| Jul 5, 2014
| 5:28 PM
Chicago was hit with a burst of gun violence on the Fourth of July, with at least 21 people shot, one of them fatally, during an 11-hour stretch from Friday evening into Saturday morning, according to police.
That brought to 36 the number of people who...
| Jun 19, 2014
| 5:55 AM
For a split second, the man thought about jumping the armed robber who had forced him and three others to lie face down in the back room of the Citgo station.
"Your mind says, ‘Is it worth it?' " the 53-year-old father of three said. "But I love my...
| Jun 11, 2014
| 10:00 PM
It may not be hot enough this weekend to jump into a pool to cool off, but just in case a heatwave strikes, you'll be able to dip your toes into any outdoor public pool beginning Friday.
The Chicago Park District's 49 outdoor pools will open on June...
| Jun 10, 2014
| 10:00 PM
If you've been out to festivals the last few weeks, you've got the drill down. Sunscreen? Check. Broken-in flip flops? Check. Cash so you can avoid the ATM fees at the fest? Major check. Now that you're a pro, one of the busiest fest weekends of the...
| May 29, 2014
| 3:05 PM
There’s no good weekend, let alone multiple weekends, to slow traffic to a crawl on a major Chicago thoroughfare. But Illinois Department of Transportation officials said they made sure to steer clear of some big events — including...
| May 26, 2014
A Korean War veteran tells the story of swimming in a river near the Korean Demilitarized Zone and making a horrific discovery on the river floor. A Gulf War veteran talks about the seemingly benign ways the military is glorified in toys and even...
| May 21, 2014
| 9:08 AM
The Portage Theater, shuttered since last May, has unveiled a new set of shows on its website, with events scheduled to begin next month.
“Hello from the New Portage Theater Management Team,” reads a Facebook message linked from the site....
| Apr 19, 2014
| 10:46 AM
Many Highland Park residents might recall noticing a woman walking around with a Rolleiflex camera during the 1950s and 1960s.
Some can even cite memories of this person as their nanny, a role she held for various Highland Park families.
| Apr 16, 2014
| 10:27 AM
When it rains, it pours. The dining gods, in their infinite wisdom, broke open the clouds these last six months to deluge Chicago with a number of burger-centric restaurants. I notice three trends with this go-round of openings: 1) The price point for...
| Apr 13, 2014
| 6:42 PM
A Palm Sunday gathering in Federal Plaza was notable both for its casual tone and its enthusiasm.
About 40 young adults stood in a circle under the flamingo sculpture, sang contemporary Christian music with acoustic-guitar accompaniment and added a...
| Apr 10, 2014
| 1:22 PM
The historic Patio Theater in Portage Park has been in Demetri Kouvalis' family since 1987. His father ran the movie theater until 2001, when the air conditioning broke.
The repairs were more than the family could afford, and the theater, built in 1927,...