| Jul 9, 2014
| 5:29 PM
A trial to determine whether a restaurant in Millennium Park gets to keep its contract turned Wednesday to testimony from a former Chicago Park District official whose sexual relationship with the eventual winner of the lucrative deal has Mayor Rahm...
| Jul 10, 2014
| 8:34 AM
The impact of Millennium Park and its gleaming, otherworldly outdoor concert hall, Pritzker Pavilion, on the area's summer classical music scene cannot be overstated.
Both have become Chicago icons within the 10 years they have served as the state-of-...
| Jul 10, 2014
| 9:44 AM
Former Chicago Public Schools board President Gery Chico on Wednesday placed his three-bedroom, 2,400-square-foot condominium unit in the Metropolitan Tower on South Michigan Ave. on the market for $2.65 million.
A practicing lawyer who was then-Mayor...
| Jul 12, 2014
| 8:30 PM
Millennium Park, which turns 10 Wednesday, is the best thing former Mayor Richard M. Daley ever did. But as this month's titillating trial over a controversial contract for the Park Grill shows, the popular park has never fully detached itself from...
| Jul 13, 2014
Since Millennium Park opened on July 16, 2004, there have been lots of surprises. Most, but not all, of them have turned out to the advantage of the park and its visitors. Here are five examples:
Bigger crowds: City officials originally expected the...
| Jun 23, 2014
Adolph Kiefer was about to do the backstroke.
Which promised a memorable moment for the awe-struck lap swimmer who was watching.
It was Kiefer's backstroke that launched him to glory in the 1936 Berlin Olympics, where he won the gold in the 100...
| Jun 24, 2014
| 10:30 AM
Five dudes in an SUV on a Saturday night, heading to Chicago for a rock music extravaganza. As tunes from satellite radio filled the vehicle's interior, naturally the conversation turned to concerts.
"Last one you attended?" I asked my companions while...
| Jun 25, 2014
| 4:35 AM
“Star Wars” creator George Lucas has selected Chicago over Los Angeles and San Francisco as the future home of his collection of art and movie memorabilia, according to a spokeswoman for the museum.
The museum's board Wednesday is expected...
| Jun 25, 2014
| 4:48 PM
For more than a century, The Force -- as in the force of law -- has been with open space advocates as they battled to keep Chicago’s lakefront free of buildings.
In 1909, Aaron Montgomery Ward won a historic court fight that kept the Field...
| Jun 26, 2014
| 6:30 PM
Best lifeguard candidates can juggle risk and responsibility
After Chicago's seemingly endless winter, the weather is finally heating up, and thousands of local residents are heading to swimming pools and Lake Michigan to cool off. And as all those...
| Jun 27, 2014
I went out to the lakefront on Thursday, to the spot where George Lucas wants to build his museum, prepared to be alarmed and appalled.
My expectations were quickly met.
Twenty-two dollars to park even if you're staying for only an hour?