| Sep 13, 2012
| 1:48 PM
The last time filmmaker Jason Reitman came through town we got into a conversation about unlikable characters. He knows something about unlikable characters: "My first movie was about the head lobbyist for Big Tobacco ('Thank You for Smoking'), my...
| Sep 14, 2012
| 12:50 PM
When the great English poet Philip Larkin worked at the University of Hull, he liked to say that the need to change trains in Doncaster meant most journalists, academics and other London irritants didn't bother to harass him.
The American writer David...
| Apr 4, 2013
| 3:57 PM
When Anthony Bourdain was in town last summer taping a Chicago-themed episode of his Travel Channel show “The Layover,” he asked various people, including me, to name the quintessential Chicagoan, and a consensus quickly emerged.
| Mar 26, 2013
| 1:22 PM
The combination of opera and mariachi is not as unlikely as one might think. Both art forms, in the view of Lyric Opera General Director Anthony Freud, tell human stories about love and loss, family and country. Beyond that, said Freud, "mariachi is a...
| May 24, 2013
| 9:35 AM
CHAMPAIGN -- Richard Linklater's sneakers squish-squish-
squished against the wet tiles. We were walking the perimeter of the Illini Union, on the campus of theUniversity of Illinois at Urbana-
Champaign. It was a stormy night in April, and students...
| Jan 11, 2013
An asking price on a home, particularly in the current market, can be far different from the price it ultimately sells for, but trends in asking prices offer insight into a home seller's confidence and the market's direction.
On a national level,...
| Oct 26, 2011
| 4:33 PM
Arlington Heights bicyclists want to see the village named a Bicycle Friendly Community, but they must make a few more strides to get there. The …...
| Jan 19, 2012
| 4:35 PM
Winter may be the dormant season, but it's the busiest time of the year for Oakton Community College naturalist and groundskeeper Ken Schaefer. When he’s …...
| Jan 25, 2012
| 4:37 PM
Mitt Romney's tithe: Politics and religion, sometimes antagonistic but oftimes entwined, share a common need. Whether from campaign contributions or tithing, both need to raise money....
| Jan 25, 2012
| 4:34 PM
The buzz about beekeeping is back in Des Plaines. A city legal and licensing committee will discuss on Thursday whether to draft a policy on …...
| Feb 16, 2012
| 9:36 PM
Bloody noses, broken fingers and tweaked ankles will be on display this weekend at the individual state wrestling meet, which began Thursday with first-round matches …...