| 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...
| Jun 21, 2013
| 12:40 PM
There have been times when neighbors sharing a Pilsen apartment building with Brandon Boom and Jeremiah Chrome thought they were living next door to one of NASA's experimental laboratories.
The rising production duo, collectively known as the-Drum,...
| Jun 17, 2013
| 7:12 PM
Former Chicago Ald. Ambrosio Medrano was convicted a second time on corruption-related charges when a federal jury found him guilty Monday of trying to win a contract in Los Angeles through bribery.
The conviction came nearly two decades after Medrano...
| Jun 12, 2013
Heavy rains in April quickly swamped Chicago's underground labyrinth of sewers, forcing a stomach-churning surge of waste and runoff back into basements and flooding neighborhoods across the city.
The deluge so overloaded the city's aging infrastructure...
| Jun 6, 2013
| 9:31 AM
After living in Chicago for a while, you come to notice patterns. You see the same people on your daily commutes, you frequent the same bars and you find yourself talking about the weather 80 percent of the time. What about the stuff we see every day...
| Apr 9, 2013
| 11:52 AM
It's called The Bakery, but the only things likely to be cooked up in this Pilsen art loft-turned-BMX course are grinds, flips, wheelies and the kind of creative bike tricks usually reserved for YouTube.
Tired of dealing with schizophrenic Chicago...
| Apr 11, 2013
You've already waited in line for popcorn at Garrett. You've endured verbal abuse at The Wieners Circle. And you've devoured the Chicago classic that is the Italian beef sandwich (Al's #1 and Johnnie's being the best, depending on who you ask).
| 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...
| Apr 11, 2013
| 1:09 PM
Father Emil Kapaun began his career in the same town he grew up in, Pilsen. It's a small town of about 40 people in Marion County.
"You know, it makes you think," said 86-year-old Millie Vinduska, who used to live next door to Kapaun's parents. "I'm so...
| Apr 16, 2013
"Do you remember when it was 80 degrees in March last year?"
Yup, that might be the most common complaint muttered by coat-clad Chicagoans this spring.
Sure, summer didn't come early this year as it did last, but that hasn't stopped dozens of...
| Apr 4, 2013
| 8:10 AM
Andrew Barber deals almost exclusively with young men who have come into money. Some are newly rich; some started poor and worked their way to comfortable; and others, arguably his bread and butter, are not wealthy yet but stand to make a chunk of change....
| Jun 7, 2013
| 9:46 AM
Goi Artetxe and Elise Renwick moved to Pilsen two months ago and already they've made their mark on Chicago.
The husband-and-wife team placed second in a contest by the Chicago Architectural Club and Chicago Architecture Foundation to design shelters...