| Jun 24, 2014
| 11:37 AM
How does it feel? Like a new record for the sale of rock lyrics at auction, as a handwritten manuscript for Bob Dylan’s “Like A Rolling Stone” sold Tuesday for just over $2 million at Sotheby’s auction house in New York.
| Jul 9, 2014
| 10:00 PM
In 1929, when rivals killed seven members of Bugs Moran's gang, the world was shocked. Chicago's image as a corrupt, violent city was emblazoned in memory around the world.
More than eight decades later, if you stroll around Europe and tell people you...
| Jul 10, 2014
| 12:11 PM
The bus idled in front of the so-called rock 'n' roll McDonald's across Clark Street from the Rainforest Cafe, and the tourists climbed aboard. You assumed they were tourists, because who else would be spending two hours of a splendid, sunny weekday...
| Jul 21, 2014
| 2:42 PM
My wife and I are currently in Old Quebec, Canada, on vacation. The weather has been ideal and the locals very friendly. However, when we tell people we're from Chicagoland, the mood changes to more of a somberness.
We've traveled to Europe and...
| Jul 21, 2014
| 2:42 PM
South Florida is littered with Al Capone history – the Miami mansion where he took his last breath, his reputed riverside hideout in Fort Lauderdale, his casino dreams in Deerfield Beach – and every restaurant and watering hole as old...
| May 18, 2014
| 6:26 AM
Deep in the Everglades is Lost City, a place where mobster Al Capone reportedly produced moonshine to keep a nearby saloon jumping in the 1930s.
Before that, during the Civil War, about 30 to 40 Confederate soldiers hid out there until they were...
| May 13, 2014
Three years ago, musician Brian Culbertson and his wife started the Napa Valley Jazz Getaway (http://napavalleyjazzgetaway.me/). "It's what I call a lifestyle event where you come in for several days and listen to great jazz concerts, enjoy meals and hang...
| May 21, 2014
| 10:30 AM
Chicago serves as the protagonist of Ubisoft Montreal's new open world video game, Watch Dogs, which is available May 27 across all platforms. The developers spent time recreating the actual city for players to explore in the game as Aiden...
| May 9, 2014
| 9:46 AM
Books become TV series. Amusement park rides become movies. Pop songs become Broadway musicals. But how do you adapt a city into a video game? How do you digitize the essence of a major American metropolis within the framework of a playable experience?...
| Apr 20, 2014
The government of Iraq last week announced that it had padlocked the infamous prison at Abu Ghraib. The gates are closed. The inmates moved. Whether the closure is permanent or temporary -- Iraqi officials suggest the latter -- this ought to qualify as...
| May 22, 2014
| 8:12 PM
Set in a hyper-connected modern-day Chicago, "Watch Dogs" is full of virtual versions of real places. Between shootouts and car chases, gamers can even check in to and learn about more than 100 hot spots throughout the city, Foursquare-style.But did...
| Jun 16, 2014
| 6:58 PM
Last year, Los Angeles voters sought to clamp down on medical marijuana shops, approving a host of restrictions that were expected to forcefully winnow down the number of such businesses.
Yet as the city tried to shutter hundreds of pot shops, one arm...