| Oct 4, 2013
| 12:39 PM
A good burger can be a very spiritual experience -- a bite that brings you closer to whatever higher power you may believe in. But when a Chicago restaurant decided to top one of its burgers with an unconsecrated Communion wafer, some thought it was...
| Nov 5, 2013
| 10:50 AM
[Updated: 7:12 p.m.: Charlie Trotter's family issued a statement earlier expressing sorrow at the shocking death of the 54-year-old acclaimed chef and asking for privacy "as we work through this difficult time."
Many chefs, including notable L.A. chefs,...
| Nov 4, 2013
| 12:09 PM
A small and ailing alligator was found and rescued Friday at Chicago's O'Hare International Airport, according to various reports out Monday.
And to think, most of us don't attempt to get a soda through security.
The most comforting quote to come...
| Nov 13, 2013
| 9:34 AM
There's a new clue in the mystery of how a 2-foot-long alligator came to be abandoned at Chicago's O'Hare International Airport.
Earlier, social media had pointed to a tattooed man. Now, it's a woman in a dark beanie being sought to find out how the...
| Feb 8, 2014
| 5:38 PM
SOCHI, Russia — It was 2:30 a.m. and the stranger on the other side of the door wanted into my hotel room.
"How many cards do you have?" he kept asking in broken English.
The lock rattled and eventfully broke. Still hazy from sleep, I did all...
| Feb 12, 2014
| 5:42 PM
SOCHI, Russia — After taking a few practice runs down the halfpipe at the Sochi Olympics earlier this week, Hannah Teter had some concerns. To say the least.
"I couldn't do any of my tricks," the American snowboarder said. "It was just the worst...
| Sep 25, 2013
Incredibly, there really was a time before pesto. When I was growing up back in the 19th ... well, never you mind ... we never saw it. We'd never even heard of it. Nowadays, though, it's as common as mud. Beautiful, delicious, bright green mud. Let's go...
| Sep 5, 2013
| 7:46 AM
Authorities are trying to sort out the mystery of a burning body found Wednesday near an area north of Los Angeles where authorities have been searching for a missing 19-year-old Naperville Central High School graduate.
Firefighters responded to a...
| Aug 2, 2013
| 3:19 PM
An Elgin woman well known in racing and skydiving circles died during a jump in LaSalle County, officials said.
Stephanie Eggum, 32, had cut her main parachute for some reason but deployed her reserve chute at low altitude and plummeted into a corn field...
| Jan 25, 2014
| 3:15 PM
An Evanston man exchanged text messages last fall with a 14-year-old he met on Craigslist before paying for a taxi to take him to his home, where the teen performed a sex act on him, prosecutors said Saturday.
Jonathan Labe, 53, of the 900 block Reba...
| Feb 24, 2014
| 7:32 PM
When Faber College was about to expel the misfit Deltas of "Animal House," the rambunctious character Bluto Blutarski rallied them, but it was writer Harold Ramis who provided Bluto's stirring words:
"What? Over? Did you say over? Nothing is over...