It was not the scene housekeepers expected to find when they entered the seventh-floor room of the upscale Whitehall Hotel in Chicago: the body of Brianna Gardner, a 22-year-old Dallas woman, fatally shot in the head.
Police found a cell phone in the room and, shortly after, brought it's owner in f ... More >>
eBay seller "afox11"Speaking of 1401 Elm Street ...Before that was built, at the corner of Elm and Akard, there was in its place the Fox Theater, one among many movie houses lining the old theater row of which the Majestic's the sole survivor. I've seen a few photos of the joint, said to have ope ... More >>
Every year or so we get word of yet another crime map out there. Here's the latest: Trulia's Beta-testing, color-coded "heat" map, which, says the Chicago Sun-Times, is a collaboration between EveryBlock.com, CrimeReports.com and SpotCrime.com intended to allow "home buyers, sellers and renters t ... More >>
Oh, Billy!There was a time in our younger days when there simply was no bigger band than Smashing Pumpkins. Depending on who you ask, double-album Mellon Collie and the Infinite Saddness is either one of the greatest triumphs of the mid-'90s alt-rock boom or one of the most self-indulgent, overra ... More >>
Not a 7-Eleven bird, but we can dream...some Observer staffers eat lunch there three times a week.Move over, Boston Market. There's a new bird in town. 7-Eleven, home of the Slurpee, is adding roasted chicken, for the low, low price of $7.99, to its menu, according to a report in the Chicago ... More >>
In recent days, newspapers in the Midwest and Northeast have been filled with accounts of churches packed with worshipers who've come to visit the relics of Mother Teresa -- among them, a lock of her hair, her tattered sandals, her rosary, even a vial filled with drops of her blood. From the Chic ... More >>
Don't act surprised, Annie. You knew this was coming.Even more accolades for Dallas' St. Vincent today--plus some for the similarly Dallas-bred Neon Indian, too.Both acts, already clear 2009 darlings in the eyes of Pitchfork, landed on the taste-making site's Best Tracks of 2009 list this morning ... More >>