| 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...
| Mar 6, 2014
| 7:12 PM
I never knew about frijoles. I didn't know how they smell. I had no idea that the scent can be the one that welcomes you home.
That was before I went to Pilsen, before I met Alexai Galaviz-Budziszewski and before I read his book, "Painted Cities," to...
| Mar 18, 2014
| 10:00 PM
Location, location, location: The old adage doesn't just apply to real estate holdings. When you're choosing the venue for your wedding, the setting establishes the tone for the whole shebang. Take our quiz and find out which up-and-coming venues fit...
| Dec 7, 2013
| 5:36 AM
Nine activists arrested during an August protest at a Near West Side school building have been found not guilty of trespassing.
The nine, who range in age from 23 to 58, were acquitted Friday of trespassing charges stemming from a protest against...
| Dec 27, 2013
It's the final column of 2013. So, happy New Year! And here are 10 moments from the Chicago theater — the inspired, the unusual and the I-can't-believe-they-just-did-that — that I'll be remembering for years to come.
1. The umbilical cord...
| Jan 21, 2014
| 8:51 AM
Chris Swingler’s trip to the office took a little longer than usual Tuesday, which isn't surprising since he spent part of it pushing his bike out of the snow.
But despite the single-digit temperatures and unplowed streets, Swingler didn't see the...
| Dec 30, 2013
| 12:46 PM
A man died and eight others were wounded in shootings across the city since Sunday afternoon, police said.
The attacks were as far north as Rogers Park and as far south as Roseland, police said.
The Cook County medical examiner's office identified the...
| 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...
| 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 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...