| Dec 19, 2013
| 9:39 AM
Here are my favorite shows from 2013:
1. Savages at South by Southwest Music Conference, March 16: The U.K. quartet previews its forthcoming debut album, "Silence Yourself" (Matador), with a show like a knockout punch. Singer Jhenny Beth's fists and...
| Dec 25, 2013
What a difference a year makes. At the end of 2012, Chancellor Bennett — aka Chance the Rapper — was regarded as a promising MC, part of a legion of young Chicago hip-hop artists who were attracting national attention and, in some cases,...
| Dec 28, 2013
| 6:30 AM
Public radio hosts Rico Gagliano and Brendan Francis Newnam of American Public Media's "Dinner Party Download" have made names for themselves by cheekily telling listeners how to "win" their weekend events.
On a recent Friday night, the two hosted their...
| Nov 5, 2013
| 1:31 PM
I was 6 years old when Charlie Trotter opened his restaurant.
While I was chomping on PBJ school lunches in 1987, he was creating elaborate multi-course meals that would earn countless awards and put Chicago on the map as a fine-dining destination....
| 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.
| Nov 27, 2013
| 8:51 PM
Chance the Rapper came out to a hero’s homecoming welcome Wednesday at the Riviera, radiating energy that matched the roar coming at him from 2,500 voices. The 20-year-old South Side rapper was so hyped he resembled a speeded-up video of a street-...
| Nov 30, 2013
Only a few months ago, Vic Mensa was a teenage prodigy in Kids These Days, a group out of Whitney Young High School that had a major-label deal in its pocket and credentials that would be the envy of many artists: Lollapalooza gig, national television...
| Oct 22, 2013
| 1:38 PM
Taylor Momsen is a leather-wearing, middle finger-waving, hard-partying rock star and not the preppy, Upper East Side, social climber she played on The CW’s “Gossip Girl,” so get used to it.
That’s the message Momsen repeatedly...
| Dec 11, 2013
| 9:12 AM
RPM Italian's motto might as well be “For celebrities, by celebrities.”
The River North restaurant co-owned by Giuliana and Bill Rancic and featured on their E! reality TV show “Giuliana and Bill” attracted an impressive...
| Dec 12, 2013
| 11:38 AM
As each year winds down, Turn It Up focuses on the best of Chicago's independent music scene. Here are my 10 favorite local indie releases for 2013:
1. Chance the Rapper, “Acid Rap” (chanceraps.com): Chancellor Bennett follows his debut...
| Jun 26, 2013
| 2:55 PM
The Chicago Blackhawks will parade down Washington Street through downtown Chicago beginning at 10:30 a.m. Friday on their way from their United Center home to Grant Park for the Stanley Cup victory rally.
The team will take double-decker buses from...
| Sep 23, 2013
| 10:09 PM
Rowdy punk rockers Wavves might have embraced a more mature sound on their latest studio album, “Afraid of Heights,” but that doesn’t mean frontman Nathan Williams is ready to grow up just yet.
On a recent U.K. tour, the singer and...