| Sep 29, 2014
| 10:00 PM
It's been 143 years since the roaring flames of the Great Chicago Fire tore through the city, and now the historic event is serving as the symbolic kindling for an unprecedented civic celebration. The Great Chicago Fire Festival will light up the...
| Sep 30, 2014
| 1:38 PM
Landscape repairs to Humboldt Park will cost Riot Fest organizers $182,000, the Chicago Park District said Tuesday.
The tab to fix Humboldt Park after this year's Riot Fest, which took place Sept. 12-14, was more than triple the cost of the estimated...
| Sep 11, 2014
| 5:40 PM
The guy in the black shirt had a confused look on his face. "Are you from here?" he said, which is what tourists ask when they're in desperate need of directions.
Our lost tourist had been walking east on Roosevelt Road when he confronted a sign near...
| Aug 20, 2014
| 4:49 PM
The weather hasn’t been exactly ideal for beachgoing lately, but on a recent Monday morning, the sunken strip of sand along West Lawrence Avenue was packed. Chances are, though, that these visitors weren’t working on their tans.
| Sep 20, 2014
| 6:21 AM
The movable bridge lifts on the Chicago River’s Main and South branches scheduled to start Saturday have been cancelled, with the next scheduled lift Wednesday, Sept. 24.
According to Pete Scales, a spokesman for the city Department of...
| Jun 30, 2014
| 4:37 PM
A brand-new artificial turf field now covers a portion of West Lawn Park, where a woman lost her foot and lower leg and another woman also was badly injured by stray fireworks last Fourth of July.
Residents who live near the Southwest Side park say...
| Jul 15, 2014
| 11:38 AM
Cook County prosecutors said today that nearly 500 people had gathered Sunday afternoon for an unauthorized concert at Montrose Beach that turned into a melee after police officers attempted to shut it down.
Judge James Brown ordered two west suburban...
| Jul 16, 2014
Consider these six deals:
1. In 2003, the Chicago Park District entered into a 20-year contract that exempted the new Park Grill restaurant in Millennium Park from property taxes and from paying for garbage pickup, water and gas.
2. In 2004, the...
| Jul 17, 2014
| 11:44 AM
Chicago does not lack for jazz festivals, but surely one of the most appealing unfolds each summer at the Humboldt Park Boathouse.
Set on the veranda of a historic building alongside a picturesque lagoon, the Chicago Latin Jazz Festival feels like...
| Jul 18, 2014
| 6:07 AM
Border collies have been heroes of Chicago beaches in recent years, clearing 63rd Street Beach of gulls and the swimming bans blamed on them.
But the same approach hasn’t worked at Montrose Beach, which the Natural Resources Defense Council...
| Jul 18, 2014
| 6:10 PM
Attorneys for a popular Millennium Park restaurant filed a motion Friday stating their case for making former Mayor Richard M. Daley disclose in open court the medical reasons that his lawyers say should prevent him from testifying in the city’s...