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In a , Megan Stielstra juxtaposes tonight's Chi-Town Rising event, which was once free but , with the protests that are bringing people together for a very different reason. Meanwhile, Rick Perlstein writes in the New Yorker about "."

I'm stealing the headline from FoGB , because it is perfect. There are so many Best of lists at this time of year, but if you want to know 15 (thankfully there are far more) women who did awesome stuff in Chicago this year, then go . They're all awesome.

11选5图标下载Scott Smith about why fighting racism and encouraging diversity is an ongoing effort.

11选5图标下载Speaking of new rules in the new year, here's a that take effect on Jan. 1.

are taking effect in Chicago on Friday. If you're a litigious, gun-toting, vaping, Uber-taking, Netflix-loving property owner, things are going to get pretty expensive for you.

Chicago magazine talks with a security expert about .

Musician and programmer tells the story of while walking on Wabash Avenue near the Billy Goat. It took 10 cops to figure out that the tea in his hand wasn't a gun. "Pointless escalations like this are exactly how people get shot for holding cell phones, half full cups of tea, and so on," he says.

11选5图标下载Edgewater residents Caro D'Offay and Laura Gilmore put up an oversized in their front yard. It's on Norwood Avenue between Broadway and Glenwood if you want to stop by.

City Bureau about their experiences on the force and the need for a more representative police force. It's now also a good idea to .

over whether the neighborhood should become more urban or remain the semi-suburban enclave it currently is.

11选5图标下载The Metropolitan Water Reclamation District posted a cool time lapse video of water filling into their new .

11选5图标下载Learn more about the reservoir and the Deep Tunnel -- and see lots of pictures -- in .

11选5图标下载For years, Diane Latiker has memorialized children murdered in the city with a stone paver. There are now 574 stones. Latiker tries to through her organization .

Cities like Chicago were built by migrants and refugees in wave after wave. The Chicago Reporter reports on .

Chicagoans are , along with much of the rest of the Great Lakes/Rust Belt region.

Recall hearing earlier this year that median rent for a one-bedroom apartment in Chicago was ? That seemed pretty high -- and Daniel Kay Hertz explains .

Vox shares analysis of , and finds that Mondays, Wednesdays and Sunday mornings see the most posts in Chicago, among other trends.

Homelessness , the RedEye reports. And with the City , many opt for other accommodations.

11选5图标下载The Trace into Illinois from neighboring states. (.)

As in the murder of 9-year-old Tyshawn Lee, the Tribune makes it clear he is far from alone, putting on a map killed since 2011.

Photographer Mike Gugliuzza . The and helped him get to know neighborhoods he'd never been to.

11选5图标下载Four zip codes in Chicago and one in Berwyn are among the for house-flipping. Crain's Dennis Rodkin was to explain why.

11选5图标下载The Clark Street hot dog stand will be known for its golden arcs as it transforms into the fictitious fast-food knockoff McDowell's from the 1988 Eddie Murphy movie "." I wonder if King Jaffe Joffer will show up .

Time Out asks whether .

Black drivers in Chicago are over than whites, according to a NYTimes analysis. But police are in cars driven by whites. []

11选5图标下载Chicagoans have been used to hearing that we're the second largest Polish city after Warsaw -- but is it still true? .

11选5图标下载You can get [PDF] including and for doing things like .

ProPublica analyzed the rate of wage garnishment for unpaid debt in Chicago, St. Louis and Newark, NJ and found that . of Chicago's data.

Mayonnaise is a healthy part of your daily sandwich -- but Little Village residents worry that in their neighborhood may bring more pollution.

This summer, Chilean journalist Mathias Meier against the City's efforts to clear the homeless out of Uptown.

Speaking of maps, Curious City explains why , despite Illinois being the in the Lower 48.

11选5图标下载As politicians, the police and everybody else debates how to curb the violence in the city, the Chicago Reporter looks at .

11选5图标下载Landlords seem to think that it's OK to ignore the (PDF) and and minorities in CraigsList ads, WBEZ reports. (Need assistance against a bad landlord? Contact the or .)

for this year's are open.

Chicago has more than 1,900 miles of alleys, more than any other city in the country. how the alley system came to be, and their importance in making the city livable.

11选5图标下载The state budget stalemate has meant cuts all over -- and the latest belt-tightening comes at , which . has also seen its state funding frozen, and so it's even as its services are more and more needed.

11选5图标下载Just after the Washington Post ran a showing the Chicago's murder rate isn't as bad as it seems (though still bad), the Daily Beast to compare the per-capita murder rates of single neighborhoods to those of entire countries atop the world homicide rate list.

11选5图标下载Juliet Eldred is , photographing and categorizing .

11选5图标下载This Saturday, the lets you into homes and buildings running on solar and other alternative energy sources. Here's a to visit.

11选5图标下载Crain's published a guide to Chicago's other major hub of commerce, .

A federal appeals court ruled that stands, and property owners who allow weeds to exceed a height of 10 inches may be fined.

The Chicago Foundation for Women just launched , an effort to "increase women's economic security and put an end to gender bias in metropolitan Chicago by 2030."

DNAinfo has been working for weeks on I've always been curious about: the perceived borders of neighborhoods, as defined by their residents. .

Dig into some hip Chicago neighborhoods with , a design-minded guide to the city -- and .

South Side Weekly has delivered up , its picks for great stuff in neighborhoods that usually get ignored by such lists.

11选5图标下载The Economist looks to , among other things, as evidence the city is . Our own critic, S. Nicole Lane, was .

"," the newest 360° installment in our documentary film series, , goes up in the air with adult circus performers and enthusiasts.

Firefighters responding to a fire in a Chicago Lawn botanica discovered charred bones, ; they were determined to be chicken bones.

11选5图标下载Gapers Block's documentary series in 2013.

11选5图标下载How heavily do the police enforce Chicago's traffic laws when it comes to bicyclists? .

11选5图标下载The Megan Crepeau and Alexandra Chachkevitch describe what it's like covering the crime beat when there's .

11选5图标下载If your neighborhood happens to be Rogers Park, anyway. profiles regular people who live north of Devon and east of Ridge.

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A new report ranks Chicago between Tokyo and London as the . The good news is, we're also . Whet Moser takes at how UBS arrived at their numbers.

tours the Northwest Side neighborhood's history, mysteries, and ghosts.

11选5图标下载#24 on is at the intersection of S. Pulaski Rd. and W. Adams St. in West Garfield Park. made the list back in 2013.

Hear in South Side Weekly's Interview Issue.

11选5图标下载A West Town man found strangers in his condo after .

New to the city? Get settled in by .

People who live on the North Side tend to pretend the South Side doesn't exist, even though it's , writes Evan F. Moore.

Two local comedians their experience last Sunday of being in an audience of over 2,000 men who were recruited by comedian Steve Harvey for a daylong taping of his talk show, the theme being "What Men Really Think." Harvey to women as "meat" and "traps"; one of the warm-up comics made a comment onstage that the room was getting too "rapey," and the event turned into a group of women onstage getting catcalled and harassed by the audience.

Chicagoans are by learning how to and other old-school weaponry.

11选5图标下载Chicago ranked 15th in Travel + Leisure's ranking of .

Chicago may in the country to Houston by 2030, according to a study.

Cape Horn Illustration has put together a nice .

The Tribune tells the story of as a way into the neighborhood's history of entrenched gangs and ongoing violence.

Take a look at the on a map which argues for spending more on programs in those areas to save money later.

11选5图标下载More as governments combine resources to give low-income people a chance to move to safe neighborhoods with good schools.

11选5图标下载This year's Chicago Humanities Festival explores the idea of in the age of the Internet.

Chicago Magazine's experts from art restorers to dog whisperers.

People on the North and South ends of the City , according to an analysis by DNAinfo.

Homeowners in the rapidly-gentrifying West Loop in new developments.

The Washington Post takes an as President Obama prepares rules to reduce segregation in U.S. cities.

While a few , every proposal to commemorate another event in the city's history has failed.

Looking to complete your Christkindlmarket mug collection? They'll be from past years online beginning at 9am this Wednesday.

Pot is , but $300 an ounce on average is still 10 percent higher than national figures, according to .

Submissions to the are being accepted through July 1. Run by the Guild Literary Complex, this poetry award has a cash prize of $600.

Chicago Magazine highlights the .

While the majority of Chicago neighborhoods are facing declining populations, as they become the new entry points to the city, Chicago Magazine reports.

Chicagoist's writers share . Over at the Beachwood Reporter, they say their worst fears .

11选5图标下载Beverly residents are turning their backyards .

Jerry Seinfeld made with Steve Harvey (meh) of his web series "Comedians in Cars Getting Coffee," grabbing coffee and pastrami sandwiches (and unheard-of table service) at .

11选5图标下载African American activists in town for a social justice conference at the Congress Plaza Hotel.

If you're renting, remember your withholding rent for repairs, receiving a security deposit receipt, and more.

The City's revised is a searchable site for finding local volunteer opportunities.

11选5图标下载It took Chicago a few years to build it, but this weekend you can celebrate The Bloomingdale Trail and the associated 606 park system. Details for the festival abound at the . There will be food, art installations, a ribbon cutting and dance lessons just to kick things off.

The parents of Hadiya Pendleton are calling on the community to .

Developers want to (North of Chicago Avenue).

You can nominate your favorite parts of Chicago, from burgers to theater companies to yoga salons, for

to use public land, as the City waives fees for events like the NFL Draft, Taste of Chicago, and Blues Fest because they're free and provide a "public benefit."

The , although rents remain relatively reasonable here.

is giving adults a with events starting tonight and running through the weekend.

11选5图标下载 new highlights lesser-known local spots, although we're pretty sure tourists would find it useful too.

TimeOut shows how .

11选5图标下载Chicago's from 2013-2014, according to the census.

11选5图标下载Today GB's documentary video series, , features three 360° videos shot with a special six-camera rig. The videos, which let you point the "camera" in any direction, are about , and .

11选5图标下载Chicago Magazine back in 2009 before a track by Nicki Minaj and Lil Herb took the term mainstream in 2014.

11选5图标下载Get a compelling , as told by eight current and former residents to the Illustrated Press.

In a , University of Chicago Crime Lab co-director Harold Pollack compares recent events in Waco, Texas, with gang violence in Chicago.

11选5图标下载The City will possibly buried in a forgotten Dunning cemetery before rebuilding a street that now passes over the site.

11选5图标下载? That's just one of the unique trainings offered at .

Chicagoans are coming together today to share a meal and ideas for improving the community; for soup and a conversation about ways to bring neighborhoods together.

11选5图标下载Are you a maker of industrial 3D objects or would you like to be? If so, and if you live on the north side, then you're likely to be thrilled by the opening of the . Their grand opening is , and they'll be expanding to fully serve people who work with wood, metal, casting, and digital fabrication. I got a sneak peek a few weeks ago and it seems very promising.

11选5图标下载A resident of Trump Tower of living in a high-end building where the security is tight, the dishwashers are loud, there's no party room, and the parking garage is a punishing eight minutes away from your apartment.

11选5图标下载While Chicago ranks high in diversity, it's also , reports Nate Silver.

11选5图标下载Chicago Magazine who stock their suburban homes with supplies -- and guns -- to prepare for when "shit hits the fan."

11选5图标下载Logan Square is for third deadliest neighborhood so far in 2015.

Thrillist asked 100 men and 100 women on Tinder.

The City will this fall, ending a two-year program with Integrys Energy that was intended to deliver better rates than ComEd.

RedEye has some advice for making your

City Council is considering a measure that would that serve alcohol.

Chicago tourism officials are appealing to national audiences .

11选5图标下载VICE News assesses , documenting their path from under-resourced communities to the criminal justice system.

One lucky Lakeview resident has some new neighbors living on his balcony: . Check out his Instagram for . You can also around the city and suburbs.

Sisters Danielle and Tiffany Puterbaugh have been a comedy duo .

A Wicker Park building whose upper floor apartments have been will be rehabbed and available for new tenants next year.

Thrillist rounded up some of the , including bans on drinking beer from a bucket, flying a kite, and fishing in pajamas.

Do you remember last year, when a fan convention named was due to accusations that hotel staff was rude to the fans attending the conference? Well, the conference took place this last weekend at the . But, it appears that this first-time event wasn't very successful, at least not in the eyes of the convention. h/t to Darlene of

The Cook County Sheriff's Child Protection Response Unit helps missing from state-run foster care and group homes before they end up in a gang or get picked up by .

11选5图标下载The City has been to pay pensions and other projects, while 280,000-plus people are on the waiting list for homes.

Twenty years ago, the City began dismantling the Henry Horner Homes and other CHA public housing projects. The Chicago Reporter looks at and what the near West Side is like now..

In other real estate news, Chicago magazine's is online, including a tool for checking on roughly .

11选5图标下载North Side neighborhoods are due to strict zoning laws and smaller households living in apartments, says Daniel Hertz.

Chicagoans than folks in Atlanta, Austin, Los Angeles, San Francisco and even New York, according to Eventbrite research. We're also more likely to go to foodie events.

11选5图标下载 is going door-to-door to around the city, bringing services to the streets writes blogger Vanessa Smetkowski.

Trekkies, LARPers, and geeks of all stripes can next week.

The CHIditarod's positive spirit was sullied by as part of their Bill Cosby and Jackie Robinson West costumes. Organizers .

Commuters passing through Union Station , unleashing a flood of plastic ball pit balls, courtesy of prankster Blake Grigsby.

Cheer on costume-clad teams as they race shopping carts through ice, snow, and crowds of inebriated onlookers (that could be you!).

It's the city's 178th birthday today. (Funny, it doesn't look a day over 177.) , or later tonight with the .

Oprah's closing up shop (a.k.a Harpo Studios) and moving west . . . to West Hollywood, that is. She recalls,

Not the pill. The City is that inhibits sperm production and causes egg loss in rats, with the aim of slowing the .

11选5图标下载 an average of 3.3 percent across the country in January, but they .

The neighborhoods in a list by PlaceILive.com, where most areas fared well relative to other cities.

The gentrification debate has been going on in Pilsen ", according to 25th Ward aldermanic candidate Roberto "Beto" Montano. Don't know about that, but we've11选5图标下载 been covering it .

A column in The Nation last week was titled "." Daniel Kay Hertz argues that no, .

The City promised to when they clean Lower Wacker Drive and other common street sleeping quarters, after reaching an , which had threatened a lawsuit.

11选5图标下载Time Out highlights some of the left around town.

The celebrates its 100th anniversary this year, and it's honoring the occasion by organizing another event on May 12. Thousands of Chicagoans will come together to talk about ways we can make our communities stronger, safer and more dynamic through collaboration and philanthropy. Consider hosting a meetup yourself -- .

11选5图标下载Chicago ranks fifth in North America and 16th in the world in . The white paper notes that there's a 27 point difference between how safe the city is and how safe it's perceived as being -- a bigger gap than any other city in the world.

Sean Buino has some stopped-up by beard (or other) hair.

The New York Times visited .

Sex site kink.com .

11选5图标下载Andersonville is in Chicago and the 7th most popular in the country according to real estate site Redfin.

The ethnic Chinese population living in Chicago's Chinatown is growing, , writes The Chicago Advocate.

The 's during the deep freeze last week and can't afford the repairs. Consider if you can. []

recounts in the NYTimes when her apartment building caught on fire.

The University of Chicago's proposal for the Obama Presidential Library would , hoping to spark development on the South or West side.

Curbed commissioned to create a for your next search for parking. Don't worry, it includes a free spot.

11选5图标下载While some parts of the city have become less segregated and others have become more so, the predominantly black South and West sides have remained almost exactly the same. .

11选5图标下载Murders were down this year, back to , though .

Just how bad is the noise for folks living under O'Hare's new flight paths? , reports Rod O'Connor in Chicago magazine.

is worth reading, though it might be dangerous to generalize the fortunes of the Southwest Side based on its most prosperous neighborhood (assuming you even include Pilsen in the Southwest Side).

Data analyst Brandon Harris dug through the to find the -- dirty being defined by number of failed health inspections, which commenters have pointed out often include "failed" visits from before a restaurant is even open. So, you know, caveat emptor.

While high-rise housing in Logan Square may provide new places to live, current residents are afraid .

11选5图标下载There are workplace rules everywhere -- even if your "workplace" is on highway ramps.

Time Out's came out today, divvied up by city side and category.

Among those briefly overnight from a Rosemont hotel due to a chlorine gas leak were the attendees of , a convention celebrating anthropomorphic animals. Police are investigating.

Northwestern professor Alexander G. Weheliye in the era of Barack Obama and Michael Brown.

11选5图标下载The cold and the snow are true signs that winter is approaching. And with the start of winter comes the holidays and the beginning of the holiday craft show season. The returns this year with more than 130 craft, art and handmade vendors, food sold by , free beer donated by and , live music and several djs from . So grab your list and get a jump start on gift buying tomorrow at the (5917 N. Broadway) from 10 am to 5 pm.

Local legislators are about O'Hare Airport. Leave yours at , at or by calling 800-435-9569 or 224-585-9153.

11选5图标下载The Tribune ranks the .

One in three Chicago residents , according to a survey by Springleaf Financial.

The Daily Beast profiles , who documents murders in some of the city's most dangerous neighborhoods.

The Local Tourist's is about as comprehensive a listing of pizza places in the city and suburbs as you can find.

11选5图标下载In University of Chicago junior Eleanor Hyun explains how expectations and the "immense pressure in TV and movies to have college be the best social experience of one's life" made her first year on campus a difficult one.

Graffiti removal requests to 311 are the densest along the of the CTA, tracing diagonals through the Northwest and Southwest sides.

11选5图标下载The City of Chicago has and .

11选5图标下载The Sun-Times profiles "," an area around the Parkway Gardens housing development, where Michelle Obama lived as a child. Nineteen people were shot on the block between June 2011 and June 2014.

11选5图标下载Uber is offering through their app, today between 12pm and 4pm, with the proceeds going to local shelters.

11选5图标下载A from the shows the spread of the Chicago metropolis from 1850 to 2000.

Curbed maps all the -- much of it much taller than what's currently there.

Meet the for study and display at the Field Museum.

The comic Compartment 1311选5图标下载 , which includes installing sloped barriers beneath the Kedzie Underpass to force the people who slept there to move.

Truthout investigates the Chicago Police Department's "" with regard to using deadly force.

11选5图标下载You know those signs that mark buildings that might be to emergency workers? , because the grant that funded them ran out.

An anonymous "West Loop-living Secret Admirer's" tips for how single ladies should act so he can give them uninvited compliments on the street , writes Kara Brown in Jezebel.

11选5图标下载South Side Weekly is absolutely the best arbiter of .

11选5图标下载The blog Toilography , commenting that they had never "seen washroom as grungy" as the one at the Empty Bottle. []

11选5图标下载The varies by neighborhood, with more young and middle-aged poor on the West and Southwest sides, and more elderly poor in the north and far south.

Seth Kugel's column for the NYTimes is pretty solid, and actually makes it beyond the typical neighborhoods.

In the RedEye, Hector Luis Alamo argues that .

Claire Zulkey writes a to her soon-to-be-former neighborhood of Edgewater.

11选5图标下载So long that yesterday they , when the restaurant opened, and still didn't close till well after the 4:30pm posted closing time. It's long enough that a couple while in line. So long that you can now identify . So long that .

Martha Bayne writes about the Bloomingdale Trail and the battle between .

11选5图标下载"I don't feel like Chicago is more segregated than any other city," says Aaron Griffin in ," I just think the South Side is more segregated than any other city."

Businessweek from a rough industrial area to a booming neighborhood full of technology companies.

The short documentary covers the role of native plants in keeping pollinating insects alive.

Politicians lined up to congratulate Jackie Robinson West on their Little League World Series trip. But none of them were there when one of the players was revealed to be homeless. .

Steven Vance and found that tear-downs are on the rise again. See also David Schalliol's project. (Thanks, !)

The is next week.

Time Out suggests , two of which are about what to call the city. (Gapers Block kind of goes on "Chi," because hey, we're complicated.)

11选5图标下载According to a new , the blacker the neighborhood, the in Chicago.

In one of the weirder altercations at Lollapalooza this past weekend, Ben Lenet was minding his own when he was . Police suspect the biter might have been high on PCP or bath salts. Lenet in hopes that the man who bit him comes forward. So far, Lenet says, he hasn't developed any taste for brains.

After his (great) set at Lollapalooza last night, Dev Hynes of Blood Orange after he and his girlfriend were ; posts to Lollapalooza's Facebook page about the incident are .

11选5图标下载Chicago's had a recently.

Boystown is , as are other historically gay neighborhoods around the country, according to a new study. []

11选5图标下载Fifth graders at in South Shore write in the Tribune about .

11选5图标下载Crain's is the that the city the "murder capital of America," despite the violence the last couple years.

11选5图标下载George Lucas selected , Chicago's Jeanne Gang and China's Ma Yansong, to design the on Northerly Island.

11选5图标下载Mariano's is planning a for the former South Works place, and a developer is working on a . But some worry that it's t.

The Reader of the Edgewater Beach Apartments at Sheridan and Bryn Mawr.

CHA provides "" to a lucky few low-income families so they can rent apartments in some of the priciest buildings in the city.

Residents of the Milshire Hotel SRO argue bed bug contamination is so bad that evicting them from the building .

11选5图标下载"It makes no difference that a crime has its roots in 'another neighborhood,' and to suggest otherwise is to embrace an attitude that thwarts progress against violent crime." Bill Savage on .

11选5图标下载Maybe your basement flooded once or twice this summer due to all the rain. But you probably didn't have to like Calumet Heights resident Lori Burns.

Elliot Ramos of the Wall Street Journal produced a this year, labeled white for crimes against property, red for crimes against people. []


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11选5图标下载Chicago , connecting residents and immigrants here with 28 different cities abroad.

11选5图标下载Wicker Park's population of homeless "rail riders" , which some residents are attributing to increased police pressure.

Daniel Kay Hertz slices and dices demographic statistics to figure out .

For Vice, Britt Julious discusses GHE20 GOTHIK, hood futurism and .

The RedEye's Ernest Wilkins, writer and policy advocate at The Center for Popular Democracy Josie Duffy, Ebony.com senior editor Jamilah Lemieux, and author Kiese Laymon participated in at Gawker.

Much to our dismay, the Taste of Chicago has for the entirety of Saturday due to inclement weather, including the sure-to-be-phenomenal concert at 4pm, featuring Chicago favorite Jeff Tweedy and legendary Lucinda Williams.

11选5图标下载GB Managing Editor David Schalliol writes about his attempts to show depicted in "" through his photography and film.

Mayor Emanuel and others are backing efforts to stem the loss of SROs to . Meanwhile, a City program is turning sketchy condo conversions .

Laugh all you want about the air in Chicago being , but over the holiday weekend is no joke. Superintendent McCarthy , and Mayor Emanuel said .

The Second City Network has a helpful guide to identifying whether that loud noise was .

11选5图标下载A Chicago Sojourn examines the Mid-Century architectural design trend of .

executive director and Englewood resident Tameka Lawson is as a means of .

A float from this year's Pride Parade sponsored by is facing , including: "Say NO to man boobs!"

The Sun-Times' Homicide Watch shares a harrowing, sorrowful first-person account from one of the paper's a freelance photojournalist of the shot during Monday night's storm,.

11选5图标下载Justin Kaufmann offers some creative ways to the suggested donation (although technically you can just walk by).

USA Today's got a "" that reads like a weekend I11选5图标下载 want to have.

The Sun-Times is reporting that the .

Find out which Chicago neighborhood you belong in with

City Council is considering , from $750 to $1,500.

11选5图标下载, a project from the MIT Media Lab, to images from Google Street View. reveals some of its limitations -- such as Navy Pier and Buckingham Fountain getting low, dangerous scores.

has already had a in the Cultural Center where people can record true stories about their lives. Soon it will also have to help share those stories.

Lifelong Chicagoan and "Our Man in Chicago" blogger Scott Smith shares his experience near his home in Beverly.

11选5图标下载A group of nuns in Stone Park filed suit to , saying the bass and flashing lights disturbs their worship.

11选5图标下载"Home equity districts," formed decades ago to calm white residents' concerns of property values going down as diversity increased in their neighborhoods, are , WBEZ reports.

will be somewhere in Chicago on Sunday.

is one of .

11选5图标下载 reports that the production company behind reality TV stalwart, "The Real World,"

Chicagoans in certain neighborhoods are set up in the 1980s to stem white flight, WBEZ's Natalie Moore reports.

11选5图标下载 may be gone, but --one an old-school saloon, the other a gay nightclub--are set to open in its place.

The 2014 season of the kicks off Wednesday, June 11, with a .

The Gate examines the effect of University of Chicago Police in -- from neighboring communities, for better or worse.

Whet Moser about his Atlantic article on .

11选5图标下载The Wicker Park Advisory Council from organizers of the , citing numerous problems with the festival in previous years. In related news, five West Town community organizations called for regarding the finances of neighborhood festivals.

11选5图标下载Chicago went 42 hours without a gun homicide over Memorial Day weekend, and some of the credit is going to the .

In the RedEye, Britt Julious wonders whether sites like and are .

Journalist Rashanah Baldwin took Huffington Post on , her home neighborhood. Baldwin hosts a show on Kennedy-King College's WKKC-FM called "."

11选5图标下载Chicago's but it will probably be too cold to soak up the sun. You could grill out instead, but those delicious crispy bits .

11选5图标下载The Atlantic's Ta-Nehisi Coates makes by way of introducing us to Clyde Ross, a Mississippi-born son of share croppers who settled in North Lawndale, and Chicago's ongoing problems of segregation. You may want to save this one for weekend reading.

The spearheaded by George Lucas would place it nearby Soldier Field and the Field Museum downtown.

and Bret Hamilton interviewed people in River North/Gold Coast and Pilsen to get their thoughts about love and capitalism. []

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11选5图标下载Watch as on this map put together by the Chicago Reporter.

The Tribune teamed up with , and to produce , a series of videos by high school journalists talking about violence in their lives.

The Illustrated Press tells , a high school linebacker stuck in a wheelchair after being shot eight times in the back while trying to protect a cousin.

After buying all four corners where California Avenue and Augusta intersect, developer Gino Battaglia plans to .

As green shoots emerge from the ground, . So maybe Spring is finally here.

The water from a pump in the Schiller Woods Forest Preserve is said to . Curious City investigates.

Mayor Emanuel apparently isn't too worried about going slow near schools and parks. His chauffeured SUV has been 20 times in the last two and a half years.

Hoping to get workers to stay in the Loop, the Chicago Loop Alliance is .

11选5图标下载Nearly , setting a new all-time record, although they .

11选5图标下载You probably already realize bars and bar fights go together. You might be surprised just occur in the city's nightlife districts.

11选5图标下载WBEZ reports that Chicagoans are than New Yorkers.

Mayor Emanuel introduced plans to with a $62 million road project. The would extend Wentworth Avenue over the South Branch and up to Wells Street.

Time Out has a you must pass as a true Chicagoan. (It is unlikely you will complete them all.)

Brian Keegan, a former Northwestern student now in Boston, and compared them to such factors as temperature and the concealed carry law. []

11选5图标下载Curious City turned its attention to Beverly and its concerted effort to in the face of white flight.

A Chicago man scored .

Lakeview restaurant has gone two years without generating any waste. []

While homicides are down in Chicago this year, the percentage of victims aged 25 or younger has .

North of Howard resident and former CeaseFire interrupter "thechiraqi" shared about how life is for young men in his part of town, whether they're part of a gang or not.

The is now live. Vote from now until May 12.

Take a with Chicago Patterns. []

A study by the website Niche , while also ranking Chicago as the fourth best city for that generation. []

11选5图标下载Hotels dominate Thrillist's investigation into the .

on the closing of the historic theater cites construction/maintenance issues. (and see the great photos) about the Patio's return in 2011.

A group collecting donations from drivers in Edgewater and elsewhere on behalf of a veterans organization , according to DNAinfo's Benjamin Woodard.

Minorities -- particularly African-Americans -- still , even after the semi-decriminalization of recreational amounts.

A study by the University of Chicago found night owls .

11选5图标下载A website that helps people in a committed relationship cheat on their significant others found , spending 25 percent more time there than the national average.

11选5图标下载 provides a little . []

11选5图标下载, a landmark building turned public hall in Pilsen, is officially open for business, and so is their .

