| Aug 13, 2012
| 9:19 AM
CHICAGO - I grew up in Chicago and still go there often. But since I'm visiting my family, I rarely stay in hotels.
Friends post on Facebook about their weekends at the historic Burnham or the boutique James, the bargain Days Inn or the glitzy Wit; it...
| Aug 6, 2011
"Writing" seems an inadequate word to describe what Stephen Sondheim has done, yet it is the breadth, impact and influence of his writing that have won him the 2011 Chicago Tribune Literary Prize for lifetime achievement.
The 81-year-old composer and...
| Jul 19, 2012
| 10:57 AM
The humidity is rising. The barometer's getting low. And according to our sources, the Chicago theater is the place to go.
In a parched Chicago summer, it's raining hot young talent.
Each summer, we pick the performers who've been burning up Chicago's...
| Jul 21, 2011
| 11:40 AM
The temperature in these parts has been sizzling all week. An ideal time, then, for an annual On the Town event: The unveiling of the Hot New Faces of the Chicago-area stage. Class of 2011.
We've found this year's group of rising stars everywhere from...
| Feb 1, 2012
Bass player with Peter, Paul and Mary
Dick Kniss, 74, who played stand-up bass with the folk trio Peter, Paul and Mary and co-wrote the John Denver hit "Sunshine on My Shoulders," died Wednesday of pulmonary disease at a hospital near his...
| Aug 31, 2012
| 7:08 AM
Diane Lane and Michael Shannon, who filmed the Superman reboot “Man of Steel” in the Chicago area last summer, will both return this fall in the name of theater.
Lane will star in the Goodman Theatre’s production of “Sweet Bird...
| Jun 28, 2011
| 2:04 PM
While in Chicago promoting his upcoming film, "Larry Crowne," Tom Hanks and wife Rita Wilson visited RL in the Gold Coast Thursday and Friday. Country singer LeAnn Rimes and husband Eddie Cibrian had brunch at RL Sunday. Cibrian is filming NBC's...
| Sep 30, 2011
| 8:54 AM
The Goodman Theatre's fall benefit featured John Logan's Tony Award-winning "Red," directed by Robert Falls, a Goodman artistic director. The season-opening party drew 430 people to the Modern Wing at the Art Institute for cocktails and dinner before...
| Mar 4, 2012
On March 4, 1837, exactly 175 years ago, Chicago was incorporated. Not that Flashback needed a reason, but we took this occasion to compile a very long list of events, year by year and decade by decade, that helped shape this great city.
| Mar 5, 2012
| 11:37 AM
When Jekesai, the young African woman at the core of the intense and deeply affecting new play by Danai Gurira, first arrives at the home of Chilford, the catechist who'll change her life, she sniffs his floor. In this part of southern Africa, the part...
| Mar 12, 2012
| 2:03 PM
The playwright John Guare once wrote that the title of Tennessee Williams' "Camino Real," a wildly free-form 1953 poetic pageant set in a crummy tropical outpost with shades of New Orleans, Tangier and Havana, embodied both the glamorous Spanish world...
| May 18, 2012
| 7:48 AM
At its 25th summit in Chicago this weekend, NATO will be preoccupied with the tricky business of how to advance its various institutional priorities — like global security and the building of stability — even as its member nations are more...