| Mar 7, 2011
| 4:22 PM
The good: A vegan restaurant, drug store, street murals, a new park. The bad: Possibly more graffiti and earlier last calls?...
| Feb 16, 2011
| 4:34 PM
Anyway it's described, it's hard to make a grease boulder sound appealing, and when those balls of fat or grease get caught in the sanitary …...
| Feb 14, 2011
| 10:00 PM
Grant Achatz moved up the aisle of the plane, his carry-on draped over his gaunt frame. It was October at Reagan National Airport, a rare moment of calm for Chicago's top chef, whose wary eyes belong to a man older than 36, and whose life has been blessed...
| Mar 12, 2010
Like many long-time residents in her working-class neighborhood, Cinthia Miranda takes comfort in the stability and sense of community McKinley Park offers. With its convenient location, cultural diversity and affordable housing, it's no wonder the...
| Feb 12, 2010
Galewood resident Nick Sposato wheels his impeccably-maintained 12-year-old sedan into a Grand Avenue spot and ambles into Reuter's Bakery. A bouquet of confectioner's sugar and chocolate greets him, as do the long-time employees waiting behind the cake-...
| Dec 25, 2009
Susan Robbins and her husband were renting an apartment in Andersonville when they decided to take the plunge into homeownership. They found the home of their dreams in North Park -- a brick bungalow that needed repair with a yard that needed work....
| Oct 2, 2009
The first time President Barack Obama visited Edison Park he was Illinois Sen. Obama with two preschool children at home. It was an invitation to dine at Zia's Trattoria on "restaurant row" that drew Obama from one end of the city to the other -- from...
| Aug 7, 2009
Mark Dobrzycki recalls the Avondale of decades ago. At Northwestern Savings & Loan, a financial institution of the era at Belmont and Milwaukee Avenues, lines stretched out the door Friday evenings, he said. Customers, many of them Polish immigrants, were...
| Jun 26, 2009
For Chinese and Chinese-Americans, the word "jia" is not lost in translation. Loosely interpreted, it means family or home, even homeland.
For the Chinese who worked the railroad yards in Chicago in the 1870s and those arriving in the periodic waves of...
| Nov 28, 2008
Tony Hays unlocks his bike from the rack near the entrance to the Blue Line at Logan Square. For Hays, a music performance major at Columbia College, this is an everyday occurrence. Ride over, catch the train downtown and then reverse it all at mid-day....
| Sep 5, 2008
Being bored is not an option in Lincoln Park, where the kinetic lifestyle verges on sensory overload.
With its potpourri of restaurants, shops, amenities and close proximity to downtown Chicago, it's no wonder the North Side neighborhood's unique...