| Feb 24, 2014
Wesley M. Dixon Jr., a pharmaceutical executive, over the years chaired the boards of leading arts, health and educational institutions in the Chicago area, including the Rehabilitation Institute of Chicago.
"Wes was the most important businessperson in...
| Feb 12, 2014
| 11:58 AM
Advertising executive Robert F. Anderson died February 4, 2014, in Newport Beach, California. He was 91. Born in Evanston, Illinois, to Morna Catherine Byrne and Raymond Anderson, he lived in Chicago and showed athletic ability at an early age in speed...
| Mar 21, 2014
| 9:13 AM
Let's begin with a recipe.
Start with the how-to tips, step-by-step instructions and trade-related jargon of prototypical design shows like "This Old House," mix in the easy-to-understand challenges of competition programs like "Top Chef," layer in...
| Jan 10, 2014
| 7:56 AM
Last Sunday, as you might remember since your brain is no longer frozen, was the nastiest of winter days. Still, a handful of people braved the snow and wind and cold and slick roads to make their way to the Museum of Science and Industry.
| Jan 28, 2014
| 4:32 PM
Headline: Mike Ditka calls a cold-weather Super Bowl 'stupid' It is, I guess. Or, rather, risky. Cold weather isn't so terrible for football. The key playoff games are often held in frigid conditions. And the average temperature range on an......
| Oct 30, 2013
| 11:30 AM
When it comes to sex in the rivers of Trinidad, apparently the odd man is in.
Female guppies greatly prefer the spicy pisces, choosing to mate with males who are too cool for the school, according to a study published online Wednesday in the journal...
| Mar 5, 2013
The Illinois Tollway this year will go full speed on a $12 billion construction program, touting it as a jobs generator that will put an estimated 120,000 people to work over 15 years.
But while additional billions in increased tolls already are adding...
| Jan 25, 2013
| 1:28 PM
In the fall, I taught English 366: The Essay at Lake Forest College, a writing workshop devoted to the study of the essay as a unique genre. We were not midway through the first class meeting when a student asked me what the difference was between the...
| Sep 10, 2013
| 4:54 AM
U.S. long-distance swimmer Diana Nyad plans to meet a group of fellow endurance swimmers to answer skeptics about her record-breaking crossing of the Florida Straits last week.
Some long-distance swimmers have taken to social media and blogs to discuss...
| Apr 22, 2013
| 12:55 PM
Anthony Madrid lives in Chicago. His poems have appeared in Boston Review, Gulf Coast, The Iowa Review, Poetry and Web Conjunctions. His first book is “I Am Your Slave Now Do What I Say.”
Rebecca Makkai is...
| Jul 13, 2012
Launching a new college would "clearly be a great adventure but so is jumping off a bridge," physicist Joseph B. Platt wrote decades after accepting the challenge in 1956 to become the founding president of Harvey Mudd College in Claremont.
Humor was a...
| Jun 15, 2011
| 12:53 PM
Diana Nyad is back in the news. In the next few weeks, the swimming legend will attempt a 103-mile swim from Cuba to Florida, a feat she failed to accomplish in 1978, when she was in her late 20s. The 61-year-old athlete won worldwide fame in 1975 when...