White, purple, and pungent, the rutabaga isn’t about to overtake bacon as a menu darling. Yet this root vegetable can be rendered delicious in capable hands. Proof: We challenged three local chefs to create dishes that do exactly that. The resulting recipes are good enough to turn rutabaga skeptics into believers. (In two cases, bacon … Read more
Why we wouldn’t want to live anywhere else
It’s a Sunday evening at the First Church of Deliverance, an Art Deco stunner at 4315 South Wabash Avenue, and the only thing rivaling the building’s impressive décor is the size of the choir. As the service begins, 200 or so robed singers lift their voices in unison for “Jesus Is on the Mainline,” … Read more
TODAY’S PIONEERS: Bracketed by the Richard Daleys, père et fils, this list highlights the city’s top 40 visionaries over the course of Chicago magazine’s 40-year run
BROADWAY BOUND: Seven years ago, a little-known Chicago producer acquired the stage rights to Spider-Man and brought along a number of local investors. Now, after a tumultuous journey to Broadway, the $60 million musical “Spider-Man: Turn Off the Dark” is finally ready to fly or flop
REDD HERRING: 31 S Prospect Ave, Clarendon Hills, 630-908-7295 @pennypollack: Someone @ Redd Herring should rethink the giant meatball, but hands off the scallops w/crispy pork belly.
MOON PALACE: 216 W Cermak, 312-225-4081 @pennypollack: My Christmas Day tradition: 2 movies & shredded pork w/ onion @ Moon Palace. I never mess with success.
ELLY’S PANCAKE HOUSE: 101 W North, 312-643-2300 @pennypollack: Friendly staff @ Elly’s offset the sterile atmo & typical menu. Crêpes needed more xxx sugar but got the job done.