| Jan 15, 2014
| 12:19 PM
My friend Julie has a complaint about malort, and it's not that it tastes like sweaty socks wrapped in spoiled grapefruit after marinating in a trash can.
It's that people have started liking it too much.
Not so long ago, Julie explained, malort was...
| Jan 30, 2014
| 4:18 AM
A 38-year-old man died overnight after he was stabbed earlier this week in the Hermosa neighborhood on the city's Northwest Side.
Danny Melendez, of the 5000 block of West Irving Park Road, was pronounced dead at 1:20 a.m. Thursday, a spokeswoman for...
| Dec 25, 2013
| 1:14 AM
The use of a stolen credit card in Milwaukee helped U.S. marshals nab a north suburban man who police say went on a weekend carjacking spree in Chicago and caused a crash that killed an 11-year-old boy.
Rockie Douglas, 34, was waiting for food at a...
| Feb 18, 2014
| 6:47 AM
Last March, the superb Chicago jazz singer Grazyna Auguscik was rehearsing for one of the biggest concerts of her career, in her native Poland, when she received the worst news of her life.
Her partner of more than 20 years, Marek Bajson, had been...
| Feb 23, 2014
| 7:28 AM
A second man has been charged in the shooting death of a Bensenville tobacco store clerk, DuPage County authorities said Saturday.
Tremayne Davis, 23, is due in bond court Sunday on charges of first-degree murder, attempted armed robbery and obstructing...
| Nov 26, 2013
| 8:00 AM
Soft skills gap
There's a saying that hard skills can get you hired, but soft skills (or lack thereof) get you fired.
While public-private partnerships are making significant progress in addressing Chicago's technical skills gap, we can't ignore the...
| Dec 12, 2013
| 9:34 AM
The FBI is offering a $5,000 for information about the "Hooded Bandit," who is believed to have hit at least four banks in the northwest suburbs.
The nickname stems from the robber covering his head with a hood during a series of robberies that have...
| Dec 22, 2013
| 6:12 PM
A manhunt was underway Sunday night for a suspect who police say carjacked three vehicles over the weekend, with one leading to a crash on the South Side that killed an 11-year-old boy.
The Illinois State Police said they were working with Chicago...
| Dec 24, 2013
| 5:08 AM
A community gathered at a Southwest Side elementary school Monday to mourn the death of an 11-year-old student with thick glasses and a fondness for Flamin' Hot Cheetos as police pressed on with their search for the man they believe caused the crash...
| Dec 24, 2013
| 1:05 PM
A suspect in a string of weekend carjackings, including one that ended in a crash that killed an 11-year-old boy, was arrested this morning after U.S. marshals in SUVs pinned him in at a McDonald's drive-thru in Milwaukee, authorities said.
| Jan 3, 2014
| 12:44 AM
Three police officers were injured when an SUV collided with their squad car in the Northwest Side's Old Irving Park neighborhood, authorities said.
About 11 p.m., the southbound SUV was making a left turn in the 3800 block of North Pulaski Road when it...
| Jan 7, 2014
Worth the trip: Brisket at Smoque BBQ
3800 N. Pulaski Road 773-545-7427
You could say that Smoque, an Irving Park barbecue restaurant that's one of Chicago's best, all started with a very large Texan.
Ten years or so before Smoque was even a dream...