| Feb 26, 2014
| 4:31 PM
I don't have a recording of the first poetry feature I ever gave, but part of me is glad I don't. As I recall, I was dreadful.
Like any nervous undergraduate facing a big-time venue — well, Alta Coffee in Newport Beach, although it might as well...
| Feb 28, 2014
| 7:57 AM
If you believe in ghosts — and you would not be alone: a Harris poll late in 2013 reported some 42 percent of Americans do believe in ghosts — it would have been a good idea a couple of weeks ago for the ghost of Nelson Algren to have...
| Jan 26, 2014
| 6:39 AM
Amtrak announced a modified schedule Saturday afternoon in preparation for the extreme cold predicted to hit the region Monday.
The modified schedules will affect Amtrak's Chicago Hub Services as some trains will be canceled on a precautionary basis...
| Jan 27, 2014
| 3:28 PM
Metra trains were experiencing scattered delays during the evening commute Monday as the agency continued to warn commuters they may have longer waits because of the extreme cold.
But Metra said it still hoped there will be no cancellations or other...
| Jan 29, 2014
| 6:00 AM
Pete Seeger was best known as a folk singer, an archivist and writer, and the purveyor of such beamed-from-the-heavens standards as "We Shall Overcome," "If I Had a Hammer" and "Turn, Turn, Turn."
But among the musician's most important roles was one...
| Dec 19, 2013
| 12:15 PM
The poet is on vacation until April, that “cruelest month” of T.S. Eliot’s, and so was to be found one afternoon in early December sitting at the bar at the Billy Goat Tavern and drinking a beer.
His name is J.J. Tindall (James Joseph)...
| Dec 20, 2013
| 9:41 AM
I love Christmas.
I love Christmas the way a friend who loves you, but has not been raised like you, loves it. I don't want Christmas to be my holiday, but in America it must be partly my holiday because of the way Christmas washes over its...
| May 4, 2011
Ray Vanco is a shy, unassuming teenager from Orland Park who would be quite content if strangers never knew his name or face.
He preferred to roam the United Center halls with his best friend than sit in his seat between periods of a recent Blackhawks...
| May 10, 2011
| 2:34 PM
Three Chicago and two north suburban teachers were surprised today with Golden Apple awards, one of the Chicago region’s top teaching honors.
This year’s winners, all of whom teach fourth through eighth grade, were selected from a pool of...
| Jun 10, 2011
| 3:59 PM
Family and friends of Martin Regan’s were devastated today when they heard of the Orland Hills man’s drowning death the day before in Indiana.
Authorities said Regan, 35, a popular teacher and coach in south suburban Palos Park, apparently...
| Jul 1, 2011
| 3:35 PM
In celebration of July Fourth, Printers Row set out to create a reading list of patriotic books. But, how to define "patriotic"? We decided to have each contributing Tribune writer and editor pick a title that corresponds to his or her own definition....