| 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 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 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...
| 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...
| 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...
| 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...
| 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...
| 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...
| 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...