Best New Restaurants
by Dennis Ray Wheaton and Anne Spiselman
Our annual roundup of what’s hot and what’s not in the dining world, from the Asian explosion to the check-in of hip hotel dining rooms. We scoured the city and suburbs to produce the definitive list of best places to eat right now.

Power Broker
by Steve Rhodes
When well-connected insurance man Mickey Segal was accused of embezzlement, a shiver went through the corridors of Chicago power. Could this old-school clout wielder save himself by making a deal-and, if so, what (or whom) would he offer?

Baby Boom
by Christine Newman
We’ve gone beyond seeing double-to triplets, quadruplets, and quints. No matter what the number, they’re all one of a kind.

Bum Voyage
by David Zivan
Sun-Times columnist Neil Steinberg had high hopes for a boat trip with his father. But as his new book reveals, life with Dad aboard was hardly smooth sailing.

Clothes Encounter
by Stacy Wallace-Albert
When boy meets girl, the prints and stripes get wild. Is there a pattern to the stylish revelry here?




The 20-course feast at Trio; the new oral pleasure; the city’s ‘hoods deconstructed; more

Style Sheet
by Stacy Wallace-Albert
Fresh new beauty products for a safe, shimmering summer in the city

Deal Estate
by Dennis Rodkin
Condo sales pick up at a legendary Gold Coast mansion, while water sports (and wonderful views) make a splash at a River North penthouse.

Stage & Screen
by Penelope Mesic
The heroine of Richard Greenberg’s play The American Plan is half mad and hungry for love.

Real Lives
by Marcia Froelke Coburn
A mammogram did not reveal the cancer of oncologist Sybilann Williams, but she still believes in the test.

by Steve Fiffer
The journalists who write the obituary pages are not just having the grim last word. They are reminding us that life is still worth living.

by Rachel Shteir
While much of Chicago theatre deserves applause, overall it suffers from “the toddlin’ town effect,” says this ex-New Yorker. Until that changes, drama in the Second City may never be first rate.

Expert Witness
by Carrie Sager
Preparing for a big night takes practice, says pianist Ramsey Lewis. It also helps to watch a little basketball.

Chicago Guides
In May: Legendary soulman Al Green traded secular R&B for gospel decades ago, but he can still amp it up for the concert appearances-like this month’s gig at the House of Blues.

Eat This! The deep-fried snapper at I Am Siam is worth a trip to Wheeling.
On Wine: Marc Dornan breaks down petite sirah, California’s surprise answer to red meat.