| Sep 30, 2012
The membership roll in Malibu's unofficial Billionaire's Beach club is shrinking. Former Yahoo Inc. Chief Executive Terry Semel and his wife, Jane, have sold their spot to Oracle Corp. CEO Larry Ellison, who already has eight other houses along Carbon...
| Sep 21, 2012
| 2:40 PM
The longtime home of comic Phyllis Diller has come on the market in Brentwood at $12.9 million.
The Country English-style house sits on 1.25 flat acres. It was built in 1914 as a summer home for Lawrence C. Phipps, who made his fortune in the steel...
| Aug 20, 2012
| 4:39 PM
Comic Phyllis Diller, who died Monday at 95, was one of former Hot Property columnist Ruth Ryon's favorite interview subjects.
While doing a story on the entertainer at her Brentwood home more than a decade ago, Ryon discovered a prolific artist, a...
| Jun 19, 2013
| 11:02 AM
When the New York Hilton Midtown said it was dispensing with room service starting in August, it caught the attention of frequent travelers who, after getting in from a long flight, have come to count on being able to order a burger at 2 a.m.
| May 23, 2013
Serving fries from a food truck would have been a futile effort under Chicago's former regulations. Who wants to eat a pre-packaged batch that's fried in the morning and sits under heaters all day? After an ordinance allowing on-board cooking passed...
| Nov 1, 2012
Raised in the South Side neighborhood of Roseland, 61-year-old director Robert Zemeckis hasn’t achieved much as a filmmaker.
Oh, wait: He’s only made classics like “Back to the Future,” “Who Framed Roger Rabbit?” and...
| Aug 22, 2011
| 2:29 PM
Despite the famously lengthy titles of its revues, the Second City has come up with a very short name for its new venue in the Piper’s Alley complex on Chicago’s North Side: “Up.”
Intended as a riff on stand-up comedy and the...
| May 10, 2012
| 12:57 PM
One Friday night in Chicago, two stand-up worlds. The first world: In the established, Old Town room, the nationally known Greg Proops fires off his California hipster comedy, heavy on attitude, high on his own intelligence, thick with high-culture...
| Sep 16, 2011
| 5:35 PM
Your weekly compendium of food stories from the Tribune's Good Eating and Dining staff.
*** Our Good Eating cover this week, from special contributor Susan Taylor, looks at the many varietals of apples. "The Age of the Apple"
*** September is the...
| Oct 13, 2011
| 9:40 AM
Following the debut of her talk show Monday, Rosie O'Donnell and her girlfriend and family had dinner at Paris Club. Singer Gloria Estefan had dinner at Paris Club after appearing on the show Tuesday, as did actor John C. Reilly following his Chicago...
| Jan 14, 2011
I don't meet many magicians these days and that's a shame.
Magicians are among my favorite people and Chicago has a lengthy and colorful history with magic and those who practice it. It wasn't so long ago that I sat with a magician named Walter Anthony,...
| Oct 16, 2011
| 3:59 PM
Common said he put a significant amount of time into his role as former slave Elam Ferguson on AMC’s Wild West drama, “Hell on Wheels.” The Chicago rapper-turned-actor, however, refused to call the role difficult.