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  • New book explores history of Chicago's swankiest residence

    New book explores history of Chicago's swankiest residence
    When he was just a boy, which was some time ago, Rick Fizdale would look through the front window of the car his father would drive south on the Outer Drive. Just past the North Avenue exit, that window would fill with a view of the buildings that form a wall of wealth between the Drake Hotel and the lake. It is an area known as East Lake Shore Drive.
  • Brandon Baltzley attempts comeback at TMIP, open July 3

    Brandon Baltzley attempts comeback at TMIP, open July 3
    Ambition on this level is rarely seen in the restaurant world. But if you’ve got nothing to lose, why not go for broke? That seems to be the operating philosophy of one Brandon Baltzley, who I wrote about here, and was later profiled in the...

    TV shows and the quick hook

    TV shows and the quick hook
    Last week as TV networks announced their lineup for the upcoming season, I noticed more grumbling than usual about the short life span that befalls shows that aren't an instant ratings hit. "The press release for NBC's Manson-killings drama "AQUARIUS"...

    Sam Greenlee dies at 83; wrote on being an African American in Foreign Service

    Sam Greenlee dies at 83; wrote on being an African American in Foreign Service
    Writer Sam Greenlee, whose novel "The Spook Who Sat by the Door" about his experiences as a rare black man working for the U.S. Foreign Service in the 1950s and '60s was turned into a 1973 independent film, has died in Chicago. He was 83. He died from...

    Sam Greenlee, author of 'Spook Who Sat By the Door,' dead at 83

    Sam Greenlee, author of 'Spook Who Sat By the Door,' dead at 83
    Even into his so-called golden years, the writer Sam Greenlee was outspoken about the curious fate of his 1973 film "The Spook Who Sat by the Door." A Chicago native, Greenlee, 83, died from natural causes early Monday morning at his home. "The Spook...