| Aug 4, 2014
| 3:04 PM
Billie Letts, the mother of the Chicago playwright Tracy Letts, died on Saturday in her home state of Oklahoma, according to reports in the Tulsa World and other sources.
Letts, who was 76, was a highly regarded novelist (as well as a teacher and...
| Aug 3, 2014
| 2:30 AM
A few words about the "poor door."
Maybe you already know about this. Maybe you read on Slate, saw on Colbert or heard on NPR how a developer qualified for tax benefits under New York City's Inclusionary Housing Program by agreeing to add to its new...
| Jul 30, 2014
| 6:01 PM
Jon Bon Jovi.
Does the name mean anything to you?
How about Donald Trump?
OK, how about Terry Pegula?
They head the three groups that reportedly have bid for the Buffalo Bills. You remember the Bills, right?
Probably not, which is why the NFL...
| Jul 29, 2014
| 6:00 AM
It should be one of the unqualified successes of the year — a period drama directed by, written by and starring women of color that found a large audience for a fact-based tale drawn from obscure history that shed light on the beginning of the end...
| Jul 11, 2014
| 1:58 PM
Dr. Mehmet Oz is on the move again in Orlando.
"The Dr. Oz Show" will go to Fox-owned WOFL-Channel 35 in the fall. That station is still firming up its lineup and didn't have a time slot to announce, a spokeswoman said.
"Dr. Oz" is airing at 3 p.m....
| Jul 8, 2014
| 10:32 AM
Matthew Sandusky, the adopted son of Jerry Sandusky, has given an exclusive interview to Oprah Winfrey in which he opens up about the sexual abuse he suffered.
The chat will be on "Oprah Prime" at 9 p.m. July 17 on OWN.
Jerry Sandusky, 70, a former...
| Jul 24, 2014
| 6:58 AM
The Rams open training camp Friday and the rules of engagement regarding Michael Sam have been set. Let’s call it them the Dungy Rules.
Rule No. 1 - You must be 100 percent positive in commenting about Sam. If not, you’d better hire a...
| Jul 16, 2014
| 1:21 PM
The front door stood wide open and Rachel Bertsche could be seen from the street, zooming through the foyer of her Lincoln Park townhouse, a peach Lululemon blur in black tights. I stepped tentatively inside the doorway and reconsidered immediately:...
| Jul 12, 2014
| 12:35 PM
The Downtown Sound music series is now a Monday night fixture during the summer at Pritzker Pavilion in Millennium Park, but it wasn't always so.
The city of Chicago had a hands-off policy toward rock music for generations, a phobia turned into...
| Jul 9, 2014
"You learn to be your best self by sometimes being your worst self."
Who said that first?
As far as I know, I did, and I said it for the first time Tuesday, the day I decided to run a little experiment in misattribution in the quote-happy land of...
| Jul 9, 2014
| 6:54 AM
After the coffee. Before making my Emmy nomination picks.
The Skinny: So I started yesterday evening at a big industry party in a huge mansion above Beverly Hills and ended it eating at a taco truck on Olympic and La Brea. Only in L.A. kids, only in L....