| 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...
| 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....
| Apr 7, 2014
In today's column (available at mcall.com) I asked readers who like Costco stores to explain to me what all the fuss is about -- why this particular shopping-club chain is so desirable that securing a Lehigh Valley location has fueled much of the public...
| Apr 4, 2014
Shanna King was intrigued by the idea of a relaxing candlelight yoga class at a small, low-budget studio in Chicago. Looking for more information, King emailed customer service.
Owner Joe Young responded but didn't address her questions. So King sent...
| Mar 11, 2014
| 5:21 PM
Mayor Rahm Emanuel and Cultural Affairs Commissioner Michelle Boone double-teamed the city of Austin on Tuesday in what was essentially a daylong info-mercial for Chicago as a musical and cultural force.
There was an agenda, of course: Cater to the...
| May 2, 2014
| 1:03 PM
The affordable vacation is becoming more and more rare. Rising fuel costs have made air and automotive travel considerably more expensive, hamstringing many would-be travelers' budgets before they even begin their search for a hotel or private rental....
| Mar 12, 2014
| 7:48 AM
Start taking numbers, Busch Gardens annual pass holders.
The park is offering pass holders one free single-day admission ticket for a friend for use from March 16 to April 27.
The offer is available online at bgwpass.com, only.
Here are the...
| Mar 23, 2014
| 8:17 PM
In early February, the park announced that visitors could buy a Busch Gardens Fun Card and receive unlimited summer admission to Water Country USA for free.
The Fun Card — which costs $72, the price of a single-day admission ticket — must be...
| Mar 27, 2014
| 5:35 AM
The mother of a bicyclist killed last spring while riding in the Old Town neighborhood filed a lawsuit Wednesday against the man charged in his death as well as the man’s employer.
Robert Cann, who went by Bobby, was riding his bicycle in the 1300...
| Mar 27, 2014
| 9:00 PM
Happy Freebie Friday!
I've got some great deals today! Slurp a free Jamba Juide, get a BOGO coupon at Pollo Tropical for nominating a teacher and save $10 at Red Lobster. There are lots of other freebies, coupons and free fun things to do listed, too....
| Mar 28, 2014
| 2:37 PM
I know this paper's called the Pilot, but I have to admit that I had never piloted an actual boat until a couple of weekends ago.
My wife recently bought a Groupon for a two-hour Duffy boat rental in Huntington Harbour. I looked forward to using it...