| Feb 3, 2012
| 8:43 AM
On the opening night of Chicago Live! Thursday, in its new home at Pipers Alley with The Second City, the show didn't feel new: It felt like a homecoming. No one from Chicago would feel out of place.
Rick Kogan needed no script to talk about the 43rd...
| Jan 11, 2012
| 1:24 PM
Tulip Time Festival announces Chicago sketch comedy theatre, The Second City's Laugh Out Loud Tour, is joining the entertainment line-up.
For the first time this year, FOX 17 will be the proud sponsor of the festival.
A second performance of The Doug...
| Jul 22, 2011
| 12:31 PM
Thursday night’s Chicago Live! audience seemed skewed toward the under-30 age group. They arrived early. They stood and waited in the heat. And, in honor of guest Billy Corgan, they wore a lot of Smashing Pumpkins T-shirts.
The sold-out crowd saw...
| Jun 17, 2012
| 6:58 AM
The Earl of Old Town was a saloon at 1615 N. Wells St. that closed more than three decades ago but, like a song that you can't get out of your head, it remains alive today.
Long after the Earl had become a pleasant bar named the Last Call (it is now...
| Jul 26, 2010
Norwegian Cruise Line's long-anticipated Epic has finally arrived, and it rocks.
Long an industry innovator with a list of firsts that includes the first alternate-dining restaurant at sea and a secluded complex of luxury villas atop the ship, NCL yet...
| Dec 18, 2007
| 9:43 AM
On this date Chicago began its 94-year reign as the nation's " Second City." The 1,099,850 souls the United States Census counted in Chicago represented a 119 percent increase over the city's population just 10 years earlier. The landmark tally made...
| Jul 28, 2008
| 1:40 PM
Chicago's grit is the stuff of legend. The city's hardscrabble history conjures images of wind-beaten dock hands; rugged immigrants working punishing factory jobs; and 500 acres of slaughterhouses and their hard-time killing floors.
At the same time,...
| Mar 21, 2010
The Faker, let's be honest, is the life of the party. While at any given moment, he could be faking anything from mild amusement to a grand mal seizure, he's never dull.
Still, he admits a pang of envy every now and again when he glances across a crowded...
| Dec 6, 2009
It was born of University of Chicago nerds at the end of McCarthyism, back when cutting-edge comedy meant jokes about your mother-in-law. It fed on the slow Chicago burn of 1960s counterculture, even though the demons of drugs and alcohol took down more...
| Jun 15, 2009
Second City has been roasting Rod Blagojevich every night. This past weekend, they got him to come on stage.
| Aug 18, 2008
SPEND AN hour or so with Bonnie Hunt these days and you come away convinced she's got a daytime talk show inside her head.
The only question now is whether she and her producers can extract and polish that vision within the next three weeks, when "The...