| Apr 20, 2014
The government of Iraq last week announced that it had padlocked the infamous prison at Abu Ghraib. The gates are closed. The inmates moved. Whether the closure is permanent or temporary -- Iraqi officials suggest the latter -- this ought to qualify as...
| Apr 18, 2014
| 2:20 PM
After editing montage sequences at Warner Bros. during World War II, Don Siegel made his directing debut with two shorts, both of which won Oscars in the same year. Neat trick. After being promoted to making features, his output was of mixed quality until...
| Apr 17, 2014
Call it a character defect, but I don't like baseball. And I especially don't like the Chicago Cubs — losers I never found lovable.
I grew up less than a mile west of Wrigley Field, and games there represented summerlong inconveniences such as...
| Apr 6, 2014
Chicago is hosting the U.S. Travel Association's trade show, which starts this weekend at McCormick Place. The city aims to attract 55 million tourists a year by 2020; we asked six people how Chicago can reach its goal.
Tout 'the great American city'...
| Apr 8, 2014
The 11-year-old neighborhood boy who often walked to Wrigley Field knew that a concession stand in the concourse behind third base sold the stadium's freshest Smokie Links.
"All the grease. You could smell the Smokie Link smell. It was part of the park,...
| Apr 6, 2014
| 12:05 AM
Ladies and lords sharpen your swords! "Game of Thrones" is back. Elsewhere, country artists get back pats and Gordon Ramsay revisits a psycho bakery. Here's what caught my eye on television this week:
"Academy of Country Music Awards," 7 p.m.,...
| Mar 30, 2014
| 8:13 PM
Sept. 28, 1938. The most renowned home run in Cubs history is the legendary "Homer in the Gloamin'" by player-manager Gabby Hartnett that helped capture the 1938 pennant. With daylight fading and the Cubs-Pirates game tied 5-5 in the bottom of the ninth,...
| Mar 18, 2014
| 10:00 PM
Location, location, location: The old adage doesn't just apply to real estate holdings. When you're choosing the venue for your wedding, the setting establishes the tone for the whole shebang. Take our quiz and find out which up-and-coming venues fit...
| Mar 5, 2014
| 1:35 PM
And so it begins, with the voice of our mayor — "You want to see America you come to the heartland, and what is the capital of the heartland?" — and images of our city, the first of eight — that's right, eight — episodes of a...
| Mar 1, 2014
| 4:00 PM
WASHINGTON — Federal Prohibition agent Eliot Ness' legendary campaign against Chicago mob boss Al Capone inspired the 1960s TV series "The Untouchables," a blockbuster Hollywood movie, countless books and perhaps even the comic-strip hero Dick...
| Mar 5, 2014
| 5:56 PM
All private employers in Chicago would be required to provide paid sick days to their workers under a new proposal backed by a majority of the city’s 50 aldermen.
If the proposal sponsored by Aldermen Proco “Joe” Moreno, 1st and Toni...