| May 23, 2011
| 5:58 PM
Mercury pollution from coal-fired power plants is declining nationally after years of increases, prompted by laws in Illinois and more than a dozen other states that for the first time limited emissions of the toxic metal.
Now the Obama administration is...
| Feb 24, 2011
As Mayor-elect Rahm Emanuel waved to an excited crowd at his election night victory party, another future Chicago leader stood with him. Amy Merritt Rule, Chicago's first lady in waiting, joined her husband on the stage, the first time she has done so...
| Feb 21, 2011
| 7:35 PM
The construction permits are in and the financing is ready to go, but some of the Chicago area's biggest sources of toxic air pollution still might not be cleaned up anytime soon.
In recently filed documents, Midwest Generation signaled it might delay...
| May 26, 2011
It would be easy to overlook Fogon, an 8-week-old Mexican restaurant in River West, especially as the space has been home to two or three forgettable restaurants in the last few years.
The restaurant's pedigree suggests that would be an error. Fogon is...
| Nov 6, 2011
| 5:37 PM
Countless words led to Stephen Sondheim receiving the Chicago Tribune Literary Prize for lifetime achievement Sunday, but some of the most difficult for him to write were also the simplest.
Looking relaxed on the Symphony Center stage in his olive-...
| Oct 5, 2010
| 5:46 PM
"Alice I Have Been"
by Melanie Benjamin
Delacorte, 351 pages
"The Lost Summer of Louisa May Alcott"
by Kelly O'Connor McNees
Amy Einhorn Books/Putnam, 342 pages
Nature may abhor a vacuum, but historical novels adore one. Even the most extensive...
| Jul 22, 2011
| 3:54 PM
In "Morning," one of Pablo Neruda's best-known love sonnets, the speaker gushes, "Naked you are blue as a night in Cuba; /You've vines and stars in your hair." In one bold image Neruda expresses his passion for both a woman and a country. Such...
| Dec 3, 2010
| 4:53 PM
Libreria Giron in Pilsen is one of three family-owned Giron bookstores in Chicago that specialize exclusively in Spanish-language books. Popular titles range from celebrity authors, such as Ricky Martin ("Yo"), to self-help, political books, best-...
| Apr 21, 2011
| 4:39 PM
Federal and state officials are cracking down on a smelter in Chicago's Pilsen neighborhood after linking it to high levels of toxic lead in the air outside an elementary school less than two blocks away.
In a legal complaint filed Thursday, the U.S....
| Sep 1, 2011
| 9:13 AM
As we bid farewell to the Summer of Swelter, it's a grand time for pulling up the appointment app on your smart phone (or pulling out the day planner, if you're a traditionalist) and setting aside some play dates with the hottest shows in town.
| Apr 9, 2012
| 11:30 AM
Like some Chicago Catholics, Aidan Gillespie of Pilsen performed the Stations of the Cross last week to prepare for Easter—except he did it using CTA stations.
Gillespie, 24, said he traveled the length of the CTA rail system to visit 10 churches...