| Feb 10, 2015
| 2:27 PM
Natalie L. "Toby" Mendeloff, a community activist and volunteer, died Jan. 29 at Sinai Hospital of complications of the flu. She was 94.
The daughter of Henry Lavenstein, a department store owner, and Bessie Siff Lavenstein, a homemaker, Natalie...
| Feb 10, 2015
| 8:52 AM
Reforms enacted in the United Arab Emirates have not done enough to end the exploitation of migrant workers building a high-profile project that includes branches of the Louvre and the Guggenheim museums, a leading human rights group said Tuesday. The...
| Jan 24, 2015
| 5:34 PM
America is in love with avocados.
The country's appetite for the creamy versatile fruit (yes, avocados are fruit) has grown just about every year for the past 15 years, according to data from the Hass Avocado Board, invading kitchens and menus across...
| Feb 9, 2015
| 10:21 AM
Renters in nine of the nation's 11 largest metropolitan areas, including Chicago, outnumbered homeowners in 2013, causing a scarcity of rental apartments, particularly for the neediest consumers, according to a study released Monday.
Along with Chicago,...
| Feb 9, 2015
| 5:20 AM
If you eat out a lot, get ready to brush up on your math skills.
Calories are back. And you're about to see a lot more about them.
Under new regulations from the Food & Drug Administration, restaurant chains and food services across the country have...
| Feb 7, 2015
| 9:25 PM
Amateurs and hucksters are not the only people telling parents not to vaccinate their children. Unfortunately some doctors — men and women sworn to the Hippocratic Oath — are purveying junk science. They say that vaccines cause autism, as in...
| Jan 26, 2015
| 6:55 PM
The automated switchboard, that most satanic of corporate innovations, isn't going away even though the vast majority of consumers despise it.
In fact, the technology may play an even greater role in your life by migrating to your cellphone.
| Jan 22, 2015
| 12:15 AM
Rachel Marie LaPorte is performing in what she calls “a perfect piece of musical theatre.”
And she’s doing so in a place she wants to be.
For the next several weeks, the Oak Forest native is set to play the role of Consuela in...
| Jan 21, 2015
| 11:48 AM
The Coney Island satellite exhibit at Real Art Ways in Hartford, a three-part presentation — "Skeeball" — has a poignant feel, lamenting the passage of time at and chronicling the deterioration of the legendary New York playland.
| Jan 27, 2015
| 3:11 PM
Victor Zelman's retirement was prefaced with these words:
"I don't want to be a rich widow in New York; you have to stop working 26 hours a day."
So, at 52 years old, Victor Zelman swapped the Manhattan city skyline in favor of a rural countryside...
| Jan 17, 2015
| 10:00 AM
Film critic Roger Ebert once described Sidney Lumet as "one of the finest craftsmen and warmest humanitarians among all film directors." He was an actor's director, known for eliciting nuanced, moving and daring performances and imbuing his films with a...