| Apr 14, 2013
Sandra Smith was starting her first day as a sales trader in Chicago.
Leaving her second post-college job at a hedge fund in New York, she was back in the city where she grew up and where several members of her family had worked in the financial trading...
| Mar 30, 2013
| 10:00 AM
If Chicago author Benjamin Lytal were the typical writer of semi-autobiographical fiction, his first novel would have been the story of a young man who escaped his hometown in the interior of the country to become immersed in the colorful characters and...
| Apr 22, 2013
826CHI is a nonprofit writing and tutoring center dedicated to supporting students ages 6-18 with their creative and expository writing skills, and to helping teachers inspire their students. 826chi.org
Tom Acitelli is author...
| Mar 20, 2013
Margie Huff, a second-year medical student at Northwestern University, picked up a drawing pencil and carefully sketched the upper border of an eye socket.
Huff then peered at her own reflection in a small cosmetics mirror and made a couple of small...
| Aug 23, 2012
| 2:01 PM
You know what's annoying?
Experimental short stories.
You know what else is annoying?
Adam Levin. He is 35 and grew up on the North Shore. He is talented and can't do anything half-
way, which makes him frustratingly, endearingly bold, the twin...
| Dec 23, 2011
John Chamberlain, a prolific American sculptor whose use of crushed automobile sheet metal became his signature during a career that spanned half a century, died Wednesday in New York City. He was 84.
Reportedly in poor health, he had been working on a...
| Jun 20, 2012
| 9:55 PM
LeRoy Neiman, a wildly successful American artist who was famous for his colorful portraits of athletes in motion and who became an artistic fixture at such major sporting events as the Olympics and the Super Bowl, has died. He was 91.
Neiman, who was...
| May 21, 2012
| 5:06 AM
At least 20 people arrested or detained by Chicago police during Sunday's NATO protests were released from custody overnight, according to other protesters and representatives of a lawyers' organization offering them free legal advice.
A total of 45...
| Sep 8, 2010
| 4:33 PM
It's official: There will be a second season to Bravo's reality series "Work of Art: The Next Great Artist." Producers of the series announced Wednesday that they will be holding open casting calls later this month in Los Angeles, Chicago......
| Dec 17, 2010
| 3:01 PM
While isolating himself on a Las Vegas veranda during his honeymoon, Edward remembers a summer of his youth spent in California, visiting the grieving family of his deceased pen pal — a boy killed by bees, or perhaps something worse. In...
| Aug 23, 2011
Armando Saltiel's parents used to take him skiing in Aspen, Colo., but the altitude became too much for his fragile lungs. He rode horses, too, but his severe scoliosis made that intolerable.
Born with a genetic brain abnormality that limits his...
| Oct 4, 2011
| 10:00 PM
Dmitry Samarov, like Travis Bickle, is God's lonely man, cruising the streets of Chicago, watching for your arm to shoot out and beckon him, taking note of the odd, offhanded things you say after you climb into his cab.
He is a taxi driver, and with...