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Bryan Smith

4 months
ago

Stuck on the South Side

Bashir Salahuddin may have left Chicago for Hollywood, but he’s found success by tapping the humor of his old neighborhood.

1 year
ago

The Ghosts of Flight 191

Judith and Sheldon Wax were local literary figures — she an author, he a top editor at Playboy. Forty years ago this month, they and 269 other people boarded a plane to Los Angeles. What happened next haunts Chicago to this day.

2 years
ago

Bill Kurtis

Chicago’s iconic newsman opens up about a life of extraordinary triumphs, profound pain, and never-ending reinvention.

2 years
ago

My Father, the Stranger

I’d only seen my dad twice as an adult. I figured he was out of my life for good. Then came word that he was dying.

3 years
ago

The Doomsday Squad

A team of computer modelers at Argonne National Laboratory is preparing for the urban calamities most Chicagoans would rather not think about.

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