| Mar 18, 2014
| 10:00 PM
When Mayor Rahm Emanuel and Sen. Dick Durbin announced Tuesday that work was finally about to start on an elevated lakefront path near Navy Pier, one moment—apparently unscripted—spoke to the value of the $60 million project.
From behind a...
| Mar 18, 2014
| 10:37 PM
Surrounded by electric candles Tuesday at the sold-out Aragon, 17-year-old Lorde described a “rite of passage” with her sister and best friend a year ago, and confessed that it terrified her to feel like she was taking an irrevocable step into...
| May 8, 2014
Maybe you've looked through your windshield at the 35th Street pedestrian bridge, a rickety eyesore that spans South Lake Shore Drive.
Rust pockmarks its steel beams. Graffiti is slathered atop its concrete deck and stone pylons. The bridge doesn't just...
| Apr 13, 2014
Watching Democratic Gov. Pat Quinn with Republican Bruce Rauner in their first debate late last week before the Illinois Education Association, in the first round of what promises to be a bloody, seven-month political fight, I got a good look at Gov....
| Apr 15, 2014
| 1:59 PM
Drivers will have the option to park by smartphone in a small part of Chicago's West Loop starting Tuesday using an app to pay for on-street parking, officials will announce Monday.
The ParkChicago pilot project, involving 279 parking spaces, will run...
| Apr 16, 2014
I carry poems around in my head at all times, the way you might carry worry beads or an asthma inhaler in your pocket.
In my mental pocket, available at a moment's notice for any crisis, is Wislawa Szymborska's "Nothing Twice," which contains the lines:...
| Apr 9, 2014
| 2:23 PM
In the wall text of an engaging but uneven new architecture show at the Art Institute, there's an imagined conversation between Mayor Rahm Emanuel and an unnamed adviser.
"Sir," the adviser begins, "Chicago is broke. Decades of poor planning have left...
| Jul 9, 2014
Prominent Chicago Democrats have had an easy time with the national media for decades — as easy as shaking a ring of keys to distract an anxious child in church.
Former Mayor Richard M. Daley rode a bicycle in photo ops and put a few plants on the...
| Mar 12, 2014
| 12:36 AM
AUSTIN, TEXAS -- It didn't go exactly as planned, but in a way Chance the Rapper's truncated set in the early hours of Wednesday morning affirmed the message that a legion of Chicago heavy hitters tried to impart at the South by Southwest Interactive...
| May 9, 2014
Is it possible to make Mayor Rahm Emanuel even the teeniest bit likable?
I desperately want to help him, and I know you do too, because one look at the guy and you know he needs help, but he's too full of pride and arrogance and fear of showing even the...
| May 9, 2014
| 9:46 AM
Books become TV series. Amusement park rides become movies. Pop songs become Broadway musicals. But how do you adapt a city into a video game? How do you digitize the essence of a major American metropolis within the framework of a playable experience?...