| May 19, 2014
| 5:42 PM
Even into his so-called golden years, the writer Sam Greenlee was outspoken about the curious fate of his 1973 film "The Spook Who Sat by the Door." A Chicago native, Greenlee, 83, died from natural causes early Monday morning at his home.
| Sep 7, 2014
| 12:57 PM
For reasons only partly related to his virtually unrecognizable presence on screen, Steve Carell appears headed for an Academy Award nomination (actor? supporting actor? tough call) for an eerily subtle portrayal of the unstable and ultimately murderous...
| Feb 7, 2013
Part of an occasional series Commenter ID: GJO’L Gender: Male Age: 48 Occupation: Attorney at a large law firm. I do a lot of corporate criminal defense, some work for individuals. Family info: Married to somebody very terrific. Three great......
| Dec 5, 2014
| 3:27 PM
Four years ago, recently departed White House chief of staff Rahm Emanuel chose the crowded gymnasium of a North Side elementary school to formally kick off what he'd been building up to for weeks: a run for mayor of Chicago.
The venue, John C....
| Oct 7, 2014
| 12:25 PM
Sure, Bill Clinton and Barack Obama both hit the town this week to support their boy Pat Quinn. But there’s another election on the horizon in Chicago. And with Chicago Teachers Union president Karen Lewis' health concerns, we’re all left...
| 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,...
| 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...
| Aug 10, 2012
| 7:53 PM
Steel from Sparrows Point built the Golden Gate Bridge, the Chesapeake Bay Bridge, hundreds of ships for World War II and livelihoods for tens of thousands of Baltimore-area families.
The story of the massive steel mill follows the arc of American...