Review: The Food at Chicago’s Yūgen Is Delightful but Sometimes Overwrought

Mari Katsumura was walking down West Randolph Street in Chicago’s restaurant-jammed West Loop on her way home from work and at a crossroads in her career. She was the pastry chef and savory sous chef at a forgettable restaurant called Gideon Sweet, “and I decided that it was time to move on,” she remembers. The […]

The View from 71st and Jeffrey: A Chicago Neighborhood Reflects a Struggling Middle Class

Standing at the corner of 71st Street and Jeffery Boulevard in South Shore, the lakefront neighborhood on Chicago’s South Side where I grew up, it’s obvious that this once-important commercial and public crossroads has seen better days. South Shore’s only supermarket closed in 2013 and has not yet been replaced. Diagonally across the intersection from […]

Trump Says He Wants the FBI and DOJ to Investigate the Jussie Smollett Case

If there hadn’t already been enough drama and confusion over the Jussie Smollett case, Donald Trump weighed in through a Thursday morning tweet. He wrote said that the Department of Justice and FBI would “review the outrageous Jussie Smollett case in Chicago” and called it an “embarrassment” to the country. What might seem a relatively […]

The New Mayor of Chicago Will Be a Black Woman for the First Time

Chicago’s legendary Daley political machine failed to deliver victory in Tuesday’s mayoral election as Bill Daley conceded the race to two black women who will make history when one of them becomes mayor after an April runoff. Former federal prosecutor Lori Lightfoot and Cook County Board President Toni Preckwinkle claimed the two top spots and […]