| Oct 3, 2014
| 10:29 AM
Mayor Rahm Emanuel on Friday said city officials are aware of Soldier Field's reputation for having the worst playing surface in the National Football League, and said "we'll work on it."
Emanuel called in to the Kap & Haugh radio program on 87.7 FM,...
| 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 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 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...
| Sep 9, 2014
| 7:28 AM
Mayor Rahm Emanuel will announce a plan Tuesday to give Inspector General Joseph Ferguson oversight of the Public Building Commission, taking a step toward honoring a pledge he made during his 2011 election campaign to give the inspector general's...
| Sep 9, 2014
| 4:03 PM
The Chicago Park District has tapped acclaimed architect Jeanne Gang to help it develop a long-range plan for the Museum Campus, the district will announce Wednesday.
The plan takes on added import because Mayor Rahm Emanuel wants to give “Star...
| Sep 14, 2014
| 5:43 AM
Reports from Saturday, day two at Riot Fest in Humboldt Park, from Greg Kot (GK) and Bob Gendron (BG):
12:02 p.m.: Humboldt Park looks destroyed. Little, if any effort, has been made to cover the vast mud fields with straw or drying agents. Lollapalooza...
| Sep 5, 2014
| 9:19 AM
If watching a movie outdoors is still on your summer checklist, there's still time.
This weekend marks the Chicago Park District's foray into showcasing local films about Chicago as part of its Movies in the Parks series.
Fifteen films out of nearly...
| Sep 5, 2014
| 6:50 PM
Al Skalecke has been a charter boat captain out of Burnham Harbor for more than 30 years. In the last five, he said, business has dwindled. So far this season, he has taken 50 trips instead of his usual 150. On a recent weekend, Skalecke's schedule...
| Sep 2, 2014
| 12:52 PM
Smokers may no longer be allowed to light up cigarettes as they watch bands play at Lollapalooza, Pitchfork, Riot Fest or North Coast music festivals in Chicago.
That’s if a push to ban smoking in the city’s nearly 600 city parks –...