With recent headlines too often focusing on shootings and assorted bad guys, it’s high time to single out some people who have made good—no, amazing—things happen in Chicago this year. They include a low-key philanthropist, a community-minded playwright, an innovative jazzman, a dedicated educator, and a young teen and a pediatric surgeon linked by acts … Read more
Founder, By the Hand Club for Kids
ANGELS AND DEMONS: The political heroes and zeros of 2012
The former editor of Chicago previews his new book, Are You Happy Now?, at local watering hole John Barleycorn
Penelope Niven’s new biography of Thornton Wilder explores the literary giant’s life in Chicago
Open Door, a new anthology celebrating 100 years of the Poetry Foundation, reproduces a hundred poems from the past century. Poetry magazine senior editor Don Share previews the book and discusses who is—and isn’t—featured.
DONOR DANCE: Reports that Chicago’s major bundlers have abandoned the president are greatly exaggerated
BULLET PROOF: After a series of court challenges, will the city’s firearms ordinance pass legal muster?
Despite the strains on public schools right now—especially in Chicago—the best ones still deliver a terrific education. But which ones are the best? Check out our rankings of the 133 top elementary and high schools in the area. PLUS: Read how to get your child into the best CPS schools and our methodology for ranking the top 133
A DATA WITH DESTINY: Skilled analysis of information about voters may help determine who wins the White House this November