| 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 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.
| Jun 26, 2014
| 6:34 AM
The thousands making their way downtown for this morning’s World Cup viewing party in Grant Park are being asked to make it an alcohol-free event.
Metra has banning alcohol from all its trains, and organizers are prohibiting it from the event. Beer...
| Jun 23, 2014
| 2:59 PM
Occasionally seen sitting courtside at Chicago Bulls games, Mayor Rahm Emanuel is a basketball fan.
So it stands to reason Emanuel is excited for Chicago to host the World Basketball Festival that Nike, the Jordan brand and USA Basketball is staging...
| Jun 27, 2014
| 8:48 PM
When Larry Hallock and his partner decided to move from Chicago's vibrant Lakeview neighborhood, they never imagined they would consider living in the Austin community on the city's beleaguered West Side, let alone wind up in a bidding war over a six-flat...
| 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...