| 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...
| Mar 6, 2013
Dawn Clark Netsch seemed to have been around forever, and so it seemed as if she always would be.
She must have been young once, but from the time she came into my consciousness, 20 or so years ago, she seemed old.
I mean old in a good way, the kind...
| 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...
| 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...
| 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...
| Nov 8, 2012
| 2:20 PM
The makers of the Chicago-sprung indie "Older Children" have not bitten off more than they can chew: The film barely runs an hour in length, and in his group portrait of married and single friends — variously rudderless, self-protective and...
| Nov 11, 2012
Goodbye to Seamus, the Irish setter that 29 years ago rode 650 miles in a crate strapped to the roof of Mitt Romney's family station wagon, and to Rafalca, Romneys' Olympic-caliber dancing horse.
Goodbye to President Barack Obama's "you didn't build...
| Dec 5, 2011
| 4:24 PM
It's not hard to find Christmas tree lots in the city, from Home Depot to small, independent lots on street corners. If you want to support Midwestern farmers this season, here are some spots to check out this year to pick out your own locally farmed...
| Aug 26, 2011
| 4:22 PM
On paper, Daniel Kibblesmith is a matchmaker's dream: He has a good job at Groupon, has a sense of humor and lives in Bucktown/Wicker Park....