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Chicago’s best food trucks?

There are food trucks and then there are food trucks. There are the old-fashioned roach coaches selling coffee and plastic-wrapped sandwiches that tend to serve construction sites and factories. There are every kid’s’ summer loves, ringing through the neighborhoods with ice cream on a stick. Then there are the new gourmet trucks that ply River […]

It’s local, it’s seasonal, it’s smelt!

They’re tiny and fishy and only available fresh for a very brief period in the spring. Smelt season is upon us! For the ultimate Midwestern smelt experience, you have to head north to Port Washington, Wis., outside Milwaukee, for the annual American Legion Smelt Fry conducted by the Andrew Van Ells American Legion Post No. […]

Go local this Halloween

When you’re shopping for the trick-or-treaters this Halloween, check out these locally made candies: Ferrara Pan Candy Co. Atomic Fire Ball, Lemonheads and Red Hots. The Forest Park-based candy company dates to 1919, but founder Salvatore Ferrara was making candy even before that at the Original Ferrara Bakery. Both companies are still owned and operated […]

Lake Geneva Oktoberfest offers color, food, pumpkins

Take a ride up to Lake Geneva this weekend for gorgeous views of fall color. The lakefront tree displays, designed by top landscape architects such as Jens Jensen the designer of Chicago’s Columbus Park and other Chicago parks, offer glorious bursts of brilliant yellow, mellow orange and fiery reds. They’re expected to be at their […]

What to eat during Milwaukee’s Summerfest

If you’re headed up to Milwaukee for Summerfest this week, or looking for an inexpensive nearby vacation, you’ll want to read this Chicago Sun-Times story on Milwaukee’s surprising food scene and how it compares to Chicago’s. The story covers little-known but worthwhile destinations such as Wegner’s St. Martins Inn and Golden Gyros and Frozen Custard, […]

What chefs don’t learn in culinary school

“I didn’t realize I was going to get screamed at for 10 years of my life,” says Sean Sanders of Browntrout in North Center. Sanders is one of nine Chicago-area chefs who recounted the surprises that await culinary workers once they leave cooking school in a recent Chicago Sun-Times article.

Sterns, Roadfood to tour Chicago and Milwaukee

Food guidebook authors Jane and Michael Stern and the crew will be coming to Chicago Friday and Saturday, Oct. 28 and 29, for a culinary bus tour of our fair city as well as nearby Milwaukee. In Wisconsin, the Roadfooders will sample kringle, frozen custard, butter burgers and fish fry. The Windy City part […]

Worldwide solidarity and pizza fuel Wisconsin protest

Join donors from Australia, Canada, China, Denmark, Egypt, Finland, Germany, Korea, Turkey. and dozens of other countries, as well as every U.S. state, and send a pizza to protesters in Madison, Wis.

Chicago marks Sept. 11 with a wine-filled weekend

  Drink and be merry for tomorrow…. Some people will be spending this weekend wallowing in memorials. If you’d rather drown your sorrows, Chicagoland offers plenty of options for wallowing in wine instead. Windy City Wine Festival: The fifth annual festival, 4 to 10 p.m. Friday and 3 to 10 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 11 and […]