WBEZ's Curious City reports on -- and stayed that way.

In response to Buzzfeeds list of "50 Things You Probably Didn't Know About Chicago," the Sun-Times Blog retaliated with a list of "."

, according to Mayor Emanuel. What do you think?

The video series takes an artistic look at ordinary moments in popular places across Chicago.

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, published by Chicago's very own , is up for two .

11选5图标下载Oakpark.com profiles , an .

11选5图标下载Scientist Seth Kadish checked to see whether they adhere to the compass. Cook County is pretty close to dead on, angled streets aside. []

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The for the 30th season of The Real World is .

In Chicago, about 6,173 square feet of home. Business Insider puts .

Chicago wants to offer city-owned to homeowners and nonprofits in Englewood for $1. It's been done in Gary, and Chicago is hoping this would put some of over 5,000 current vacant lots to use.

Chicago magazine picks (as well as 12 suburbs).

After nearly 35 years of plowing his neighborhood's sidewalks on his own, .

unleashed by St. Patrick's Day revelers on Wrigleyville over the weekend.

A garage sale find a beautiful 1940s-era film about Chicago produced by the Board of Education, narrated by sportscaster

The river will be , at 9:30am, this Saturday to make it easier to get the St. Patrick's Day Parade started on time. Whet Moser reveals in the first place.

11选5图标下载The "Chi-Pitts" megalopolis is the second largest of the , with economic output equal to Brazil.

gathered 10,000 artifacts from the Philippines between 1907 and 1910. Now the Museum is inviting Filipino-Americans around the web to be "co-curators" and help identify these objects through the site .

11选5图标下载Trib writer Matthew Walberg calculated he's shoveled about this winter. If you've got a driveway, you might have come close.

11选5图标下载I know it was cold, but the ComEd bill for the GB office in January. And it's .

The cute and vaguely creepy is celebrating to Michigan Avenue and the city at large.

A mesmerizing animation gives a throughout the day.

careened through the streets of the Northwest Side for , an annual food and fundraiser for the .

A has been created to commemorate the harsh Chicago winter that won't quit. and sales will be donated to help those who hurt the most this winter: the homeless.

The Shedd Aquarium announced the arrival of their . Marlin, a chocolate Lab mix (possibly with a little Boxer and a little Great Dane) will be one of the at the aquarium. Each canine ambassador at the aquarium came from a local shelter and are all named after Finding Nemo characters.

An infographic compares the nation's two most fast-paced and , Chicago and New York, on , from sports to airports to tourists, and of course, the ever-lasting pizza rivalry.

A member of a blues band says that McNally's Bar in Morgan Park closed early last Saturday because there were "" for the , a Chicago cop. If the man was in fact the bar's owner, he may be .

Chicago radio host and former Illinois Congressman Joe Walsh called the LGBT community on Twitter Tuesday, in reference to the Arizona bill allowing businesses to deny services to LGBT customers. continued, as he said he felt but others don't respect his.

11选5图标下载No one goes to Navy Pier, no one lives in the Loop, and never underestimate the Tamale Guy are just a few of the , according to Thrillist.

Chicago's inequality between the richest and poorest citizens , according to a study by the Brookings Institute. (Thanks, Dee!)

11选5图标下载China's urbanization process will be , as the "boom country of the 21st century" will be home to nearly 1 billion people by 2030. In a series created by the Tribune's and photographer , the two reveal how remodeling China's cityscape impacts the most crucial pillars to urban life.

Since drinking on the CTA is not (yet) legal, a map has been created correlating the bar to every "L" stop. Each stop on the map has been replaced with the correlating bar.

Longtime contributor was out photographing the lake on Feb. 9, and stumbled upon as a couple (he thinks) got engaged at Osterman/Hollywood Beach. He'd like to give them a copy of the photo. Anyone know ?

A longtime fixture on Chicago's gay scene, .

The latest in GB Managing Editor 's series for about on the South Side examines and its effects on the neighborhood and city.

Chicago comes out somewhere in the middle on this . []

A lot of people who live here are from here. But Curious City finds that .

A Chicago woman whose hijab was completely covered by her winter hat and scarf found her reception by both Muslims and non-Muslims -- for the better and worse. []

Curbed takes a look at US Census data about where residents.

11选5图标下载How should the City ? It's still . []

An online tournament of sandwiches has begun in Chicago, and is being called an "." The bracket currently consists of 64 sandwiches of various types all around the city. Participants who agree to the challenge eat the sandwiches, take photos and .

Transitized's shows you the predominate mode of work transportation throughout the city. Surprising how few of us carpool. []

11选5图标下载Chicago's very basic cubicle hotels offer a for many people with nowhere else to go.

11选5图标下载The efforts to turn got a major boost last week from the . []

11选5图标下载"Chicago police have long been criticized for interpreting the Constitution in different ways depending on which neighborhood they patrol." The Reporter backs that compliment up with data showing in Chicago.

DNAinfo put together a map of the Loop's Pedway system showing into the cold.

11选5图标下载Vice's Noisey began an this week, visiting Englewood to learn more about Chief Keef, the rise of drill music, and its connection with gangs.

New , with lantern celebrations, fireworks, and vendor fairs planned to attract international tourists and help residents celebrate the arrival of the Year of the Horse.

As the temperature drops to zero and below again, the will be in heavy demand. WBEZ's Curious City .

The Adler Planetarium is hiring a . "The premise of the show is that it's the year 2096 and a company called Space Express Tours conducts guided excursions into the Solar System. After viewing a brief pre-flight movie in the Welcome Gallery the visitors are met by their tour guide, Jesse, at the entrance to the Grainger Theater and enter the theater to begin their journey."

See the in your part of town -- and with median income -- with 's heat map.

Real estate site Redfin named Humboldt Park the for 2014. ( Logan Square was eighth.) []

11选5图标下载Organizers of the science fiction decided to cancel this year's event, saying staff at the River North hotel where it was going to take place

11选5图标下载When will someone here take notice of ?

It's been since the began. ?

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kicks off Thursday, with Siblings of Doctors, featuring Community's 11选5图标下载Danny Pudi, , and set to take the stage. []

11选5图标下载Lawn chairs are this time of year!

11选5图标下载Online voters as the topic of a future exhibition at the Chicago History Museum

Natalie Moore thinks the nickname now that the city is less of a war zone.

11选5图标下载Illinois' property taxes are the , and people may be because of it.

11选5图标下载Out Traveler voted Chicago's Boystown the of 2013. []

in 2013, totaling 415 after -- lower even than 2011, before last year's surge. Rates for other violent crimes also dropped.

African Americans in Chicago are than other adults, according to a new study.

The city's , leaving their longtime residents with few options.

11选5图标下载Chicago's murder rate is to be the , a from 2012. The rate was .

Have you been yet? We know it's touristy, but there's something special about drinking mulled wine and eating strudel beneath the skyscrapers downtown; you have until Thursday.

On her morning bike commute today, reader Kathleen King was passed by , presumably on the loose from . Horses escaped from the theater's stable exactly , too.

11选5图标下载King says the horse was "heading north on Wells, before turning right on North Ave. I hope all (including horse) are safe."

11选5图标下载UPDATE: The Sun-Times' George Siefo fills in .

"Excuse me you need to take your cameras off this corner. It's Safe Passage." Te-Nehisi Coates visited the West Side with videographers for the Atlantic, and had an .

Chicago's number six on 's list of the in the US. []

11选5图标下载The Sun-Times' Dave Hoekstra - a "slashie" found a few miles away from the Loop in West Town.

are bracing for the hordes of Christmas sweater-clad bar hoppers set to stumble through the streets during this weekend's .

The live lit series That's All She Wrote hasfor sale featuring over 40 listings for Chicago live lit events each month, and post-it note portraits of everyone who read at TASW during its inaugural year. They also have note cards. Calendars are $12, sets of cards are $10, and can be shipped.

Whet Moser points to the and others who are examining the .

of Frank Lloyd Wright homes, Jennifer Pritzker's proposal to buy and rehab two Wright houses in South Kenmore and make them B&Bs after neighbors objected that they'd bring "transients" to the residential block. At least one resident .

There will be even more of the walking dead on the streets during St. Patrick's Day weekend next year when the comes to Chicago.

Yolanda Perdomo compares Capone tourism here with in Colombia.

Plate magazine's gets the oral history of the founding of the iconic West Loop restaurant 16 years ago.

11选5图标下载Kicking off downtown at 8am on Thursday, Chicago's Thanksgiving Day Parade is .

11选5图标下载Hip hop shop is giving away 1,000 turkeys to needy families today at the store, 857 W. 87th St. Young Chop, Lupe Fiasco, Lil Durk, Co-Still, Twista and other local rappers have sponsored hundreds of turkeys, and there's still time to .

Chicago is the in the world from a "youthful perspective," ranking between Paris and London, according to the 2014 YouthfulCities Index. []

The returns to Daley Plaza next week, with one notable absence: . This year's souvenir gluhwein mug is a skinny cylinder shape, and has some boot fans, well, bent out of shape, .

Looking for "hipster" neighborhoods ideal for real estate investment, a new ranks in the nation.

11选5图标下载Nortasha Stingley, who lost her 19-year-old daughter to gun violence, tells you in this week's Reader.

11选5图标下载After Police Superintendent Garry McCarthy expressed an interest in using drones, new legislation was proposed to in Chicago.

11选5图标下载The mobile produce market, built inside an old city bus, , in time to supply folks in food deserts with fresh ingredients for Thanksgiving dinner.

Fast Company lists Chicago as in North America, citing the commitment of developers to green building, open government efforts, and growth in broadband and other technologies. []

Mark Konkol explores how the city's gangs put guns in the hands of children in a report.

11选5图标下载Coya Paz recently attended a contentious meeting of the about the , and was made by attendees. She talked about it Thursday.

Back of the Yards watering hole Stanley's hasn't changed much since it started serving factory workers back in 1935, .

City Council needed for the Norfolk Southern railroad to build a $285 million expansion of its rail yard in Englewood ().

Renters are eclipsing buyers in Lincoln Park and Logan Square is booming, according to a breakdown of by Chicago Magazine.

11选5图标下载Crain's explores the in Cook County in an interactive feature.

A pair of twentysomething Chicagoans are sharing their lovers' quarrels with the world . []

On BagNewsNotes, GB's own David Schalliol asks, ? Related: .

A were spotted in a Gold Coast courtyard next to yesterday, while trick-or-treaters passed by.

With studies finding 48% of people in Chicago's homeless shelters are convicted felons, advocates are looking for ways CHA and other groups can .

11选5图标下载If it's a popular one, that is. And Thrillist is .

11选5图标下载From beauty salons to mechanics, technically any business in Chicago can be BYOB if they want to- and some local leaders are (or at least get some money from it).

11选5图标下载There are currently more live lit events in Chicago than in New York or San Francisco according to magazine, which published a piece featuring Ian Belknap of , Dana Norris of , and Keith Ecker of .

11选5图标下载What's Chicago's heroin market like these days? .

Now that the Bloomingdale Trail's construction , the police warn they will .

11选5图标下载In what could be a defining moment for nuptials in Chicago, a local man when he proposed to his girlfriend. Can this be the beginning of a new tradition?

11选5图标下载 reports City Council approved $125 million in tax incentives on Wednesday to renovate Bronzeville's apartment building that once housed Nat "King" Cole, Quincy Jones, and Gwendolyn Brooks.

Despite efforts to hold property owners accountable and provide money for improvements, the Tribune finds that .

11选5图标下载GB alum , which Curious City examines the .

11选5图标下载While printed books may be in decline, libraries are in the midst of something of a , offering new digital services like and .

Haunted Houses are set to open .

11选5图标下载The police are organizing from gang violence.

Hipsters have been haunting Chicago's neighborhoods since the 1890s. Aimee Levitt in this week's Reader.

11选5图标下载A man from Morton Grove to firsthand.

The mayor announced plans to around 60 of the odd lots created by angled streets and other grid oddities into -- with money-making potential through ads and sponsorships.

After Meagan Lane's cell phone was stolen while she was riding on the L, she found herself .

11选5图标下载This Old House lists Bronzeville as one of the in the country for its classic, affordable stone homes and rich history. []

11选5图标下载Chicago magazine takes a look at how other countries' media is .

The Tribune has put all 547 of 2013's multi-victim shootings on .

Arun Sampathavivat, chef-owner of , is hoping to transform a few blocks of Pulaski Road north of Montrose into a .

After months of complaints about an open manhole near 58th and Blackstone, a explaining that "a few crappy pieces of wood hastily nailed together and light enough for any curious eight-year-old boy to move is sufficient to guarantee everyone's safety." We'll see if that spurs some action by the .

The olinguito, a newly discovered species of , is now on display at the Field Museum after sitting undiscovered in a drawer for decades.

Steve Harvey is aiming for a new world record by for a blind date that will include an appearance by crooner Michael Bublé.

11选5图标下载Over Labor Day weekend, shot a gorgeous time-lapse video of the city from . []

11选5图标下载A new ordinance passed by increases fines up to $1,500 for throwing trash from car windows and gives police the ability to impound vehicles of drivers caught littering.

When privately owned subsidized housing goes into foreclosure, the owners often neglect the property -- and the CHA isn't informed. and found a predictive trend between CHA inspection failures and foreclosure.

The of the Chicago Reporter focuses on what happens to .

11选5图标下载The experimental film and video festival starts today at the . []

Moving snafus forced Aimee Levitt to spend a night in the alley behind her new Rogers Park apartment, (on her own couch) of the area's late-night happenings.

Streeterville: The Play, which depicts the , will be performed in its namesake area for the first time later this month.

11选5图标下载Local zoos got a bit cuter recently with the births of an and at Lincoln Park Zoo, and a at Brookfield Zoo.

Julia Thiel makes the case that means Wicker Park-like gentrification is just around the corner.

WBEZ looks back on , comparing modern waste management with that of the 1900s.

11选5图标下载Signs from were in Lincoln Square. Where will more pop up?

Whet Moser -- and the most dangerous -- in the city, and it's probably exactly the ones you suspect.

A judge has ruled Fannie May and Freddie Mac that requires owners of vacant, foreclosed buildings to maintain the properties. The mortgage lenders in Chicago. []

There are than ever -- but are there people to fill them?

11选5图标下载An ad promoting the upcoming debut of a Nike running store in Bucktown featured the phrase "We Run Bucktown," which who thought it came off as arrogant, based on its . It's been changed to "Nike Running Bucktown."

11选5图标下载Local filmmakers including , , , and have teamed up to make a about the aftermath of Chicago Public School's recent decision to close 50 schools. Students with will help with post-production.

Curious City tries to of some of the city's smells.

Women of what might happen if they take public transportation, says former GB contributor Niki Fritz in the RedEye.

The Tribune photography department put together chronicling violence in the city. Spend some time with this, and have a tissue handy.

sent Will Robson-Scott to Chicago to document the violence. The result is , a short film and . []

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11选5图标下载Daniel Hertz breaks down how Chicago's murder rate in recent years -- and how the violence has become more concentrated in certain areas over time. []

11选5图标下载Lakeview is Chicago's neighborhood to live in. It also has the highest rates in the city

11选5图标下载There's a going on -- on Facebook. After one too many racially and politically charged arguments on the group, two neighborhood residents created and groups as hate-free zones; at least formed in response has already been closed.

is this winter -- with Iron Chef at the helm.

Every year on Aug. 1, since 1967, in Chicago, accompanied by a note in memory of the . []

Comedienne, and cancer survivor just booked a at UP Comedy Club (8pm, $15). You should go.

Crain's this week explores "" at Leak & Sons Funeral Home, one of the oldest African-American funeral homes in the country.

is bringing free performances of the Bard's A Comedy of Errors11选5图标下载 to green spaces around the city all summer.

11选5图标下载With a camera mounted above his head, one fruit hurler of the this weekend at Soldier Field. Have video to share? Throw us a link on or .

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Eric Zorn would like to remind you that Chicago still " and backs it up with a few charts. Whet Moser examines why in the national media.

Children of poor Chicagoans are , according to . The children of rich folks don't move much either. NYTimes has an .

Neil Steinberg takes a ride down the "" that takes politicians (and, ostensibly, conventioneers) from McCormick Place into the center of the Loop.

11选5图标下载As Illinois falls in line with the rest of the country on concealed carry laws, legislators voted to in Chicago and Cook County. WBEZ took a look at , from 2002 to 2012, and created an animated .gif of the maps.

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Morry Matson thinks along the beach. Check out .

A in the sidewalk in Wicker Park has been a hazard for seven years, despite calls to the Park District to fix it. For more, see the ().

The , the first transgender housing center in the country, Monday.

Whet Moser says you can , and not just about tourist behavior.

DNAinfo, which has been in Chicago all year, just launched an that introduces you to every person killed.

11选5图标下载The announced its newest zoo baby, a tiny Rockhopper penguin chick. The young penguin is healthy and thriving with its parents, on exhibit at Shedd's .

I had a treehouse -- a couple of them, actually. None were as cool as in Bowmanville.

Ta-Nehisi Coates writes about in the Atlantic.

The CHA has expanded Section 8 housing subsidies over the past decade to house former residents of the projects, but more than half of Section 8 buildings have, with picking up the government check.

11选5图标下载Modern Farmer , which in Cabrini Green. The farm was recently .

Nineteen-year-old in his Englewood neighborhood as part of Huffington Post's .

11选5图标下载More than have been demolished so far this year, under the City's effort to curb violence and crime; some say it will hurt the city more in the long run by . Last year, David Schalliol documented , and followed it up this year with a look at an for a new rail yard.

On the night of June 29, 2003, 13 people died and more than 50 were injured when a wooden during a house party in Lakeview. RedEye takes , 10 years after the tragedy.

WBEZ's Curious City explains the five levels of tunnels beneath the city.

Two bike tours this weekend give you an intimate look at two very different neighborhoods: on Saturday, Ald. Toni Foulkes leads a , while Forgotten Chicago takes a on Sunday.

As and talk of gentrification swirls, Whet Moser shares the story of the long-forgotten effort to establish , an Appalachian planned community in Uptown.

11选5图标下载Media Matters' Eric Boehlert of Chicago's homicide rate, which continues to get national attention despite being down from last year.

11选5图标下载It's tough running a business at the 600 block of East 79th Street. RedEye's Tracy Swartz .

John Greenfield took a for NewCity. John walked several venerable streets for GB over the years, too.





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11选5图标下载Crain's got a variety of civic and cultural leaders to its standing with international tourists.

Chicago's murder rate is compared to last year -- and when Capone and the Outfit ruled the streets.

Efforts are under way to in the former Hull House Association center in Uptown, which was sold in foreclosure after the organization . The building is slated to be converted into condos; a seeks to get aldermen to stop that.

Curious City asked how much panhandlers and street musicians .

11选5图标下载Here's to get pissed off about, this time from Business Insider.

11选5图标下载"," the newest installment in our documentary film series , spends some time among the folk remedies and spiritual practices in two Little Village .

and are this weekend, and coming up are .

Today would have been Wesley Willis' 50th birthday, so in honor of the man, watch the rock-u-mentary . And then peruse the archives of to see some classic examples of the man's drawing style. []

WBEZ maps , and explains why it's nearly absent on the South Side

11选5图标下载The NYTimes examines and the work of the . Whet Moser supplements with some .

People are calling the intersection of North, Damen and Milwaukee "Six Corners," and proponents of the original, officially designated in Portage Park are .

GB's David Schalliol , the neighborhood he documented in as well as in , in Bag News Notes.

11选5图标下载Chicago of any major American city last year, new census data found. We added just 10,000 people between July 2011 and July 2012.

11选5图标下载Food assistance programs have seen a surge in usage recently; .

The Windy City Times has begun a series focusing on violence in the LGTQ community. Victims are sometimes found through , or just .

Step inside , a private social club, with the Center Square Journal.

In October 2014, the City will debut featuring the Redmoon Theatre, on the banks of the Chicago River. The Reader's Deanna Isaacs asks, ?

outside in Edgewater yesterday: Someone's very protective of their bike.

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11选5图标下载, and shootings cost $1 million, according to research cited by Police Supt. Garry McCarthy.

11选5图标下载You can see a timelapse gif of over the last 28 years, courtesy of Google Earth Engine.

11选5图标下载If so, what's the treatment? Mick Dumke explores to reduce gun violence.

A found that at-risk minority teens in Chicago who took a weekly workshop on improving judgment and decision-making .

11选5图标下载Last weekend, the held its last "boutique" date of the 2013 prom season, during which it , shoes, makeup and accessories to needy teens free of charge. If you have a donation to make for next year, .

After delving into the and its origins last year (), Curious City is back with an examination of the in Chicago versus elsewhere.

Since 1950, the neighborhood with the most population growth is Ashburn, while Fuller Park has lost the most. NBC5's Ward Room breaks down .

11选5图标下载City-run animal shelters are so understaffed that dogs and cats or fed properly, a new finds.

Four intersections on the West and South sides made Neighborhood Scout's 2013 list of the : (fourth) and (16th) in Auburn-Gresham, (13th) in North Lawndale, and (25th) in Washington Park.


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At least this year they're all legitimately crime-heavy places. , out-of-date data resulted in two areas that once but no longer held public housing complexes were included on the list; one was an empty field.

in Chicago -- so much so that it can be .

On Curious City, , a legendary insane asylum and potter's field on Chicago's Northwest Side that eventually gave its name to a neighborhood. In 2009, Gapers Block's Dan Kelly took a look at .

PS: Listen to Loerzel talk about this story -- and to me talk about Gapers Block's 10th anniversary -- on "" on at 3pm today.

An Australian inventor gave the Night Ministries 40 of his to .

Today marks the first of a series of featured videos from the . This clip is a 1978 performance by at the Maxwell Street Market, originally from A Tribute to Chicago Blues11选5图标下载. Watch more from the feature .

11选5图标下载CBS's "Sunday Morning" show this week of an East Lakeview penthouse and the unfinished residential unit on the 89th floor of the Trump Tower, which has been for $32 million.

The Sun-Times has launched , "dedicated to the proposition that murder is never a run-of-the-mill story. Attention must be paid to each one, not merely a select and particularly tragic few." It's modeled off of and is produced in partnership with .

11选5图标下载A traveling down I-90 yesterday was a subject of .

11选5图标下载The CTA's , which gets under way May 19, will close three stations in Englewood for several months, but there are other projects that aim to bring to the neighborhood and hopefully boost the local economy.

Peoria Street turns into a pedestrian bridge over I-290; here's a plan to make it , north to Harrison.

As the rains , Whet Moser wrote a history of Chicago's struggle to figure out .

The City's new garbage collection map greatly simplifies Streets & San's job going back a hundred years.

11选5图标下载Chicagoist is doing a good job of of flooding, sewer geysers and the like thanks to all this rain.

11选5图标下载Citing unresolved building violations, the city is moving to Logan Square's Congress Theater. A hearing is scheduled for tomorrow morning in Cook County Circuit Court.

11选5图标下载Inspired by of median income along subway lines, Moacir P. de Sá Pereira , and did a little digging into when looked at through this lens. []

Owners of , a "straight friendly" gay hotel in New York, want to build a 10-story hotel on North Halsted. at a community meeting last week.

The , which runs the Peggy Notebaert Nature Museum, stores a vast collection of animal specimens in .

Last March, Chicago saw 52 murders. This year there were only 15. .

11选5图标下载Peter Balla laments in ChicagoNow. Mark Anderson covered similar ground regarding for GB back in 2003.

Chicago is now only the fifth largest city in North America, having been . We've got 2.71 million people to their 2.79 million. (Thanks, Dee!)

11选5图标下载The in honor of .

Britt Julious writes about how help to limit our knowledge of the city as a whole.

11选5图标下载The of the Chicago Public Library is in danger of closing due to a lack of activity, so neighborhood residents are -- by . Stop by at 5pm to help out.

Why do neighborhoods sometimes vary from block to block? WBEZ's .

11选5图标下载Mary Schmich , a graphic designer whose love of the old Magikist lips () has driven him to make memorializing the signs -- and to in hopes of getting it put back up somewhere in the city.

11选5图标下载 picks up where Ben Hecht left off, collecting 1,001 stories of life in Chicago.

11选5图标下载City Council to Norfolk Southern so the railway company can move forward on the expansion of its . The expansion will eliminate an existing neighborhood, as earlier this year.

11选5图标下载In These Times details one of the contributing factors to Chicago's high murder rate: in South Side hospitals.

11选5图标下载Zagat's released a list of the city's "30 Hottest Up-and-Comers Under 30" .

11选5图标下载Love animals but don't have the time, money or landlord permission to care for one? Consider at Animal Care and Control; they need your help, and it's a .

PTSD affects police officers, too, and the pressures of work recently.

March 2013 has been almost of March 2012, meteorologically.

Cook County Commissioners are meeting tomorrow to discuss changes to the Managed Care of Feral Cats ordinance [] that opponents say would efforts to keep cat colonies healthy.

Chicago magazine's Whet Moser breaks down the stats on .

A Redditor on Google Maps: and watch one of the last Cabrini Green towers disappear.

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Our fair city's most unexpected comedy offspring, Amsterdam's , .

If you've listened to or of the "" shows related to Harper High School shooting during last school year, and felt yourself thinking "Man, I wish there was something I could do to help." Well, rest easier because now you can. The school's administrators have started a fundraiser. They'd love to get to provide ACT prep classes, after-school programming, transportation assistance, college tours and more.

at Bronzeville's arts-filled past and present, including three galleries: , and . Another important area gallery is .

The Cook County Medical Examiner has about unidentified bodies from the county morgue and possibly connecting them with loved ones.

The Edgewater Hospital on the edge of Andersonville could become , if a proposal by graduate student and the moves forward.

11选5图标下载Crain's makes a case for a more broadly defined city center -- one that is .

11选5图标下载A White House petition is being to change the national anthem to R. Kelly's 2003 hit "Ignition (Remix)."

If you're looking for a reason to enjoy the weather, might I suggest ?

Coming in September, a new music-oriented team with the City is planning the first-ever to promote local music.

Chicago in February sees . Whet Moser wonders why.

The Reader's Mick Dumke , and relates it to his excellent story about the last week and our new Public Enemy No. 1, Joaquín Guzmán Loera -- who the LA Times reports .

Illinois winters have warmed 0.88 degrees over the past four decades, making it the 12th fastest warming state according to .

The trailer for the upcoming episodes of R. Kelly's neverending story Trapped in the Closet11选5图标下载 has been .

about his about a neighborhood in Englewood that's being torn down to make way for a Norfolk Southern railyard.

11选5图标下载The Reader's Mick Dumke dissects , starting with its leader.

Guys, if you're looking for love, start your , which has the highest proportion of single women in the city. (Ladies, you should look in Washington Park.)

"Just a few years ago, I had no idea what cold felt like, and no way to know how to prepare for it." A-J Aronstein talks about in the Paris Review.

11选5图标下载WBEZ's series "" introduces you to people for whom guns are an important part of their life and identity. Meanwhile, in Mechanics, Jeff Smith notes that attitudes about gun control are "."

Huffington Post .

Beginning this summer, Lakeview's Pride Fest and the Chicago Pride Parade due to congestion concerns.

Bill Rankin of Radical Cartography created during the 1940s, '50s and '60s, in connection with a journal article on here.

A Chicago himself, former CPS chief/current Secretary of Education and its toll on the city's youth through basketball, as Rick Telander tells it, and he's enlisted friends Derrick Rose and Joakim Noah to help formulate a plan to combat it.

11选5图标下载The Atlantic Cities to figure out where the creative class -- and the service class -- live.

In 1999, , the founder of Lands' End, began investing in his childhood neighborhood of Pocket Town. Chicago magazine takes a look at for the tiny South Side neighborhood.

Chicago is a city marked by the spirit of entrepreneurship and independent vision. Here, dedicated, innovative thinkers reinvent the collaborative processes that elevate ideas from daydreams to reality. So close, yet so far from the shiny Magnificent Mile, artists like Alexander Fruchter, owner and operator of local hip hop record label , challenge traditional practices to make way for more exciting forms of magnificent creative expression.

Closed Sessions creates not only music but short documentary films, shown on their website, that give insider peeks into the stories behind these local artists. Fruchter says they are "" They just signed their first flagship artist, Alex Wiley, who will perform Feb. 9 at 4pm at for just a dollar.

