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  • Kelsey Grammer films 'Transformers 4' in Chicago

    Kelsey Grammer films 'Transformers 4' in Chicago
    Whatever the 100 or so extras were frantically running away from during “Transformers 4” filming Sunday at Cloud Gate (better known as The Bean) in Millennium Park, Kelsey Grammer, who plays a villain in the film, was nonchalantly walking...
  • Mini-review: County Barbeque

    Mini-review: County Barbeque
    Mini-review: County Barbeque 1352 W. Taylor St. 312-929-2528 Rating: !! (out of 4) Give it some time If you've ever smoked a perfect rack of ribs on your own grill, it's easy to understand how a thousand barbecue joints have been launched. The beauty of...
  • A city tour of LGBT history

    A city tour of LGBT history
    Stand on any corner. Close your eyes. Listen. So urges journalist and historian St. Sukie de la Croix in the introduction to his book, "Chicago Whispers: A History of LGBT Chicago Before Stonewall." You'll hear, he writes, the "rat-tat-tat-tat of Al...
  • The end of room service? Not so fast

    The end of room service? Not so fast
    When the New York Hilton Midtown said it was dispensing with room service starting in August, it caught the attention of frequent travelers who, after getting in from a long flight, have come to count on being able to order a burger at 2 a.m. The news...
  • Food truck fry-off

    Food truck fry-off
    Serving fries from a food truck would have been a futile effort under Chicago's former regulations. Who wants to eat a pre-packaged batch that's fried in the morning and sits under heaters all day? After an ordinance allowing on-board cooking passed...
  • No one cares more

    When I got my reviewer's copy of Bill Walsh's new book, Yes I Could Care Less: How to Be a Language Snob Without Being a Jerk (St. Martin's Griffin, 256 pages, $14.99), the book fell open to this passage: "You're free to talk back to your usage guides....
  • I blame the Renaissance

    It never fails. You try to point out that some supposed rule has no validity or make some empirical observation about actual English usage, and immediately comes the God-is-dead-and-everything-is-permitted outcry. It happened today in a Facebook comment...
  • Mike Tyson, Evander Holyfield reunite in Chicago supermarket

    Mike Tyson, Evander Holyfield reunite in Chicago supermarket
    Chicago once again played host to a Mike Tyson-Evander Holyfield reunion Saturday, just like it did when the two former boxing rivals appeared on "The Oprah Winfrey Show" in 2009. But rather than reunite in front of a live studio audience, they smiled and...
  • Video/Q&A: Chicago native 'Flight' director Robert Zemeckis

     Video/Q&A: Chicago native 'Flight' director Robert Zemeckis
    Raised in the South Side neighborhood of Roseland, 61-year-old director Robert Zemeckis hasn’t achieved much as a filmmaker. Oh, wait: He’s only made classics like “Back to the Future,” “Who Framed Roger Rabbit?” and...
  • Is Malibu turning into the Larry Ellison beach club?

    Is Malibu turning into the Larry Ellison beach club?
    The membership roll in Malibu's unofficial Billionaire's Beach club is shrinking. Former Yahoo Inc. Chief Executive Terry Semel and his wife, Jane, have sold their spot to Oracle Corp. CEO Larry Ellison, who already has eight other houses along Carbon...
  • Phyllis Diller lived here and named many of the rooms

    Phyllis Diller lived here and named many of the rooms
    The longtime home of comic Phyllis Diller has come on the market in Brentwood at $12.9 million. The Country English-style house sits on 1.25 flat acres. It was built in 1914 as a summer home for Lawrence C. Phipps, who made his fortune in the steel...