| May 5, 2011
| 5:33 AM
For two decades you've known Richard M. Daley as mayor and boss of Chicago. As a columnist, I've been his chief critic. But there are a few things you probably don't know about the mayor and me.
I used to like him very much. And he knows it. Once he...
| Nov 7, 2011
| 8:35 PM
Director Penny Metropulos' stirring take on Alan Bennett's "The Madness of George III" and Mary Zimmerman's revisionist production of "Candide" at the Goodman Theatre shared top honors for large theaters at the 2011 Joseph Jefferson Awards, with the...
| Oct 13, 2011
| 8:55 PM
Hedy Weiss, the longtime and indefatigable theater and dance critic at the Chicago Sun-Times, is to receive a special Joseph Jefferson Award in November in recognition of her years of coverage of Chicago theater.
The special award will be presented to...
| Jan 1, 2012
| 8:29 PM
New Year's Eve is a time for drama, but chef Charlie Trotter outdid himself Sunday.
Shortly after midnight, in front of some 100 guests in his eponymous restaurant, Trotter dropped a bomb: At the end of August, after the acclaimed restaurant celebrates...
| Oct 7, 2012
I rarely rode my bike around Chicago this summer, which was different from all the summers before. I can't pinpoint exactly why, except to say that cycling on the city streets, which I once did as breezily as Mary Poppins, feels more dangerous than it...
| Sep 16, 2012
The clash between Northwestern University and preservationists over the fate of Bertrand Goldberg's old Prentice Women's Hospital is expected to climax as early as Oct. 4 when the Commission on Chicago Landmarks could begin weighing the merits of...
| Jun 5, 2013
It was a knee-jerk reaction to a knee-jerk reaction. That's my assessment of Rep. Bobby Rush's incendiary assault on Sen. Mark Kirk's gang-fighting proposal.
Rush, a Chicago Democrat, slammed suburban Republican Kirk's proposal to round up all of the...
| May 23, 2013
| 11:52 PM
If President Obama was the darling of that so-called liberal media, he is certainly its biggest enemy today.
Instead, he’s basically a lame duck pariah who now has the full attention of every broadcast analyst, Internet blogger and newspaper...
| Feb 12, 2013
| 3:14 PM
Say you had a family secret.
A juicy one. The kind that speaks volumes about families. And you wrote a book about it. But your family hates the book. Or, at the very least, potentially feels embarrassment from it. Would you still release that book?...
| Apr 4, 2013
| 6:48 PM
Roger Ebert was a hot trend on Google's top 10 trends earlier this week.
As of Wednesday, more than 50,000 people had searched for his name, an impressive display of his influence.
He wasn't quite as hot as North Korea or Jay Leno, but he was running...
| May 8, 2013
"The past is never dead. It's not even past," William Faulkner wrote more than 60 years ago, long before the sound and the fury of online chatter and the Internet's capacity for keeping one's personal history ever-present and unburied.
The road people...