| Jun 19, 2013
| 8:41 AM
Ah, the Fourth of July. There are barbecues and fireworks, picnics and pool parties, and sparklers galore. Then, there are the requisite red, white, and blue outfits—which are, it turns out, not all created equal. (Not to be unconstitutional.)
| Jun 20, 2013
| 9:58 AM
Not long ago, going to a Chicago street festival usually meant settling for '80s cover bands, greasy food and ordinary beverages. That was then. Paralleling the grass-roots evolution of the city's dining and brewing scenes, summer get-togethers have...
| Jun 18, 2013
| 2:46 PM
Think back to the last time you wore a plastic lei—on spring break or a cruise ship, perhaps? Chances are, you also were drinking a frozen pink daiquiri with enough sugar to make you twitch. The daiquiri, which historically was a three-ingredient...
| Jun 16, 2013
Had he not left the Halloween party early or had she not given into her friends' pleas to hit one more bar, it's unclear how Daniel Bujas and Aline Fernandes might have met.
As it happened, late that October night in 2008, Bujas was waiting on the Damen...
| Jun 14, 2013
| 9:26 AM
Saturday kicks off Year 4 of Learnapalooza, Chicago’s free learning event, and for the second straight year, the program is expanding to a new neighborhood. Founded in 2010 by Maggie Schutz and Sarah Press, the event was conceived as a free day of...
| Jun 14, 2013
| 1:08 PM
The TBS Just for Laughs Chicago comedy festival is underway in multiple venues and, as they say on TV, we've got team coverage of everything from the marquee attractions at the Chicago Theatre to the late-night, semi-secret performances that insiders...
| Jun 22, 2013
| 8:17 AM
Nash Kato was the swaggering singer-guitarist of the rising Chicago band Urge Overkill in the early '90s when he and his bandmates would hang out at Wicker Park's Rainbo Club, and, he recalls, a petite young woman was always hitting them up for beers...
| Jun 11, 2013
| 4:32 PM
DNAinfo: Last North Side Blockbuster to Close Once Wicker Park's Blockbuster closes, the nearest Blockbuster will be in Elmwood Park. The growth of online streaming means that Redbox, though seeming to have the last laugh today, should hear the clock........
| May 11, 2013
| 4:34 PM
Adapted from the Sunday print column 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......
| Jun 6, 2013
| 1:38 PM
Two banks were robbed this afternoon by repeat suspects, authorities said.
A bank in Wicker Park was robbed by a man who the FBI said is on a “spree,” hitting a fourth bank today, and another man who held up a bank in west suburban Lombard is...
| Mar 20, 2013
| 5:02 PM
Rob Lach lovingly pats a hulking, pale-blue arcade cabinet with the Chicago flag painted on the side and a marquee that reads "Indie City Arcade."
"Yep, this thing's spent a lot of time in my garage," says Lach, 26, of Dunning.
A component broke less...