| 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?
| Jun 30, 2014
| 4:37 PM
A brand-new artificial turf field now covers a portion of West Lawn Park, where a woman lost her foot and lower leg and another woman also was badly injured by stray fireworks last Fourth of July.
Residents who live near the Southwest Side park say...
| Jul 2, 2014
| 1:39 PM
Chicago reopened most of its beaches to swimmers today, but some North Shore suburban beaches remained closed because of high bacteria levels following Monday's storms.
The heavy rains required opening the locks in both Chicago and Wilmette, releasing...
| Jun 17, 2014
| 5:40 PM
Work on transforming the southern 40 acres of Northerly Island into a six-ecosystem nature park is well underway, and the area is set to be partially open to the public this fall, officials said Tuesday.
“(People) can come out and expect to see...
| Jun 19, 2014
| 5:08 PM
The next set of Cook County property tax bills will show for the first time how much of each bill is going into controversial special taxing districts known as TIFs, county Clerk David Orr announced Thursday.
About 12 percent of county taxpayers own...
| Jun 20, 2014
| 8:43 AM
Three former schoolteachers, with a combined 70-some years in the Chicago Public Schools, sat on folding chairs for a recent production of a play set in a fictional Chicago high school that is slated for closure. They were not the first, nor would they be...
| Jun 5, 2014
| 8:11 AM
Is there a word that promises fun more than "festival?" We know. "Chocolate" is right up there, but stop being a distraction. Summer music festivals are a Chicago sonic mainstay, in a city that seems to have gone fest crazy of late. It used to be that...
| Jun 6, 2014
| 6:02 AM
A collective of community-based poets, rappers, musicians, dancers and other artists will gather Saturday in Englewood to kick off a series of free outdoor festivals in the neighborhood, officials said.
“So Fresh Saturdays” is a series of...
| 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...