| Apr 9, 2015
| 9:51 AM
The Event: It was a landmark celebration when 765 local civic, business and cultural leaders converged on the Four Seasons Hotel Chicago for the 10th anniversary celebration of Landmarks Illinois. Emceed by WTTW television journalist, Geoffrey Baer, the...
| Apr 30, 2015
| 11:08 AM
Twenty-seven years ago, Lam Ton was living his American dream.
A former interpreter at the U.S. Embassy in Saigon, Vietnam, Ton was a can-do Chicago restaurateur who helped revive a declining neighborhood. He was also making a trailblazing return...
| May 1, 2015
| 12:59 PM
The office of Newton Minow is on the 24th floor of a building in the heart of the Loop, and it has, as you can imagine, striking views of the city in all its skyscraping, hustling vigor.
Minow is 89 years old and has been a high-powered attorney for...
| Apr 23, 2015
| 7:57 AM
Mayor Rahm Emanuel is dealing with a federal investigation into a no-bid contract approved by the Chicago school board he appointed — a scandal that has forced his hand-picked schools CEO to step down and for the contract in question to be...
| Apr 22, 2015
| 7:20 AM
A couple of years ago at C2E2, during the second edition of the Chicago Comic & Entertainment Expo at McCormick Place, I bought a small terra cotta pot from an older man seated at a table. He never looked at me; he worked for the duration of our...
| Apr 17, 2015
| 5:28 PM
Do you dislike the way I talk or dress or butter my toast?
I hear you.
Have I offended you, annoyed you, convinced you that I'm a !@##$%?
I hear you.
Don't get me wrong. I'm not saying you're right. I just want you to know that I respect you....
| Apr 9, 2015
| 8:26 AM
It has been some time since I have written about Flint Creek Wildlife Rehabilitation, but I have been prompted to catch up with Dawn Keller after seeing a segment about her on PBS.
I was watching Jeffrey Baer's program about Chicago's lakefront during...
| Apr 14, 2015
| 9:06 AM
Over the next three weeks, one of the Midwest's and the nation's leading music schools is kicking up its commitment to community service a couple of notches.
Make that 125 notches.
That's the number of informal concerts students and faculty of the...
| Feb 9, 2015
| 9:20 AM
In honor of National Pizza Day, we present an oldie but goody:
A few years ago, the Mayfair restaurant Marie's Pizza & Liquors appeared on the popular WTTW review show "Check, Please." Two of that week's three citizen reviewers liked Marie's. The...
| Feb 12, 2015
| 3:00 AM
By the time you read this I may already be gone, having headed for the thickest clump of wilderness, anywhere that might exist where I can still walk into a restaurant and a waiter won't ask ...
"Have you dined with us before?"
It's not the question...
| Feb 19, 2015
| 9:43 AM
By now it's a glaring oversight. We have yet to see a single, theatrically released film adaptation of an August Wilson play.
Someday, we will; someday, perhaps even according to the late Pittsburgh-born playwright's wishes, it'll be made by an...