| 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...
| Feb 13, 2013
Chicago is brassy and muscular and loves, maybe lives, to strut into most any spotlight. The barons and baronesses of commerce, the occasional Bulls star, a corrupt governor or two, the mono-named TV hostess, the vicious snowstorms — they matter...
| Jan 30, 2013
| 1:25 PM
Margaret and Louis Chatey are turning pears and apples from Ledyard and Middlefield into award-winning brandy in a barn off an Ashford country lane.
Over in East Hartford, Adam von Gootkin is hunting for Connecticut corn he can transform into what he...
| 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...
| Jan 8, 2013
The Enabler has been fixating on love. What is it? How to find it? What feeds it? The answer to this last question, she is quite certain, is whiskey. Which is why on a recent evening she found herself contemplatively sipping a glass of 127-proof Four...
| 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...
| Jun 5, 2013
| 5:18 PM
Lance Armstrong lied. Pete Rose lied. Marion Jones lied. Mark McGwire, who alternately saved baseball and trashed baseball, lied.
The authors of the greatest achievements in the history of sports ultimately have looked the camera in the eye and said,...
| May 28, 2013
| 8:51 PM
NEW YORK — In what was described as the biggest-ever international money-laundering scheme, a federal grand jury has indicted a company on criminal charges that it used "virtual" currency to launder more than $6 billion in ill-gotten gains....
| May 29, 2013
| 2:18 PM
What do you think of when you think of Chicago?
What's the worst question you've ever been asked in an interview?
Jon Stewart asked me if Al Capone really had a scar. I think he was joking, though.
What's your guilty...
| 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...
| Jan 10, 2013
| 2:21 PM
One hundred and one years ago, D.W. Griffith gave us "The Musketeers of Pig Alley," often credited as the first gangster film, and once sound came in, nothing hooked movie audiences during the early 1930s more reliably than Edward G. Robinson or James...
| Jan 12, 2013
| 1:14 PM
It's hard to resist Los Angeles-based films noir -- "Chinatown," "Kiss Me Deadly," "The Big Sleep" being only a few of the best -- but "Gangster Squad" is a bit more resistible than most. Director Ruben Fleischer and screenwriter Will Beall have morphed...