| Jul 13, 2014
A task force created by Mayor Rahm Emanuel recommended Monday that the city increase its minimum wage to $13 per hour from the current $8.25 by 2018.
In the wake of the Minimum Wage Working Group's report, the only agreement among workers and store...
| Jun 18, 2014
| 10:00 PM
What Chicago lacks in happy hours—yep, they're technically illegal here—it makes up for in BYOB abundance. The past few months have added even more restaurants to our BYOB radar, from casual lunch options to special-occasion splurge spots in...
| Jun 18, 2014
Men's fashion trends change slowly, often painfully so. But, clearly, there's been a push afoot in these first years of the 21st century that harkens back to the start of the 20th, what with all the so-called heritage brands, bushy beards, pomaded hair...
| Jun 15, 2014
| 12:27 PM
Aspiring professional opera singer Marisa Buchheit of Chicago was crowned the new Miss Illinois over the weekend.
The 24-year-old Wicker Park resident who won Saturday’s competition will go on to represent the state in the Miss America pageant...
| Jun 19, 2014
The World Cup is under way, continuing through July 13. Because just about all the World Cup matches begin at 5 p.m. or earlier Chicago time, this is more an early-bar event than a restaurant thing. Nevertheless, a few restaurants are stepping up (and...
| Jul 6, 2014
There are appliance stores. And then there is Pirch, where
at its new showroom in Oakbrook Center you can sidle up to a cafe for a free cappuccino, enjoy the smells and samples that chefs cook up in working kitchens, or reserve a time to take a shower...
| Jul 4, 2014
Jose Venegas might have been a hero of a corrido, the tragic Mexican ballad form that he loved above all other music. From Mexico to Chicago and back again, he lived and died in regular bursts of violence, lurching from shootings to stabbings to...
| Jul 1, 2014
| 4:17 PM
The principal and assistant principal at a Wicker Park elementary school were removed from their posts Tuesday, according to a Chicago Public Schools spokesman.
Alice Vera, principal at Jose de Diego Elementary Community Academy and Michele Gulo, the...
| Jun 30, 2014
| 11:54 AM
Chicago is emerging as one of the biggest markets for vinyl records in the U.S.
The city has upward of 30 stores selling vinyl albums. Three of them, Dusty Groove, Dave's Records and Laurie's Planet of Sound, are ranked among the best in the U.S. by...
| Jun 29, 2014
| 12:37 PM
It's happening. MTV's 30th installment of "The Real World" will be shooting west of the Loop this summer. Raise a glass or gird your outrage, whichever the case may be.
Chicago Film Office head Rich Moskal confirmed Sunday that the "The Real World" will...
| Jun 25, 2014
| 10:00 PM
There’s nothing like early summer in Chicago, where a patio-perfect day can quickly give way to chilly winds or a full-on downpour. So dress in layers, keep an umbrella handy and start your day right no matter what the forecast by checking out one...