| Jun 28, 2011
| 4:33 PM
An iconic Chicago restaurant will soon establish an outpost in Mount Prospect’s Randhurst Village, formerly Randhurst Mall. It’s a long way, culturally and in miles, …...
| Aug 28, 2011
| 9:40 PM
This book dropped on my desk Friday and I almost recoiled. A Roger Ebert memoir? What can you say about it? If it's trite, self-serving, and/or badly-written, who wants to beat up on the sick man? If it's great, who'll believe you? You're taking pity on...
| 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...
| Sep 27, 2010
| 8:56 AM
To purchase a copy of the book:
Royko in Love: Mike's Letters to Carol
Saturday, October 2
10:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m.
Street-smart, wickedly funny, piercingly perceptive, and...
| 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...
| 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...
| Sep 7, 2011
| 3:30 PM
In his easygoing, candid and altogether charming autobiography, or, as he calls it, "Life Itself: A Memoir," Roger Ebert fails to mention me: The nights he and I had many drinks on the porch of his house on Dickens Street and elsewhere, the favorable in-...
| 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...
| Apr 24, 2011
Dreams & Schemes: My Decade of Fun in the Sun
Camino Books: 309 pp., $17.95 paper
At most newspapers the first-person singular pronoun, like the nuclear football, is entrusted to one person at a time. Usually cityside columns go to native...
| 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...
| Jan 1, 2011
| 4:00 PM
Edmund Gerald Brown, Jr. - also known as Jerry Brown - takes office as governor of California on January 3, 2011, replacing Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger.
Brown, born in San Francisco in 1938, served as governor from 1975 to 1983. He defeated Republican...