| Jun 5, 2014
After a frigid and snowy winter — that lasted what, six months? — it appears that summer is finally here. Which makes it time for my annual Summer Eating List.
Patterned after the summer reading lists that haunted my school-age summers, this...
| Jun 5, 2014
| 8:11 AM
Is there a word that promises fun more than "festival?" We know. "Chocolate" is right up there, but stop being a distraction. Summer music festivals are a Chicago sonic mainstay, in a city that seems to have gone fest crazy of late. It used to be that...
| 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 11, 2014
| 10:00 PM
"We want [bocce] to be everywhere," said Will Murphy, one of the five organizers of Wicker Park Bocce Club.
His group is one step closer to city-wide bocce domination, with construction set to begin on a Pilsen court later this month. Currently, the...
| Jun 13, 2014
| 3:39 AM
A 39-year-old Michigan man shot by police was charged with aggravated assault of a police officer after police alleged he reversed his car toward officers Tuesday night.
Michael Cote, of the 1800 block of Hess Lake Drive in Newaygo, Mich., was shot by...
| Jun 12, 2014
| 4:40 AM
This week, hundreds of millions of people around the globe will be watching the World Cup, cheering on their nations' teams as they compete in the monthlong soccer tournament. Plenty of local bars and hangouts are hosting viewing parties or offering...
| Jun 2, 2014
| 8:16 AM
The Illinois Department of Transportation said last week drivers should avoid the downtown portion of the Kennedy Expressway for three weekends in June because some expressway lanes will be shut down for bridge demolition work....
| May 7, 2014
| 3:51 PM
It's a Sidewalk Chalk Party at One Strange Bird this Saturday. The boutique and art shop will have tons of art activities, facepainting, tattoos and balloons. Elmo might even make an appearance. From 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. only, get 15 percent off all store...
| Jun 5, 2014
| 10:53 AM
It's just a suggestion, and more Chicagoans are taking it that way when it comes to coughing up cash before entering a fest.
Suggested donations are a neighborhood fest staple, a product of event organizers attempting to cover costs while still...
| May 14, 2014
| 9:14 AM
When The Violet Hour opened way back in the summer of 2007, the idea of "craft cocktails" was a novelty.
Times have changed.
Cocktail-focused bars have sprung up everywhere since, some led by alums of that landmark Wicker Park bar.
| May 16, 2014
| 8:41 AM
Two weeks ago, Kathleen Alforque, 34, was walking to a Lakeview bus stop when she spotted a group of people outside a shuttle. One of them asked her which way she was headed.
Alforque said she was on her way to the Loop. She got on the shuttle instead...