| Dec 2, 2013
After experiencing problems both activating his Ventra card and loading value onto it from his Discover card and then being double-charged for some fares, CTA rider Barry Finkel began to wonder how susceptible his new transit account is to hacking.
| Sep 24, 2013
Unable to find the recipe for cheesy chowder served at Marshall Field’s Bowl and Basket restaurant, I invited readers to send one in if they had it. (See original question below) Eden Rosenbush, chef and owner of Chicago’s Big Red...
| Mar 11, 2013
A public hearing will be held Monday night about an upcoming fare-payment system that offers new options for CTA and Pace customers, but also contains costly penalties — most notably a $3 cash CTA rail fare — that transit riders can avoid,...
| Sep 10, 2013
Q: Whenever I dine with my friend and she orders a glass of wine, she insists on the server opening up a new bottle. She says she does not like day old wine and insists she can taste the difference. Meanwhile, I do not ask for a new bottle and I have...
| Sep 8, 2013
| 6:10 PM
The CTA and Pace on Monday will make their big rollout of a next-generation fare-payment system while beginning to phase out transit cards that have provided many years of dependable service but are showing signs of age.
Through early next year, the...
| Sep 3, 2013
Q: For years, probably 25-30, I have made a recipe for steak Diane, from a small newspaper clipping. ... For about a year or two now I haven't been able to find it, and I fear that it is gone forever. I can remember the ingredients, pretty much, ketchup,...
| Aug 29, 2013
| 3:32 PM
Just in time and only about 150 miles from Chicago, the nation's feel-good story of the summer has arrived.
A 96-year-old, first-time songwriter from Peoria was No. 6 on the iTunes singles chart early Thursday afternoon and No. 49 on the Billboard...
| Aug 28, 2013
| 11:44 AM
We can count on the front end of a school year to give us conversation-starting news about transfers.
The buzz bouncing around boys basketball circles is the roster renovation at Villages, a charter school that serves families employed by the Villages...
| Nov 27, 2013
| 11:33 AM
Q: I have a 1995 Jeep Wrangler with a 2.5-liter, four-cylinder engine with 135,000 miles on it. The engine has a small coolant leak at a freeze plug somewhere between the back of the engine and the front of the transmission. My mechanic informed me that...
| Aug 23, 2013
| 8:42 AM
One of the saddest casualties of the digital age is the physical newspaper. For me, one of the saddest parts of that larger loss is the likely end of the age of comic strips.
This piece first ran in Printers Row Journal,...
| Aug 23, 2013
| 9:54 AM
Q: I have a 2005 BMW 325xi with 83,000 miles. Since I had an extended warranty that was expiring this March, I had given the car to the BMW dealership to do service and check for any issues. They found issues that the warranty company paid ($3,000)....