| Nov 6, 2011
| 5:37 PM
Countless words led to Stephen Sondheim receiving the Chicago Tribune Literary Prize for lifetime achievement Sunday, but some of the most difficult for him to write were also the simplest.
Looking relaxed on the Symphony Center stage in his olive-...
| May 26, 2011
It would be easy to overlook Fogon, an 8-week-old Mexican restaurant in River West, especially as the space has been home to two or three forgettable restaurants in the last few years.
The restaurant's pedigree suggests that would be an error. Fogon is...
| Oct 5, 2010
| 5:46 PM
"Alice I Have Been"
by Melanie Benjamin
Delacorte, 351 pages
"The Lost Summer of Louisa May Alcott"
by Kelly O'Connor McNees
Amy Einhorn Books/Putnam, 342 pages
Nature may abhor a vacuum, but historical novels adore one. Even the most extensive...
| Jul 22, 2011
| 3:54 PM
In "Morning," one of Pablo Neruda's best-known love sonnets, the speaker gushes, "Naked you are blue as a night in Cuba; /You've vines and stars in your hair." In one bold image Neruda expresses his passion for both a woman and a country. Such...
| Dec 3, 2010
| 4:53 PM
Libreria Giron in Pilsen is one of three family-owned Giron bookstores in Chicago that specialize exclusively in Spanish-language books. Popular titles range from celebrity authors, such as Ricky Martin ("Yo"), to self-help, political books, best-...
| Apr 21, 2011
| 4:39 PM
Federal and state officials are cracking down on a smelter in Chicago's Pilsen neighborhood after linking it to high levels of toxic lead in the air outside an elementary school less than two blocks away.
In a legal complaint filed Thursday, the U.S....
| Sep 1, 2011
| 9:13 AM
As we bid farewell to the Summer of Swelter, it's a grand time for pulling up the appointment app on your smart phone (or pulling out the day planner, if you're a traditionalist) and setting aside some play dates with the hottest shows in town.
| Mar 25, 2011
| 7:09 AM
At more than 220 pounds, Christina Martinez knew her lifestyle had to change dramatically if she wanted to improve her health, so she started taking aerobics classes.
A rigorous, five-days-a-week workout routine helped her drop 42 pounds and lower her...
| Aug 13, 2012
Susan Kelly Power was 17 when she boarded a train to Chicago, a place that seemed a world away from the Indian reservation she grew up on in North and South Dakota.
In the 70 years since she left her family's home on the Standing Rock Sioux Reservation,...
| Apr 9, 2012
| 11:30 AM
Like some Chicago Catholics, Aidan Gillespie of Pilsen performed the Stations of the Cross last week to prepare for Easter—except he did it using CTA stations.
Gillespie, 24, said he traveled the length of the CTA rail system to visit 10 churches...
| Aug 5, 2011
| 4:22 PM
First, we had irritating Yankees fans meandering the city. Now, thanks to Lollapalooza, we’re treated to a variety of retro basketball jerseys worn by folks who have never hoisted a jumper. President Obama may want to keep some of that extra...
| Sep 28, 2011
| 4:22 PM
Move over, Williamsburg. Hipstamatic, an iPhone photo app that uses different filters to create a retro feel, has created a Wicker Park add-on — aka “HipstaPak” — “perfect for those nights out clinking glasses at dimly lit,...