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Tribune staff reporterYou have to love the sidewalks. They are neatly laid out in right angles, a conventional concrete grid that would fit in perfectly in the most cookie cutter of suburban subdivisions.Except that there is no subdivision. The sidewalks stretch out into...
Tribune staff reporterWhat better way to celebrate National Trails Day on Saturday, the American Hiking Society's annual celebration of the country's trails, than to go out on one? Here are my top picks for a nice hike, by category: Solitude Beverly Lake/Spring Creek...
Tribune staff reporterHave you gazed down from a bridge at a narrow ribbon of river and wished you could plop a canoe onto it and paddle off into the woods? It's hard to do if you don't own a canoe. But Ralph Frese, the legendary Pied Piper of Chicago canoeing, owns canoes --...
Tribune staff reporterIt's not Christmas, and it's not Chicago's birthday. So what's with the great big gift that has just been plunked down on our proverbial doorstep? Look at it, all wrapped in forest and swooping goldfinches: a huge chunk of undeveloped lakefront land...
TRIBUNE REPORTERThe Tribune explores the reverberations, many years later, of the killings of three children -- the echoes of pain, of anger and of inspiration. Last Sunday, Byron Taylor strode down a church hallway, a tall 29-year-old with stylishly locked hair...
Change of SubjectRoland Martin, The author I was supposed to interview at the Printers Row Lit Fest this weekend, pulled out at the last minute -- fear of my relentless inquisitorial style? Insulted by not getting a higher ranking interrogator? I'm not......
Carolyn and Brian Schroeder never imagined this kind of baby photo album. "Don't take this the wrong way," Brian said to photographer Todd Hochberg. "We want to see the pictures, but there's a part of me that doesn't want to see them." Hochberg murmured...
Tags: Vehicles, Social Issues, Infants, Arts and Culture, Health
Eric Gyllenhaal listened carefully. "I think I hear a catbird," he said. He mimicked the song, which at one point included a "meow." Me, I just heard a siren, and maybe some traffic from the Eisenhower. But Gyllenhaal can hear past the sounds of the...
Change of SubjectBarbara Brotman's column today, Remembering the times when we forgot the kids, recalls Kate James' marvelous performance in Steve Delahoyde's three-minute film,"Kid"...
Chicago TribuneCrowds packed the sidewalks and streets on this date to watch Chicago's high society pour into Marshall Field's first store on State Street, a grand marble edifice with Corinthian columns. As was frequently the case, Marshall Field was on hand to...
Tribune staff reporterAlong the fence of the North Avenue Beach skating rink, eyes widened. Mouths hung open. What the ... A clacking hum rose from the track. Ten pairs of roller skates vibrated past, 40 wheels of rhythmic clacking, pumping down the straightaways, holding...
Tags: Hotels and Accommodations, Toy Industry, Soccer, Toys, Gaming
Chicago TribuneOn this day, a Friday, President John F. Kennedy was assassinated while riding in a motorcade through Dallas. Chicago froze in horror, the moment sealed in memories people would carry for the rest of their lives. Office workers on their lunch hours when...
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