| Oct 11, 2013
| 9:42 PM
The sales pitch started the moment I opened the glass door and stepped off the sidewalk.
"Cubs welcome (the) Chicago Tribune and Melissa Harris." The words scrolled across a 7-foot-long replica of the iconic Wrigley Field welcome sign.
"People love to...
| Aug 2, 2009
As Allen Iverson's racially charged trial splintered the Peninsula 16 years ago, Hampton native Steve James was a half-continent away crafting one of the most acclaimed sports movies of recent times.
Today he's close to completing a film on the events he...
| Jul 31, 2013
| 5:58 AM
It’s here: The one weekend a year when the top parties in the world aren’t taking place in Los Angeles, New York, Paris or Rio de Janeiro, but right in our very own backyard. Lollapalooza weekend is your opportunity to mingle with...
| Apr 15, 2013
| 9:45 AM
The stars of “Divergent” took a break from factional feuding in the post-apocalyptic sci-fi film currently shooting in Chicago to have dinner together Sunday at Girl and the Goat in the West Loop.
Shailene Woodley, whose character leaves the...
| Jul 14, 2011
Republican leaders blinked this week in their standoff with President Obama over raising the nation's debt ceiling. That means we're unlikely to face a financial crisis next month, when the Treasury said it would run short of money to pay the federal...
| Jul 14, 2011
To watch Diane Sawyer's interview Sunday night with Jaycee Dugard was to wonder at times if that was Dugard herself on screen or an actress hired to play the role of the quintessential survivor. Dugard was so serene and lacking in rancor that it was...
| Aug 26, 2013
After experiencing a larger-than-usual chunk of change disappear from my Chicago Card, your Getting Around reporter wondered whether the new $5 cost to enter the Blue Line at O'Hare International Airport has given other CTA customers second thoughts about...
| Aug 17, 2013
Earlier this month, Ed and Donnie Wallace celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary by spending the night in a two-room, deluxe suite at Chicago's Palmer House Hilton hotel. Staff provided Champagne, cider and strawberries dipped in chocolate.
| Aug 19, 2013
In the highly anticipated big-screen adaptation of “The Mortal Instruments: City of Bones,” Shadowhunters/part-angels/demon slayers Jace (Jamie Campbell Bower) and Alec (Kevin Zegers) are meant to be symbols of toughness and resolve. If the...
| Jun 17, 2013
| 7:47 AM
If there was any sort of competition between the year’s most anticipated superhero films, “Iron Man 3” and “Man of Steel” — which opened at the U.S. box office six weeks apart — “Iron Man” actress...
| Jul 22, 2013
I spend most of my days toiling in the fields of workplace discontent, hoisting the yoke of America's office imbroglios, looking up fancy words and praying I don't run out of hyperbolic ways to describe my job.
But this week I take a break from the...