| Sep 18, 2014
| 2:29 PM
Autumn! What a magical season.
Time to trade in your overpriced iced coffee for even more overpriced pumpkin spice lattes, your window AC units for gas bills that necessitate a second job, and your shorts for…
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| Aug 1, 2014
Thirty-two years ago Charna Halpern approached Del Close with an offer. He was already a renowned director in the world of comedy, and working at Second City. She had just launched the ImprovOlympic and wanted him to teach a class.
"I heard about this...
| Jul 20, 2014
| 12:51 PM
When I talked with iO Theater proprietor Charna Halpern late Saturday night, she didn't seem particularly nostalgic about the Wrigleyville location she was leaving after nearly 20 years. "I'm not sad," she said. Not even a little bittersweet. Next week...
| Jul 22, 2014
| 4:50 AM
Second City, the famed Chicago comedy theater, announced Tuesday that it has acquired the former AMC movie theater inside the Piper's Alley complex at 230 W. North Ave. Second City plans to fill the new space with “student-centered facilities,&...
| Jul 9, 2014
| 10:07 AM
Margaret Hicks has a simple message for visitors to Chicago and natives alike: Look up.
Better yet, look up and look closely at all the rich ornamentation adorning so many classic buildings in the Loop. Here, take these binoculars, take a moment —...
| Jul 2, 2014
| 8:38 AM
The upcoming Marvel adaptation of “Ant-Man” starring Paul Rudd will also feature Chicago theater actor-turned-filmmaker David Dastmalchian, whose semi-autobiographical indie “Animals” (which examined addiction with a sly and...
| Jul 2, 2014
| 11:24 AM
I remember first stumbling upon one of John Hubley's animated films when his Oscar-winning 1959 short "Moonbird" screened here last year. It returns this weekend in a retrospective featuring seven other Hubley shorts at the Siskel Film Center, which is...
| Sep 9, 2014
| 3:47 PM
Cooler temperatures and changing leaves might cue the chants of “wait until next year” for Chicago baseball fans, but for theater lovers it's a whole new ballgame. Below are just a few promising names on this fall's roster of shows.
| Aug 31, 2014
| 12:13 PM
When former Chicago writers and improvisers of the caliber of David Koechner, Joel Murray, Laura Krafft, Amber Ruffin, Scott Adsit and Stephnie Weir are to be found together on a stage, replete with a dozen or more of their celebrity friends, it generally...
| Sep 2, 2014
| 3:04 PM
NBC sitcom “Parks and Recreation” will film part of an episode in Chicago this week, according to the Illinois Film Office.
The series stars iO and Second City alum Amy Poehler and is set in the fictional Indiana town of Pawnee. It’s...
| Aug 21, 2014
| 3:24 PM
Of all the sectors of the arts and entertainment industry in Chicago, none has seen anything close to the level of explosive growth in 2014 enjoyed by the institutions that make people laugh.
This has been easy to miss.
Unlike prestigious nonprofit...