| Mar 14, 2013
| 1:45 PM
Mayor Rahm Emanuel is moving playgrounds to the front of the line for the Chicago Park District’s limited construction money, with other big-ticket projects like new fieldhouses moving back in the queue.
For the mayor, it’s about getting the...
| Sep 28, 2012
As local activists honored Mayor Rahm Emanuel this week for brokering a deal that scuttled two coal-fired power plants in Chicago, three women gathered around a dining room table in suburban Will County couldn't help but feel left out.
For nearly two...
| Mar 23, 2013
| 4:03 PM
Robert Goldsborough is and always has been a gentleman, a rare thing for a newspaperman to be in the still gruff/rough-and-tumble era when Goldsborough worked in all manner of high-level editorial capacities for the Chicago Tribune and later for...
| Aug 20, 2013
| 5:21 PM
Mayor Rahm Emanuel on Tuesday defended the unexpected weekend demolition of the Whittier Elementary School field house, saying the building was unsafe and the playground and sports fields slated to replace it will be better for kids in the Pilsen...
| Dec 16, 2012
| 9:34 AM
Hebru Brantley's trip to Miami Beach for the high-profile Art Basel art show was winding down when the Chicago-based street artist and De La Salle Institute alum was told there was one more potential customer who wanted to meet him right before his flight...
| Jan 31, 2013
| 9:48 PM
Nearly a decade after neighbors first drew attention to lead pollution from a Pilsen smelting plant, the owners agreed Thursday to spend $3 million on new equipment to curb emissions of the brain-damaging metal.
In a legal settlement announced Thursday...
| Jul 21, 2013
Recently I was talking with Jim Koch, chairman and founder of Samuel Adams' parent, Boston Beer Co., when he poured himself a glass of his brewery's Noble Pils, a crisp, golden beer with a grassy, floral aroma.
"The thing about a good pilsner is that it...
| Feb 13, 2013
In the aftermath of the E2 nightclub disaster that killed 21 people in 2003, the city of Chicago vowed to step up weekend inspections of clubs.
Ten years later, city data released to the Tribune, as well as interviews with club owners and others,...
| 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...
| Mar 26, 2013
| 1:22 PM
The combination of opera and mariachi is not as unlikely as one might think. Both art forms, in the view of Lyric Opera General Director Anthony Freud, tell human stories about love and loss, family and country. Beyond that, said Freud, "mariachi is a...
| Apr 8, 2013
| 1:52 PM
Nothing like the exuberant dazzle of mariachi to explode operatic stereotypes.
The shouts and cheers that went up from the sold-out audience Sunday afternoon at the Civic Opera House said it all. What was billed as the world's first mariachi opera...
| May 5, 2013
| 4:52 PM
"America's Got Talent" will do this week what the National Radio Hall of Fame couldn't last November: It will get legendary shock jock Howard Stern to come to the Chicago area.
Stern — who was inducted into the Chicago-based Hall of Fame but...