| Jun 20, 2014
| 8:43 AM
Three former schoolteachers, with a combined 70-some years in the Chicago Public Schools, sat on folding chairs for a recent production of a play set in a fictional Chicago high school that is slated for closure. They were not the first, nor would they be...
| Jun 6, 2014
| 8:32 AM
There is often no justice in history. If there were, then the name Jens Jensen would be as familiar to us as those of Al Capone, Michael Jordan, Oprah Winfrey and some of the others who put their stamp on the city for a short time before moving on....
| May 26, 2014
Tom Hanks is one of the executive producers of a stunning, revelatory, exciting and surprisingly provocative 10-part television series titled "The Sixties." And there he is on camera at the start of Episode 1, saying, "The TV was the center of our house....
| May 30, 2014
I am told that angels play harps in heaven, but I'll be damned if I can remember the last time I saw a living person playing a harp.
OK, OK, I do remember, or at least have been reminded by the dusty files of this newspaper. It was in 1986. The harp,...
| May 16, 2014
| 9:59 AM
They fell in love, first with one another and then with jazz.
They were teenagers at Cincinnati's School for Creative and Performing Arts. She was born and bred. He had just moved there from New Paltz, N.Y. They were starting 11th grade.
"Andy was a...
| May 9, 2014
| 8:34 AM
It is a savage and sorrowful story, the life of Paul Crump.
It ended in 2002 when he was 72. He died at Chester Mental Health Center in a rural area near the banks of the Mississippi River in that southern part of Illinois known locally as Little Egypt....
| Aug 1, 2014
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.
| Jan 10, 2014
| 7:56 AM
Last Sunday, as you might remember since your brain is no longer frozen, was the nastiest of winter days. Still, a handful of people braved the snow and wind and cold and slick roads to make their way to the Museum of Science and Industry.
| Jan 17, 2014
| 9:57 AM
Three pigeons were sharing what was left of a piece of pizza that was lying on the sidewalk on East 53rd Street near Woodlawn Avenue on Tuesday morning, between the hours we human beings usually eat breakfast and lunch.
No one walking past or around the...
| Nov 15, 2013
| 8:07 AM
Famous as he is in other city neighborhoods, suburbs and countries across the globe, Billy Corgan was just another tall, bald, white guy wearing a Bears jersey (No. 1), standing against the gymnasium wall at Christian Fenger Academy High School on the Far...
| Apr 18, 2014
| 8:07 AM
Many years ago, when she was relatively new to the world of photography — to the world, actually, since she was only 7 years old — Stephanie Freid-Perenchio went on a family vacation to Yosemite National Park and, oh, let's let her tell the...