Something weird seems to happen whenever my friend Dino comes to town. Last week it was the Harvards and Marshall Field. Dino is a lawyer in McCook, Nebraska, and he periodically gets here on business, although I’ve never understood why. “Dino,” I asked him last Friday, after he had completed his business and we were […]
The war was over and young men in Paris, London, Berlin, and cities all over the world were clearing away the rubble and building anew. The young men of Chicago had clearing and building work to do, too. They needed a stronghold to protect the north side from the advancing threat of urban decay. And […]
The Gentle Art of Honey Husbandry, from Inner-City Rooftops to Corn-belt Pastureland.
March was kidney month. April was cancer. May was mental health month, and June is the month for multiple sclerosis. But at the headquarters of the Chicago chapter of the Multiple Sclerosis Society, the two people in charge of the month’s fundraising are having a few problems. “These disease months are for the media,” said […]
He was dead now. In the morning he had been a physical marvel, shooting baskets like a young colt and giggling like a politician who owned the world. But now, early afternoon, his body lay on a stretcher in a fire department ambulance headed south on Michigan Avenue. They had cut open his chest in […]
or, another interview with Bill Veeck
Hers was the first funeral Hugh Hefner ever attended.
Chicago, like ancient Troy, lives on top of its own history and is unaware of its existence. Historical sites are inexorably covered by freeways, rusty plaques fall off and are forgotten, street names change and highrises are built. The places on this map are mostly scenes of racial or labor strife, political scandals, disasters of […]
Jaffar and I sat in a lunchroom not far from International Amphitheatre; one of those tiled waiting stations favored by old men, junkies and part-time ponces, with coffee brewed from oak leaves and rice pudding the color of the floor. He sat across from me, a paper napkin slipped between his cup and saucer in […]
In any other city, the press conference held last December 13 would have been the most newsworthy local event in years. Mayor Daley was announcing nothing less than “completion of The Chicago Lakefront Plan, which should serve as a protection for the lake and guide for development of lakefront recreational and cultural uses for at […]
The Ivanhoe’s George Keathley
The closest I ever came to participating in an anti-war protest, or a protest of any kind, for that matter, was an afternoon I spent standing at the entrance to my high school with about fifty other students. Some of us were holding signs, and were were all very quiet, since we were having a […]
Mike Kutza Director, Chicago International Film Festival -best films 1. Sunday, Bloody Sunday (directed by John Schlesinger) 2. Garden of the Finzi continis (Vittorio deSica) 3. The Last Picture Show (Peter Bogdanovich) 4. Family Life (K. Zanussi) 5. Punishment Park (Peter Watkins) -worst films 1. The Last Movie (Dennis Hopper) 2. The Devils (Ken Russell) […]
If you were pregnant, alone, worried, and broke you might have the experience I did, when I answered an ad for “professional and safe abortions under $100 with most health plans.” After a longish hesitation, the woman at “Ethical Abortions” accepted my collect call. I explained that I had seen their ad in the Illini […]
An interview with Renault Robinson