| Mar 2, 2014
| 10:00 PM
"Renovation is the opposite of preservation," said the late Chicago businessman Mark Mamolen in a September interview at his Old Town home, a fantastical amalgam of intricately hand-wrought woodwork, bas-relief friezes, painted frescoes, tile mosaics...
| 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...
| 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...
| 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...
| 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...
| 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...
| 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...
| Sep 13, 2013
1729 N. Halsted St. 312-337-6070
With Steppenwolf and The Royal George Theatre just down the street, this dining room makes a stunning setting for a pre-theater dinner or date. Former Charlie Trotter's chef Giuseppe Tentori changes the contemporary...
| Sep 12, 2013
1925 N. Lincoln Ave. 312-642-4700
Inside, this eatery is all old-school Italian with brick walls and checked tablecloths. Outside, the massive patio is the perfect place to devour a pizza and a few rounds of craft beer.
| Sep 11, 2013
Whether you prefer yours shaken or stirred, there's no shortage of cocktail spots to provide your fancy-drink fix.
First, order up at The Barrelhouse Flat (2624 N. Lincoln Ave. 773-857-0421), a sexy two-floor lounge where progressive bartenders push the...
| Sep 2, 2013
| 8:18 AM
Chicago police shot and killed a man in the Old Town Triangle neighborhood before midnight Saturday night, according to police and a union spokesman.
The off-duty officer lives in the area and saw a man on the porch of a vacant apartment about 11:30 p....