitchen down. But it doesn't have to be! You can still bond with family and fret over football, but plenty Chicago restaurants remove the stress of cooking by offering their own holiday menus.

Chicago Restaurants Are Starry-Eyed for Michelin

Matt Kirouac

In case anyone needed further evidence of Chicago's world-class dining cred, the latest edition of the Michelin star ratings should serve as solid proof. For the fifth year, the esteemed Michelin Guide released its Chicago rankings, one of only three star-rated cities in the U.S. And this year brings forth the most promising array of starred entries to date.

Weekend Alert: November 7-9

Macy's Great Tree

The weather may be getting colder, but hey, don't let that keep you from getting out and doing some really cool things! This weekend we have music, art, food and a Great Tree lighting. The Music Institute of Chicago has its fifth annual Charlie Parker Jazz Festival, the MCA hosts Holcombe Wallers "Wayfinders," Red Bull puts on its Art of Can exhibition, bellyQ hosts Ramenfest, and Marcus Samuelsson speaks at the Art Institute.

Last but not least, Ryan Seacrest and Lee DeWyze

Five Favorite Historic Restaurants in Chicago

Berghoff Restaurant

Dining out is one of the best parts of any travel experience. While you're at it, why not kill two birds with one stone and go to a place with some history? Here are some of my favorite historic restaurants in Chicago.

Take the Brown Line to Brunch: Lincoln Square Edition

Over Easy Cafe

If you're looking for a place to get your brunch on, you might hop on the Brown Line to the Damen stop. You've got a fine troika right on Damen Avenue and as soon as you walk down from the platform, you're right up front with your first offering.

Explore Chicago's Latin-Inspired Cuisine

Although the city is renowned for its deep dish pizza, it is also hailed in general as one of the top culinary destinations for travelers. It's no surprise to us who delight in the abundance of the city's diverse flavors. But in keeping with the theme of melted cheese wonders, we're taking a taste tour beyond tacos and guiding you across the city in search of the perfect quesadilla - Mexican

Curtis Duffy Steps Into the Spotlight 'For Grace'

Matt Kirouac

Eschewing that old "chef goes on reality show, chef glamorizes the restaurant industry" chestnut for a bluntly honest look into the process of opening a restaurant, Curtis Duffy is prepared to take the spotlight in a new documentary about the genesis of Grace, one of Chicago's most prized fine dining destinations.

Beyond the glistening surface of the restaurant lies a story about personal strife, professional achievements, and the woes of building a restaurant. The film,

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