Best New Restaurants
by Dennis Ray Wheaton and Anne Spiselman
The envelope, please…In the category of best new restaurants, the members of the Academy (i.e., our dining critics) pick this year’s top 25 spots. And we promise: no long speeches.

by Carol Felsenthal
A fierce North Shore hockey game has left one boy paralyzed and another facing criminal charges. While adults debate the spread of violence in youth sports, two young lives have been forever altered.

Putting in the Fix
by Todd Savage
Preservation architect Gunny Harboe won raves for restorations of The Rookery and the Reliance Building. Now he tackles another 19th-century gem: Louis Sullivan’s Carson Pirie Scott building.

A Promise Kept
by Marcia Froelke Coburn
In his new novel, Saul Bellow – now bringing up baby in Boston – follows through for a friend by immortalizing his late U. of C. colleague Allan Bloom, the flamboyant conservative powerhouse.

Super Graphic
by Stacy Wallace-Albert
From the mass market to the high end, summer fashions are all about the name game – the pattern is an up-front and out-there loyalty to logos.




Johnnie Cochran sets up shop near City Hall; Second City alum Rachel Dratch’s dreams come true on Saturday Nigh Live; a Chicago editor loses on a TV game show; more

Style Sheet
by Stacy Wallace-Albert
The Asian source: vintage clothing, second skins, origami art

Real Lives
by Marcia Froelke Coburn
In Rogers Park, dog owners and other residents are engaged in a high-risk turf war.

Stage & Screen
by Penelope Mesic
In its priciest production ever, Northlight takes a chance on Side Show.

by Ted Kleine
A Wisconsin military school bills itself as a place where boys can straighten up and fly right to college. But a lawsuit says hazing and anti-Semitism flourish there.


by Geoffrey Johnson
In American Pharaoh, authors Elizabeth Taylor and Adam Cohen portray Chicago’s first Mayor Daley as a ruthless man obsessed with power and race.

by Steve Fiffer
The Field’s John McCarter knew the museum needed a blockbuster exhibit – and he found one. She cost $8.36 million, and her name is Sue.

Sullivan’s Travels
by Terry Sullivan
Tall Club members just don’t see eye to eye with the rest of us.

Expert Witness
by Tara Croft
Media News’ Jim Romenesko talks Matt Drudge, headless chickens, and popular gossip topics.

Chicago Guides

Prime Time

In May
Chicago Painting 1895 to 1945 is a lesson in art history at the Illinois Art Gallery; Chicago Places and Spaces covers the city with two days of tours.

Comfort zones

Shrimp ceviche at The Executives on Randolph, as fresh as an ocean breeze; Salvadoran pupusas from Café Las Delicias – just like Mama used to make