| Oct 19, 2012
| 11:49 AM
Where exactly to start?
Cesar Juarez has had such a full and interesting life that one might begin telling his story during any of the 64 years he has spent on this planet.
But let's start with the present, or, precisely, one recent late afternoon, as...
| Feb 13, 2011
| 5:50 PM
The law firm of Przybylo and Kubiatowski faces two additional cases where the Cook County public guardian alleged that the firm drew up legal documents putting the assets of disabled elderly women in the hands of caretakers who may have exploited them...
| May 4, 2012
Before Barrington native Cynthia Rowley earned fame as a fashion designer, she endured a phase of infamy at the School of the Art Institute in Chicago.
"I actually got booted out of my junior show — not that I'm still holding a grudge or anything,"...
| Apr 29, 2011
For years, I've been nagging Kathryn Finney to take me shopping.
That's because I was dying to see her in action. Kathryn, 35, literally wrote the book on frugal clothes shopping ("How to be a Budget Fashionista") and her blog, thebudgetfashionista.com,...
| Jun 13, 2012
| 9:12 AM
It's hardly news that small Chicago theaters rarely are daunted by big projects, but the latest endeavor at City Lit is as noteworthy as it is frustrating. As penned by Philip LaZebnik and Kingsley Day and directed by Sheldon Patinkin, "State Street" is a...
| Mar 4, 2012
On March 4, 1837, exactly 175 years ago, Chicago was incorporated. Not that Flashback needed a reason, but we took this occasion to compile a very long list of events, year by year and decade by decade, that helped shape this great city.
| Jun 20, 2012
| 4:06 AM
If there ever was a year when Jeremy Piven could be excused for missing the annual Piven Theatre Workshop Gala — which benefits the theater his mother Joyce and late father Byrne founded in Evanston 41 years ago — it would be this one.
| Apr 13, 2012
| 6:41 AM
When the Chicago River sprung a leak 20 years ago today, it wasn't the first time the city's system of underground tunnels was the source of an unpleasant surprise.
On that Monday, April 13, 1992, many Chicagoans learned for the first time of the miles...
| Dec 19, 2010
I have seen a couple of little girls walk from a roller coaster at Navy Pier's Winter Wonderfest dizzy with delight; had a man on Michigan Avenue call me a "------ Scrooge" when I refused to give him "$42 dollars so I can have train fare to visit my...
| Feb 23, 2012
| 4:32 PM
Curtis Black at the Community Media Workshop calls attention to this 2008 news item -- Hundreds of students, teachers and North Side residents gathered outside an alderman's home last night to protest plans to reorganize Senn High School. The crowd......
| Jun 24, 2011
| 8:36 AM
So, now we have it: The Pump Room will be called…the Pump Room.
How prosaic. How uninspired. How positively awful.
That is the result of a two-week long contest conducted by hotelier Ian Schrager, who bought the Ambassador East hotel and its...
| Oct 20, 2010
140 years! That's how long Chicago's Palmer House Hilton has been around. And no other hotel in the country has those bragging rights! The opulence and hospitality of the hotel are known worldwide. But the anniversary got us thinking, what DON'T we know...