11选5图标下载Rick Kogan , the woman who lost four children to gun violence in the city, yesterday. Meanwhile, a woman was on the ramp from Lake Shore Drive onto I-55 this morning. Police Chief Garry McCarthy this morning to talk about efforts to stem gun violence.

What do Portillo's, Longman & Eagle, Hub 51 and Millennium Park have in common? They're all top spots on the "" list of places locals check into the most. []

The Chicago Police Department has recovered 50,000 guns in the past 12 years, and they've

The Onion's aside, Chicago has already had than last year, tying 2002's record with two more days to go.

A Reddit user has made a of how the city's race demographics have changed over a 90-year span.

, which reframes scenes from movies using the mobile street cameras of Google, from the 1980 film The Blues Brothers.

Just for yucks, here's that same intersection according to the real Google Street View:

Chicagoist's is tonight at 6pm at . Get down there to sample soups from some of Bridgeport's best chefs. With more than 200 RSVPs on Facebook, it's going to be quite a party.

11选5图标下载Logan Square is the , according to Redfin's analysis of real estate prices. []

DNAinfo has created that , going beyond the statistic.

"I am where I live and where I Iive is who I'll always be." Our own Britt Julious writes about on WBEZ

11选5图标下载As () demonstrated, Chicago's 513 murders last year were not evenly distributed throughout the city. in 2012 -- and Mount Greenwood has been murder-free since 2007.

The RedEye's Tracy Swartz breaks down 2012's 513 murders in . We're up to in 2013.

11选5图标下载While many Chicago neighborhoods faltered during the recession, . The NYTimes reports on reasons why.

One of Mayor Emanuel's first acts in office was to assign 1,000 more police officers to patrol the streets, but the Sun-Times found that there are actually than a year ago. is enlightening.

11选5图标下载If you're a renter and your building has poor heat, to make sure your landlord is kept in check.

11选5图标下载The murder count for 2012 stopped at (although some ), and 2013 got off to a quick start, with at least on Jan. 1.

The gentrification of Bronzeville runs counter to the usual gentrification story -- in that , and not all of them are moving in from other neighborhoods.

11选5图标下载All CTA rides will be a penny starting at 10pm tonight until 4am, of .

The city passed the 500 murder mark on Wednesday, according to . The Trib shares of the man who may have been number 500.

The shows you.

WBEZ's Justin Kaufmann and Richard Marx over the singer's cancelled appearance on yesterday's "."

What was the geographical distribution of minorities changed in Chicago and other cities before and after the Fair Housing Act of 1968? .

11选5图标下载While the deaths of 20 young children in Newtown, CT has caused a national debate over gun control, in Chicago since 2007, notes Hoy's Jeff Kelly Lowenstein.

is planning a new location near the Merchandise Mart, and is via local startup .

11选5图标下载The Field Museum's new president and board are exploring , as it prepares to due to budget shortfalls.

WBEZ's Curious City even deeper to , complete with .

Local photographer 's photographs of South Side immigrant families were the launching point for a new series about Latin American immigration .

Every night, LGBT youth at one of 20 beds in the Night Ministry's shelter, .

Immigrant Connect tells , an immigrant from Ecuador who recently qualified for a , a special class of visa for victims of a crime.

If someone on your gift list listens to WBEZ's news quiz "Wait Wait... Don't Tell Me!", consider buying them to the live taping, where they can hear all of Carl Kassel's saucy quips that don't make it to broadcast. Thursdays at 7:30pm at the Chase Bank Auditorium, $24.75.

11选5图标下载One of the best ways to know a city is .

There's for today, but if the flurries don't fall Chicago will set a record for .

Activists are advocating against the City's efforts to close , which are often the only housing option for low-income residents.

11选5图标下载Tracking software charted CTA bus and train movement over one day last month. It's awesome. []

11选5图标下载The annual will be January 13; for info on the Chicago event.

A Logan Square resident has been the (alarmingly fast) construction of a neighborhood McDonald's.

Chicago's murder rate made news this year, but it's as in years past. And while this year, .

11选5图标下载Chicago on Human Rights Campaign's new , a measure of LGBT inclusion in municipal law, released earlier this week. Eleven cities received perfect scores of 100.

DNAinfo visits one of Englewood's neighborhood tourism spots.

Yesterday was the on record in Chicago. And of course today we're back to the usual chill.

Time Out learns what the police are doing to combat .

Looking for a way to "pay it forward" this holiday season? Give the gift of warmth to a child in need by supporting 's annual coat drive and holiday party for children whose families are currently living in homeless shelters. Coats and volunteers are needed for this annual event, which happens Dec. 8. Email Sara. to sign up to volunteer.

The LGBT community is aging right alongside everyone else, but . New developments in Boystown and elsewhere hope to change that.

The Urbanophile argues that Chicago should .

The future of the South Side could be .

11选5图标下载We love Nate Silver, and it turns out he.

11选5图标下载When you've got a name like , you just have to see the world as a place full of love. And for Chicagoan, activist, writer, creator and humorist Luvvie Ajayi, her world is most recently full of love from where she received their . Hopefully for Luvvie, the love doesn't stop.

The Sun-Times reports that CeaseFire, now known as , has had "" in the three months since being given $1 million by the City to help curb gang violence.

Gapers Block has covered CeaseFire extensively over the years, both and . Most recently, Jason Prechtel questioned the decision by Vice magazine to as part of a marketing campaign for a revenge-themed video game; Vice has since from the marketing campaign site.

11选5图标下载Chicago has its share of odd public works, but well known are metal animal sculptures. This weekend, his by their owner after he sold the property on which they sat. Residents will now have to get used to a world without their favorite large chrome giraffe to welcome them home.


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11选5图标下载You're not imagining things, there are -- and organizers are looking for new ways to fight for their sliver of attention.

11选5图标下载Chicago's high level of gang violence is nothing new, but its increasingly popular "trap" rap scene, featuring that rhyme about guns, "bitches" and drugs, is adding more fuel to the already out of control fire. Many wonder , the misguided teens or their parents? Chicago blogger explores this troubling trend in an .

Logan Square's was forced to hanging in the restaurant after a patron complained about "obsenity." Eater , "Yes, it's art, but to some persons they are a kind of pornography and that's what they understand."

The NY Times reports on the through .

11选5图标下载Mayor Emanuel wants billboard companies to tear down five traditional billboards in the city in exchange for permission to build all over the city -- including, potentially, within neighborhoods where no billboards currently exist.

ABC News says we just got our . Is it too early to be thinking about the holidays?

11选5图标下载 is a book by detailing some of the many ways people convey themselves and their things through this world.

Chicago officially overnight, with two more months to go.

If you aren't into wearing a Halloween costume this weekend, a lot of dogs will be getting into their favorite (or tolerated) costumes and patrolling the city for your entertainment. You can find pet parades in , , , the , , the , and even the .


11选5图标下载WBEZ's Curious City investigates and how it came to be. Submit your own .

11选5图标下载Chicago's is with ; as of today, the City will be monitoring services requests made on that site as well as its own avenues. You can also online.

11选5图标下载The city's murder rate has .

Mick Dumke has an update on () about 18th Ward residents fighting against yet another pawn shop: .

Sorry, that's not fair. Gadling Travel has compiled a list of the Bonus: Olde Schaumburg Centre: ?

11选5图标下载On the excellent , a mystery has been spotted: what connects with ?

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11选5图标下载Here's a Google Streetview grab of approximately 4880 S. Union Ave. The I-beam fenceposts are gone, or at least hiding behind the wood fence, but that appears to be the same house, remodeled. Wonder how long the photo on the North Side has been there.

This post originally referred to Calumet 412 as a project of . I've been notified that they're not related.

11选5图标下载Connecting families across the city, the first annual "" 5K Walk & Run on Sunday, Oct. 28 welcomes walkers, runners and strollers alike. With a Kids Dash and a Halloween Finish Line Family festival, this family oriented race is the first of its kind to make its way to the city, so your strollers now and be a part of crawling to the finish line!

has announced its to open another store in Chicago in October 2013. The new store will be located on west Division and north Larrabee streets, on the old site of .

Everyblockers in Edgewater debate what to do when you in the building next to you.

Tuesday, Oct. 30 is the night that Anthony Moser and the Fat Tones Blues Band performs at . Come in for a spell at 9:30pm for the show -- and as the "witching hour" approaches, get ready for beginning at 11:30pm.

11选5图标下载With the , Chicagoist nd compared them.

The CHA has approved plans that would lead to the in Lathrop Homes, Altgeld Gardens and the Cabrini rowhouses. The plans now head to Washington for HUD approval.

11选5图标下载Streetwise has partnered with Neighbor Capital to start - a social business that funds fruit carts, providing both job opportunities and access to healthy food. []

The final version of the city's is now live. If you're looking for a quick read, .

11选5图标下载Or just read it here:

Elena Rodina, a diamond merchant, tells in NewCity.

11选5图标下载In honor of , the city turned to to ask users their opinion about the best way to get guns off of the streets. They received over , varying from stricter parenting to looser gun control.

11选5图标下载Noyes Street Station, one of the northernmost stops on the , will be this weekend. Commuters traveling to or from Evanston will not be able to access the station between 10pm on Friday until 4am on Monday.

11选5图标下载The could earn a much-needed $500k donation if you in a nationwide contest sponsored by Purina.

The Chicago Journal explores an "" on the near South Side, cut off from the rest of the city by the Stevenson and Dan Ryan to the north and south, the Red Line and Amtrak tracks to the east and west.


11选5图标下载, a series of plaques from that honors heroes from the LGBT community, will be in Boystown , National Coming Out Day. Download a .

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11选5图标下载With an estimated 280 machines live across the state as of yesterday, at bars, restaurants, truck stops and fraternal organizations. And just when I thought I'd never find a way to fund state improvements while playing poker by myself at a truck stop.

Crain's .

The of UIC's upcoming exhibition, "," posits that "mass incarceration has replaced segregation as a form of social control for black people." The exhibit opens Oct. 23 and runs until Nov. 21.

11选5图标下载 that some Lakeview residents are complaining that the pay-what-you-can on Diversey is bringing an "unwanted element" into the neighborhood -- aka homeless people. , it's not the first time Lakeview residents and businesses have tried to exclude people.

The Reader this week tells the story of 18th ward residents' in their neighborhood.

Will Vaughn has created a very thorough in the Loop. (They're a bit out of date, but you might also enjoy our pedway tour: , part two.)

Crain's reports that Chicago's suburban office parks are in the country, with enough available space to fill the 110-story Willis Tower almost eight times over.

If you'e got , and can sum it up in 140 characters or less, the city's listening (if it has the hashtag ). The best suggestions will debated October 11 with police Superintendent Garry McCarthy at a .

11选5图标下载Students in the program produced , a collection of essays reflecting on this summer's violence

11选5图标下载WBEZ puts from CPD on a Google Map, and compares it with locations of schools and homicides.

11选5图标下载As of this morning, Millennium Park features free wi-fi -- the first of Emanuel's push, which plans to include in Chicago. The City is looking for everyone's help in designing the network via .

The Sun-Times with an undercover cop in Englewood.

11选5图标下载Forbes magazine, which deals in "information for the world's business leaders," has determined that is the fourth best in the country. Glad they let us know.

11选5图标下载The Chicagoist recaps the Congress Theater/Portage Theater fiasco, and it's .

11选5图标下载Darcy Phillips began a quest earlier this year to run on every block of the city. You can follow his journey .

of is now underway, during which will be transformed into Maggie Daley Park. Three renderings of the park are available (Tip: Open each rendering in another window to see the full resolution version).

11选5图标下载During the recession there was a lot of talk about how the housing bubble made it cheaper to rent than own. , it's , in Chicago and every other major city in America.

We know the city is diverse, but ? []

Ever wonder , but North Side streets aren't? WBEZ's Carrie Shepherd decided to to find out.

CeaseFire is now . Hear more about the name change from .

The is in Logan Square.

11选5图标下载Voting is for 's "" competition.

CeaseFire, the organization is cosponsoring a forum on community violence tonight at the at 6pm. .

11选5图标下载In "Chicago Interrupted," Vice magazine followed two members of , Tio Hardiman and Ameena Matthews, as they went about the daily business of keeping fights from escalating into more serious violence. The was posted yesterday. []

11选5图标下载Stay tuned for more in the series.

Gapers Block has covered CeaseFire a number of times over the years, back in 2008 and more recently digging into as it rose to prominence with the release of the documentary .

11选5图标下载A new development around the Ravenswood Metra station began construction last week. Highlights of the project include .

11选5图标下载Open House Chicago's 2012 website , including of the locations open on October 13 and 14.

11选5图标下载Further thoughts and on Chief Keef, Lil JoJo and the bleakness of Chicago's teen rap scene.

CDOT released the , a document aimed at "improving all aspects of the pedestrian experience and increase pedestrian activity."

The Museum of Science and Industry is hosting its Illinois Free Days: (with ID) on weekdays Sept. 4 through 28.

According to the LoganSquarist, the Congress Theater will soon undergo .

11选5图标下载 is exactly what it sounds like.

The Chicago Police quietly last month. You can .

is a new site from the Tribune that provides crime maps, statistics and other useful info for each of the city's 77 community areas.

11选5图标下载Emanuel and McCarthy's anti-violence strategy gets from residents of the neighborhoods that are affected, where they're calling for even more of a police presence. Meanwhile, 50 officers were .

11选5图标下载Sixth ward Alderman Roderick Sawyer tried speak with concerned citizens after a in his South Side ward. He was told, "Ya'll can't do nothing" by a teenager who was the brother of the shooting victim.

Lupe Fiasco recently gave on the "Trap Rap" phenomenon. Fiasco also discusses the influence local rapper Chief Keef has on the .

The police this weekend in an effort to curb violence, arresting 300 people and confiscating more than 100 guns. And speaking of guns, researchers determined that most guns recovered by police in crime investigations are -- one in five was bought at a single Riverside11选5图标下载 Riverdale gun shop.

11选5图标下载You can can eat well at Alinea .

Whet Moser puts the over bicycles by looking at Chicago in the 1960s.

11选5图标下载The Reader's Steve Bogira delves into statistics that show that .

If it seems like graffiti in your neighborhood is staying up longer than usual, you're not imagining it -- the ' funding has been cut back to save on the City budget.

The Urbanophile runs down several ways to look at cities globally and against them. Meanwhile, London's (though it did limit itself to one city per country, so only NYC ranks in the States.)

11选5图标下载The Trib notes some of the around Chicagoland that can make travel for visitors confusing.

Among the many events this weekend is the , which runs Saturday and Sunday on Bryn Mawr between Kedzie and Kimball. It's probably your only chance to see traditional Korean wrestling (ssireum11选5图标下载) this year.

In 1992, a young, suburb-dwelling achieved a major feat: he did for the people at his Bar Mitzvah party. It's 100% awesome, and I hope he still has the shirt.

11选5图标下载Gawker turned its eyes to , but as Whet Moser notes, the sensational "world's deadliest city" headline glosses over .

11选5图标下载The Woodstock Institute shares , including an interactive chart that lets you compare trends in your community area to others around the city.

of art, the murals to go in Rogers Park underpasses () have been ; the styles range from graffiti-inspired to realist to an iteration of .

11选5图标下载The murals will go up on the Chase, Estes, Greenview/Sherwin, North Shore and Rogers Avenue CTA underpasses and the Birchwood, Estes, Farwell, Morse, Rogers and Touhy Avenue Metra underpasses.

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Chicago 1955 by Aaron Wooten


11选5图标下载If you're intrigued by suburban companies moving back downtown (including ), you may be interested in Forgotten Chicago's "," which will visit several midcentury suburban corporate campuses. Their upcoming looks promising too.

11选5图标下载don't just sell magazines. They also clean the streets and upcycle trash into , like these .

Starting August 20, the will be . No fines, no questions, no nothing -- for three whole weeks. So if you've had , now's your chance to return it.

11选5图标下载The stars of the local show had quite a time during last weekend's Bud Billiken Parade, particularly because they were being hounded by their female fans throughout the parade route. One swarming event is after the jump.


11选5图标下载Speaking of the military, September 8 commemorates the 200 year anniversary of the (it's represented as one of the stars on our city's flag, in case you didn't know) with a reconciliation between Pottowatomi tribe members, military reënactors, descendents of soldiers in the battle, Mayor Emanuel and other dignitaries. The celebration will be part of the the 6th annual Festival on Prairie Avenue sponsored by the .

Crain's maps throughout the city.

If your nose is stuffed up and your sinuses are aching, there's a good reason: Chicago's mold count is this week.

Buff up on your Chicago history with a walking tour of Northerly Island next Tuesday, August 14.

11选5图标下载Get caught smoking a joint and it's a $250-500 ticket now. Get caught inside a South Deering house, and it's going to be a much bigger headache.

The RedEye has across the city. Either the North Side likes to fight more than the South Side, or the police just don't get called as often south of Roosevelt.

runs through Friday in Daley Plaza. Get out of the office and explore the world on your lunch break.

The new law allowing police to ticket people for possession of half an ounce of pot or less goes into effect on Saturday -- which is convenient for , Ward Room notes.

Chicago's murder rate , according to Supt. McCarthy; we only had 49 homicides, compared with 55 in 2011. McCarthy says this means the CPD's gang violence reduction strategy is beginning to work. Need I mention that Second City Cop and crew ?

Chicago's segregation isn't just along racial lines, but income lines too. Interestingly, , as the only area outside Lincoln Park where more than 30 percent of residents make more than $200k.

A prohibits children under 18 from using tanning equipment. Looks like they'll have to get their ultraviolet radiation fix the old-fashioned way: at the beach. Swim at your own risk, though: city officials have decided that .

Tomorrow is (also ), and the Chicago Republican Party is celebrating by at City Hall announcing over Ald. Moreno and Mayor Emanuel's comments about the chain's opposition gay marriage. (On that note, read .)

The expanse of empty grass and trees you see to your right when you cross under the Stevenson on Cicero headed toward Midway one of the many housing projects shut down by the CHA in recent years. It's completely gone now.

11选5图标下载Although it's gone on Google Maps' , you can still drive through the emptied buildings :


Chicago's racial segregation extends, perhaps not surprisingly, to .

11选5图标下载WBEZ reports on the ongoing saga of at Devon and Rockwell.

Darren Calhoun explains in NewCity.

Jason Prechtel already had about the draft Chicago Cultural Plan. Participating in one of this week's town hall meetings .

Psychologist and criminal justice professor Arthur Luringo discusses in Crain's.

is a new site that helps visualize crime trends by ward and date.

11选5图标下载, showing each station's placement on the . []

What's the best neighborhood for families? The Huffington Post invites you to vote for one of eight qualifiers in its . (An earlier version of this post linked to HuffPo's original article, which used the term "neighborhood deathmatch." After receiving feedback about the use of that phrase during what's almost certainly , the editors removed the phrase and renamed their voting tool altogether.)

and Mayor Rahm Emanuel are the against Chick-fil-A.

11选5图标下载Time Magazine takes a look at "," with an emphasis on Chicago's , a mobile produce market on a repurposed CTA bus.

The of an Art Deco building at the corner of Milwaukee and Spaulding will soon be removed and replaced with (less distinctive) brick. The building, which dates back to the 1930s, was first owned by the Hump Hairpin Manufacturing Company.

Do you peek into apartment windows and backyards as you trundle past on the train? .

11选5图标下载In NewCity, Galen Leonhardy recalls in Belmont Harbor. He wasn't able to save her friend.

The Reader's cover story this week explores the dangerous world of in Chicago. (Related reading here on GB: ; ; )

At , you can study everything from origami to harm reduction.

11选5图标下载After a controversial budget in January that reduced library hours (), Mayor Emanuel announced that .

The of the was released today. Your next opportunity to share thoughts is at a July 24 at Malcolm X College.

According to columnist , Chicago's rising murder rate is due to growing up without fathers at home. "Solve that, and find out where the plethora of guns is coming from, and train more women to say no to unmarried sex and more men to say yes to fatherhood -- and you'll solve the murder problem."

11选5图标下载Edward McClelland goes inside one of the city's .

11选5图标下载Do you find too... inclusive? lets you create a private social network for your neighborhood, where you can in peace.

The returns to Chicago starting today.

The RedEye notes that there's scaring the bejeezus out of Chicagoans this summer. Don't worry, they're almost entirely to humans.


Video .

11选5图标下载Whet Moser puts on a map.

Eighteen percent of CHA's public housing units are vacant, despite around 40,000 families being on the waiting list for an apartment. Part of the reason is of the Lathrop Homes complex is .

John Greenfield and Andrew Bayley () of newly redrawn 1st Ward, highlighting the tortuous shape it's been twisted into in the name of political gerrymandering.

11选5图标下载Want to celebrate your independence by going on a date? Newly launched 's first batch of events start Friday.

created a gorgeous .

from on .

11选5图标下载, as illustrated by time-lapse video.

is for projects that temporarily turn vacant lots in the city into something more productive.

Columbia College professor Teresa Puente shares in America and abroad.

recently put together a breakdown of , as well as an infographic explaining .

is a new arts and entertainment blog showcasing all the fun and interesting things to do in Lakeview. It's a partnership between the and chambers of commerce, and Gapers Block. Check it out!

Speaking of the , the city's estimated turned out for yesterday's celebration.

Gay Chicago TV is today's Pride Parade live if you're interested.

Chicago could save by reducing violent crime, according to a by the Center for American Progress.

Chicago Reader's ready with its of the city's best.

The is running a different route this Sunday, and that's not all that's new this year. There will also be a stronger . You could always from home. (Time Out has some , too.)

11选5图标下载 -- which, as when Mayor Emanual first proposed the reform regulations, were not without their share of controversy -- go into effect July 1. The good news is, all cabs must have credit card processing equipment and the fuel surcharge is going away. The bad news is, the flag pull rate goes up -- and there's a new $50 vomit clean-up fee.

turns 75 this year, and just mounted a new retrospective exhibit. It's to stay open, though -- give a hand if you can.

11选5图标下载Ravenswood-based sells biodegradable, compostable bags for cleaning up after your dog.

11选5图标下载 is a new site covering, you guessed it, the Near North Side.

Thirty-four people were shot, five killed this weekend. The Tribune spent at Stroger Hospital .

Scott Turow reflects on and its urge to be considered world class.

Jack McBrayer and Triumph the Insult Comic Dog the Wiener's Circle.

Last night's , a benefit at the Hideout for that was sponsored by the , brought out the nation's best comics. Pics after the jump.

The lineup:
• (who also hosted)

• (whose documentary The Bitter Buddha tonight at the Siskel)






• (Saturday at Chicago Theater)
• (performing at the Chicago Theater; tickets still available sold out)

In short, it was brilliant.

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Aziz Ansari

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Patton Oswalt

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Amy Schumer

11选5图标下载For those tired of getting street sweeping tickets, it's worth checking out a free reminder service that notifies you by text or email about upcoming cleanings. It's currently operational for two wards, with more being added this week. (There's also .) []

11选5图标下载So says Mary Schmich in , on the violent summer we've had so far.

11选5图标下载Hyde Park, Roscoe Village/North Center and Logan Square get as three of the city's must-see (and shop, and eat) neighborhoods.

11选5图标下载Chicago may be losing ground, but Mayor Emanuel's trying to shore up the city with the help of .

Chicago's renaissance in the 1990s and early 2000s has slid considerably in recent years. , Aaron Renn, in City Journal.

Out in Galewood, kids know how to have a good time -- by staging a , for instance. []

11选5图标下载Photo by Bryan Bedell. The show was staged by .

11选5图标下载Claire Zulkey has a great neighbor, and .

Even though the term "" has been lately, the City Council's has got to be good for folks -- or who just want a really, really ripe peach.

Crain's shows which wards have . Compare that with the we earlier this week.

11选5图标下载A change to Taste of Chicago's free open seating policy for concerts and chef events: this year, , concert tickets going for $25 apiece, and Celebrity Chef du Jour tickets for $40. Advance sales start 10am Friday, on the .

11选5图标下载Today the 120th anniversary of the first L system.

The richest and poorest neighborhoods are basically where you'd expect: , according to new hardship data.

11选5图标下载Martha Stewart .

Time Out's Novid Parsi tells the tale of at the .

Toyota is running a Facebook competition called . There are a bunch of non-profit organizations in Illinois competing for your votes to win a car, including several in Chicago: , , and .

A.V. Club Chicago interviews Dominic Pacyga, author of , on

William Balfour was of killing Jennifer Hudson's mother, brother and nephew on Friday; Natalie Moore writes in Ebony that .

11选5图标下载Patrick Reardon recommends you , by driving down Western Avenue or wandering Avondale or Woodlawn.

While gang activity has been on the rise, .

The week of June 11, the 46th, 47th, 48th, 49th and 50th wards and most of the 40th and 44th will .

discovered some startling stats: more than a third of police misconduct cases involved officers with multiple complaints, and just 1 percent of the police force was responsible for more than 25 percent of payouts in misconduct cases. Read more in the of the Reporter.

's got a cool of CTA cars.

11选5图标下载Chicago is hosting the NATO summit this month, and to educate world leaders on the rich culture of the city, a video was released on YouTube. The video featured sweeping shots of the Bean and McCormick place, and such as naming Chicago the capital of Illinois, and claiming Barack Obama grew up here. The video is now listed as "private" on YouTube.

Today Columbia College presents , its annual celebration of student work now in its 11th year. The event kicks off with what they are calling the Great Convergence, a spectacle that is to include a collaborative effort from many of the college's performing and fine arts disciplines. The festivities turn the South Loop into an sprawling outdoor extravaganza. Manifest begins at noon at 1001 S. Wabash Ave.

Hyde Park's has a fun connection to Oprah; the company's owner was one of the recipients of the legendary in 2004, and rather than keep the prize, she sold it and to fund her business.

11选5图标下载Grub Street the obituary for , matriarch of a long-gone gathering place for Chicago's Scandinavian community.

Inspired by the , every neighborhood in the city is getting its own awkward theme song! The Central Lakeview Merchants Association .

Apartment Therapy offers a peek inside in the in Edgewater.

The posted of the brand new .

"Wicker Park in 1990 was in the earliest stages of gentrification, and it had features familiar to anyone who'd grown up in a crumbling Rust Belt town: Decay, limitation, the creativity demanded by making do." Zoe Zolbrod explains .

Chicago Magazine has assembled a "," going over closures, protest zones and where you can get involved.

11选5图标下载The is trying to reduce the amount of light pollution produced in Chicagoland and other parts of the state. offers some easy ways to make nighttime a little darker.

in February. Chicago magazine totes up by neighborhood.

The ethnic makeup of gangs in Rogers Park is , a police audit finds.

NewCity shares a story of . (If you like that, you might enjoy these stories of and from our archives.)

11选5图标下载Crain's asks, is the "New Eastside" ? (As opposed to the original , which has been a neighborhood for a very long time.)

The annual in Greektown on April 22 may be smaller than usual after .

Whether you just arrived from somewhere else or you've been here your whole life, Chicago is ripe for discovery and adventure in the spring. Don't be afraid to be a local tourist; take that at Navy Pier and have that sunset Champagne at the ...but don't forget to explore the road less traveled too. Check out these and then, after you rested and recharged, put on your walking shoes and enjoy a few of the that our city has to offer. Now get out there and enjoy!!!

Todd Diederich ( ) reports on for Vice. .

The City will expand the citywide in 2013, Mayor Emanuel announced yesterday.

11选5图标下载The Atlantic explores the phenomenon of via comments on a Rogers Park .

Do you look at your yard and think about putting in trees or plants and then get overwhelmed by the price? Do you like the idea of having a compost bin or rain barrel, but not the idea of buying what you need? Let the city of Chicago reimburse you for half of your cost.

11选5图标下载Craving the worst of the worst of Chicago's thriving nightlife? The good people at Complex Magazine have compiled bars/clubs. Presumably, they did that so, hopefully, you won't have to. I used the City Life/Cultural tag, but, yeah, "Cultural."

Whet Moser digs deeply into .

A panhandler with an excellent idea: and add a little commentary.

Mondog, the Montrose Dog Beach community site, reports , and its owner's apparent remorselessness about the killing. The owners of the deceased pet are trying to contact the killer dog's owner, who snuck off instead of taking responsibility.

11选5图标下载Today marks what would have been author 's 103rd birthday.

