Playbill, May 2018 — Done on a tiny budget of $150,000, the independent Irish film Once barely made it into theaters. And it easily could have disappeared without a trace, but audiences were captivated by its simple story about two musicians writing songs together and falling in love. After it screened at the Sundance Film Festival … Continue reading Tony-Winning Once Makes Music in Illinois
WBEZ’s Curious City, April 28, 2018 — Read my interactive online story about some of Chicago’s oddest laws, and listen to the audio story about the city’s oldest laws: Audio production by Laura Pavin | Illustrations by Nate Otto | Digital production by Katherine Nagasawa | Edited by Alexandra Salomon
Make It Better, May-June 2018 — Read my recommendations for Chicago-area plays. Photo by David Jensen
Playbill, March 2018 — Cooking contests are an American pastime. After a long history of local bake-offs at county fairs and churches around the country, competitions hit the big time in 1949, when Pillsbury held its first national recipe contest. During that prosperous post-World War II era, Americans were watching television for the first time … Continue reading Lorin Latarro’s A Taste of Things to Come Captures the Inception of Feminism
Crain’s Chicago Business, March 9, 2018 — Read my recommendations for the spring’s rock, folk and world music concerts. Photo by Robert Loerzel
Make It Better, March-April 2018 — Read my recommendations for Chicago-area plays.
Playbill, March 4, 2018 — Imagine you’re a child watching a live theatrical performance for the first time. You’ve seen plenty of movies and television shows, but this is something new and exciting — actual people walking, talking, dancing and singing on a stage, conjuring the illusion of a story right in front of your eyes. … Continue reading Why This Chicago Theatre Put a Modern Spin on The Emperor’s New Clothes—With the Help of Ahrens and Flaherty
Crain’s Chicago Business, January 11, 2018 — Working in the early 2000s for Click Commerce, Adam Robinson noticed something about the franchise businesses and dealerships using Click’s software. “Turnover rates were so high,” he recalls. “Turnover was really crippling our effort to train our users on how to use the software.” A decade later, he co-founded … Continue reading Profile of Hireology CEO Adam Robinson
Make It Better, January-February 2018 — Read my recommendations for Chicago-area plays.
Crain’s Chicago Business, November 16, 2017 — David Rabie was leading the busy life of an MBA student at the University of Chicago’s Booth School of Business, but he still made time for cooking healthy meals. It was a chore. Read my story at Crain’s Chicago Business. Photo: Kendall Karmanian