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Special to the TribuneDeb O'Dell is a working mother of two who has been renting since her divorce several years ago. "I initially did feel that I had missed the housing boom," she says admits of her first years in the two-bedroom 1,200-square foot Oswego home she shares with...
Tribune arts criticWhen it comes to fragility and potential for disaster, few American playwrights rival David Lindsay-Abaire. In the wrong hands, sardonic little comedies like "Fuddy Meers" dissolve into tasteless caricature quicker than Alka-Seltzer. And a drug is an...
Chicago Tribune reporterBruce Elliott has painted a nude portrait of Republican vice presidential nominee Sarah Palin and hung it above the Old Town Ale House, where it's now a prime attraction among his display of more than 200 celebrity portraits and other racy art. Elliott's...
Tribune staff reporterYou know the feeling. You're watching a movie and see a face that looks vaguely familiar. If you're also a local-theater nerd, chances are the actor you recognize is someone you've seen onstage. In "Revolutionary Road" (in theaters today), Leonardo...
Tribune restaurant criticThis shouldn't work. I can't believe it does work. Veteran restaurateur Bob Djahanguiri and four-star chef Roland Liccioni -- and if that's not an odd couple, I don't know what is -- are the creative forces behind Old Town Brasserie, which opened in...
There's been no shortage of takeoffs on Sarah Palin lately, from television skits to action figures, but Bruce Elliott has gone one step further than most. He's taken off her clothes. Elliott, whose wife, Tobin Mitchen, owns the Old Town Ale House on...
Tags: Alaska, Television, Entertainment, Executive Branch, Sarah Palin
A few weeks ago when we ran insider profiles on the best of eight great American cities, we intentionally left out Chicago because it wasn't "travel" for those of us who live here. OK, OK. ... we've reconsidered--and turned to one of our own as the "local...
Born before Hernan Cortes arrived in Mexico several hundred years ago, tacos belong to a group of snacks called antojitos, which roughly translates as "whimsical little dishes." And like most classic dishes around the world, you'll find innumerable...
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