Meet the Table Busser Who’s Worked at the Same Wilmette Pancake House for 54 Years

Othea Loggan made minimum wage in 1964. He makes minimum wage now. The owners are somehow fine with that.

Source: Chicago Tribune
Published: Aug 30, 2018
Length: 12 minutes (3,195 words)

What Happens When a Poetry Magazine Gets $200 Million?

Poetry magazine started in Chicago in 1912, and during the ensuing century, the magazine’s history and the history of American poetry often were joined at the hip. It published an unknown T.S. Eliot, gave early support to Langston Hughes, discovered Wallace Stevens, James Merrill, Gwendolyn Brooks. What Poetry rarely had was a history of picking fights, rising blood pressures or heated controversies. Until the money arrived.

Source: Chicago Tribune
Published: Jun 20, 2011
Length: 8 minutes (2,051 words)

Making Chicago’s Top Chef

With three Michelin stars to Grant Achatz’s name and many critics convinced that Alinea is now the best restaurant in the United States, Achatz and Kokonas are in an enviable position: They can do what they want. … Take, for instance, Next’s reservation system. There are no reservations. If you want to eat there, you will have to buy tickets through Next’s website. So far, 15,000 have signed up to be notified when tickets go on sale.

Source: Chicago Tribune
Published: Feb 16, 2011
Length: 22 minutes (5,676 words)

Guarding Hockey’s Grail

“You can hug the Stanley Cup, and you can kiss the Cup, but the main thing I ask is you never try to lift or to move it.”

Source: Chicago Tribune
Published: Oct 3, 2010
Length: 9 minutes (2,267 words)

‘Freebird’ ultimately unforgettable

Lynyrd Skynyrd released the song 35 years ago. Since then, it has been an anthem, a demand, an ode to personal independence and the lamest heckle in the history of rock.

Source: Chicago Tribune
Published: Jul 5, 2009
Length: 6 minutes (1,572 words)