| 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...
| 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
| 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...
| Mar 26, 2012
| 3:45 PM
When he blasted WWE's higher-ups on live TV, CM Punk had GQ, ESPN and "The Jimmy Kimmel Show" banging on his door. TMZ and CNN interviewed him about his recent Twitter feud with pop star Chris Brown. But on this particular March afternoon on the Blue Line...
| 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,...
| 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...
| 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...
| Mar 8, 2012
All the world's a stage, so wrote the Bard. To which one can reply, "Sure, but have you ridden the"L"lately?" Talk about your captive audience.
For the thousands of Chicagoans who use public transportation daily, this is your show. Same...