As the restaurant prepares to close after 25 years as a Chicago fine-dining institution, chefs who worked there recall a high-stakes push to create flawless dishes that exceeded all expectations. Everyone knows Charlie Trotter as the chef of Charlie Trotter’s.…

New Year’s Eve is a time for drama, but chef Charlie Trotter outdid himself Sunday. Shortly after midnight, in front of some 100 guests in his eponymous restaurant, Trotter dropped a bomb: At the end of August, after the acclaimed…

AURORA, Ill.  (RestaurantNews.com)  AAA Chicago has announced the seven restaurants and four lodgings named as AAA Five Diamond Award designees for 2011 in Illinois and northern Indiana. All eleven designees are located in Chicago, Ill. With seven Five Diamond restaurants,…