| Jul 30, 2014
| 10:54 AM
The City Council today voted to give the job of campaign finance oversight of aldermen to a city agency that doesn’t want it, a move that the council’s watchdog said will be viewed as “a cynical ploy” to avoid scrutiny.
| Jul 30, 2014
| 10:49 AM
Renaming the park next to Chicago's historic Water Tower as Jane M. Byrne Plaza in honor of the former mayor was approved today by the City Council.
Aldermen a day earlier set aside other proposed ways to honor Byrne after the former mayor's daughter,...
| Jul 26, 2014
I'm all for affording former Mayor Jane Byrne a long overdue geographical honor, but I draw the line at the Circle. Byrne, now 80, Chicago's only female mayor, served from 1979 to 1983, but never had her name slapped on......
| Jun 14, 2013
| 8:18 AM
Summer road travelers in the Midwest who prefer exploring offbeat attractions along the way rather than simply driving from point A to point B can find some treats in the following books.
This piece first ran in Printers Row...
| Jun 18, 2013
Executive pastry chef, Trump International Hotel and Tower
401 N. Wabash Ave.
Patrick Fahy, 34, was born in Rogers Park into a family of five. Mom's specialties were meatloaf and corn chowder with bacon, dad's was French omelets. He...
| Jun 20, 2013
"I think," said David Schwimmer over breakfast the other day, "that this may be one of the funniest plays Lookingglass has ever done."
Frankly, that's not a high bar.
One associates Lookingglass with drama, insight and beauty, for sure. But raucous...
| Feb 7, 2013
| 3:19 PM
Some big new theaters cost tens of millions of dollars — even more than a decade ago, the new Goodman Theatre in the Loop cost $46 million. The new Guthrie Theatre in Minneapolis cost in the region of $125 million in 2006. In Washington, D.C., the...
| Feb 12, 2013
| 2:59 PM
Can a talking Bengal tiger in the Baghdad zoo serve as both a narrator and a ghost?
That might sound like a bizarre question, but it comes to mind presently at the Lookingglass Theatre. The titular big cat in Rajiv Joseph's distinctive drama “...
| Mar 1, 2013
| 1:56 PM
The CTA said it is discontinuing a bus route it operates between the Clybourn and Western Metra stations during morning rush hour after the CTA and Metra could not come to agreement about Metra paying more for the service.
The No. 33 Mag Mile Express...
| Dec 26, 2013
| 7:00 AM
New Year's Eve is just six days away. Do you have your dinner reservations yet?
If not, I've got a few extras. More than 130, actually.
As I've done for the last 13 years (and 18 of the last 20), I've made reservations, in my name, at restaurants...
| Jan 3, 2014
| 11:24 AM
We are fortunate to live in a green area of the city with fine schools, spacious homes and a strong sense of community. The new year begins a fresh slate. To improve the area, we might adopt a dozen resolutions.
1. Clean up our "lanes" (aka alleys). To...