| Sep 11, 2010
| 1:20 AM
Chicago gave the nation its first African-American president, but the only wide-open mayoral election in recent memory may prove the acid test for how far the city has come in transcending its bitter legacy of racial politics.
A political land rush began...
| Apr 1, 2010
| 6:35 PM
The place: As the largest public library in the country, the Harold Washington Library Center is not just Chicago's crown public jewel but also America's as well. Its 10 floors and 70 miles of shelving holding more than 1.1 million titles, taking up a...
| Feb 18, 2011
| 9:00 PM
The Hagerstown Community College men’s basketball team wasn’t quite itself on Saturday.
The Hawks were in a trance, somewhere between amnesia and hypnotization. Then again, it might have been shellshock.
The Hawks lost their identity,...
| Feb 11, 2011
| 1:50 PM
"Tent Life: Haiti"Photographs by Wyatt Gallery, essay by Edwidge DanticatUmbrage Editions, 128 pages, $39.95
"Pito nou led, nou la," goes the Haitian proverb, which means "Better that we are ugly, but we are here." Edwidge Danticat recalls this notion in...
| Feb 4, 2011
| 7:20 AM
Since 1945, when William and Luvilla Armstrong opened Army & Lou’s on East 75th Street, the home-style eatery has catered to luminaries and regular folk alike in a way that made it more than just a soul food restaurant. It became known around the...
| Jan 19, 2011
| 3:59 PM
Boundlessly creative, a champion of new ideas and a tireless advocate for the arts, Lois Weisberg will end her long tenure as one of the most influential women to ever serve in local government when she leaves her position as the city's commissioner of...
| Jan 13, 2011
| 6:35 PM
Funeral services will be held Friday for Fred Rice, Chicago's first African-American police superintendent.
Viewing will take place between 9:30 a.m. and 10:30 a.m. at Holy Name Cathedral, 735 N. State St. Funeral services will begin at 10:30 a.m., with...
| Jan 10, 2011
| 8:38 PM
Fred Rice rose through the ranks of the Chicago Police Department and in 1983 became the first African-American appointed to permanently lead the force.
Mr. Rice, 84, died Monday, Jan. 10, at a ManorCare Health Services in Palos Heights after a nearly...
| Feb 12, 2010
| 4:11 PM
The place: They call it an outpost. The 250-square-foot location, shared by Hot Tix and housed in the Chicago Visitor Information Center in the Water Works building, is dwarfed by a cafe and reading lounge. There isn't much to it. The outpost, or...
| Feb 20, 2011
Chicagoans will vote for a new mayor and aldermen Tuesday. Other than the mayoral front-runner being kicked off the ballot temporarily and another candidate accusing an opponent of smoking crack, it's been a rather calm campaign. In Chicago history,...
| Apr 8, 2011
| 12:19 PM
When you regard an author as the best of her generation, and among the best of any generation, and you read just about everything she's ever written - which includes, in the case of Joyce Carol Oates, dozens and dozens of novels and short-story...
| May 14, 2011
Before mayor-in-waiting Rahm Emanuel unveiled his education leadership team, his advance scouts laid out markers in blue tape on the floor of a high school library to choreograph precisely where everybody should stand.
Emanuel spoke for 12 minutes, six...