| Apr 21, 2013
Chicago is no stranger to bombs.
We live in a relatively bomb-free era, the first such respite Chicagoans have enjoyed since at least the middle of the 19th century.
The city that gave the world the mother of all explosive devices and ushered in the...
| Apr 16, 2013
"Do you remember when it was 80 degrees in March last year?"
Yup, that might be the most common complaint muttered by coat-clad Chicagoans this spring.
Sure, summer didn't come early this year as it did last, but that hasn't stopped dozens of...
| Feb 1, 2013
| 8:42 PM
A building is not, of course, a living thing, and so, unless it's the one you work in, live in or visit with some regularity, you probably take most of the city's thousands of other buildings for granted.
There are, of course, the stars, those...
| Dec 16, 2012
| 2:43 AM
Holiday shoppers on Michigan Avenue this month can get a unique gift: Viewing parts of the Wrigley Building that haven't been visible to the public since the "fraternal twin" towers were completed in 1921 and 1924.
The ongoing renovations, which have...
| Oct 24, 2012
We had a great time Tuesday night visiting with readers and celebrating our Chicago Tribune colleagues with books on the shelves.
About 60 folks came to talk with us, eat cheese and crackers, and shoot the breeze with Tribune authors Mark Jacob, Jeff...
| Sep 27, 2012
Can a four-star meal begin with fried smelts and end with a Butterfinger bar? My last dinner at Sixteen says yes.
These are uncertain times for four-star dining in Chicago. Since last September, four previous top-rated restaurants have closed up shop...
| Sep 17, 2012
The photo on the $100 ticket isn't all that's fuzzy regarding red-light camera violations, one driver complains, while another wants to ban trucks from using the Circle Interchange or make them pay a hefty toll.
Q: Jon, I feel disgusted. I received a...
| Jul 24, 2012
| 4:21 PM
440 N. State St. 312-464-1400
At the neighborhood’s only gay bar, expect the bartenders to call you “honey” and the entertainment to range from live cabaret to karaoke to DJs.
The Purple Pig
500 N. Michigan Ave. 312-464-1744...
| Jun 26, 2012
| 1:18 PM
Battered by the recession and the downturn in the housing market, Chicago architect Lucien Lagrange liquidated his namesake firm in 2010. Yet Lagrange and his tradition-tinged buildings are still with us. The latest, the 40-story Ritz-Carlton Residences...
| Mar 31, 2012
| 6:37 PM
Lights blinked off in Chicago and around the world tonight to mark Earth Hour, an international effort to raise awareness about climate change.
From 8:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. local time around the globe lights were turned off in landmarks, businesses and...
| Aug 20, 2011
| 5:29 PM
The owners of the Wrigley Building confirmed today they are talking to a number of outside parties about the future of the Michigan Avenue landmark -- conversations that reportedly include two co-founders of Groupon.
The Wm. Wrigley Jr. Co., the...