| Nov 29, 2013
Every neighborhood can have a bad decade, and Uptown has had a few.
One of the worst was the 1970s, as it became a haven for Appalachian clans, American Indians and immigrants from around the world, turning much of it into a place for those whom society...
| Jan 15, 2010
A lifelong Chicagoan, Alex Infante faced a big decision two years ago. He and his wife, Jackie, already had one toddler, plus intentions to have another baby, so his family would be outgrowing their Andersonville condo. But where should they buy their...
| Oct 22, 2013
| 11:10 AM
Her friends call Donna Saffaei, 22, a "super fan" of Veronica Roth's Divergent series of books.
They may be right.
Having finished her exam at the University of Iowa in Iowa City on Monday, Saffaei, who over the past week reread the first two books...
| Mar 31, 2013
| 8:45 AM
Ever since the Great Fire of 1871, a cycle of destruction and rebuilding has been central to the Chicago story. This month, Northwestern University secured a permit to tear down Prentice Hospital so that it can build a biomedical research facility. Also...
| Sep 10, 2013
| 6:30 PM
Paul Haggis examines his own storytelling methods in "Third Person," an ambitious puzzle movie in which couples in three interlocking stories reveal different facets of a single psyche -- namely, the author's. With segments set in Paris, Rome and New...
| May 22, 2009
The stars must've been aligned for Ann Filmer when she moved to Berwyn two years ago. In addition to finding a comfortable, affordable home in this nearby suburb, she found a new job in a community ready to embrace her talents.
Filmer and her husband,...
| Sep 5, 2008
Being bored is not an option in Lincoln Park, where the kinetic lifestyle verges on sensory overload.
With its potpourri of restaurants, shops, amenities and close proximity to downtown Chicago, it's no wonder the North Side neighborhood's unique...
| Oct 17, 2008
By day, Wicker Park foot traffic moves at a fast clip, especially during rush hour.
At night, the only hurry is getting to a table at one of the 30-plus restaurants or entertainment hot spots found in this historic area bordered by the Chicago River to...
| Jun 11, 2010
| 9:47 AM
The year was 1972, and then-teenager George Borovik was in his glory. The U.S. Olympic swim trials were being held at the Olympic-size pool at Portage Park, right in his own Chicago neighborhood.
"I remember going to the prelims," Borovik recalled....
| Dec 8, 2011
| 10:10 AM
"El Stories: Holiday Train"
Anyone who regularly rides public transit has their stories. Buses and train cars are delicate ecosystems. Smashed up against your fellow Chicagoans and learning far more about these complete strangers than you ever wanted,...
| Dec 22, 2011
Phew, 2011 was quite a year in Chicago theater. As the year comes to a close, ready for a quick tour back through the newsworthy highlights?
The Black Ensemble Theater bowed a gorgeous, $19 million new home on the North Side. Stage 773 on Belmont...
| Feb 26, 2012
In October 1917, a theater opened at 3535 W. Roosevelt Road that changed the moviegoing experience, in Chicago and the nation.
In the era of the nickelodeon, a term reflecting not just the price of admission, but the surroundings, motion pictures were...