| Apr 23, 2013
Q: Who's your go-to for smoking and slow cooking on the grill? Looking for a few good recipes this summer.
—Kevin Hauswirth, Chicago
A: One go-to guide is "Low & Slow: Master the Art of Barbecue in 5 Easy Lessons" by Chicago's own Gary Wiviott,...
| Apr 19, 2013
| 12:09 PM
More than five years ago, in a colorful classroom at Michael Faraday Elementary School in a harsh area on Chicago's West Side, three women and their three dogs were helping a group of second--graders learn to read. They were volunteers for an organization...
| May 27, 2013
Divvy, the new rental bicycle that Chicago's transportation chief predicts will become a popular "bike taxi" option for short trips, made its debut for test rides at Bike the Drive on Sunday.
The Divvy show-and-tell during the once-a-year morning...
| 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...
| May 19, 2013
| 8:00 AM
It was called the “seventh engineering wonder of the world,” a herculean effort to reverse the flow of the Chicago River.
Typhoid fever, cholera and other waterborne diseases were running rampant in Chicago in the late 19th century, and...
| May 18, 2013
Q: For fuel system cleaning, including the fuel injectors, a major car service provider recommends a service costing $195. I vaguely remember you recommending Chevron Techron fuel system cleaner for cars with fuel injectors. If not, can you please...
| Apr 23, 2013
| 1:36 PM
"Any donkey can conduct, but to make music is difficult," Riccardo Muti told the young members of the Civic Orchestra of Chicago at an open rehearsal last week at Symphony Center.
The Chicago Symphony Orchestra music director was quoting his famous...
| Apr 23, 2013
| 2:31 PM
"Steve Harvey" is not everyone's cup of afternoon tea.
Devotees of, say, "The Colbert Report" will find "Harvey's" right-down-the-middle humor uninspiring. Funny newspaper headlines and jokes about how men behave versus how women behave — where...
| Apr 26, 2013
| 12:07 PM
Famed virtuoso pianists of different generations are passing through the hallowed halls of the Chicago Symphony Orchestra this week, giving the box office a jolt of starpower beyond what Riccardo Muti already has been providing.
While we can only...
| Apr 8, 2013
Resurfacing a street or replacing a cracked sidewalk, then digging up the work a short time later to install new utility lines followed by making the paving repairs again — and perhaps even a third time — is a time-honored Chicago tradition....
| Jan 10, 2013
Ever want to learn how to become a politician? Then you can still sign up for the famed "Burris School of Politics."
The course is taught by the Illinois political laughingstock and former U.S. Sen. Roland "Tombstone" Burris, whose ego is so huge that...
| Apr 9, 2013
Q: There was a restaurant called Danilo's in the area of Grand and Milwaukee. They've been closed for about 8 years. They had a terrific item on the menu known as Italian-style pepper steak. Hoping that you may have been familiar with the location and...