Richard Milz and where to eat at O’Hare Airport!

Richard Milz and where to eat at O’Hare Airport!

O’Hare’s Eight Standouts


tortas%20ord.jpg1) Tortas Frontera: Rick Bayless’ outstanding modern Mexican cuisine will make your flight delay a little more bearable. The featured items are the griddle-baked tortas filled with meats such as chipotle chicken, beer-braised beef short ribs and pork chorizo. Besides tortas, the outpost also serves cazuelas, fresh-made guacamole, hand-shaken premium margaritas and Intelligentsia Coffee. Get some award-winning Mexican food even if you’re flying to Mexico. [Terminals 1, 3 and 5; Gates B10, K3 and M12]

Wicker-Park-Sushi.jpg2) Wicker Park Sushi Bar: Bringing a more refined dining experience to the airport, this 104-seat restaurant with sushi bar gives travelers the option of enjoying nigiri, sashimi, maki and specialty rolls like the Wicker Park tidal wave, the banana roll for dessert and the special veggie roll. Bonus: they serve sake, shochu, have a full bar and also have a quick sushi takeaway counter. [Terminal 2]

Wolfgang-Puck-cafe.jpg3) Wolfgang Puck Cafe: This restaurant location from the eponymous celebrity chef has full service, sit-down amenities. The full menu includes courses like pastas, rotisserie chicken, ribeye steak and pan-seared salmon as well as Puck’s signature four-cheese pizza and Chinois chicken salad. (Terminal 1, Gate B7; Terminal 3, Gates K1)

berghoff%20ord.jpg4) Berghoff Café: This dining spot has its own seating area and a selection of sandwiches ranging from breakfast creations to corned beef and a Rueben. Flatbread pizzas are also available alongside Berghoff beer drafts. [Terminal 1, Gate C26]

la-tapenade%20ord.jpg5) La Tapenade: A Mediterranean-themed café that offers flatbread pizzas, salads, wraps and grilled panini sandwiches. There’s also a full bar and an assortment of dessert pastries. [Terminals 1, 2 and 3; Gates B4, E9, F10 and H14]

bboh.jpg6) Big Bowl: One of the latest Terminal 5 additions to open is another location of the popular Chinese-Thai spot Big Bowl. They’re cooking up satays, Sichuan and stir fry dishes in a similar vein to their other Chicagoland locations. Gluten free options are also available.

Beaudevin-ORD-150.jpg7) Beaudevin: This European-feeling wine bar features a granite-topped bar, chandeliers comprising wine glasses and more than 20 wines available by the glass, bottle of flights. Pair that with olives or figs, or various tartines like the roasted herb chicken, turkey berry with goat cheese or a Scottish smoked salmon. [Terminal 1, Gate C17]

garrett%20ord.jpg8) Garrett Popcorn: Chicago’s cult-favorite popcorn shop. Try one of the signature flavors from butter and CheeseCorn to CaramelCrisp and watch in amazement as the bag quickly depletes. [Terminals 1 and 3, Gates B8 and H2]

Terminal 1/Concourse B and C

Fast Casual/Bars


· Beaudevin: Wine bar (C17) · Berghoff Café;: Sandwiches, breakfast sandwiches, pizzas and beers on tap (C26) · Chili’s: Sandwiches, salads, burgers, bar food (B14) · Galileo’s: Bar (B18) · Goose Island Bar: Sandwiches, bar (C10) · Jazz Bar: Bar (C19) · La Tapenade: Pizzas, salads, wraps, sandwiches (B4) · Wolfgang Puck: Pizzas, salads, pastas, entrees (B7)

