| Feb 22, 2014
| 8:05 AM
Two women were seriously injured when an apparent gas explosion sparked a house fire in the Pilsen neighborhood, a Chicago Fire Department spokesman said.
The blast occurred just after 5 a.m. inside a two-story home in the 1300 block of West Cullerton...
| Mar 4, 2014
| 10:00 AM
Following up on the success of its Lyric Unlimited performances of a mariachi opera last season in Chicago's Pilsen neighborhood and Waukegan, Lyric Opera will present special concerts of mariachi and operatic music next month at Benito Juarez Community...
| Jan 18, 2014
| 9:11 AM
The street appears frozen in time. If you stood at 24th Street and stared south down Oakley Avenue, the view probably doesn't look that different from 30 years ago. This is the heart of the Heart of Chicago neighborhood.
On this stretch of Oakley there'...
| Nov 12, 2013
| 10:09 AM
The Michelin Man was very good to Chicago on Tuesday, bestowing stars on 25 restaurants, the largest number in the four-year history of the Chicago Michelin guide.
“It was a great year in Chicago,” said Michael Ellis, Michelin’s...
| 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...
| Dec 11, 2013
| 9:34 PM
Mayor Rahm Emanuel on Thursday plans to start a 24-hour fast to show support for immigration reform efforts in Washington, D.C.
The mayor and some members of the Chicago City Council's Latino Caucus plan to go without food from 7 p.m. Thursday to 7 p.m....
| Dec 21, 2013
Consider this a purge.
A necessary year-end draining of the snippets, moments and bolts of cultural lightning that burned hot in my skull, sometimes left a mark, sometimes faded quickly, but always jolted me awake in 2013 and became, if only for one...
| 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 19, 2013
| 8:44 AM
With holiday parties and social events on the rise, the hunt for the perfect outfit, or several, can get downright expensive. After the shopping high fades, the guilt of overspending generally follows and that shirt you called a "must-have" has...
| 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...
| Jul 30, 2013
When attending a friend's art show or a gallery opening, I'm always first in line for the free champagne pours. I like visual art a lot, but even I have to admit that splotchy collages and moody photographs seem more intelligible with a drink in hand....