At Chopping Block, no such thing as too many cooks in the classroom

A Chicago cooking school owner says residents motivated by health and economic concerns are flocking to her door to learn everything from chopping 101 to the fine points of preparing ethnic cuisine.

over 7 years ago | Megan Cottrell

Where the urban caballeros shop

For 36 years, three generations of the Alacala family have been building a family-owned clothing store into a Chicago fixture - a western wear store with something for every caballero.

over 7 years ago | E. Rose Kasinecz

A cultural classroom on two wheels

Professor Harry Wray's course, Biking and Politics, orients incoming DePaul University freshman to their new city, and offers a street-level view of how politics, culture and urban planning shape Chicago.

over 7 years ago | Jeanelle Hayner

Don't clip this sculptor's style

Jefferson Park sculptor Donna Hapac is one of few artists whose works began with the purchase of 2,500 acrylic press-on fingernail extensions over the Internet.

over 7 years ago | Peggy Zabicki

Chefs-in-training cooking up a taste of the city's best cuisine

Students at Chicago's Washburne Culinary Institute are slicing, dicing and cooking up a taste by taste tour of some of the city's best restaurants for the Taste of Chicago, which opens today.

over 7 years ago | Ivy R. Green

Guidebook steeped in Chicago's tea

A Chicago author and tea lover finds much to like in her hometown's tea establishments. Susan Blumberg's book, "All the Tea in Chicago" is a guidebook for the city's tea drinkers.

over 7 years ago | Nicole Kupper

Locals angle for roles in Johnny Depp film

It's long hours, hard work and little pay, but the chance to appear as an extra in the movie "Public Enemies" - being filmed throughout the city this month - draws plenty of local interest.

over 7 years ago | Mary Brophy

Print gallery opens at the Art Institute

The Art Institute of Chicago has opened its first exhibit in the Richard and Mary Gray Wing featuring prints and drawings collected by the families of five museum trustees.

over 7 years ago | Robert O'Connor

Humboldt Park students explore Puerto Rico's past

A Newberry Library exhibit examines Puerto Rican history through the eyes of conquistadors, explorers,industrialists, and imperialists. The exhibit was curated by high school students.

over 7 years ago | Ben Broeren

Lincoln Square store promotes fair trade

Maya Essence, a new fair trade store offering products from Guatemala and other third-world countries, has opened in Chicago's Lincoln Square neighborhood.

over 7 years ago | Sara Schapmann

City's riverfront parks are hidden gems

While not as well-known as parks along Lake Michigan, the city's riverfront parks provide a two-mile stretch of uninterrupted green space for walkers, bicyclists and birdwatchers.

over 7 years ago | Amy Crider

Lincoln Park gets 1930s makeover for Dillinger movie

The movie, starring Johnny Depp, is being filmed in the 2400 block of North Lincoln Avenue, which has been transformed to look as it did when bank robber John Dillinger roamed the streets in the 1930s.

over 7 years ago | Mary Brophy

Who's got Chicago's best slice? Ask the Italians

A Roman abroad is on a never-ending quest for good cooking. When it comes to pizza, the standards are high. Our interns from Italy weigh in on Chicago's best slice.

over 7 years ago | Laura Elia and Giulia Donati

A South Side gospel singer takes the hometown stage

With his first CD just released, Chicago native Aaron Sledge will take the stage this weekend at the 24th annual Chicago Gospel Music Festival, alongside some of the biggest stars in gospel music.

over 7 years ago | Tasha Clopton-Stubbs

Lincoln Square to celebrate spring and German tradition

Visitors will find German cuisine, steins of beer, dancing, and live music at Lincoln Square's annual May Fest celebration, beginning Thursday.

over 7 years ago | Sara Schapmann