| Jun 12, 2013
Heavy rains in April quickly swamped Chicago's underground labyrinth of sewers, forcing a stomach-churning surge of waste and runoff back into basements and flooding neighborhoods across the city.
The deluge so overloaded the city's aging infrastructure...
| Feb 20, 2013
For 13 years, the family of Alma Chavez clung to dwindling hopes that law enforcement would catch up to the man accused of killing the soft-spoken nursing student.
Chavez's ex-boyfriend, Raul Andrade Tolentino, was out on bail facing murder charges...
| Feb 13, 2013
In the aftermath of the E2 nightclub disaster that killed 21 people in 2003, the city of Chicago vowed to step up weekend inspections of clubs.
Ten years later, city data released to the Tribune, as well as interviews with club owners and others,...
| Feb 19, 2013
| 10:28 AM
Fugitive Raul Andrade Tolentino has been captured in Mexico and faces extradition to Chicago, where he is charged with the January 7, 2000, killing of his former girlfriend, Alma Chavez, according to government officials in Mexico and the U.S.
| May 25, 2013
| 11:37 AM
To Darryl Holliday, comics journalism descends from cave paintings: Cave of El Castillo. And then Lascaux. And then "The Illustrated Press: Chicago."
Cave paintings are "nonfiction visualizations of what was really happening in those people's lives at...
| Apr 11, 2013
EL Ideas has been playing to full houses since it opened in July 2011. That would be a nice achievement for any operation, but given the quirky experience chef and owner Phillip Foss offers, it's positively miraculous.
Dinners cost $145, prepaid, tip...
| Jan 31, 2013
| 9:48 PM
Nearly a decade after neighbors first drew attention to lead pollution from a Pilsen smelting plant, the owners agreed Thursday to spend $3 million on new equipment to curb emissions of the brain-damaging metal.
In a legal settlement announced Thursday...
| Jul 21, 2013
Recently I was talking with Jim Koch, chairman and founder of Samuel Adams' parent, Boston Beer Co., when he poured himself a glass of his brewery's Noble Pils, a crisp, golden beer with a grassy, floral aroma.
"The thing about a good pilsner is that it...
| Dec 9, 2012
Around the time she turned 35, Stacy Ratner had one of those moments that can propel you to action or into existential despair.
"You think, 'OK, I live in a big city, I could get hit by a bus any minute. What is the last thing I did?'" she said....
| May 5, 2013
| 4:52 PM
"America's Got Talent" will do this week what the National Radio Hall of Fame couldn't last November: It will get legendary shock jock Howard Stern to come to the Chicago area.
Stern — who was inducted into the Chicago-based Hall of Fame but...
| Mar 23, 2013
| 4:03 PM
Robert Goldsborough is and always has been a gentleman, a rare thing for a newspaperman to be in the still gruff/rough-and-tumble era when Goldsborough worked in all manner of high-level editorial capacities for the Chicago Tribune and later for...