| Jan 27, 2014
Boy, is it hot out.
The sun is merciless. The roads are buckling. You can hardly take five steps before you're drenched in sweat.
Can you even imagine it?
Probably not, right now. Hot weather seems an impossibility when intense cold...
| 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...
| Nov 3, 2013
When last we read Theresa Schwegel, she was four fine novels into a successful career.
The first book, "Officer Down" (2005) won the prestigious Edgar Award for Best First Novel by an American Author. That was followed by "Probable Cause" (2007),...
| Oct 29, 2013
| 11:37 AM
Chicago Opera Theater audiences are accustomed to being transported to places they've never been before. But even at that, the company's upcoming performances of Ricky Ian Gordon's "Orpheus and Euridice" will ask them to take a very big plunge.
| Nov 11, 2013
It's a cool and rainy November morning when I arrive at Ina's, the Randolph Street restaurant that since 2001 has offered so much more than delicious food. Owner Ina Pinkney, "The Breakfast Queen" herself, greets me at the door with the most welcoming...
| Nov 3, 2013
This year's Carl Sandburg Literary Awards dinner, presented at the UIC Forum Oct. 23 by the Chicago Public Library and its foundation, brought together 74authors with ties to Chicago. Co-chaired by Chicago Cubs Chairman Tom Ricketts and foundation board...
| Nov 22, 2013
There's nothing like taking some family time at the local public library when the kids are out of school during the holidays.
It makes for a wonderful afternoon. Moms and dads and kids together, browsing, discovering new books, finding old classics to...
| Nov 27, 2013
| 10:35 AM
As your relatives get older, it can get increasingly difficult to find them great gifts. We've created a number of scenarios for giving the best books for each of your adult family members.
This piece first ran in Printers Row...
| Dec 12, 2013
For centuries, the defining role of the library has been as a repository of books. Now, in the 21st century, the library faces perhaps its most momentous challenge: Americans are moving away increasingly from the printed page to digital screens for...
| Oct 3, 2013
Under the Los Angeles city charter, the mayor has no formal power over the Los Angeles Unified School District. But this has not stopped mayors — including Richard Riordan and Antonio Villaraigosa — from using the bully pulpit and the power of...
| Jul 9, 2013
Welcome to the dawn of 3-D printing.
As with the dawn of the computer, the dawn of the telephone and the dawn of the television, expect a period of confusion: What is 3-D printing, you will wonder. (Answer: The printing of solid objects, often from a...