| May 31, 2013
| 4:32 PM
Chuck Betzold, the man I once christened "Geoffrey Baer in spongy shoes," will kick off this year's series of "historical fun runs" Sunday morning with a jogging tour of Bridgeport and the Illinois Michigan Canal. Our run begins with a......
| Jun 5, 2013
Years before a budget crisis forced the Field Museum to slash research and cut science jobs, three former trustees raised alarms about financial practices at the museum — including some of the same practices that experts have said contributed to the...
| Apr 11, 2013
| 9:50 AM
In 1959, Astor Piazzolla – a genius of tango composition and performance – released "Take Me Dancing," an album he later deemed an artistic "sin."
The jazz-inspired recording, which Piazzolla had hoped would enable him to break through to...
| Mar 25, 2013
| 11:00 AM
Northerly Island will host as many as eight 30,000-capacity concerts a summer in addition to a full slate of smaller shows, promoters Live Nation and the Chicago Park District will announce Monday.
The first major concert will be Jimmy Buffett on June...
| Mar 10, 2013
Eunita Rushing feels at home when she's near plants, so perhaps it's no surprise that since 1999 she has been the enthusiastic president of the Garfield Park Conservatory Alliance, which works in partnership with the Chicago Park District to raise funds...
| Mar 12, 2013
| 3:38 PM
Mayor Rahm Emanuel maintained Tuesday that a pension fix overwhelmingly rejected by Chicago police sergeants remains a road map to restoring financial soundness to the city's woefully underfunded pension system.
“Every other aspect of this plan,...
| Mar 14, 2013
| 1:45 PM
Mayor Rahm Emanuel is moving playgrounds to the front of the line for the Chicago Park District’s limited construction money, with other big-ticket projects like new fieldhouses moving back in the queue.
For the mayor, it’s about getting the...
| Feb 28, 2013
| 1:54 PM
Mayor Rahm Emanuel’s chief of staff is calling it quits in a couple of weeks and his chief operating officer will step up, the mayor told his senior staff on Thursday.
Theresa Mintle, a distant cousin of former Mayor Richard M. Daley, is resigning...
| Feb 25, 2013
| 10:19 AM
A decade or so ago, executive and philanthropist John H. Bryan Jr., the former CEO of Sara Lee Corp., raised a broad swath of the roughly $475 million needed for Millennium Park, the biggest and most successful cultural project in Chicago since the...
| Feb 8, 2013
| 5:41 PM
The company that manages Soldier Field, including maintaining the condition of the turf at the Bears’ lakefront home, is in line for a new 10-year deal, the Chicago Park District announced Friday evening.
A Park District panel set up to evaluate...
| Feb 12, 2013
| 7:38 AM
Dozens of people showed up with extensive concerns at a forum tonight for a proposed West Ridge Nature Preserve on 20 acres of former Rosehill Cemetery property purchased by the city in 2011.
The property is the largest lot purchased -- for $7.7...
| Feb 14, 2013
| 7:23 AM
Once again the Grant Park Music Festival is taking the lead among local summer festivals when it comes to presenting eclectic combinations of popular symphonic and choral fare and more adventuresome classical music programming. And it's all free.