The landscape along Lake Michigan on Chicago’s South Side has utterly changed over the past century. If you’re looking for the beaches where Chicago’s race riot erupted on July 27, 1919, you won’t find them. As I was researching a history of the riot for Chicago magazine, I searched for maps, documents, and details that … Continue reading Where Chicago’s 1919 race riot began
Blood in the Streets A hundred years ago, Chicago experienced the worst spasm of racial violence in the city’s history. Here’s how the riot unfolded, in the words of those who lived it. Read my article in the August 2019 issue of Chicago magazine. (Illustration by Michelle Thompson)
Tor Books announced the news today that author Gene Wolfe has died at the age of 87. I interviewed Wolfe in 1993 when I was a reporter for Pioneer Press Newspapers in Chicago’s suburbs, visiting him at his home in Barrington. Here is my article, which was originally published in the Barrington Courier-Review on March … Continue reading 1993 interview with Gene Wolfe
Make It Better, July-August 2018 — Read my recommendations for Chicago-area plays. Photo by Liz Lauren
Chicago Magazine, June 27, 2018 — From epic game dinners (including ibex ham and juniper-soaked bear) to lobster palaces to revered railroad cuisine that took advantage of food available along the journey, Chicago chefs were pioneers long before the city was a food destination. Read the story.
Crain’s Chicago Business, June 24, 2018 — Chicago area’s 50 fastest-growing businesses. Read my contribution about the No. 4 company on the list, Hireology.
Chicago Magazine website, May 17, 2018 — The ubiquitous plastic vessel has come a long way: from South Side immigrant inventors to big business in Lake Forest, a Toby Keith hit to syndicated TV specials starring its inventor’s wife—and now a galaxy far, far away. Read the story.
Crain’s Chicago Business, May 4, 2018 — Read my recommendations for concerts, movies and outdoor events.