11选5图标下载Designslinger takes a closer look at , one of the on in Old Town. View additional images of the building and others by the artist in .

11选5图标下载Fantastic Chicago-based Lesbian website , (aka "the one stop for everything lesbian in Chicago") just published their list of the .

Ever wonder what it's like to ?

An interactive exhibit based on the Discovery Channel's "MythBusters" .

11选5图标下载Former Bulls star and current agent of the reigning MVP, BJ Armstrong, has been . "One of Armstrong's duties will be to oversee a renovation project of 100 outdoor basketball courts around the city," the Tribune reports.

If you want a seat in the Petrillo Music Shell in Grant Park during this year, you may have to shell out $25 due to a being introduced by Mayor Emanuel. The lawn is still free though!

11选5图标下载What do single cancer survivors have in common with millions of other singletons in the United States? They also braving the ocean of the dating world looking for some love, except they often have a way more interesting life stories to share. Check out and hear the stories of 10 single cancer survivors and mix and mingle after the show. Added bonus, all proceeds benefit The event is on April 7th at Den Theater.

11选5图标下载In what can only result in days of "No Soup for You" headlines, . Between 26 and 73 million sharks are killed annually, and while most are consumed overseas, Illinois is one the the country's largest consumers.

11选5图标下载will be at the Museum of Science and Industry from March 15 through Sep. 3, and looks like a lot of fun. Chicago Magazine has a look at

Help one of Chicago's most beloved bar owners: Susan Stursberg of (1735 W. Division) was recently diagnosed with pancreatic cancer. A campaign has been launched on her behalf to help with medical bills.

Why head to Beverly except to hit up the South Side Irish Parade? The Chicagoist starts you off with.

The Huffington Post wants to know what the moment was . Assuming, of course, that moment wasn't birth.

Got an old refrigerator, freezer or air conditioner you've been putting off getting rid of? Save money by these items. Com Ed is offering a free pick up service to its customers and offering upwards to $50 per item (limit two). To get green for going green, before May 31.

In light of the NYPD's recently revealed spying efforts on Muslims, Chicago Police Supt. Garry McCarthy promised that the department

11选5图标下载Schools, county and city offices and the libraries are ; apparently we're just lucky we .

A celebration of Chicago's 175th birthday with Rahm Emanuel at the Chicago History Museum was by a group protesting the closure and consolidation of city mental health clinics.

11选5图标下载Chicago (or dodransbicentennial) today. Neil Steinberg lists born in Chicago.

11选5图标下载There's a lot of buzz going around about the city's "birthday" this Sunday, including a filled with ways to celebrate it. However, because rather than the day it was founded, it's arguable that Sunday better resembles the day it got its first job.

Among the last stories published by the Chicago News Cooperative as it suspended operations was one about .

11选5图标下载The announced of "," as part of its . It will be the seventh premiere the Lyric has commissioned since 1961.

Illinois is second only to California in unpopularity, according to , a Democratic Party-affiliated polling firm. []

11选5图标下载The Skokie Public Library is hosting a for students on March 6. Sorry, adults; you have to be between grades 6-12 to participate.

Claire Zulkey writes about on The Hairpin.

Complex magazine has compiled a list of .

Hip-hop artist at Thursday night's program hosted by AT&T. He wrapped up the evening with a freestyle over the "Sweet" beat off of his album, The Dreamer, The Believer.

Comedian, talk show host, and oddball actor Tom Green will be at , 1548 N Wells St., tonight and tomorrow at 8:30pm. There will be a second performance at 10:30pm; tomorrow only. Check the for after taking a look at one of his earlier visits to the city below.

: The office of Illinois Secretary of State Jesse White is celebrating African-American Heritage Month at 12pm today at the State of Illinois Building, 100 W. Randolph, with a musical program featuring Chicago hip hop star Lupe Fiasco, jazz vocalist Dee Alexander, radio icon, V103's Herb Kent, Michelle Williams (Destiny's Child) and others.

11选5图标下载Want to help influence the ? There's one last meeting tonight from 6pm to 8pm at the .

11选5图标下载ChicagoTalks examines how social media is being used in Uptown to and .

This year's will be "Color Jam." an intersection on State Street with colorful sculptures, paintings and possibly even fabric. []

11选5图标下载 and are two of of the .

Newcity takes a through the city's underground pedway network- an odd, sprawling area littered with shops where the city's own map is out of date. (Our own pedway tour11选5图标下载 could probably use some updating, too.)

11选5图标下载If you love old photos of Chicago as much as we do, new blog looks extremely promising.

11选5图标下载Here's a brief asking 35 locals why they love Chicago — and which is part of the "175 Ways to Love Chicago" project.

City Hall is questioning whether the organization bringing back the is .

MeSoFar is hosting its very first LGBT event on Feb. 19th at the Den Theatre! The event will feature 10 single "presenters" who will each give six-minute slideshows about themselves to 50 other single audience members. Speakers and listeners mingle during and after the presentations. The speakers are already lined up but there are still some spots open for listeners.

Isis, the Shepard/terrier mix in East Garfield Park after casting her off and leaving her to be beaten by neighborhood kids, will be available for adoption soon; Animal Care and Control (2741 South Western) will be accepting applications this Saturday from noon to 6pm. CACC also has as well; come by and get your next pet!

Here's a recent pic of Isis:
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The Tribune's new Maps & Apps bit lets you see the as well as check if your address will end up in a different one.

The City just announced the , and it's looking for your input online or at a later this month.

Where's a nerdy guy or gal suppose to find love post-college these days? At the Oak Park Library of course! The library is hosting a speed dating and online dating panel on Sat. 11 February. The list is full of lovely ladies but some book-loving men are still needed. !

11选5图标下载What's it like being a bi-cultural resident of Chicago? Brazilian-American artist asks in her latest piece, .

from on .

Chicago remains in America, a new study finds, but it also saw the in segregation between 2010 and 200.

Chicago hip hop artists Sev Seveer and Defcee launched , a youth-mentorship organization set on "breaking down stigmas around the culture by working with parents and teens directly." Two of the program's participants just released the organization's pilot project, .

11选5图标下载Another "Shit Chicagoans Say" video was just released, just a little behind that . If you're a North Sider, this one probably sounds more like it to you.

We had a "" thread in Fuel back in 2007; it's interesting to see how many of the bits from that thread showed up in both of these.

Bears aren't in it, which mutes much of my interest in the game, but the commercials still got a shot at tuning me in. I caught wind of this 10-second teaser, featuring the hometown '80s icon and all time favorite bad influence , who looks ready for some mid-life madness.

The is terrifying for a number of reasons- one of which is that the species is on the rise in Chicago.

11选5图标下载The and the invite you to help design a future park at Milwaukee and Leavitt that will be an access point for the . The meeting is tonight at 6:30pm at Holstein Park, 2200 N. Oakley.

The , which announced that it would be forced to close by the end of March, will in fact be .

If you know someone who makes a difference in small ways and large, for placement in 's upcoming Choosing to Participate exhibit.

Happy [belated] Chinese New Year! Parade and on the 29th of January. Activities begin around 11:30am, the parade steps off at 1pm.

Time Out Chicago tries to hung around town. (Does that say "Louie" under the bee?)

The RedEye reports that, despite rises in a few neighborhoods, overall in 2011 from 2012. Check your specific area

Eric Fisher, who created the cool a , made a new map of Chicago showing people going home, via their tweets.

Via Twitter (of course), Fischer , "[The map] is paths from one geotagged tweet to the next by the same person, routed along the most heavily geotagged path in between." In , he clarified, "Keep in mind this is trying to be a map of travel from locations to other locations, not of individual tweets. The individual tweets are just to guide the paths. I think what you are seeing here is mostly a lot of travel between O'Hare and the Loop, not a particular tendency to tweet while driving on that route. (Also, the Edens is hardly represented here at all. Those two big routes to the north and northwest are Clark Street and Milwaukee Avenue."

11选5图标下载WGN-TV in history, that brought down nearly 19 inches of snow from Jan. 13 to Jan. 14, 1979.

From writer Craig Wright (Dirty, Sexy Money, Lost, Six Feet Under), director Troy Miller (Parks And Recreation), and the channel that used to show music videos, comes, yet , that is this April.

Domu put out a series of articles, one of which is a where the legal responsibilities fall and Illinois law regarding liability in the event of an accident.

It is in Illinois, after all.

11选5图标下载For the next 35 days, is sharing "." And if getting to know the city is your new year's resolution, ExploreChicago has your back with .

11选5图标下载 this weekend that the would be returning after three years' absence. But , and that the organizers will be able to keep public drinking away from the parade.

At the close of last night's "Saturday Night Live," castmember Vanessa Bayer printed with a picture of , a veteran Chicago who last week following a with cancer.

Just happened upon some footage that features some of the best bboys, or breakdancers, in the city, battling it out at the back in November.

11选5图标下载Chicagoist , a walking club and community for owners of pit bulls and other "bully breed" dogs founded by the blog .

Submit your favorite love song at by Feb. 10 and you might win a place for it in this year's V-Day playlist on State Street's Lightscape, a choreographed song and light show in the Loop. The winner will also receive a romantic getaway package at . Contestants may also tweet songs to #LIGHTSCAPE or text "Lightscape" to 33938.

The Wicker Park-Bucktown Chamber of Commerce has , with event listings and a .

Cook County's security measure which outfitted squad cars with cameras able to send live feed, amongst other things. Though installation began in 2005, the recent investigation found that everything that could go wrong, well, did.

11选5图标下载It's about time you (assuming you don't live there).

11选5图标下载WINGS, a Cook County Court program aimed at rehabilitating prostitutes, is barely a year old, but already it's having an effect. In Mechanics, Sarah Ostman shares the story of .

What's the expiration date of celebrity status? The Tribune features that, while including some Chicago greats, goes into a debatable realm of relevance in terms of the people that still pass for famous.

the 2011 Curbed Cup for best neighborhood.

As his resolution for 2012, Mayor Emanuel is admitting, "I'd like to do something about my potty mouth." Whether or not he can be the same Rahm is up for debate, with one aide commenting, "It's gonna be like Samson losing his hair."

11选5图标下载Through Feb 10, for all Illinois residents.

11选5图标下载The annual takes place this Sunday.

Last winter Google engineer Brian "Fitz" Fitzpatrick shared his advice on . It's always good advice.

A UIC student tells Mashable to make ends meet while going to school.

Cab driver Yousef C. tells a touching tale of for an injured passenger. []

The street-wear shop, , carries masked for either the blistering cold or an old-fashioned mugging. Its title suggests the latter.

Just a reminder, more than a few businesses and government offices , including City and state offices, post offices and Chicago Public Libraries.

For the list-inclined: Maybe the only time you'll find mentions of Sherwood Schwartz and watermelon mojitos in the same place.

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11选5图标下载Still looking for some holiday activities, go out tonight and enjoy the Zoo Lights at either of the city's zoos. runs from the 26th through the 31st. Regular admission fees apply with lights on from 4 to 9pm. runs nightly through January 1. Admission is free to the public and lights begin at 5pm until 9pm. Both are closed the holiday weekend Dec 24-25th. Don't forget to dress warm!

11选5图标下载You can think outside the box and outside the season with 's for either its ghostly, or gangster tours.

Footage from a shows the city's 48th mayor Richard J. Daley, the legendary Dick Clark, and curiously enough, some creepy clowns in cars.

11选5图标下载Chicago was named the in the world by The Atlantic. Meanwhile, the idea that the rest of Illinois should separate from Chicago is still getting play. The Huffington Post Chicago nicely.

11选5图标下载While we're on the topic of city cred, Chicago ranked 26th in the Mori Memorial Foundation's this year, we're the in America (), and came in sixth in the Chicago Council of Global Affairs' (). So we've got that going for us, which is nice.

Happy lunch time. A is "A Game of Thrones."

11选5图标下载Redditor Raidicus shares the story of beneath his North Shore high school. (If this piqued your interest, you might want to check out the .)

WBEZ's Jason Marck and Eilee Heikenen-Weiss went to . .

And here's the

Never thought about it before: the goes through the subway, not just up on the elevated tracks. CTO John Tolva caught this weekend; he'll be jingling down the Red Line tracks today and this weekend.


A new website catered to "major design cities," is a social networking site that helps you keep track of design events, resources, and the people behind them.

Gawker declared "Chad" to be for the stereotype heretofore Yet another example of New Yorkers thinking they came up with something for . (Wait till they about .)

As part of his goal to make Chicago the most "immigrant friendly city in the world," Emmanuel established the Office of New Americans. about how he'll meet that goal.

Presenting , because "we can agree that a neighborhood with a logo is better than a neighborhood without." []

is a new Evanston-based crowdfunding site with a twist: it's oriented toward individuals in need, who are "validated" by a nonprofit. The campaign goals are usually low, so even small pledges make a big difference.

11选5图标下载It's time to . The theme this year is "Chicago's Heroes."

The city has than it did in 1998 -- but there's more to be done.

If you thought house flipping ended when the real estate bubble burst, you'd be wrong. WBEZ explains .

11选5图标下载And enjoy other maybe slightly less interactive exhibits such as Meet Homer and The Marathon, at , set to

While discussing the , Emmanuel announced, "One in six Cook County residents is food insecure, or uncertain of where their next meal will come from." If the surplus on your table so moves you to donate, find out how

11选5图标下载In Mechanics, Ramsin Canon surrounding the proliferation of surveillance cameras in Chicago.

The is this year in favor of a light-based art exhibit called "" that will blast holiday music from speakers mounted in LED-lit, 9-foot-tall "prairie grass" stalks. The installation will remain up year-round for five years -- presumably not playing the music the whole time.

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Chicagoist takes a look at in Cook County.

11选5图标下载The latest issue of the Chicago Reporter focuses on on local immigrant communities.

Curbed Chicago makes its picks for the in the city.

11选5图标下载Explore the city through , a site that sort of acts like a Yelp for neighborhoods.

The Tribune's Steve Johnson spends some time with The Museum of Science and Industry's , Uptowner Kevin Byrne.

11选5图标下载A CTA bus driver allegedly tried to kick a gay couple off the 146 for kissing, .

11选5图标下载 has a keen blog piece gushing about the emergence of awesome while others are sadly closing. They give some love to Chicago-area stores (Chicago-Logan Square), (Forest Park), and to ' expansion out west from Chicago.

Chicago Magazine picks their

With the advent of several infrastructure tech upgrades ("mobile electronic ticketing"), . Which, at $50 to $100 per offense, quickly becomes not so small. (See also: .)

11选5图标下载The Associated Press visited the , which gives South Side kids an opportunity to work and gain .

Based on number of children 5-14, median household income, walkability and "creative spirit," Chicago-Naperville-Joliet is by only New York-Northern New Jersey and Bridgeport-Stamford.

11选5图标下载How do you keep gang members from hanging out on your street corner? .

11选5图标下载Time Out Chicago a less pleasant set of conditions. Also provided is a short list of tips on how to .

He may not be able to drive, but your pooch in the , and less than 5 percent of Chicagoans have been buying them. Starting next year, you'll get fined unless fido has a bit of official City jewelry on his collar. Licenses range from .

With Thanksgiving only a month away, organizers for the McDonald's Thanksgiving Parade are still looking for volunteers to do anything from carry banners in the parade to, um, cleaning up after the horses as part of the "poo crew." Visit to learn more.

Eric Lutz goes in NewCity.

Why are blacks leaving Chicago and moving back to the South? .

for the Official Christmas Tree of the City of Chicago have been chosen. and now it's up to you to . The tree will of course sit in front of Daley Plaza this holiday season so make your vote count.

11选5图标下载Scam artists prey on illegal immigrants in a variety of ways -- including exploiting the confusion between .

Sue the T-rex was a lot heavier than originally thought. About heavier.

11选5图标下载While City Hall works on trimming the budget, some Water Management workers were .

The Tribune has assembled of all significant ComEd power outages in Illinois since 2008 with, most interestingly, the cause of the outage. From the looks of it: bad PR for trees.

The of the Guardian Angels is . The organization hasn't had a central office in more than a decade.

11选5图标下载The wants to help you with your problem. next Tuesday.

11选5图标下载 of Walk Score, Chicago was recently by the service. (Thanks, Dee!)

Historic Pullman was named by the American Planning Association. []

11选5图标下载Cameron Esposito talks about .

Jamie Oliver wants to know about your kid's school lunches. Fresh and healthy, chemical-laden, or somewhere in between, upload your photos and rate others' contributions .

has been launched for the solidarity protest movement for .

Local film director is gathering information for a large public art project that would incorporate the Loop L tracks, and .

, we've launched our "graphic journalism" feature series. follows a Chicago woman through her marriage at the Cook County courthouse to her fiancé, an inmate at the county jail who will eventually be tried for first-degree murder.

The social media-driven economic and class protest effort known by the Twitter hashtag has bred its own Chicago version under the similarly tagged . Support for the so-called "99%-ers" has most recently drawn the attention of .

11选5图标下载The Chicago Reporter's tackles the CHA's "one strike" policy, which evicts tenants after a single arrest -- sometimes even if there's .

on how many in the city would be affected by Obama's proposed tax on those making more than a million dollars.

Security cameras are , the park, after one too many costly acts of vandalism. Ald. Moreno blames the damage on "disrespectful trust-fund babies who think it's cool to be homeless."

11选5图标下载Tomorrow is the Active Trans Alliance's --instead of driving, mass transit, or walk/bike to your destination(s). I donated my last car to a few years ago, which was a relief for me and my beloved wheels--perhaps it's time to get rid of your jalopy?

The Urban Institute released today find that Chicago's "blue light camera" program helped reduce crime in one neighborhood . GB in Mechanics back in February and found their effectiveness to be similarly inconclusive, and wondered .

According to a report in The New York Times, Groupon seems to have overcome its recent SEC problems and fears of market volatility, and

11选5图标下载, Chicago will pioneer the release of for the city, including information dating back to 2001, over 4.6 million incidents.

Time Out .

11选5图标下载 in Chicagoland are underwater (i.e., owe more than the property is worth).

11选5图标下载 this time only seeking approval of the ban in her home ward.

Yesterday, Chicago's City Council a well-supported urban agriculture ordinance. The Mayor's expanded limits on community garden plot size to 25,000 square feet, allow limited produce sales in residentially zoned areas, relax rules on fencing and parking for large commercial urban farms, and allow aquaponics outdoors in hoop houses.

New developments via CNC's New York Times section House sponsor states that further delays by will spur a presentation of the bill as is, barring any outline of "his concerns 'in short order.'"

Sex toy boutique Taboo Tabou has starting this Tuesday with a showcase featuring Scarlett Deville and the Deville-ettes, Titty Perkins and Ruby Dee. The action starts at the Belmont store location at 8pm. $5 suggested donation.

Possession of more than 10 grams can now get you in real trouble, No, seriously: you might even get a ticket.

11选5图标下载 of his statements about the meter-lease deal, showing a bit less consistency than most of us would probably like.

A small but growing resistance movement has begun to form in response to the G8 Summit scheduled to take place in Chicago May 15-22, 2012. Organizers have recently launched a with extensive information on the meeting. A with additional information is also available.

Looking for the cool after party this Friday night? Weary art-goers will find refuge from the drudgery of making the citywide gallery circuit . Hosted by artists and local art world mainstays John Phillips and Nevin Tomlinson, the action starts at 9:30pm and rolls on until 2am.

11选5图标下载 honcho Laura Shaeffer recently announced the expansion of her art-as-community-building project into S.H.o.P., the Southside Hub of Production. Made possible by a one-year lease at the 's Fenn House, . The space is open Saturdays 10am-6pm until the grand opening on Oct. 1. More information is available at .

11选5图标下载Check out a different, beautifully lettered definition of work on this labor-centric day in the form of . Sold through local online store .

Head to the the Chicago History Museum tomorrow, open from 9:30am-4:30pm. Exhibits include (150 years of LGBT history), , , and more.

11选5图标下载 and awarding the winning city $20,000 for its parks and recreation dept. through Sep 16.

made a couple years ago featuring Chicagoans (some famous) reciting a quote from Daniel Burnham.

Little-known fact: "no small plans" was one of the names and I considered considered when we founded this site, before settling on Gapers Block.

11选5图标下载I'm clearly overpaying for my weed. , Illinois' weed prices are among the highest in the nation, with the average cost in Chicago of "a high-quality eighth of marijuana" clocking in at "just under $60." There's even a nifty interactive map called that will calculate your area's weed prices based on crowd-sourced data submitted by anonymous buyers.

before and after the gun ban overturn.

noise and tech and new media and those who love them came together in the form of the GLI.TC/H festival. For five days, the strange and wonderful ways data can be corrupted were celebrated with videos, art, coding and more. Although a success, the people behind GLI.TC/H need more than pops and errant flashes to bring it back to life. .

11选5图标下载Or maybe not- turns out Studies suggest almost one third of witness identifications are wrong. Scary numbers for cities eager to put criminals behind bars. helps lead the way.

Maybe encouraged by buzz surrounding the , Playboy Enterprises plans to , the first in decades, just blocks from the original.

In Mechanics, Christopher Gray takes a look at near the proposed Red Line extension on the South Side.

11选5图标下载Jeanette Ingberman, co founder of the New York's influential with artist Papo Colo, reports the New York Observer. Given Chicago's rich history of alternative practices, Exit Art has long been a valuable entry-level resource and oasis for up-and-comers from the city and around the world.

Bridgeport favorite announces a celebration of the one-year anniversary of its makeover on September 3 at both the bar and art space down the street.

11选5图标下载 will return this October to Bridgeport's , and has announced that proposals for the sophomore installment are now being accepted.

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to hit up in Chicago - not your standard guide book recs.

11选5图标下载An employee at "a junk shop in a far North Side neighborhood" chronicles some of . Example: a VHS tape labeled simply, "Secrets." Oh yeah.

After 29 arrests in late July, has sent 11 to prison on narcotics charges. This follows in January as part of an effort to combat a rise in gang violence and drug sales in the area.

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The this week is about Chicago's gay ball scene; for another perspective, read our own feature11选5图标下载 from January.

And with festival damage the worst it's ever been,

11选5图标下载: that's where most pedestrians are when they're hit by vehicles, according to IDOT research. The tells the tale.

The Tribune mapped US Census data on , and color coded it by ethnicity.

11选5图标下载The sodium vapor streetlights that bathe the city in orange are with new, more energy efficient lights that also have a more natural color.


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The City is for the homeless as a result of a halving of state funding for the program. The Beachwood Reporter has .

11选5图标下载, a new 24/7/365 animal emergency hospital, has opened up in the Medical District neighborhood.

11选5图标下载Apartment rental site domu.com surveyed its listings and came up with graphs of in the 15 most popular neighborhoods. Perhaps not surprisingly, River North and Gold Coast turn out to be pretty bad deals.

Beverly residents met last night to discuss whether to for St. Patrick's Day next year. Organizers said if it comes back, there may be a "zero tolerance policy" against alcohol to avoid a repeat of the 54 arrests and public drunkenness that led to the parade's cancellation this year. on the matter in Fuel.

Translation: Are you a Welshman in Chicago? If so, the is for you.

11选5图标下载A.V. Club digs into just . .

11选5图标下载The launched with profiles of their members and other Chicago writers.

Chicago police have so far this year than in all of 2010. Superintendent this morning to discuss police shootings.

Chicago officially completed its on Kinzie Street between Milwaukee and Wells on Monday. The lane separates cyclist traffic from vehicle traffic by using flexible posts and painted pavement signals; read about early reactions to the lane in Tailgate. Next continuation plans are expected for Jackson Street between Halsted Street and Damen Avenue.

The storm Friday night/Saturday morning dumped on Chicago, breaking previous records and helping make this the

Interested in a live/work space? is sponsoring a new ordinance set to go before the city's Zoning Committee to expand opportunities for business owners to.

11选5图标下载Tensions remain high in Boystown following several assaults in recent weeks. The alleged isn't helping.

Even though the actual Winnetka home used in the Home Alone movies is , a building company has given it a modern update and is selling for mass production.

11选5图标下载When you're gearing up to complain about how much that club sandwich costs just remember that at least most expensive city in the world.

11选5图标下载For the past 25 years, an endlessly changing group of francophones have . Learn more in A/C on this fine Bastille Day.

If you're a dungeonmaster who is worth his weight in geldings, I shall see you .

11选5图标下载's boasts a diversity of fish, a "hint of green pepper" and a political message amidst the rice and vinegar.

...and by "play," I mean "sell." The at next weekend's is looking for a few more craft-sellers, record vendors, and retail oddities to join their ranks.

Local jewelery designer Ashley Scott's new line, "Drapes," on fashion blog, .

11选5图标下载In case you missed the fireworks and don't have a lot of time to catch up, here's a video of , looking west from Western and Armitage. []

A man was by a group of young people on Halsted in Boystown Sunday night; the incident was caught on tape. Ironically, a "positive loitering" rally had been held the night before, after two similar attacks in recent weeks; the .

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11选5图标下载The Chicago Park District's presents . This comedic drama focusing on members at a dentistry conference, will bring laughs, unlike your last visit to the dentist's office. Theater on the Lake is located on 2401 N. Lake Shore Drive. This show opens tonight and runs through the weekend.

Bad news: your city sticker expires today. Good news: and have a few days still to purchase one online.

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'Tis the season for outdoor festivals, even the decided to get into the act. This weekend, July 1-3, the will bring food, entertainment, and Cubs fans together. Set on the east side of Clark Street between Addison Street and Waveland Avenue, the fest is open from 11am-8pm.

Okay, so not only do I need to compete with all the fit runners taunting me on the Lakefront, but now the mayor is bragging about his ?!

The western end of Logan Square's getting . Offering slices and BYOB, Dante's Pizzeria comes courtesy of Georg Simos (High Dive, The Rocking Horse) and a few people from Santullo's and Piece.

Chicago residents that have created environmentally-friendly landscapes in their yards can see how they can earn up to 50 percent off their next local purchase of tress, native plants, compost bins, or rain barrels. See how this applies and download rebate forms for all products at the .

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Still looking for something to do tonight? Head to the at 720 North Franklin: it's showcasing some of the city's best screen printing artists, their posters, and beer from Finch's Brewery. You've got four hours, go!

Last week helped turn a Logan Square street into a for a day.

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11选5图标下载Most Chicagoans may not think about fishing or the far Southeast side very much, but the connection of these two men to the area and our waterways, , will compel you to do both.

FoGB created a great app from that I hope I never have to use. works online, or from your smartphone browser.

11选5图标下载Sun-Times reporter Kim Janssen was covering the memorial for one teen murder victim when , nearly claiming another victim. UPDATE: Police a man with a gun in the vicinity of this incident; he turned out to be a friend of the murdered teen.

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The Cultural Landscape Foundation catalogs historic designed landscapes throughout the country in their . This weekend, you can check out what's out there throughout Chicagoland around parks, ponds, gardens, boulevards, and all sorts of other sites.

The keynote speech at the is a conversation between and of "The Wire" and "Treme" fame. .

11选5图标下载The Red Line Project tackled -- and generated the sort of controversy you'd expect in the comments.

Archaeology students (and DePaul University Associate Professor Jane Eva Baxter) in the Edgebrook neighborhood.

11选5图标下载The City this year, leaving July 4 to Navy Pier.

Governor Quinn and Mayor Emanuel will preside over the civil union ceremonies of 30 same-sex couples today at 10am at Millennium Park.

11选5图标下载City Hall is for the for both same-sex and heterosexual couples in Illinois. The Cook County Clerk of Courts opens at 7:30am this morning, and the first couples in line will be . UPDATE: Janean Wackins and Lakeesha Harris were this morning.

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takes over Lincoln Square on Thursday, and Center Square Journal is your destination for .

Memorial Day Weekend may mean Fleet Week in New York, but it means in Chicago. Check out the full calendar .

of the founding of the , which is its 15th anniversary a week from today with a conversation between and , as well as readings by members.

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And speaking of the Gaylords, the entirety of a 2006 short documentary on the gang by Daniel Wojack, is online .

There are a couple sites devoted to Chicago's oldest gangs: and ; for more recent gang lists, check out .

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Are you a non-profit looking for a better website, or a developer, designer, or project manager (or master copywriter or QA genius) with a desire to help non-profits get present a great online face to the world? -- August 20-21, the web development shop is organizing a great opportunity for non-profits and nerds of all stripes alike. Non-profits register by June 30, volunteers by July 15.

