| Jul 31, 2014
| 7:16 AM
One, two, Freddy’s, um, coming to take a photo with you.
Actor Robert Englund – who played my generation’s boogeyman in eight “A Nightmare on Elm Street” films and the rarely talked about TV series – will be appearing...
| Apr 20, 2012
| 6:38 AM
Rapper-turned-actor T.I. – who will guest star on the second season of the Chicago-based Starz series “Boss” – had lunch at Harry Caray’s Italian Steakhouse in River North Thursday.
T.I. sat at the V.I.P. table at Harry...
| Mar 21, 2013
This began, as stories sometimes do, with a reader request. A gentleman asked for recommendations for prime rib. Not steaks, not beef in general, but specifically prime rib. The only condition he imposed was that he didn't want to wait until the weekend...
| Dec 27, 2012
I have this problem. I made more New Year's Eve reservations than I can use. More than 100 of them, actually.
Which is why, for the 12th straight year (and the 17th time in the past 19 years), I'll be giving them away to nimble-fingered readers who ask....
| Mar 3, 2014
| 10:00 PM
My phone buzzed in the darkness of my Los Angeles hotel room a few weeks ago. It was American Airlines announcing that my flight due to take off in five hours was canceled due to bad weather.
It seemed reasonable. High winds and heavy snow were...
| Oct 7, 2012
| 2:30 PM
If you can speed up your holiday travel plans, the folks at hipmunk.com suggest it.
The online flight search engine says it has crunched more than a million holiday flight options from the nation's 55 busiest airports and found that the best weekends...
| Mar 24, 2011
One unexpected benefit of enhanced airport security is that airport dining options have never been better. The arrive-early dictum (to allow for screening delays) has resulted in airports full of travelers with time on their hands and the sure knowledge...
| May 26, 2014
Most of us like to think of ourselves as good people — kind-hearted souls who mourn other people's misfortune, sympathetic types who would hate to see our neighbors suffer.
But any notions I may have had about my own generosity of spirit have been...
| Jul 27, 2014
I'm all for affording former Mayor Jane Byrne a long overdue geographical honor, but I draw the line at the Circle.
Byrne, now 80, Chicago's only female mayor, served from 1979 to 1983, but never had her name slapped on a park, street, building,...
| Jul 29, 2014
| 12:56 PM
In the service of entertainment, the Goodman Theatre has hosted fog machines and movie stars, Tony winners and disco balls. But this summer, the venerable institution will present two notable new attractions: Rick Bayless and an aroma diffuser.
| Oct 23, 2012
| 4:47 PM
CHICAGO — For years, the dining options beyond security in O'Hare International Airport's Terminal 5, for international travel, were so limited that travelers couldn't buy a cup of coffee. Next year, however, those heading to all corners of the...
| Jun 16, 2014
It took a community to raze a bridge over the Kennedy Expressway this past weekend without the sky falling.
And state transportation officials said it required a bridge demolition crew that shifted into overdrive to not only lop off one weekend from a...