| Dec 21, 2013
The real Santa
When my brother and I were young, sometime during the Christmas season my mother would load us all on the Rock Island train at the suburban line station at 103rd Street and we'd all go downtown to visit the department stores' toy...
| Dec 10, 2013
The other day I was in the Loop and thought I would use the opportunity to enjoy the windows at Macy's and see how they compared to the ones I enjoyed as a child. They were lovely and had the traditional movement. The theme this year was the history of...
| Dec 5, 2013
| 4:56 PM
An iconic clock in Oak Park is telling the correct time again, several years after it stopped running.
The four-sided clock on the northeast corner of Lake Street and Harlem Avenue is attached to a building on the National Register of Historic Places...
| Nov 25, 2013
'Tis the season for Aunt Mary, and host we now our dear friend Harold.
As if the stress of the holidays isn't enough on it's own, you have friends and family in town coming into town and get the added joy of serving as yuletide tour guide to your...
| Nov 3, 2013
Many men and women helped raise Chicago out of the ashes of the Great Fire of 1871 and transform it into the major city it would become in the 20th century, people such as Marshall Field, Charles Wacker, Aaron Montgomery Ward, Potter Palmer, Jane Addams...
| Nov 4, 2013
| 7:00 AM
When he was young, John Rivera used to think Santa Claus took up permanent residence in downtown Chicago, not at the North Pole.
“That’s what it felt like,” says Rivera, 47. “I’d see Santa on TV and at Marshall Field’...
| Oct 11, 2013
| 12:05 PM
Shoppers in northwest suburban Arlington Heights were of mixed emotions on Friday about parent company Safeway's recent decision to either close or sell its local Dominick's grocery stores.
Dorothy Maierhofer, a 50-year resident of Arlington Heights,...
| Sep 29, 2013
When superstorm Sandy swamped the East Coast last year, Heather Becker's crew performed triage in a warehouse outside of New York City as 2,000 pieces of artwork poured in from private and corporate collections.
And now calls are trickling in from...
| Sep 24, 2013
Unable to find the recipe for cheesy chowder served at Marshall Field’s Bowl and Basket restaurant, I invited readers to send one in if they had it. (See original question below) Eden Rosenbush, chef and owner of Chicago’s Big Red...
| Aug 11, 2013
When Chicago police Officer Bob Angone was 43 years old, finding love was the last thing on his mind.
"I was married to my job," says Angone, now 72 and retired. "I was in charge of one of the undercover units, and at that time (1983) the city was...
| Aug 9, 2013
| 6:42 AM
Graceland Cemetery, which spreads majestically across 125 acres north and east from the corner of Clark Street and Irving Park Boulevard, is an easy place to spend an entire day, wandering among the more than 100,000 people spending eternity there....
| Jul 31, 2013
Chicago's Field Museum made headlines on four continents this year after researchers discovered a 600-year-old Chinese coin in late December on the Kenyan island of Manda, revealing there was trade between China and East Africa before European explorers...