| May 4, 2013
| 4:05 PM
Arden Hayes is 5. He loves Legos and running so fast across the living room to flip onto the couch that his feet end up pointing at the ceiling.
He also loves the presidents — especially 11 and 33.
Arden knows all 44 U.S. presidents. In order....
| Mar 28, 2013
| 1:16 PM
Mutter Museum may leave you shocked and horrified or amazed and fascinated. Either way, its collections of bones, bodies, body parts, plus tumors and other terrors, are unforgettable.
The nation's finest and oldest medical museum — celebrating...
| Mar 10, 2013
Early after the first of this year, I wrote a column concerning interesting facts about our presidents, and I promised to write more. That column and this one — and possibly some future ones — are based on a book by Cormac O’Brien titled...
| Mar 8, 2013
| 11:10 AM
In her long and famously prolific career as a novelist, Joyce Carol Oates has worked in many different modes, from the social realism of her National Book Award-winning "them" (1969) and the neo-Gothic storytelling of "Bellefleur" (1980) to the...
| May 1, 2013
President Grover Cleveland pressed an electric switch, powering the pumps for massive fountains. The jets of water in turn cued the unfurling of flags. What was described as "profound silence" gave way to a cacophony, and the World's Columbian...
| Aug 31, 2012
| 4:33 AM
Florida's Chief Financial Officer Jeff Atwater is out with a tribute to Labor Day befitting the state's Republican dominated political landscape. In his message, Atwater says over the last 18 months, he's had the chance to “meet with many small...
| May 2, 2012
| 4:32 PM
John Peter Altgeld Reader Russell T writes: I grew up in Chicago and have been living in Aachen, Germany, for the past two and a half years. Yesterday, we had the day off for May Day, for which we have......
| May 26, 2012
| 4:34 AM
An exhibit chronicling the history of candy in Chicagoland doesn’t sugarcoat the ups and downs of the industry’s history. “It wasn’t ‘Willy Wonka.’ It wasn’t …...
| May 28, 2012
| 7:57 AM
Centuries & Sleuths Bookstore
7419 West Madison Street
On July 1, 1893, President Grover Cleveland vanished. He boarded a friend's yacht, sailed into Long Island Sound,...
| Mar 13, 2012
| 4:23 PM
NEW YORK — It's easy to imagine many a sea captain sprawled out on the charred oaken floors of the Breslin, knocked cold after a brawl. The smell of smoking pig's feet wafts across black, wood tables. A bowl of onion soup floats past, oily with bone...
| Jan 3, 2012
| 4:45 PM
The New Year causes us to look back and to look forward. To view what has been and what might yet be.
For Washington County, the look back involves empires, once mighty and now gone; love stories that end in private chapels on English meadows; and...
| Jan 29, 2012
Every winter, widespread chemical dumping leaves Chicago streets covered in sodium chloride. Here are 10 facts you don't have to take with a grain of salt:
1. Salt has seasoned English in many ways. Because Romans put salt or brine on their vegetables,...