| Mar 14, 2014
Randall Albers still gets emotional when recalling a cherished memory from Story Week, the festival of writers he founded 17 years ago. In 2000, Hubert Selby Jr., author of "Last Exit to Brooklyn," was greeted with a standing ovation.
"When he came...
| Feb 25, 2014
| 10:54 AM
Sitting in a packed house of excited, engaged young people at a concert by Third Coast Percussion last week in the University of Chicago's Logan Center for the Arts, I was reminded how much the city's lively – and getting livelier all the time...
| Feb 14, 2014
| 8:09 AM
You want to know the best thing about the Chicago Pedway? It's not that, despite this Polar Vortex winter, you can cover almost 40 city blocks on the Pedway without ever stepping foot outside. It's not that the Pedway began modestly in 1951 and now...
| Jan 28, 2014
| 8:28 AM
Dr. John, Aaron Neville and Bettye LaVette will headline the 31st annual Chicago Blues Festival, running June 13-15 in Grant Park, according to the city’s Department of Cultural Affairs and Special Events.
The festival will kick off June 13 at the...
| Oct 2, 2011
The Tribune's Prohibition-era mob reporter Alfred "Jake" Lingle got a little too close to his subject.
On June 9, 1930, he was murdered in cold blood at the southwest corner of Randolph Street and Michigan Avenue. (Today the location is the pedway...
| May 5, 2011
| 5:33 AM
For two decades you've known Richard M. Daley as mayor and boss of Chicago. As a columnist, I've been his chief critic. But there are a few things you probably don't know about the mayor and me.
I used to like him very much. And he knows it. Once he...
| Jun 2, 2011
| 1:23 PM
More than 30 same-sex couples, in suits and flowing wedding gowns, gathered this morning in Millennium Park to be among the first in the state to enter into civil unions.
Gov. Pat Quinn, who signed the civil unions bill into law earlier this year,...
| Dec 14, 2011
| 1:40 PM
The Cook County Board paid tribute to Maggie Daley on Wednesday, with Commissioner John Daley remembering his late sister-in-law and the impact she had on Chicagoans.
“She was a hope to people, she affected peoples’ lives,” Daley said....
| Jun 22, 2011
| 7:55 AM
A suspicious box that prompted an early morning bomb scare on NorthMichigan Avenue proved to contain a homeless man's clothing, police said.
The box was found at about 2:50 a.m. near the Chicago Cultural Center at 110 N.Michigan Ave., and police shut...
| Apr 18, 2012
There are a whole lot of changes going on with the city’s arts programming, so it’s easy not to notice when something turns up missing.
But while making my way through city and IRS documents, I realized that the late Maggie Daley’s...
| Jan 16, 2012
| 2:08 PM
Chicago teenagers listened in awe Monday as a black veteran explained how he was treated while serving in theU.S. Air Force sixty years ago — and how it still haunts him.
Because it was a day of service honoringMartin Luther King Jr., the...