| Jun 19, 2014
| 4:16 AM
Former Chicago White Sox pitcher Jose Contreras on Wednesday sold his seven-room condominium unit on Lake Shore Drive on the Gold Coast for $825,000.
A Cuban defector and a key part of the Sox’s 2005 World Series-winning team, Contreras, 42,...
| Jun 19, 2014
| 8:07 AM
This weekend's line-up is a Chex Mix of fests: a little something for everyone based on your interests. One of those boho environmental types? Head to Wicker Park Green Music Fest. Looking to shake your half-clothed self until you collapse in a pile of...
| Jun 17, 2014
Marcello Franchini, an Italian immigrant who met his American wife while on a train ride from Paris to Rome, came to Chicago in the 1950s and opened a boutique with his bride on the Gold Coast.
La Colonna, named for a monument in Rome where Mr....
| Jun 12, 2014
| 4:40 AM
This week, hundreds of millions of people around the globe will be watching the World Cup, cheering on their nations' teams as they compete in the monthlong soccer tournament. Plenty of local bars and hangouts are hosting viewing parties or offering...
| May 30, 2014
The way Stuart Dybek tells it, on the night that he decided to become a writer, the moon rose full and bright over Lake Michigan. It had not been an easy decision. His father, an immigrant from Poland who had pushed his way to foreman at the McCormick...
| May 31, 2014
| 12:18 PM
A 29-year-old man was charged with murder in connection with the shooting and attempted robbery of a 66-year-old Gold Coast business owner earlier this year.
Tyneil Washington was arrested "without incident," according to a press release from the...
| Jun 2, 2014
| 1:45 PM
No. 3 from Virant: Paul Virant, who was nominated for a James Beard Award for best chef in the Great Lakes region, is opening his third restaurant. Vistro is scheduled to open in Hinsdale (112 S. Washington St.) in late summer, and will offer “an...
| May 22, 2014
| 8:12 PM
Set in a hyper-connected modern-day Chicago, "Watch Dogs" is full of virtual versions of real places. Between shootouts and car chases, gamers can even check in to and learn about more than 100 hot spots throughout the city, Foursquare-style.But did...
| May 23, 2014
| 5:00 AM
President Barack Obama used a pair of hometown fundraisers Thursday to defend Democratic control of the Senate against potential gains in the fall mid-term elections by what he called “ideologically rigid” Republicans.
Donors paid as much as...
| Apr 15, 2014
| 7:09 PM
Wicker Park is among the best neighborhoods in the country for millennials to live in, according to a new national ranking.
Of course, that’s sort of like declaring the Gold Coast is a good place for rich people or saying University of Chicago...
| Apr 17, 2014
| 12:26 PM
Take a stately home with an impeccable pedigree and season it with a meticulous renovation. The result honors the history of the property yet offers a comfortable, updated space for contemporary living and entertaining.
The white clapboard exterior with...