| Nov 7, 2014
| 12:17 PM
Veterans Day will be observed Tuesday. The following public services will be affected:
•Schools: Many schools will be closed; check with local offices.
•Government offices: Most government buildings will be closed.
| Oct 18, 2014
| 9:51 PM
Here's one tic I wish I could tame in my writing: colons.
I love colons. A colon is more emphatic than a comma, tidier than a dash. It's a tiny drumroll that tells the reader: Get ready. Something important or shocking is on the way.
Because I love...
| Oct 13, 2014
In observance of Columbus Day on Monday, the following public services will be affected:
Schools: Public schools in Chicago and in many suburbs will be closed.
Government offices: Most city, county and federal offices will be closed. The Chicago...
| Sep 30, 2014
| 1:52 PM
Peter Bacon Hales was a cultural historian, photographer, author and art history professor who taught for 30 years at the University of Illinois at Chicago.
Mr. Hales wrote books about the cultural and environmental history of the Manhattan Project, how...
| Sep 25, 2014
| 1:49 PM
Ars Viva Symphony Orchestra: Concertmaster David Taylor is the soloist, playing Lalo's "Symphonie Espagnole" on the season opener under the baton of music director Alan Heatherington. Dvorak's "Carnival Overture" and Brahms' Fourth Symphony complete the...
| Sep 25, 2014
| 8:35 AM
Our club: The RIC (Rehabilitation Institute of Chicago) Aphasia Book Club began in 2004. All members have one thing in common: aphasia, which is difficulty with language including challenges in talking, understanding spoken language, reading and writing....
| Jul 18, 2014
"Do you want to take a trip? You can say no." Tim Bannon, my editor at the Chicago Tribune, stood at my cubicle on an August day in 2001. Back then, he ran the daily features section. Tim knew I liked to travel for stories, and that if the story took me...
| Jul 8, 2014
| 10:44 PM
Chicago will be the second city for the federal government's Neighborhood Stabilization Initiative, Mel Watt, director of the Federal Housing Finance Agency, announced Tuesday.
The pilot program, announced for Detroit in May, is designed to help...
| Jul 10, 2014
| 6:53 AM
Our club: We are the Austin-Irving Book Club.
Our meetings: We meet on the third Wednesday of each month at 6:30 p.m. in the second floor community room of the Austin-Irving branch of the Chicago Public Library. The participants reside primarily in...
| Jun 25, 2014
| 8:18 AM
Try to check out a hot new book or movie at your local library, and you're likely to get put on a long waiting list.
Libraries in the Chicago area are trying to change that by offering a new online checkout service. Instead of having a limited number...
| Jun 16, 2014
| 2:37 PM
Teens can keep their creative juices flowing this summer at one of the Chicago Public Library’s new Mini Maker Labs, popping up at several neighborhood branches from July through late November.
Inspired by the CPL’s award-winning Maker Lab...