| 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...
| 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...
| Mar 28, 2014
"Play normal music!"
The woman yelling this at Neil Young stood three rows away from him at the Rosemont Theater in 2004. Between each song, as he spoke to the crowd about the next chapter in "Greendale," the theatrical rock play he was presenting...
| Mar 6, 2014
| 5:00 AM
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The City of the Big Shoulders — stormy, husky, brawling, wrecking, planning, building, breaking, rebuilding, to use only words Carl Sandburg chose to describe Chicago — is the...
| 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)...