January 16, 2005 |
Chicago reviews of "Monty Python's Spamalot" and "All Shook Up" finally appeared last week -- the fourth week of five-week pre-Broadway tryouts the musicals are having in the city. Critics are kept out of tryouts at commercial Chicago venues until late in the runs so that producers can tweak the shows as much as possible before any appraisals are published.
March 10, 2007 |
A multilayered package of financial guarantees designed to satisfy demands of the U.S. Olympic Committee was unveiled Friday in Chicago by city officials alongside leaders of the city's bid for the 2016 Summer Games. Worst-case financial scenario for Chicago: $500 million.
March 7, 2007 |
Last week, it was fortune cookies passed out on the Blue Line by L.A. Olympic bid officials with the fortune saying, "Los Angeles 2016: Where the world comes together." Here, it was a worker at the taxi stand at O'Hare International Airport, wearing the button pinned on a jacket: Chicago 2016. Details, big and small, all to promote the respective bids for the 2016 Summer Games during visits by a United States Olympic Committee evaluation team.
April 4, 2007 |
A coyote wandered into a Quiznos sandwich shop in downtown Chicago on Tuesday, startling customers and drawing a picture-taking crowd. There were about half a dozen customers and employees in the shop, restaurant manager Bina Patel said. "It was kind of like a medium-sized dog," Patel said. He said the customers calmly walked out as the coyote plopped down in front of the soda cooler. "It wasn't aggressive at all," Patel said. "It was just looking around.
May 12, 2005 |
The City Council approved an ordinance Wednesday that banned drivers from using handheld cellphones starting this summer. Mayor Richard M. Daley said the measure was about safety and called it "just plain common sense." The move follows similar bans enacted by cities and states around the country, including New York and New Jersey. The Chicago measure requires drivers to use hands-free devices unless they are making 911 emergency calls or are talking while the vehicle is parked.
September 8, 2004 |
The Chicago Jazz Ensemble -- one of the nation's leading jazz repertory bands -- is expected to engage trumpeter and bandleader Jon Faddis as its artistic director, replacing the ensemble's late founder, William Russo. Faddis, an internationally noted soloist and former conductor of the now-defunct Carnegie Hall Jazz Band (which he led from 1991 to 2002), is expected to assume the post after contracts have been signed, possibly in the next week or two.
July 3, 2004 |
The dispute over a Chicago Teachers Union election widened Friday as the national teachers union said the winner should take over as president, while the incumbent refused to relinquish the keys to the office. The American Federation of Teachers said Friday that Marilyn Stewart should assume the presidency while the dispute over her 566-vote election victory was resolved.
April 15, 2007 |
Peter Ueberroth tore open the white, business-sized envelope and silently read the slip of paper it contained. His eyebrows rose a fraction of an inch. Probably without realizing it, he glanced twice to his left. Leaders of the group that had hoped to secure the 2016 Summer Olympics for Los Angeles were seated to his right. They knew they weren't about to get good news.
June 20, 2013 |
Stephen Moyer of HBO's "True Blood" will trade in his fangs for some dancing shoes this summer when he takes the role of Billy Flynn in the musical "Chicago" at the Hollywood Bowl, set to run for only three performances from July 26 to 28. Moyer plays the blood-sucking vampire Bill Compton in the popular HBO drama, which recently began its sixth season. Though famous in this country for his screen roles, Moyer worked with a number of British theater companies, including the Royal Shakespeare Company, before hitting it big on TV. Taking the role of Velma Kelly in "Chicago" will be Samantha Barks, who was recently seen in the movie version of "Les Miserables" in the role of Eponine.
March 23, 2013
MIAMI AT CHICAGO, Wednesday, 5 p.m. PDT . TV: ESPN. Maybe divine intervention could end the second-longest winning streak in NBA history. Chicago point guard Derrick Rose, who said this week that "nobody knows but God" when he will return from a torn knee ligament, would certainly heighten the drama if he decided to make his season debut against Miami. The Heat will presumably take a 27-game winning streak into the United Center considering its next two games are against Charlotte and Orlando, teams with the worst records in the NBA. - Ben Bolch