For 25th Anniversary, Beard Awards Move to Chicago

Chicago is adding another jewel to its culinary crown. After 24 years in New York City, the James Beard Foundation awards ceremony is moving to Chicago next year.

It’s more proof that Chicago is home to one of the country’s hottest restaurant scenes.

The James Beard Foundation is based in New York and honors the nation’s best chefs and restaurants.

Several cities had sought to host the awards, but the foundation said Chicago’s offer of marketing and sponsorship support was too good to turn down.

The James Beard awards have always been held in New York since the event began in 1990. Beard, considered the dean of American cooking, died in 1985.

The next awards ceremony will be held at the Lyric Opera of Chicago on May 4, 2015. (AP)

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Conan O’Brien to Stay Up Late at TBS Through 2018

Team Coco will continue to play for TBS for four more years. The network says Conan O’Brien will be sticking around with his late-night hour through 2018.

“Conan” premiered on TBS in November 2010. It airs Monday through Thursday at 11 p.m. Eastern time.

The announcement Wednesday comes with the late-night landscape in flux at rival networks. In recent months Jimmy Fallon has taken over NBC’s “Tonight Show” from Jay Leno, while David Letterman has announced his retirement next year from CBS’ “Late Show,” with Stephen Colbert taking over.

Before joining TBS, O’Brien had hosted NBC’s “Late Night” followed by a brief stint as star of “Tonight.”

Recently TBS announced that in 2015, O’Brien will become the first late-night host to broadcast his show from San Diego’s Comic-Con. (AP)

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