| Jan 24, 2014
There is always something going on in this vibrant, vital city, and though every calendar day marks events worth remembering, only a few hundred have found their way into John Schmidt's delightful and engaging new book, "On This Day in Chicago History."...
| Feb 14, 2014
| 7:49 AM
Chris Jones, chief drama critic and columnist for the Chicago Tribune, is the new director of the O’Neill Theater Center’s National Critics Institute.
The “boot camp for theater writers” at the Waterford campus is a two-week...
| Dec 2, 2013
| 9:56 PM
When André Schiffrin was fired in 1990 as editor in chief of Pantheon Books, it was regarded as a loud shot in the war between commercialism and quality in American publishing. There were protests by noted authors, including Studs Terkel and Kurt...
| 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...
| Jan 28, 2014
| 12:45 PM
For the first time, college athletes have officially asked to be represented by a labor union.
A new group called the College Athletes Players Assn. has petitioned the National Labor Relations Board, saying the athletes deserve a say in the rules that...
| Jan 22, 2014
| 1:56 PM
Animation director Michael Sporn, best known for his adaptations of children's stories that were shown on HBO, PBS and other networks, had a childhood that was interrupted. When he was a toddler his father abandoned the family, and although his mother...
| Feb 19, 2014
| 8:22 PM
James C. Dowdle
Executive helped expand Tribune's TV, Internet operations
James C. Dowdle, 79, an executive who played a key role in the transformation of Tribune Co. into a major media conglomerate, died Monday of congestive heart failure at his home...
| Nov 14, 2013
| 8:31 PM
This article originally ran in print on March 7, 2012.
The international group of computer hackers known as Anonymous lost some of its mystery Tuesday with the arrest of five men, including a 27-year-old Chicagoan, said to be connected to a clique of...
| Oct 14, 2013
| 7:50 AM
Oscar Hijuelos, a son of Cuban immigrants to the U.S. whose 1989 novel "The Mambo Kings Play Songs of Love" made him the first Latino to win the Pulitzer Prize for fiction, has died. He was 62.
His death was confirmed by a spokesman for Gotham Books,...
| Feb 4, 2014
| 7:26 PM
As far back as 1968, rising star Christopher Jones — who seemed to have everything at 26, including sensitive good looks, adoring fans and a steady stream of film offers — said he wasn't much devoted to acting.
"I think of acting as only a...
| Nov 20, 2013
| 9:13 AM
Tribune Co., the parent of the Los Angeles Times, on Wednesday unveiled a restructuring plan that will slash nearly 700 jobs over the next year.
The 6% staff reduction will come primarily from the company’s beleaguered newspaper unit, but will...