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05/24/13 Palatine's Alley 64 revs up the menu with Harley-themed atmosphere
By Lisa Friedman Miner - Palatine's Alley 64 touts cold beer and warm service -- and delivers on both counts. And as summer revs up, both are welcome draws for this biker-themed bar on Rand Road that also boasts a strong menu to boot. It's very casual with outdoor... FULL STORY
03/17/13 Well-cast 'Jekyll & Hyde' reflects the good and the bad
By Lisa Friedman Miner - On one hand, the Broadway-bound tour of the musical "Jekyll & Hyde" is like the good Dr. Jekyll: bursting with talent and ambition. On the other, it's theater run amok, a Hyde-like mish-mash of mood and madness elevated by stars Constantine Maroulis... FULL STORY
03/15/13 Enjoy St. Patrick's Day all weekend long in the suburbs, city
By Scott Morgan, Laura Stewart and Lisa Miner - There's something about St. Patrick's Day that puts everyone in a mighty good mood. And the best part is, you don't have to be Irish to celebrate -- whether by taking in a suburban parade, enjoying "Flanagan's Wake" or just watching the Chicago... FULL STORY
03/01/13 March Music Madness: Fans score with local shows
By Lisa Friedman Miner - March madness doesn't just mean basketball. Music fans, too, have much to celebrate this month. Green Day kicks off a major tour in Rosemont. Rihanna rocks the United Center. Branford Marsalis plays a jazz concert in Naperville. And some of the... FULL STORY
02/08/13 Fox Valley Rep does 'Murder' lite
By Lisa Friedman Miner - Early on in Fox Valley Rep's "The Art of Murder," Annie Brooks tells her lout of a husband that there's a "monster" in all of us. That proves all-too-true in Joe DiPietro's comic mystery, a tale of three monsters, really -- all willing to kill... FULL STORY
01/22/13 Paramount's 'Music Man' a true charmer
By Lisa Friedman Miner - Seeing Meredith Willson's "The Music Man" at Aurora's Paramount Theatre might just give you a new appreciation of this stage staple. With its fine cast and a nice balance between the splashy "Seventy-six Trombones" and quieter... FULL STORY
12/14/12 Countdown to Christmas: A day-by-day guide to holiday fun
Compiled by Lisa Friedman Miner, Deb Pankey and Laura Stewart - Shopping, baking and eccentric relatives got you down? Time for a breather. Here's our day-by-day guide to fun, festive entertainment events to get you through the rest of the holiday season. FULL STORY
11/23/12 Classic cocktails, casual setting set Annex apart
By Lisa Friedman Miner - Barrington's Park Avenue Wine Bar was sleek, chic and, frankly, a little intimidating. And it wasn't just the poached octopus on the menu that made it seem that way. So when the stylish wine bar went out over the summer, owners replaced it with The... FULL STORY
11/09/12 'Potted Potter' -- complete with Quidditch -- sweeps into Chicago
By Lisa Friedman Miner - To entertain Harry Potter fans waiting for the release of the sixth book, comedians Daniel Clarkson and Jeff Turner put on a 20-minute sketch about the boy wizard and his pals. "The response was amazing," Clarkson said. So the two created "Potter... FULL STORY
08/30/12 A half-dozen above-par entertainment options for Ryder Cup week
By Lisa Friedman Miner - Man cannot live on golf alone -- even in Medinah. So if you're planning to be in town for the Ryder Cup in late September, you're going to want to get out and see some sights. If you're looking for something less touristy, we have a... FULL STORY
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