| May 26, 2013
The Century of Progress opened on May 27, 1933, with about 12 million Americans — a quarter of the labor force — unemployed and many hungry Chicagoans seeking sustenance and solace at Al Capone's soup kitchen. The city's second world's fair...
| Aug 28, 2012
| 4:56 PM
SASKATOON, Canada — If Canada has a flyover province, this is it. Other Canadians fly over it or ride VIA Rail Canada across its perceived vast flatness on the way to more famous places, and don't even know they've been over or across it.
| Sep 10, 2012
| 9:51 AM
All summer long, Printers Row invited kids ages 5-16 to send in book reviews. Here's what young Chicago-area writers had to say. We've left the reviews mostly unedited to let the charm shine through. Watch for more to come.
"Abe Lincoln at Last! (Magic...
| May 9, 2013
| 2:18 PM
(This selection is edited for clarity and length.)
What do you think of when you think of Chicago?
Oddly enough, the 1860 Republican convention that nominated Abraham Lincoln.
Who is an author you'd like to meet, dead or alive?...
| May 14, 2013
| 2:14 PM
As historic types, Chicago aldermen do not lack for color. But despite the height of the bar for eccentricity on the City of Chicago's council, Ald. John Coughlin vaults over it with ease. In his time around the turn of the last century — a time...
| Dec 28, 2012
| 2:17 PM
What's in a name? If you're a Chicagoan and your surname is Capone, everything. There is perhaps no more notorious name associated with the city (except perhaps Gacy, or for a time, Bartman). Growing up, Deirdre Marie Capone lived what she calls a "shame-...
| Jan 25, 2013
| 8:27 AM
As is widely stipulated, Dave Barry is a very funny guy. He was hysterical when he wrote his nationally syndicated column for the Miami Herald, for which he won a Pulitzer Prize in 1988, and is arguably even more droll in his madcap novels set in South...
| Oct 26, 2012
| 3:21 PM
Zombies. They're everywhere. Television. Movies. Graphic novels. Pub crawls. Burlesque shows. You can't swing a dismembered arm without hitting one. But look out: In Scott Kenemore's new book, "Zombie, Illinois," the walking dead are invading places...
| Jun 14, 2013
| 8:10 AM
It was May 10 and it was cold outside and I was inside, at a downtown bar/restaurant awaiting the arrival of the distinguished Latin American writer Eduardo Galeano, which latest book is titled "Children of the Days: A Calendar of Human History."
| Feb 23, 2013
| 3:16 PM
As it says here, on page 64 of the glossily fascinating coffee-table book "Variety: An Illustrated History of the World From the Most Important Magazine in Hollywood," Al Capone, interviewed in his Chicago home, told Variety he was approached often to...
| Jun 21, 2013
| 1:29 PM
Stand on any corner. Close your eyes. Listen. So urges journalist and historian St. Sukie de la Croix in the introduction to his book, "Chicago Whispers: A History of LGBT Chicago Before Stonewall." You'll hear, he writes, the "rat-tat-tat-tat of Al...
| Jul 8, 2013
| 6:00 AM
It's a warm spring day in downtown Los Angeles, but inside the gloomy Palace Theatre it's 1926 Detroit and actor Ken Marino is playing Harry Houdini as he dies onstage.
Literally dying — staggering and heaving, attempting card tricks and failing...