| Jun 17, 2013
| 7:12 PM
Former Chicago Ald. Ambrosio Medrano was convicted a second time on corruption-related charges when a federal jury found him guilty Monday of trying to win a contract in Los Angeles through bribery.
The conviction came nearly two decades after Medrano...
| Jun 12, 2013
Heavy rains in April quickly swamped Chicago's underground labyrinth of sewers, forcing a stomach-churning surge of waste and runoff back into basements and flooding neighborhoods across the city.
The deluge so overloaded the city's aging infrastructure...
| Jun 7, 2013
| 9:46 AM
Goi Artetxe and Elise Renwick moved to Pilsen two months ago and already they've made their mark on Chicago.
The husband-and-wife team placed second in a contest by the Chicago Architectural Club and Chicago Architecture Foundation to design shelters...
| Mar 27, 2013
There's nothing extraordinary about Aidan Gillespie's daily commute on the No. 50 bus down Damen Avenue. Perhaps that's why the Roman Catholic schoolteacher chose the train Tuesday for a more spiritual journey.
Setting out before dawn, Gillespie, 25,...
| Apr 22, 2013
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| Mar 26, 2013
| 1:22 PM
The combination of opera and mariachi is not as unlikely as one might think. Both art forms, in the view of Lyric Opera General Director Anthony Freud, tell human stories about love and loss, family and country. Beyond that, said Freud, "mariachi is a...
| Mar 11, 2013
| 8:55 PM
Early pictures of Father Emil Kapaun show life near his family's Pilsen farm. He would grow up to become a hero... and hopeful saint... for many, including Father John Hotze. Father Hotze took part in the effort in getting Father Kapaun's latest honor....
| Mar 13, 2013
| 6:52 PM
From Catholic parishes to university common rooms to the streets outside parochial schools, Chicagoans celebrated the selection of Argentinean Cardinal Jorge Mario Bergoglio as the new pope and pondered how his diverse background might impact their...
| Mar 14, 2013
| 1:45 PM
Mayor Rahm Emanuel is moving playgrounds to the front of the line for the Chicago Park District’s limited construction money, with other big-ticket projects like new fieldhouses moving back in the queue.
For the mayor, it’s about getting the...
| Mar 4, 2013
| 7:15 AM
A little more than two years ago, the curtain lifted on the Chicago Symphony Orchestra-led Citizen Musician initiative, and CSO Association President Deborah Rutter told an overflow crowd at the Chicago Cultural Center: “All of you are citizen...
| Mar 3, 2013
| 8:02 AM
It's heartening to see area college and university music programs taking up the slack with respect to significant recent American operas Chicago's professional opera companies have ignored.
A little more than a week ago, student singers and orchestra...
| Feb 19, 2013
| 7:45 AM
In contrast with the greatest hits programming Lyric Opera has announced for next season, the alternative opera schedule with which Chicago Opera Theater is inaugurating the Andreas Mitisek era, beginning this weekend, promises to be anything but safe and...