| Mar 4, 2012
On March 4, 1837, exactly 175 years ago, Chicago was incorporated. Not that Flashback needed a reason, but we took this occasion to compile a very long list of events, year by year and decade by decade, that helped shape this great city.
| Dec 5, 2011
| 6:59 PM
A 93-year-old woman was hospitalized initially in critical condition after she was struck by a Loyola University shuttle bus on the North Side this morning, officials said.
The accident happened at the intersection of Bryn Mawr Avenue and Sheridan Road...
| Jul 12, 2011
| 2:26 PM
Is the grass too long and the weather too hot to mow? Are you looking out the window at all the new kids, literally, on the block?
Maybe it's time to leave your old life behind and begin an exciting new one. Short of moving to Costa Rica, there is a...
| Sep 1, 2011
| 9:13 AM
New theaters. Renovated playhouses. Hot dramas. Nervous new artistic directors. Stephen Sondheim and his “Follies.” A celebration of Stephen Schwartz, a dissection of Mark Rothko, and a look at the tragedy that befell the Amish of...
| Jan 13, 2012
| 1:49 PM
The Chicago Film Critics Awards returned to the Broadway Playhouse at the Water Tower Jan. 7. This salute to Hollywood's best included Comedy Awards, conceived by Sharee Pemberton who produced the show along with film critic and Chicago Film Critics...
| Jan 15, 2012
| 3:47 PM
There's a moment in "Mr. Rickey Calls a Meeting," the terrific new show at the Lookingglass Theatre, when the caller of the 1947 meeting, Branch Rickey, president and general manager of the Brooklyn Dodgers, throws a crumpled shirt into the arms of Jackie...
| Sep 20, 2011
| 7:54 AM
Rick Bayless is adding another leaf to his already formidable repertoire of celebrity chef, researcher, author, TV host and all-around culinary entrepreneur focused on the cuisine of Mexico.
Next spring, Bayless will be the live-and-in-person star of a...
| Sep 25, 2011
Part of a series of mini-reviews of Chicago area hotels.
A shimmering prism of glass standing in the heart of the Gold Coast, the Sofitel Chicago Water Tower offers guests a modern hotel with a distinctive European feel.
Walk into the lobby, and you'...
| Sep 28, 2011
| 2:26 PM
The Great Chicago Fire of 1871 is female. She has a mean smirk and pigtails. She weighs 100 pounds and stands roughly 5 feet tall. The Great Fire doesyoga and enjoys walks on the beach and lives in Ravenswood; when she's not training at the Actors...
| Oct 3, 2011
As Chicago burns in the Lookingglass Theatre's "The Great Fire," John Musial's inflammatory theatrical collage about the events of Sunday Oct. 8, 1871, a little clutch of rich Chicagoans stares out at the inferno.
"I predict we will be rebuilding a city,...
| Nov 8, 2011
| 9:18 AM
It appears as though Reisterstown has dodged a bullet in the proposed construction of a 2 million gallon water tower at the bend of Bond Avenue and Timbergrove Road.
At a meeting on Oct. 27 spearheaded by residents and Stop the Water Tower, there were...