Well, we absolutely have to begin with this clip of Gemma’s mom and dad dutifully marching forth at their daughter’s direction. How cute is this, how cute are they? I’ve looped it (since it was the one and only video submitted!) and set it to Dave Matthew’s song “Ants Marching.”
Mar. 5, 2010
Hearty entrees and libations from Longman & Eagle (photo by Steve Dolinsky)
I've lived in Bucktown for about 15 years, and I still remember how excited I was when I moved there. On weekdays, we would waltz into Soul Kitchen - and before that, the funky Wild Cherry - then head across the street to HotHouse to catch some obscure music act and drink cheap beer. Those days seem like a lifetime ago. The Soul Kitchen space is now a Francesca's Forno (make that gas-fired forno, by the way) and the opposite corners feature a bank and a Starbucks. ‚ But 10 years ago, it was still edgy, and we were just starting to get exciting places like Spring and Meritage (hey, can you tell me the name of the French place that was in the Meritage - now Duchamp - space before it?). Anyway, I would imagine the same sort of feeling is taking over the locals in Logan Square these days. They've had a few gems for a while now: Lula Cafe (one of my all-time favorite places) and down the street, Buona Terra for Italian standards and Hachi's Kitchen for more than respectable sushi in a surprisingly elegant room. But the dining and drinking landscape is changing pretty rapidly in the neighborhood, and two new standouts will certainly make 60647 that much more desirable.
Longman & Eagle hopes to recapture the era of the turn-of-the-century neighborhood inn.
Mar. 5, 2010
Robservations on the media beat:
- If he did nothing else in his career but invent "The Drive" -- the most successful new radio format of the last 10 years -- Greg Solk would be a local legend. But that's just one in his impressive list of credits. So it seemed perfectly fitting that in conjunction with a multiyear contract extension, Solk, 48, was promoted this week to senior vice president of programming for Bonneville International. In addition to the blue chip trio of WDRV-FM (97.1), WTMX-FM (101.9) and WILV-FM (100.3) here, he oversees programming in a variety of formats nationwide for the Salt Lake City-based company. In announcing the promotion, Bonneville president and CEO Bruce Reese cited Solk's "hard, smart work, which has earned the respect and appreciation of all his colleagues." Solk began his career as a producer for Steve Dahl's morning show when he was a 15-year wunderkind at Niles North High School in Skokie. What makes the dedicated radio veteran still believe in the business? Said Solk:
Mar. 4, 2010
Mar. 4, 2010
(photo by Lee Bey)
Have you noticed the Plymouth Building?
The sliver of a skyscraper, 417 S. Dearborn, hides out between Holabird & Root's‚ historic Old Colony Building to the north and William LeBaron Jenney's Manhattan Building to the south; a waterboy caught between a pair of linebackers.
But the 11-story Plymouth Building holds it own between the two architectural giants. So much so, the city's Commission on Chicago Landmarks was set to consider preliminary landmark status for 110-year-old building today as part of a redevelopment project to convert the vacant structure into a student housing.
Mar. 4, 2010
Barbara Lynch loves vegetables. She'll eat pretty much anything from the ground that's been harvested or picked by some local farmer. But she's also a savvy restaurateur and one of the most talented chefs - male or female - in the country. The Boston native has been as prolific as Rich Melman but with the focused culinary zeal of a Paul Kahan.
Her story is remarkable: growing up in the projects in South Boston (Southie), with her seven siblings and a single mother, she has literally worked her ass off, staging in Italy, paying her dues‚ and learning from the masters. She's about to open her 9th restaurant - in Boston of course - and is now touring on her first cookbook, Stir - Mixing It Up In The Italian Tradition.
Mar. 4, 2010
Ladies and gentlemen, it's "Roger Ebert Week" in Chicago! OK, not really. But it sure seems like it is -- and here are some of the reasons why:
- It began with front-page stories in both the Tribune and the Sun-Times trumpeting a computer miracle that re-created Roger's voice, thanks to software developed by a Scottish company using audio tracks recorded by the Chicago treasure and iconic movie critic before he lost the ability to speak because of cancer. On his blog, Roger wrote:
"Yes, 'Roger Jr.' needs to be smoother in tone and steadier in pacing, but the little rascal is good. To hear him coming from my own computer made me ridiculously happy."
Mar. 3, 2010
If you're feeling a little saturated after National Drink Wine Day and the seemingly endless number of wine tastings throughout Chicago recently, you might want to check out Salute Wine Bar & Café's "Casa di Vino" (House of Wine?) which will feature a tasting of limoncello. For $25, you can sample Salute Wine Bar's three housemade limoncello flavors paired with a menu featuring:
- Red leaf frisee salad with tangy goat cheese, laced with a pomegranate vinaigrette, finished with a fresh‚ lemon-pomegranate cello
- Braised pork belly glazed with a blood orange-vanilla beurre blanc, with sautéed Brussels sprouts and pancetta followed by a‚ blood orange-vanilla cello
- Traditional cannoli served with a‚ pistachio créme cello
- Amaretto-coffee ice cream served with an over-sized biscotti and‚ mocha cello
The limoncello tasting will be held on Tuesday, March 9 from 7 to 9 p.m. Reservations can be made by calling 312 -- 664 -- 0100.