| Dec 13, 2012
| 12:36 PM
About halfway through writing the script for "The Fitzgerald Family Christmas" (which opens at the Wilmette Theatre next week), Edward Burns says he found himself at a crossroad. "Do I want to make the big, crazy, funny, holly-jolly Christmas Irish family...
| Dec 6, 2012
| 4:10 PM
Tom Krell is no stranger to pain.
The musician, who records and performs under the name How to Dress Well, penned much of his sophomore album, the aptly titled "Total Loss," while struggling with weighty issues like self-doubt, depression and death....
| May 8, 2012
| 10:07 AM
To understand why the hiring of Brian Bannon as Chicago's public library commissioner caused a more-than-ordinary stir, let us quote a learned cultural authority.
That authority is not Socrates.
It is not Shakespeare.
It is not Goethe.
Nor is it...
| May 13, 2012
| 5:58 PM
"My Kind of Town," the fine new play by John Conroy with the titular nod to Frank Sinatra, begins with a faux promotional video about the beauties of Chicago, circa 1990. Narrated by the Tribune's Rick Kogan, it's a shot-from-the-air celebration of the...
| Oct 31, 2012
For those in Cook County who care about the state of our politics — and I'll offer evidence in a moment to demonstrate how depressingly small your number is — here's a helpful slogan to remember as you prepare to vote sometime in the next...
| Aug 29, 2012
| 1:46 PM
The headquarters for Jeppson’s Malort isn’t much of an office.
No cubicles, no strategy memos—just a killer view of Lake Michigan and one woman: Pat Gabelick.
Gabelick, 69, is the owner of the Carl Jeppson Company, which she runs out...
| Jun 21, 2012
5 - 5:30 a.m. The Great Outdoors with Charlie Potter
5:30 - 6 a.m. Love Changes Life
6 - 6:30 a.m. The Lutheran Hour
6:30 - 9 a.m. The Sunday Papers with Rick Kogan
9 a.m. - 1 p.m. Nick Digilio in for Dean Richards
12:05 p.m. The editor of...
| Oct 15, 2012
Joe Mansueto's day jobs have been a handful lately: He has been busy turning Morningstar Inc. into a $3.1 billion investment information megamart, buying up media properties and skipping the charity circuit in favor of coaching grade-school soccer on...
| Feb 22, 2012
| 4:22 AM
Late last year I posted my Top Geek Gals of 2011. I wanted to shine a spotlight on the wonderful ladies that fly the geek flag proudly, doing what they can to make the world just a bit geekier. But then a debate broke out on the post over whether one...
| Jan 30, 2012
| 4:32 PM
("Saul Alinsky" is) foreign sounding, Russian or Polish or something Middle European. That kind of folks could never be trusted anyway. He's probably Jewish, and we know all about how those Jews are. We're all for Israel, but we don't......
| Nov 14, 2011
| 4:32 PM
Mick Dumke and Ben Joravsky' article in the current Chicago Reader, "Water + sewers = slush fund - As your water bill doubles, Mayor Emanuel siphons off millions to cover murky city expenses" tells me things I didn't know: (Mayor......