| May 30, 2014
The way Stuart Dybek tells it, on the night that he decided to become a writer, the moon rose full and bright over Lake Michigan. It had not been an easy decision. His father, an immigrant from Poland who had pushed his way to foreman at the McCormick...
| Jun 1, 2014
| 1:50 PM
Shootings across the city left 4 people dead and at least 14 others wounded in a 12-hour period ending about 3 a.m. Sunday morning.
The gun violence from Saturday through early Sunday made it 5 dead and 20 wounded in shootings since late Friday morning....
| Apr 4, 2014
Alexai Galaviz-Budziszewski is not the kind of man who lives in the past. He's happiest while working on motorcycles in the garage of his house in Berwyn, where he lives with his wife and two children, or working as a counselor for high school students...
| May 2, 2014
Stuart Dybek is sure to be the talk of Printers Row Lit Fest this year, as he returns in June with two new story collections, "Paper Lantern" and "Ecstatic Cahoots." He appeared at the first Lit Fest in 1985, and this year, he will be awarded the Near...
| Jun 4, 2014
| 11:29 AM
After work, Doug Grabowski rushes home to Pilsen to quickly throw a load of laundry in the washer. There’s no time to cook. Forget about catching up on that book he downloaded to his Nook.
Romantic date nights with his girlfriend go out the...
| Apr 17, 2014
| 7:19 AM
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Jane Dailey is a professor of American history at the University of Chicago and the Law School. She has published extensively on the history and law of race in the United States since the Civil War.
| May 30, 2014
In Mexico, the drug culture has spawned a genre of its own: Narcoliterature — a blend of fiction and, in some cases, investigative journalism — explores the realities of drug culture.
Narcoliterature titles are among Amazon's 100 best-...
| Jun 6, 2014
| 12:32 PM
With the city's annual Pride Month underway, Tyler Deal wants Chicagoans to have an emblem of their LGBT pride that they can hang on their walls.
Deal, a printmaking artist who goes by Idiot Pull in the arts world, is organizing a Pride-themed poster...
| Jun 9, 2014
| 9:15 AM
In 1985, Chicago's tempo was changing. Both politically and culturally, the city on the make was on the move.
Harold Washington, marking two years in office, was weathering the intense difficulties that came with being the city's first African-...
| Jun 9, 2014
| 3:33 PM
One of Old Navy's new T-shirts celebrates Chicago with a map of its neighborhoods. But don't set aside the GPS anytime soon.
A conversation is bubbling on Twitter and elsewhere online about the shirt's loose commitment to geographic accuracy....
| Jun 12, 2014
| 11:11 AM
Lyric Opera of Chicago will present the world premieres of two commissioned operas in 2015 as part of its Lyric Unlimited initiative to connect with a wider audience through the creation and performance of new works with broad appeal.
The new pieces,...