| Feb 21, 2014
| 6:20 AM
The other day I went to see "The Lego Movie," the biggest blockbuster of 2014 so far, currently in the midst of its second wave of word-of-mouth-driven box office, and I left the theater not feeling scuzzy. I didn't feel bullied or solicited. In fact, I...
| Feb 20, 2014
| 2:19 PM
Get ready to welcome the stars of “Divergent” back to Chicago.
Shailene Woodley, Theo James and Ansel Elgort are scheduled to attend the Chicago red carpet premiere of “Divergent” March 4 at Showplace Icon movie theater in the...
| Feb 19, 2014
| 5:49 AM
As legend has it, iO co-founder Charna Halpern was nearing the end of her annual search for potential “Saturday Night Live” cast members when she spotted Cecily Strong working the iO box office one night on her way out. Halpern encouraged...
| Feb 14, 2014
In a high school essay, Dolores "Shelley" Lipkin equated responsibility with happiness.
By that measure, Mrs. Lipkin, a nurse who spent about 25 years as a nursing home inspector for the state of Illinois, lived a life that brought happiness to her...
| Feb 12, 2014
| 12:05 AM
The idea of car-free streets might seem pointless to some, but if selected thoughtfully they are just the kind of peaceful havens that are in too-short supply in Chicago, a civic group says.
That group, which for years has advocated pedestrian- and...
| Feb 11, 2014
| 3:00 PM
At “Your Monday’s Best,” an open mic that happens weekly at Schubas, host Chris Condren is cracking himself up. His laughter is infectious and it helps him sell each joke. His impression of Robert De Niro in a psych ward, for example, is...
| Feb 3, 2014
| 10:00 PM
That sound you hear across the world and Chicago in particular is, "Ahhhhhhhhhhhhh!"
It's because the final, full trailer for "Divergent" is out, as if excitement for the Chicago-set dystopian action flick (adapted from Veronica Roth's bestselling...
| Feb 3, 2014
| 7:45 AM
Childrens’ museum curator must be the world’s greatest profession. Hit upon the right idea, and your patrons not only admire the exhibit, they ask if they can, “Stay here all day, and all night tonight, too.” That’s what my...
| Feb 2, 2014
Chicago's heart-stopping lakefront, thrumming Loop and brawny riverfront did not happen by accident or sheer luck.
This city rose from swamp to global elite because people — including famed architect Daniel Burnham and a legion of politicians,...
| Jan 24, 2014
| 7:49 AM
On a frigid Monday morning this month, Ian Chillag and Mike Danforth of "How to Do Everything," their dizzyingly random, cult favorite of an advice podcast, gathered with producer Steven Tobiasz in an airy conference room in the corner of the National...
| 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...