| Sep 26, 2014
| 3:13 AM
Ryan Franzen always knew he'd become a Chicago firefighter.
His father, Jim Franzen, was a Chicago firefighter. And his grandfather Richard Franzen died in the line of duty.
"He was hurt after a fire in Englewood. He was holding on to the truck and...
| Oct 23, 2014
| 1:21 PM
If the loud chorus from the public is any indication, Chicago's lakefront path finally could get the separate cyclist and pedestrian lanes for which frequent users have been begging, under state plans to overhaul North Lake Shore Drive. The Illinois...
| Oct 22, 2014
| 3:08 PM
The current production of William Shakespeare's "King Lear," playing through Nov. 9 at the handsome and justifiably renowned Chicago Shakespeare Theater on Navy Pier, stars Larry Yando as the increasingly delusional title character and features the...
| Oct 17, 2014
| 9:12 AM
Consider DuSable Park the Block 37 of parkland.
Like Block 37, the prime real estate that stood vacant for decades at Randolph and State streets until a shopping center went up on the site, the scrubby swath of undeveloped parkland known as DuSable...
| Oct 16, 2014
"Are you going to Ionesco?" said the French woman in the Navy Pier elevator Wednesday night, a sharp question that set me off thinking about whether Ionesco could ever really be said to be a place and, if he could, probably merited a response like "aren't...
| Oct 16, 2014
| 8:45 AM
The four North Side Chicagoans in Twin Peaks still aren't of legal drinking age, but they've got their act together: a do-it-yourself approach that has led to two albums, an international tour, a well-received appearance at the Pitchfork Music Festival...
| Sep 11, 2014
| 5:40 PM
The guy in the black shirt had a confused look on his face. "Are you from here?" he said, which is what tourists ask when they're in desperate need of directions.
Our lost tourist had been walking east on Roosevelt Road when he confronted a sign near...
| Oct 14, 2014
| 7:42 AM
We often think of cabaret as a fragile art form, its emphasis on hyper-literate songwriting and jazz-tinged musicianship scuttling this music to the margins of American culture.
But when you witness a small army of singers and instrumentalists...
| Sep 8, 2014
| 7:46 PM
By the time Walker Stalker Con takes place February 21 and 22 at Navy Pier, one of the current "Walking Dead" cast members expected to attend might be an ex-cast member.
The convention is inspired by the hit AMC zombie drama, which is known for...
| Oct 8, 2014
| 10:26 AM
The CTA is adding rail service for runners and spectators attending Sunday's Bank of America Chicago Marathon, which will also cause reroutes of about a quarter of the CTA's 120-plus bus lines.
The CTA is adding extra service to the Red, Brown, Blue,...
| Oct 1, 2014
| 10:00 PM
1. Fun with cardboard boxes
Last year, my son and I went to "Unboxed," a pop-up shop sponsored by the ChicagoChildren's Museum, whose sole focus was to encourage creative play with cardboard. Dig up that old shoe box currently housing bits and bobs,...