4,000 turn out during first days of Davis Theater reopening

By Patrick Butler The last movie shown at the Davis Theater before it closed almost a year ago was Star Wars: The Force Awakens. When the century old national landmark reopened shortly before Christmas, they reopened with Star Wars: Rogue One on all three screens.Read more

“All the world’s a stage,” especially here in the neighborhood

By Patrick Butler Almost 400 years to the day since the death of Shakespeare, it seems “all the world’s a stage,” at least in the Ravenswood/Northcenter/AlbanyPark/Lincoln Square areas, which boasts a dozen or more neighborhood theaters ranging from tiny storefronts like the Cornservatory to theRead more

Neighbors to decide on the best “nature play space” for Welles Park

By Patrick Butler The first of a series of two – possibly three – community meetings on a new “nature-based” play area at Welles Park, 2333 W. Sunnyside Ave., began with an April 30 brainstorming session. Some 30 parents and their kids told Wells ParkRead more

You can get just about anything you want at Gene’s Sausage Shop – except haggis

Looking for a pear liqueur complete with a pear in the bottle?  Maybe a chimney sweeper that pops a coin out of its butt? A lucky marzipan pig?  Yolanda Luszcz sold more than 3,000 of the porcine pastries this holiday season at Gene’s Sausage ShopRead more

Sometimes the way to be trendy is by being traditional, men’s grooming merchant learns

By Patrick Butler Anthony Qaiyum believes you sometimes have to go back in time to keep current with men’s grooming trends.  Just take a look at his Q Brothers Men’s Shop, next door to the 140-year-old Merz Apothecary at 4716 N. Lincoln Ave. his familyRead more