| Jun 14, 2014
| 5:59 PM
The arrows I've been shooting at the humongous sign that Donald Trump has stuck on his Chicago riverfront tower are as much about protecting the beauty of the riverfront as bemoaning the ugliness of The Donald's badge of dishonor.
As brash as a cowboy's...
| Mar 13, 2014
| 6:22 AM
Monday marks the chance for Chicago to get some Chicken of the Cave.
(UPDATE: As of 10:30 a.m. Monday, the AnchorVan is nowhere to be seen near Pioneer Court. We're reaching out to see what's the hold up.)
(UPDATE 2: The van has arrived, and is...
| Apr 2, 2014
| 6:30 PM
Roundhouse worker William London is a sight: raccoon eyes, thanks to the goggles he had been wearing; soot on his face, thanks to his job amid coal-burning trains; and a freshly lit cigarette burning in his mouth.
London's is one of the striking...
| Feb 4, 2014
| 2:18 PM
A genial disappointment about the preciousness of art amid the destructive horrors of war, "The Monuments Men" is scored to a military march by composer Alexandre Desplat. You hear what he was going for: jaunty heroics. The throwback sound of it...
| Nov 16, 2013
| 7:15 PM
No Coke. No fries. No desire to change things.
The Billy Goat Tavern has been a Chicago landmark for generations and a fixture under North Michigan Avenue for almost 50 years. And its owner wants to remain there, regardless of whatever redevelopment...
| Feb 13, 2014
| 7:42 AM
"About Last Night" opens this weekend, just in time for Valentine's Day. Three of the four principal actors in this LA-set adaptation of David Mamet's play "Sexual Perversity in Chicago" (borrowing also from the 1986 film "About Last Night …")...
| Nov 13, 2013
| 9:20 AM
No Pepsi. No fries. No desire to change things.
The Billy Goat Tavern has been a Chicago landmark for generations and a fixture underneath North Michigan Avenue for almost 50 years. And its owner wants to remain there, regardless of whatever...
| Nov 12, 2013
A key parcel on the south end of Chicago's Magnificent Mile appears headed for redevelopment in an ambitious project that would include a high-end hotel, condominiums, offices and stores between North Michigan Avenue and Wabash Avenue.
| Nov 12, 2013
Four years ago, medical tests revealed L'Tanya King had tumors on her liver. She needed surgery, so she took an eight-week leave from her job as a technical services manager at Oil-Dri Corp. of America.
It was then she felt the full embrace of her co-...
| Aug 1, 2013
| 3:08 PM
If the Wrigley Field renovation is completed as planned, the Ricketts family stands to get a substantial property tax break available to land owners who rehabilitate historic structures.
The Chicago Landmarks Commission on Thursday endorsed the tax...
| Jun 27, 2013
The heat of summer 2013 took its sweet time arriving this year, even though summer officially began only last week. But as anyone in Chicago can tell you, the weather doesn't have to be ideal to make outdoor dining appealing.
Chicagoans, perhaps because...
| Sep 27, 2012
Can a four-star meal begin with fried smelts and end with a Butterfinger bar? My last dinner at Sixteen says yes.
These are uncertain times for four-star dining in Chicago. Since last September, four previous top-rated restaurants have closed up shop...