In A/C, Kelly Reaves , a nonprofit teaching kids to do everything from blow glass to make their own hot sauce.

11选5图标下载Finish up Rahm's first day on the job by heading to Jane Addams-Hull House Museum tonight (6-8pm) for the of , a book composed of public art done by local high school students in response to the question "What is your vision for Chicago?"

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have remained steady for more than a decade despite a marked decrease in fires, the Chicago News Cooperative reports. Some wonder if reductions are in order to help cut the city's budget.

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11选5图标下载If you want to get a fascinating look at the (soon to end) Daley Mayoral Dynasty, 's new documentary, "Like Father Like Son," will be airing several times through Monday.

Gwyneth Paltrow recently visited an old boyfriend here in Chicago; here's .

11选5图标下载Over at Denizen, Laura Polk , a journalist and filmmaker working on about the children of missionaries and their experiences upon returning to their "home" countries. You can help on Kickstarter.

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Tomorrow night is s annual ; this year's [PDF] of tasks includes " a glass of red from Osama Zin Laden vineyard" and " Origami Bin Laden." Those crazy kids.

If you've been thinking this weather sucks, you have to back you up.

Two people, one bike, and a possible third wheel(?) make their way down the street in this taken in Logan Square.

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NU student, rapper and celebrity spawn Chet Hanks Haze took a moment today to give us "the of all time" after tweeting a series of on Bin Laden's death.

Brian Houck, Director of Horticulture at ,

11选5图标下载 did a great job with their annual weekend this year. if you want to see some art this weekend. The sheer volume of events is flabbergasting.

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It's looking like a still-cool, faintly overcast weekend. Utilize the power of literature and positive thinking with .

Time's Joel Stein at Chicago-based dating service , playing matchmaker for well-heeled individuals.

A pizzeria owner after recognizing one of them in his son's hockey picture; the rest were tracked down via facebook.

11选5图标下载's new, shiny and colorful sculptural installation at Millennium Park's Boeing Galleries get attention from someone who's not a tourist in .

11选5图标下载 published last week about "overcoming cultural barriers" -- basically a history of public arts programming in Grant Park and how Millennium Park is carrying on the tradition of tricking people into listening to music they wouldn't normally seek out.

According to -- old municipal buildings never die, they just turn into theaters. Next in line? -- they just bought an abandoned police station near Foster and Damen for one dollar. When your neighborhood police station gets replaced by a theater, well, I think that's a good sign.

Rock & Roll apparel, etc. company has come out with a line of old-timey gangland Chicago-themed, highly-detailed graphic t-shirts. Every order comes with a free mixed CD featuring local bands. Check them out .

11选5图标下载Humboldt Park art and community center is (once again) in danger of closing its doors because the family-owned pawnshop that provides its primary source of funding is in danger of being replaced by a Cash America. Show your support for Rumble by attending the townhall hearing tonight at 6pm at the .

tries to through the arts.

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In Mechanics, Chris Gray tells , whose Marquette Park home was foreclosed upon and boarded up without warning.

Chicago is the in the country, but Ted McClelland found while working for the Census last year.

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Chicago is an Industrial Metroplex on this map of "."

YoChicago has a proper rant about , and offers of ones not to call.

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Chicago magazine takes you inside , yours for considerably less than the average presidential election campaign.

Are Chicago police dropping gang members off in opposing gangs' turf? seems to indicate there's truth to the rumors. UPDATE: Our own Micah Uetricht about the video and more.

This week the switched its hours to , and next week will bring a special round of 8pm closings. If water isn't your thing, should keep you busy on Thursday from 6-10pm.

Local plush maker Steff Bomb's created a , so well-made any intrepid hero would be proud to have it at their side. Pick up one of these limited edition stuffed sidearms this weekend at : 2301 South Lake Shore Drive, Booth #1026, 2pm-3pm. Did I mention it comes with a holster?

11选5图标下载Quasimodo, or "Modo" for short, is the at the U of C's Rockefeller Memorial Chapel.

11选5图标下载Check out our , a weekly interview and essay leading up to the -- get educated, get some zines, get that much more out of the celebration of independent publishing.

In A/C, John Greenfield shares his walk , which once was known as Crawford Avenue.

11选5图标下载There are registered sex offenders living all over the city -- and than the law allows.

11选5图标下载, which we've before, gets some attention from .

Chicago turns 174 today -- celebrate with free cake and performances by the Tony Do Rosario Trio, The Latin School Band, and a Native American drum band .

11选5图标下载Mohamed and Fatima no longer shovel snow into garbage bags to throw out. about their adjustment to their new home in A/C.

Baba Marta, (aka , a Bulgarian character who changes her mood quickly, just as March changes weather rapidly) will get a next year. Bulgarians living in Chicago, home to the largest community in North America, are sharing red and white tassels with each other today to wish each other health, fortune and happiness. Next year, Bulgarians will be able to tie their martenitsas to a tree to welcome Spring. In case you can read Bulgarian, check created a run by a local resident.

11选5图标下载Food writer Raymond Sokolov apparently did a quick Google News search and cobbled together some ramblings on for Newsweek. (He seems to think Andrew Mason moved here from Pittsburgh expressly to start Groupon.)

Illinois comes in 15th in the US (including the District of Columbia) in percentage of population with a current passport -- which, at , drops us into the second tier on .

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Those voting for Rahm Emanuel tomorrow may want to wear 's to the polls.

In just two hours, will transform into an industrial, whimsical world of yesteryear through .

First; athlete Michael Vick an appearance on her show, possibly fearing a James Frey-style for engaging in dogfighting; then a (pre-Stedman) boyfriend of eating stuffed mashed potatoes with her (recipe, please!) and getting coldly dumped; and finally, a student at Winfrey's South African all-girls school was hospitalized after giving birth in secret (and possibly the baby to death).

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11选5图标下载La Cueva, a historic Latino LGBTQ bar in Little Village, struggles to stay open in the face of opposition from suspicious conservative neighbors. .

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In the wake of the census population numbers, Lee Bey ponders and the .

The official demonstrate that Chicago's population . The African American population declined 17%, Latin Americans gained a little over 3% and non-Hispanic whites slightly declined.

11选5图标下载The Reader's Steve Bogira takes a look at two of the city's most homogeneous neighborhoods, , as a means of examining how little progress has been made in combating racial segregation. He discussed the story this morning.

and invite Chicago's menfolk to partake in "mini services" (trims, nail buffs, mini massages, shoe shines) Friday through Sunday from 4p until 7p. In addition to free business center services, complimentary morsels and cocktails will be served by and . Contact John Allan's directly for reservations.

Lexicographer Mark Peters discusses the meaning of the words

11选5图标下载Mayor Daley has proposed a way to keep free without incurring losses on the festival: .

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11选5图标下载The ratio of Chicago residents over 65 to everyone else will climb from 1 to 9 to 1 to 6 over the next 20 years.

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If you have to use mass transit and your phone doesn't have web capability, I have so that you don't have to go outside until it's time.

Whether you're a grounded visitor or you're just looking to ride out the blizzard in style, Kimpton's with a $99 "Stranded in the City" rate though this Friday.

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11选5图标下载Marissa Garcia tells the story of .

In A/C, Rachel Rabbit White explores , where competition is fierce and self-expression is at the forefront.

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11选5图标下载With tonight's weather turning , the Anti-Cruelty Society has some for caring for your pet in cold temperatures. And if you see an animal left outside or roaming about town, call 311 to report it.

A student at Oak Park River Forest High School for creating a list of the 50 "most attractive" girls at his school (complete with pics, comments on their perceived sexual promiscuity, and numerical rankings) and posting it to Facebook; he then passed out copies of his fine research at school and began yelling "Women are trying to take over the world!" and "Women are the future, unless we stop them now" in front of a cheering group of students.

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If your cat or dog is missing a needed , head down to Chicago Animal Care and Control Saturday for their Low Cost Vaccine Clinic. From 9am-noon at the shelter, 2741 S. Western, your beloved pet can get a DA2PPL and FVRCP vaccine for $7; the rabies vaccine is $15. While you're there, adopt another pet! They've got loving animals waiting to hang with you and yours.

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Ever wonder what it's be like to a ?

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If you're out and about on CTA Sunday, don't be surprised if you see hundreds of

11选5图标下载Vast quantities of dawwwww were manufactured yesterday when a was born at Lincoln Park Zoo.

The CPD is on meetings as it puts more officers on the street instead of in administrative duties. Meetings will now by bi-monthly or quarterly, depending on the beat.

While discussing the recent parking meter fare increase with an NBC5 reporter, a man feeding a fare payment box downtown looked over to see a Traffic Management Authority clerk on camera.

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A Winnetka woman was able to get a SWAT team to her husband's workplace for three hours yesterday after she received an accidental "butt-dialed" cell phone call from him that led her to believe he was being held captive. He was actually listening to rap music while talking to a coworker.

11选5图标下载 reports that last year, the Chicago Public Library circulated 8.8 million items and provided 2.8 million free computer sessions. A less cheery statistic: librarians reported that 60 percent of their time with patrons involved helping them look for jobs on library computers.

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The Chicago News Coop digs into to see .

Kara VanderBijil to Los Angeles. Despite the cold.

Re-nest, 's green home blog, put out a last week.

You can into much-needed mulch at any of 23 Chicago Park District sites through January 17.

starts its annual penny rides starting at 8pm tonight through 6am tomorrow.

In A/C, , a 40-year-old community center and nonprofit organization in Pilsen that's helping recent immigrants find a life in Chicago.

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Chicago is a big city. We have more residents than a handful of states. Big cities require big government. But I don't think I had any idea how big until I saw of all the departments that exist in Chicago. (Thanks, George!)

11选5图标下载Think just cause you rent an apartment you don't have to shovel your walk? Well, the city's ordinance says otherwise. Essentially you have three hours after the snow stops to remove it. At least you only have to shovel a 5-foot swath down your sidewalk. (thanks, Sam!)

The Reader's Whet Moser the, er, interesting , an anti-gay group based in Downers Grove.

In Mechanics, Rory Fanning of one woman evicted from the last Cabrini Green high-rise.

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11选5图标下载Today is , and the Sex Workers Outreach Project Chicago is observing it with a at Jane Addams Hull House Museum, 800 S. Halsted St., starting at 6:30pm.

11选5图标下载The Department of Cultural Affairs on Friday, bringing the number of total layoffs since October to 29. The functions handled by those laid-off employees are going to be transferred, along with the appropriate funding, to the non-profit Chicago Tourism Fund (which is, by the way, ). UPDATE: Dan Morgridge adds in Transmission.

Lawrence is one of Chicago's most culturally diverse streets. John Greenfield recently for a feature in A/C.

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Want a visualization of foreclosures in the city? . ( what you're looking at.) []

11选5图标下载 captures the grandeur and elegance of the Granada, Uptown, Adelphi, and other Chicago area "lost palaces" -- movie theaters that recall a bygone age. []

11选5图标下载NPR's Robert Krulwich delves a bit deeper into the story of .

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Just ahead of the last Cabrini Green high-rise's closure, about their time in the project as they prepared to move out. The Chicago Reporter has .

Later today the will unveil a long-term concept for , .

Next Friday, head to the for , a gathering of artists, designers, writers and more -- anyone who likes to make, do, and drink.

Don't forget: Overnight Parking Restrictions early tomorrow morning.

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My fantasy best friend Geoffrey Baer (he just seems so nice) unleashes his newest WTTW documentary tonight at 7:30pm. We have in Tailgate.

In A/C, Joe Erbentraut examines the challenges facing .

11选5图标下载The U of C's annual is in Hyde Park. Admission to the debate is free, though $5 buys you admission to the post-debate tasting reception.

Eight Forty-Eight paid a visit to on the far South Side.

11选5图标下载At an auction of historic Chicago memorabilia on Thursday, the death mask of gangster .

11选5图标下载Today is the last day of Kate McGroarty's at the Museum of Science and Industry.

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It's getting colder, but you can actually enjoy the winter weather while gliding around on a smooth sheet of ice (and I don't mean while driving down your street). has a great little roundup of local (mostly free) , which do exist outside of the Loop, you know. ()

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Now that the crappy weather has returned, it's time for Chicago Elevated's to recommence. Go find out how much has changed since we published our guide back in 2004!

Pilsen's is .

Chicago's in of the pack in The Daily Beast's list of the . []

has been nominated for the Stay Classy Philanthropic Business of the Year Award. This year, the father-and-son-owned coffee company started working with , a nonprofit that offers services for children and adults with developmental disabilities. (Aspire's also a finalist in two other categories.) If Metropolis wins, they get $10,000 to donate to their charity of choice. You can vote for them (and Aspire, and other local nominees) .

Despite his flaws, Julia Keller points out a particularly nice thing Daley did: he built . Not all by himself, of course, but you get the idea.

The is accepting entries for its annual vehicle sticker art contest. This year's theme is "Education Is Key." The winning entry will be displayed on over a million windshields next year, and will net its designer a $1,000 savings bond. (Nine runners-up will receive savings bond prizes, too.) The contest is open to Chicago high school students and runs through Nov. 5. For official rules, entry forms, and ideas on how to get started, click .

Explore Chicago just launched a free ebook called . You can probably guess what it's about.

Who hates the ? Apparently at least one hoodlum, who late last night -- right on the heels of someone from owner Jason Trusty. If you'd like to help, for now Trusty requests that you buy some of his artwork, displayed on his website. UPDATE: Damage to the Puppet Bike was as previously reported. I guess "trashed" is a relative term.

11选5图标下载In A/C, John Greenfield , the first major road in the country named after the civil rights leader.

11选5图标下载Apartment Therapy profiles Chicagoan and production artist , created in a Pilsen storefront. It's worth checking out for the .

The winner of the Museum of Science and Industry's Month at the Museum --- it's .

11选5图标下载Cellular company Cricket has launched the , a fund granting up to $2,000 to 10 people or organizations for community-based projects, four times a year. .

A neighborhood supposedly named "W. Lake St." is allegedly , according to by commercial real estate site NeighborhoodScout.com. However, a look at shows a smattering of recent crime -- but quite a few new businesses.

that the area used to include the Henry Horner Homes, but that notoriously dangerous CHA project was demolished in 2005. Another "," called in the report, also made the top 25 list. .

Based on a scale called the Train Romance Index Score Total (how Kinseyian), the CTA Belmont stop (Red, Brown and Purple lines) is .

NewCity checks on the in this week's cover story.

Nathaniel Whitmore has on how to make Chicago the next great innovation hub.

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Depending on who you ask, urban chicken farming is either a or than the media would lead you to believe. Nonetheless, poultry-possessing Evanstonians are putting pressure on their aldermen to . And the are sponsoring [PDF], a tour of 15 of the city's backyard coop locations, on October 3.

If you've been following the in Pilsen, then you know that a group of moms have been to get a library. They've occupied the that Chicago Public Schools wants to tear down to turn into a soccer field. The believes in their fight and is starting a book drive and asking librarians to get involved to help them build a library, book by book.

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11选5图标下载Celebrate today at the Center on Halsted. []

11选5图标下载Today is the beginning of autumn, so it's the perfect time to quickly look back at .

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, whose hues spell out the geography of Chicago's racial and ethnic makeup. Based on we back in August. []

11选5图标下载Green spaces will be constructed for one day only today in a parking spots all over the city as part of , an international event dedicated to turning normally cemented and exhaust-filled space into something a little less polluted and more relaxing. Stop by and sit for a spell!

Not in terms of our waistline -- provides a look at the civic health of Chicagoland.

Camaraderie ran, walked and wheeled rampant at the 2010 Disability Pride Parade downtown last July. Ruthie Kott .

In preparation for the Monday premiere of Oprah's 26th and final season, you can on her website. I did, and since then I've opened my own successful business, lost fifty pounds and found the man of my dreams. Live your best life!

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Or Scott Waguespack. Or Bill Murray. Or Alpana Singh, Ron Huberman, Mike Ditka, or "Chicago cab driver extraordinaire" Mike Foulke. Nominate or cast your ballot for a candidate for . In true Chicago election style, vote early and often -- ten votes are yours to spread around, or throw at one worthy nominee.

John Greenfield on his penchant for walking the city's important streets. He's walked several for GB, including , , , Kedzie, Belmont, and, most recently, . Check out his blog, .

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The is offering to the aquarium each day in September.

11选5图标下载 found that the majority of 17-year-olds convicted of felonies in Chicago are guilty of non-violent crimes. Many of them plead guilty in hopes of getting a lighter sentence, but at what cost?

11选5图标下载In A/C, J.R. Williams tells the story of the nebulous gentrification of , through interviews with its small business owners.

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-- what is a , you might ask. And how can I of them? []

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, the Serbian cultural and arts center in Lakeview, has begun hosting shows in its basement club, -- and not just for Serbian bands -- and also with English subtitles, too.

, now on display at the .

just released : an interview with , winners of the 2010 A.W.A.R.D.

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Illustrator Jose Garibaldi helps you .

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The Public Servant Blog nominated as number four on its list of the .

What do you get when you combine 60,000 people, a carnival and 50 tons of sweet corn? The , of course! The weekend event begins tomorrow, and don't forget the free on Sunday afternoon.

Are "cop-in-a-box" police cameras cost-effective? A new study and raises others.

11选5图标下载In this week's A/C feature, John Greenfield and friends from the western edge of the city all the way to the lake.

's "What Makes Your Place Great?" contest voting is : Check out and then vote for your favorite place .

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Chicago ranks in the according to Kiplinger.com.

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Show some love for your parents, grandparents or ancestors and your hometown with Formula Werks' , giving you five ways (English, Spanish, Polish, Chinese, and Ukrainian) to say you're "Made in Chicago."

Chicago's Pakistani community is in the face of terrorist plots and concerns about security.

Into anime? is for you -- and their next meeting is this weekend.

Looking into the effects of gentrification on the .

It shouldn't be a surprise, but help make neighborhood safer.

Mick Dumke describes , and why it probably won't change for quite some time.

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The big "Oprah Winfrey Show" that stood outside in the West Loop . A source inside the studio says the sign is gone for good, but will be replaced by "another sign," not for the show.

takes on a survey in claiming that Chicago doesn't make the cut in "America's Top 20 Gayest Cities." Survey guru apparently only used the proportion of same-sex couples, a flaw that the Chicagoist claims is problematic because it misrepresents Chicago's gay and lesbian community -- the nation's third largest.

Hit-and-run accidents accounted for 40 percent of pedestrian deaths last year, but almost none of the drivers are ever found.

A 19th District police lieutenant emailed the with a list of simple crime tips and tricks-of-the-trade, all apparently provided by convicted burglars, a security consultant and criminology professor for a book called Does that qualify as a self-help book?

Be nice to your parking payboxes today, however much you despise their insatiable hunger for all of the change in your pocket--it's the parking meter's !

11选5图标下载Have you always wanted to hear Rod Blagojevich's voice emanating from your pocket every time you get a call? Well, you're in luck--the Springfield Journal Register is offering which you can easily make into ringtones for your phone. Surprise your friends, amuse your family, and irritate everyone around you on the train!

11选5图标下载On July 13, 1995, with a high temperature of 106 degrees, Chicago was experiencing the hottest day of the horrible that resulted in 700 deaths.

in Revolutionary France, a mob of peasants stormed a fortress-prison, sawed off the defenders' heads and paraded them on pikes. Thus we celebrate with our Parisian sister city every July 14. lists the local cheese-tasting, crepe-wrapping parties going on tomorrow for all those Jacobins at heart.

If you haven't already voted, has selected 20 handsome finalists in the competition to find "the one man in the Chicago area who represents the best of Chicago from the perspectives of community involvement, personality, intelligence, and fitness." The gay community is .

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Today marks the start of , with seven days of cool and informative activities for residents and shoppers. Events include t-shirt recycling, shopping discounts, LEED home tours, eco-storybook making, free stuff, and more.

It's summer. The kids are driving you nuts. might help you find a way to deal.

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11选5图标下载The summer interns at the Art Institute have started where they post funny things they overhear patrons say in the museum. The results are hilarious and sometimes adorable. Oh, and now, too.

Chicago came in fourth place for according to Travel+Leisure -- but just for "manliest city" by the makers of Combos.

Crain's helps put everything in perspective.

Time Out takes us on a tour of some of .

11选5图标下载As West Side residents , Bank of America is finding itself on the receiving end of . Read of the issue in Mechanics.

You thought the was over a week ago? A festival was held July 4, 2010,to celebrate on the South Side.

Chicago's South and West sides have some of the highest rates of chronic unemployment in the country,.

11选5图标下载Leah A. Zeldes of Dining Chicago argues that , and passes off a simple, delicious-sounding recipe from Chef Alfredo Anaya does at Dine in the West Loop. []

A.V. Club Chicago reviews , and offers its own advice.

The of Whole Foods brings back their summer series: every Tuesday at 6pm, professional yoga instructors will help you increase strength and flexibility from the rooftop of 1 W. Superior. BYOYM (bring your own yoga mat).

Fascinated by feats of illusion, trickery, and sleight of hand? The Elmhurst Historical Museum explores Chicago's connection to the world of magic in "," running through September 12.

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As promised, the Stanley Cup yesterday. Fausto Fernos of Feast of Fun , the Hawk who made it happen, at the parade. More photos , and .

Chicago's population to the recession's downward figures.

11选5图标下载Chicago's beloved mobile street entertainment known to one and all as will offer up a little piece of itself on eBay starting next week. Owner/Creator Jason Trusty is and you can take them home, if you're the highest bidder.

11选5图标下载The Palmer House Hilton offers historic tours of the hotel. Crain's Shia Kampos to get his impressions.

11选5图标下载Chicago-based artists can submit a design for one of 12 CTA and Metra underpasses needing some beautification in the (Rogers Park). (PDF) are due by July 16th.

The Stanley Cup will at this weekend's -- as will Boystown neighbors the Cubs. The boys in blue will , and Ernie Banks will be on it.

Before you head to the this year, you may want to [opens in iTunes].

StoryCorps is until June 26. If you or family/friends live in the neighborhood, you can now.

Lincoln Park's Wiener's Circle, described as "a microcosm of segregation in Chicago" and ranked 56th in journalist Catherine Price's highly subjective (nothing's unpleasant in France, really?) but admittedly entertaining . At least it beat out ?

11选5图标下载 tweeted his/her way through a plethora of Chicago museums this weekend. That's right: a whole PLETHORA. []

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Chicago is , as the nightly news reminds us. But did you know that if the South and West sides were separate cities, they'd be ?

11选5图标下载If you haven't come across this week's , it's an impromptu performance indeed by performing artist .

West Argyle Street is in recognition as an entry point for generations of Asian immigrants.

spreads its tendrils of free classes across the city this Saturday. Mexican cooking, self hypnosis, independent publishing, and butchery will all be covered amidst the event's 70 workshops. .

to and away from Chicago, showing which counties gained or lost people.

11选5图标下载Writer Rachel Rabbit White takes us on a tour of in A/C today.

While the city was celebrating the Blackhawks win, .

is once again holding its Placemaking Chicago contest, this year in partnership with the . Share your favorite "undiscovered" public space and you could win!

11选5图标下载If you're into cheering for major sporting victories, head downtown Friday morning for the official . The jubilation kicks off at 10:30am at Wacker and Washington.

11选5图标下载There's a at the , the first born since 2001. More really cute pictures and videos .

11选5图标下载Like telling stories? Like listening to them? In A/C, learn more about and the many opportunities you have to tell your own.

11选5图标下载 is offering free admission through Friday. Time to check out and then complete your collection of !

With the systematic closure of the Cabrini Green housing projects come sad tales of eviction -- like , from longtime resident Dirrthea Smith.

Oprah Winfrey's longtime (and often silent) boyfriend Stedman Graham Fox Chicago News that the city takes the talk show host for granted, and that "a prophet has no honor in its own town."

Chicago-based artist Krista Wortendyke just chronicling her efforts to photograph the sites of every homicide that takes place in Chicago this summer. Since Memorial Day, she has already posted details and Google Maps shots of nine murder scenes, and with over three more months to go until she finishes her project, her records are, unfortunately, likely to continue to grow.

Get a little creative with your best , and you could win a couple of tickets to fly friends into town to have a great "day off." is sponsoring this mission today and tomorrow. Leave your ideas on this to enter.

11选5图标下载So apparently the Tribune wants to start up a between Illinois residents and those who live in Montana. Isn't that like getting involved in a land war in Asia?

Even though the , you can still enjoy a free movie in a park near you thanks to the city's Movies in the Park program. [pdf]. UPDATE: Chicagoist of all the Movies in the Park locations.

Forget the "real" official start of summer -- as far as Chicago's concerned, the is it. And today's the day! Follow for closure info.

, a support and discussion group for people who don't identify with strict male/female gender types, is holding a picnic and field day in Humboldt Park tomorrow.

Chicago was ranked 45th on , beating out Seattle, New York, and Madrid, the last three cities in the top 50. The top US city? Coming as no surprise to anyone is Honolulu, at 35th.

Is your neighborhood on ?

Chicago didn't get the Olympics but it might get Atlantis. It's been discovered that the Planetarium is endeavouring to to its collection.

11选5图标下载, that is. That's the final tally on Chicago's Olympic bid spending.

11选5图标下载' most recent unveiling is the "Urban Farm Tool," .

And for it?

11选5图标下载 is getting gussied up for her 10th anniversary at the Field Museum. Sexy T-rex bathing photos can be .

...Would just be corporately sponsored and smell just as sweet. The Onion's . Of particular note: The Chicago Marathon for three years was sponsored by G. Heileman Brewing Company and was known as the Old Style Chicago Marathon.

Want to meet some new friends? is here to help.

Well, sort of: an is for sale.

There's just one week left to enter Chicago Public Library's . Check out the and submit today.

That's our designation on from the Brookings Institution. []

11选5图标下载What some would call a quintessentially Midwest food is now available through Le Cordon Bleu graduate .

11选5图标下载Apartment Therapy's annual is on, and there are , . today!

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11选5图标下载The third annual is this Saturday, at 2pm in Andersonville hosted by Lakview improve theater company, . So, on down, even if you need .

Don't eat meat, but still want in on the latest fast food abomination? A and her boyfriend help you out with their .

and Lucy Knisley gets as part of the ongoing series One-Shots.

(AKA Wizard World) has had quite a stake in Chicago's fanboy circles, but this week, (AKA C2E2) . Meanwhile, check out C2E2 photos in to see what all the hype is about.

The kicks off tomorrow, with . While this typically brings in acts from all over the world, that pesky Eyjafjallajokull, er... Icelandic volcano, , is .

11选5图标下载It's Foursquare Day -- with your fellow Mayors and badge-unlockers, and enjoy special deals at when you check in.

This Saturday, come to the -- your purchases help fund the . 2801 S. Ridgeway, 10am-2-pm. They are also accepting donations: call (773) 277-1800 for more info.

11选5图标下载"There's a big dark town/ It's a place I've found/ There's a world going on/ "

It's a pretty spring day. . Report back.

With and its surroundings in the news so much recently, perhaps it's worth remembering what the Sheffield Avenue rooftops looked like in compared to what they look like .

11选5图标下载Former Chicagoan Nate Silver recently wrote about the , his new home. On his blog, he and compares NYC housing costs with Chicago.

Never believe them when they tell you .

It's here in Chicago.

Men born in April to the end of the year, you're in luck: offers select free spa extras on your birthday (such as as shampoo or brow wax) with the purchase of another salon or spa service.

The Infrastructurist gives Millennium Park props as one of the Now get out there and enjoy it! []

Chicago architectural icon had a dream: an America as an alternative to "megacities." It, uh... it didn't go over well.

11选5图标下载Ever watch the Amazing Race and think you could do it -- if it weren't for the jetlag? Take part in the , and you won't even need to leave the 312 area code. The Challenge Starts at the Holiday Inn Mart Plaza and ends up at Martini Park. Along the way, there are stops at seven hotels that will provide challenges and refreshments. Lots of prizes will be offered. Tickets available from the .

11选5图标下载 is a newish nudist social group in town. Karl Klockers for Time Out.

11选5图标下载 rescues unwanted dogs and finds them new, loving homes. The organization runs without a shelter, relying on crackerjack foster dog-parents to care for animals until they're adopted. Last week they $1,000 in just days to offset medical expenses for a rescued dog named Pinecone. Check out their this weekend or to foster a pup.

