| Apr 10, 2014
| 1:22 PM
The historic Patio Theater in Portage Park has been in Demetri Kouvalis' family since 1987. His father ran the movie theater until 2001, when the air conditioning broke.
The repairs were more than the family could afford, and the theater, built in 1927,...
| Apr 17, 2014
| 7:19 AM
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2nd Story is a collective of story-makers and story-lovers working together to build community through the power of storytelling. They host story-sharing experiences in Chicago and beyond, in the form of both...
| Mar 31, 2014
| 7:23 AM
We're giving away free tickets to the Chicago Public Library Foundation’s "Night in the Stacks" event on Friday, April 4.
Night in the Stacks, which will be Friday at 7 p.m. in the Harold Washington Library Center, features an open bar, DJ and...
| Apr 2, 2014
| 5:00 AM
As reaction rolled in Tuesday to Mayor Rahm Emanuel’s pitch to shore up some of the city’s ailing pension funds, his chief City Council ally noted what the proposal is missing so far: a way out of Chicago’s most immediate financial...
| Mar 10, 2014
| 2:14 PM
Chicago author Veronica Roth will receive the 21st Century Award from the Chicago Public Library Foundation and the Chicago Public Library, it was announced Monday. The library's top award, the Carl Sandburg Literary Award, will go to authors Doris Kearns...
| Mar 1, 2014
How can a novel feel so suspenseful yet its plot seem so beside the point? How can a work of fiction be so slender yet so broad in scope? Only a great talent like Yiyun Li could perform this magic.
The story seems straightforward. Four adolescents...
| Mar 3, 2014
| 3:16 AM
"The Tonight Show" host Jimmy Fallon walked into Lake Michigan Sunday morning in the promised suit and tie, turned toward the beach, then fell back into the water, going completely under.
Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel ran in, then sort of laid down on...
| Feb 14, 2014
Oba William King plays a djembe drum, a kufi covers his bald head, and West African Anansi folk tales are in his repertoire. And although King's work is inspired by ancestral art forms, it would only be part of the story to label King an African...
| 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...
| Jan 4, 2013
| 4:34 PM
How forgotten is MacKinlay Kantor's "Diversey"? Well, when I looked it up on the Chicago Public Library website, I found only one copy available systemwide, in the closed stacks of the downtown branch — meaning that any reader interested in taking a...
| Jan 23, 2013
| 2:22 PM
For some reason, I have been reading a number of books set in foreign countries. Three that I will recommend are "Say You're One of Them" by Uwem Akpan (Africa), "Finding Nouf" by Zoe Ferraris (Saudi Arabia) and "Death in a Strange Country" by Donna...