| Jan 2, 2013
| 2:29 PM
Glowing fish, giant dinosaurs, plasticized animals and more. That's not a description of the toy aisles at Target, or at least it's not only that. It also spotlights what's coming up in the new year at the area's family museums and zoos. Here are some...
| Dec 18, 2012
| 6:38 PM
DETROIT — Many people can't see past this city's abandoned buildings and overgrown lots, and that's sort of fair. A city once boasting 2 million people and an unbreakable auto industry is down to 700,000 and apocalyptic decay in every direction. The...
| Dec 21, 2012
You're probably all dead — me too — swallowed by the Mayan apocalypse that many of us (foolishly) thought was utter nonsense, once.
Which means you're not even reading this. But still ...
I probably shouldn't have spent my last day writing...
| Apr 11, 2013
You've already waited in line for popcorn at Garrett. You've endured verbal abuse at The Wieners Circle. And you've devoured the Chicago classic that is the Italian beef sandwich (Al's #1 and Johnnie's being the best, depending on who you ask).
| Apr 11, 2013
EL Ideas has been playing to full houses since it opened in July 2011. That would be a nice achievement for any operation, but given the quirky experience chef and owner Phillip Foss offers, it's positively miraculous.
Dinners cost $145, prepaid, tip...
| Apr 18, 2012
| 4:35 PM
Toppers, the latest pizza chain to open in Downers Grove, will reward their first customers with free food for a year after opening their doors …...
| May 10, 2012
No restaurant better exemplifies the changing face of the Taylor Street neighborhood than 3-month-old Urban Union.
Taylor Street, the city's de facto Little Italy (no disrespect meant toward the Heart of Italy enclave at 24th and Oakley), has been a...
| Nov 8, 2012
| 3:24 AM
A man was shot in the back in Greektown early Thursday morning, one of at least three people shot overnight in Chicago, police said.
Someone inside a car shot the 23-year-old man about 2 a.m. on Jackson Boulevard just east of Halsted Street. The victim...
| Jun 21, 2012
Summer's here, and the time is right for eating in the street. Or near the street. Or in a bottle-service cabana high above the street.
Chicagoans love outdoor-dining season, all the more so because of its short duration. There are precious few days in...
| Jan 23, 2012
| 7:18 AM
LANSING, Mich. (AP) — A $245 million American Indian casino in downtown Lansing could create about 2,200 jobs and help fund scholarships for area students, according to backers of a plan to open the gambling facility.
The Kewadin casino would be...
| Jan 23, 2012
| 9:36 AM
LANSING, Mich. (AP) — A $245 million American Indian casino in downtown Lansing could create about 2,200 jobs and help fund scholarships for area students, backers of the plan announced Monday.
The Kewadin Lansing Casino would be built near the...
| Sep 20, 2012
Trotting out familiar flavors in unexpected guises is almost de rigueur among serious young chefs these days, but few can match the wit and imagination on display at Trenchermen, a not-quite-3-month-old restaurant in Wicker Park.