A Quick Meal

· America’s Dog: Hot dogs, soups, salads (C17) · Auntie Anne’s: Pretzels (C16) · Billy Goat Tavern: Burgers, breakfast, beer (C19) · Brioche Doree: Sandwiches, salads, croissants (C20) · Café Zoot: Sandwiches, croissants, pastries (C19) · Chili’s To Go:  Sandwiches, salads, bar food (B2) · Ciao Market: Sandwiches, salads (C15) · Eli’s Cheesecake: Cheesecakes, desserts (B9) · Fresh Attraction: Sandwiches (B1) · Fresh Market on the Go: Salads, sandwiches, chocolates, quick bites (C25) · Garrett Popcorn: Popcorn (B8) · Great American Bagel: Bagels, sandwiches (B14) · ICE Dishes and Drinks : Sandwiches, salads, cocktails · Jamba Juice: Smoothies (B7) · Manchu Wok: Chinese (C19) · McDonald’s: Fast food (B11, C10) · Nuts on Clark: Popcorn (C19) · Rocky Mountain Chocolate Factory: Chocolate, candy (B14) · Salad Works: Salads (C19) · Smoothie King: Smoothies (B6) · Starbucks: Coffee, teas, pastries (B14, B6, B9, C4, C32) · The Grove: Ice cream, frozen yogurt (B6) · Tortas Frontera: Sandwiches, soups, salads (B10) · Uno Chicago Style Hot Dogs: Hot dogs (C8) · Vosges Haut-Chocolat · Wolfgang Puck Express: Sandwiches, salads (B2)

A Leisurely Meal

· Tuscany Café: A traditional sit-down Italian restaurant with full service. Options include pastas, pizzas and classic entrees, as well as beer and wine. (B18)

Terminal 2/Concourse E and F

Fast Casual/Bars


· Chili’s: Sandwiches, salads, burgers, bar food (F3) · Goose Island: Sandwiches, bar · Johnny Rockets: Burgers, shakes (Main terminal building) · La Tapenade: Pizzas, salads, wraps, sandwiches (E9, F10) · Stanley’s Blackhawks Kitchen and Tap: Sandwiches, breakfast, bar food, sports bar (E3)

A Quick Meal

· Argo Tea: Tea, coffee (E3) · Auntie Anne’s: Pretzels (E2) · Brioche Doree: Sandwiches, salads, croissants (F7) · Carry-Out Carry-On: Quick bites (E2) · Chili’s to Go: Sandwiches, salads, burgers, bar food (E9) · CIBO Express Gourmet Market: Sandwiches, wraps, salads, fruits, vegetarian (Main terminal building) · McDonald’s: Fast food (F3) · Nuts on Clark: Popcorn (E2) · Uno Chicago Style Pizza: Pizza (E3) · Starbucks: Coffee, teas, pastries (E1, E11) · Vienna Hot Dogs: Hot dogs (E3)

A Leisurely Meal

· Wicker Park Sushi Bar: A sushi bar with sit-down tables and counter seating. Try a selection of maki or indulge in some sake. (Main terminal building)

Terminal 3/Concourse G, H, K and L

Fast Casual/Bars


· Chili’s: Sandwiches, salads, burgers, bar food (G9, H2) · Cubs Bar & Grill: Paninis, burgers, chicken, salads, bar · Facade’s Bar: Bar (K15) · Goose Island Brewery: Sandwiches, bar food, bar (L8) · La Tapenade: Pizzas, salads, wraps, sandwiches (H14) · O’Briens Restaurant and Bar: Burgers, Hot dogs, sandwiches, bar (H5) · Prairie Tap: Burgers, sandwiches, bar food, bar (K4) · Rush Street: Sandwiches, bar food, bar (H14) · Skyscrapers: Bar (K9)

