| Dec 8, 2011
| 10:10 AM
"El Stories: Holiday Train"
Anyone who regularly rides public transit has their stories. Buses and train cars are delicate ecosystems. Smashed up against your fellow Chicagoans and learning far more about these complete strangers than you ever wanted,...
| Dec 22, 2011
Phew, 2011 was quite a year in Chicago theater. As the year comes to a close, ready for a quick tour back through the newsworthy highlights?
The Black Ensemble Theater bowed a gorgeous, $19 million new home on the North Side. Stage 773 on Belmont...
| Feb 26, 2012
In October 1917, a theater opened at 3535 W. Roosevelt Road that changed the moviegoing experience, in Chicago and the nation.
In the era of the nickelodeon, a term reflecting not just the price of admission, but the surroundings, motion pictures were...
| Mar 8, 2012
All the world's a stage, so wrote the Bard. To which one can reply, "Sure, but have you ridden the"L"lately?" Talk about your captive audience.
For the thousands of Chicagoans who use public transportation daily, this is your show. Same...
| Jul 22, 2012
| 7:11 PM
The self-titled sophomore album from local pop-rockers Gold Motel oozes surf and sun, even though much of it was recorded as temperatures dipped and leaves fell from the trees. "There were a few days where we were tracking and I was wearing my jacket...
| Jan 15, 2010
A lifelong Chicagoan, Alex Infante faced a big decision two years ago. He and his wife, Jackie, already had one toddler, plus intentions to have another baby, so his family would be outgrowing their Andersonville condo. But where should they buy their...
| Oct 17, 2008
By day, Wicker Park foot traffic moves at a fast clip, especially during rush hour.
At night, the only hurry is getting to a table at one of the 30-plus restaurants or entertainment hot spots found in this historic area bordered by the Chicago River to...
| May 22, 2009
The stars must've been aligned for Ann Filmer when she moved to Berwyn two years ago. In addition to finding a comfortable, affordable home in this nearby suburb, she found a new job in a community ready to embrace her talents.
Filmer and her husband,...
| Sep 5, 2008
Being bored is not an option in Lincoln Park, where the kinetic lifestyle verges on sensory overload.
With its potpourri of restaurants, shops, amenities and close proximity to downtown Chicago, it's no wonder the North Side neighborhood's unique...
| Jun 11, 2010
| 9:47 AM
The year was 1972, and then-teenager George Borovik was in his glory. The U.S. Olympic swim trials were being held at the Olympic-size pool at Portage Park, right in his own Chicago neighborhood.
"I remember going to the prelims," Borovik recalled....
| Jul 16, 2000
The glass falls like a shadow, swift and silent, a dark blur swooping through the wet sky.
For weeks, the cracked window on the 29th floor of the CNA building strained against the adhesive film that held it in place 340 feet above the ground, expanding...
| Jul 23, 2000
The "L" train carrying Ana Flores rumbled straight toward the CNA building, coming within feet of the red skyscraper before it rounded the curve into the station.
High above her was a cracked window on the 29th floor, covered by white adhesive film and...