| Jun 10, 2011
| 12:23 PM
On Sunday afternoon at Printers Row Lit Fest, away from the crowds strolling through aisles of used books or the ruckus of tots being entertained at the Lil' Lit Park Neverland, Richard Ford took to the stage in the Harold Washington Library Center and...
| Jun 20, 2011
| 2:14 PM
Poetry makes nothing happen.
So saidW.H. Auden.
Who never lived in Chicago.
Or knew Don Share. Share is the senior editor of Poetry magazine, the venerable Chicago-based literary institution. It turns 100 next year and has seen far more than nothing...
| May 4, 2011
| 12:37 PM
Former longtime Chicago Tribune reporter Bill Barnhart and his writing partner, Gene Schlickman, were among five Chicago-area writers winning recognition from the Society of Midland Authors, which announced winners of its annual Author Awards Wednesday...
| Jul 1, 2011
| 10:07 AM
TORONTO — Luminato, the festival of arts, culture and ideas that just concluded in Canada's largest city, has only been held for four years. But this citywide extravaganza already attracts a collective audience in excess of 1 million and spends...
| Aug 11, 2011
While at St. Joseph, Mich., we swam in 80-degree Lake Michigan waters for several days but then the water temperature dropped to 47 degrees. The lifeguard said the lake "flipped." What really happened?
—Camille Lutz, Geneva
| Aug 21, 2011
One hundred years ago, Chicago was the center of the aviation world when it hosted an international air meet. The show was considered a great success. Only two pilots died.
Coming just eight years after the Wright brothers first flew, it was a time...
| Jul 12, 2011
| 1:58 PM
When he's not sailing or playing music you would likely find John Gilbert in the woodworking shop at Plymouth Place in La Grange Park.
Gilbert was instrumental in planning the shop during a renovation project several years ago and is partially...
| Dec 22, 2010
Buoyed by a growing Hispanic population and the availability of steady federal jobs, Maryland grew by 9 percent in the last decade - faster than most Eastern states, according to new Census Bureau data.
Maryland's population grew by 480,000 residents, to...
| Apr 27, 2011
| 8:06 PM
A stricter set of rules and a surprise political alliance are helping build momentum for a long-thwarted effort to legalize marijuana for medical purposes in Illinois.
Some lawmakers are looking to make cannabis available for people seeking relief from...
| May 12, 2011
| 3:59 PM
Following bans on salvia and synthetic marijuana, Illinois lawmakers are now trying to curb the latest store-bought choice of people looking to get high: bath salts.
These are not the Epsom salts that Aunt Ethel used to sprinkle in a warm tub, nor are...
| Mar 29, 2011
| 7:03 PM
The nanny checked on Madison Morr twice during her afternoon nap. The second time, Madison's skin was blue — her face was pressed against the bumper pad that lined the inside of her crib.
A medical examiner found the 5-month-old baby had...