| May 30, 2013
| 4:49 PM
SPRINGFIELD --- An Illinois House panel today endorsed Mayor Rahm Emanuel’s plan for McCormick Place expansion that includes a new DePaul basketball arena and a hotel as part of a massive bill that also featured incentives to build a Downstate...
| May 30, 2013
After her melanoma, Cheryl Stratos is mostly back to a normal life, running a business and driving her teenage son to weekend events, but there are reminders that it could all come back: The sores all over her body, the high fevers, the hair loss --...
| May 31, 2013
| 4:11 PM
The Illinois Senate today sent a bill to Gov. Pat Quinn that will green-light Mayor Rahm Emanuel’s plan for McCormick Place expansion that includes a new DePaul University basketball arena and a hotel.
The legislation also includes provision to...
| May 23, 2013
I had just returned from a reporting foray to the Sweets & Snacks Expo -- the three-day extravaganza of indulgence that kicked off Tuesday at McCormick Place -- when fellow reporters (and several editors) hit me with the question: "Where's the candy?"...
| May 26, 2013
The Century of Progress opened on May 27, 1933, with about 12 million Americans — a quarter of the labor force — unemployed and many hungry Chicagoans seeking sustenance and solace at Al Capone's soup kitchen. The city's second world's fair...
| May 27, 2013
Divvy, the new rental bicycle that Chicago's transportation chief predicts will become a popular "bike taxi" option for short trips, made its debut for test rides at Bike the Drive on Sunday.
The Divvy show-and-tell during the once-a-year morning...
| Jan 9, 2013
| 5:32 PM
In its seventh season, "America's Got Talent" went to the dogs, literally, when Olate Dogs, the dog act led by Richard Olate and his son Nicholas, won the competition.
That pretty much shows you that any act has a chance in NBC's competition series. So...
| Dec 30, 2012
| 12:40 PM
Here's the thing about brothers and "Hardcore Pawn: Chicago" co-stars Randy and Wayne Cohen: They fight a lot — and even came to blows this year — but they always make up.
And once they're done patching things up, they tend to go right...
| Jan 3, 2013
| 3:10 PM
The Chicago area's own Michelle Williams has joined the national tour of "Fela!" that's coming to town Feb. 19-23.
Williams, the Grammy winner and former Destiny’s Child, will play Sandra Isadore, show producers Shawn “Jay-Z” Carter,...
| Dec 18, 2012
| 3:50 PM
WASHINGTON — The South Shore Drill Team from Chicago will march in the inaugural parade for President Barack Obama, inauguration officials said today.
The team was among the first 24 groups whose participation in the Jan. 21 parade was announced....
| Dec 13, 2012
| 11:23 AM
"Fela!," the Broadway musical about the Nigerian Afrobeat icon Fela Kuti, is returning to Chicago for a week in February. Yet more surprisingly, the Arie Crown Theater, which has been on ice of late, once again has a Broadway-style show within the...