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  • Picture of a celebrity says a thousand words about the culture

    Picture of a celebrity says a thousand words about the culture
    Do you care where Mark Wahlberg, in town to film "Transformers 4," ate the other night? Or at what local restaurant members of the Cleveland Indians, here to play the White Sox over the weekend, wolfed down their steaks? You must, because for decades...
  • Bath: England at its elegant and frivolous best

    Bath: England at its elegant and frivolous best
    Two hundred and 50 years ago, Bath was the Hollywood of Britain. Today, this former trendsetter of Georgian England invites you to take a 90-minute train ride from London and sample its aristocratic charms. The entire city, built of the creamy...
  • A city tour of LGBT history

    A city tour of LGBT history
    Stand on any corner. Close your eyes. Listen. So urges journalist and historian St. Sukie de la Croix in the introduction to his book, "Chicago Whispers: A History of LGBT Chicago Before Stonewall." You'll hear, he writes, the "rat-tat-tat-tat of Al...
  • The end of room service? Not so fast

    The end of room service? Not so fast
    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. The news...
  • Food truck fry-off

    Food truck fry-off
    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...
  • Mike Tyson, Evander Holyfield reunite in Chicago supermarket

    Mike Tyson, Evander Holyfield reunite in Chicago supermarket
    Chicago once again played host to a Mike Tyson-Evander Holyfield reunion Saturday, just like it did when the two former boxing rivals appeared on "The Oprah Winfrey Show" in 2009. But rather than reunite in front of a live studio audience, they smiled and...
  • Video/Q&A: Chicago native 'Flight' director Robert Zemeckis

     Video/Q&A: Chicago native 'Flight' director Robert Zemeckis
    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...
  • So these new comedy clubs walk into Chicago ...

    So these new comedy clubs walk into Chicago ...
    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...
  • Summer eating list

    Summer eating list
    I don't know if teachers still do this, but at the end of each school year, I was handed a summer reading list, a sheet of required and optional books that would prepare students for the coming school year. (I still owe a measure of revenge to the teacher...
  • 'Chicago Fire' trailer includes Rahm Emanuel cameo, Kerry Wood releasing children's book, John Mayer spotted at Jake Melnick's

    'Chicago Fire' trailer includes Rahm Emanuel cameo, Kerry Wood releasing children's book, John Mayer spotted at Jake Melnick's
    The three minute trailer for the upcoming NBC drama “Chicago Fire” features firefighters battling flames in a collapsing building, a firefighter receiving a “Pulp Fiction”-like needle through the chest, and two people sucking...
  • Romney rips Obama's economic path at Chicago fundraiser

    Romney rips Obama's economic path at Chicago fundraiser
    Mitt Romney brought his presidential campaign to President Barack Obama’s hometown Thursday, raising $3.3 million for himself and fellow Republicans as he warned the Democratic incumbent would put the nation on a perilous European economic path....
  • Romney raises millions at Chicago campaign event

    Romney raises millions at Chicago campaign event
    Mitt Romney brought his presidential campaign to President Barack Obama's hometown Thursday, raising $3.3 million for himself and fellow Republicans as he warned that the Democratic incumbent would put the nation on a perilous European economic path....