's Jennifer Lucente has tasked herself with a challenge: participate in all of the over the course of one year. Best part? You can join her (or at least watch from the social media sidelines).

11选5图标下载Local comic book artist chronicles getting healthier in a sort of . Good for anyone who likes but is trying to slim down, and/or enjoys sweet, autobiographical, journal-style comics.

11选5图标下载The Obamas' have some moving in next door. sold for a paltry $1.4 million.

11选5图标下载It's a case of making lemonade out of the lemons of vacant storefronts. The recognizes Chicago's Edgewater neighborhood and Evanston as .

A special tour of the new will have DJ's, cocktails and performances take over the Art Institute on Friday, April 9 from 9 to midnight. Then there's the intergalactastic "Superhero" themed the following Thursday, April 15 at the at 6pm.

In Mechanics, Danny Fenster tells , a young woman pushed into prostitution by her boyfriend, and one organization that's trying to help women like her.

Care to delve into ?

The Straight Dope Chicago gauges how Chicagoland and the rest of Illinois would be .

Chicago took a leading role in the days and weeks after the Haiti earthquake. in Mechanics.

In case you missed it, check out about local artists who are also musicians. Or is it musicians who are also artists? It's all art anyway, isn't it?

The (MPC) to new global resource which lets people connect via their workplace. It's a great opportunity to "Act Local" and connect with others outside of that excruciatingly silent morning elevator ride.

11选5图标下载TimeOut looks into in the culture of this city. Looks like one famous critic stands out, surrounded by (Gapers Block among them) [PDF].

It won't make everyone good drivers overnight, but anyone who bikes our city's streets should be pleased by a last week. Bill 2951 would make hurling something towards, crowding or otherwise threatening a cyclist a Class A misdemeanor.

11选5图标下载Google is by mapping responses as they come in. Take a look . []

11选5图标下载ChicagoStorytelling trying to get by in the city.

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11选5图标下载If you didn't get a chance to see the Chicago River dyed green last weekend, you may still be able to relive the glory of .

The 2010 Census will start filling our mailboxes soon, but will your identity be truly counted? The Tribune with local Chicagoans.

While, there's still tons of St. Patrick's Day partying to be had. Whether you're looking for or.

11选5图标下载The City of Chicago's website got its today. Check out the new (which seems to run on a similar template to ) and see if you can navigate it any easier.

Local artist is creating a for the tanks at .

11选5图标下载The Chicago Journal's AmySue Mertens lives in Greektown, Skid Row, West Loop, West Loop Gate, Community Area No. 28, the Near West Side ... .

11选5图标下载Despite concerns about Chicago law that and roosters, .

The Metropolitan Planning Council asks , à la the NFL.

Englewood's Urban Prep Academy for Young Men is celebrating because all of its seniors have been accepted to a four-year college.

Take in musical performances from the Latin School Jazz Band and have a slice of Chicago-style birthday cake for free at --where else? The festivities begin at 10:30am, March 4. And, if you share a birthday with the Windy City, you'll .

11选5图标下载Lee Bey bids farewell to the CPD's M license plate .

In honor of Casimir Pulaski Day, city and county offices and municipal services will be .

11选5图标下载 has just launched an online gallery of free and cheap (mostly geared to you iPhone users, though some work on Blackberry and the like). You can keep track of shows at Broadway in Chicago, menus on GrubHub, get the latest Bears rumors, or locate nearby LGBT businesses through the Gay Cities Guide.

Open Books is having their very first this weekend with more than 10,000 literary donations being sold for a dollar each for softbound, $2 for hardbound. Or, fill a tote bag to the top for $25. Festivities start Feb. 26 to help fund Open Books' .

Represent your school at the . Just show up wearing your college or university's assigned color -- Columbia is yellow and Northwestern is blue, for example. All the colors of the rainbow, get it? It's tonight at 6pm on the front steps.

Time Out Chicago takes a closer look at and why the former the way .

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, manager of The Blackstone, . His life is like a mullet -- business in the present and party in the past.

is one of North America's according to This Old House Magazine. []

11选5图标下载Despite being hit hard by the economic slump, the Art Institute is hanging on-- they're even able to offer free admission during February, as always. How? .

Not sure which gang is tagging your neighborhood? should help.

Have a great Chicago proposal story? Eligible engaged couples can a wedding through the .

for the museum during its campaign. for comparison.

Want to spend Valentine's Day with someone who will always be happy to see you? (2741 S. Western) is holding a special adoption event from noon to 6pm this Saturday and Sunday for you meet that special dog or cat. Refreshments, a souvenir photo for adopters and an on-site pet boutique will be on hand as well.

11选5图标下载Former GB contributor Ted McClelland gives the New York Times .

The zombie flick A Chance in Hell is set in 1944 Germany, but is in 2010 Elgin. , oh my!

11选5图标下载In light of the news that Chicago suffered in the final quarter of 2009, the city and the Neighborhood Housing Services of Chicago will hold six events this year.

11选5图标下载 of that features reject art. The art will be sold from its collection to purchase more desired pieces, but visitors can still cast their vote on what they think is good, bad or just plain ugly.

, a DIY fashion workshop/ resource, is returning to Chicago in March and . For volunteers and beginners, there are (the next on Feb. 4).

Valentine's Day approaches: show your love with - , available at a surprising (surprisingly awesome) of .

11选5图标下载If you wear a to the Field Museum on February 13, admission is free and you'll be eligible to win prizes. I'd say "Insert joke here," but already did.

11选5图标下载Not that you need another reason to vote in Tuesday, but Challengers Comics offers a 15% to to anyone who can present a voter receipt.

Just a reminder, the Art Institute is free (and ) throughout the month of February.

11选5图标下载The is taking their annual dip in Lake Michigan Sat., Jan. 30. So, head on down to Oak Street Beach (then, um, [PDF]) and take the plunge. Funds raised from the event and after party at go towards needy families.

No more excuses-- the whole month of February.

Well, so to speak. Chicago museums and zoos caught a break in this year's sluggish economic downturn, seeing a . The free-admission Lincoln Park Zoo; the Shedd Aquarium; and the Art Institute, who opened their new Modern Wing last summer, topped the list, with significant utilization of the attractions' free days. Here's .

WBEZ will spend the next six months exploring Illinois' juvenile prison system in a project called Inside and Out. Radio stories, supplemental media and a community discussion are featured on .

Chicago: A Biography, a new history of Chicago by Dominic Pacyga, is given a by Harvard economist Ed Glaeser at The New Republic's online literary review, The Book.

A examines the and finds that instead of provinding low-income tenants with more opportunities, it's actually creating more of the same.

Are you of above average height? There's .

Looks like Chicago had a low showing of talent on yesterday's "American Idol" auditions -- While showcasing our , "Idol" has Chicago Breaking News wondering how some Windy City contestants were .

11选5图标下载Crain's Chicago Business lists you can aid the relief effort for Haiti. []

11选5图标下载Megan Cottrell debunks .

WindyCitizen blogger points out some .

The , "your definitive neighborhood guide to North Center, Lincoln Square and Ravenswood Manor," launches today. Read more about it in .

Every year, Chicago Mag puts out an eligible . And this year's is coming up: must be over 21, single, accomplished, photogenic and somewhat interesting. Supposedly you can nominate yourself, if you're so inclined.

It may sometimes get confused as part of Wicker Park or Ukrainian Village, but the neighborhood of .

from HUD -- more than any other city except LA -- as part of its , intended to help communities affected by the mortgage crisis.

TimeOut takes a look at (a great place to hook up), (the tougher gigs) and (the horror stories) of volunteering in Chicago. And just in case you wanted to know what it's like to be a volunteer Planned Parenthood escort:

Windy City Times11选5图标下载 and contestant about knitting, Tim Gunn, and designing for frigid climes.

11选5图标下载The Supreme Court will hear a lawsuit against the City of Chicago next month which will determine whether local governments can legally ban ownership of handguns. Chicago Mag recently , who may not be what you'd expect.

11选5图标下载Oxygen Network's "The Bad Girls Club," a reality show exploiting, er... documenting party girls is Jan. 16 in our fair city.

Hookah lounges enacted in some Chicagoland municipalities.

11选5图标下载Staying on budget should never mean missing out on Chicago's magnificent museums. Thankfully, has compiled to help you get the most cultural bang while saving your bucks in 2010.

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What was Chicago like in the mid-century for the city's African American community? takes a look at the fast-growing and segregated "Black Belt," and the harsh housing conditions.

The Piñata Factory recently created by young people from Humboldt Park and South Chicago to raise awareness of violence. The installations are at various locations around the north suburbs. .

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The Sun-Times raises a glass to the being served up at in Andersonville, as owner Scott Martin gives the inside scoop on the tradition. * "God Jul" is Swedish for "Merry Christmas."

Curious (or irate) about some of the CTA's ? []

After more than 70 years of projections, the Adler Planetarium its "" show for the last time on January 3.

Be a part of the First Annual Schubie Awards by casting a vote for your favorites in music, food and web content.

11选5图标下载As the city celebrates the centennial of the Burnham Plan, On Earth examines .

Chicagoans appear to be imbued with holiday spirit and decorating like mad fools. Local retailers report that have been flying off the shelves this season.

Local writer Tiffany Meyers gives Canada's Globe and Mail an .

11选5图标下载Forgotten Chicago takes a look at some of . (Further reading about Lincoln Avenue's famously neon-lit motels .)

It's not exactly B.J. and the Bear, but a former Chicago and his animal friend are on a for fortune and charity.

11选5图标下载Sadly with so many news reports of school age children dying violently in Chicago there is seemingly little novelty in the latest such tragedy. However the the DCFS director happens to be the victim's former baseball coach and he about the issue in general.

Some of you have probably given a lot of your money over the years. Now the company will give something back to Chicago: at Millennium Park this Saturday (for the first 200 people).

Chicago blog aggregator is throwing "" this Thursday, Dec. 10 at . Meanwhile, Chicago culture blog is having their the same night at . Maybe via the Brown Line? Ours is the following Thursday, Dec. 17, also at Black Rock Bar, so .

In these lean times, usage and circulation is up. Unfortunately, the hours at many facilities are being

Chicagoland (the whole metropolitan area, not just the city) comes in a clear third in this in the country. []

11选5图标下载Interested in knowing more about crime and problem spots in your neighborhood? You may want to sit in on a , a monthly opportunity for citizens to trade information and report issues within each police beat in the city. (Inspired by a comment by Mary in our current .)

Tons of new artists and bands just listed shows coming to Chicago, according to (a lifesaver for any concert-goer), including Alice in Chains, Bowling for Soup, Jack's Mannequin and why not, Ladysmith Black Mambazo, to name a few.

Hate crimes are on the rise for LGBT youth in Chicago's south and west sides (in neighborhoods such as Englewood and Roseland) when members come home from the Hyde Park-located community center. Chicago Free Press

unveiled today a 4-foot by 18011选5图标下载-foot mosaic made up of more than 800,000 images of the Milky Way. It's the world's most detailed picture of our galaxy, and it's now on permanent view at the museum and . []

11选5图标下载The cover of the new has a decidedly Chicago feel, with Barack and Michele Obama and White Sox pitcher Mark Buehrle (he of the ) on the cover.

11选5图标下载WBEZ web editor Justin Kaufmann is looking for Bears jokes (as if the team's play wasn't enough of a joke itself.) If you've got some, share then . OK, two Bears walk into a bar...they forgot to duck. Hey-oooo!

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11选5图标下载While you're bellying up to the turkey (or just at home, eating pizza), consider making this the day you adopt a cat or dog! is open for adoptions today (and tomorrow!) from 4-7pm at 2741 South Western.

, whose Chicago-interest audio magazine and WLUW radio show is celebrating its third year on the air, is hosting a live taping Friday, Nov. 20 at . The event is free with some .

11选5图标下载BusinessWeek thinks . Last year they thought it was Mount Prospect, so I guess they just really like Chicago suburbs. (Thanks, Dee!)

If you're standing there waiting for a subway train and someone busts out with , might be what's going on.

11选5图标下载The holidays are coming, and what better way to show your spirit for the season and the city with these charming from local paper good entrepreneurs .

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How do Chicagoans describe street addresses? Is Armitage "two-thousand" north or "20 hundred"? .

If you've enjoyed the or recommended it to a tourist in your life, check out their entry in the .

Thought not the most toxic city in America, . That honor belongs to Atlanta. (We're tied for third with Houston, behind Detroit.) []

Imagine a wall with the name of every person from your neighborhood who had died for decades. Imagine having to walk past it everytime you went to the grocery store. Now imagine how you'd feel if the Chicago Housing Authority's would result in the wall .

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will be of great assistance if you're interested in our northwestern neighbor's politics, history and, in one case, .

at the ? , says a new study.

During tonight's 5:30pm broadcast, will profile , Chicago Shakespeare Theater's annual program where students and faculty from local public high schools perform one of Willy's plays--this year's production was .

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11选5图标下载Stopping to give money to someone on the street could make anyone a bit nervous, but as the temperature drops, becomes more apparent. So, offers a solution: to hand out in $1 increments, redeemable for food at area merchants.

11选5图标下载The folks who brought you have created a dedicated to comprehensively mapping out and showcasing gallery events around the city. There's even a handy little interactive .

11选5图标下载The Obamas will have performing at their Pennsylvania Avenue digs this Saturday.

The of the is getting a lot of attention from the media, with the and augmenting weeks of coverage in the and the Invisible Institute's .

While the City Council chambers are , one solution is frequently brought up: . Meanwhile, some alderman are hoping to . Here's what you said the last time this was considered.

11选5图标下载 on the Discovery Channel featured the (alcoholic?) ghosts of Liar's Club.

Voting for your favorite scarecrow could win you a gift certificate worth up to $250 for any business in the . Visit the displayed scarecrows (a list of participating businesses is posted ) and vote before Wednesday, October 28 at 5pm to qualify.

Well, as far as violent crime is concerned, anyway. and found that more assaults, murders and rapes occur between 9 and 10pm than any other hour in Chicago.

The has posted a , with items costing $1 to $200. It's a great way to support our local menagerie, one of the last free zoos in the United States, and at the same time know exactly where your money is going--for example, a lovely nest basket for one of the 's --a bargain at one dollar.

11选5图标下载"Adler After Dark," The Adler Planetarium's nightclub/stargazing and continues every third Thursday night of the month. The first is free, so why not?

Michael Salmonowitz makes a case for . Meanwhile, while Arne Duncan and Eric Holder were in town to discuss youth violence.

The Red Eye is on a googlemap, as well as an easier-to-read .

Chicago's is the only Cambodian museum in America.

Near the Loop tonight? Check out the . Evidently, "1" is harder than it looks.

It's been 10 years since the CHA began its . WBEZ's , its successes and criticisms -- and our own David Schalliol contributed around the city.

Watch the Olympics 2016 announcement on Friday at 11:30 am at the , or at a .

11选5图标下载The mosaic under the 47th Street Metra station is finished, and it is lovely. has pictures.

11选5图标下载You know that $13.7 billion the Chicago 2016 Olympic bid team says the Olympics will pump into the city's economy? Yeah, no.

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alternative weekly now has which will cover arts, culture, news, and opinion on the South Side. This student-written blog is based at the University of Chicago.

The BBC goes . [] Tio Hardiman, who is working to stop dog fighting, was for his work against guns.

A tree grows in Brooklyn Rogers Park.

If it's been a while since you've been on a water taxi, .

The will be for the next two Sundays on a vacant lot at .

11选5图标下载Bill and Jacky Grimshaw, next-door neighbors of the Obama family in Kenwood, . []

...To volunteer for its ! They have something for everyone, from tech crew, to gift bag stuffer, to poo crew. And since it's aired live, you might even get on TV!

A new website, , including food pantries and soup kitchens.

Say what you will about what the recent on Michigan Ave. did to your morning commute, some of the retailers in the area are saying that having Ms. Winfrey on their street worked out well for their

11选5图标下载Are you interested in for the Black Eyed Peas' appearance on 's season opener this week? You have to attend a tomorrow (and the taping on Tuesday).

Chicago Public Library's "Sound Off" contest taps local musicians to express how their city inspires them. .

Man! If my prom had been as much fun as the , I may have gone to it. And if you love hamming it up, photo-booth style, then I'm sure we'll see you on Friday night at the where will have a photo booth set up. Did we mention it's FREE before 9:30?

An picks up on the "What can you do for me?" mentality of DC residents that makes it our nation's political hub. In the District, it seems nowhere is safe for a Chicagoan who just wants to enjoy a beer in peace, without being "networked" to death.

The Woodlawn Wonder of takes Joe Zekas of for around the Wonder's neighborhood.

, a cellist and, after 54 years, the longest-serving member of the CSO, yesterday at the age of 77.

For only the second time in 120 years, London-based is devoting an entire issue to a single city: . And we're reaping the benefits, including a literary-star-studded kick-off September 14 hosted by Chicago Public Radio's Steve Edwards and featuring local authors Audrey Niffenegger (The Time Traveler's Wife) and Aleksandar Hemon (The Lazarus Project). The issue features 26 other locals; .

11选5图标下载Kenilworth comes in at on Forbes' list of the -- a list whose numbers have come down a bit in recent years. Six other suburbs make the . (Thanks, Dee!)

Don't miss out on a tomorrow, courtesy of our very own (thanks for the tip, ).

The Straight Dope offers new to Chicago.

The Chicago Public Library is hosting the , where the city's musicians are challenged to compose an original, Chi-town-inspired song and upload video of their performance of it to the Vimeo group. A celebration of the winning songs will be held at Pritzker Park in October.

The has on their list of "." The voting writers noted that Chicago kills for live blues, and that music is "all here, all the time." Nicely put.

It's probably time to rename this annual feature "," considering a large portion of the list is out in the suburbs. (Not that there's anything wrong with that.)

You've seen plenty of views of and from the Sears/Willis Tower's "Ledge," but here's a new one: . []

We debut a new occasional feature in A/C today: , which sheds light on some of the lesser known neighborhoods of the city. First up, on the Northwest Side.

The anti-violence protest in Uptown last night effectively derailed a discussion of the Olympic bid and , and .

Monday, Aug. 17 is a "" for the City; it's really the one we'd normally see on New Year's Eve, apparently. Only essential services remain open: fire and police -- and, interestingly, .

11选5图标下载 from a recent newcomer to Chicago is chock full of great info, especially if you don't understand The Grid.

11选5图标下载Love em' or hate em' (and their fans), answers a question relevant to irate Wrigleyville dwellers, Cubs devotees, and many more.

Visitors to Navy Pier could get the chance to take a 15-minute ride in a (that would remain tethered to the ground, alas) as early as this year. []

Placemaking Chicago asked that question earlier this year, and now they're asking you to .

for the number of people arrested while under the influence of drugs.

No, not that11选5图标下载 . It's going to be this weekend, (hazy, hot and humid), so take care of yourself!

11选5图标下载Oh, the trials and tribulations of the Wrigleyville-resident Cubs fan. .

One of the inspirations for the Don Draper character in the AMC show was Draper Daniels, who was the creative director at Leo Burnett in the 1960s. His wife to Chicago Mag about her life with him.

11选5图标下载, a new study finds. The number is more like 39 percent in the Spanish-speaking community. []

Walkers, bikers, strollers and the like enjoy free reign on a network of boulevards between Logan Square and Little Village tomorrow from 8:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. The route temporarily closes to motorized traffic in order to make room for Chicagoans to come together. The event, , is free, and is modeled after , where 1.5 million residents come out and enjoy their community.

Over at , creator Mike Doyle reports on two wildly divergent blogs, the decidedly pro-CPD and the highly-CPD-suspicous

11选5图标下载A by someone who's clearly projecting.

Well, , anyway.

As , the living in the parks in Edgewater. Not everyone is pleased.

11选5图标下载As part of the Shedd Aquarium's re-opened marine mammal pavilion, . Those who ante up get to wade into the , help trainers give behavioral instructions, and scratch some whale tongue.

, and in Lincoln Park. Guys, the isn't for another couple weeks. UPDATE: Seems the choppers are .

11选5图标下载Apparently in the country -- but we're the . Aww, yeah.

11选5图标下载As our demonstrates, when it comes to the Sears/Willis Tower name change, people either lament the loss of another piece of "Chicago" or you think it's much ado about nothing. Tribune architecture critic falls on the side of the former and tries to put the whole thing in perspective.

11选5图标下载Today is the the Sears Tower will officially be known as, well, the . Tomorrow it become the (ugh) We're toasting with a highball in its honor. in Fuel.

from a Section 8 housing complex after the matriarch passes away. UPDATE: for Tuesday night in support of the Bledsoe family.

Although it's not hard to catch him smoking in front of the Tribune Tower or having a burger at Billy Goat, will schmooze and make beer-can chicken with legendary columnist John Kass Aug. 1 at the Cantigny Golf Club in Wheaton.

Does living in Chicago make you a Chicagoan? but now he's not so sure.

11选5图标下载There's just a few short weeks left for you to nominate your favorite places in Chicago for MPC's . We wrote about when it started, but now's your chance to .

11选5图标下载 ranks second in its list of . Go vote in their poll -- we're currently tied with a few other inked metropolises. (Thanks, Twitterer and fellow comic book aficionado !)

in the past year, making it according to Forbes. (Thanks, Dee!)

As the final cut nears in October, the Chicago 2016 Olympic bid team is working it. The team is using a new promotional video . The bid team is also planning a in the next months to shore up city support.

11选5图标下载Are early summers in Chicago getting chillier? .

11选5图标下载July is -- and why wouldn't it be especially significant in the ? Nothing screams "National Pastime" quite like . So, go out and .

11选5图标下载The and will allow visitors to stand in an enclosed glass box and look down 1,353 feet. Depending on who you are, that means either the heights of euphoria or stomach-churning dismay.

11选5图标下载The Examiner takes a look at one of the granddaddies of the Chicago open mike poetry scene, the raucus Featuring (as host puts it) "some of the best, some of the worse and some of the most indifferent poetry in Chicago."

The Windy Citizen takes a look at how the City is to host the 2016 Games.

That's the stretch of Lincoln Avenue that runs through North Center and Lincoln Square, the subjects of (with a little thrown in, too).

Going to Taste of Chicago? Worried about more than the heat, sweaty tourists, and the cash you'll need? to ease your mind and prevent a rerun of .

This past weekend was Rogers Park's annual when local residents paint new murals on the long concrete bench along Loyola Park's beachfront. Here's a .

11选5图标下载Free admission, a Harry Potter exhibit, and a 76th anniversary was an epic combination for the Museum of Science and Industry last week. On June 19 the museum , the highest single-day attendance in more than 10 years.

Chicago has four of , according to a study of FBI crime statistics by . Automotive arson aside, you'll want to avoid 55th and State in Washington Park and three spots in Englewood.

The usual collection of semi-talented, questionably-talented and what-the-heck-are-they-doing-here talented braved the early morning rain to at the United Center.

The Hyde Park Urbanist takes a look at the verge - - on a stretch of East 57th Street.

11选5图标下载To celebrate tomorrow's Puerto Rican Independence Day Parade (kicking off from Columbus & Balbo at noon), we are chowing down on traditional dish .

General admission to is free through Friday, and the Oceanarium and Wild Reef are discounted. []

11选5图标下载Time Out Chicago's website has links to of the Chicago version of the held over the weekend. We're guessing it's NSFW.

Yeah, might be cool to have a unique license place number. Then again,

Word is that there's a based on the Green Hornet being filmed in or around the these days, a sort of prelude to being filmed starring Seth Rogan (?) and Kung Fu Hustle star (though we really wished those rumors were true).

11选5图标下载The answer varies depending on the times -- and .

11选5图标下载We're Johnny Depp's . But the star of the upcoming , filmed here, isn't leaving the anytime soon to move into a bungalow on the Northwest Side.

11选5图标下载The Taste of Chicago preview event used to be the dirty (greasy?) of local VIPs and intrepid reporters looking for "the inside story" -- as well as a chance for free food. But now they're thrown the doors .

11选5图标下载The plight of the pizza deliveryman in Evanston who was beaten and had his car hijacked and wrecked has touched many readers of the Chicago Tribune, who in today's paper. the website if you wish to donate.

points us to the first cameras reaching the inner sanctum of : . The interview includes a mini-rant against celeb-chef culture, reveals why your reservation calls are never returned, and shows some mighty facial hair.

and you could win some pretty cool prizes from the Metropolitan Planning Council.

new game allows you to wander through different neighborhoods on-line.

We told you about the website run by the feds in Chicago that lists the unusual nicknames given to local bank robber. Add another to that list.

11选5图标下载The nifty bike valet at Millennium Park is in jeopardy of closing this summer due to chief underwriter Chase Bank's "."

11选5图标下载Straight Dope Chicago: "Short answer: no. S coming right up."

Celebrate the with these photos of vintage beachy activities from the .

Have you been seeking additional information about ? has all you need.

After years of rumors to the effect, the iconic in Melrose Park (8400 W. North Ave) will be after this season, barring some last-minute reprieve.

"The man stuffed 17 yellow, purple and turquoise pansies into a navy blue suitcase" .

Supreme Court Justice Stephen Breyer appearing as the Ghost from Hamlet11选5图标下载 as part of a conference in Hyde Park.

Cecil Adams for The Straight Dope Chicago. Meanwhile, R. Kelly's defense team Team Blago.

11选5图标下载A deserted Sears parking lot on the West Side has become a training ground for Chicago's next generation of entrepreneurs. Their stock in trade:

Your job may not be &*@#!*&# golden, but your hair can be. It's . Only your hairdresser and bagman will know for sure.

11选5图标下载A judge , saying it was filed seven and a half years too late. Uptown Update has , and will be meeting to discuss next steps .

WBEZ's The Annoying Music Show with the U of C's annual this weekend when teams submitted songs for broadcast. Though Team Ragnarok won the challenge, in the hunt.

I didn't realize MSN still had their City Guides, but they apparently just .

11选5图标下载Author Aleksandar Hemon tells the Wall Street Journal about , in connection with the release of his short story collection .

11选5图标下载After six years of helping to create a thoroughly connected craft community in Chicago, is calling it quits. The organizers explain how they regret the decision to disband the show, but considering the extreme time and cost that goes into organizing the show, it's not surprising even though it is sad. Thankfully a few of the organizers are helping to keep the movement alive with . Their first show is at this year's .

is a halfway house for GLBT addicts restart their lives after getting sober -- and in its quiet North Center neighborhood.

Saturday, May 9, is . Celebrate with a visit to Union Station, which will feature from 10am to 3pm.

The and have some interesting visitors from the . The Iraqis are taking the opportunity to they were unable to study at home during the Hussein regime ... and apparently during the ongoing war.

11选5图标下载As if all the for his, you know, cooking talent weren't enough, chef Paul Kahan of gives us another reason to feel inadequate. He's named as one of 's ... . [Thanks for the update, Dan!]

11选5图标下载, so you can check on crime stats of the very corner you're standing on. (And restaurants nearby, too.)

11选5图标下载John Greenfield in this week's feature.

Because you probably met That's justice.

The is doing the unholy/impossible/fascinating: Pairing art and science. As part of the ongoing initiative, the Goodman will offer three free readings from , and , exploring their scientific themes. Readings take place on June 8, 15 and 22, with post-play discussions. Call for reservations: 312.443.3800.

that occurred in on Broadway Uptown . Seems the FBI may be involved in the investigation, which would be pretty unusual if it's true. []

11选5图标下载Celebrate by taking a look at saucy Chicago secretaries of .

We're , according to Total Beauty. (Thanks, Dee!)

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11选5图标下载Reader writes, "Here is a site I've had up for awhile now, in pictures, paintings, comments and news."

While there is , most of Chicagoland's honey production is done in the suburbs. Lake Bluff's GazeboNews profiles a group of retirees who've .

Natalie Slater of former vegan and baker extraordinaire Michelle Garcia of on baking philosophy, butter alternatives, and making that perfect .

11选5图标下载The system of signals behind CTA farecards is more complex than you might .

11选5图标下载It seems with the . [Thanks, !]

According to ESPN, Chicago is getting from IOC officials following their visit to our fair city. The news is bound to make fans of the city's 2016 bid very happy. Others...

Get set for Tuesdays at Butler Field with your favorite stars of the silver screen. This year's features have been announced, and they sure don't disappoint. Full list after the jump.

