Best New Restaurants
by Dennis Ray Wheaton and Anne Spiselman
Twenty exceptional new spots reach for the stars and join the dining hit parade, producing the catchiest numbers to come out of Chicago kitchens in the past year. Plus: Seven for sushi

Party Pooper
by Steve Rhodes
After two quiet years in office, U.S. Senator Peter Fitzgerald went on the attack as a good-government crusader – angering his own party’s political establishment.

How the Ritz Was One
by Lucinda Hahn
To check out the stellar service of Chicago‘s award-winning Ritz-Carlton, our reporter checked into the hotel with her Border collie for a behind-the-scenes look.

A Sense of Loss
by Lauren Cowen
When the author lost her ability to smell, she did not know that this often-overlooked, powerful sense would be what she needed to find her way back home.

Earth Angel
by Stacy Wallace-Albert
Fishnets, feathers, and lace-up heels – edgy fashions for a sultry summer

The Bar Guide
by Jeff Ruby and David Zivan
New reviews of more than 160 hot spots.




SNL’s Tina Fey gives a weekend update; best places to eat after a day at the museum; singing along with The Sound of Music; and more

Style Sheet
by Stacy Wallace-Albert
Unisex scents, unrivaled undies, sound machine, Ikram’s big splash

Real Lives
by Marcia Froelke Coburn
Kathleen McChesney, special agent in charge of the FBI’s Chicago office, just might be in line for the top job.

Stage & Screen
by Penelope Mesic
The new show by the Midnight Circus is an all-out spectacle – a rock opera of aerial daring.

Deal Estate
by Dennis Rodkin
Wright made right by an Oak Park couple; and in Glenview, an environmentally aware developer helps preserve a natural treasure.

Consumer Retorts
by Terry Sullivan
Taking tango lessons is a study in sex appeal. Our reporter is still studying.

by David Zivan
Russ Morman made a stunning debut with the White Sox, and he played 17 pro seasons, but lasting big league success eluded him. Still, his life in uniform (now as a manager) continues.

by Jack Star
Over a three-month period in 1965, a series of sonic booms shook Chicago – recently obtained records reveal that it was a government-backed noise tolerance test.

Expert Witness
by Carrie Sager
Writer Iris Krasnow begs your pardon: She never promised you – or any married person – a rose garden. Here’s how to weather the “for worse” part of your vows.

Chicago Guides

Prime Time

Chicago Shakespeare Theater strips Hamlet down to bare essentials; the Chicago Improv Festival yuks it up for six days of comedy.


Jean Banchet’s retirement and new chef Don Yamauchi’s rack of lamb symbolize a new era at Le Francais.

On Wine
Marc Dornan gives a lesson on sake.