| 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...
| Nov 12, 2012
— Moving from Chicago's South Side to a public housing development in this city of 32,000 was a major culture shock for Keona Lee.
For one thing, she never expected to find a truancy officer at her door, asking why her second-grade daughter had...
| 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...
| Jan 21, 2013
| 7:55 AM
With the debate over gun control heating up, a retired volunteer at a University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign made a timely find.
Ernie Gullerud, a former professor of social work at the university, came upon a previously unpublished poem by Carl...
| Jun 6, 2013
Drive far enough for your radio presets to go fuzzy, where newspaper boxes and area codes look unfamiliar, and your car ride can now be deemed a road trip.
An hour from downtown Chicago is that placid slice of northern Indiana and southwestern...
| 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...
| Oct 12, 2012
| 9:27 AM
The prospect of interviewing Don DeLillo produces a certain anxiety. DeLillo, one of the most heralded American novelists of the past 40 years, has a reputation for being inaccessible, emotionally and otherwise. While by no means a recluse like J.D....
| 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-...
| 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 12, 2012
| 2:46 PM
When author Nami Mun was 13, she ran away from her family's Bronx apartment. She survived by holding down odd jobs and living wherever she could — on benches, in shelters or squatting in abandoned buildings. In her early 20s, she found steady...
| Dec 28, 2012
| 2:20 PM
Chicago makes a claim on many writers — Nelson Algren, David Mamet, Ernest Hemingway, Carl Sandburg — even if those scribes spent only a portion of their lives within its sweet confines. But Thornton Wilder, the author of such iconic plays...