| Mar 18, 2015
| 6:49 PM
The waterfront South Florida mansion gangster Al Capone bought as a family retreat in 1928 is being restored to its Prohibition-era opulence and beginning what the property's new managers said Wednesday is a new chapter as a sun-splashed site for video...
| Mar 18, 2015
| 11:41 AM
Universal Pictures' "Scarface" remake has recruited screenwriter Jonathan Herman.
After working on the studio's N.W.A. biopic "Straight Outta Compton," Herman has come aboard to rewrite a new take on the gangster tale made famous by Al Pacino and...
| Mar 18, 2015
| 3:30 PM
The new owners of Al Capone's mansion in Miami Beach had a media open house Wednesday to show off an extensive restoration project.
The house where the notorious Chicago gangster died in 1947 had been in a long decline until its recent purchase by a...
| Mar 13, 2015
| 7:32 AM
Puede que muchos sur floridanos crean que el restaurante Mai-Kai en Fort Lauderdale es en cierta forma histórico. Pero ese hecho se hizo realidad cuando los funcionarios del Registro Nacional de Lugares Históricos de Estados Unidos lo agregó recientemente...
| Apr 1, 2015
| 5:05 AM
Baseball is a Rorschach sport: People see in it what they want to see in it.
That goes for writers, too.
As long as pitchers and catchers and fathers and their kids have been tossing a ball back and forth, writers have found the stuff of storytelling in...
| Mar 29, 2015
| 6:57 AM
The gun is a triumph of American craftsmanship from the early 20th century, its sleek barrel familiar to anyone raised on the movies of Bogart and Cagney, "Scarface" and "Little Caesar."
Except this Smith & Wesson .38 special has real-life stories to...
| Mar 20, 2015
| 6:31 AM
When reporters write today that political candidates took shots at each other and their supporters battled for voters, readers know it is figurative language to spice up humdrum campaign coverage.
On April 1, 1924, such language was literal —...
| Feb 6, 2015
| 10:20 AM
The band 10,000 Maniacs has a thing for Chicago on Valentine's weekend.
Tickets sold out six weeks in advance for gigs Feb. 14 at Chicago City Winery, their home for Valentine's weekend in 2014, too. Shows are planned for Feb. 2016 there as well.
| Feb 15, 2015
| 2:13 PM
G. William Harder, self-described Satanist, self-proclaimed good friend to bad people, collector of serial-killer letters and prison art, proprietor of the website murderauction.com and seller of "Got Satan?" T-shirts, stroked habitually at his chin. He...
| Feb 13, 2015
| 3:12 AM
Chicagoans certainly are strange about Friday the 13th.
And that includes the editors of the Tribune, who have exhaustively chronicled the odd occurrences on that day and date. For example, on Friday, May 13, 1932, a North Side man reported that 13 golf...
| Feb 28, 2015
First, some numbers.
Forty years ago, a musical called "Chicago" opened on Broadway. It had a decent run of 936 performances, but it couldn't keep up with another show that debuted in 1975 and hogged the spotlight — "A Chorus Line."