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  • Charles Troy wades deep into Broadway's history

    Charles Troy wades deep into Broadway's history
    Most of us, for reasons having to do with lack of talent, physical gifts or luck, must at some time give up our youthful dreams. And so we realized long ago that we would not be playing quarterback for the Bears, not be an astronaut and walk on the moon, never be cast in the remake of "Hello Dolly!" or win a Nobel Prize. And we move on.
  • Red Lion Pub, rebuilt, roars again

    Red Lion Pub, rebuilt, roars again
    The Red Lion Pub is brand-new from the ground up, but the past is present in so many ways, and a flesh-and-blood example of that was standing there one night a couple of weeks ago. It was the nephew of John Dillinger. "This is a really nice bar," said...

    Devereux Bowly Jr.: more than an innkeeper

    Devereux Bowly Jr.: more than an innkeeper
    When the news of death arrives, it does so in the icy ways. A phone call. An e-mail. If the deceased person was famous (Robin Williams and Lauren Bacall only moments ago), perhaps there come interruptions of regularly scheduled radio or television...

    Meet Jason Travis, the movie buff in our midst

    Meet Jason Travis, the movie buff in our midst
    In the early days of the tourist boom that now has the city awash in bus-boat-foot tours, clogging the summer sidewalks, streets and river, I remember a "guide" on one of the boat tours who had, shall we say, a unique take on our town. He would point to...

    Del Close's lasting impact on iO, and the rest of us

    Del Close's lasting impact on iO, and the rest of us
    His shadow is a substantial thing, shading the increasingly active and ever-expanding Chicago comedy world in the same way that Louis Sullivan still influences young architects, Muddy Waters impacts bluesmen or Nelson Algren whispers to writers. Del...