| Jan 10, 2013
| 11:40 AM
The Den Theatre's hit production of Brian Friel's "Faith Healer" announced Thursday that it will extend for two additional weeks through Feb. 3. Many performances of the three-character drama, a reprise of a production first seen in Chicago many years...
| Jan 4, 2013
| 12:24 PM
The Violet Hour isn’t really a bar--it’s more of a lounge, really. If it were a drink, it would be as elaborate as any of the libations on its menu--an esoteric concoction with a liberal splash of sophistication and just a dash of exclusivity....
| Jan 6, 2013
| 12:53 PM
Where did the famous and semi-famous spend New Year's Eve in the Chicago area?
NASCAR driver Danica Patrick dined New Year's Eve at the newly opened Baume & Brix in the River North neighborhood before heading nearby to The Grid. "Cooler Than Me"...
| Apr 18, 2013
A year or so ago, not long before chef Ryan McCaskey opened Acadia in the South Loop, he began thinking about what his soon-to-be restaurant might serve at brunch. A lifelong Deadhead, he was traveling around the country, following what remains of the...
| Apr 22, 2013
| 10:59 AM
With a dozen brain-eating zombies standing in the way, it's clear that coming to Jewel was a bad idea. You can run away, but you still face a dilemma: Do you try to scavenge supplies at a nearby Walgreen's or a bar in Wicker Park?
Navigating the streets...
| Apr 19, 2013
| 12:09 PM
More than five years ago, in a colorful classroom at Michael Faraday Elementary School in a harsh area on Chicago's West Side, three women and their three dogs were helping a group of second--graders learn to read. They were volunteers for an organization...
| May 13, 2013
| 2:08 PM
Mary Hoffmann was out of my league. Star gymnast. One of the cutest girls in the ninth grade. Rumored to date upperclassmen.
I thought of her immediately when I was invited to be one of three contestants last Friday in the season finale of "Shame That...
| May 14, 2013
| 3:43 PM
How much does Chicago love its beer? Our craft beer week is 11 days long, if that's any indication. The fourth annual Chicago Craft Beer Week (May 16-26) is busier than past years, with 21 new breweries joining the lineup of tastings, tap takeovers and $4...
| May 7, 2013
| 12:48 PM
Norma Reyes, who served as Chicago's deputy chief of staff and commissioner of business affairs and consumer protection, died Monday. She was 56.
Reyes worked as a Cook County assistant state’s attorney for nine years before becoming chief...
| May 9, 2013
Restaurant Michael in Winnetka feels a bit like stepping back into the famed Le Francais dining room in Wheeling, except it's cozier, a touch more casual, with brighter lighting and upbeat jazz gently playing on the speakers. It all makes sense because...
| Apr 27, 2013
| 12:51 PM
C2E2 -- the annual, gargantuan Chicago Comics and Entertainment Expo at McCormick Place -- opened Friday, and as usual for the first day of a major comic book convention, things started slow, geeks were still arriving, B-list celebrities just settling in,...