| Feb 11, 2015
| 3:13 PM
The shiny white finish of the kitchen table contrasts smartly with the soft gray weave of its chairs. The bedspread and rug employ subtle grid patterns that call back to each other. The bar in the corner is fully stocked for Friday night’s party....
| Dec 18, 2014
| 7:12 AM
Bucktown-based Burton History Trees is running a Kickstarter campaign to create illustrated family trees of all 30 NBA teams, starting with the Chicago Bulls. Each tree will consist of the entire history of a franchise, featuring player and personnel...
| Nov 27, 2014
| 4:34 AM
As a young child, Melissa Garcia thought her absent father was away studying at school.
It was how her mother concealed the fact that the father Garcia had never known was in prison. Only when she was 5 and the family visited him at the Danville...
| Dec 8, 2014
| 1:37 PM
Marc Fischer approached the Logan Square post office the way a beaten dog approaches its owner. He came at it sideways, tentatively, prepared to flee. His memories of the place were not especially warm.
When he was asked by a reporter to return to the...
| Dec 22, 2014
| 2:29 PM
The day outside of Nick Cave's home in the South Loop was so forlorn you felt sorry for it. The sky was the color of mop water; the parking lot across the street — large, empty and evocative of nothing so much as nowhere — was especially drab....
| Dec 21, 2014
| 3:22 PM
She holds the piece of wood to the light and turns it slightly. Does it curve in a certain way? Does it look like a bird's head or a feather?
Laura Marie Panozzo, who holds permits to collect driftwood and other debris that wash up on the lakeshore of...
| Nov 24, 2014
| 8:10 AM
Evanston’s south Chicago Avenue business corridor is hopping this holiday season thanks in part to hops.
Evanston’s first nanobrewery, Sketchbook Brewing Company, has opened its alley door to the public. You read that right. To get to the...
| May 19, 2014
| 12:37 PM
Everything changed in an instant for young Daniel Wang: a sudden memory lapse, an excruciating pain in his head. Then a trip to the hospital and emergency brain surgery to remove a cancerous tumor.
When he woke up, the Gurnee boy was hooked up to a...
| Oct 17, 2014
| 10:08 AM
Twas the week before Halloween, when all through the house, not a costume could be found, not even a mouse.
Let's say you've suddenly decided you want to go to that Halloween party after all, or your kids don't like the costume they originally chose. No...
| Sep 21, 2014
| 3:50 PM
Robert A. "Bob" Gorny got started building custom guitars in Chicago because at 6 feet 7 inches tall he found standard guitars just didn't fit his large frame.
"Bob was an excellent wood craftsman," said longtime friend Rob Gurka, also a guitarist and...
| Sep 18, 2014
| 9:46 AM
Sometime soon, should you find yourself backstage at the Museum of Contemporary Art, wandering its administrative offices, be sure to look for the pencil drawing of David Bowie as a banana. It is not an official curated piece of museum art; rather, it...