| Oct 1, 2013
Chicago loves to call itself the cradle of modern architecture, but what exactly is modern architecture? The steel and glass skyscrapers of Ludwig Mies van der Rohe? The Prairie School houses of Frank Lloyd Wright?
Maybe those are the wrong questions....
| Jan 7, 2014
| 6:03 PM
That's the question now. General Manager Jeff Ireland was Tuesday's departure du jour from the Dolphins, because he wouldn't take more money and less power under some new boss, according to a source.
Now we see wait to meet the new boss....
| Jan 15, 2014
| 1:28 PM
If you had to hire an outside company to run the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act's enrollment website, which would you rather have: a goody-two-shoes outfit that doesn't know what it's doing or a competent, well-known consulting firm that makes...
| Oct 8, 2013
| 2:30 AM
With frustration building over Washington's refusal to behave in the public interest, perhaps it's worth noting a drastic solution tried by the Irish.
Last Friday, Irish voters cast ballots on a referendum to abolish the country's Upper House, known as...
| Dec 18, 2008
| 10:53 PM
Around this time last year, I was in Dun Laoghaire, Ireland. I'd gone to interview the Irish playwright Conor McPherson. Robert Falls was about to direct McPherson's play "Shining City" at the Goodman Theatre. And a few weeks before, I'd been deeply moved...
| Jun 26, 2011
In a deservedly obscure village among the green hills and dairy farms of Ireland's midlands stands a pub that has been turned into a shrine to Barack Obama. In the back room of Ollie Hayes' saloon, a large and markedly unattractive fake-bronze bust of the...
| Nov 25, 2013
About six months ago, “Philomena” star Steve Coogan—the hilarious English actor perhaps best known in America for his roles in “Tropic Thunder” and “The Other Guys”—shot a pilot called “Doubt” in...
| Dec 12, 2013
| 8:08 PM
Q: I know the mess at the intersection of Route 22 and MacArthur Road is only temporary because of the construction, but I see a lot of intersections being blocked there and elsewhere (including in New York City). Recently I was in Ireland, where two...
| Sep 3, 2013
| 6:22 PM
Some things settle in the mind for good. I remember little else about high school, but I remember with perfect clarity the day I spent at a poetry conference at Adelphi University on my native Long Island.
There were plenty of poets on hand, but the...
| Sep 12, 2013
| 11:32 AM
What does a great city-sponsored music festival look like?
A superb example comes in the form of the 15th annual World Music Festival Chicago, which since its inception has offered a combination of outdoor events downtown and indoor performances in some...
| Sep 26, 2013
The happy truth about Buffalo (and other style) chicken wings: Respectable to very good wings aren't hard to make. Fry 'em right (that is, until the skin is good and crispy), douse them in sauce (hot sauce, butter and vinegar are the base components of...