| Jun 20, 2013
| 4:32 PM
This updated item appears in Sunday's print column For nearly 60 years, a large baseball with the name "Thillens" on it stood on a pole marking the entrance to Chicago's own field of dreams. Thillens meant the big time for......
| Oct 20, 2013
Few sights in sport are more stirring than eight rowers propelling a thin racing shell across the water. Legs drive forward. Arms pull backward. Oars carve through the water in perfect, V-shaped synchronization. It's visual poetry—and in some...
| Oct 11, 2013
| 7:38 AM
The Actors' Equity union has a new leader for its Chicago office, which covers the middle third of America.
Sean Taylor, a former assistant attorney general for the State of Illinois and an attorney for the Chicago Park District, is the Central regional...
| Oct 10, 2013
| 8:02 AM
This will be a singular weekend in Chicago jazz, with a remarkable breadth of activity and styles. Among the highlights:
Herbie Hancock: We face a shortage of jazz legends these days, the old ones having passed away and the new ones unlikely to match...
| Oct 8, 2013
| 9:23 AM
They don't make jazz pianists like Jodie Christian anymore.
The admired Chicago artist, who died last year at age 80, sounded like no one else in jazz, the ingenuity of his harmonies matched by the luster of his touch.
So when musicians from across...
| Oct 7, 2013
In her official photo, Deborah Lahey has accessorized with a snake, which is draped around her neck and hands.
She has an affection for other creatures as well, from treat-loving rats to hardworking leaf-cutter ants, and she's been known to chat...
| Jun 16, 2013
| 5:29 AM
One of the things that makes going to outdoor concerts at the Grant Park Music Festival such a grand adventure is that you can never predict who will emerge victorious from the eternal struggle between mankind, mother nature and music.
The Grant Park...
| Aug 16, 2013
| 2:29 PM
The opening shtick of "The Birds," surely one of the funniest camp parodies in off-Loop history, involves an actress playing Peggy Robertson, Alfred Hitchcock's assistant. The famously brittle Peggy leads the bemused audience from the Berger Mansion...
| Sep 19, 2013
| 4:50 AM
A nearly $6.5 million restoration along the Chicago River in Horner Park that would have cut down dozens of trees will be scaled back after an outcry from area residents, officials announced this week.
Several community members said they are pleased...
| Aug 9, 2013
| 8:51 AM
The Bloomingdale Trail runs for 2.7 miles along mostly unused elevated freight line. It cuts a path through Wicker Park, Bucktown, Humboldt Park and Logan Square. It begins on the east at Ashland; it ends on the west at Ridgeway. Standing alongside the...
| Sep 16, 2013
It didn't take much to rekindle the memory of glory.
The Chicago Park District board last week voted to allow the district to sign a contract with Rink Management Services Corp., a company based in Mechanicsville, Va., to operate the city's outdoor...