| Jul 19, 2012
| 8:18 AM
Nominees for the 64th Primetime Emmys include several former Chicagoans, continuing a trend from years past. The 2011 winner for outstanding lead actress in a comedy series, Plainfield native and “Mike & Molly” star Melissa McCarthy, was again...
| Jul 25, 2012
| 1:10 PM
The Chicago City Council today approved a measure to expand food truck offerings following weeks of controversy about various provisions in the new rules.
Aldermen voted 45-1 to approve the ordinance, with Ald. John Arena, 45th, the sole "no" vote....
| Jul 26, 2012
| 9:57 AM
"The Second City's Girls' Night Out": Not to be confused with "Girls Night: The Musical," which just opened in the city. This Second City touring show is geared for the gentler sex — though anyone who has seen the work Second City's alumnae have...
| Apr 28, 2012
Five years ago this month the influential comedy website Funny or Die took a few baby steps and uploaded its first video, a rough, hastily assembled sketch that starred, appropriately enough, a baby. Pearl McKay was 2 years old at the time, the daughter...
| Jul 17, 2009
| 3:45 PM
Northwestern University may be in Evanston, Ill. -- near the nation's Second City, Chicago -- but when it comes to major-college football programs, no school has recruited Central Florida's Class of 2010 better so far.
But what made Olympia teammates...
| 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...
| Dec 28, 2008
Lawrence Roman, 86; best known for writing the hit Broadway play "Under the Yum-Yum Tree" and for adapting the farce into the 1963 movie (May 18)
Paul Sills, 80; legendary improvisational director and teacher co-founded the Compass...