| 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....
| Jun 19, 2014
| 5:42 AM
Don’t ask singer Sean Van Vleet what David Letterman said to him when his indie rock band Empires performed on CBS’s “Late Show” Tuesday. The Des Plaines native and Pilsen neighborhood resident doesn’t remember.
| Jun 5, 2014
| 9:50 PM
I was delighted to meet Stuart Dybek, the celebrated writer who lives in Evanston. Years ago, our work appeared alongside each other in the Tribune when a short essay of his about the "El" ran with my photo essay of the Loop. In the piece, he compared the...
| Jun 15, 2014
| 1:48 PM
A 17-year-old boy was killed and 11 other people were wounded in shootings across the city Saturday afternoon and night.
The night's lone homicide happened about 12:04 a.m. Sunday in the 3100 block of West Polk Street in the city's East Garfield Park...
| Jun 16, 2014
| 10:00 PM
You've already waited in line for popcorn at Garrett. You've endured verbal abuse at The Wieners Circle. And you've devoured the Chicago classic that is the Italian beef sandwich (Al's #1 and Johnnie's being the best, depending on who you ask).
| Jun 13, 2014
| 7:58 AM
To commit oneself to a life in the theater, as has Donna Blue Lachman, means investing one's time and energy and soul, whatever that might mean, in something that will ever remain a mystery to those of us not in theater. As it was once put to me by the...
| Jun 17, 2014
| 6:31 PM
Jana Kinsman knows the hassle a suddenly flat inner tube can cause a cyclist.
Kinsman, 28, of Pilsen, rides her bike to and from the beehives serviced by her nonprofit organization, Bike a Bee. In case her bicycle needs work, she carries a patch kit and...
| May 8, 2014
| 6:41 PM
After waiting for justice for nearly five years , Jahmeshia Conner’s mother came to court Thursday to see with her own eyes the man accused of violently ending the fifth-grader’s life.
Rene Valentin-Matos had been extradited from a small...
| May 15, 2014
| 9:13 AM
When we last saw Tribune Tower in 2011’s “Transformers: Dark of the Moon,” there was a Decepticon ship crashing into the building’s steeple. Tribune Tower makes another appearance in the upcoming “Transformers: Age of...
| 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...