• Blogs

    May 22, 2014

    7 Outdoor Dinners You Can't Miss This Summer

    All week long we're rolling out content from our Summer Guide 2014. In it you'll find all the best ways to enjoy the season in and around St. Louis. Click here to read the rest of the guide or pick it up in print at the red Riverfront Times box nearest you. When a restaurant uses the term "farm to ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 10, 2014

    Rider's Residency: Amtrak Offers Free Long-Distance Train Rides to Writers

    For writers, there are few spaces more motivating, focusing and inspirational than a window seat on a train. Walt Disney came up with Mickey Mouse on a train. Same thing with J.K. Rowling, who says Harry Potter popped into her head fully-formed on a crowded car. And now 24 writers will get a spec ... More >>

  • News

    August 15, 2013
  • Blogs

    August 3, 2012

    Report: Amtrak Has Lost $834 Million on Food Over Ten Years

    Yes, that headline is accurate: Amtrak has lost $834 million on food service over the past ten years, an audit by the Government Accountability Office has revealed. Seems like the national rail line's food-service workers get a little peckish and a little sloppy on those long hauls across the countr ... More >>

  • Dining

    June 21, 2012
  • Blogs

    May 30, 2012

    Pedestrian Hit by Train in Kirkwood

    KMOV and KTVI both report that a pedestrian was hit by an Amtrak train just before 5 p.m. near Leffingwell and Scott avenues in Kirkwood (the railroad crossing at the intersection, above). The person was wearing headphones at the time, and witnesses claimed the train blew its whistle prior to the at ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 24, 2012

    The Things We Carried on World Book Night

    Last night was World Book Night. We started with a box of books. Twenty copies of Tim O'Brien's The Things They Carried, to be precise. We could give them to anybody we wanted.At first we thought it would be fun to pun on the book's title and give copies to people who were already carrying things. M ... More >>

  • News

    April 19, 2012
  • Blogs

    September 28, 2011

    Handcuffed Suspect Steals St. Louis Cop Car in Wild Chase Last Night

    ​The St. Louis police department mirrored the Keystone Kops last night in a bizarre chase that began in a south-city convenience store. As reports, three gunmen entered the 7-Eleven at Chippewa and Brannon last night and fired shots into the air before making off with the cash drawer. ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 25, 2011

    Receding River Allows Amtrak to Restore Full Service to Kansas City

    Amtrak: Now free to move about Missouri.​Amtrak will restore full service between St. Louis and Kansas City beginning Wednesday. Flooding along the Missouri River forced Amtrak to reduce its runs between the two cities earlier this month after Union Pacific switched more of its freight traffic ont ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 12, 2011

    Swollen Missouri River Forces Amtrak to Reduce St. Louis to Kansas City Service

    The Union Pacific line west of Jefferson City as viewed this morning.​Flood waters along the Missouri River have forced the Union Pacific railroad to divert its freight trains to a line of track the carrier shares with Amtrak. The resulting congestion has forced the passenger train to temporarily ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 6, 2011

    Pitchfork Music Festival 2011: What to Expect, What to See and More

    ​Sometimes the Iternets can put on one helluva flesh-and-blood show. Pitchfork Music Festival is run by the music blog of the same name, which just announced it's expanding to Paris this fall with an overseas version of the festival to be curated by (Everybody Loves) Bon Iver. The American b ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 22, 2011

    Construction on High-Speed Rail Between St. Louis and Chicago Continues​This afternoon in Chicago, Illinois heavyweights and railway folks are going to announce a second round of funding for a high-speed rail line between St. Louis and the Windy City.Sen. Dick Durbin, (D-Ill) and Illinois governor Pat Quinn will announce the new infusion of cash on ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 4, 2011

    Boston Mayor of 1940s Offers Solution to St. Louis' Ice Problem

    Boston's mayor appealed for M.I.T. engineers to develop flame throwers to help save the city from record snowfall.​Francis Slay is back in town. The St. Louis mayor arrived home Wednesday via Amtrak after his flight from California was canceled Monday due to Midwest snow storms.  One of the m ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 2, 2011

    Francis Slay in Planes, Trains and Automobiles

    Slay reacts to news that he won't be home for Snowmaggedon '11.​Updated 8:35 a.m. with a hilarious new out take! St. Louis Mayor Francis Slay missed the blizzard that sacked much of Missouri yesterday and left his fair city coated in a few inches of ice and sleet. The mayor was in Albuquerque. As ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 29, 2010

    Interview: Potty-mouthed Violinist Owen Pallett on "Bro Music," Sexuality and His Career

    David WaldmanOwen Pallett, performing live.​In conversation, composer/violinist/songwriter Owen Pallett is outspoken. This might surprise those familiar with his music - from the serene orchestration on his acclaimed 2010 record, Heartland, and his previous work under the Final Fantasy moniker ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 1, 2010

    Before Amtrak Gets Fast, It's About to Get Slow

    Someone oughtta right a song about this. Oh, wait...​Beginning today Amtrak service between Chicago and St. Louis will experience several interruptions for track maintenance as part of an effort to create a high-speed route between the two cities. Passengers who use Amtrak's Lincoln Service depart ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 21, 2010

    Construction on High-Speed Rail to Chicago Underway

    Amtrak's St. Louis-Chicago route, converting to high-speed...eventually.​The dream is alive! Construction on a new high-speed rail line between St. Louis and Chicago is set to begin in September and the first 90 miles -- extending from just north of Alton to just south of Lincoln but excluding ... More >>

