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Lawmakers, dignitaries and everyday citizens came together to pay tribute to Judy Baar Topinka today. But is there any resolution to who her successor will be?

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We talk with the South African Consul General about an event giving Chicagoans a chance to mourn and celebrate Nelson Mandela.

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Dignitaries and top chefs come together to celebrate Charlie Trotter. Paris Schutz has the story.

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Exterior of Museum's pavilion's atrium; Visualization by Squared Design Lab

A memorial on Ground Zero commemorating 9/11 opens in a few weeks. We talk with Chicago Tribune architecture critic, Blair Kamin, who got a sneak peek.