| Oct 30, 2013
| 6:55 PM
In the tightknit Bridgeport neighborhood where he grew up, Michael DiFoggio was known simply as "Bird," a gregarious, hard-drinking plumbing contractor who parlayed political connections into success as a real estate developer.
Through the years,...
| Oct 18, 2013
| 5:25 AM
A Chicago police officer shot and killed a man who was waving a butcher knife during a domestic disturbance in a Bridgeport home early Friday morning, authorities said.
Felix Valdez, 44 was shot around 1:10 a.m. in his apartment in the 3200 block of...
| Oct 6, 2013
Ever since The Baffler left town and Stop Smiling ceased publication, Chicago's small-press scene has been on life support. Now, an indie journal of cultural criticism is poised to fill the void.
This piece first ran in...
| Oct 2, 2013
| 7:32 PM
Richard M. Daley has no problem with his younger brother Bill's recent decision to drop out of the race for Illinois governor.
In fact, the former mayor said Wednesday, he supports the move.
"I was proud of him because you have to make your own...
| Sep 24, 2013
| 5:55 PM
Former Chicago Ald. Ambrosio Medrano was convicted of corruption Tuesday for a third time and could face more than a decade in prison after pleading guilty in a 2010 bribery scheme to influence a bandage contract at Stroger Hospital.
| Sep 19, 2013
Say you hold even a modicum of interest in the Chicago food scene. Just enough to know that Pleasant House Bakery is a minuscule Bridgeport shack/restaurant that serves savory English pies stuffed with steak/kale/ale. Just enough to be familiar with...
| Sep 16, 2013
| 2:21 PM
Paul Vallas, former CEO of Chicago Public Schools and current superintendent of Bridgeport Public Schools in Connecticut, shared his views of education at Elmhurst College, laying out his vision of the elements critical to high-performing schools and...
| Sep 2, 2013
| 4:29 PM
A Cicero man accused of fatally shooting one man and injuring two others during an argument at a weekend party in Chicago's Bridgeport neighborhood was ordered held on $2 million bail Monday.
Vidal Martinez, 20, of the 1300 block of South 58th Avenue,...
| Sep 1, 2013
Every now and then I make a list of things I've liked lately. Here's one for the fading summer.
A steamy dusk, a cold beer and the cicadas blasting their raucous lullaby. That's summer paradise, Chicago-style. And as long as the cicadas...
| Aug 20, 2013
The running of the 31st Arlington Million at Arlington International Racecourse may be mostly about what happens on the turf, but that doesn't stop the many people who make the annual pilgrimage to people-watch and show off their latest millinery.
| Aug 17, 2013
After moving to an apartment in the four-story Greenview Place building in Chicago's Lakeview neighborhood in February, Burton Nelson thought he had lost a link to the great outdoors. No longer could he walk out his door to his yard.
| Aug 15, 2013
If there's one thing that can help get you through a long workday, it's a good, solid lunch break. Unfortunately, it's all too easy to get bored of the options within walking distance of your workplace. Luckily, there are plenty of new options popping...