| Feb 13, 2012
| 5:38 AM
Chicago might not have its own “Real Housewives” spinoff, but the former home of gangster Al Capone will have its own version of “Mob Wives” beginning this spring.
“Mob Wives: Chicago” — like the New York-...
| Oct 19, 2012
| 4:05 PM
Here is some weekend pigskin to chew on:
—How hot will it get for Texas?
You thought things couldn't get worse after the Longhorns got scorched by Oklahoma last week at the State Fair of Texas. Friday, though, came word that "Big Tex," the 52-foot...
| Mar 21, 2013
If there's one surefire way for a lowly Chicago alderman to surpass the worldwide fame of Michael Jordan and Al Capone, it's this:
All the alderman has to do is help drive the Chicago Cubs out of town into the waiting, trembling arms of suburban...
| Jun 5, 2013
| 5:18 PM
Lance Armstrong lied. Pete Rose lied. Marion Jones lied. Mark McGwire, who alternately saved baseball and trashed baseball, lied.
The authors of the greatest achievements in the history of sports ultimately have looked the camera in the eye and said,...
| Mar 7, 2013
The assassinated Chicago Mayor Anton Cermak, who died 80 years ago this week, is often portrayed by official histories as just an innocent victim of bad luck and bad aim.
But Chicagoans don't believe in coincidences, not even us chumbolones,...
| Feb 16, 2013
| 1:43 PM
With Valentine's Day still fresh in our minds, thoughts naturally turn to retired Army Gen. John T. Thompson of Newport, Ky., who helped give America one of its most vivid memories of that holiday.
After serving in two wars, Thompson saw a need for a...
| Feb 23, 2013
| 3:16 PM
As it says here, on page 64 of the glossily fascinating coffee-table book "Variety: An Illustrated History of the World From the Most Important Magazine in Hollywood," Al Capone, interviewed in his Chicago home, told Variety he was approached often to...
| Jan 10, 2013
| 2:21 PM
One hundred and one years ago, D.W. Griffith gave us "The Musketeers of Pig Alley," often credited as the first gangster film, and once sound came in, nothing hooked movie audiences during the early 1930s more reliably than Edward G. Robinson or James...
| May 14, 2013
| 2:14 PM
As historic types, Chicago aldermen do not lack for color. But despite the height of the bar for eccentricity on the City of Chicago's council, Ald. John Coughlin vaults over it with ease. In his time around the turn of the last century — a time...
| Apr 12, 2013
| 8:04 AM
Watch enough new foreign films in a row, and certain things start to stand out. Like the incredible variety of cellphone ring tones used in other countries. They're familiar but just different enough to break your concentration for a moment, like a...
| Nov 18, 2010
| 4:33 AM
Oh, Manny. Not a boy, net yet a man. Tonight's "Modern Family" began with a few sober words from the chubby-cheeked old soul. "I was almost too depressed to come today. I realized I let my childhood slip away," said......