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The 14 Hottest New Sandwiches Around the U.S.

Zagat | Posted 05.04.2015 | Taste

Just like everything else, sandwiches also get a makeover come spring. Check out 14 of the hottest new combos across the country, from an unconvention...

Our Kids and Communities Need to Make Music to Succeed

Welz Kauffman | Posted 05.04.2015 | Education
Welz Kauffman

Kids' creativity, as measured by the most recent Torrance Tests of Creative Thinking scores, has been sliding since 1990, most noticeably among our younger students. Reduced music and arts education is cited as a key factor.

Reverse Mortgage Legislation Advances

Jeff Kelly Lowenstein | Posted 05.01.2015 | Chicago
Jeff Kelly Lowenstein

At a very basic level, those of us who do investigative journalism want our work to make an impact. Many times this does not happen for all kinds of reasons.

Chicago's Problems Run Much Deeper Than a 76-foot Hole

Hilary Gowins | Posted 05.01.2015 | Politics
Hilary Gowins

Unlike the Spire, Chicago doesn't have to keep sinking. If city officials change the way Chicago handles spending and debt, as well as how it fosters business and jobs growth, the city of big shoulders can boom once more.

Chicago Desserts to Eat Before Beach Season Starts

Lauren Shapiro Mandel | Posted 05.01.2015 | Chicago
Lauren Shapiro Mandel

Every year, we think downing green juices in May will result in shorts-ready legs by June. Denial is a hard thing to overcome. Even harder, though, is overcoming those nightly sugar binges and regular chocolate cravings.

Beale Street Talks, Vol 1

Gabriel James Bump | Posted 05.01.2015 | Black Voices
Gabriel James Bump

I left South Side, Chicago last August. I moved to Western Massachusetts to write and teach. Alone, in a foreign land, in a small town, in a small apartment overlooking a fencing company--I needed someone to talk to.

Marina Fang

Reports: Obama's Presidential Library Will Be In Chicago | Marina Fang | Posted 05.01.2015 | Politics

CHICAGO -- The Obama presidential library will be located on the South Side of Chicago, according to reports from CBS Chicago and NBC News. The offici...

Union Rights Are Fundamental to Mission of Public Schools

Brian D. Harris | Posted 04.29.2015 | Education
Brian D. Harris

Our public institutions are strengthened, not weakened, when workers exercise their rights. I wish executives could see that a voice at work for educators fortifies the school, bringing the intellectual assets of teachers and staff to school decision-making.

David Lohr

Family Says Slain Teen Was 'Executed' By Police | David Lohr | Posted 04.29.2015 | Crime

A coroner's decision to rule the officer-involved shooting of Illinois teen Justus "Lil Meachi" Howell a homicide is of little comfort to the young ma...

A Funny and Fine Forum at Porchlight

Robert Bullen | Posted 04.29.2015 | Chicago
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Robert Bullen

In full transparency, Porchlight marks the first production of Forum I've seen -- this includes the movie that starred Zero Mostel recreating the role that won him the Tony Award (and for which Nathan Lane earned the same accolades in the '96 Broadway revival).

These Are the Absolute Cheapest Flights in the U.S. | Posted 04.29.2015 | Travel

There's nothing worse for the budding traveler than when the wanderlust takes hold and the bank balance doesn't agree. Well, don't worry, because all is not lost! At least, not with Hopper at hand to set would-­be travelers straight.

What It's Like To Be A Homeless Teen

Posted 04.28.2015 | Teen

This article was written by teen reporters from The Mash, a weekly publication distributed to Chicagoland high schools. By Kasey Carlson, Whitney Y...

Kim Bellware

Chicago Police Plan To Listen After Officer Acquitted In Death Of Unarmed Woman | Kim Bellware | Posted 04.30.2015 | Black Voices

Hoping to mend the tattered relationship between the police department and Chicago's minority communities, the city's top cop announced plans Tuesday ...

Astoria Characters: The Editor of Eating

Nancy Ruhling | Posted 04.28.2015 | New York
Nancy Ruhling

Picky. It's not a word that Stacey Ornstein usually uses, but it's one that makes her plate too full.

I on Exceptional Living: Special Feature -- The Incomparable Cookie Cohen

Irene Michaels | Posted 04.26.2015 | Chicago
Irene Michaels

These accomplishments are proof of Cookie's selfless nature and constant effort to give back to the community. With her love for children, animals and women, she serves the community in great ways. Her honorable and successful efforts have made a difference in the lives of many.

Maxwell Strachan

The Agony And The Ecstasy Of Watching Derrick Rose Play Well | Maxwell Strachan | Posted 04.24.2015 | Sports

Appreciate him while you can.

Grant Achatz: The Search for the Impossible

Elysabeth Alfano | Posted 04.22.2015 | Taste
Elysabeth Alfano

Chef Grant Achatz continually draws international attention to the Chicago culinary scene.

The Emerging Populist Groundswell

Rep. Jan Schakowsky | Posted 04.20.2015 | Politics
Rep. Jan Schakowsky

We are the richest country humanity has ever seen, and we are at our richest moment. Yet hardworking Americans keep coming home to "a plate full of worry." This is largely because over the last few decades the wages of the bottom 80 percent of Americans have fallen or stagnated while the super-rich rake in all the profits. We can do better, and we must.

A Real Prince: A Rabbi Remembers Cardinal George

Rabbi Evan Moffic | Posted 04.20.2015 | Religion
Rabbi Evan Moffic

I met Cardinal George at a Sabbath dinner at the home of a local Jewish leader. It was during the height of the clergy sex scandal, and I did notice he drank a few extra glasses of the Sabbath wine.

I On Exceptional Living: Special Feature -- The Incomparable Cookie Cohen

Irene Michaels | Posted 04.19.2015 | Style
Irene Michaels

Anida "Cookie" Cohen is without a doubt the brilliant individual who comes to mind when nonprofit organizers and public leaders find themselves in need of a remarkable and profitable event! Throughout Chicago, Mrs. Cohen is highly recognized for her charitable endeavors and her loyal advocacy for children and their causes.

ERA? Not Merely Symbolic

K. Sujata | Posted 04.17.2015 | Politics
K. Sujata

As of 2012, over seventy percent of women are employed outside the home. These women are supporting themselves and their families, and importantly for us all, keeping the American dream alive for our nation.

Chicago's Retired Cardinal Francis George Dies At 78

The Huffington Post | Antonia Blumberg | Posted 04.17.2015 | Religion

Cardinal Francis George, the former archbishop of Chicago, died Friday at the age of 78 after a long battle with kidney cancer. George's successor...

A Transcendent Carousel at Lyric Opera

Robert Bullen | Posted 04.15.2015 | Chicago
Robert Bullen

Not only is it exquisitely sung and masterfully acted by a cast of Broadway veterans, its hypnotic production design by Paolo Ventura elevates the dreamlike and otherworldly aspects of this heartbreaking love story.

Paul Blumenthal

Chicago Progressives Emboldened After Rahm Emanuel's Super PAC Fails To Beat Them | Paul Blumenthal | Posted 04.15.2015 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Chicago voters re-elected Democratic Mayor Rahm Emanuel in a runoff race on April 7, the culmination of an expensive election campaign. ...

Alvin Ailey at the Auditorium Theater - The Celebration Continues

Regina Fraser and Pat Johnson | Posted 04.14.2015 | Arts
Regina Fraser and Pat Johnson

The 125 Anniversary celebration of Chicago's illustrious Auditorium Theater continued last month with a two-week residency of Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater. And boy was I ready.