| Apr 29, 2013
| 10:00 AM
Mysterious protagonist Aiden Pearce might be the star of the upcoming video game "Watch Dogs," but downtown Chicago lights up the box art.
Comissioned by Ubisoft to paint a scene that contained both the iconic visage of the Willis Tower and an "L"...
| Apr 10, 2013
| 8:37 AM
"L'imitation of Life"
For the last decade or so, Hell in a Handbag Productions has specialized in high camp and low humor — and every drunken, shameless instinct in between, pancake makeup and off-color jokes at the ready. When it comes to drag,...
| 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...
| Mar 12, 2013
| 11:09 AM
Dennis Taylor wants to know why an "L" emblazoned on a Laguna hillside isn't better protected.
The "L" is dear to Taylor, who was one of the kids who helped in the original construction in the 1930s. He urged the council at the March 5 meeting to make it...
| Feb 6, 2013
| 9:33 PM
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......
| Feb 6, 2013
| 3:15 PM
Kelsey Montanez, who got her start performing in local coffee shops at age 14, never envisioned herself auditioning for TV singing competitions like "American Idol" or "The Voice," saying, "That whole thing really isn't me."
Yet in late 2011 the...
| Oct 18, 2012
| 10:15 AM
Three quick tips about haunted houses to start off this guide to Halloween 2012:
Tip No. 1: Haunted houses, the ticket-selling kind, versus the rumor-shrouded Victorian Gothic kind at the end of your street, are mostly slasher flicks come to life. You...
| Oct 5, 2012
| 6:11 AM
Meg Chambers Steedle was a little intimidated by her first starring TV role, but not because it required her to sing and dance.
The 2008 graduate of Northwestern University's School of Communications stars opposite Steve Buscemi in the Prohibition-era...
| 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...
| Jul 22, 2012
| 7:11 PM
The self-titled sophomore album from local pop-rockers Gold Motel oozes surf and sun, even though much of it was recorded as temperatures dipped and leaves fell from the trees. "There were a few days where we were tracking and I was wearing my jacket...
| Jun 21, 2012
| 4:16 PM
The star of the most anticipated video game of 2013 isn't Super Mario, Lara Croft or Nathan Drake. It's not a person at all, but a place.
Chicago edged out a long list of other cities to take the starring role in "Watch Dogs," an open-world...