| Mar 8, 2013
For many people the defining moment in the Field Museum's recent history was the bid at a 1997 auction that made Chicago home to the Tyrannosaurus rex skeleton known as Sue.
But that choice could have far less impact on the Field's future than another...
| Jul 23, 2013
| 6:20 PM
The Evanston City Council, stung by the public outcry over a proposal to convert a historic lakefront mansion into a private boutique hotel, will seek ways to solicit community input — and fundraising ideas — when creating a new plan for the...
| Mar 16, 2008
Craig Huffman comes to the private-equity world with a multifaceted set of credentials: two master's degrees from the University of Chicago, stints in the non-profit world, and a stretch as a rehabber of distressed properties.
Now Huffman is ready to...
| Apr 3, 2013
| 2:38 PM
Legendary Speaker of the House Tip O'Neill famously coined the phrase "All politics is local," but for dedicated staff and volunteers at historical societies across the city and suburbs, so is all history.
They are the ones who keep the flame of the...
| Dec 7, 2008
"Lost Paradise" by Cees Nooteboom (Grove)
Nooteboom's latest novel has two protagonists. One, a young and wealthy Brazilian woman, travels to Australia, hoping to recover her life after she has been raped and left for dead in a Sao Paolo favela. There...
| Jan 18, 2009
The cascade of extraordinary scenes will officially begin Tuesday, with the nation's first inauguration of an African American president on the steps of the U.S. Capitol, in a city south of the Mason-Dixon Line, as the oath of office is sworn on Abraham...
| Oct 17, 1999
In 1986, Barbara Gaines, one of the city's leading actresses, put together a company of performers and put on "Henry V" in the patio at the Red Lion Pub on Lincoln Avenue. "We only had two weekends to invite people we hoped would be potential supporters,"...
| Dec 18, 2007
| 9:56 AM
The triumphant final chords of Tchaikovsky's First Piano Concerto brought a storm of applause from the audience, assembled for the first public rehearsal and concert by Chicago's new orchestra. But the sense of triumph that pervaded the Chicago Auditorium...
| Dec 19, 2007
| 7:19 AM
For the fourth time, Montgomery Ward was entangled in a lawsuit over the destiny of the lakefront. For the fourth--and, as it turned out, the last--time, the Illinois Supreme Court upheld Ward's position. Grant Park must remain clear of buildings, the...
| Dec 19, 2007
| 10:55 AM
One dignitary who spoke at the ribbon-cutting for the new highway that stretched west from the Loop noted that the project had been discussed for three decades. "That's enough talk," Cook County Board President Daniel Ryan summed up. "Let's drive it."...
| Mar 9, 2010
Bruce Graham, the hard-driving architect of the Willis Tower, once the world's tallest building, and the John Hancock Center, the X-braced giant that became a symbol of Chicago's industrial might, has died. He was 84.
Graham died Saturday at his home...