This Year's Films are Sunset Boulevard (July 14), Duck Soup (July 21), Cat on a Hot Tin Roof (July 28), Born Yesterday (Aug. 4), Psycho (Aug. 11), Young Mr. Lincoln (Aug. 18) and Tootsie (Aug. 25).

11选5图标下载As part of their series, WBEZ folks can fill potholes themselves from Elce Redmond of the South Austin Coalition.

Celebrating the of the , will enjoy two pavilions come June 19. .

Yet another survey telling us where we rank as a city in various categories. This time we're the whatever that means.

11选5图标下载 is not the usual way we greet out of town guests. [Thanks, !]

11选5图标下载 this afternoon in front of The Art Institute for . That is, at least, until the .

Chicago will soon have three retail shops for fine European city bicycles, including cargo bikes. , literally "the bike factory," opens Saturday in Old Town at 1309 N. Wells, just blocks from, which opened last October on Armitage. Meanwhile, plans to open soon in Wicker Park. It might just be time for a.

at the and its troubles, now that the and are [PDF] for the construction of CTS's new building. CTS is moving to make room for the .

Yeah, riding the CTA train sucks sometimes (thanks to Miss Bags-On-The-Seat and you, Mr. Block-The-Door, among others). But maybe you'll run into and everything won't seem so bad, even the guy yakking on his cell phone from Grand to Berwyn, for crying out loud.

The Trib's Maureen Ryan on a "very funny" festival: , a TBS-sponsored comedy event taking place in Chicago June 17-21.

in its , just ahead of Barcelona and San Francisco.

Visitors to the Lincoln Park Zoo's may notice the lack of chimps over the next several days. That's because zoo staff is monitoring six chimps who've come down with a upper respiratory infection that also .

from : "You can always tell the weather is changing by how many candy colored men's gator shoes you see on the street."

The will be opening in Skokie on April 19. You may to the or get a sneak peek by for the on April 2.

WBEZ's blog has from the Chicago regional spelling bee held last Friday. with the word "nominative". She will go on to compete in in May.

Can't make it down to the but want to learn more about mummies? The University of Chicago Magazine created that combines photographs, CT scans and interviews with researchers to examine the Institute's 2,800-year-old dummy -- without cracking the seal.

Several gay bars in Chicago are to allowing bachelorette parties, saying that comically flaunting one's impending nuptials in front of those who can't legally marry is insulting and inappropriate.

11选5图标下载Hopefully isn't even on your radar, but to make sure you don't end up spending time in a place with bedbugs, check out this , and . (Thanks, !)

The Trib has a historical photo essay of the , a month long celebration once held at the intersection of 47th and South Damen.

11选5图标下载The , "Chicago's only ."

11选5图标下载The Christian Science Monitor from an environmental aspect, with an interesting note that at any time of year, the eating too many fish from its waters.

Steve Gillies continues his excellent series on the city's best soccer-watching bars to get your footy on. Today:

If you saw the Chicago River get this Saturday, your fun cost somewhere around .

That's the of the Chicago 2016 Olympic bid. It replaces "stir the soul" which sounds more like a Campbell's Soup tagline. It's definitely an upgrade.

11选5图标下载If you live in Wicker Park or West Town, you may have visited the once or twice without realizing that was what it's called. You could , if you so choose.

I never visited Old Chicago Mall, but a massive mall with "" sounds like a little kid's dream. If you have memories of the mall or want to read other people's recollections, Paul Drabek's collects them.

11选5图标下载 is a program working to develop 1,000 community leaders in Chicago by 2020. Learn how to get involved

11选5图标下载The Chicago Park District's Committee on Programs and Recreation to increase general admission prices to the by 50%. If passed by the board, prices will jump from $12 to $18. Seniors and student prices will also increase from $5 to $12.

11选5图标下载Ald. Ed Burke reintroduced a bill requiring yesterday. The and Veterinarian Medical Associations both oppose the legislation.

11选5图标下载A study finds that in some parts of Chicagoland. Read more in .

Where can a guy puff away on a good in Chicago? Since the citywide smoking ban took place, not too many places it seems, as one finds out.

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11选5图标下载That's how much the U of C's estimates gun violence .

11选5图标下载The Whydah, an 18th century-era slave and (later) pirate ship, beginning today until October 25.

Hoping to dispel whatever myths and stereotypes are out there concerning vegans (think sensible shoes, biking everywhere and some article of clothing made of hemp), PETA is sponsoring a "Sexiest Vegetarian Next Door" contest and a is carrying the banner for Chicago. You can vote for her .

Come celebrate the of Day with at the , 6:30-8:30am.

The Hyde Park-Kenwood Community Conference celebrates its 60th anniversary in 2009. Earlier this week at HPKCC's , James Withrow of covered the last 60 years of Hyde Park in just 15 minutes. Read it .

11选5图标下载When it comes to , Chicago lags far behind Vegas, LA, NYC and SF. Maybe that's why Forbes thinks we're so . []

11选5图标下载This week's of Loren Billings, the 89-year-old widow who lives in and runs the .

The on one of Chicago's original dance shows, , getting a long-overdue salute from one of the city's newest dance shows, .

Chicagoan , whose family claimed she was 115 and records indicate was about 111, has died. She was also Chicago's oldest , supporting Barack Obama after a 20-year registration lapse.

With the weather expected to take a dip this weekend, what better way to heat up than with salsa. No, not , . The is expected to draw the top dancers in the city and beyond. And they'll have lessons as well, so it might be a useful Valentine's Day destination.

11选5图标下载Chicago is America's third most miserable city, according to . Go ahead, be outraged.

remembers Realtor and activist , who it credits as one of the people who helped shape the current neighborhood.

The is .

in need of health care, unemployment or other services. And the mean asking for help from the wrong person might send them back to a country they no longer know.

The recent news of steady 2008 attendance is only half the story. Many museums are .

11选5图标下载The Trib asked a group of canvassers from organizations like Greenpeace to a men's suit company about .

11选5图标下载The Expired Meter reports that on traffic and parking ticket court hearings. If you're not up for the hassle, you can .

11选5图标下载Just a reminder, the will be and the , which opens 2/14, will be half price.

A couple of morons decided that Millennium Park's Cloud Gate sculpture wasn't complete, so they their into it. It's art, not , people.

11选5图标下载If you're looking for information about the history of Chicago's LGBT community, is the place to look. The site has published everything from to .

11选5图标下载Horse.com (which should probably know about these things) reports that the unique might be after 138 (yes, 138) years of operation. The facility, which in addition to providing downtown carriage rides also houses a horse-themed theater, is a victim of too much competition, says the owner.

11选5图标下载Ever wanted to know how many people visit Chicago museums? Last year, the Shedd had the most, with 1,864,886 visitors, while the whole group .

Here's some inspiration for the sled-dog days of winter: .

The City received last year.

Playboy is moving its operation , where Hugh Hefner's empire was started.

11选5图标下载, our two-time dusk-to-dawn cultural celebration, is being .

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The for four CTA stations are now open. Combining to get around is now even easier.

The Obama inauguration poem gets critiqued by people who should know...the fans and members of based here in Chicago. Judging from the comments section, not everyone was enthralled by the piece.

thanks to proposals by alternative design school and .

Tuesday's encourages us to use our bicycle to get around town. To celebrate, serves free coffee and hot cocoa at Daley Plaza to bicycle riders from 6:30 to 9 a.m. After last week's sub-zero freeze, tomorrow may feel almost balmy.

If you're looking to get involved with a volunteer project as part of , you can in your area.

11选5图标下载About the only time the Southwest Side gets press is when there's a fire or a crime. aims to change that.

The City invites you to on its newly relaunched tourism site.

aims to help young women in the city live a chic but budget-friendly lifestyle.

And you thought it was the relentless winter weather, skyrocketing cost-of-living and hit-or-miss public transportation that was putting you on edge here in Chicago. Nope. Turns out we're the in America. Step away from the Coca-Cola...

11选5图标下载 that allows you to see neighborhood trends right down to . Still no pothole data, though -- .

Remember when the Marina City Condo Association decided to ban photos of the iconic buildings without their permission? That was just the beginning of the crazy -- and , Chicago Journal reports. Dig deeper at the watchdog/online newspaper .

11选5图标下载 is offering free general admission through the end of January. [] UPDATE: Actually, apparently the coal mine is closed for maintenance. You do still have to pay for special exhibits such as the U-boat. (Thanks, Carlotta!)

No Pants 2K9, a nationwide project run by NYC-based (remember them from ?), . If you're willing to brave the CTA in your bloomers, hop aboard.

11选5图标下载You weren't the only one who was having trouble negotiating their way around town over all that A did their share of slippin' and slidin' too.

No matter how cold the weather, the University of Chicago remain ever vigilant.

Did you know there's for the southeast corner of Clark and Addison? would take out all the businesses on the east side of Clark Street all the way down to .

Unfortunately sometimes public indecency is a fact of life on public transportation. CTA Tattler has a one particular lowlife and some suggestions on what to do if you become a victim.

Add one more to the list of things to look forward to in the spring. The Museum of Science and Industry , beating out institutions around the world for the chance to premier next April. Tickets already available .

Empire Today has collected videos of its classic carpet commercials at . Sing along!

Audissey Guides has made , narrated by local hip hop poet , a free download.

11选5图标下载The "unique" local political scene gets yet another national dissection. This time, it's . And this time it's from October, 1930. The more things change...

so you can watch the city get blanketed in snow.

The latest hip urban trend? in your backyard. Says one owner: "They're like pets with eggs." Yeah, but most pets don't have their young eaten by the owner so, you know, not quite the same. (Here's a classic from our archives.)

It may be like rearranging deck chairs on the Titanic, but Chicago 2016 has already made some to the proposed schedule of events for the summer Olympics bid.

Speaking of people helping people, is in need of volunteers to help bring holiday cheer to homebound senior citizens in Chicago. Help out if you can.

Head down to the main post office and answer a child's "Dear Santa" letter. Sure things are bleak: The record unemployment. Our dear ole gov'na in shackles. But... 'tis better to give than to receive, right? Letters are available in the post office lobby; sift through and find one that tugs your heartstrings.

11选5图标下载There are many . (And .)

, thanks to its politics (though not directly Obama), film (The Dark Knight), literature (yay writers!) and architecture (the on-hold Spire).

A while back we asked if Chicago had the ugliest house in America11选5图标下载. Well, the verdict is in and the answer is ... .

11选5图标下载The CTA unveiled new that plug into an electrical outlet at night and run on battery power for most of the day. The move is estimated to save the CTA almost $7 million annually in maintenance, labor and fuel costs by retiring aging buses.

Beware the giant dog attacking the city next spring! That's my impression of the image that won the most votes in the . Congrats to Denise Ferguson, the artist, who's a senior at Corliss High School.

11选5图标下载It will cost you considerably more to in the near future. But don't worry: You probably won't be able to from in front of your house anyway.

Even , and . Even .

take a new look at the future of (aka "The Point") in light of one of the area's most famous (former) residents moving to D.C.

Tired of dodging the city tow trucks thanks to that fistful of parking tickets you've collected? The Department of Revenue is giving you .

Thousands of taxi drivers to show support for the United Taxidrivers Community Council's proposal for a 16% fare hike to take effect January 1.

11选5图标下载Hopefully you remembered not to park on snow routes tonight, because whether there's snow on the ground or not, go into effect at 3am Dec. 1 -- very late tonight or very early Monday morning, depending on your perspective. Hope you don't wake up to a missing car!

The wants to know if you'll .

11选5图标下载If you TIVOd the newest (season finale) episode of this past Sunday, pay attention to scene change footage between minutes eleven and twelve...what is supposed to be a quick shot of gritty New York is actually a pre-construction view of the CTA station at Belmont and Wilton. Good work, film editor.

11选5图标下载So what were you doing when you heard the news? The wants to know your reaction when you first heard that Barack Obama had won the election as part of their upcoming project. Video, audio and essays are all welcome.

11选5图标下载The ever-vigilant architecture critic Lee Bay looks at the rise and fall of the controversial on . He even includes a link to video clip of Mayor Daley the Elder speaking at the grand opening.

Vote now for your favorite design for . It's theme is "Dog Friendly Chicago" and all the stickers were created by Chicago Public School students.

11选5图标下载Know a University of Chicago student or alumnus? Know two or more? Print out these for them to enjoy during the holidays. Then stand back and watch the geek-tacular fun ensue.

HispanicBusiness.com take a look at the in Chicago and its staunch supporters who once again try to stave off gentrification.

11选5图标下载The New York Times on Chicago's : "Well before Mr. Obama was elected as the nation's 44th president... Chicago was experiencing one of its most blossoming periods in food, fashion and the arts. Now, people around the country and the world are simply noticing." Um, yeah, thanks for noticing.

magazine, a "lifestyle" publication with a heavy emphasis on clubbing and fashion, celebrates its third anniversary. You can flip through the latest issue, a dual "hers and his" type of thing, .

Watch your pockets. .

11选5图标下载" is a network of groups devoted to supporting the work & play of women who identify as geeks."

11选5图标下载Chicagoland gamers, .

11选5图标下载Photographer Edward S. Curtis' 1914 silent film was the first to exclusively star Native North Americans. It was recently restored and will be shown at the Field Museum on Sunday and Monday mornings. Stick around afterwards for a discussion with historians and descendants of the Kwakwaka'wakw nation, who are featured in the film. More details in .

11选5图标下载To celebrate the of Studs Terkel, will a free staged reading of Terkel's book "Will the Circle Be Unbroken?" this Monday, featuring Steppenwolf company members, director Joyce Piven, the Tribune's Rick Kogan, and from "Friends."

See, things are already changing after Barack Obama's election victory: Mayor Daley wants to give parking ticket scofflaws a break on issued before 2007. The amnesty period would run from Dec. 1 to Feb. 14.

All day long at Columbia College, there's a of Jack Kerouac's On the Road, happening at 1104 S. Wabash. Pop in during your lunch hour or after work; the motion embedded in Kerouac's words fits beautifully with this bright fall day and the change in the air. Apple pie served at 4pm.

11选5图标下载Could last night's historic election results affect Chicago's 2016 Olympic bid?

11选5图标下载If you love pregnant seahorses, endearingly floppy manatees and cephalopods like I do, you'll be excited to learn that every Monday, Tuesday, and Wednesday during the month of November (except Wednesday, 11/26), the will offer and discounts on inclusive packages.

After months of "Barack Obama's Chicago" in seemingly every media outlet, it's time for a change of pace. This time, Saul Bellow .

The Sun-Times that the city will be reducing the length of Blues Fest, Jazz Fest, and other city celebrations for 2009. These reductions are because of Mayor Daley's spending cuts in the 2009 budget.

11选5图标下载Bring some quarters along with that sunscreen when you go to the beach next year. The will for all 4,000 parking spots along Lake Michigan, specifically $1 an hour. In addition, they won't open beaches until 11 a.m. to cut down on lifeguard expenses.

11选5图标下载Sun-Times writer Mark Konkol and former Q101 DJ Todd "Fook" Fooks have .

The Second Annual Chicago Latino Fashion Week kicks off next Monday with a host of to satisfy any (color) palette. Each event will feature top designers from across Latin America, including showcasing their caliente collections.

11选5图标下载If you've ever wanted to know more about the miniature model of Chicago and the full model railroad at the , sit down for .

, the Chi-Town Daily News reports.

As a South Sider, one of the fascinating outcomes of the election season has been the increase in attention this side of the city is getting. The Washington Post chips in with . [Thanks, Spencer!]

If you were watching the show around 7:30 this morning, you may have caught Robyn Okrant, the Chicago-based proprietor of the blog that has a of for her year-long experiment to live all things Oprah, being interviewed. If you missed it, we have a for you.

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The apartment of GB's creative director, , and his wife is .

11选5图标下载If the stock market dive hasn't eaten up all of your cash, you might consider a stay at the . The luxury hotel was just named the in the U.S. by .

Big doings at City Hall today: Not only is Mayor Daley planning on more than 900 city employees (including cutting some garbage crews from two men to one) to help balance the , but his hand-picked top cop Jody Weis is announcing a in the CPD.

Cars, whether parked legally or illegally, appear to be the answer to the , according to Mayor Daley. To close the $420 million gap, he's raising the city parking tax, preparing to privitize parking meters, putting in more and revising his Denver Boot plan.

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11选5图标下载Staff at the were surprised to make the presidential debates, particularly when their sought-after projection system .

"Roof Top Honey" may sound like some sort of upper-level illicit rendezvous, but it's actually the name of the sweet product harvested from on the rooftops of City Hall and the Cultural Center and sold and at The Farmstand at 66 E. Randolph St.

Chicago so that you can enjoy the street with your bicycles, strollers, and walking shoes. Look for activity stations with salsa dancing, yoga and basketball, plus a taping of Chicago's dance show .

11选5图标下载Study up on your two-letter words for Scrabble Night tonight at Andersonville's . It's for experts and newbies alike -- there'll be match-ups and prizes for the former, and tips and tricks for the latter. More details .

, a Chicago startup, will offer daily coupons for local events, services, hotels, eateries and more. The twist? You only get the deal if enough people sign up for it. If not - well, .

11选5图标下载In an effort to engage CPS students to register to vote when they turn 18, for a mock districtwide presidential election that is being touted by CEO Arne Duncan as the largest in the country. FYI, begins October 13.

11选5图标下载In an effort to cure the , Mayor Daley says the city may layoff 1,000 workers, possibly resulting in (among other things) reduced garbage collection.

The has just announced the winners of its 8th Annual TCF/ Richard H. Driehaus Foundation Competition. Click to listen to excerpts from the winning audio documentaries.

11选5图标下载Well this . Due to lack of support from the governor we all love to hate, Daley and friends have decided to only a year and a half after its original expiration date. So we can actually see where some of our money is going? Amazing.

11选5图标下载Jimmy's Woodlawn Tap in Hyde Park is of the New York Times.

The Tribune's "Skyline" blogs discusses the of , not only on the look and layout of the city but the 'burbs as well.

According to Chairman Patrick Ryan, the main goal of securing the Olympics is to . Really? Are we still all Al Capone and Michael Jordan to the rest of the world?

There are few places as isolated as , the Defender reports.

Somehow we ranked third in public-trans/walkability but only 16th in friendliness. See this and dozens of other rankings in .

Chicago native Scott Johnson : to fight cancer. He donates his winnings in national competitions to a cancer research foundation. That's nice, but his reasons for getting into barbecuing might tick a few people off: he points to "the lack of quality barbecue cuisine in his native Chicago." Ahem...

It wasn't just the and the who rebuilt Chicago after the Great Fire. WBEZ-FM on the women who helped raise the city from the ashes.

The City of Chicago will if you sign up for their new service .

11选5图标下载Very Small Array has produced maps based on Craigslist Missed Connections, showing the most likely place to "miss" someone and as well as , and .

11选5图标下载Once again, Chicago's historic is , this time relocating from Canal Street to Desplaines Street. Even if you don't need tube socks, you should probably go see it. Something says this latest move might be its last.

11选5图标下载I love finding blogs about Chicago's less in-the-news neighborhoods: check out .

11选5图标下载The will kick off a new tour soon featuring influential women in Chicago's history. The "Women of Influence Tour" will meet at on select Saturday mornings starting September 6, and for the meager price of $10 (or free, if you're a CAF member) you'll learn about women who fought for civil rights, conducted the Underground Railroad and broke up the plot to kill President Abraham Lincoln...and see some pretty cool tombstones.

The city of Chicago may require a $10 garbage collection fee to close a $420 million budget gap, according to the , The Post-Tribune reported earlier this month that the pick-up fee.

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In this day and age of promoting shelter adoptions of animals, that getting into an Ivy League school is easier than taking that tabby cat you saw at the shelter home with you.

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11选5图标下载Cyclists, beware! for bicycle moving violations like riding on the sidewalk, not wearing a headlamp at night, and riding through red lights and stop signs. And you didn't think those were rules.

Tracing a Cook County politican's family tree is pretty easy: just look at his . For the rest of us, there's the , which was unveiled this week. has the story.

For the third year in a row, declares Chicago the for the Labor Day weekend. And if you do choose Chicago as your vacation destination, a site tells you the best way to spend 48 hours here.

From four-story condos to Calatrava's tower, . Unfortunately, should that huge new development loom over your yard.

installed free bicycle headlights tonight to those riding dark on Milwaukee at Damen, thanks to help from the . A friendly Chicago bike COP was in attendance. Expect and .

11选5图标下载No, not aliens -- from the .

Abby Mandel, founder of the 10 year-old Green City Market and a longtime food columnist for the Tribune, .

Chicago Magazine has looking back at the 2005 accident/failed suicide attempt that claimed the lives of three local musicians, and its effects today.

To get an idea of what Chicago's upcoming is going to be like, look at the "" that New York saw on Saturday. Sure, it won't be quite like the , but it will celebrate our tree-lined Boulevard system. Perhaps will open just in time. In the meantime, here's a video with (ad plays first).

11选5图标下载 just launched with a HD Video library of the city's neighborhoods. It's aimed at Realtors, but we can enjoy it too.

According to their website, is "Chicago's Premier Gastronomic Cycling Challenge." They're inviting bikers of any skill level to join them on September 13th for an almost-eighteen-mile trek through the north and northwest sides, sampling the wares at nine quintessential Chicago hot dog locations. It's a pledge-based event, with raised funds benefiting the family of Stella Ackerman, a two-and-a-half-year-old living with a rare blood disorder. .

11选5图标下载When it comes to construction, we're used to seeing Hispanic workers in certain roles. An , however, shows some Latinos in Chicago are cutting through the stereotypes and the community is rallying around young folks who wish to do the same.

The police confirm what we've already figured: over last year.

11选5图标下载Apparently the booting folks for two tickets is that bad of a policy. Steve at the Beachwood Reporter has a and airs some grievances with parking and the El. Then again to figure out how to fix ours. He could've saved himself a ticket and jumped on an ancient Blue Line car; one waft of the smell of piss and burnt wire-sheathing would inspire anybody.

Chicago Public Radio's , and how it gets from Lake Michigan to our faucet.

With the news of border raids, censorship and pollution dominating the Olympic experience so far, the competing athlete's stories are a little lost in the noise. Chicago has more than a few locals carrying the torch. They include a diver from the family that owns Cubby Bear and the only Mexican national team wrestler with a Polish name. The .

11选5图标下载The New Republic points out happening here and in some other cities.

11选5图标下载 in a survey of the urbanites most fond of their city, conducted by , a French environmental-services company (which happens to have 1,000 employees here).

The Sun-Times gives a summary of the best in the city. Funny, none of their capsule assessments mention anything about actually getting .

The Tribune is launching an , declaring it the city's blue-collar core. Take .

Tomorrow's Roseland Peace Festival at 115th and Halsted will marry the fun of your typical Chicago neighborhood festival with the very serious message of putting an end to gun violence. The festival, whose theme is "1 Moment Affects 1,000 Lives", will feature a Memory Wall dedicated to the victims of gun violence. More details in .

Prompted by a on the lakefront bike path congestion, architecture critic Blair Kamin resurrects a of his which shows that nothing much has changed. On your left...

Since the cast and crew of didn't leave any of their cool equipment lying around after they filmed here, the Tribune tells you how to become a . And looking at the total cost, no wonder Bruce Wayne was a millionaire playboy.

11选5图标下载The city has . They plan on installing 25 more. They expect to collect more than because of them. If gas prices weren't enough to make you ditch the car, this might do it.

Suddenly, “” is all the rage. Nobody wants to drive their car. Everyone’s looking for alternatives to their God-given, U. S. of A. right. What, did we lose a war? Oh, right …

An online brouhaha is brewing in , where takes aim at the focus, while the questions the Hyde Park Progress' sources. Did we mention the words "Hyde Park" enough in this blurb?

11选5图标下载 goes REALLY carless this time, detailing his extensive walking jaunts around the city. Made us tired just reading about it.

11选5图标下载In the face of rising gun violence in the city, Raymond Figueroa, former alderman and judge and .

11选5图标下载The Washington Post gushes about our miles of and advises tourists to start taking more advantage of them. Gee, thanks Washington Post.

Chicago-based , the first sorority started by African-American college women, is turning 100. It's celebrating in D.C. with the "." Mattel's even commemorating the anniversary of the group with the .

11选5图标下载The Tribune's blog is giving updates on grilling by the City Council today on the city's expanding crime/gang problem. Weis said he plans on contacting other cities to find out how they've handled it.

11选5图标下载In a new study by DePaul's , Uptown beats out Rogers Park, Hyde Park and the rest for the title of . Read the study [PDF].

11选5图标下载Trying to get friends to join you in our fair city? has your back.

As noted, the Canadian Press seems to think that the in Chicago, save for a few tourist traps. But a Tribune article refutes that with a peek at the vibrant .

What does your neighborhood sound like? Share it with Chicago Public Radio's .

continues to collect homemade maps of how individual Chicagoans experience their city. As you stroll around town this summer, .

Yesterday’s City Council yielded a new proposal from Mayor Daley that would . The cameras would snap pics of cars in locations on street sweeping days where those orange no-parking signs are posted, and feed them to the City to issue a $50 ticket. The idea is to reduce calls to police to come and write the ticket.

Sure it looks cool on film, but all of those explosions and crashes in , filmed here in Chicago, required the assistance of a lot of city agencies, as this explains.

You can relax now: The list of "America's Best Public Restrooms" is out and, yes, Illinois has spots, including one in . You can vote for the No. 1 place for No. 1 (or 2) .

11选5图标下载Maybe you were thinking of snagging that darling condo in Pilsen, but just in case there's extra cash in your pocket... Here's what a cool in Chicago.

11选5图标下载Someone dressed as a chicken will be crossing Milwaukee Avenue Wednesday evening. Portage Park residents are reminding motorists that they need to . You can .

For years, the southeast corner of State and Hubbard used to smell like banana Laffy Taffy. The smell is gone, sadly, so it .

The Chicago Reporter caught up in their landlords' mortgage troubles, and should you find yourself in a similar situation.

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11选5图标下载Ten people Navy Pier's annual July 3rd fireworks display.

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11选5图标下载As the Sun-Times asks Chicagoans for their from the past, no doubt many would include the one-of-a-kind . A looks at the history of the cultural crossroads and includes a 1964 documentary on the street, vintage recordings of some of the blues legends who plied their trade on the street and a 38-page booklet.

11选5图标下载Professional curmudgeon and columnist the Taste of Chicago experience as "a sad trampling of civility" and says that it reduces the dining experience to "ashes and banal barbarism." But other than that, Mrs. Lincoln, how was the play?

11选5图标下载Attention all "playas": You may want to think about removing the tint from the front window of your (do they still call it that?). The city is considering for having a tinted front car window from $25 to $250. Now as for that booming bass...

11选5图标下载Chicago's own Tiffany dome, thought to be the largest in the world, is at the after a brief . .

Evanston native and actor John Cusak swears he bleeds Cubbie blue...but he's learned to be flexible about , especially after 2005. But we'll cut him some slack on being a "switch-hitter", especially since he has a connection to the Sox, .

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Kill some time perusing feature.

Keo the ape and the is throwing a party for its elder statesman, one of the two oldest male zoo chimps in North America. If you have time, go over to the and show him some monkey love... um, or something like that.

11选5图标下载Well, more like the , actually.

The always-interesting (aka Lee Bey) offers serenely beautiful shots from around the city, as well as a visual tour of the underappreciated John W. Farson House () in Oak Park.

. C'mon, you know him... the guy with the crazy colored suits? Hangs out in the Loop? Yeah, that guy.

The subject of in today's paper, who complained about the hardships of not having a car, gets a bit of a dressing down by (naturally) the author of the blog

A white couple from Uptown . The answers are interesting.

11选5图标下载If you like to ride bikes and be naked, might we suggest ?

The Chicago version of the activity-planning website kicked off today, which lets users search, set alerts for and buy tickets to thousands of local events, from concerts to street fairs to discussion groups. You can even add your own events to the listings.

11选5图标下载An entertaining slice of urban life or a pain in the...eardrums? Either way, the "bucket boys" are a familiar sight in Chicago and North by Northwestern has an on the ubiquitous street performers.

Proving that a woman's place is in the kitchen (whuh?), wins this season's Top Chef, which was lovingly filmed in Chicago.

Another Belushi, , joins the line of entertainers from that famous Chicago family. But this one is going for the dramatic roles, currently rehearsing for The Lion In Winter in .

