| May 10, 2012
| 12:57 PM
One Friday night in Chicago, two stand-up worlds. The first world: In the established, Old Town room, the nationally known Greg Proops fires off his California hipster comedy, heavy on attitude, high on his own intelligence, thick with high-culture...
| May 17, 2012
I don't know if teachers still do this, but at the end of each school year, I was handed a summer reading list, a sheet of required and optional books that would prepare students for the coming school year. (I still owe a measure of revenge to the teacher...
| May 17, 2012
| 12:30 PM
The three minute trailer for the upcoming NBC drama “Chicago Fire” features firefighters battling flames in a collapsing building, a firefighter receiving a “Pulp Fiction”-like needle through the chest, and two people sucking...
| Nov 1, 2012
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...
| Jun 14, 2012
| 5:45 PM
Mitt Romney brought his presidential campaign to President Barack Obama’s hometown Thursday, raising $3.3 million for himself and fellow Republicans as he warned the Democratic incumbent would put the nation on a perilous European economic path....
| Jun 15, 2012
Mitt Romney brought his presidential campaign to President Barack Obama's hometown Thursday, raising $3.3 million for himself and fellow Republicans as he warned that the Democratic incumbent would put the nation on a perilous European economic path....
| Apr 7, 2011
Sociologists looking for the quintessential neighborhood pub would be smart to park themselves at Koco's.
This family-owned tavern in Lauraville not only serves up good local fare — excellent crab cakes and juicy wings — it is also embedded...
| Feb 24, 2011
| 11:41 AM
If you were waiting to score memorabilia from the Pump Room, time’s up.
The public liquidation sale of mementos from the Ambassador East Hotel and its famous restaurant in the Gold Coast is sold out and officially closed on Tuesday, according to a...
| Feb 17, 2011
| 12:16 PM
It’s the ultimate garage sale and everything must go.
Memorabilia from the Ambassador East Hotel and the Pump Room, once a celebrity stopover in trips from New York to Hollywood, will be available to the public in a 12-day liquidation sale starting...
| Feb 14, 2011
| 8:16 AM
Dollar Tree - Wishcraft - Red Kite Roundup
Monday, February 14
2931 W. Addison Street
Tuesday, February 15
2312 West Roscoe Street
| Jan 14, 2011
I don't meet many magicians these days and that's a shame.
Magicians are among my favorite people and Chicago has a lengthy and colorful history with magic and those who practice it. It wasn't so long ago that I sat with a magician named Walter Anthony,...