Hedy Weiss Reviews: ‘The Sign in Sidney Brustein’s Window,’ More

Kristen Magee (Gloria), Chris Stack (Sidney Brustein) and Grant James Varjas (David) in "The Sign in Sidney Brustein’s Window" by Lorraine Hansberry. (Courtesy of Goodman Theatre)

The Chicago Sun-Times theater critic reviews four plays that address societal challenges and conflicts, including Goodman Theatre’s revival of the rarely staged second play by “Raisin in the Sun” author Lorraine Hansberry.

Restored Art Installation Invites Reflection on Consequences of War


A prominent work of art has been out of the public eye for almost five years. Titled “Above and Beyond,” the installation commemorates American soldiers who lost their lives in the Vietnam War, and it's back on display at the Harold Washington Library.

What Do New Overtime Rules Mean for Workers, Businesses?


How will the Obama administration’s expansion of overtime affect businesses and employee wages? We look at the new rules. 

Governor, Republicans Slam Democratic Budget Proposal


Democrats propose a budget that includes hundreds of millions more for Chicago Public Schools. The latest from a heated day in Springfield.

Crain’s Roundup: Cubs, Sox, Blackhawks Court Corporate Clients

(2013 Ron Vesely / Chicago White Sox)

Chicago sports teams are turning to their heroes of the past to boost the team brands, and a billionaire biotech pioneer wants to revive print newspapers, and he's putting his money on Tribune Publishing. Crain's Chicago Business has the story.

Delmark Records an Encore for Local Jazz, Blues Enthusiast Bob Koester


The legendary owner of a storied Chicago record store is back in business after a very brief retirement. 

Ask Geoffrey: Earl ‘Madman’ Muntz’s Crazy Chicago Story


Did a used-car salesman design and build his sleek and sporty luxury car right here in Chicago? Geoffrey Baer has that story and more.

Weekend Events: Memorial Day Edition

(Rendering courtesy of Navy Pier, Inc.)

Enjoy the long weekend with a long list of things to do around town, including a performance by the Chicago Children’s Choir, the opening of the new Ferris wheel at Navy Pier and the annual Bike the Drive event.

Turning Wastewater into Fertilizer, MWRD Plant Battles Nutrient Pollution

(Courtesy Metropolitan Water Reclamation District of Greater Chicago)

A brand new water treatment facility that takes wastewater and creates high-grade fertilizer comes online for the Metropolitan Water Reclamation District in Stickney.

Illinois Fiscal Watchdog Under Investigation for Campaign Spending

Illinois Auditor General Frank Mautino

The state's fiscal watchdog, Illinois Auditor General Frank Mautino, is under federal investigation. Meet the citizen watchdogs who broke the story.

Lawmaker Meetings Continue, But No State Budget


There was a flurry of late-session activity in the Illinois House and Senate on Tuesday, but still no budget deal.

Volunteers Collect Dead, Injured Birds in the Loop


Since 2003, a group called the Chicago Bird Collision Monitors has made it their mission to collect birds that have been killed or injured after striking buildings and other structures.

US Federal Reserve Expected to Increase Interest Rate


Excitement on Wall Street as a possible interest rate hike approaches. Why some surprises in the U.S. economy have investors and analysts feeling good.

Faced with Water Crisis, Waukesha Looks to Lake Michigan for Help

Activists warn of ‘dangerous precedent’ if Lake Michigan water diverted


The city of Waukesha, Wisconsin wants to take just over eight million gallons of water a day from Lake Michigan for the city's drinking water. But environmental activists warn that allowing access could set a dangerous precedent.

Strategies for Container Gardening in Chicago


If you’re one of the many Chicagoans living in an apartment or condo with limited outdoor space, growing your own food can seem like a challenge – but, Jeanne Nolan says, anything you can grow in the ground can be grown in a container with just a few adjustments.

Rauner Pushes for Compromise as Spring Session Draws to a Close


Eight days left in the General Assembly's spring session. Is there any end in sight to the budget impasse? We have a live report from the state capital.