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  • Emmy nominations reinforce Chicago's rep as comedy training ground

    Emmy nominations reinforce Chicago's rep as comedy training ground
    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...
  • City Council approves food truck ordinance

    City Council approves food truck ordinance
    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....
  • Suburban theater for the week of July 27 to Aug. 2

    "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...
  • Funny or Die's Adam McKay on his site's comedy influence after five years

    Funny or Die's Adam McKay on his site's comedy influence after five years
    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...
  • A look inside the decisions to commit early by 10 Central Floridians

    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...
  • Epic's debut lives up to name

    Epic's debut lives up to name
    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...
  • The 1890 Census and "Second City"

    The 1890 Census and "Second City"
    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...
  • City of broad strictures

    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,...
  • How to fake being funny

    How to fake being funny
    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...
  • Second City takes aim at O.C. with new stage production

    Second City takes aim at O.C. with new stage production
  • Second City's first-rate legacy

    Second City's first-rate legacy
    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...
  • Theater figures

    Theater figures 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...