A Quick Meal

· Auntie Anne’s: Pretzels (G5) · Argo Tea: Teas, coffee (H1, L2A) · B.J.’s Market: Southern soul food (K15) · Brioche Doree: Sandwiches, salads, croissants ( K15) · Burrito Beach/B Smooth: Mexican, burritos, tacos, smoothies (K4) · Chicago Waterworks · Chili’s Too: Sandwiches, salads, burgers, bar food (G10) · CIBO Gourmet Market: Sandwiches, wraps, salads, fruits, vegetarian (H1) · Dunkin’ Donuts: Coffee, donuts, bagels (H5) · Farmers Market · Fresh Attractions (H6) · Fresh Market on the Go: Salads, sandwiches, chocolates, quick bites · Garrett Popcorn: Popcorn (H2) · Gold Coast Dogs: Hot dogs (L4) · Great American Bagel: Bagels, sandwiches (H10, K1) · ICE Dishes and Drinks (L2B) · Manchu Wok: Chinese (H5) · McDonald’s: Fast food (H5, H9, K9, L4) · Nuts on Clark: Popcorn (H8) · Pizzeria Uno: Pizza (Rotunda) · Reggio’s Pizza: Pizza (K4) · Rocky Mountain Chocolate Factory: Chocolate, candy (H5) · Starbucks: Coffee, teas, pastries (G11, L2B. K4. K15. H6. H1. H14) · Subway: Sandwiches (Rotunda) · TCBY/Juiceworks: Frozen yogurt (Rotunda) · Tortas Frontera: Sandwiches, soups, salads (K3) · Uno Chicago Style Pizza · Vosges Haut-Chocolat: Chocolates · Windy City Carvers: Carved deli sandwiches (L3) · Wolfgang Puck Express: Sandwiches, salads (K13)

A Leisurely Meal

· Macaroni Grill: A full-service Macaroni Grill sits inside the terminal and offers a selection of pastas, pizzas, antipastas and other Italian classics. (K2)

· Wolfgang Puck: This restaurant location from the eponymous celebrity chef has full service, sit-down amenities. The full menu includes courses like pastas, rotisserie chicken, ribeye steak and pan-seared salmon as well as Puck’s signature four-cheese pizza and Chinois chicken salad. (K1)

Terminal 5/Concourse M

Fast Casual/Bars


· The Bar: Bar (Ticketing level) · Tocco: Pastas, Italian (M7)

A Quick Meal

· Gourmet to Go · Kofe Powered By Intelligentsia: Coffee (M8) · McDonald’s: Fast food (Baggage) · Metropolis Coffee: Coffee (M10) · Tortas Frontera: Sandwiches, soups, salads (M12) · Vosges Haut-Chocolat: Chocolates

A Leisurely Meal

· Big Bowl: Another outpost of the Lettuce Entertain You chain, expect Chinese and Thai favorites like potstickers, orange chicken and Pad Thai.

From Richard Milz via Eater Chicago



2014 Chicago Michelin Guide Picks

2014 Chicago Michelin Guide Picks

The Michelin Man was very good to Chicago on Tuesday, bestowing stars on 25 restaurants, the largest number in the four-year history of the Chicago Michelin guide.

“It was a great year in Chicago,” said Michael Ellis, Michelin’s international director in charge of the guides. “There are a lot of really interesting things going on; there are great chefs out there, and the audience is out there; they really like innovation in Chicago.”

Twenty Chicago restaurants earned a coveted Michelin star, including five first-time recipients: EL Ideas, the highly creative restaurant in Pilsen; Elizabeth, the Lincoln Square restaurant owned by master forager Iliana Regan; The Lobby, the fine-dining room inside the Peninsula Chicago hotel; North Pond, the Lincoln Park restaurant whose absence from previous Michelin lists has been particularly conspicuous; and Senza, the gluten-free fine-dining restaurant in Lakeview.

All the one-star restaurants from the 2013 list retained their standing, with one exception — Sixteen, in the Trump International Hotel Tower, was promoted to the two-level.

In all, four restaurants received two stars, double the number of 2013 winners. In addition to Sixteen and repeat two-star winners L2O and Graham Elliot (which announced that it will close after its New Year’s Eve dinner), two stars went to Grace, Curtis Duffy’s fine-dining restaurant, in its first year of consideration.

And once again, Alinea, considered one of the best restaurants in the world, received Michelin’s maximum three-star designation.

“Look at who’s behind these restaurants; look at Curtis Duffy,” Ellis said. “He’s worked with Grant (Achatz), Charlie (Trotter), Thomas Keller; he has great technique. I got to eat at Grace in September, and it was a beautiful meal. He does amazing things. The same with Thomas Lents (of Sixteen), who worked with Jean Joho and Joel Robuchon. His technical skills are well known. I don’t think (their high rating) will be a surprise to anybody.”

Ellis expressed admiration for several one-star recipients, including North Pond (“Bruce Sherman is a really interesting guy, who has really interesting takes on food”) and Senza (“Our first gluten-free starred restaurant”).

