Mary Schmich

Columnist

Mary Schmich is a columnist for the Chicago Tribune who won the 2012 Pulitzer Prize for commentary. Her column, which she has written since 1992, appears Wednesdays, Fridays and Sundays. A Georgia native, she was previously a Tribune national correspondent based in Atlanta. She also teaches yoga, plays mandolin and piano, and with fellow columnist Eric Zorn hosts an annual holiday singalong at the Old Town School of Folk Music.

Recent Articles

  • A letter to my mother

    A letter to my mother

    One day when my mother was in her final time, curled on the living room sofa in a haze of narcotics, she murmured something I couldn't quite understand. I leaned in. "What?" I asked. "The letter," she said. "Where's the letter?" "What letter?" "The one you wrote me. It meant so much to me. I don't...

  • Frangos, Sears Tower and now WGN — when local isn't so local anymore

    Frangos, Sears Tower and now WGN — when local isn't so local anymore

    First, they took our Frangos. Now they've come for WGN. "They" are the invaders who descend upon Chicago and snatch all sorts of things we pride ourselves on calling local. That brewery. That bank. That candy company. One day they're ours, the next day they've been abducted by aliens. This time the...

  • Atrocity, nauseous, misogyny: Dictionary tweets trending in this American political life

    Atrocity, nauseous, misogyny: Dictionary tweets trending in this American political life

    Are you nauseous because of the misogyny and other atrocities committed by certain self-styled swashbucklers in our public life? If you read the previous sentence and thought, "What do those words even mean?" you must not be following Merriam-Webster Dictionary online. That sentence contains four...

  • First to graduate from college least of what this woman's done

    First to graduate from college least of what this woman's done

    This weekend Cristal Ortega will become the first person in her family to graduate from college. That alone would be a good story, but that's the least of what she's done. Ortega grew up in the Chicago suburb of Cicero, the second of five kids of Mexican immigrants. Her father supported the family...

  • Good health requires good health care, not morality police

    Good health requires good health care, not morality police

    My brother led a good life. He didn't smoke, rarely drank, didn't eat too much and wasn't hooked on sugar. It's true that he didn't sleep or exercise enough, primarily because he had a long car commute to his job, and at that job, which didn't pay enough, he sat too much because that's what the work...

  • What the heck kind of spring is this, Chicago?

    What the heck kind of spring is this, Chicago?

    The 7 Stages of a Chicago Spring 1. Shock and denial Late March, into April. Rain, fog, thunderstorms, snow or the threat of it. In what dystopian universe, can this be called spring? Your down coat is filthy, and it smells. You've lost one glove, again, and you will not buy a new pair, not when...

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