| Nov 8, 2013
When it comes to the antics of mayors, why does Toronto have all the fun and Chicago is left in the dust?
Not only is Toronto Mayor Rob Ford a confessed crack smoker, he's now on a newly released video saying he wants to tear out a man's throat and...
| Sep 30, 2013
| 6:30 AM
Another search for Jimmy Hoffa ended recently, with federal authorities once again facing the cameras to say what has become commonplace since the ex-Teamsters' boss disappeared back in 1975: no, they didn't find Hoffa's remains or anything that would...
| Nov 14, 2013
| 8:30 PM
Al Ruscio, a film, television and stage actor who was also a noted acting teacher and served on the board of directors of the Screen Actors Guild, died in his home on Nov. 12. He was 89.
Ruscio was already an accomplished actor by the time he arrived...
| Nov 17, 2013
We're supposed to be husky, brawling, big-shouldered. Not whiny, defensive, thin-skinned.
What diminishes Chicago's image, its standing, its brand is not a TV comedian's critique of local cuisine, experts concluding a tall building is no longer the...
| Nov 11, 2013
| 6:00 AM
The lure of big money from heroin pits Nucky Thompson (Steve Buscemi) against an odd mix of gangsters on “White Horse Pike,” Episode 46 of HBO’s “Boardwalk Empire.”
“Something’s wrong,” warns speakeasy...
| Dec 1, 2013
| 12:04 PM
"The house still gives me the goose bumps," artist Martin Cushman said a couple years after moving in. "When I wake up, I see flamingos flying across the ceiling."
The flamingos are painted works of art — but, then, Cushman's whole house is one...
| Sep 30, 2013
| 6:30 AM
Q: Help! Any advice on how to sell my collections? I've amassed hundreds of items related to covered bridges. I want to take a load off my children.
Q: How do I sell my old Coke bottles and old movie cameras? Where do I find buyers?
Q: What can I do...
| Jul 3, 2013
| 4:32 PM
Comedy Central's new half-hour comedy Drunk History pairs inebriated storytellers with A-list talent to reenact some of history’s greatest moments. Based on a web series of the same name, Comedy Central's new half-hour comedy Drunk History pairs...
| 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...
| Mar 31, 2013
| 8:45 AM
Ever since the Great Fire of 1871, a cycle of destruction and rebuilding has been central to the Chicago story. This month, Northwestern University secured a permit to tear down Prentice Hospital so that it can build a biomedical research facility. Also...
| Sep 3, 2013
| 3:36 PM
Al Capone, arguably the most famous gangster ever, has grown into a mythic figure, a sort of cigar-chomping, fedora-wearing, machine gun-wielding, vicious, ruthless monster.
To Deirdre Marie Capone, he was simply Uncle Al.
Technically, her granduncle,...
| Sep 6, 2013
| 8:31 AM
"What are we going to do?" Sloane asks in "Ferris Bueller's Day Off," after climbing into his "borrowed" Ferrari convertible.
"The question isn't 'what are we going to do,'" Ferris replies. "The question is 'what aren't we going to do?'"