| Dec 12, 2012
| 2:36 PM
We all know that the holidays are commercialized. For those looking for an alternative to the mass pandemonium of the malls, gift shops at Chicago museums offer presents with local interest as well as artistic and educational panache. And in many cases,...
| Dec 16, 2012
Your face says it all: You are starting to panic. Don't. If you're shopping for a traveler, you might just find the answer to your gift-giving conundrum in these pages. Our team of travelers has tested items large and small, pricey and affordable, and...
| Dec 21, 2012
| 1:29 PM
During the holidays Orlando's Restaurant Row on Sand Lake Road is a mecca for tourists and locals. With a season full of bowl games and special events at theme parks, the busy thoroughfare is a great place to meet family and friends for meals. From casual...
| Aug 9, 2012
| 11:18 AM
At first glance, the Essanay Studio buildings in Chicago's Uptown neighborhood may seem fairly unremarkable.
The two red brick structures, located on the 1300 block of West Argyle Street, look from the outside like your typical early 20th century factory...
| Aug 10, 2012
| 3:16 PM
Grace Lutheran book group
We are based at Grace Lutheran Church in Evanston and are a mixed-gender group.
We laugh a lot. When we were deciding whether to read "Loving Frank" (referring to architect Frank Lloyd Wright) by Nancy Horan, one man said, "I...
| Aug 15, 2012
| 10:01 PM
She was an attorney at a big Chicago law firm. He was a Harvard Law student who landed a job there as a summer associate. He was immediately smitten. She wasn't so sure. But he won her over, and the couple sealed their budding romance with a kiss at the...
| Sep 9, 2012
YUCATÁN PENINSULA, Mexico — What's the Mexican drug-war body count now? 47,000? Ever since the killings began to escalate in late 2006, I've been visiting the country less and choosing spots more carefully.
But the Yucatán Peninsula was an easy...
| Nov 11, 2012
The Christmas Schooner
Have yourself a City of Big Shoulders Christmas at the Mercury Theater, the current home of the beloved Chicago musical, “The Christmas Schooner.” Created by John Reeger and Julie Shannon, “Schooner”...
| Nov 16, 2012
| 9:20 AM
In 51 years, no concussions. Despite low-hanging pipes that loop across ceilings and snake down walls, work spaces with clearances barely 5 feet high, and a tight maze full of blind spots where customers could easily collide — the Seminary Co-op...
| Nov 16, 2012
| 11:06 AM
Last Sunday morning I arrived at Seminary Co-op Bookstore in Hyde Park a couple of hours before it opened. The Co-op, founded by 17 University of Chicago students in 1961 and beloved by Hyde Park, had spent its 51 years in the cloistered, claustrophobic,...
| Sep 30, 2012
| 9:22 AM
What does a great Chicago jazz festival look like? Sound like? Feel like?
Overflow audiences found out over the weekend, when the sixth annual Hyde Park Jazz Festival unfolded in unconventional, richly appealing venues across the South Side neighborhood....
| Oct 3, 2012
| 7:41 PM
When the United States and the state of Pennsylvania were in their infancy, the National Road offered safe passage for travelers from Maryland to Illinois. Today, that same road, now better known as U.S. Route 40, may not be as widely traveled, but the...