| Jan 29, 2014
| 5:44 AM
The much-discussed government worker pension debt in Chicago now has a price tag: $18,596 for every man, woman and child living in the city.
That per-person figure is the highest among the nation’s 25 largest cities. It’s nearly double that...
| Jan 9, 2014
| 12:48 PM
The popular Movies in the Parks summer event could be adding some local talent to the lineup of movie screenings.
The Chicago Park District announced Thursday it will include up to 10 features, documentaries or shorts that focus on Chicago in its Movies...
| Jan 12, 2014
The year is 1955. At a Friday night dance in Chicago's Lincoln Park neighborhood, 14-year-old Art ("Sandy" to his friends) Frisch summoned the courage to ask 15-year-old Lois Statt to dance.
What followed was six years of group dates with their...
| Jan 16, 2014
The city's top supporters of Special Olympics locally are in the early phases of planning a permanent athletic facility and headquarters for the organization, which was founded here in 1968.
"A couple of other states have built (or are in the process of...
| Jan 16, 2014
In some perfect pet future to be engineered by genetic science, dogs will be vastly improved.
They'll be so finely tuned, with cool intestinal upgrades, that they will never force their owners into the moral dilemma facing today's dog owners:...
| Dec 27, 2013
| 6:49 AM
Arctic Splash Indoor Aquatic Center
The Wheeling Park District’s winter-themed splash park only looks chilly: A zero-depth leisure pool, toddler slide, interactive water play structures and mini lazy river will keep little polar bears coming...
| Dec 24, 2013
| 7:45 AM
The year began badly for Riccardo Muti – and, by extension, the Chicago Symphony Orchestra – when the maestro suffered a bout of flu followed by hernia surgery within only a couple of weeks in January. These latest health setbacks forced...
| Dec 15, 2013
Read the newspapers and you can conclude that Chicago's children are, as a group, vulnerable waifs in need of rescue. And many are: Horrific sagas of child abuse deaths, pint-sized shooting victims and astonishing parental neglect intensify the impression...
| Nov 14, 2013
| 5:06 PM
The Chicago Park District is accepting comments from the public on a proposal to rename Pratt Beach in honor of Tobey Prinz, a Rogers Park community activist.
The district’s board on Wednesday voted to take the first step toward renaming the...
| Dec 4, 2013
| 12:55 PM
"Star Wars" creator George Lucas was on hand to Wednesday to announce a $25 million contribution he and wife Mellody Hobson are making to After School Matters, a children’s program originally launched by the late Maggie Daley.
The money will mainly...
| Dec 8, 2013
| 3:27 PM
The Chicago Opera Theater production of Ricky Ian Gordon's "Orpheus & Euridice" made such a splash last month at the Eckhart Park swimming pool, where every seat was filled for all four performances, that the company is bringing the show back for three...