On the downside, a few restaurants with arguably realistic Michelin-star aspirations were passed over. New restaurants Brindille and Masaki went unrecognized, and Michelin continued to snub mk, Les Nomades and Perennial Virant.

As was the case in 2013, no suburban restaurants received stars. Courtright’s (Willow Springs) and Vie (Western Springs) were one-star recipients in the 2012 Chicago Michelin Guide, but lost them in 2013.

The 2014 Chicago Michelin Guide, which lists more than 400 city and suburban restaurants, is available in bookstores today.

Three Stars


Two Stars

Grace *
Graham Elliot
Sixteen **

One Star

EL Ideas *
Elizabeth *
The Lobby *
Longman & Eagle
North Pond *
Senza *

* New to 2014 Michelin guide
** Elevated from last year’s one-star rating

From Richard Milz via Chicago Tribune

Rich Milz with Chicago’s 2014 Michelin Bib Gourmands!

Rich Milz with Chicago’s 2014 Michelin Bib Gourmands!

While the Michelin Guide is unleashing the 2014 star ratings on November 12 (a day prior to the on sale date), today marks the reveal of the Bib Gourmands. The restaurants included in the Bib Gourmands are meant for those looking to dine on a tighter budget, which the guide defines as two courses and a glass of wine or dessert for $40 or less. Michelin also says that the inspectors personally frequent these restaurants.

This year’s Bib Gourmand list sees a total increase from 2013, from 64 to 69. 21 newcomers are on it, including Lula Cafe, which fell off the list and have returned. A few newer openings made the cut, including Juno, Fat Rice, Found, and Mott Street. Other additions include Arami and Mercat a la Planxa.

16 restaurants fell off the list this year, with The Bristol, Untitled, Storefront Company, Bistronomic, Savoy, Ann Sather, and City Tavern among them. It’s possible that some of them made the jump to full Michelin stars. Closed restaurants that fell off by default include Maison, Urban Union, and West Town Tavern.

Read through the full Bib Gourmand list below.

Chicago 2014 Michelin Guide Bib Gourmand Restaurants:

Ada St. Antique Taco *Arami *ATK Au Cheval *Autre Monde Avec Balena Belly Shack *bellyQ Browntrout Ceres’ Table Chilam Balam *County Cumin Deca DeCOLORES *Fat Rice *Found Frontera Grill *Gather Gemini Bistro Gilt Bar Girl & The Goat Green Zebra GT Fish & Oyster Han 202 *Homestyle Taste *Hopleaf Jaipur Jam Jin Thai *Juno Kabul House Kai Zan *Kama Indian Bistro *Kurah Lao Hunan Lao Sze Chuan *Libertad *Lula Café *Mana Food Bar Marion Street Cheese Market Maude’s Liquor Bar *Mercat a la Planxa Mixteco Grill *Mott St. *Nabuki Nana Nightwood Opart Thai House Owen & Engine Paramount Room The Publican Pump Room The Purple Pig Q BBQ Riccardo Trattoria Sen Slurping Turtle Smak-Tak Smoque BBQ Sol de Mexico Spacca Napoli *Sushi Dokku *TAC Quick Urban Belly Wood Yolo

From Rich Milz via Eater Chicago!


Chicago now murder capital of U.S., FBI says

Chicago now murder capital of U.S., FBI says

Move over New York, the Second City is now the murder capital of America.

According to new crime statistics released this week by the Federal Bureau of Investigation, Chicago had more homicides in 2012 than any other city in the country. There were 500 murders in Chicago last year, the FBI said, surpassing New York City, which had 419.

In 2011, there were 515 homicides in the Big Apple, compared with the 431 in Chicago.

But as the Washington Post noted, residents of Chicago and New York were much less likely to be victims of a homicide than some Michigan residents. In Flint, for example, there were 63 killings — a staggering number when you consider Flint’s population is 101,632 — “meaning 1 in every 1,613 city residents were homicide victims.” In Detroit, where 386 killings occurred in 2012, 1 in 1,832 were homicide victims.

Guns were used in the vast majority of slayings in the United States last year. According to the FBI data, 69.3 percent involved a firearm.

