| Oct 10, 2014
| 8:04 AM
With a major European tour set to launch in less than a week, the last thing the Chicago Symphony Orchestra management needed was the sudden withdrawal of a guest conductor.
That's what took place earlier this week when Jaap van Zweden canceled his...
| Oct 8, 2014
| 12:32 PM
Nobody will mistake this one for Al Pacino in "Stand Up Guys," or Uma Thurman in "Motherhood," to name two recent, featherweight Chicago International Film Festival opening-night selections.
For its 50th edition, which begins Thursday and continues...
| Oct 8, 2014
| 9:53 AM
Chicago designer Christina Monley just returned from New York Fashion Week, where she opened new doors to her line of women's clothing, Christina Karin.
"We picked up a few new great stores, including the Four Seasons shops," Monley said.
| Oct 3, 2014
| 10:46 AM
A California company is hoping to take the pet microchip to a new level: an implantable chip with GPS tracking.
Although microchips have helped reunite countless lost pets and their owners in the 30 years since their introduction, they do have...
| 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 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...
| 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...
| May 5, 2014
| 10:14 AM
"Stages, Sights and Sounds," the annual children's theater fest from the Chicago Humanties Festival, start its runs tomorrow through May 24th.
Performances include puppetry by Spain's Pablo Vergne and Japan's Nori Sawa, plus well-known local artists...
| May 6, 2014
| 9:11 AM
Last year, audiences crowded into shows at the first Israeli Jazz Festival to play Chicago, so it was no great surprise to learn that the event would be coming back.
But few would have expected that this fledgling attraction would nearly double in...
| Apr 24, 2014
| 8:50 AM
Is it really possible that just one major motion picture has ever been made about the Great Chicago Fire of 1871?
Hollywood loves disaster pics. But aside from 1937's "In Old Chicago" (from 20th Century Fox), it doesn't appear that any other studio...
| Jul 31, 2014
| 6:22 AM
Vieux Farka Toure (from Mali), Bombino (Niger) and Pablo Menendez & Mezcla (Cuba) will headline the 16th annual World Music Festival Chicago, running Sept. 11 through 21 in venues across the city.
The festival, presented by the city’s Department...