| Feb 1, 2013
| 3:08 PM
You have, no doubt, heard about the new Carl Sandburg poem.
Perhaps you have read it too. It is titled "A Revolver," and it was discovered a few weeks ago by Ernie Gullerud, a former professor of social work at the University of Illinois at Urbana-...
| Feb 11, 2013
| 2:49 PM
Carl Sandburg High School officials are mourning the loss of the high school's athletic director who was found dead Sunday afternoon after a single-vehicle accident in Carroll County.
Bruce Scheidegger, 54, had been reported missing at 11:07 p.m....
| 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...
| Jan 17, 2014
Diane Johnson's sometimes delightful new memoir, "Flyover Lives," gets off to a start as rocky as an Illinois farm field uncleared of glacial debris.
First, the title: Though people who live on the East or West Coasts of the United States might refer to...
| Jan 21, 2014
| 6:05 PM
Mundelein police confirmed tonight a suspect is in custody after a girl was found dead at a home in the north suburb about 8:30 a.m., prompting a lockdown at three schools.
For 11 hours, police would not comment on what caused the lockdowns at Mundelein...
| 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...
| Dec 15, 2013
When trolleys traveled the city's streets, Chicagoans looked down the tracks with a mix of emotions: frustration on cold nights when it seemed a car would never come; anticipation of a jostling ride in a crush of strap-holders; anger at the streetcar...