435 N. Michigan Avenue
Chicago, IL
Phil Vettel
My Role

Phil Vettel has been the Chicago Tribune's restaurant critic since 1989. Video versions of Phil's reviews (without revealing his face, of course) can be seen weekly on WGN-Ch. 9 and CLTV. And he's a regular contributor to the Tribune blog The Stew (chicagotribune.com/stew).
My Biography

Phil was born in the Bronx, NY, went to high school in Florida and graduated from Eastern Illinois University in 1979 with a BA in Journalism. His career began at the Tribune-owned Suburban Trib in 1979, and he was promoted to the Chicago Tribune, working in the Tempo section, in 1981.

His wife, Paula, frequently joins him on his restaurant visits, and his sons, Ed and Chris, usually have better things to do.
My Recent Articles

New executive chef for Park Hyatt, NoMI Kitchen 3/25/2015
The new executive chef at the Park Hyatt Hotel (800 N. Michigan Ave., 312-239-4030), arrives as a virtual unknown, but that circumstance may not last long.

Easter dining options from Phil Vettel 3/25/2015
And now, a topic that needs very little introduction: Easter. Brunches and dinners. Plain and fancy. City and suburban. Make reservations as soon as you can.

N.Y.'s Dinosaur Bar-B-Que opening here in late April 3/23/2015
Good news for Syracuse alums, NYC ex-pats and lovers of fine barbecue in general — Dinosaur Bar-B-Que is heading to Chicago.

mfk restaurant joins OpenTable 3/19/2015
First came the no-reservations policy. Then, the limited phone-reservations policy. And now mfk (432 W. Diversey Parkway, 773-857-2540) has joined the OpenTable system.

Restaurant review: The Duck Inn 3/18/2015
For a restaurant that's been open a little more than three months, The Duck Inn has deep roots.