| Nov 22, 2012
Two hours after giving birth to twins in northwest Indiana, Stacy Martinez was being loaded onto a helicopter to be rushed to University of Chicago Hospital.
A nurse told the patient's friend Saturday to say her goodbyes because Martinez's life hung...
| Aug 12, 2012
| 6:47 PM
Kiara Johnson did not plan on a rap career.
In fact, she had never before rapped on record when her cousin, Donta Moye, 23, who produces music under the name Block on da Trakk, asked her to record a track at his house last summer. Johnson, then 18, of...
| Aug 15, 2012
| 10:01 PM
She was an attorney at a big Chicago law firm. He was a Harvard Law student who landed a job there as a summer associate. He was immediately smitten. She wasn't so sure. But he won her over, and the couple sealed their budding romance with a kiss at the...
| Nov 24, 2012
| 2:06 PM
Valerie Jarrett, a senior advisor to President Barack Obama who grew up in Chicago, visited two South Side stores Saturday afternoon as part of a nationwide effort to support small businesses during the holiday shopping season.
Jarrett stopped by Little...
| Nov 11, 2012
To divine whether you are drinking at a true dive bar, forget the neighborhood. Dive bars, thankfully, live everywhere in this city, a testament to tradition and one inescapable fact: Once we are in winter's teeth, few trips warm us like the short walk to...
| Nov 16, 2012
| 9:20 AM
In 51 years, no concussions. Despite low-hanging pipes that loop across ceilings and snake down walls, work spaces with clearances barely 5 feet high, and a tight maze full of blind spots where customers could easily collide — the Seminary Co-op...
| Nov 16, 2012
| 11:06 AM
Last Sunday morning I arrived at Seminary Co-op Bookstore in Hyde Park a couple of hours before it opened. The Co-op, founded by 17 University of Chicago students in 1961 and beloved by Hyde Park, had spent its 51 years in the cloistered, claustrophobic,...
| Sep 30, 2012
| 9:22 AM
What does a great Chicago jazz festival look like? Sound like? Feel like?
Overflow audiences found out over the weekend, when the sixth annual Hyde Park Jazz Festival unfolded in unconventional, richly appealing venues across the South Side neighborhood....
| Oct 1, 2012
Last week, I took a reader up on an invite to come and visit. Jackie Walker is part of the "Chicago Women's Mastermind Group," which meets in a Hyde Park apartment.
Previously I had mentioned on Page 2 how a group of my newsroom colleagues and I went...
| Oct 3, 2012
| 4:19 AM
A 20-year-old man was killed Tuesday afternoon after being struck by a Metra Electric Line train in the Hyde Park neighborhood, officials said.
The No. 237 train struck the person at about 5:50 p.m. at 53rd Street and Chicago Fire Department paramedics...
| Oct 4, 2012
| 7:32 AM
Any doubts that the fall season has gotten fully underway should be swept aside by this weekend's nearly brisk lineup of jazz offerings:
"Women of Chicago Jazz Piano": Jazz listeners tend to think of Chicago as a tenor saxophone town, and for good...