| Feb 7, 2014
The bookshelves in the apartment where I grew up in Old Town were heavy with history, most specifically with books about the history of Chicago. Among the best, the very best, were three very thick books handsomely bound in blue and written by Bessie...
| Mar 14, 2014
| 8:44 AM
It is very difficult to say "Happy St. Patrick's Day" in Japanese.
"There is no direct Japanese word for St. Patrick's Day," one scholarly Japanese friend tells me. "However, there are a number of written languages in Japanese, and one of these is...
| Jan 21, 2014
| 8:51 AM
Chris Swingler’s trip to the office took a little longer than usual Tuesday, which isn't surprising since he spent part of it pushing his bike out of the snow.
But despite the single-digit temperatures and unplowed streets, Swingler didn't see the...
| Jan 28, 2014
| 9:04 AM
Jeff Garlin, the Chicago comic and improviser who found fame after his stint on the HBO show "Curb Your Enthusiasm," is headed home for a series of intimate gigs at the Zanies comedy club.
Garlin, who has worked of late in larger venues, will appear...
| Oct 21, 2013
While a student at Trinity College, William Bickford and his roommate spent many nights talking about their passion for architecture and how to best forge a path to professional success and personal happiness.
Bickford wanted to be married by age 30. He...
| Sep 20, 2013
| 10:17 AM
There were surprises around every corner at the 22nd Green Tie Ball, themed "Willy Wonka & the Chocolate Factory," on Sept. 7. A crowd of approximately 3,500 enjoyed tastings from more than 50 top restaurants, colorful candy stations, whimsical decor...
| Oct 1, 2013
| 9:32 PM
DNAinfo Chicago reports: The Great American Songbook meets the Golden Age of Rail Travel in a newly-announced partnership between Old Town School of Folk Music and Pullman Rail Journeys. For its Chicago-to-New Orleans service on restored Pullman rail...
| Feb 23, 2013
| 3:11 PM
Chicago has been involved in filmmaking since the technology's very beginnings in the early 1900s, when some of the world's first movie studios operated here. From those early days, when neighborhood kids would sneak onto the Selig Polyscope Co. lot at...
| Jun 21, 2013
| 1:29 PM
Stand on any corner. Close your eyes. Listen. So urges journalist and historian St. Sukie de la Croix in the introduction to his book, "Chicago Whispers: A History of LGBT Chicago Before Stonewall." You'll hear, he writes, the "rat-tat-tat-tat of Al...
| Jul 17, 2013
| 12:57 PM
Chicago's A Red Orchid Theatre has announced its new season, composed of three shows not seen before in Chicago.
In the fall, the long-running Old Town company will stage Nick Jones' "Trevor," a piece about a showbiz chimp who is long past his prime....
| Jan 17, 2013
The Old Town Ale House, a 55-year-old dive bar with a long history of literary associations, is the unofficial clubhouse of A Red Orchid Theatre. Throughout the history of the venerable company, which was founded 20 years ago and now is perhaps best known...