| Aug 9, 2014
| 6:59 AM
The white van raced on and off the Dan Ryan Expressway on a flat tire, nearly sideswiping a car and almost hitting two pedestrians.
Behind it giving chase was a Calumet Park police officer — his patrol car lights flashing and siren blaring —...
| Aug 14, 2014
| 10:35 AM
By 11 p.m. Sunday night, the roughly two dozen cast members of The Hypocrites' production of Sean Graney's "All Our Tragic" had been together with their deeply loyal audience (and their hardworking crew) for 12 straight hours. They'd eaten pita bread...
| Aug 15, 2014
Growing up in Chicago I remember some very heavy rain and flooding in October 1954. Was that related to a remnant hurricane?
— Shirley V., Hazel Crest
October 1954, with 12.06 inches of rain, stands as the city's...
| Aug 13, 2014
| 2:31 PM
Chicago Children's Theatre, a non-profit, Equity-affiliated Chicago theater company that specializes in work for young audiences, is eyeing a potential new home in the West Loop, where this is still little competition in the arena of live performance....
| Aug 11, 2014
To most Chicagoans, alleys don't have a great reputation—they reek of trash, attract unwanted attention and aren't an ideal place to hang out after dark. But when Tristan Hummel looks down an alley, he sees endless possibilities: a fashion show...
| Aug 13, 2014
| 8:04 AM
A woman suffered smoke inhalation this morning in an extra-alarm fire at a four-story building in the South Loop.
Chicago firefighters and paramedics were called shortly before 8 a.m. to a building in the 1100 block of South Plymouth Court and...
| Aug 8, 2014
| 6:15 PM
Nick Jones says he can tell within five minutes whether a space is right for Soho House, the private members club for "creative souls" that he has been bringing to cities across the globe.
It took him even less time on his first visit to the century-old...
| Aug 11, 2014
| 11:15 AM
The CTA is taking more steps to speed travel on the Brown Line, where one-fifth of the route was considered a slow zone last month.
The agency expects to award a $42 million contract Wednesday for track work to rid the Brown Line of slow zones between...
| Aug 12, 2014
Q: Enjoyed your May 28, 2014, article: "Longing for Hong Kong Steak." Here's another Chicago challenge: "Nello's spaghetti and fried chicken." Nello's restaurant was located in Chicago's Little Italy area of 24th and Oakley back in the '40s and '50s and...
| Jul 31, 2014
| 1:13 PM
That which lies behind the door of 1329 N. Milwaukee Ave. is a game-changer for theater in the hip Chicago neighborhood of Wicker Park. I took myself over to that address earlier this week, curious about the new storefront space being readied for The...
| Jul 18, 2014
A plan to guide development in the booming Fulton Market area of the West Loop won final approval from the Chicago Plan Commission on Thursday, giving the city its first official "innovation district."
The Fulton Market Innovation District plan...