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Getting By

In some ways, the three families profiled here—one well off, one middle class, one working poor—couldn’t be more different. In income, in possessions, in prospects, they stand on separate economic rungs. Yet each in its own way feels uneasy about money. Do they have enough? Will they have enough? Will there ever be a time when they no longer worry? Rich or poor, their answers are surprisingly similar.

5 Questions – Jason Miller

5 questions for Jason Miller, the 35-year-old chef who spent the past nine years opening Smith & Wollenskys all over the country. Now he’s primed to take the helm at David Burke’s Primehouse (616 N. Rush St.; 312-660-6000). Q: You were 13 when you got your first restaurant job. What does a teenager do in … Read more

Dining Tidbits

BUDGET BEATThough Chicago is home to hundreds of thousands of people of Polish descent, Polish cuisine is among the quieter ethnic presences on the local fine-dining scene-represented only slightly better than, say, Finnish. But there’s nothing quiet about Szalas(5214 S. Archer Ave.; 773-582-0300), a colorful, chalet-themed homage to the old country. Starting with the rope … Read more

Recipe File

The brunch at North Pond (2610 N. Cannon Dr.; 773-477-5845) ranks among the city’s best with seasonal ingredients front and center. Chef Bruce Sherman says his frittata is no exception, and a great winter dish to boot since it features earthy, winter-friendly vegetables like leeks, celery root, and radiant beets, gently held together with smooth … Read more