| Oct 31, 2010
After taking a vacation in Rome for a few months, Claude Monet's "Pommiers en fleurs" ("Apple Trees in Blossom") was welcomed back to its longtime home at the Union League Club in late July. A relatively small group of people, perhaps some 125 of them,...
| Oct 20, 2011
| 2:21 PM
Cook County Board President Toni Preckwinkle on Thursday gave a sneak preview of her new budget, saying there will be about 1,000 layoffs and another smidgen of a controversial sales tax increase shaved off.
The county’s chief executive won’t...
| Dec 16, 2011
| 3:51 PM
Gov. Pat Quinn met with Cardinal Francis George and other area Catholic leaders today to try to clear the air after some recent public disagreements.
Quinn, a practicing Catholic, met privately with George and bishops at the Union League Club in the...
| Nov 7, 2011
| 8:00 AM
“The Food Lover’s Guide to Wine” is not so much about wine, insist authors Karen Page and Andrew Dornenburg. It’s a book about flavor, they say, and the goal of this new book (Little, Brown and Co., $35) is to help readers use each...
| Apr 25, 2012
| 1:48 PM
Former White House chief of staff William Daley today offered his prescription for fixing a politically polarized Washington: imposing congressional term limits, doubling House terms to four years and ending archaic Senate rules.
The brother of former...
| May 20, 2011
| 2:04 PM
Chicago has been very good to Erik Larson, even though it greeted his latest visit with a nasty rain and temperatures more common to November than to mid-May, which was why we were talking in the bar of his downtown hotel rather than wandering city...
| Jun 20, 2011
| 10:18 AM
Republican U.S. Sen. Mark Kirk said today that he’s hopeful a bipartisan group of senators now known as the “Gang of Five” can reach agreement on a deficit reduction plan key to a vote on raising the nation’s debt limit.
| Feb 25, 2011
| 2:26 PM
This year's Lincoln Prize, an award honoring a scholarly text on Abraham Lincoln or the Civil War solider, was given to Eric Foner's "The Fiery Trial: Abraham Lincoln and American Slavery," which details Lincoln's evolving views on slavery.
| Jul 21, 2011
NEW YORK — Belonging to a private club brings perks beyond having a place to brandish a golf club, booze it up with your chums or marry off your daughter in style. Membership often brings reciprocal privileges, meaning you can find a clubby spot...
| Feb 11, 2011
| 1:51 PM
If she weren't writing mysteries, Martha Grimes says, she might be running a tea shop.
You were expecting perhaps an auto-parts store?
No, you weren't. Not if you know Grimes' work, which includes 22 mysteries featuring the incisive Scotland Yard...
| Apr 26, 2012
Former White House chief of staff William Daley on Wednesday offered his prescription for fixing a politically polarized Washington: imposing congressional term limits, doubling House terms to four years and ending archaic Senate rules.
The brother of...
| 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.