| Jun 17, 2012
| 4:45 PM
The loss of some 1,500 souls when the RMS Titanic sank in 1912 has been memorialized, if that's the right word, with a century of narrative re-creation, a hit movie, countless documentaries, a Broadway musical, a Celine Dion ballad, a permanent tourist...
| Mar 28, 2012
| 11:07 AM
Lubricated by a salty margarita purloined in the lobby, clearly besotted with the environmental theatricality of period Mexican chic, and with the taste of Rick Bayless' tuna ceviche apparently dancing cartwheels on his lips, one intensely aroused...
| Jun 7, 2012
| 12:44 PM
Even some lifelong Chicagoans haven't heard of the Eastland disaster.
On July 24, 1915, more than 2,500 passengers had boarded the S.S. Eastland on the Chicago River, bound for a company picnic in Michigan City, Ind., organized by the Western Electric...
| May 23, 2012
| 1:38 PM
A potential superhero awaits the unleashing of his powers. Tracy Letts mourns over Moscow. A Chicago disaster is revisited. A young man misses his appointment with Goldman Sachs. Oedipus hits the streets of Los Angeles. Hats fly on the Goodman Theatre...
| Sep 20, 2011
| 7:54 AM
Rick Bayless is adding another leaf to his already formidable repertoire of celebrity chef, researcher, author, TV host and all-around culinary entrepreneur focused on the cuisine of Mexico.
Next spring, Bayless will be the live-and-in-person star of a...
| Jan 15, 2012
| 3:47 PM
There's a moment in "Mr. Rickey Calls a Meeting," the terrific new show at the Lookingglass Theatre, when the caller of the 1947 meeting, Branch Rickey, president and general manager of the Brooklyn Dodgers, throws a crumpled shirt into the arms of Jackie...
| Oct 3, 2011
As Chicago burns in the Lookingglass Theatre's "The Great Fire," John Musial's inflammatory theatrical collage about the events of Sunday Oct. 8, 1871, a little clutch of rich Chicagoans stares out at the inferno.
"I predict we will be rebuilding a city,...
| Sep 1, 2011
| 9:13 AM
New theaters. Renovated playhouses. Hot dramas. Nervous new artistic directors. Stephen Sondheim and his “Follies.” A celebration of Stephen Schwartz, a dissection of Mark Rothko, and a look at the tragedy that befell the Amish 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.
| Feb 20, 2012
| 4:32 PM
By Megan Crepeau I'm late to this, since the blog seems to have been around for a while, but if you haven't seen Calumet 412 yet either, today's the day to check it out. The blogger is a collector of......
| Mar 29, 2012
| 9:32 PM
After he was done performing, Jimmy Iovine takes a moment to present Scotty McCreery with a framed print of his album cover and platinum record, which means he's sold over 1 million copies....
| Apr 26, 2011
| 4:22 PM
Local congressional representatives and Alderman Tunney discuss recent victories and challenges ahead in equal rights legalization....