  • Calendar

    May 6, 2009
  • Blogs

    April 17, 2009

    St. Louis to Chicago in Under Four Hours By Train

    It may be possible in the not-too-distant future. Yesterday President Barack Obama unveiled plans for a high-speed rail network throughout the United States. A Midwestern route -- with a hub based in Chicago -- could go online in 2012 connecting the Windy City with Milwaukee and Detroit. Another lin ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 14, 2009

    Get Intimate with Joe Biden for $10,000

    Joe Biden, champion of the working class. Joe Biden, who commuted from Delaware to D.C. with the regular folks on the Amtrak. Working-class Joe, born in Scranton, Pennsylvania. Some say it's a mythical legend, that of the blue-collar Joe Biden and his rags-to-riches journey to the top.The senator-tu ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 4, 2009

    Washington University: Tourist Mecca?

    An article in Sunday's New York Times touts the university campus as the hot new tourist destination. Universities, you see, usually have at least one picturesque corner or impressive building (fit for the cover of the admissions catalog), some sort of historical landmark, maybe a museum or two for ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 1, 2008

    Ride the Megabus for Free. Yeah, That's Right, Free!

    We know how much you love St. Louis. We know you love it so much you would never, ever want to leave, even though gas prices have gone down which makes an out-of-town excursion more feasible than it was a couple of months ago. Leave the mid-winter snow and the late-winter slush? Never!But that evil ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 19, 2008

    Metro Ridership, St. Louis Gas Prices Up

    Metro has been in public relations and financial turmoil as of late, but the transit company recently did something that might boost its approval ratings -- it gave away 10,000 passes, aimed at attracting new riders. Nick Lucchesi Calm before the storm: The Busch Stadium Metro Link station today ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 25, 2008

    St. Louis Gets a Grand Central Station (Sort Of)

    On Friday nights or Saturday mornings in the wee small hours, you can usually find me down at the Amshack on 16th Street waiting for the late train from Chicago. Or, rather, waiting for one particular passenger to alight from said train. It's not an especially pleasant place to pass the time: It's c ... More >>

  • News

    September 12, 2007

    End Zone

    Battered by the pounding they took on the gridiron, former players say the National Football League has abandoned them.

  • News

    August 9, 2006

    The Next Big Thing

    A middle-aged couple with a million dollars and a big dream: To make St. Louis a pop-music hub

  • News

    March 1, 2006

    The Mississippi Mirror

    Unreal takes a local celeb inside our actor's studio, browses for Star Trek figurines and says hello to "The Pampered Queer."

  • News

    January 11, 2006

    Sweet and Lo-Fi

    Bill Streeter's vlog is how others see us

  • News

    December 22, 2004


    Week of December 22, 2004

  • News

    December 15, 2004

    O Amshack!

    Unreal goes (ugh!) holiday (groan!) shopping and surfs over to our Local Blog o' the Week; plus, we continue to fight the good fight for our beloved train-trailer

  • News

    December 8, 2004

    Save the Amshack

    We lament the impending doom of our beloved train-trailer, talk to a guy with some great squirrel recipes and go to jail. Plus: Can taking Communion give you the flu?

  • News

    October 27, 2004

    Farr Out Campaign

    A loose-lipped former train conductor is looking to get his long-shot congressional bid on track

  • News

    October 27, 2004

    October Surprise

    Now we know just how far candidates will go -- and just how much Pimp Juice they'll drink -- for an endorsement

  • News

    August 11, 2004

    All Aboard!

    We get political with Kerry and Dean, feel the bite of a "Mad Dog" and discover something amazing about Prius ownership. Plus, confidential to Unreal readers: Parking downtown is easy!

  • News

    February 25, 2004

    Another Steakout

    Don't let the Lou become the sole property of Bloosiers; plus, we try to go on a wholesome date (to Mel's new movie, perhaps?), visit one of the few remaining typewriter stores, learn a thing or two about balls and make some super suggestions for Lambert

  • News

    December 31, 2003

    Street Talk 2003: The Year in Review

    Week of December 31, 2003

  • News

    November 26, 2003

    What Do You Have to be Thankful For?

    Week of November 26, 2003

  • News

    October 8, 2003


    Week of October 8, 2003

  • Culture

    May 7, 2003

    When He Was Cruel

    Neil LaBute tries to be nice but comes off very savage

  • News

    February 12, 2003

    Suds Slap

    Week of February 12, 2003

  • News

    February 5, 2003

    White-Trash Junction

    Amtrak's station was supposed to be temporary -- a quarter-century ago

  • News

    March 13, 2002

    If You Build It, They May Fly Elsewhere

    High-dollar airport expansion rolls on despite fewer flights, loss of TWA

  • News

    February 13, 2002

    A Mayor Runs Through It

    With the determination of a Missouri mule, Mayor Mike Swoboda drags a $40 million development into the heart of Kirkwood

  • News

    October 10, 2001

    Patriot Games

    With a distant war, a vague enemy and no access, local media are left waving the flag

  • News

    July 11, 2001


    Week of July 11, 2001

  • Film

    April 25, 2001

    City of Night

    Dark Days discovers the real tunnel-dwellers behind the urban myths

  • Calendar

    February 7, 2001

    Sleep Cheap

    Webster University invaded by hostel beings at travel expo

  • News

    June 30, 1999