January 4, 2013 |
Northwestern University has already raised $55 million, more than a quarter of its $220 million goal, to build a brand new athletic complex on the north end of its main Evanston campus. University President Morton Schapiro and Vice President for Athletics and Recreation Jim Phillips made the fundraising announcement Sunday, two days before Northwestern's football team beat Mississippi in the Gator Bowl on New Year's Day. The win was the university's first bowl victory in 64 years.
November 24, 2011 |
Chicagoans are really good at complaining about three things: the weather, sports and parking. Currently, I have no gripes about the first two, but the third, that one is a doozy. To make up for the rats in my kitchen and the crime rate, my new neighborhood has the luxury of free street parking - that is, if you can find a spot. By the time my lease expires, I'm sure I will have spent several days worth of my life driving around Rogers Park in search of parking. There are a few secrets (the lot at the end of my street that is free overnight)
November 12, 2013 |
Sun Wah BBQ 5039 N. Broadway 773-769-1254 Looks like: A bustling Hong Kong diner. Lazy susans are stuffed with noodles, dumplings and steaming pots of tea. Live lobsters swim in tanks and whole animals hang in the window. Condensation drips off the glass on the front near the barbecue kitchen. Taxidermied fish (all the Chengs except Kelly are avid fishermen) and hand-built wooden boats hang on the walls. Smells like: Star anise, ginger and fry oil Sounds like: On weekends, the red brick walls reverberate with roaring conversation.
October 1, 2013 |
Noah Haidle enjoys writing surrealist plays that ask big questions and would fail anywhere except on the stage. Anne Kauffman enjoys directing avant-garde works that ask big questions and rely on the confines of a theater to come to life. In April, Haidle - a Detroit-based playwright and screenwriter whose credits include the Al Pacino-Christopher Walken film, "Stand Up Guys" - and Kauffman - an Obie Award-winning New York-based director whose work includes "Belleville" at Steppenwolf - teamed up for the world premiere of "Smokefall" at California's...
February 16, 2012 |
Name a comedian - any comedian - and chances are that performer either passed through the doors of the famed Second City in Old Town or worked with someone who has. From Bill Murray to Tina Fey, the alumni list from the improv club boasts more big names than an issue of People magazine and more stars than the Oscars telecast. The Second City celebrated its 50th anniversary a couple of years ago, and the list of those who turned up included Jim Belushi, Steve Carell, Bob Odenkirk, Harold Ramis, Stephen Colbert, Catherine O'Hara, George Wendt, Martin Short - if...
August 22, 2012 |
Suburban Mediterranean eatery Naf Naf Grill plans to add a fourth location downtown this September to will cater to the Loop lunch crowd with additional grab-and-go items. Naf Naf, which has locations in Naperville, Aurora and Niles, is currently renovating its new space at 309 W. Washington St., previously inhabited by Billy Goat Tavern. (The original Billy Goat, at 430 N. Michigan Ave., is still open.) According to Naf Naf manager Sabina Kastanova, the Loop location's to-be-determined menu will include some notable Naf Naf favorites, such as the eatery's...