| Nov 10, 2013
David Foster Wallace was no fan of cities. He used to complain to friends that they left him riled up. Being in New York City, he once wrote to the then-fiction editor of Playboy, Alice Turner, “My whole nervous system seems to be on the outside...
| Nov 7, 2013
| 5:29 PM
More than seven years after state and federal officials discovered a lead-contaminated lot near an elementary school in Chicago's Pilsen neighborhood, the tainted soil has been dug up, trucked to a landfill and replaced with bright green grass.
| Nov 7, 2013
When a friend and I visited Charlie Trotter's restaurant a few years ago, the valet guy, dressed in a dark suit, was from Guatemala. Beyond the dining experience, I was surprised that the dining room staff was mostly Mexican and Guatemalan. When the fifth...
| Nov 6, 2013
Just when you were having withdrawal symptoms because your farmers market was closing, Alex Curatolo comes to the rescue. She recently opened Belli's, a grocery store that is the equivalent of a permanent indoor farmers market where shoppers can find...
| Nov 3, 2013
For Saya Hillman and Pete Aiello, it was important to have an "us" wedding.
No pomp and circumstance. No upholding tradition for tradition's sake.
And when Saya read that the average Chicago wedding costs nearly $50,000, according to a 2012 survey...
| Oct 31, 2013
| 6:22 PM
A fugitive who was captured in his native Mexico more than a decade after he fled charges in the murder of his former girlfriend in Chicago was ordered held Thursday on no bail by a Cook County judge.
Raul Andrade Tolentino, who was apprehended after...
| Oct 29, 2013
Since its 1990 inception, Redmoon's been known for breathtaking, large-scale spectacle performances—both outdoors in parks all over the city and indoors when the weather's cold. In March, Redmoon moved from West Town to its new headquarters in a...
| Oct 20, 2013
| 6:50 AM
A 30-year-old man was critically hurt when someone opened fire during a dispute involving a cell phone early this morning in the Far South Side's West Pullman neighborhood, police said.
About 1:30 a.m., someone opened fire on a porch in the 11600...
| Oct 10, 2013
| 9:16 PM
Riccardo Muti had conducted the Chicago Symphony Orchestra at Millennium Park's Jay Pritzker Pavilion twice before Thursday night but never in high definition.
The first time was the free celebratory concert in September 2010, when an estimated 25,000...
| Oct 3, 2013
| 6:08 AM
“Transformers: Age of Extinction” returned to the abandoned Santa Fe Grain Elevators in the Pilsen neighborhood Wednesday to — what else? — set off an explosion.
Damen Avenue was briefly shut down and onlookers were kept at a far...
| Sep 18, 2013
| 2:04 PM
Ask Lyra Hill something as innocuous as why she started Brain Frame — the mildly loopy, wildly eclectic and passionately adored comics-and-performance whatchamacallit/updated '60s freak out/cartooning-community rallying point that she launched two...