| Oct 14, 2012
For urban politicians, gun control is like the bar in "Cheers" — a place of refuge they can seek out whenever things aren't going well. Things aren't going well on the crime front in Chicago, with homicides up 25 percent this year. So what else...
| Oct 15, 2012
| 5:53 AM
"He's not so good in a crowd, but when you get him alone, you'd be surprised" -- Irving Berlin, "You'd Be Surprised"
Nucky Thompson's new de facto mantra, "you can't be half a gangster," seems to be applying more and more to "Boardwalk Empire" as a show....
| Oct 16, 2012
| 5:07 PM
The East Coast offers unique hot spots for Halloween chills:
Philadelphia's Eastern State Penitentiary — What began as a one-night haunted house in the ruins of the Eastern State Penitentiary at 22nd Street and Fairmount Avenue in 1991 has 29...
| Oct 19, 2012
| 4:05 PM
Here is some weekend pigskin to chew on:
—How hot will it get for Texas?
You thought things couldn't get worse after the Longhorns got scorched by Oklahoma last week at the State Fair of Texas. Friday, though, came word that "Big Tex," the 52-foot...
| Oct 26, 2012
| 8:33 AM
I climb out of the car, step into damp October leaves and stare up at the Logan Square apartment building across the street. A chill rushes up the street. I notice a man standing in the front yard, shuffling back and forth. He does not appear rabid. He...
| Oct 26, 2012
| 3:21 PM
Zombies. They're everywhere. Television. Movies. Graphic novels. Pub crawls. Burlesque shows. You can't swing a dismembered arm without hitting one. But look out: In Scott Kenemore's new book, "Zombie, Illinois," the walking dead are invading places...
| May 3, 2012
| 10:34 AM
The ghosts in the Mineola Hotel are up for auction. So are the lounge, a marina and the historic, once-condemned hotel.
It can all be had on eBay with a starting bid of $2 million.
Located on the shores of Fox Lake, the Mineola once drew Al Capone and...
| May 4, 2012
| 8:03 AM
With 16 days remaining until hundreds of diplomats descend upon Chicago for the North Atlantic Treaty Organization summit, NATO is working hard to educate world leaders on their host city.
But that effort may have briefly backfired.
A video about...
| May 14, 2012
| 6:41 AM
Doing time on the prison tour circuit? Here are some other tours you won't want to miss.
—Alcatraz, Calif.: The legendary island in San Francisco Bay was a federal penitentiary from 1934 to 1963; daily tours are run by the National Park Service....
| Nov 4, 2012
I saved the newspapers from the week after Barack Obama was elected president of the United States, and a few days ago I fished them out of the basket, hidden behind a living room chair, where they've gathered dust for the past four years.
| Nov 5, 2012
| 3:36 AM
"I just want you to be my gangster" - Billie Kent
"Boardwalk Empire" teased viewers with two pretty slow-and-go episodes heading into “The Pony.” Gillian’s creepy disposal of Bizarro Jimmy aside, the show had crawled to a haunting,...