| Jul 9, 2014
| 2:53 PM
How to make sense of war? Between the daily news and the history books, war is mostly explained in terms of religious difference, power struggle, economic imbalance and historical injustice. This is as true for the recent actions of the Islamic State, the...
| Jul 13, 2014
In 1917, Albert Schorsch, a 29-year-old real estate dealer on the Northwest Side, sent carpenters and bricklayers to build 16 single-family homes on the 6000 block of Grace Street in a style then relatively new to Chicago but destined to be no less 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...
| 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...
| 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...
| 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 4, 2014
| 5:10 AM
Folks who have become accustomed in recent months to not feeding the meters on Sundays in a host of North and Northwest Side shopping districts could get a bit of an unpleasant surprise next month.
In response to requests from five aldermen, Mayor...
| Mar 5, 2014
| 5:25 PM
Eight months ago, Mayor Rahm Emanuel promised aldermen they could restore paid Sunday parking in their wards to help ensure local businesses thrive and residents were kept happy.
They’re still waiting.
On Wednesday, as the mayor touted what he...
| Mar 12, 2014
| 8:19 AM
The Pink Dragon: Fans of flavored liquors will relish the specialty cocktail list at The Portage. From spiced pear vodka to a martini that tastes like a pastrami sandwich, there's a libation here sure to excite any patron's taste buds. While the drink...
| 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.
| 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....