| Jul 29, 2014
| 11:42 AM
Arlington Heights native Selena Groh finished first on the Teen Jeopardy Tournament July 22 and she will appear again today.
The 17-year-old was initially trailing and in last place in the first round during the July 22 episode. By the second round, she...
| Jun 10, 2014
| 12:03 PM
When a mechanical engineer today proposed building a floating entertainment island full off Chicago's shoreline, he wasn't the first to dream of building on Lake Michigan.
Here are some ideas that didn't see fruition:
• In 1884, it was reported...
| Sep 8, 2014
| 3:08 PM
Gerald Wilson, a bandleader, trumpeter, composer, arranger and educator whose multifaceted career reached from the swing era of the 1930s to the diverse jazz sounds of the 21st century, has died. He was 96.
Mr. Wilson, who had been in declining health,...
| Aug 13, 2013
| 2:07 PM
Randell Makinson, a forceful advocate for preservation of the rambling Greene & Greene bungalows that came to be seen as graceful emblems of early 20th century California, has died. He was 81.
His death at his Pasadena home on Tuesday was caused by...
| Sep 22, 2013
"The Wig in the Window" by Kristen Kittscher
"Wig in the Window" (sic) by Kristen Kittscher is a suspenseful mystery about two sixth-grade girls who like to spy on people. One of the girls has a teacher named Dr. Agford who they believe is posing as...
| Apr 4, 2014
| 5:20 PM
As Judy Greiner strolled through San Francisco's Chinatown in the mid-20th century, she couldn't help noticing that the bespectacled Jewish bubbes and tattooed Asian gamblers were eyeing one another with wary respect.
You wouldn't want to meet a...
| Feb 11, 2014
Black History Month reminds me of a really great golden oldies station, always blaring the same handful of terrific tunes. Every February, it plays Martin Luther King Jr., Rosa Parks and Harriet Tubman soul — with a chorus or two of the George...
| May 13, 2011
| 12:24 PM
When the lights were switched on at the Chicago World's Fair on May 27, 1933, the city was celebrating "A Century of Progress." By the time the last visitor left the park two years later, 48 million people had marveled at the displays, including General...
| Feb 2, 2012
| 7:41 AM
The Ripley's Believe It or Not museum on International Drive will take part in a global observance of World Sword Swallowers Day on Feb. 25.
Dan Meyer and Will Rotten will perform a free sword-swallowing show at Orlando's Odditorium. Their show will...
| Jul 8, 2012
| 2:42 PM
MICHIGAN CITY, Ind. — To the uninitiated, driving along 11th Street through the downtown of this northern Indiana community can be an unnerving experience.
While most motorists are accustomed to sharing the road with bicycles, few have ever had the...
| Feb 26, 2013
| 11:17 AM
Pabst Blue Ribbon is most associated with its birthplace in Milwaukee, but it’s the city of Chicago where the beer made its name—literally.
Not to be confused with the television channel that airs "Sesame Street," PBR was originally known as...