| Jul 10, 2014
| 11:18 AM
Chill out, everyone, the polar vortex is not coming back to Chicago.
Despite a tweet today from the National Weather Service, which said a "July version" of the polar vortex will hit Chicago next week, the area won't see a single flake or anything...
| Jul 11, 2014
| 11:29 AM
Put away those shorts and tank tops, Chicago, and get ready for another "polar vortex."
That’s what some people are calling the unseasonably cold temperatures expected to come to the northern and eastern United States next week, as a patch of cold...
| Apr 11, 2014
| 2:30 PM
Magnolia Pictures has acquired the North American distribution rights to the Shailene Woodley-starrer "White Bird in a Blizzard" and plans a theatrical release for later this year.
Gregg Araki directed from his own script, based on Laura Kasischke's...
| Apr 11, 2014
| 6:30 PM
Given its characters and settings, fantasy fare -- whether it's a movie, TV show or videogame -- hasn't been able to incorporate much product placement, but Blizzard Entertainment's "World of Warcraft" franchise will attempt to break the mold with...
| Mar 25, 2014
| 10:57 AM
Fans of the Red Hot Chili Peppers — or, going back even further, maybe Mountain — will find much to enjoy about the Balkun Brothers, a local trio often billed as a blues band but who just as frequently push into hard rock territory.
| Mar 25, 2014
| 6:43 PM
Northeasterners still shivering from the tail end of a brutal winter were expected to find early spring no less frigid Tuesday night and into Wednesday.
From Connecticut to Maine, 12 to 20 inches of snow and winds up to 60 mph were forecast, the...
| Mar 26, 2014
When a woman from Nordic Energy called 72-year-old John Staunton and offered him a cheap rate on electricity, he signed up. His roommate wastes a lot of electricity, he said, by sleeping with the TV on.
The first month, the bill came as promised —...
| Apr 3, 2014
| 1:32 PM
While the rest of Chicago was shoveling out from the snowy depths of the big blizzard of 2011, a trio of musically inclined local gals used its time productively, forming the dark, surfy quartet now known as Blizzard Babies.
The hope in forming the...
| Mar 9, 2014
Chicago's third-coldest winter has contributed to the deaths of 26 people so far, nearly 50 percent more fatalities than the entire season's average in recent years, according to numbers provided by the Cook County medical examiner's office.
| Mar 16, 2014
| 4:10 AM
The news arrived to readers of The Courant on the morning of March 8, 1877, seven weeks before the start of the second National League baseball season.
Hartford, a charter member, was deemed unacceptable as a major league market. The city's "base ball"...
| Feb 24, 2014
| 9:57 AM
Spring is less than a month away, but be prepared to first pay the toll for its arrival with the return of the polar vortex.
Frigid air will be back in much of the nation this week, with temperatures expected to plummet by more than 30 degrees in...