| Nov 13, 2014
| 2:54 PM
An Ethiopian restaurant, a condo property management firm and a vegan catering company in Chicago have one thing in common: Their owners are thankful they got loans to start or expand their businesses when other options failed.
The small loans came...
| Nov 18, 2014
| 9:42 AM
The holidays are upon us! Usher in the season with a festive tree-lighting ceremony, plus other can't-miss local events.
Highland Park will be ushering in the holidays with its annual holiday tree-lighting ceremony from 3 until 5:30 p....
| Nov 12, 2014
| 7:52 AM
Pau Gasol has already become a fixture on Chicago’s nightlife scene in the little time he’s been with the Bulls. It feels like there is a new Gasol sighting in my inbox every week. The two-time NBA champion and four-time All-Star is constantly...
| Dec 11, 2014
| 2:57 PM
Born in Greece, Steven Balourdos was a crewman on a cargo vessel when he jumped ship to make a new home in the United States, where he eventually made his way to Chicago and success in the restaurant and real estate businesses.
His business sense was...
| Dec 9, 2014
| 10:00 PM
Let's be honest: The last thing that anyone will want to see at that office potluck, family dinner or ugly sweater party is yet another generic box of wreath-shaped cookies from the grocery store. The goods at these 10 bakeries, restaurants and cafes...
| Dec 12, 2014
| 6:21 AM
If the old Pat Quinn were around, he would be booking a hotel conference room for a Sunday morning press conference to scream about the shenanigans of a lame-duck governor.
That Quinn would roast the lame-duck governor for sliding his former campaign...
| Nov 18, 2014
| 5:27 PM
The owner of Sarkis Cafe, a popular, long-standing Evanston eatery, has filed a lawsuit against her brother, claiming he's "misrepresenting to the public" an affiliation to Sarkis with a new diner he's opening in Highland Park.
Scott Jaffe spent about a...
| Dec 15, 2014
| 4:01 AM
The following items were taken from Evanston police reports:
The side door window of a home was broken in a burglary in the 200 block of Grey Avenue between 6 a.m. and 6:30 p.m. on Dec. 11.
A package delivered to a home was taken from the 1700 block...
| Nov 14, 2014
| 8:44 AM
Two years ago I was in Cleveland for a wedding and made it my business to see the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Museum on the shore of Lake Erie. This museum is no mistake by the lake.
I believe the Lucas museum would offer Chicagoans and our many...
| Dec 1, 2014
| 11:37 AM
If you dine at one of several Francesca restaurants Monday, some of your bill will benefit AIDS awareness and advocacy.
Francesca's Tavola (Arlington Heights), along with Chicago-based Mia Francesca (3311 N. Clark St.), Francesca's Bryn Mawr (1039 W....
| Dec 7, 2014
| 3:20 PM
A “kind of a gift” from Bonny Sandona to her husband George became the gift that keeps on giving for hundreds of people over the last decade.
Sandona, 67, said she started the “Spaghetti-o’s,” a loosely knit club made up...