| Jul 18, 2014
A Chicago philanthropic family whose scrappy appliance and furniture stores were known for hard bargaining and oddball promotions on Wednesday announced a $20 million gift to Navy Pier Inc., one of the largest donations to a local nonprofit in recent...
| Jul 6, 2014
Sometime in the wee hours of Nov. 15, a thief took bolt cutters and snapped the padlock on Michael Kajdas' garage.
When Kajdas woke up, he found that his prized 1966 Schwinn Panther bicycle had been stolen. Immediately, he contacted Chicago police....
| Jul 2, 2014
| 8:13 AM
It's easy to get into a rut at Taste of Chicago. A tasty rut, mind you, but still a rut.
The Taste of Chicago — this is the 34th iteration of the city's annual food and musical festival — will run Wednesday through July 13 in Grant Park....
| Jul 9, 2014
| 2:37 PM
Five reasons to make a point of visiting the 33rd Taste of Chicago, which runs through Sunday at Grant Park:
If you liked it last year, you'll like it this year. Taste of Chicago showed a profit last year, the first time in a long time it has done so...
| May 30, 2014
What a difference three decades make. The first Printers Row book fair, in 1985, featured about 40 booksellers and attracted a reported 6,500 attendees to what once had been a somewhat dicey neighborhood. Considering the crowds in recent years, the 2014...
| May 19, 2014
| 5:00 PM
Leslie Buchbinder comes from money. She knows influence. Her family made its reputation in the refrigeration business, and one of the ways her father invested was by collecting art. They are well-connected in the Chicago art world. In particular, the...
| Jun 12, 2014
| 6:21 AM
Gene Farris is a Chicago house music legend, and over the last two decades he's travelled the world DJing as well as producing his own music, featuring a sound that has continuously pushed house music forward. This week, Farris releases his latest album,...
| Apr 17, 2014
| 7:19 AM
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2nd Story is a collective of story-makers and story-lovers working together to build community through the power of storytelling. They host story-sharing experiences in Chicago and beyond, in the form of both...
| Feb 17, 2014
| 10:00 PM
Worth the trip: Fried shrimp at Phil's Last Stand
2258 W. Chicago Ave. 773-245-3287
I once ate about 15 pounds of fried shrimp in a single day. It was, as most of my digestive system-threatening binges are, an occupational hazard. I was in search of...
| Mar 3, 2014
| 4:30 PM
Dear Guide in Tashkent,
I regret I never learned your name, but your language, heard from the back of a tour bus, remains a thing of curious beauty and a joy recurrently remembered. You could call it English, though more strictly speaking it was...
| Mar 3, 2014
| 10:00 PM
I once ate a goat eyeball. It was in a taco at the Maxwell Street Market. It was gross. But, I didn't know it would be so terrible until I tried it. And the reason I tried it is because foods that seem challenging at first often turn out to be delicious....
| Nov 3, 2013
"If each of all of the races which have subsisted in the vast Middle West could contribute one dish to one great Midwestern cauldron, it is certain that we'd have therein a most foreign and gigantic stew."
This piece first ran in...