Puppets — not just Muppets

Nasty, Brutish and Short experiments with various puppetry techniques.

By Jessica T. Gable On Jan. 22, a crowd descended on a small, intimate theater in Links Hall, a shabby studio caught halfway between Lakeview and Logan Square. They encountered a tiny bar complete with worn wooden countertops and rickety stools inviting them to indulge in a libation before the performance. And when the lights […]

Restaurant Week challenges proprietors

By Alysha Khan Restaurant Week can be a boon for some establishments trudging through the slow winter months but for others, it can be a costly burden. This annual winter culinary event, now in its eighth year, allows Chicagoans to dine for cheap at more than 300 restaurants, including some of the city’s best spots. […]

Facing the supernatural – fact or fable?

By Ramsen Shamon When Minnie Wilson, 64, was a child growing up in Bassfield, Miss., she grew accustomed to seeing things she considered supernatural. The retired factory worker who now lives in LaGrange usually kept quiet about her otherworldly experiences, fearful that no one would believe her.

Hockey City Classic makes lukewarm return to Chicago

Hockey Classic

By Ryan Lund It started hours before the games began, with a souvenir hockey puck that mistakenly pitted Michigan State against “Michigan University,” and continued into Saturday afternoon, as mild temperatures delayed puck drop for nearly two hours. But while this year’s Hockey City Classic pitted Miami-Ohio, Western Michigan, Michigan and Michigan State against poor […]

VIDEO: Where you live matters for access to quality, healthy foods

The availability of quality grocery stores in neighborhoods of lower socioeconomic status is scarce.  There is a slow movement towards quality grocers expanding to less affluent neighborhoods. But some believe that expansion is not happening at a fast enough pace and low-income communities continue to lack access to good food. Shoppers at the Streeterville opening of […]

VIDEO: High-tech transportation transforms Chicago

By Mariel Turner High-tech transportation is growing all over the country, and Chicago is no exception. A recent study cites services like Uber, Lyft and Divvy, to rank the Windy City as 14th in the nation for shared-use mobility.