Stumped trying to find a signature gift for the holidays? We polled some Chicagoans with style for ideas that are anything but predictable.
If the holidays seem to take a bigger bite out of your budget every year, it’s not your imagination. The National Retail Federation estimates that Americans will spend a grand total of $457.4 billion at retail stores this holiday season, an increase of 5 percent over 2005. Chicago’s contribution to that total will be roughly $12.8 billion.
A roundup of this month’s sales, store openings, and shopping news
With a past steeped in medieval counterfeits and grave robbing, relics have been saddled with a bad rap almost as long as saints have been canonized. But the tradition itself predates Christianity; recorded veneration of remains ranges from Oedipus to Buddha. Today, the Roman Catholic Church reminds the faithful that these miniscule fragments—from bone chips to locks of hair to scraps of shroud—should serve as objects of reverence, not worship. Here’s where to see a few of these artifacts locally.
Five sizzling new Latin restaurants take adventurous diners on a virtual tour through Central and South America. Bring your own Pisco; for now, all of these spots are BYOB.
As a go-anywhere, drink-anything nightlife reporter, I’ve pretty much seen it all. But when I entered the 12,000-square-foot Nuevo Latino restaurant-lounge DeLaCosta (465 E. Illinois St.), I was floored.
Michael Shannon’s talent for playing the maligned (and psychotic) just earned him a shot at leading man.
Chicago asked three florists to share their secrets for making a party pop.
We asked you to send in photos. You snapped to it. Over the course of two months, Chicago received more than 1,400 photo contest entries from avid shutterbugs ages 14 to 88 across the country. Although your favorite subject was Millennium Park (we received 467 images of the Bean alone), shots from the tops of tall buildings and pictures of tulips were popular as well. Sorting through submissions wasn’t easy, but these shots inspired us to give some familiar scenes—and a few previously unknown faces—a second look.
Could a velvety pillow cure my pain in the gut?