| Dec 31, 2014
| 12:24 PM
Here's a look at this year's planned events and commemorations of interest to Chicagoans, to be held here and elsewhere:
Jan. 1 — New Year's Day
Jan. 1 — Illinois' personal income tax rate drops from 5 percent to 3.75 percent.
Jan. 12 ...
| Nov 14, 2014
| 9:46 PM
As anyone who watched her before, during and after her four tumultuous years as mayor of the city of Chicago would know, Jane Byrne was great theater: unpredictable, comic, dramatic.
But behind that show, she also displayed a deep appreciation for the...
| Oct 23, 2014
| 1:36 PM
The dates are in for next year’s round of city-sponsored festivals and civic gatherings. Chicago’s Department of Cultural Affairs and Special Events has announced several events, including:
Creative Summit and Expo, location to be announced:...
| Oct 22, 2014
| 12:05 PM
Chicago’s arts and festivals chief on Wednesday defended last summer’s money-losing Taste of Chicago festival along with the first-time Great Chicago Fire Festival that culminated in a flame-out that disappointed tens of thousands of...
| Oct 16, 2014
| 3:12 AM
With Metra riders facing a 68 percent fare increase over the next 10 years, some of them are raising a common complaint — too many passengers are getting a free ride, because conductors either don't or can't check everyone's tickets.
| Jul 13, 2014
| 8:28 PM
The sun shone bright and hot over Taste of Chicago on its final day Sunday as vendors hoped to rebound from a rare closure of the festival earlier in the weekend.
There were few signs of the puddles and stagnant water that had forced the festival to...
| Jul 3, 2014
| 8:51 AM
Oh, come on, you remember Taste of Chicago in its heyday: masses of humanity jammed together, sweat-soaked torsos glistening with corn on the cob butter and turkey leg fat. Yeah, there were tunes, but who really went to Taste for the music?
| Jul 4, 2014
| 6:33 PM
Navy Pier filled to capacity more than two hours before the scheduled start of fireworks there, officials said.
Anyone who's already on the pier can stay to view the fireworks, but if they leave, they won't be let back on, according to a release from...
| Jul 10, 2014
When the shrieks of politicians become unbearable — think cats gnawing upon the heads of gentle woodland creatures — I can still show you refuge.
A place where fellow Chicagoans and even gullible tourists from exotic lands like Canada can...
| Jul 11, 2014
| 12:42 PM
I drew the Taste of Chicago assignment Thursday evening. It's one that I think I've gotten all five of my years here but that hardly puts me in the minority. The Grant Park event is so large and well attended we have quite a few photographers assigned...
| Jul 12, 2014
| 7:03 PM
A storm system that moved through northeast Illinois early Saturday morning dropped heavy rain, closing down Taste of Chicago for the day and flooding communities in the area's south and southwest suburbs. More rain is on the way tonight.
Because of the...