| Oct 26, 2012
| 2:02 PM
Jim Belushi is sitting with his son Robert and mulling the matter of genetics.
"I don't know if there is a gene for comedy, but my dad was a very funny man," he says. "He just didn't know it. He was a naturally funny character, and when my brother and...
| May 9, 2011
| 4:52 PM
Mayor Richard Daley's final City Hall open house Monday took on a different tone than others he's hosted over the years, as hundreds of guests came mostly to thank him for decades of service rather than to seek the favor of Chicago's powerful chief...
| Oct 25, 2011
| 1:29 PM
TV reporter Janet Davies, wearing a beige jacket and leopard boots, stood behind a wooden podium in a darkened room overlooking Millennium Park on October 12.
"Remember, like Chicago voting, bid and bid often," she said, encouraging an audience of...
| Sep 29, 2010
| 10:00 PM
"Royko in Love: Mike's Letters to Carol"
Edited by David Royko
University of Chicago Press, $24, 254 pages
This city worships Mike Royko as an icon; the sharp-tongued, Pulitzer Prize-winning newspaper columnist who feared no one. Whether people sat...
| Jun 3, 2011
| 8:17 AM
Memoir writing: How do you turn a life story into something more than a slog through boring facts? Perhaps Carol LaChapelle has an answer. 11 a.m., University Center/Multimedia Room
— Judy Hevrdejs, reporter
Tavern recipes: Susan and Drew...
| 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 7, 2010
It goes without saying, though I'll say it anyway, that Charles Osgood is my favorite photographer, but it was nice to see many other great Tribune photographers gathered Tuesday in the Tower, talking about their work in a new book, "Chicago in Season."...
| Mar 24, 2011
Last August, Gordon "Big Daddy" Biffle arrived in Las Vegas with no expectations, a man who a year prior was working in East Chicago carrying 50-pound pieces of sheetrock in steel-toed boots. Now, actor Michael Clarke Duncan and reality TV personality...
| Oct 12, 2010
| 5:40 PM
It's easy to interview living authors, and I have three such people lined up at Saturday's Lit Fest: Jonathan Eig, author most recently of "Get Capone"; Barbara Ehrenreich, author of more than 20 books, including the best-seller "Nickel and Dimed"; and...
| Apr 20, 2011
| 2:30 PM
Apparently Chicago politicians are hot—at least the fictional kind. They appear in Fox’s “The Chicago Code,” CBS’ “The Good Wife” and, this fall, in “Boss,” a new Starz series that will begin filming...
| Apr 10, 2012
Jeremy Smith, Second City associate producer and stage manager, answers 5 quick questions for "Behind the Curtain."
Q1: What’s your role with "Chicago Live!" (and what does that actually mean)?
JS: I am the associate producer and stage manager for...