| Feb 14, 2014
| 10:00 PM
"Anybody that stays home is dead," sings Rose in the 1959 musical masterpiece "Gypsy," the story of the pushy stage mother they call "a pioneer woman without a frontier," and, for an actress of a certain age, a show that offers the rare chance to play the...
| 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...
| Dec 26, 2013
| 2:33 PM
"Call Northside 777." "Medium Cool." "The Blues Brothers." "Ferris Bueller's Day Off." "The Dark Knight." Chicago finds itself on screen a lot. As moviegoers, we can't help but bring a third eye to the experience of watching a film shot here. One eye on...
| Jan 6, 2014
| 8:31 AM
1. Fun with cardboard boxes
Last year, my son and I went to "Unboxed," a pop-up shop sponsored by the Chicago Children's Museum, whose sole focus was to encourage creative play with cardboard. Dig up that old shoe box currently housing bits and bobs, pull...
| Jan 6, 2014
| 2:42 PM
Ex-Cub and current Tampa Bay Ray David DeJesus will host his karaoke fundaiser, “Strike a Chord,” Jan. 16 at American Junkie along with the David DeJesus Family Foundation and Cubs Charities. The benefit will raise money for ALS research and...
| Jan 9, 2014
Working was a multidimensional endeavor for Ed Duffy.
He was a Chicago cop, deputy chief of staff under Gov. Jim Thompson, director of the Illinois Department of Public Aid, an Arlington Heights trustee, president of Arlington Park racetrack, chief...
| Jan 20, 2014
| 5:45 PM
The Cubs’ Anthony Rizzo, Starlin Castro and Jeff Samardzija were on hand for Kerry Wood’s Woody’s Winter Warm-Up fundraiser Friday at Harry Caray’s Tavern at Navy Pier, but it was former Cub Mark Prior who guests seemed most...
| Apr 26, 2014
| 11:59 AM
More than 850 supporters turned out for the American Heart Association's Chicago Heart Ball at Navy Pier on April 12.
The organization raised $2.6 million — making this year's event a record-breaker — to support its mission of building...
| Mar 14, 2014
"The Machine Inside: Biomechanics"
Through Jan. 4, 2015, at the Field Museum, 1400 S. Lake Shore Drive (312-665-7400, fieldmuseum.org)
The gist: Discover the biological secrets of everything from cheetahs to ants to Venus flytraps.
Go if you ever...
| Mar 6, 2014
| 2:59 PM
Shailene Woodley is known for her “alternative” lifestyle, which she said is based on indigenous cultures. The aspiring herbalist — who plays the rebellious protagonist, Tris, in the post-apocalyptic film “Divergent,” which...
| Mar 9, 2014
Sure, Mother Nature has been metaphorically pelting us with slush balls for months. But here's an opportunity to take the sting out of our Viking winter: The Chicago Flower & Garden Show is coming.
The show runs Saturday through March 23 at Navy Pier....