| Jan 7, 2014
| 7:52 PM
Rather than take a look at what is going on this weekend like I normally do in this column, I thought I would preview some of the biggest, Chicago-related celebrity events taking place this year. I’m not talking about the events we see every year...
| Jan 9, 2014
| 8:34 AM
WINDSOR — The year 2003 must have seemed like a disaster for Stephen McKay at the time.
First, the tent at SummerWind performing arts center, which he led, collapsed during a snowstorm in the off-season. The organization set up a dramatic and...
| Nov 12, 2013
| 8:38 PM
There are no signs or banners on this nondescript industrial warehouse in West Town to indicate that the 18,000-square-foot structure is headquarters for what could soon become the largest commuter cycling system in the country.
| Aug 23, 2013
| 7:10 AM
Over the last decade, the FYF Fest has grown from a scrappy punk-focused event to a sort of mini-version of the Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival.
Yet even as the two-day FYF draws on Coachella-worthy headliners, books an increasing number of...
| Aug 18, 2013
I keep encountering a T-shirt that reads "Cool story, babe. Now go make me a sandwich."
Not just at a mall kiosk, but on actual people. I saw it on a guy outside Lollapalooza and a guy walking the bike path and another one riding the Blue Line.
| Aug 3, 2013
| 10:03 AM
Lollapalooza canceled a Saturday performance by the notorious agit-rap group Death Grips. They were replaced in the 8:45 p.m. slot on the Grove stage by Los Angeles rock band Bad Things.
Death Grips did not show up for a festival-sanctioned after-...
| Aug 30, 2013
| 4:57 AM
In the aftermath of the Boston Marathon bombings, the Bank of America Chicago Marathon is imposing beefed-up security measures for the 26.2-mile race Oct. 13.
"The bag check is something we've been looking at for a couple of years," Carey Pinkowski, the...
| Sep 3, 2013
| 9:56 AM
PHILADELPHIA – Nearly two decades into his unparalleled rap career, Jay Z hasn’t abandoned his lofty ambitions.
In the last year, the hip-hop magnate (born Shawn Carter) jolted the album release model when he struck a multimillion-dollar...
| Aug 4, 2013
| 6:44 PM
At least 10 people faced felony drug charges Sunday related to Lollapalooza in Cook County Bond Court, including a Chicago man prosecutors say was carrying more than 150 pills of MDMA, also known as Ecstasy.
Sean Magee, 24, of the 6700 block of South...
| Sep 5, 2013
| 12:39 PM
It's been quite a run for Chicago hip-hop the last few years. Hard-edged drill music from the South Side led by Chief Keef, King Louie, Lil Durk and producer Young Chop hit nationwide first. Then came the soul-dipped textures of Chance the Rapper, Prob...
| Feb 28, 2013
| 3:44 AM
If the guy in the rakish spectacles at the next table at Mezzaluna Wednesday night bore an uncanny resemblance to Les Claypool, it’s because that indeed was the Primus bass player and bon vivant tucking into the Italian supper specialties off the...