| Oct 5, 2010
| 5:46 PM
"Alice I Have Been"
by Melanie Benjamin
Delacorte, 351 pages
"The Lost Summer of Louisa May Alcott"
by Kelly O'Connor McNees
Amy Einhorn Books/Putnam, 342 pages
Nature may abhor a vacuum, but historical novels adore one. Even the most extensive...
| Oct 20, 2010
| 9:59 AM
There are few authors that can bring together people no matter their age, race or gender.
Toni Morrison is one of those authors.
Tuesday night at the Chicago Public Library's 'One Book, One Chicago' keynote speech, Morrison brought the house down with a...
| Nov 12, 2010
| 12:00 PM
Last year the Chicago Public Library and the Digital Youth Network launched YOUmedia, an innovative teen center equipped for the digital age. "(It's) where teens are creators of media, not just consumers of media," said Amy Eshleman, assistant...
| Nov 29, 2010
Last Saturday night, as the hordes gathered on and about Michigan Avenue to celebrate the lighting of lights and the beginning of the gift-buying season, a few hundred members of the Chicago literary community settled into the seats in the handsome...
| Dec 19, 2010
I have seen a couple of little girls walk from a roller coaster at Navy Pier's Winter Wonderfest dizzy with delight; had a man on Michigan Avenue call me a "------ Scrooge" when I refused to give him "$42 dollars so I can have train fare to visit my...
| Dec 17, 2010
| 2:40 PM
"Step High, Stoop Low, Leave Your Dignity Outside."
This phrase appeared on the door of the historic Dill Pickle Club, a social club founded in 1914, which moved into its club space on Tooker Alley off Dearborn Street in 1915, according to records at the...
| Jan 10, 2011
| 10:41 PM
SPRINGFIELD -- Illinois Democrats are scaling back a major income tax increase as they search for votes in a frantic, last-ditch effort to deal with the state's crippling budget crisis.
After rank-and-file lawmakers balked at a 75 percent hike in the...
| Feb 3, 2011
| 5:05 AM
As of 6 a.m. today, about 5,800 ComEd customers were still without power, according to a company news release. Of those, 5,000 were in Chicago.s
The company expects all power to be restored by mid-day today. Officials late Wednesday night said crews...
| Feb 7, 2011
| 8:32 AM
In the 1987 movie "The Untouchables," a tale about Chicago crime, cops and corruption penned by Windy City-born playwright David Mamet, a Canadian Mountie involved in a violent liquor raid says to Al Capone foe Eliot Ness, "I do not approve of your...
| Feb 12, 2009
by Frank James The Chicago Tribune, which endorsed Abraham Lincoln twice for the presidency, has a worthy appreciation today of the 16th president of the U.S. on its editorial page. It notes that Lincoln, like a lot of people, was......
| Oct 8, 2009
If Simon Rodia constructed his Watts Towers from 1921 to 1954, what is this weekend's 50th anniversary about, exactly? It's celebrating the rescue of the towers, when a young aeronautical engineer designed a powerful, complicated stress test for the...