Dining History

Chicago’s Top Chefs (Circa 1900)

Chicago Magazine, June 27, 2018 — From epic game dinners (including ibex ham and juniper-soaked bear) to lobster palaces to revered railroad cuisine that took advantage of food available along the journey, Chicago chefs were pioneers long before the city was a food destination. Read the story.


The last days of Hot Doug’s

Crain’s Chicago Business, September 23, 2014 — The lines are reaching epic proportions as the end draws nigh for Hot Doug’s, the beloved “Sausage Superstore” in Chicago’s Avondale neighborhood. Read my interview with owner Doug Sohn at Crain’s Chicago Business.

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Business Dining Music

Can the Empty Bottle/Longman & Eagle team tap into another success?

Crain’s Chicago Business, October 5, 2013 — Nearly a year ago, Craig Golden stood in the balcony of the musty, long-vacant Thalia Hall, an ornate Pilsen theater that was in foreclosure, and knew he had to call Bruce Finkelman right away. “I don’t know where you are, Bruce, but you should get in your car and come over here right now,” … Read my story in Crain’s Chicago Business.

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