Author Archive for Sam Bowman

De la Familia

Once in a while, you run across a little gem of a family restaurant that treats its patrons like family. Birrieria Zaragoza is that kind of restaurant, and the first time I visited, I had a hard time believing that…

Songs from Siberia

An overfilled room in Ida Noyes Hall was quite likely the only place in the Western Hemisphere where Semeyskie music could be heard last Saturday. Sixteen University of Chicago men and women in bright sashes and embroidered red dresses sang…

Where’s Waldo on the Magnificent Mile

By about 12:30 last Friday afternoon, University of Chicago mathematics graduate students Strom Borman and Daniele Rosso were sitting under the King Lear statue at the foot of the Magnificent Mile, basking in their speedy victory under the late fall…

High-End Dining in Hyde Park

Jerry Kleiner’s new restaurant Park 52 opened in Harper Court just over a week ago, and it is poised to establish itself as Hyde Park’s one fashionable destination restaurant. The restaurant is arguably the most expensive in the neighborhood, with…