| May 21, 2014
| 1:55 PM
It sounds like something out of a Gothic novel. Golfball-sized hail falls in the night and blasts football-sized holes in the delicate glass roof covering a storied, turn-of-the-last-century indoor garden.
Or maybe it's just a new twist on an old saw:...
| May 22, 2014
| 11:13 AM
Last week as TV networks announced their lineup for the upcoming season, I noticed more grumbling than usual about the short life span that befalls shows that aren't an instant ratings hit.
"The press release for NBC's Manson-killings drama "AQUARIUS"...
| May 13, 2014
| 7:34 AM
Don't mind the dandelions, the Chicago Park District is telling residents this spring.
It's all part of the plan: officials say the yellow-bloomed weeds show a neighborhood park is free of chemicals.
Chicago is touting its fifth year of working with...
| May 18, 2014
| 8:47 PM
At once poetic, political, sad, funny, timely, complex and compassionate, Ike Holter's thrilling, beautiful new play "Exit Strategy" is the story of the desperate final days of a condemned, crumbling Chicago public school dreading its upcoming prom date...
| 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...
| Jul 20, 2014
| 5:37 PM
A lime-green piece of fiberglass resin lay in the grass Sunday next to a concrete pad where statues paying homage to the Tuskegee Airmen had stood.
“This one is broken,” said 2-year-old David Molina-Kwan, in Chinese, to his mother as he...
| Jul 21, 2014
Nearly every day in the last years of his life, Casimir Paugys drove to Thatcher Woods Forest Preserve in River Forest, sat in his car, read the paper and enjoyed the placid pond and nature center there.
He often remarked on his visits when talking to...