When Rahm Emanuel, Carol Moseley Braun, and Danny Davis officially announced their candidacies earlier this month, there was something of letdown about it all—nothing much new in what they said or whom they introduced as members of their teams. The one surprise was Democratic state Sen. James Meeks. He was introduced by Andy McKenna, Jr., the former head of the Republican Party in Illinois and a failed candidate in... Read more
I just got an email from Pagoda Red about a new line of jewelry they are carrying made by interior designer Margaret Harris... Read more
A 3,600-square-foot condo on the 80th floor of the 87-story Aqua is the latest sale over $2 million in the already-iconic tower. Read more
A new Italian restaurant on Taylor Street? Big deal. But Davanti Enoteca is no pizzeria/pasteria/trattoria with red-checked tablecloths. Rather, it’s a smart, friendly small-plate phenom with insanely good food, like the focaccia de recco—warm, oozy cow cheese between thin layers of just-baked crust. Don’t miss the truffled egg toast, wherein truffle oil soaks into brioche and mixes with eggs and Fontina, or the roasted fresh hearts of palm, which make you wonder why anyone ever put those miraculous stalks in a can. Pork cheek ragù over polenta (pictured) flaunts the kind of simple flavors that are quickly making the owner, Scott Harris (Mia Francesca, Nella, The Purple Pig), a legend. 1359 W. Taylor St.; 312-226-5550. Read more
Discovering a new and unique ethnic cuisine is one of our top thrills. So we were panting at the door when this tidy crimson-colored storefront, specializing in grub from Kyrgyzstan, opened at the northern edge of Lincoln Square. Its name means “Silk Road,” and the dishes—all under $10—reflect a medley of influences: Russian, Turkish, Indian, Korean, and Chinese. Jump right in by ordering samsy, a samosa-like pastry stuffed with chopped beef and onions ($2.50), or the brawnier chebureki, a fried puff of dough housing a thin spread of minced lamb ($2.50). Soups are sublime—especially thick, robust lentil and tart borscht spiked with beets and cabbage. Dumplings come in all sizes and guises, our favorite being manty: chubby steamed cuties packed with diced pumpkin, beef, and onion ($9.50). Don’t miss the peppery, garlic-shot carrot salad or lagman—long, slithery noodles pulled by hand and then ladled into a hearty broth. It’s possible to BYO, but the young Kyrgyzstanis stick to steaming mugs of tea. Adding a slice of chocolate-splashed honey cake makes the experience all the sweeter. 5047 N. Lincoln Ave.; 773-878-8494. Read more
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The Old Town boutique Haberdash—one of the city’s few dedicated men’s shops—is opening a second location in River North in October. “We’re looking for a higher-profile spot that can put us on the map,” says Jerry Kamhi, who co-owns the shop with Adam Beltzman. “We used to be more about trend lines; now we’re a complete modern-day men’s store,” says Beltzman. Shoppers will find trendy attire from Rag & Bone and Hugo Boss alongside traditional apparel from the likes of Woolrich and Wolverine. This fall, look for Rag & Bone slub jersey henleys ($140), Woolrich cotton plaid shirts ($135), and Wolverine 1000 Mile Addison boots ($350). 1350 N. Wells St., 312-440-1300, and 607 N. State St., haberdashmen.com. Read more