| May 1, 2015
| 12:59 PM
The office of Newton Minow is on the 24th floor of a building in the heart of the Loop, and it has, as you can imagine, striking views of the city in all its skyscraping, hustling vigor.
Minow is 89 years old and has been a high-powered attorney for...
| Apr 24, 2015
| 9:46 AM
There is a timeless tranquillity to the lobby of the Auditorium Theatre when no one is there. But very many people were there Tuesday afternoon. There were some security folks and many workmen rigging tons of equipment that will revamp the theater for the...
| Apr 13, 2015
| 9:32 AM
You will die.
While this certainly does not come as news to you, it is news you fight to ignore. You know, Dylan Thomas — "Do not go gentle into that good night/Old age should burn and rave at close of day;/Rage, rage against the dying of the...
| Apr 10, 2015
| 11:09 AM
The two men sat on stools at the tavern, eyes on the television set above the bar. The Cubs were playing the St Louis Cardinals. It was last Sunday night, opening day of a new Major League Baseball season, and a few minutes before the game began one of...
| Apr 3, 2015
| 10:37 AM
Art galleries are traditionally quiet places filled with whispered words of criticism or praise or bewilderment. But Tuesday afternoon it seemed particularly noisy in the Sidney R. Yates Gallery on the fourth floor of the Chicago Cultural Center, where...
| Mar 27, 2015
| 6:27 AM
To understand keenly the changes that have taken place in popular music over the last decades one need only to listen to Sam Graham tell of the New Year's Eve 1968 concert he attended at the long-gone Kinetic Playground on the North Side. He was 16 and...
| Mar 12, 2015
| 2:01 PM
St. Patrick's Day is Tuesday.
This may come as a shock to those of you who chose to jump the holiday by a few days to partake of the many celebrations, drink specials and subsequent hangovers that have been amply available. That's how it is here. More...
| Mar 6, 2015
| 9:00 AM
Sitting in the darkness that is the inside of Zanies comedy club no matter the time of day or the glare of the sun on Wells Street outside, it is impossible not to be thrown back into the past.
That is because the walls of the club, almost every...
| Feb 27, 2015
| 8:10 AM
There are few places less hospitable on a Chicago winter morning than an "L" stop. But that's where hundreds of thousands of us spend time and where candidates for political office occasionally show up, smiling and pressing the flesh and otherwise...
| Feb 13, 2015
| 10:05 AM
Television and film star Alec Baldwin, recently having returned from filming a role in "Mission Impossible 5," the latest in the franchise that has earned more than $2 billion worldwide, was talking on the phone from Manhattan about his upcoming trip to...
| Feb 5, 2015
| 12:56 PM
Two episodes of a new ABC sitcom called "Fresh off the Boat" aired Wednesday night and here is how the network describes the show: "It's the '90s and 12-year-old, hip-hop loving Eddie just moved to suburban Orlando, Fla., from D.C.'s Chinatown with his...