Article Portfolio

A sample of articles by Robert Loerzel
on History, Music, Theater, Film, Books, Art, Business, News & Politics, Law and Misc.

HISTORY
history

Chicago Tribune
Before the car was king
In 1890s Chicago, bicycles were all the rage 

WBEZ Chicago Public Radio’s Curious City (with audio)
What if the Great Chicago Fire of 1871 never happened?
After Haymarket: Anarchism on trial and a city in search of its soul
The story of Dunning, a “tomb for the living”
WBEZ Chicago Public Radio’s 848 (with audio)
The evolution of Chicago’s handgun ban
Tommy guns

Chicago magazine
Chicago’s Strange History With Pneumatic Tubes
Joseph Dunlop, a newspaper publisher imprisoned for obscenity
Was Jane Addams a lesbian?
The smoking gun: Anti-smoking crusader Lucy Page Gaston

Chicago Reader
Privatize Public Transit? Chicago’s tried it before. Here’s how that went.
A Conservatory, a Zoo, and 12,000 Corpses

Time Out Chicago
We solve the mystery of the Cubs’ early name: The Microbes

North Shore magazine
Steamer Trunk Diaries

Chicago Lawyer
The long legal battle over the Chicago River’s reversal

More articles on history.

MUSIC
music

Crain’s Chicago Business
Seasonal pop concert previews: Summer 2015 / Spring 2015 / Winter 2014-15
How Bloodshot Records has lasted so long

Pioneer Press
Almost famous: The story of the Vertebrats’ “Left in the Dark”
When the Who came to town
Wilco (The Hubcap)
Interviews: Mekons / Richard Thompson / DJ Clark Weber / Bettye LaVette / Grace Slick / Wanda Jackson / Colin Blunstone of the Zombies / Eleventh Dream Day / Robbie Fulks / Tony Bennett

Listen magazine
Classical mania
Classical music in Chicago

Chicago Reader
Daytrotter takes some of its favorite bands to the far reaches of the Midwest
A CD series collects Illinois music from the past century

Daily Southtown
Buddy Guy Q&A
Concert reviews: Adele / Nick Cave / Cat Power / Tom Waits

Signal to Noise magazine
Baby Dee profile
Chicago drone music

Punk Planet
Frida Hyvönen Q&A
My Brightest Diamond Q&A

WBEZ Chicago Public Radio (with audio)
The National Barn Dance
The life and music of Jay Bennett
The Singleman Affair
Vertebrats song lives on
World music at the 1893 World’s Fair

Wondering Sound
Gonerfest 2014: Photos and review

Newcity
Concert previews: Ty Segall / Steve Dawson’s Funeral Bonsai Wedding

Record reviews for Signal to Noise magazine and Pioneer Press

More articles on music.

THEATER
theater

Playbill magazine
“An Issue of Blood” at Victory Gardens
Viola Spolin, pioneer of Chicago improv
Creatures of habit: Actors’ routines
“The Pirates of Penzance” at the Marriott
What Will Wrote: Chicago’s role in the debate over Shakespeare
“The Hunchback Variations Opera”
Christmas theater, past and present
Early African-American theater in Chicago
Censorship in Chicago theater
On fight choreography

Pioneer Press
Behind the scenes of Mary Zimmerman’s “Silk”
Edward Albee interview
David Cromer Q&A on “A Streetcar Named Desire”
John Mahoney discusses “The Seafarer”
A map of David Mamet’s Chicago
Play reviews: “Othello” / “The Adding Machine”  / “Bus Stop” / “Arms and the Man”

Make It Better magazine
Play reviews: “The Herd”  / “White Guy on the Bus”  / “The White Snake”  / “Venus in Fur” “Luna Gale”

Chicago magazine
Tax break for Broadway shows
“All the Fame of Lofty Deeds”

WBEZ Chicago Public Radio (with audio)
“The Wizard of Oz,” the 1902 stage version

The Huffington Post
Some critics enjoy shooting “Buffalo” — A look back at the first reviews of “American Buffalo”

More articles on theater.

FILMfilm

Chicago magazine
Film review: “Hogtown”
The 10 best Chicago documentaries
How a documentary captured Roger Ebert’s last months
11 Questions for Harold Ramis
Action heroes: People who make films happen in Chicago (co-written with Jeff Ruby) — including my interviews with Harold Ramis, Gordon Quinn, Joan Cusack, Neil LaBute, Peter Thompson, Barbara Scharres, John McNaughton, Joe Swanberg and others
Centennial of Essanay studio

Pop Matters
Guy Maddin interview

Crain’s Chicago Business
Director Joe Swanberg: 40 Under 40 profile
Kartemquin Films’ Justine Nagan: 40 Under 40 profile

Pioneer Press
Steve James and Alex Kotlowitz discuss “The Interrupters”
DVD Reviews and Film Reviews
Column on “The Murray Effect”

More articles on film.

BOOKSbooks

Pioneer Press
Author interviews: Audrey Niffenegger Richard Price / Rick Moody / Chuck Palahniuk

Chicago magazine
Book review: “Blood Runs Green”
“Cloning Terror” by W.J.T. Mitchell
“Girls of Murder City” by Douglas Perry
“Chicagoan” by Neil Harris

Time Out Chicago
Ivan Brunetti

Chicago Reader
“Hack” by Dmitry Samarov

Chicago Sun-Times
Book review: “The Man Who Looked Books Too Much”

Signal to Noise magazine
Book review: “I Shot a Man in Reno”

More articles on books.

ARTart

Chicago Reader
Cover story: Jim Nutt interview

Chicago magazine
Michael Abramson’s photos of 1970s Chicago nightclubs
“Sympathy for the Devil” exhibit at MCA

Pioneer Press
The sensational “Sower”
Art Shay Q&A

Time Out Chicago
The Picasso turns 40

WBEZ Chicago Public Radio
The legacy of sculptor Lorado Taft
A fresh look at Freedom Wall

More articles on art.

BUSINESSbusiness

Crain’s Chicago Business
New in Chicago: A weekly column
The last days of Hot Doug’s: Q&A with Doug Sohn
Industrial revolution: See how small-biz owners are giving factories new life
Best Entrepreneurs 2014: Nick Floyd of Three Floyds  / David Kalt of Chicago Music Exchange
Can the Empty Bottle/Longman & Eagle team tap into another success?
Chicago’s beer stein runneth over with new craft brew startups

More articles on business.

NEWS & POLITICSnews

Belt magazine
Burn or fizzle? Public art, economic renewal, and the curious case of the Great Chicago Fire Festival

Illinois Issues
The vanishing monarch butterfly
Impoverished in Illinois
2012 report on homicides in Chicago

Huffington Post
Emanuel’s gun proposal harks back to Richard J. Daley

Pioneer Press
On the Brown’s Chicken murders
1992 profile of conservative Congressman Philip Crane

More articles on news and politics.

LAW & LAWYERSlaw

Chicago Sun-Times
F. Lee Bailey Q&A

Leading Lawyers
The father and daughter lawyers behind Pac-Man and Beanie Babies

Chicago Lawyer
Lawyers still practicing into their 80s: Harry Rosenberg, Gilbert Feldman, Jack M. Siegel, Bernard J. Nussbaum, Thomas P. Sullivan and Newton Minow
Where do midsize IP firms exist in the legal world?
Stephanie A. Scharf spends career practicing law and studying the profession
Lawyers on Twitter
Warren D. Wolfson, legal poet
Michael Y. Scudder Jr., former White House lawyer

More articles on the law and lawyers.

MISC.

Chicago’s Flag Is a Much Bigger Deal Than Any Other City’s Flag Chicago magazine