| Oct 30, 2014
| 10:35 PM
Moutza or treat!?
On this fine Halloween, we celebrate demons walking the earth; and those who were told to stay home because they may have been exposed to Ebola but they went out for soup anyway because they're just so special.
It's also the day we...
| Nov 2, 2014
| 1:38 PM
As the number of complaints about jet noise from O'Hare International Airport have set new records nearly every month over the past year, Chicago officials have responded that only a relatively few households are the sources of those gripes.
| Oct 17, 2014
| 8:27 AM
Michael Kutza sliced through the crush with a smile. It's what he has done for decades. Well-wishers, sponsors, staffers, friends, filmmakers, moviegoers, people who say Chicago would be a culturally poorer place without him and people who say he's an...
| Sep 11, 2014
| 5:40 PM
The guy in the black shirt had a confused look on his face. "Are you from here?" he said, which is what tourists ask when they're in desperate need of directions.
Our lost tourist had been walking east on Roosevelt Road when he confronted a sign near...
| Oct 13, 2014
| 8:08 PM
Dissent is the ugliest word in politics, if you're the mayor of Chicago.
Mayors don't want independent thinkers.
Chicago mayors want meat puppets, the kind that take direction and do tricks for biscuits.
And that's why the news Monday that Chicago...
| Oct 8, 2014
| 9:18 PM
If you follow politics in this crooked city of tribes, you know that Chicago Teachers Union President Karen Lewis — the woman tough enough to back Mayor Rahm Emanuel down — has taken ill.
We're told she's been in the hospital since Sunday,...
| Sep 26, 2014
| 9:28 AM
In the beginning was the notebook, and the notebook was filled with dreams, and those dreams, against all sorts of odds and in the face of red tape, carping, money-hunting and alterations, will come to fruition Saturday with an event that will become...
| Dec 28, 2011
They buried Hubert Sumlin two weeks ago at Washington Memory Gardens Cemetery in Homewood, laying to rest the man whose ferocious guitar riffs galvanized Howlin' Wolf's classic recordings of the 1950s and '60s.
Just before Sumlin's casket was lowered...
| Apr 7, 2012
In 1938, after voters recalled L.A.'s crooked mayor, Frank Shaw, it's said that someone planted a sign on the City Hall lawn: "Under new management." The new ownership of the Dodgers needs no sign. The purchase, by a Chicago financial service company at a...
| Aug 16, 2012
| 7:17 AM
You don't have to look very hard in Plano to find traces of the Superman reboot that filmed in the western suburb last summer. Plano, which doubled as the fictional town of Smallville in the upcoming “Man of Steel,” has yet to take down the...
| Jul 18, 2012
| 2:13 PM
“The Dark Knight Rises” has already been a blessing for Pittsburgh and Newark, N.J., two non-traditional film locations that replaced Chicago as Gotham City in the third Christopher Nolan-directed Batman film.
The superhero movie, in...