| Feb 16, 2014
| 1:04 PM
Being chased or attacked. Being nude in public. Dying. Drowning. Falling. Flunking a test.
These calamities star in the classic nightmares that haunt our sleepy time under the sheets.
I bet Sam Rubin gladly would have traded any of those nocturnal...
| Feb 3, 2014
| 12:26 PM
By the time "Parlour Car" reaches the end of its epic, three-hour anniversary show at Bar Deville in the Ukrainian Village last Thursday, nearly 20 of Chicago's best comics have taken turns slinging their finest jokes to a packed house, bite-size pieces...
| 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.
| 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...
| Aug 8, 2011
| 2:53 PM
This time, Steve Bartman comes to the rescue.
For the first half-hour of Theatre Seven's "We Live Here," an original, ensemble-driven, multiauthor homage to the quintessence of the city of Chicago, the show flails around. The early pieces feel...
| Feb 8, 2012
| 10:37 PM
Beware, O Second City, of the perils of the plush-and-shiny new room with the new high-tech toys just begging to be used! Beware further of the dangerous assumption that just because we all now spend our entire lives staring at tiny video screens,...
| 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...
| 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...
| 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...