| Mar 26, 2015
| 12:23 PM
When Aleksandr Vaysman and his father-in-law, Igor Shtrambrand, were searching for the perfect location for Deka, their new French-Russian brasserie, the two discovered a spot in a seemingly untapped market: Wheeling.
"What this area was missing was...
| Mar 23, 2015
| 5:40 PM
Seymour H. Persky, the colorful Chicago real estate mogul and preservationist who amassed a dazzling collection of architectural artifacts and ensured the long-term survival of a revered Gold Coast house whose authorship is ascribed to architects Louis...
| Mar 22, 2015
| 6:35 PM
Standing at the window of his niece's split-level home in south suburban Dolton, Tyrone Hood popped Skittles into his mouth as he peered across the street.
Two men lugged construction supplies and debris into a pickup truck, wrapping up rehab work for...
| Mar 5, 2015
| 8:28 AM
A Chicago preservation group has put the city's neon signs on its annual list of endangered structures.
Preservation Chicago says the signs were "a popular form of advertising from the 1930s to the 1960s." That's why they added the signs to a list that...
| Mar 4, 2015
| 10:35 AM
One of this year's "Chicago 7" buildings deemed threatened by a local preservation group isn't a building at all.
Neon signs "throughout the city" made Preservation Chicago's annual list of the city's most endangered structures.
The signs, which often...
| Feb 15, 2015
| 2:30 AM
As program director of the master's degree program in rehabilitation counseling at Chicago's Adler University, Mary O'Connor Drout realizes most people are not familiar with the field. Which is a shame, since rehab experts do such life-changing work....
| Feb 21, 2015
| 7:08 PM
Like spectators at a boxing match, more than 200 people Saturday roared and shrieked from their auditorium seats at the barely visible battle ensuing in a 12-by-12 arena onstage.
The challengers: four robots, all about 1 foot high, each jockeying to...
| Feb 20, 2015
| 7:02 PM
Brianna McKenna is one of those students other kids envy because she is so smart.
A senior at Lincoln-Way East High School in Frankfort, McKenna, 18, said she always has done pretty well in school.
"Academics come more easily to me than most people, but...
| Feb 17, 2015
| 3:44 PM
It's no coincidence that the upcoming week holds both George Washington's birthday as well as National Engineers Week. When the National Society of Professional Engineers initiated Engineers Week in 1951, it was timed with a nod to Washington who, among...
| Feb 16, 2015
| 2:32 PM
North Shore art lovers were treated to a special luncheon Jan. 23 as Public Television's Geoffrey Baer stopped by the Michigan Shores Club in Wilmette.
Baer's visit was sponsored by the Winnetka Community Associates of the Art Institute of Chicago,...
| Feb 14, 2015
| 7:07 PM
A good city is like a good omelet. While the fillings matter, what really counts are the eggs that hold everything together.
I kept thinking of omelets last week as I walked the dull, nearly empty sidewalks around McCormick Place, the nation's largest...