| Apr 22, 2013
826CHI is a nonprofit writing and tutoring center dedicated to supporting students ages 6-18 with their creative and expository writing skills, and to helping teachers inspire their students. 826chi.org
Tom Acitelli is author...
| Apr 4, 2013
You know what "Star Wars" is about? I mean, really about? Vietnam. It's a critical allegory of the war: The Rebels are the scrappy Viet Cong, hastily assembled, devoted and relentless; the Empire is the American military, tripped up by an enemy using...
| Mar 26, 2013
| 4:32 PM
It's not consumerism that makes millions of people turn away from their churches. It's not relativism. Or narcissism. Or secularism. It's common sense. These churches ask their worshippers to believe in things that are ridiculous. The acid burning through...
| Mar 15, 2013
| 5:24 PM
It was a thrill for me whenever the Michael Lenehan byline appeared above a story — usually a very lengthy story — in The Atlantic from the early 1980s to early 1990s. Occasionally he would write for his home publication, the Chicago Reader,...
| Mar 15, 2013
Chicago's annual St. Patrick's Day parade will step off at noon Saturday from Balbo and Columbus drives in Grant Park and head north about half a mile to Monroe Drive.
You couldn't pay me to be there.
Contrary to the words of the famous song, I hate a...
| Mar 14, 2013
| 4:32 PM
Friday's print column Chicago’s annual St. Patrick’s Day Parade will step off at noon Saturday from the intersection of Balbo and Columbus Drives in Grant Park and head north about half a mile to Monroe Drive. You couldn’t pay me......
| Feb 15, 2013
| 4:33 AM
A roundup of state and local news-review and weekly political chat shows. Descriptions provided by the broadcast outlets in most cases: Editorial Board Roundtable Chicagotribune.com -- Tribune editorial page editor Bruce Dold talks about the week's news...
| Jan 24, 2013
The city of Chicago last week bought the 2.7-mile-long elevated Canadian Pacific Railway spur known as the Bloomingdale Trail.
The sales price was $1, not including administrative fees.
By the time the spur's makeover into a bike and running path is...
| Jan 21, 2013
| 6:38 AM
Grab a babysitter, plan a date night or bring your budding comedians to Crooked Tree Arts Center on Saturday, Feb. 2, for a performance by the nationally acclaimed Chicago comedy troupe, The Improvised Shakespeare Company. A family show for children...
| Dec 20, 2012
| 2:36 PM
Years ago when I was a student at Northwestern University, a handful of executives at America Online came to my class and explained that you, I and everyone we know would soon find ourselves pleasantly stranded on "information islands." We nodded,...
| Dec 13, 2012
| 12:36 PM
About halfway through writing the script for "The Fitzgerald Family Christmas" (which opens at the Wilmette Theatre next week), Edward Burns says he found himself at a crossroad. "Do I want to make the big, crazy, funny, holly-jolly Christmas Irish family...