| Oct 17, 2013
| 1:31 PM
Chicago's storefront theaters operate on very low budgets. They typically put together a season, or several seasons, on a budget far less than a single Broadway play. Yet, time and again, the artists who work within those confines ensure that audiences...
| Oct 16, 2013
| 5:13 AM
Thousands of union workers, community activists and a smattering of politicians rallied Tuesday evening on the Near West Side to "take back Chicago" and send a message to Mayor Rahm Emanuel and what they dubbed his "corporate, greedy, elitist friends."...
| Oct 14, 2013
| 5:09 PM
Three years ago, Brandon Stanton, who calls himself “the most followed photographer in the world,” was not a photographer. By his own admission, he did not know much about photography, or even cameras. He was a Georgia native living in Chicago...
| Oct 10, 2013
| 12:19 PM
Urban Belly, the Avondale restaurant that ushered Chicago into a state of ramen-awareness, is uprooting from the Northwest side and moving to — where else? — the dining epicenter that is the Randolph Street corridor.
Bill Kim is the...
| Oct 9, 2013
Capitol Hill elevator operators have long had to endure a terrible indignity: politicians staring at the backs of their defenseless heads.
But now, to make matters even worse, federal elevator operators have become symbols of wasteful federal spending...
| Oct 8, 2013
Last spring Mayor Rahm Emanuel shared his hope that someday the children living in all of the neighborhoods of the city, especially the most impoverished and troubled and dangerous, would look toward the skyscrapers of the Loop and realize that they are...
| Oct 6, 2013
Shortly after news of Pearl Harbor reached Chicago, Army Pvt. John Landers walked into the Warren Avenue police station and told the cops he'd gone AWOL from a base in Texas 13 days earlier. The 20-year-old had intended to the see the sights of the big...
| Oct 4, 2013
| 6:27 AM
This column is not about the 49th Chicago International Film Festival. We'll be writing about that Sunday, and then again next week, closer to Thursday's opening night.
But here's an interesting fact regarding this year's festival: Not a single...
| Oct 3, 2013
| 1:34 PM
Authorities are asking for the public’s help finding a man who robbed a Loop bank on Wednesday.
The man robbed the Citibank branch at 11 S. LaSalle Street about 1:05 p.m. Wednesday, according to police and the FBI.
The man loitered in the bank...
| Oct 3, 2013
| 1:15 PM
Sandy Shinner, the former associate artistic director of the Victory Gardens Theater, has a new job. She is to become producing artistic director of the Shattered Globe Theatre, a venerable Off-Loop theater company that once occupied its own famously...
| Oct 2, 2013
| 8:11 AM
A suspicious package on a Metra Electric platform in the South Loop that halted at least seven trains turned out to be a cooler, authorities said.
Police and firefighters responded to the platform near Michigan Avenue and Van Buren Street shortly before...