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  • Plotting out another great Story Week

    Plotting out another great Story Week
    It is a pleasurable thing to have drinks with Randy Albers and we have done so over the years at such saloons as, of course, the Billy Goat, as well as Stefani's 437, the Underground Wonder Bar and some joint in the South Loop whose name escapes me at the moment.
  • Schmich: Ebert reflects well on Chicago

    Schmich: Ebert reflects well on Chicago
    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...

    Bringing Big Bill Broonzy back into the spotlight

    He was one of the most celebrated blues artists of his era, a visionary Chicago singer-songwriter who mentored Muddy Waters, introduced the music to Europe and inspired no less than Eric Clapton, Ray Davies and Pete Townshend (as they've all acknowledged)...

    The Double Cupp Diner, now open for some real business

    The Double Cupp Diner, now open for some real business
    Even a warm, fun, country-rock night at the Double Cupp Diner — home of the "Pump Boys and Dinettes" — must come to a close. So the authors of this familiar, honkey-tonk musical revue helpfully provided a number — "Closing Time" —...

    A July Fourth reading list

    A July Fourth reading list
    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....