| Jul 12, 2014
| 8:30 PM
Millennium Park, which turns 10 Wednesday, is the best thing former Mayor Richard M. Daley ever did. But as this month's titillating trial over a controversial contract for the Park Grill shows, the popular park has never fully detached itself from...
| Aug 23, 2014
| 1:43 PM
Almost a century ago, the poet Carl Sandburg, who doubled as a Chicago newsman, searched for the underlying cause of a bloody race riot. In the wake of the current violence in Ferguson, Mo., his essential conclusion is worth reconsidering: The slums...
| Dec 25, 2013
"Murals of New York City: The Best of New York's Public Paintings from Bemelmans to Parrish"
"In their purest form, murals have the ability to tell stories," writes Graydon Carter, editor of Vanity Fair. But as he also points out, there...
| Jan 16, 2014
| 8:17 PM
The Homewood-Flossmoor varsity girls basketball team had just grabbed the No. 1 ranking in the state when a new adversary appeared -- a lawsuit alleging its coach had recruited players in violation of the rules.
The suit, filed by a parent of a...
| Apr 4, 2013
| 2:10 PM
This column originally ran in the Chicago Tribune on Oct. 21, 2011. Some years ago when I was new to Chicago, I spotted Roger Ebert in the frozen-foods aisle of a grocery store. He was famous by then, and I did what any normal person does at the sight...
| Apr 6, 2013
| 12:30 PM
It must have been tempting for poet Kevin Coval to read from his own work during “Chicago Classics,” which took place one Friday night in late March in packed-with-people Preston Bradley Hall at the Chicago Cultural Center.
That is because...
| Apr 14, 2013
A screenwriter who went by the pseudonyms of R. Hyde and Reinhold Timme died recently in Chicago. Others knew the man as Roger Ebert, film critic for the Chicago Sun-Times. Ebert's death got us thinking about interesting facts involving movie critics....
| Apr 12, 2013
From his stove, Nelson Algren saw a dark shape stumble out of the bar across Wabansia Avenue. It teetered once, then slumped under the Nectar Beer sign, sizzling neon in the bitter February cold. Eight degrees, an army fatigue jacket, and too many shots...
| May 17, 2013
| 10:35 PM
Deanna Pirpiris, Chicago, Taft High School
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Courtney Ackerman, Wilmette, New Trier Township High School
Leila Ayoub, Arlington Heights, Buffalo Grove High School
Emily Bartusiak, Lake Forest, Woodlands Academy of...
| Oct 27, 2013
This is a football city, and that is because we (or most of us) still like to think we live in a rough-and-tumble town. The echo of Carl Sandburg remains strong. He called the city “alive and coarse and strong and cunning” and endowed it...
| 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),...