| Aug 1, 2013
What do you think of when you think of Chicago?
I think of that great, golden era in my 20s when I lived in Andersonville, on the North Side, in a dark garden apartment full of spiders that flooded whenever it rained. I had just published my first poem,...
| Jan 4, 2013
| 4:35 PM
‘You should write a book.” Or, “Why don't you write a book?” Or, “Have you ever thought about writing a book?”
Are you detecting a theme here?
Anyone who writes for a living — anyone that is, with a mother...
| Jan 9, 2013
| 2:10 PM
Happy New Year. Been off the grid? Let's get you caught up with various prospects and developments in Chicago theater.
The last couple of weeks of 2012 produced a slew of fascinating developments. A little production titled "The Book of Mormon" opened...
| Jan 4, 2013
| 4:34 PM
How forgotten is MacKinlay Kantor's "Diversey"? Well, when I looked it up on the Chicago Public Library website, I found only one copy available systemwide, in the closed stacks of the downtown branch — meaning that any reader interested in taking a...
| Mar 20, 2013
| 7:02 AM
Chicago police are asking for the public's help to identify a woman who was found dead in the Andersonville Neighborhood on the North Side on Tuesday.
The woman was found deceased in a driveway on the 5400 block of North Ashland Avenue, officials said....
| Jun 20, 2013
| 8:49 AM
The contemporary zombie is intensely networked, high-strung and on the move. Just go, go, go, 24-7.
Indeed, according to a 2012 study by the Pew Research Center's Internet & American Life Project, people with prolonged exposure to this lifestyle will...
| Mar 21, 2012
| 5:47 PM
When Jackalope Theatre Company stages the world premiere of "The Last Duck" on Thursday and Friday, playwright Lucas Neff probably won't breathe a sigh of relief.
"I'm an expectant parent," Neff said during a recent chat at the Coffee Studio in...
| Feb 9, 2012
A Taste of Heaven
5401 N. Clark St. - Andersonville
PICKS: Flourless Hot Chocolate Cake (w/ hot chocolate sauce and mousse)
| Sep 18, 2012
| 8:59 AM
There are nearly 150 fragments of famous structures and historic sites from around the world and all 50 states embedded in Tribune Tower.
These pieces of history reflect the aspirations of the Tribune Tower's creators: To make the fledging skyscraper one...
| Dec 19, 2012
| 6:52 AM
Holiday shipping deadlines are receding in the rear view mirror and all the sale ads scream “last minute,” but you haven't even begun to shop. Still, there's no need to pout, because the shops are pulling out the stops for last minute...
| Aug 2, 2012
| 11:29 AM
In San Francisco, they’re called “parklets.” In Chicago, the name is “people spots.”
Whatever term you use, these miniature parks and plazas are about to get a trial run here. The concept, backed by Mayor Rahm Emanuel, is...