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Phil Vettel
Critic
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

Elite Traveler names Alinea world's best restaurant 3/31/2015
For the fourth consecutive year, Elite Traveler magazine has rated Alinea (1723 N. Halsted St., 312-867-0110) as the very best in the world.

Jake Bickelhaupt of 42 Grams named Food & Wine Best Chef 3/31/2015
Another day, another big recognition for 42 Grams and chef Jake Bickelhaupt.

Passover dining options from Phil Vettel 3/30/2015
Passover begins at sundown Friday, and, as always, Chicago's restaurants are prepared. Some dining and carryout options:

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.