News and Updates

Chicago’s Best Classics #2: Lockwood Restaurant & Bar

November 24th, 2014

It doesn’t get more classic than the Palmer House in downtown Chicago. Did you know the brownie was invented in this historic hotel. Who knew history could satisfy our hunger (and sweet tooth)?

Honey, bees make chefs’ lives sweeter

October 27th, 2014
Honeybees in some parts of the country are mysteriously abandoning their hives and disappearing, but the hives on the rooftops of some Chicago-area restaurants that produce honey are thriving. Greg Fischer, the beekeeper of 40 hives at the Morton Arboretum , says neonicotinoid insecticides are believed to be causing the problems elsewhere, but he points out, "Illinois is not a big beekeeping state, so we haven't been affected by colony collapse disorder."

A new executive chef for Lockwood

October 2nd, 2014

Matthew Wiltzius has been named executive chef at Lockwood Restaurant & Bar in the Palmer House Hilton in the Loop. Lockwood focuses on “seasonally influenced modern American cuisine” featuring locally grown ingredients including items from its rooftop garden and apiary. Mr. Wiltzius has worked alongside chefs Rick Gresh (David Burke’s Primehouse), Jean Tippenhauer and Mark […]

Roof to Table Dining at The Palmer House

September 1st, 2014

Recently The Palmer House Hilton, one of Chicago’s most famous and historic hotels invited me to meet their Chefs, tour their rooftop garden, and to taste some of their new menu items. I was treated to a memorable afternoon of eating and exploring the garden and I am excited to tell you all about it. First I […]

9th Annual Readers’ Choice Best Of Awards Winners & Editor’s Picks

August 1st, 2014
The All Stars, The readers at illinois meetings + events have spoken, crowning the 2013 Best of Illinois.

The Best Private Dining Rooms

July 1st, 2014
We looked at dozens of private rooms at restaurants in Chicago's downtown, River North, Gold Coast and Randolph Market District neighborhoods to identify the top spots for intimate business dinners

Best Spring Salads In Chicago

April 23rd, 2014
Goodbye parsnips. See ya later turnips and rutabagas and all you various and sundry squash. Beets and Brussels sprouts? We love you but familiarity breeds contempt.

America’s 10 Best Roof-To-Table Restaurants

April 15th, 2014
Located just off the ornate lobby in Chicago's Palmer House Hilton is the chic Lockwood Restaurant & Bar. On the 25th floor’s rooftop sits a low-key apiary and a vegetable garden flush with tomatoes, snap peas, herbs, and lettuces.

Phil Vettel recommends: Chicago Restaurant Week

January 22nd, 2014
Running a full 14 days (Friday through Feb. 6), this seventh annual rendition is officially the longest ever. In practice, though, the promotion, in which participating restaurants offer three-course lunches for $22 and/or three- and four-course dinners for $33 or $44, always tends to linger a few extra days, as restaurants keep those deals in force.

Chicago Ties NY For AAA Five Diamond Restaurants

January 17th, 2014
The Chicago restaurant scene now boasts seven AAA Five Diamond-rated restaurants, the same number as New York City.

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