| Apr 24, 2015
| 8:32 AM
Everyone knows if you want to be taken seriously by your co-workers, you don’t show up to the office with McDonald’s in tow. But it happens. It’s the only thing you have time for. You’re desperate. So what does your McDonald’...
| May 7, 2015
| 12:30 PM
Chicago is the Windy City, the City of Big Shoulders, the Second City, and now, apparently the dog flu city. The canine influenza virus, or dog flu, settled into the Chicago metropolitan area just over a month ago. Since dogs do travel, however, it's no...
| Oct 17, 2014
| 11:35 AM
Aside from being a hugely entertaining and strikingly emotional show, "The Art of Falling," Second City's not-to-be-missed new collaboration with Hubbard Street Dance Chicago, is a very significant formative moment in this city's long history of...
| Jul 19, 2012
| 8:18 AM
Nominees for the 64th Primetime Emmys include several former Chicagoans, continuing a trend from years past. The 2011 winner for outstanding lead actress in a comedy series, Plainfield native and “Mike & Molly” star Melissa McCarthy, was again...
| Apr 16, 2015
| 7:26 PM
Good news, Illinois! Billionaire Gov. Bruce Rauner suspended $26 million in critical social service and public health grants earlier this month. Beneficiaries include autism programs, epilepsy services, children’s health, homelessness assistance and...
| Jan 30, 2015
| 7:51 AM
A few years ago, on a TV show that you likely never watch and probably never heard of but eventually might appreciate, Bob Odenkirk crafted a brief and remarkable performance. In fact, until Odenkirk joined AMC's acclaimed "Breaking Bad" in 2009 as the...
| Apr 19, 2015
| 11:46 AM
These days at Second City, items of technology have replaced spouses and lovers as the chief antagonist, just as those items of technology have replaced spouses and lovers in real life. Or become them.
In "Soul Brother, Where Art Thou?" — the...
| Jan 24, 2015
| 7:36 PM
While Joe DiMaggio was Mr. Coffee, Ernie Banks was Mr. Cub. Banks didn't marry sex goddesses, he betrothed an entire city, one that was frequently sooty and snowy on opening day.
Every April, he was the warm sunshine until the real sun came out....
| Jan 26, 2015
| 9:15 AM
It was a gala visual Java couldn't get out of her head long after she left the Bushnell Saturday night.
The three top guys in the Hartford Hospital/ Hartford Healthcare system were feeling the groove when The Blues Brothers, including Dan Aykroyd as...
| Dec 30, 2014
| 2:38 PM
In 2014 ... Chicago's Jessie Mueller snagged the role of Carole King in "Beautiful" on Broadway. By June, she had a Tony Award and the Mueller family was on its way to becoming a national theater brand. Seth Meyers, first spotted doing a little show...
| Dec 23, 2014
| 1:59 PM
Here's a great way to end the year with this column, a celebration of 10 of the great performances of 2014. In alphabetical order:
Amy J. Carle in "Gidion's Knot": Viewed in the intimate confines of Profiles Theatre, Amy J. Carle's performance as the...