A fabulous grill and an outdoor kitchen to go with it is definitely a status symbol in Chicago, but to up the ante, there is always the brick oven. Chicago Brick Oven , started by three neighbors in Elmhurst, has recently partnered with celebrity chef Mario Batali to design three models for the company. Now you can name-drop about your brick oven, too! Available through Chicago Roof Deck & Garden

—Gina Bazer

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A fabulous grill and an outdoor kitchen to go with it is definitely a status symbol in Chicago, but to up the ante, there is always the brick oven. Chicago Brick Oven , started by three neighbors in Elmhurst, has recently partnered with celebrity chef Mario Batali to design three models for the company. Now you can name-drop about your brick oven, too! Available through Chicago Roof Deck & Garden

—Gina Bazer

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A fabulous grill and an outdoor kitchen to go with it is definitely a status symbol in Chicago, but to up the ante, there is always the brick oven. Chicago Brick Oven , started by three neighbors in Elmhurst, has recently partnered with celebrity chef Mario Batali to design three models for the company. Now you can name-drop about your brick oven, too! Available through Chicago Roof Deck & Garden

—Gina Bazer

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A fabulous grill and an outdoor kitchen to go with it is definitely a status symbol in Chicago, but to up the ante, there is always the brick oven. Chicago Brick Oven , started by three neighbors in Elmhurst, has recently partnered with celebrity chef Mario Batali to design three models for the company. Now you can name-drop about your brick oven, too! Available through Chicago Roof Deck & Garden

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It's a shame it's taken Chicago so long to realize our skyline is begging for more rooftop bars. For years we've had little more than the few-stories-tall Rock Bottom, Plymouth, Citizen, and Twisted Spoke to keep us in the sunshine. But the rash of way-up-there openings in the last year—including C-View, Roof, and, as of today, the Terrace at Trump—has all but erased my memories of summers spent slumming on... Read more
Chicago's Hyde Park has hosted a world's fair, nurtured a great university, pioneered urban renewal, and served as both home and crucible for Barack Obama. Read more
   

When you’re a couple who really likes to cook and you’re redoing your kitchen, you make sure you have it all. Jim Dase, a designer at Abruzzo Kitchens, had an idea this Glencoe couple hadn’t thought of: build an herb garden right into the counter. Surrounded with wood and stone from the countertop, this planter box has a stainless steel liner with a drain that ties into the plumbing for the sink. For months, the Glencoe homeowners have been enjoying fresh cilantro, basil, parsley, and more, which are thriving thanks to the grow light bulbs installed in the decorative fixtures and can lights. Dase says the light is surprisingly nice and clean.

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List Price: $4.975 million
The Property: You could prowl the streets of the Gold Coast for a long time (as I have) and hardly notice this 4,000-square-foot home. Originally built in 1888 as the coach house for two Astor Street houses, this residence now conceals itself behind draping vines and an almost invisible charcoal-colored brick façade... Read more
BTW, It's Slang for "Butter"
Zebda (4344 N. Elston Ave.; 773-545-7000), a new Mediterranean-influenced  takeout deli/caterer from Katie Garcia (Mundial Cocina Mestiza) and Mohammed Djeddour (Tassili), opened last week. “We’re doing really interesting sandwiches and soups and things to go,” says Garcia, who met Djeddour working at the Ritz-Carlton years ago. “Trying to keep ethnic but... Read more
Don’t-miss events for 06.24.09 through 06.30.09: Cool As Ice @ The Neo-Futurarium … Shellac @ Bottom Lounge … Gay Men’s Chorus @ Lakefront Read more
Hoop Dreams producer Frederick Marx has a new documentary in the works, based on the Dalai Lama’s efforts to preserve the culture of the last remaining Tibetan Buddhist society... Read more

Lee Weitzman just sent us a pic of his new table, a riff on the classic Noguchi. Weitzman’s Mantis coffee table, shown here in mahogany, is available in five wood finishes; the size is customizable. He’s working on a design for a side table to complement this one as well.

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