| Apr 1, 2012
Harry Crews, a rough-hewn Southerner who drew a keen following with novels that describe a Hieronymus Bosch landscape of grotesques — characters who are tossed into rattlesnake pits, walk on their hands, croon lullabies to a skull and literally...
| Oct 12, 2012
Layaway is illogical. Almost nobody should use it for holiday gift purchases this year.
That stark stance is sure to rile fans of layaway. However, taking a critical look at layaway might get you thinking differently about your money and shopping...
| May 13, 2012
Even people who don't play the market are thinking this week about buying stock in Facebook's initial public offering of shares.
One hundred six years ago, Sears, Roebuck and Co. was its era's version of a hot tech company. Like Facebook, Apple or...
| Nov 8, 2012
| 10:35 AM
Stores are falling over themselves this holiday season to lure shoppers in with deals like matching online prices, extending layaways, and even making their own tablets.
What that means for shoppers is likely the best season of discounts in years.
| Aug 27, 2012
In 1997, Darlene Clark Hine came across an essay in which Harlem Renaissance writer Arna Bontemps argued that black Chicago had its own, little-known renaissance that began in the 1930s and rivaled the famous one that occurred in 1920s New York.
| Aug 30, 2012
| 10:47 AM
Sears Holdings Corp., one of the earliest members of the S&P 500, is being kicked out of the index next week and replaced by a Dutch chemicals company.
The retailer, which trades on Nasdaq, will exit the index when the market closes on Sept. 4....
| Jun 8, 2012
| 1:05 AM
Current prices are recorded from antiques shows, flea markets, sales and auctions throughout the United States. Prices vary in different locations because of local economic conditions.
Holt Howard salt and pepper set, men, Old West style with beards and...
| Jul 6, 2012
| 1:05 AM
Fresh vegetables were part of the diet of the Victorian household during the warm, growing months. But stored root vegetables and home canned food were used on snowy days. Advertisers knew that imaginary vegetables acting like humans were as popular a...
| Sep 30, 2012
On the eighth floor of the Daley Center, behind a locked metal door, is a narrow room known as the vault.
Within its walls reside files that Cook County Circuit Court judges have ordered hidden from the public, something they have done hundreds of...
| Jul 28, 2012
Do not count Catherine Nasin among those who welcomed the recent Fourth of July holiday. All it meant was one more day of cleaning up a furnace leak as she waited for Sears repair service to return to her Coventry home.
Nasin, who turns 88 in August, was...
| Aug 13, 2012
| 10:30 AM
Sears Holdings Corp., one of several struggling big-box retailers, is splitting off more than 1,000 Hometown, Outlet and hardware stores as a separate, public company.
The spinoff will affect 1,238 stores total. Sears Hometown and Outlet Stores, Inc....