11 Chicago Restaurants Where You Can Actually Have a Conversation

Sometimes I just want to be heard. I’m exhausted from dining out in of-the-moment restaurants and shouting “conversations” at my dining partner. True story: A few summers ago, we were dining in a then-new, pricey Fulton Market restaurant with friends, and the music was so egregiously loud that we asked the hostess if it could […]

A Fish Tale: 16 Great Chicago Seafood Restaurants

Everyone knows that Chicago — smack-dab in the heart of the Midwest and in-between coasts — is a hard-core steak town. But man does not live by red meat alone, especially if he wants to live for a while. So look to the water, be it lake, river or sea, for your next hit of […]

Romantic Restaurants for Valentine's Day

Not sure what to do for Valentine’s Day? Take heart…we’ve got the recipe for romance. Here’s our roundup of the area’s ultimate date-night restaurants, from candlelit tables for two to rooms with a view. Now that’s amore. Just make sure to make your reservation soon, before your table’s taken! Geja’s Cafe For 50 years, the […]

Fresh: Oceanique

To celebrate iconic Evanston restaurant Oceanique’s 25th year, owners Renee and Mark Grosz decided to mix things up a bit. When they reopened in late July after their annual summer vacation, the restaurant was renovated from top to bottom, from comfier chairs and tables to new restrooms and a reworked, more inviting bar area. The […]