| Apr 15, 2012
| 8:06 PM
The Common who hosted his second annual Common Ground Foundation gala Saturday is exactly the kind of guy you would want your daughter to date.
The Chicago rapper-turned-actor is passionate about helping today’s youth (he will host a five-day...
| Dec 17, 2012
| 8:42 AM
Silvio Marchetti, who has silver hair and a dry sense of humor most atypical for an attache, tells a story about meeting the late Harold Washington, Mayor of Chicago, in the mid-1980s. Marchetti, who now heads up the Italian Cultural Institute in Chicago,...
| Mar 1, 2013
| 9:20 AM
Some neighborhoods have it all, and some neighborhoods have very little, but only one Chicago neighborhood, Greater Grand Crossing, has Stephanie Hart and her Brown Sugar Bakery.
There, every day you can get cupcakes the size of small children's heads...
| Mar 4, 2013
| 2:33 PM
Among some Americans, particularly those who detest President Obama or Mayor Emanuel, it's accepted wisdom that Chicago is a daily orgy of bloodshed and murder. By any reasonable standard, the level of violent crime in the city is unacceptably, tragically...
| Jul 25, 2012
| 12:05 PM
In Chicago, the competition for the title of "most embarassing alderman" is intense and never-ending. But for the moment, no one comes close to Joe Moreno, who says he won't allow Chick-fil-A to build a restaurant in his 1st ward because he abhors its...
| Aug 10, 2012
| 9:31 AM
As you read this, Jim Lasko and his family, which includes his wife, two children and a dog named Beckett, are in a car heading east.
Or they might have already arrived and are now unpacking boxes of clothes and all the other things that will fill their...
| Mar 7, 2013
The assassinated Chicago Mayor Anton Cermak, who died 80 years ago this week, is often portrayed by official histories as just an innocent victim of bad luck and bad aim.
But Chicagoans don't believe in coincidences, not even us chumbolones,...
| Aug 20, 2012
| 7:46 AM
Mumford & Sons singer Marcus Mumford and his wife and actress Carey Mulligan ("Drive") enjoyed their meal at Sunda Wednesday so much, the couple returned to the River North restaurant again Thursday.
Mumford was in town to perform at the Chicago Theatre...
| Feb 13, 2011
We can all agree that certain kinds of people are unfit to be mayor of Chicago.
Crooks. Wimps. Anyone who can't at least pretend to love baseball.
And how about people who went to high school on the North Shore?
When the rivals to replace Mayor Richard...
| Oct 9, 2013
| 8:31 AM
Michael Bay has been called a lot of things during his career in Hollywood, but homebody probably isn't one of them.
The polarizing action director seemed to go out nearly every night while in Chicago filming “Transformers: Age of Extinction&...
| Oct 11, 2013
| 8:16 AM
Of the many ideas at Chicago Ideas Week, the biggest one to catch on may be Chicago Ideas Week itself.
We've reached Year Three of this annual festival of discussions, demonstrations and interactive experiences, and what recently seemed new now feels...