| Apr 7, 2014
| 9:00 PM
Registration for the Chicago Park District's popular summer programs began Monday, and by 2 p.m., 6,887 people had enrolled, topping the number who registered on the entire first day last year by 8 percent, according to Park District spokeswoman Jessica...
| Apr 10, 2014
| 5:56 AM
Billionaire "Star Wars" creator George Lucas, who wants to establish a major museum to house his significant art and movie memorabilia collection, is considering Chicago as the location after plans for his $300 million Lucas Cultural Arts Museum stalled...
| Mar 25, 2014
| 1:00 PM
The City of Chicago and Google have partnered to bring free wireless service to Garfield Park and the South Shore Cultural Center, officials said.
The service is now available at both locations and is planned to help thousands of people get online,...
| Mar 17, 2014
| 4:06 PM
Right about now, Chicagoans are stir-crazy: anxious to get outside without a puffy coat and enjoy the few warm months the city offers between winters.
Once that first warm day hits, Chicagoans flock to the lakefront trail. It’s where they train...
| 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?
| 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...