| Sep 30, 2013
Chicago is pushing to start by 2016 its boldest reordering of a major thoroughfare since the city first built roads for the automobile: a 16-mile stretch of Ashland Avenue fashioned around buses that travel in dedicated lanes at almost twice the speed...
| Dec 1, 2013
Every now and then, I make a list of things, not all of them tangible, that I've liked lately. Here's one for the season.
1. The season
It can be frantic. It can be too commercial. It can be fraught with memories, expectations and arguments over...
| 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...
| 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 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...
| Sep 11, 2013
| 3:54 PM
There's this old joke, or there could be: How many art teachers does it take to load a life-size T. rex skull into the back of a rented pick-up truck?
The answer, on a recent afternoon at the Field Museum, was "two, plus a few other people who were...
| Sep 30, 2013
| 11:32 AM
Leave it to Michael Bay to go out with a bang.
The “Transformers: Age of Extinction” director and his crew are scheduled to wrap in Chicago this week, but not before filming what one source with the production called the “mother of all...
| Dec 3, 2013
Make your first meal of the year count at these hangover-healing brunches on Jan. 1.
65 W. Kinzie St. 312-836-0290
Eat: Choose from filling fare such as the the Breakfast Balboa--shaved prime rib, mozzarella and hash browns, topped...
| Sep 24, 2013
| 2:26 PM
The tiny Kansas town of Pilsen is home to just a couple dozen people. But on some days, this Marion County burg has seen its population explode to more than fifteen hundred.
People come from all over the world--mostly on weekends--to visit the museum...
| Dec 7, 2013
| 10:50 AM
Chicago police have released photos taken from video surveillance of a man who watched a woman in a restroom, then grabbed and dragged her into a stairwell of a building in the city's East Pilsen neighborhood.
About 10:15 p.m. on Nov. 23, the man was...
| Dec 9, 2013
| 4:44 AM
One man was fatally gunned down, a woman was stabbed and three other men were wounded during separate attacks Sunday on the city's South and West sides.
Most recently in the 300 block of West 60th Place, a 22-year-old man was shot dead on the scene...