| May 11, 2012
Willie Robert Middlebrook, a photographer who sought to enlarge public perceptions of the African American community through painterly depictions of its people and places, died Saturday at Brotman Medical Center in Culver City. He was 54.
The cause was...
| Jun 20, 2012
| 9:55 PM
LeRoy Neiman, a wildly successful American artist who was famous for his colorful portraits of athletes in motion and who became an artistic fixture at such major sporting events as the Olympics and the Super Bowl, has died. He was 91.
Neiman, who was...
| Dec 22, 2011
Gene R. Summers, an architect and developer who undertook the first major renovation of the historic Biltmore Hotel, reviving interest in downtown Los Angeles and helping to spark its revitalization, has died. He was 83.
Summers, who retired to the...
| May 8, 2012
WASHINGTON — First lady Michelle Obama will give the spouses of NATO leaders a taste of her native South Side on May 20 before a private dinner for them at the Art Institute of Chicago, her aides said Monday.
She's inviting the group to tour the...
| Feb 18, 2011
Rahm Emanuel, quite literally, was feeling the heat as he campaigned in the steamy solarium of a retirement high-rise on North Sheridan Road.
"All right, you guys wouldn't want to sit down would you?" the former North Side congressman turned White...
| Mar 7, 2011
The "Mona Lisa" is lying on the living room floor of a house in LaPorte, Ind.
It was removed from the wall so that Barbara and Earl Miller could find room for another, larger painting, Edward Hopper's "Nighthawks."
This "painting" and many others ...
| Aug 10, 2012
| 2:32 PM
Chef Susan Feniger heads to town Aug. 16 to celebrate her latest cookbook “Susan Feniger’s Street Food” (Clarkson Potter) with a book signing/demo at Williams-Sonoma on Michigan Avenue and a pop-up restaurant at Tony Mantuano’s...
| May 18, 2012
| 7:48 AM
At its 25th summit in Chicago this weekend, NATO will be preoccupied with the tricky business of how to advance its various institutional priorities — like global security and the building of stability — even as its member nations are more...
| Jul 6, 2012
| 8:27 AM
When it comes to show business — and all admission-charging cultural attractions are, whether they like to admit it or not, in the business of show — people don't keep coming back to see a building. Their return, or the lack thereof, will...
| Feb 24, 2011
As Mayor-elect Rahm Emanuel waved to an excited crowd at his election night victory party, another future Chicago leader stood with him. Amy Merritt Rule, Chicago's first lady in waiting, joined her husband on the stage, the first time she has done so...
| Sep 30, 2011
| 2:25 PM
You don't know a city — really know it, that is, as opposed to just learning the bus routes and having a favorite bar — until you've walked a mile in its fictions. Until you see the way great fiction writers deal with the city.
Among the best...
| Sep 17, 2011
A friend of mine was fired from her first job as a TV newscaster. Her crime? She was, the news director told her with a straight face, "distractingly voluptuous." He'd considered several remedies — tying back her thick reddish-gold hair,...