| Nov 25, 2011
Maggie Daley, who dedicated herself to children's issues and the arts while also zealously guarding her family's privacy during 22 years as Chicago's first lady, died on Thursday, Nov. 24, more than nine years after she was diagnosed with breast cancer....
| Dec 13, 2012
| 12:36 PM
About halfway through writing the script for "The Fitzgerald Family Christmas" (which opens at the Wilmette Theatre next week), Edward Burns says he found himself at a crossroad. "Do I want to make the big, crazy, funny, holly-jolly Christmas Irish family...
| Aug 2, 2012
"From the Mixed-up Files of Mrs. Basil E. Frankweiler" by E.L. Konigsburg
Every child fantasizes about running away from home to teach his or her parents a lesson. One summer, 12-year-old Claudia showed me exactly how it could be done, in comfort and...
| Aug 14, 2012
August 15, 2012 marks the 200thanniversary of the Battle of Fort Dearborn, a deadly hand-to-hand combat between two of the groups trying to lay claim to Chicago during the war of 1812. But as WGN’s Steve Sanders reports, some distinguished...
| Aug 17, 2012
| 2:12 PM
Whatever its literary merits, “Fifty Shades of Grey” can take credit for a few things. The phenomenal best-seller has brought kinky erotica out from under the covers and into the mainstream. It has provided comedians and parodists with ripe...
| Aug 17, 2012
| 4:15 PM
"Oodles of Noodles" by Diana Hendry, illustrated by Sarah Massini
"Oodles of Noodles" is about spaghetti going all over the house. I think it's funny because it's not about real life. I want a pasta machine to make noodles. You'll like this book if you...
| Aug 28, 2012
| 5:43 PM
For newspapers such as The Hartford Courant, ``street sales'' are a mixed blessing. How much better it would be for the newspaper accountant and advertisers and just about everybody if you subscribed and got it delivered to your door -- or at least to one...
| Aug 31, 2012
| 5:00 AM
The Chicago Teachers Union this evening voted to strike on Monday, Sept. 10, the earliest day possible after filing a 10-day strike notice Wednesday and saying they would remain at the neogotiating table until an agreement was reached.
Sept. 10 is the...
| Aug 30, 2012
The Chicago Public Library has a new treasure tonight, thanks to it's "Once in a Blue Moon" amnesty program. Since August 20th, Chicagoans have been able to return overdue items free of charge. And today, a woman returned a book - 78 years overdue. ...
| Aug 31, 2012
| 5:24 AM
Dorian Gray's story would have been drastically different had he been granted amnesty for his sins.
Instead he died a deformed, barely human figure, resembling the ugliness of his immoral life.
While the cad Dorian felt no remorse for his evil acts,...
| Sep 21, 2012
| 11:56 AM
In January 1989, entertainer Ben Hollis and WTTW-Ch. 11 producer Jon Davies created a television show that they called "Wild Chicago." The reason they did this, said Hollis at the time, "was because there was nothing like it on TV."
Indeed. I was the...