Neil Steinberg biography

Neil Steinberg began writing for the Chicago Sun-Times in 1984, and joined the staff in 1987 as a feature writer.

He became a columnist in …

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Middle East battles haunt kids like Hanan, 7, now in Chicago

Hanan, 7, is Syrian, and came to Chicago in April for medical treatment for her right leg, which was blown off below the knee by a bomb in the Syrian civil war which, in case you’ve lost track, has cost 250,000 lives over the past three years and displaced millions. She was brought to Chicago through the Palestinian Children’s Relief Fund for a new prosthetic leg.

Plan B gives glimpse of Palestine’s future

Yes, there is a connection between the downing Thursday of a Malaysian Airlines 777 jet over eastern Ukraine and the Israeli invasion of Gaza the same day. And no, it isn’t the inevitable conspiracy theory, the if-it-helps-you-then-you-must-have-caused-it delusion that the Israelis shot down the Malaysian …

Divvy could do better on helmets; head injuries up in bike-sharing cities

The city recently marked the first anniversary of its Divvy bike-share program with characteristic self-congratulation: “I encourage everyone to celebrate this milestone by getting on a Divvy bike and going for a ride,” said Mayor Rahm Emanuel, trotting out the statistics — 1.6 million trips …

Clunking out of conformity — in wooden shoe: Steinberg

W e live in cages of conformity, shuffling, shackled by habit and timidity. How we act, what we wear, even how we think, are limited to traveling along these set rails of behavior, and it can take an iconoclast for us to even realize it. …

Don’t spoil Chicago Riverwalk work; serve beer when it opens

Getting clearance to build the city’s riverwalk was no easy feat. My impression, the rare times I’ve wandered down to the finished portion, is that the area is sort of forlorn. It would be a shame if no one used it. How to lure folks there? I would suggest food. And beer.

Cupcake Counter sweeps up as Crumbs closes: Steinberg

Y ou shouldn’t celebrate when any business goes under. Money lost, people out of work, dreams dashed. Yet, score one for the little guy. It will be five years ago this September that the mother-daughter team of Holly Sjo and Samantha Wood opened up The …

Eig’s ‘Pill’ book makes SCOTUS rulings harder to swallow

Timing is everything, in book publishing as in everything else. OK, maybe more so in publishing. So I do not want to suggest that by not being published until October, “The Birth of the Pill” by Chicago writer Jonathan Eig will be in any sense …

Don’t be a dummy with fireworks; July 4 no time to be ‘degloved’: Steinberg

“Degloved,” is a term I had never heard before Dr. Brian Sayger, chairman of emergency medicine at Advocate Christ Medical Center in Oak Lawn, used it to describe a certain ... But first, a warning to those who might be squeamish or eating their breakfasts: …

Delight overtakes doubt after veterans take Honor Flight

Before 91 veterans of World War II board a jet at Midway Airport early Wednesday, before the Southwest pilot powers up the engines and the tower clears the plane for takeoff to Washington, D.C., where they will be heaped with honor and visit a monument …

SCOTUS ruling on abortion clinics reminds us: Women fair game

If only women got divorced, but not men, then they might, on their way to consult divorce lawyers, have to push through a gantlet of abuse from self-proclaimed advocates of the sanctity of marriage, urging them to cling to their marital vows, no matter how …

World fights land mines, but U.S. still on sidelines

The U.S., while pouring money into combating harm caused by land mines, is still not among the 161 nations that signed a global mine ban treaty in the late 1990s.

Of course Homeland Security is seeing more guns at airports

Department of Homeland Security ... Gosh, that’s an awful name, isn’t it? It’s been around for almost a dozen years, and I’ve never gotten used to it. Anyway, Department of Homeland Security officials announced they’re seeing ... I’ll tell you why it’s such a bad …

Steinberg: 100 years later, Franz Ferdinand’s assassination still echoes in Chicago

The assassination of Archduke Franz Ferdinand, nephew of Franz Joseph, emperor of the Austro-Hungarian Empire, set into motion a clockwork of ultimatums followed by military action that drew in other nations, bound by various alliances, to enter what became the first global war, stretching from Japan to Brazil. While America was not nearly as affected by the war as Europe was, it was affected nonetheless. The impact on Chicago was profound.

4 strikes, you’re out: CTA bus bump sparks chain reaction of fear

A minor fender bender highlights what’s wrong with the American way: Someone will deny something trivial because the consequences of admitting fault could be severe.

With NBA’s Heat beat, we turn to — gulp — World Cup soccer?

Basketball season ended Sunday with another satisfying blowout of the Miami Heat. I calculated when basketball will return — late October, when our hearts and hopes will congregate around Derrick Rose’s right knee — and my younger son informed me that World Cup soccer was on. “Wanna watch?” God no, I thought.

500 women, a half ton of flour, and me

You can’t assume things in this job. I’d like to pretend that of course everybody knows challah is a rich, dense, slightly sweet, often braided egg bread, that it entered American consciousness years ago, along with bagels and gefilte fish and other Jewish foodstuffs. But …

Steinberg: Kennedy roadwork not a problem, it’s a looming nightmare

Major construction on the Kennedy Expressway’s inbound lanes begins at 10 p.m. Friday night and will run through early Monday morning. The construction will continue over the next two weekends.