| Sep 30, 2013
| 6:30 AM
Honest price advertising will be the main hotel question mark in 2013. As I've reported, the Federal Trade Commission informed big chains that their practice of posting low-ball rates, then adding mandatory "resort" and other fees is deceptive. Instead,...
| Aug 3, 2014
For about 54 weeks, Chicago adman Kevin Lynch has used Airbnb to find a place to sleep in Hong Kong.
By Lynch's tally, he has stayed in 53 neighborhoods, spending 150 nights in locales ranging from a cow shed to a tepee to a storefront art gallery while...
| Feb 1, 2012
| 5:51 AM
Finally, an opportunity to wear sunglasses inside a nightclub without looking like you’re trying too hard.
River North club Enclave will attempt to break the Guinness World Record for “Most people wearing sunglasses in the dark” Friday,...
| Apr 4, 2011
It sounds so glamorous; start your own business and be your own boss. But this can be career suicide if you're not honest about the risks you might face on the road to becoming an entrepreneur.
"You can do anything you put your mind to, but that doesn'...
| Aug 1, 2014
| 12:51 PM
They are an elusive breed.
Seemingly closer to myth than reality, a whisper heard in passing, a thought quickly discarded. When I told Anne Walters Robertson, chair of the Department of Music at the University of Chicago, about them, she replied,...
| Aug 22, 2013
Steve Maxwell had spent most of his recent Thursday lunchtimes downtown selling Indian specialties out of his Curried food truck in the roundabout in front of NBC Tower, but on a late July Thursday he pulled up at about 8:30 a.m. to find three other...
| Jun 28, 2014
| 9:00 PM
My husband, Dan, jokes that I'm a big tipper when he's paying the bill.
Now you know I never pay retail; I rarely shop or dine without coupons; and I always stick Dan with the bill.
So I often remind the hubs to tip on the gross amount before the...
| Jun 9, 2014
| 12:46 PM
The ride-sharing app company Uber last week raised $1.2 billion in venture capital on terms that valued the company at $17 billion. As Will Oremus at Slate.com observed, that's almost as much as Hertz and Avis combined.
It's more plausible to see Uber's...
| Jun 15, 2014
Let's be honest.
Our latest civic tizzy isn't rooted in the fact that big, back-lit letters have been affixed to the riverfront side of Trump International Hotel & Tower.
It's rooted in what those letters spell.
If the 20-foot-6-inch-high letters...
| May 4, 2014
Next Monday, May 12, more than 10,000 Chicagoans who care about the city will sit down for a meal at various locations to talk about Chicago's future.
Some will be friends or acquaintances. Others will be strangers randomly assigned by organizers....
| Mar 11, 2014
1871, the city's leading tech startup center, will announce Tuesday a dedicated incubator for female entrepreneurs, funded by Google, Motorola Mobility and the Lefkofsky Family Foundation, which is run by Liz Lefkofsky, the wife of Groupon's chief...