| May 29, 2014
| 3:05 PM
There’s no good weekend, let alone multiple weekends, to slow traffic to a crawl on a major Chicago thoroughfare. But Illinois Department of Transportation officials said they made sure to steer clear of some big events — including...
| Aug 22, 2014
After three and a half decades, can the tradition-bound Chicago Jazz Festival evolve into something better, newer, fresher?
Can the event break with formulas of the past and prove worthy of the great jazz city whose name it bears?
At this late date,...
| Aug 20, 2014
| 1:56 PM
For jazz lovers, it's the best week of the year: a riot of activity starting Monday, as a lead-up to the Chicago Jazz Festival, which runs Thursday through Aug. 31.
From a programming standpoint, the 36th annual Chicago Jazz Festival looks strong,...
| Jan 7, 2014
| 1:20 PM
To hear Shayna Swanson tell it, circus arts in this country are like the Wild West, complete with warring factions. Traditionalists — think Barnum & Bailey — despise contemporary circus folks, and vice versa. Cirque du Soleil, perhaps the most...
| Apr 29, 2014
| 11:04 AM
It began three decades ago as a small local competition designed to encourage Chinese music students to learn Chinese repertory along with the Western classical works their teachers were drumming into their young heads. Since then, it has grown into a...
| Apr 17, 2014
| 10:01 PM
The city of Chicago has created a webpage where residents can submit ideas and recommend sites for filmmaker George Lucas' cultural arts museum, which will house a trove of the Star Wars creator's artwork and movie memorabilia.
The comment submission...
| Apr 21, 2014
| 4:31 PM
Local Stormtroopers are falling into line behind Chicago’s bid to become the site of a museum devoted to the work of “Star Wars” filmmaker George Lucas.
Chicago-area members of the 501st Legion — a 6,600-member international...
| Apr 5, 2014
Writing letters since: 1977
Life story in 100 words or less: Grew up in Chicago Heights with two brothers, two sisters and his parents. Parents owned a mom-and-pop grocery store, where the whole family worked. Completed seminary school in...
| Mar 26, 2014
| 5:00 AM
Trumpeter Terence Blanchard, saxophonist Ravi Coltrane and singer Cecile McLorin Salvant will be among the featured performers at the 36th annual Chicago Jazz Festival, running Aug. 28-31 in Millennium Park and the Chicago Cultural Center. The complete...
| Mar 29, 2014
| 8:49 AM
Chicagoans are being urged to power down tonight in honor of Earth Hour, called one of the largest global environmental events.
Earth Hour calls on residents, businesses and governments to switch off non-essential lights and other electronic items for...
| Mar 16, 2014
| 6:58 PM
“Barbershop” and “Soul Food” producer Robert Teitel revealed to the audience at the 11th annual Creative Chicago Expo at the Chicago Cultural Center on Saturday the list of Chicago-based projects he is trying to get off the ground,...