Samuel Hunter, playwright at Victory Gardens, named MacArthur Fellow

Hunter is among 21 recipients of the “genius award,” including Mark Hersam, 39, of Northwestern University in Evanston, a materials scientist; Tami Bond, 50, of the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, an environmental engineer; and Tara Zahra, 38, University of Chicago, a historian.


Fioretti’s old campaign records ‘incomplete and disorganized’

DAN MIHALOPOULOS: As one of 50 aldermen, Bob Fioretti could rail against Mayor Rahm Emanuel, cast his votes in the City Council — and pretty much avoid the most intense scrutiny. Now, as the first potentially serious challenger to the mayor’s re-election bid, Fioretti also must account for the baggage he’s brought with him to the February 2015 election campaign.

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      Cucumber gin. Pear vodka. Honey whiskey. Mixers were once the only way to add new flavors into your favorite cocktail. Now, alcohol infusions allow you … Read More

      Meshell Ndegeocello finds ‘Comet’ a liberating ride

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      Though known for thematic albums, the singer-songwriter decided that for her new set, “I just wanted to make good songs.” Read More