Local Scene

Chicago: The Classics


The Classics

On Chicago’s South Side, Josephine’s Preserves the Lineage of Soul Food

To own a restaurant is a labor of love. To own a soul food restaurant for 35 years, as Josephine…

By

The Classics

Original Soul Vegetarian: Proof That Divine Culinary Inspiration Can Grow on Trees

To the casual observer, Original Soul Vegetarian (a.k.a. “Soul Vegetarian East”), a Chicago restaurant with multiple locations across the country,…

By

"Seeing the old classics on there, I know I’ve gotta keep this thing going," says wine director Jared Gelband. // Photo courtesy of Italian Village

The Classics

Is Italian Village Keeping Chicago’s Biggest Wine Secret?

The quiet pervades the Italian Village’s climate-controlled wine cellar, which is perched implausibly on the top floor of this three-restaurants-in-one…

By

A visit to Italian Village almost always will involve red sauce. // Photo courtesy Italian Village

The Classics

At Chicago’s Italian Village, a Century of Meat Sauce and Solace

After my family moved to Chicago’s western suburbs in 1991 when I was seven, dinner at the subterranean Italian chophouse…

By

The Classics

An Ode to Chicken Vesuvio, the Ultimate Expression of Chicago

If ever there was one perfect expression of Chicago on a dinner plate, it’d be Chicken Vesuvio: a meat-and-potatoes dish…

By