| Mar 14, 2014
| 8:44 AM
It is very difficult to say "Happy St. Patrick's Day" in Japanese.
"There is no direct Japanese word for St. Patrick's Day," one scholarly Japanese friend tells me. "However, there are a number of written languages in Japanese, and one of these is...
| Mar 14, 2014
Fez'd entertainer Smarty Pants — who performs Tuesday nights at this local Italian chain's Wrigleyville location and Thursdays at the one in Park Ridge — may just be the greatest balloon animal tamer/twister there is. (His...
| Mar 13, 2014
| 7:45 AM
Irish or not, you're likely going out this weekend (possibly drenched in shamrock gear and green glitter). St. Patrick's Day partying is an annual tradition for most, but three young Chicagoans have a front-and-center view of the festivities. As a...
| Mar 9, 2014
As the saying goes, "Timing is everything." And for Wendi and Tim Howard, time never seemed to be on their side.
"We met when we were both 16 and working at the Sizzler in Carol Stream," says Wendi, now 45. "I was a waitress, and he was a cook. We...
| Mar 6, 2014
| 11:03 AM
Avec Friends Brunch Series
Avec 615 W. Randolph St. 312-377-2002
Since brunch is all about sharing with friends, the West Loop spot debuts a program to share their kitchen with friends, including CH Distillery food and beverage director Krissy...
| 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 3, 2014
| 1:40 PM
Jonah Hill had an unremarkable Oscar Sunday. Perhaps you heard: He won nothing; he did nothing. He woke up early and drove to a Starbucks in the suburbs outside Naperville, where he bought a coffee, then he drove home and shoveled the snow from his...
| Feb 22, 2014
| 5:24 PM
MESA, Ariz.— Like the costly Deep Tunnel project that has been ongoing since the mid-1970s, the heated battle over Wrigley Field renovations is a classic Chicago story that never seems to end.
Every time the Cubs say they're close to an...
| Feb 14, 2014
| 9:15 AM
Chicago’s winter has officially frozen everything except time.
The weather has been so unbearably brutal. The city hasn’t seen this much snow since 1979, and it hasn’t been this cold since 1984. Yet time marches on, and just as sure as...
| Feb 2, 2014
Stephen Schellhardt remembers the first time he saw Devin DeSantis on the Northwestern University campus in the summer of 2004.
Stephen, a theater major from Carnegie Mellon University in Pittsburgh, was an instructor in the Cherub summer theater...
| Feb 9, 2014
A serious game of one-upmanship is underway in downtown Chicago's rental market, as developers race to open shiny apartment towers tricked out with swank extras and some eye-popping rents.
Have a dog? Drop off your four-legged friend at the in-...