| Dec 19, 2012
When it comes to adventures in dining and drinking, Chicago definitely delivered this year. Hot chefs expanded their empires with new restaurants. New words made their way into our nightlife vocabulary. And, of course, there were doughnuts. And pie. And...
| Dec 14, 2012
Columnists Mary Schmich and Eric Zorn joined musicians Thursday night at the Old Town School of Folk Music for the first of four Songs of Good Cheer programs. Click here for a photo gallery.
This is the 14th year for the caroling party, which grew out...
| Dec 3, 2012
| 6:59 PM
Temperatures in Chicago hit 70 degrees in December for only the third time in recorded history Monday, prompting Chicagoans to dress like they did a season ago.
So Angela Beata boldly strolled around the city with her legs bare in a miniskirt and her...
| May 16, 2013
Chicagoans take their coffee seriously, and not just when they're drinking it.
"For a long time in Chicago, coffee shops were split into two camps," said Zaida Dedolph of HalfWit Coffee Roasters. "Ones that served Intelligentsia, and ones that served...
| Apr 16, 2013
"Do you remember when it was 80 degrees in March last year?"
Yup, that might be the most common complaint muttered by coat-clad Chicagoans this spring.
Sure, summer didn't come early this year as it did last, but that hasn't stopped dozens of...
| Mar 29, 2013
| 9:33 AM
An unforgiving icy wind blew across the three dozen — young and old, black and white, rich and poor — gathered on Palm Sunday in front of the ancient and shuttered St. James Catholic Church in Bronzeville.
It was a cold morning for the...
| Apr 5, 2013
Stephen Wade's affection for the Chicago in which he grew up and that he left long ago is passionate and palpable in the introduction to his astonishing book, “The Beautiful Music All Around Us: Field Recordings and the American Experience.”...
| Apr 19, 2012
| 12:39 PM
Levon Helm was the rarest of musical multi-taskers: an unflappable drummer and a singer who wrung soul out of every note. He also was a terrific team player and bandmate; he made the people around him sound good.
Helm was "the only drummer who could make...
| Feb 23, 2012
| 8:41 PM
Occidental Brothers Dance Band International: The multi-racial Chicago band specializes in West African highlife music, which should be a perfect way to experience Old Town’s new, dance-oriented performance space in the Myron R. Szold Music and...
| Feb 13, 2012
| 3:09 PM
A major new venue will arrive on the Chicago concert scene this summer, and it’ll be booked by one of the local music community’s most respected figures.
City Winery Chicago, which is scheduled to open a 300-seat concert hall in the West Loop...
| Dec 16, 2011
| 10:18 AM
It all started in a private home in 1957 with a small group of folk guitarists learning the chords to “Sloop John B.” Now 55 years later Frank Hamilton, Win Stracke and the other founders of the Old Town School of Folk Music would hardly...