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St. Valentine's Day Massacre (1929)

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  • Fight crime: legalize pot [Commentary]

    Fight crime: legalize pot [Commentary]
    In 1982, the late Gov. William Donald Schaefer was running for his last term as mayor. He held one of those big dinners that politicians are famous for at P.J. Crickets on Pratt St. All the political leaders were there. I was the chef that evening and can honestly tell you this: When I arrived at the restaurant that afternoon, I climbed in to the back of my blue VW Mini-Camper and smoked a bowl of marijuana. That evening many of the attendees stuck their heads into the kitchen to thank the chef for the wonderful meal they had enjoyed.
  • City still mobbed with gangster cliches

    City still mobbed with gangster cliches
    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...

    Summer weekend 2014 worse than St. Valentine's Day Massacre

    Summer weekend 2014 worse than St. Valentine's Day Massacre
    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...

    The St. Valentine's Day Massacre

    The St. Valentine's Day Massacre
    On this frigid morning, in an unheated brick garage at 2122 N. Clark St., seven men were lined up against a whitewashed wall and pumped with 90 bullets from submachine guns, shotguns and a revolver. It was the most infamous of all gangland slayings in...

    Off Broadway Review: 'The Landing'

    "The Landing" is esteemed Broadway composer John Kander's first musical since the death of his long-time collaborator, Fred Ebb, so all eyes are naturally on his new partner, the young playwright Greg Pierce ("Slow Girl"). In the Vineyard Theater's...