Overall, violent crime — homicides and aggravated assaults — was up less than 1 percent in 2012, according to FBI data.

There was some good news in the report. The estimated number of burglaries declined 3.7 percent in 2012, and property crimes (down 0.9 percent) fell for the 10th straight year.

Click here for the full report.

Cities with the most homicides in 2012

1. Chicago | 500
2. New York | 419
3. Detroit | 386
4. Philadelphia | 331
5. Los Angeles | 299
6. Baltimore | 219
7. Houston | 217
8. New Orleans | 193
9. Dallas | 154
10. Memphis | 133
11. Oakland | 126
12. Phoenix | 124
13. St. Louis | 113
14. Kansas City | 105
15. Indianapolis | 101

Source: FBI

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Richard Milz thinks the USO lunch Bag is the perfet back to school bag!

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Chicago Called Most Corrupt City In the Nation

Chicago Called Most Corrupt City In the Nation

CHICAGO (CBS) — A former Chicago alderman turned political science professor/corruption fighter has found that Chicago is the most corrupt city in the country.

He cites data from the U.S. Department of Justice to prove his case. And, he says, Illinois is third-most corrupt state in the country.

University of Illinois at Chicago professor Dick Simpson, who served as alderman of the 44th Ward in Lakeview from 1971 to 1979, estimates the cost of corruption at $500 million.

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It’s essentially a corruption tax on citizens who bear the cost of bad behavior — police brutality, bogus contracts, bribes, theft and ghost payrolling to name a few — and the costs needed to prosecute it.

“We first of all, we have a long history,” Simpson said. “The first corruption trial was in 1869 when alderman and county commissioners were convicted of rigging a contract to literally whitewash City Hall.”

In the Northern District of Illinois, which includes Chicago, there have been a total of 1,531 public corruption convictions since 1976, Simpson found. A distant second is California’s central district in Los Angeles with 1,275 public corruption convictions since 1976, Simpson found.

Statewide, that number hits 1,828. Only California and New York have more, but those states have much higher populations. Per capita, only the District of Columbia and Louisiana have more convictions.

Since the 1970s, four of Illinois’ seven governors have been convicted (Otto Kerner, Dan Walker, George Ryan and Rod Blagojevich). In addition, dozens of Chicago alderman and other city and county public officials have been found guilty, Simpson said.

Corruption, Simpson said, is intertwined with city politics. Simpson found that about a third of sitting alderman since 1973 have been corrupt.

“We have had machine politics since the Great Chicago Fire of 1871,” he said. “Machine politics breeds corruption inevitably.”

Simpson says Hong Kong and Sydney were two similarly corrupt cities that managed to change their ways. He says Chicago can too, but it will take decades.


Run with the Bulls in Chicago..No Bull!

Run with the Bulls in Chicago..No Bull!

From Richard Milz via the Chicago Tribune

About 1,000 people have signed up to sprint alongside a stampede of bulls when a U.S. version of the famous Spanish tradition comes to the Chicago area next July.

The Great Bull Run, modeled after the festival that takes place each year in Pamplona, Spain, will hold its inaugural run next month in Richmond, Va., and will hit at least eight other cities before arriving at Hawthorne Race Course in Stickney on July 12.

Organizer Bradford Scudder decided to create the U.S.-based event to give thrill-seekers a chance to run with bulls without having to spend the time and money to fly to Spain.

For a fee starting at $35 , participants can enjoy a bull run followed by a rotten tomato fight, another Spanish tradition.

The Great Bull Run website warns participants that the race is “the real deal” and that participants “accept the risk that you might be trampled, gored, rammed or tossed in the air by a bull.” Participants must pay an insurance fee, and medical staff will be at the site.

To minimize risk, organizers said they will use less aggressive bulls than the ones that run in Spain.

Animal rights advocates have called on the U.S. Department of Agriculture to investigate whether the organizers are properly licensed.

“These events are a shameful example of cruelty for the sake of nothing more than entertainment and profit,” said Ann Chynoweth, senior director of The Humane Society of the United States’ End Animal Cruelty and Fighting campaign.