| Aug 29, 2013
Bathed in an eerie blue glow, a narrow wall of tightly packed skulls looms over the staircase descending into Three Dots and a Dash, Chicago's newest tiki lounge and most recent Lettuce Entertain You venture. Evocative of the shrunken heads of campy tales...
| Sep 10, 2012
| 6:28 AM
W.C. Fields' gravestone doesn't really read, "On the whole, I'd rather be in Philadelphia." But the comic actor loved to poke fun at his native city. When I was a student in Philly way back when, I did too. There wasn't much to do. It seemed like every...
| Jun 4, 2013
| 12:20 PM
LOUISVILLE, Ky. — As readers of F. Scott Fitzgerald's "The Great Gatsby" and fans of Baz Luhrmann's popular film adaptation know, the wedding of Daisy Fay, a Louisville socialite, and Tom Buchanan, a Chicago millionaire, took place in a hotel...
| 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...
| 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-...
| 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...
| Apr 2, 2013
| 2:11 PM
Mike Piazza, who looked so good in pinstripes during his half-hour as a member of the then-Florida Marlins, will put on similarly fashionable stripes when he takes the stage May 3 in Miami City Ballet’s production of George Balanchine’s...
| Sep 15, 2012
| 4:32 PM
So many razor-edged bad people swagger about Terence Winter’s Boardwalk Empire that, even having shed one of its primary POV characters, it is instantly, retoxifyingly addictive as the epic criminal sojourn of Nucky Thompson and Atlantic City...
| Sep 16, 2012
| 9:32 PM
In spite of its tendency to be rendered down to facile, generally wrong cartoons to protect children’s and patriots’ delicate sensibilities, history poses a filthy canvas. Those who choose to paint on it can hew to its boring conventions, as...
| Dec 3, 2012
| 4:33 PM
Terence Winter wound the spring tight in Season 3 of Boardwalk Empire, each violent twist seeing a piece of Nucky Thompson’s East Coast criminal syndicate fall away and leaving the Atlantic City boss seemingly alone, friendless and on the lam from...
| Oct 1, 2012
| 10:00 AM
Two guns found on the bullet-riddled bodies of star-crossed outlaw lovers Bonnie and Clyde in 1934 were auctioned off this weekend for more than half a million dollars.
The weapons are staying together, bought by the same, unnamed Texas collector.
| 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...