| Mar 17, 2013
| 2:34 PM
David Otunga had little time to order food Friday during lunchtime at Howells & Hood in the Tribune Tower — not with his hectic press tour running late and a live TV appearance up next — so the Elgin native and WWE Superstar settled for just a...
| May 10, 2013
| 12:48 PM
A conductor who understands the challenges female musicians of color face is leading the first Chicago Symphony Orchestra performances this week of a work by a black woman composer who faced similar obstacles during her lifetime.
Mei-Ann Chen chose as...
| Jan 24, 2013
| 1:41 PM
Luxury real estate in downtown Chicago came roaring back in 2012, experiencing its best year since 2008. According to a recent report, sales of million-dollar homes rose by 15 percent last year, and while the rebound has been welcome news to sellers, it...
| Apr 30, 2013
| 12:20 PM
Jorge Federico Osorio knows firsthand the power of classical music to move young minds and hearts.
"Many years ago I was playing a concert in a church in the Mexican city of Leon," the Mexican-born, Highland Park-based pianist recalls. "When I began...
| Apr 21, 2013
Lady Gaga is back on her feet, a pilates studio owner says.
The "Poker Face" singer — who has been photographed getting around in a wheelchair since canceling her world tour in February to undergo hip surgery — worked out April 11 at...
| May 3, 2013
| 10:25 AM
After devoting the three weeks of Riccardo Muti's spring residency mainly to core Austro-German repertory, the musicians of the Chicago Symphony Orchestra probably were in need of a change of pace. And so, for that matter, were audience members.
| Jun 14, 2013
| 11:43 AM
A Riccardo Muti residency at the Chicago Symphony Orchestra is never entirely about making music. In this second of three season-ending weeks, for example, the music director has gone from directing a Verdi chorus at a riverfront park in Chinatown, to...
| Jan 4, 2013
| 8:58 AM
Special projects by hometown favorites and some intriguing visitors distinguish themselves in a busy calendar in dance as this season continues. Here are 10 engagements worth anticipating:
Mummenschanz: The one-of-a-kind troupe, nominally based in...
| May 17, 2013
| 11:45 AM
Any coherence to be found in the weekend Chicago Symphony Orchestra program is thematic, not musical. Which is to say that the four works led by guest conductor Juanjo Mena Thursday night at Symphony Center represented unrelated styles and periods but all...
| Oct 21, 2012
When Henry Ford arrived by train in Chicago's Central Station in 1905, he was just steps from the South Michigan Avenue site that would be his first store outside Detroit. His new plan to sell automobiles from bright showrooms would change Chicago and...
| Dec 16, 2012
| 2:43 AM
Holiday shoppers on Michigan Avenue this month can get a unique gift: Viewing parts of the Wrigley Building that haven't been visible to the public since the "fraternal twin" towers were completed in 1921 and 1924.
The ongoing renovations, which have...
| Mar 6, 2013
| 4:32 PM
From Sunday's print column Sauganash resident John Blaha candidly admits his guilt and carelessness. In mid-January he was pulled over in the North Michigan Avenue shopping district by a Chicago police officer and written up for driving while talking on.....