Divided voters force runoff in citywide elections

Chuy's teams celebrates.

By Karin Vandraiss and Matt Yurus For the first time, Chicago’s next mayor will be determined in a runoff election as a group of challengers kept incumbent Rahm Emanuel from reaching the simple majority he needed for an outright victory. The AP called the race “an embarrassment for the former White House chief of staff.”

Top 6 Election Day Pseudo-Scandals

By Kate Morrissey and Karin Vandraiss The Daley dynasty may be a thing of the past, but Chicago politics are still alive and well. Between questionable politicking and social media sass, this year’s election hasn’t disappointed when it comes to shenanigans worthy of the Windy City. 1. Doughnut-debacle 2015. Best enjoyed with your own Box O’Joe, some poll […]

Free doughnuts raise questions about electioneering at Bridgeport polls

By Dean DeChiaro Just before 8 a.m. on Tuesday, two poll watchers at the Hamburg Athletic Club on South Emerald Street in the Bridgeport neighborhood told potential voters to cast their ballots for Patrick Daley Thompson, the former mayor’s nephew and candidate in the 11th Ward, and to help themselves to “free coffee and doughnuts.”

Still time to apply for Top Chef Season 13

By Karin Vandraiss Bravo’s hit series, “Top Chef,” wastes no time lining up new talent. On Wednesday LA chef Mei Lin won the title honors for Season 12, but the show has already started its annual, nation-wide scouting trip to cast the  upcoming season. Chicago’s live casting call was earlier this week, but even if […]

South Side restaurants largely missing from Chicago Restaurant Week

While Restaurant Week originally featured restaurants in the heart of the city, the event has expanded to include the suburbs, locations at O’Hare and even Mariano’s grocery stores.

By Karin Vandraiss Restaurant Week, the annual winter event that offers Chicagoans the chance to eat at top-flight restaurants at relatively low prices, opens Jan. 30. But the imbalance between North Side (and north suburban) restaurants and South Side eateries is hard to ignore. Since its launch in 2008, Chicago Restaurant Week has grown exponentially, […]