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Recent articles by Phil:

Chicago’s most anticipated restaurants of 2020 face a coronavirus-battered industry and an uncertain future. Here’s how their opening plans have changed.

Some of the most anticipated Chicago restaurants set to open in 2020 had to rethink their plans amid coronavirus, from Curtis Duffy's Ever to Ambria. → Read More

Pritzker’s five-phase plan a ‘gut punch’ to restaurants desperate to open

Desperate Chicago-area restaurant owners call Gov. Pritzker's five-phase plan 'a punch to the gut'; why can't we be in phase 3, they wonder. → Read More

James Beard hits and misses as Chicago chefs and restaurants nab eight nominations

Phil Vettel looks at the hits and misses of the James Beard Award nominations. → Read More

Chicago lands eight nominations in James Beard Awards

Six Chicago chefs are among the James Beard Award nominees, announced Monday, plus two nominees in wine and bar programs. → Read More

Chicago chef Bruce Sherman helps launch CSA featuring small-scale women farmers

Chef Bruce Sherman launches CSA featuring weekly 'comfort boxes' of locally grown produce → Read More

Chicago restaurant owners look ahead to reopening with optimism and fear

As restaurants look forward to the days after the coronavirus crisis, the question remains how many restaurants will remain to see it. → Read More

Pizzeria Portofino celebrates Readers’ Choice win with weekend popup

Pizzeria Portofino, closed by the coronavirus shutdown, reopens for a weekend-long popup to celebrate its Chicago Tribune Readers' Choice Dining Award for Best New Restaurant. → Read More

You voted for your favorite Chicago restaurants. Now meet the winners of our Readers’ Choice Dining Awards.

The Tribune is announcing Dining Awards winners when restaurants are closed? We are, indeed, because restaurants need our support now more than ever. → Read More

Brasserie Jo returns after 10 years as a carryout-only popup serving set dinners

Brasserie Jo, Chicago chef Jean Joho's beloved less-expensive restaurant, returns as a carryout-only popup serving set menus. → Read More

South Side restaurant drops curbside service to feed front-line hospital workers instead

Virtue is focusing full time on delivering meals to front-line healthcare workers at local hospitals. → Read More

With 11 million jobs on the line, restaurants renew plea for government help. 80% not certain they can survive, poll says

Independent Restaurant Coalition renews pleas for government assistance, says millions of jobs at stake → Read More

Charity employs Chicago restaurants to feed frontline health care workers, aiming for 10,000 meals per week

A new partnership is hiring restaurants in especially vulnerable communities to prepare meals for health care workers in those areas. → Read More

Emergency restaurant grant winners in Chicago say the money couldn’t come at a better time

A look at some of the Chicago businesses receiving Hospitality Emergency Grant money from Illinois. → Read More

‘We’re not looking for a bailout’ say top American chefs — but it might be what the restaurant industry needs to survive

The Independent Restaurant Coalition sent a letter to Congress Monday, detailing federal assistance needed to ensure the industry's survival → Read More

North Pond restaurant looking to post-pandemic era, selling tickets to re-opening cocktail party

To raise money for its furloughed employees, North Pond is selling tickets to a cocktail party, to take place 'after we reopen.' → Read More

15 places where you can order in brunch this weekend in Chicago area

From bagels and lox to chilaquiles, Chicago restaurants are ready to deliver your brunch. Mimosas included. → Read More

What to order in today: We check out delivery and pickup dishes at Chicago-area restaurants

We're rounding up the dishes we order in and review from Chicago-area restaurants, from Chinese dumplings to Alinea's beef Wellington. → Read More

Curbside critic: Tastes of Spain at Bar Biscay deliver a welcome burst of tang

Phil Vettel reviews the curbside menu at Bar Biscay, where one can also purchase groceries and household items at the bodega. → Read More

Chicago wine shop partners with local restaurants to create pickup dinners for two

Wine retailer Vin Chicago is partnering with Chicago restaurants to create limited-availability dinners → Read More

Gene & Georgetti reopens River North location for pickup and delivery service

Closed since October by a fire, Gene & Georgetti has reopened its River North location for pickup and delivery service → Read More