, an unfinished CTA station located underneath Block 37 that is designed to connect the Red and Blue train lines (and has already cost $200M to build) will be "mothballed."

After months of discussion, Michael Reese Hospital , clearing the way for massive Olympic redevelopment plans.

The pipe organ and bells at Rockefeller Chapel in Hyde Park . Forty-six of the 72 bells in the carillon had to be shipped to the Netherlands for maintenance, and the pipe organ was completely dismantled, sent to Ohio for repairs, and reassembled in Chicago.

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11选5图标下载Plenty, apparently, particularly when it comes to redeveloping HP's Harper Court, as points out.

holds court on Daley Plaza (at Washington and Dearborn) all this week from 10am - 3pm daily. The festival will showcase food, merchandise and lunchtime performances from Chicago's 27 sister cities such as Shanghai, Athens and Mexico City, just to name a few.

11选5图标下载 Mike Nussbaum calls Chicago "the big city in America".

11选5图标下载Undergrads from the University of Chicago have launched the of the site of the , aka the "White City." The students are following in the footsteps of another famous who's been in the news a lot lately.

11选5图标下载 runs June 7 through 13, with Chicagoland Bicycle Federation's serving complementary coffee and snacks starting Monday, June 9. Celebrate a fun, healthy, environmentally conscious, and cost-effective way to commute by bicycling your whole way or combining with CTA, Metra and Pace. Sign your office up for the commuter challenge and compete for prizes. The week wraps up at on Friday, June 13 from 7:30 a.m. to 7 p.m.

Post your .

While our trader and hedge fund manager readership already knows we're the best city to live in as a trader, .

The Roman Catholic church may not recognize Santa Muerte, but .

Author and radio host Studs Terkel, the turns 96 today. WFMT-FM (98.7), which hosted Terkel's interview show from 1952 to 1997, will feature special programming dedicated to the author of Working, The Good War and Division Street all day long.

The analyzed and concludes that the demolition of the projects has resulted in crime migrating to nearby areas.

11选5图标下载Chicago can once again lay claim to being the hometown of the , as confirmed by the . The title was previously held by

11选5图标下载Received an unexplained overdue parking ticket notice in the mail? Stop scratching your head. might explain it.

Details are still murky, but the Illinois Restaurant Association and the city are .

The annual University of Chicago Scavenger Hunt over the weekend, sending hundreds of Maroon-ers out to the streets in search of (among other things) a Obama-styled haircut at the senator's very own barber shop and a disgruntled beekeeper. As of Monday afternoon no winners had been named yet. Here's the offical and , though.

Kind of interesting...it appears that the . Bravo! It can only make a neat place even better. (Now, if they added a wine bar at Sulzer, that wouldn't be a bad idea either.)

The has been running all week and ends this weekend. Tonight, see original stop-motion animation (about insects!) combined with the dreamy stylings of singer Mirah and the instrumentals of Spectratone International. Includes a dash of Kafka's Metamorphosis. Appropriate for high-minded hipsters and wonderment-loving children alike. .

11选5图标下载In positive cycling news, Andersonville's annual Bike Week starts on Monday and runs May 12-18th with discounts at local retailers, bike-related art and photo exhibits, free spinning and pilates classes, and a "historic bike tour". Start planning your .

11选5图标下载As if weren't enough, Hyde Park now is home to a band of who have set up shop in an alley near East 62nd Street. No reports of cougars in the HP, though... yet.

11选5图标下载The Reader's neighborhood series hits .

11选5图标下载The cheftestants become chefzillas in the wedding reception edition of .

11选5图标下载New City names the Chicago performers who are keeping the city on the front burner of the national music scene.

is a relatively new site for "Jews in the Loop," featuring articles, interviews and events. The latest feature profiles .

11选5图标下载After thirteen years and heaps of criticism, Chicago will this summer, with plans to expand the city-wide by 2011.

The Reader has begun to solicit nominations for their annual issue. The categories range from the standard, like and and .

Celebrity chef , of fame, is set to here in Chicago. Will it have yelling and non-yelling sections?

11选5图标下载 has the lowdown on some of hangouts in Uptown, including his last stop: the neighborhood funeral home.

Chicago blues icon gets the tribute treatment when he'sduring the Great Performers of Illinois Festival July 20 at Millennium Park. Grammy winner will headline the free (yes, FREE) concert as part of the .

And, more importantly, show up your siblings, by eschewing the half-wilted, unsustainably harvested bunch of red carnations you always get her, in favor of a beautiful card showcasing Chicago’s community gardens. Your $25 donation to NeighborSpace, a nonprofit urban land trust that protects many of Chicago’s urban oases, gets Mom the card and an invitation to a fall tour of city gardens. Slackers, take note: must be received by Tuesday, May 6, at 10 a.m.

Urban planners project that Chicagoland will be home to approximately 2.8 million more people by the year 2040. They'll have live and work somewhere. The agency in charge of deciding how to accommodate this growth wants your input over the next year for the development of their official plan, which will start to be implemented by 2010. 2009 is also the 100th anniversary of Daniel Burnham's Plan of Chicago.

and the both focused recently on the effects of incarceration on and .

11选5图标下载Two sites have their sights set on Uptown: and the . The former looks at events both positive and negative in the neighborhood (although sadly, it's mostly negative), while the latter acts as a near-realtime tracker of criminal activities, pulled from eye-witness reports and police scanner activity. (Thanks, Amy!)

Chicago is on track to become the first city to have a . As the sweeper moves down the street it will take a take a photo of any illegally-parked vehicle and a second image of the license plate, relaying both automatically to the . Strictly for traffic flow purposes, you understand.

11选5图标下载The New York Times gave props to Chicago in its for its ongoing program to resurface the city’s alleyways with environmentally friendly materials such as permeable asphalt and light-reflecting concrete.

The president of the explains .

11选5图标下载Given the overwhelming shortage of in Chicago, the 's plan to .

Volunteers with the asked the people of what they wanted to see in their neighborhood. Their responses were collected in a series of photographs on Flickr: , and . A quick survey indicates a big push for a more bike-friendly area. Oh, and a toy store. Don't feel left out of the process, though, . []

11选5图标下载 isn't all that far away now, so the clock has been reset to . .

CDOT is looking at with a new Damen-Fullerton intersection that Elston would wiggle around.

Rationally, there's .

A suburban couple ran "a-fowl" of the law when they tried to for their fine feathered friends. One of the offenders compared the situation unfavorably to .

The will be showing the premiere of Movin' On Up, a documentary about Chicago native and music icon Friday and Saturday night at 7pm. Never before seen footage, past performances are featured in the film and on Friday, a post-movie Q&A with director David Peck and surviving Impressions members Fred Cash and Sam Gooden follows the screening. The event is free.

How does your zip code compare to the others around you? Here's , , , and .

11选5图标下载's new takes a new look at the cultural legacy of 1968 in Chicago: the Democratic National Convention, riots, Chicago 10, Daley's shoot to kill order, etc.

11选5图标下载Starting Tuesday, the city will be swapping its look-alike orange street cleaning signs .

11选5图标下载Over at , one of and some of his fellow officers vent about the proposed changes by new top cop (whom they sort of humorously refer to as "J-Fed"). Let's just say that they're not too happy.

The Trib has that highlights some lesser-known locales, such as Jackson Park Highlands and the Villa District.

They didn't make it to , but a and his trusty companion did manage to travel all the way to For naught, as it turned out.

11选5图标下载Want to plan a summer block party? , with videos of grilling experts, tips from aldermen's offices, and photos and stories from those who've done this before.

We're No. 1... when it comes to doing our federal taxes, according to . Hey, figuring out how those bribes and kickbacks should be deducted takes time. Done yours yet? Didn't think so...

Former Chicago aldermanic legend resurfaced over the weekend at a in Gary, Ind. to promote her new book, A Pictorial Journey of Dorothy Wright Tillman. Yes, she was wearing a hat.

Chicago's celebrated today with a mass flying-featherfest in front of the Art Institute of Chicago on S. Michigan. If you didn't catch it, here are some . (Nice to see white stuff that isn't sleet or snow falling from the sky, isn't it?)

I wonder what's going on ? UPDATE: Google has taken the scene down; .

Despite the recent snizzle11选5图标下载 storms, spring is here, and it's time to plant stuff. Even if you lack a lawn, you can still get into the gardening spirit by "seed bombing" your nearest vacant lot. , shot in Pilsen by locals Fresh Cut Media, provides a concise how-to and tips on the latest trend in guerrilla gardening. Seed bombs away ...

The Field Museum's new exhibit proposes zoological origins of the world's storied beasties. Cyclops? Just a pygmy elephant.

, the 5-acre plot of now-vacant land next to the CTA tracks between Wilson and Montrose. []

After the has died down, a former Market shopper gives a of its replacement:

11选5图标下载 and are selling salvaged pieces of art and equipment from the recently demolished and the former . Dump Site the ethics of selling salvaged items, but we can all breathe easily: at least these items weren't given the .

11选5图标下载Wake Great Uncle Billy: for seniors began today on the . Get the details on the program .

If you couldn't make it to the St. Patrick's Day Parade downtown today, .

The Reader's is a great introduction to the neighborhood.

11选5图标下载Speak up to . An initiative of the City of Chicago's Department of Planning and Development asks Clybourn Corridor residents for their thoughts in a or an .

11选5图标下载The Garfield Park Conservatory is celebrating 100 years of bringing botanical loveliness to Chicago with a yearlong series of special exhibits and events, many of which are free to the public. Check out the Conservatory for more details.

The first annual took place , with a screening of the 1998 film at the Portage Theater followed by (naturally) bowling at the Waveland Bowl. According to , people traveled from as far away as Texas to mingle with fellow fans.

In today's Tribune, , including watching sea lions and eating soup. Scandalous!

11选5图标下载Announcing , a City-sponsored site designed to bring Chicagoans together for collaboration with each other and community organizations. Find a job, help a nonprofit or connect with your neighbors.

A few weeks ago I had dinner with an insufferable visitor from New York who complained for five LONG minutes about how she couldn't buy a CTA card with her credit card. Well, someone from the CTA must have been seated at the next table and overheard her yapping: CTA announced today that they have installed "Express Pay" transit at several stations for a trial thirty-day period; if the program goes well, they'll install more machines at 55 stations all over the city.

of Cook County Hospital's former children's wing in three poignant, sad pictures.

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in recent years -- and how far it has to go.

11选5图标下载You may know Sean Parnell from his . He also tracks .

11选5图标下载Chicago's mafia isn't all Italian anymore. , and

Six local designers have been to hawk their fashions in the Chicago Fashion Incubator at the State Street Macy's store starting March 11. According to the for the year-long Incubator program, the chosen designers will pay Macy's $200 per month for office space and showroom rental, and in return attend lectures and get mentored by Macy's "merchant team." What a deal?

11选5图标下载 is that are updated every month, ensuring you're getting the latest info for your upcoming trip. And happens to be about Chicago.

11选5图标下载 will be as of September 1, citing a need to find "new entertaining experiences for our guests." As if creepy, overpriced plastic dolls and their endless accessories weren't entertaining enough.

all this week.

11选5图标下载Noted in , Chicago has which applies to the rooftop decks on Waveland and Sheffield.

As you're opening valentines and being all lovey-dovey today (and possibly tonight), take a moment to reflect on the , which took place 79 years ago today. If you're looking for something non-VD (but still poignant) to do tonight, will be offering a tour of the site of the famous massacre (which is now a parking lot, but whatevs).

11选5图标下载The trumpets the of the historic and ties its return to the housing/building boom in the .

There are still people desperate to make a bundle in the now-busted housing development boom. , the Chicago Reporter finds, leading to an exodus of older residents out of the city.

11选5图标下载Wondering what Saturday's Lunar New Year Parade on Argyle St. looked like? Well, wonder no longer -- here's some , taken by this GB contributrix.

As the plethora of rim-busting, tire-flattening grows around the city (and we wait for them to be repaired), you can optimistically report the ones you come across by alerting the Department of Transportation at the . There's one form for and another for .

A quick reminder that Chicago's lucky enough to have more than one bustling Asian community all geared up for celebrating the arrival of the Year of the Rat this weekend. On Saturday, head up to in Uptown for a parade and specials from area merchants including Thai and Vietnamese restaurants (read about some delicious Lunar New Year treats at ). On Sunday, head down to Chicago's for a parade and even more festivities. in .

826CHI's is approaching, so now you have an excuse to stop shaving in the name of philanthropy. The event benefits 826CHI's creative writing programs for city children. Registration for the event ends February 18, the opening ceremony is February 20th @ 826CHI, and "tracking parties" will be held February 27 and March 5, 12, and 19 to chart your lip hair evolution. Email 826CHI11选5图标下载 for info and to register.

11选5图标下载Despite the blinding snowstorms and below zero temperatures of late, the famed Hyde Park parakeets are after more than 30 years in the area. However, a University of Chicago professor who is delivering a lecture on the birds on February 20 says this winter was expecially rough and may thin out their ranks a bit.

Even though I write this from an igloo, note that , the ultimate car-free bicycling event (everyone should do this at least once in their Chicago lives). You can save $5 if you register before midnight on February 10.

11选5图标下载The Montrose Ave. sinkhole now has its own , where it promotes its own beauty and compares itself to the Grand Canyon. If you're looking for a way to throw some love its way, you're invited to join the on Tuesday afternoon, to protest the city's ruthless plan to fill it it back up.

"Rock over Chicago," as Wesley Willis used to sing. How about "?" (Don't laugh -- 's getting one.) Andrew Mason of local start-up -- which applies the principles of Malcolm Gladwell's to enable people to organize fund-raisers, boycotts and other campaigns for change -- estimates the collapsible weather shield would cost "$10 billion." Campaign contributors won't pay a dime until the project reaches its funding goal.

The Illinois Department of Tourism recently teamed up with the to develop the ". , it's bound to be a boon to disabled Chicagoans as well.

11选5图标下载Controversial psychology professor likes to pose tough cultural and ethical questions as part of his effort to reshape the concepts of diversity and multiculturalism. See if you can figure out the answers when he speaks tonight, 6:30 p.m., at the as part of their "Starting From Scratch" lecture series.

Sun-Times Media Group announced plans this week to shutter three of its neighborhood newspapers at the end of the month. Now it looks like Oak Park-based Wednesday Journal is swooping in to save the Skyline, Lakeview Booster, and News-Star from imminent death.

For those of you that don't like to stand out in the cold, much less run through it naked (read: are normal), you can experience the grand finale of UChicago's annual winter celebration through , and . Neither one of which is remotely safe for work.

just compiled a to catch the racy and talented ladies of Chicago's burlesque scene.

11选5图标下载Starting May 8, you'll be able to swing by the and visit , a new exhibit featuring a .

11选5图标下载 opens the culinary time capsule that is the Chicago Daily News cookbook for your reading pleasure. Published in 1930, the book offers many surprising (as in surprisingly edible) recipes and other advice. And finally, a good recipe for Mock Possum for those times that you don't have a real possum to cook.

Today's has a great story about a Logan Square couple that have collection of photos of dead folk. Anthony and Andrea Vizzari's is made up of more than 1,000 photos and occupies part of the Vizzaris' Logan Square apartment.

We gave you fair warning11选5图标下载 earlier this week about , the nationwide event where transit riders would drop their drawers for the sake of, well, being pantsless on a train. on yesterday's event, which took place on the Red Line. There's also some on the Chicago chapter's Facebook page.

The begins "discount week" -- today through Jan. 18. General admission is free, and special exhibits like Wild Reef and the Oceanarium can be added to your ticket for a small upgrade fee. I'm totally going to see some swimmy things.

11选5图标下载The is closed today, but it will reopen Saturday and introduce for the remainder of the month. Happy 75th!

11选5图标下载The Cook County Board of Commissioners is proposing a $4/month, $48/year tax on all phones — land, cell, cable and otherwise. The tax would also increase with inflation — at five years, your total amount paid would be over $250 a phone. Read more at . Update: will discuss the likelihood of the tax's success along with other taxes proposed at the end of 2007 on Friday's show. Look for Episode 68 on the main page around noon or listen to at 6pm.

11选5图标下载Author and GB contributor Ted McClelland makes a case in Salon for .

If you're familiar with the New York-based group , you know about their annual event, where dozens of straight-faced folks ride without their trousers on the subway for the amusement of bystanders. IE is taking the event nationwide this year, so if you're interested in knowing what the creepy fabric on CTA seats feels like on your bare, defenseless skin, .

Here's a potential lead: According to 2008 Book of Lists, Chicagoans of "mixed race" use their cell phones more than any other demographic group (putting in 1,469 minutes per month), followed by blacks (1,365), Asian/Pacific Islanders (1,171) and whites (638). Local Native Americans use their cell phones least, at 243 minutes (oh, and thank for the stats). Anyone have any theories? Well, come back with some research results for us in 2010 or thereabouts, m'kay?

Chicago's thin blue line wants shoppers and public transportation users to for photographers, map users, note-takers, traffic light timers, and scenario players. Happy holidays! [via]

Joseph Zeman, the Pigeon Man of Lincoln Square, was struck and killed by a van yesterday afternoon. Zeman's daily routine of sitting on a hydrant at the corner of Lawrence and Western, covered head to toe in pigeons, earned him a 2004 profile in the Trib. A laminated copy of the article was found with him when he died.

A sigh of relief for those irritating people concerned that too much of Chicago real estate consists of demolishing old buildings in order to replace them with state-of-the-art monstrosities: according to a New York Times article, , bumping Chicago to the #2 spot. Huzzah!

Paid full price for that Christmas tree? Sucker. Here's how to hone your technique when it comes to .

What the heck, add one more gift to your list and donate it to the for their annual Christmas party on Saturday, Dec. 15. Donations of new or gently used toys and other items for children and families will be accepted at their headquarters in Uptown today and tomorrow.

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The Festival of Lights procession will highlight the "Late-er Night " celebration Thursday, Dec. 13, beginning at 3pm. In addition to the carole-filled walk down the Clark Street, there will be live music, tours and gift-wrapping demonstrations. There's also and a coupon you can print and clip for store discounts.

The Chicagoland Bicycle Federation has released their . They list bicycle routes for five of the bus routes that CTA says will be . The guide includes instructions for using bicycle racks on buses and reminds us that bicycles are permitted on all CTA trains during non-peak hours, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. and 6 p.m. to 7 a.m.

That's right, Road House fans. The Patrick Swayze is in town filming an We spoke with a crewman at the Wicker Park unit who showed us the shooting schedule, so if you want to spot yourself some Swayze, head to this eve. He'll be in the area.

Hey Loop folk, what color is right now?

11选5图标下载If you don't know what's going on with the , it's not their fault. They're one department that puts the notoriously dysfunctional City website to good use, filling us in on , , and a description of the .

Rearview contributor and excellent photographer Carey Primeau launches a . While I've seen my fair share of deserted and abandoned photography sites, Primeau really does elevate these photos to stunning. One of the more stellar sets has to be his , a building that has intrigued me for years. .

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Looking for something to do tonight? Put your hands and mind to good use and brainstorm how to revitalize the community bulletin board space under the California El stop. The is holding a tonight from 6:30 to 8 at Lyndale and Sacramento. RSVP volunteer [at] neighborsproject [dot] org for the exact address.

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11选5图标下载One year ago Irishman Paddy Homan moved to Chicago permanently citing the beautiful lake front and according to him, the best Irish music scene in the country. tales and music of his native land to bring much needed joy to the hearts of his elderly clients.

11选5图标下载Says Kit Hodges of the , "We got a little tired of the usual shouting from all sides, so whenever this subject comes up -- which seems to be all the time in Chicago."

I admit to having a huge soft spot in my heart for groups and organizations that work to empower groups that are traditionally underrepresented in positions of power. Since Chicago has the in the country, you'd think we'd have more Latinos in positions of power. To help make that happen, was created to provide the skills necessary for taking charge of the business, political, or entrepreneurial worlds. Any group that can get a with Mayor Daley is all right in my book.

Jen Rude, a lesbian who refuses to take a vow of celibacy, in Chicago. It comes about as a test of a new resolution that gives bishops room to discipline or not, such actions. Wayne Miller, Chicago's bishop, , "My goal is to keep people in the conversation, and I do not see this as an issue that should be dividing the church."

Hours are 10:00am to 10:00pm daily, weather permitting. A park employee informed me that there are already people out on the ice, so dig out your skates and practice your moves.

11选5图标下载 / Any escape route they used to escape out / When things got crazy / They needed to break out.

In a move typical of urban landlord schools, promising to forgive their back rent if they'll close down and make way for a chain. The co-op has been beset by organizational and management problems for several years. The move would certainly spell the death of the long viewed as a model cooperative enterprise.

Not quite the expose on (also known for his work on the Milwaukee Art Museum), but , a design magazine based in the UK, of who did the collateral for . Even if you don't like the Spire itself, the praises our fair city.

11选5图标下载The citywide kicks off today with exhibits at the and other museums, and continues through early 2008. , with exhibits, lectures, films, and other cartography-related events. Some of these are highlighted in Slowdown; for a complete schedule, click .

11选5图标下载The now annual is back again, November 10th. What is it? "Sadie Hawkins Day Race/Style Ride is an on-street, in-traffic, point-to-point bike adventure for couples or pairs... There are prizes for the fastest couple, fastest tandem team, fastest out of towners, best dressed, and more." Last year's inaugural event drew people from out of town, generated a ton of missed connections and suffice to say, there were a few couples that are still together to this day.

One of my favorite designer-artists out there, , is having a . Hudson brings a mix of street art, urban graphics and blends it with his own personal inspirations to create his work. The exhibition, which is titled that long title up above, begins tomorrow (Nov 3rd) and runs through December 2nd with Hudson presenting an on November 20th which will have him leading a tour of his exhibition.

If you didn't make it to the 11th Annual North Halsted Street Halloween Parade and are wondering about what you missed, check out some . Better yet, all you parade-goers out there can join Gapers Block's and post your own pics for us to see. Surprisingly, this Gaper did not see a single, in-the-flesh faux Amy Winehouse all Halloween -- not even at the heavily populated parade. Did you? UPDATE: -- thanks, !

, the outdoor atelier whose clothes are eco-friendly is hosting a in the South Loop on Tuesday, November 7th from 8pm to midnight. There's going to be BMX Ballet, food and drink (first drink free or so we hear) and other festivities. Learn about sustainable economy! It's free if you . .

Chicago's been at or near the top of Men's Fitness magazine's fattest-cities list for several years running, but just because we're overweight doesn't necessarily mean that we're shiftless. Forbes magazine's newly released list of does not include our fair city among its top 20. According to Forbes, citizens of Memphis and New Orleans watch the most TV and move the least.

Hopefully you're not on . (Thanks, !)

11选5图标下载 and to create , a game that tests your knowledge of both the city and the suburbs.

, says Kiljoong Kim in the Beachwood Reporter.

11选5图标下载Fashion Focus Chicago kicks off today and features a slew of events, including runway shows, shopping tours, free business development seminars for local designers, and fashion-oriented exhibits throughout the week. for a complete schedule.

11选5图标下载Details would like you to know that . Preferably Naperville. Blogger for the story.

If you find yourself at California and 21st, look around! You're right near Little Village's own . It's a mini museum from artist Rebecca Wolfram. Some objects left at her outdoor museum include a dead frog, shoes, coat hanger sculptures and lots of other odds and ends. Says columnist Tom McNamee, "If Wolfram tried this in, say, Kenilworth, they'd call the police on her -- and you people in Kenilworth know that's true."

11选5图标下载Today's will be a memorable one, as the is causing alternative preparations to be made by race officials to ensure the safety of the record 45,000 runners. Also, throughout the morning to accommodate the race route. Trains will be operating as usual. UPDATE: Despite precautions, as a result of participating in today's race.

As part of , local artist is arrange a unique percussive performance. Head to the Clark Street Bridge tomorrow, anytime between noon and 1:00, and watch to bang out an Eric Roth score on the bridge itself.

kicked off yesterday in Daley Plaza with the unveiling of a . For the next two weeks, organizations throughout the city follow up with a host of science fairs, career events, lectures and workshops, lab tours, and other activities. for a complete schedule.

11选5图标下载Did you know there's in Chicago? Way down in Hegewisch on the East Side lies , which also boasts some of the best fishing in the city. .

Jonathan Gitelson (previously written about here) has had problems with people stealing his garbage cans. So .

11选5图标下载The awesome do-gooders at are working hard to decorate the blank, blah walls around our city. But they're looking for the help of artsy types in Chicago for their project. If you're interested, email at volunteer [at] neighborsproject.org.

was granted "unfettered access to interview the administrative staff of the " and came away with a on the controversy and a new pitch for the museum.

11选5图标下载GB alumni and fellow Luke Seemann during the team's weekly Saturday morning ride up to Highland Park and back on his excellent . Clearly an attack on the riders who were paying attention to the rules of the road, the culprit turned himself in and is now facing felony charges in court. Luke has further details on .

In the battle over the possible relocation of the Children's Museum to Grant Park rages on, there's a factor that's gone unmentioned: the money. , reports Crain's.

The has launched "," a podcast that "features in-depth interviews with the singers, conductors, and creative minds behind the productions of the 2007/08 season."

11选5图标下载The in the next couple weeks and are celebrating by offering . (Good only till 30 September.) If you have family coming to visit, or friends with kids, it's a nice opportunity to get a terrific (if brief) view at a more reasonable price.

Tickets don't go on sale till the 24th (unless you're a member, in which case they've already been on sale for a few days) but you can get a head start by browsing the program () for the (this year's theme: Climate of Concern) now.

A yearlong exploration of 19th and 20th century American art, music, and literature, is a collaboration between , the , and the that includes exhibits, concerts, lectures, courses, films, and more, all focusing on how different genres influence each other. Tomorrow AIC kicks things off with live music, readings, talks, and gallery tours. For more information, click .

11选5图标下载Mayor Daley, back from a trip to Paris to check out their economical bicycle rental program , is considering .

11选5图标下载Neo-Futurist Rachel Claff presents a podcast audio tour of State Street that directs the listener to the sites of brass sidewalk plaques put down by the city in 1996.

To commemorate the one-year anniversary of the 's takeover of , join the folks with , who will be protesting under the famous clock at the State and Washington store location today from 1:00 to 2:30 p.m.

The Sun Times posted a feature about . You may also want to check out Alice Maggio's two-part feature on the Pedway.

If you've ever been down Ravenswood near Wilson, you might have seen the rather large stickered and logoed truck with bright red, yellow and black graphics that say, "On the Fly." has the scoop: is a mobile bike mechanic shop. Joe Ebervein and Rich Kwaitkowski will go where you are to get you on the road again.

Looks like WiFi a go anymore. Contractors don't want to foot the bill for antennae construction, attachment to city street lights and lamp poles, maintenance, and operation, and the city doesn't want to pay any fees. Considering the city's , maybe it's not such a bad thing.

: Lakeview is losing its unique and quirky businesses thanks to the wave of condo development that has brought chains in to fill first-floor spaces.

11选5图标下载Chicago Magazine's recent is not only interesting for its discussion of the founder's life but for its Chicago gay and lesbian history. [Thanks, !]

The Dark Knight which has been filming in Chicago on and off for the past few months is doing something big. The will be imploded on August the 29th August the 30th between 10:30am and noon. The implosion will be later added digitally into the film for a building explosion. . Update11选5图标下载: Note the date and time change. .

Crain's reports that . Some spirited discussion of the article .

Upright Citizens Brigade, the comedy improv troupe with roots in Chicago, will be coming back home for "UCB Presents," a weekly performance at the . Teams from the Los Angeles and New York UCB theaters will perform each Tuesday, kicking off with ASSSSCAT, UCB's signature show, on September 11. Also in the works is an UCB improv training program (because Chicago ).

11选5图标下载In 2 weeks on the 18th and 19th, the will present the 2nd annual True North Underground Railroad Festival (see slowdown). The festivities occur at Carver Park (900 block of 134th Street at Ellis) and volunteers are still needed. If you are interested contact Naomi Davis at 773.569.4464 or email

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11选5图标下载What do they have in common? They're all in .

penned in today's New York Times Magazine that documents the growing tensions between suburban 's "native" folks and its growing Hispanic immigrant community, which accounts for an estimated 40% of its population. Kotlowitz follows the successful efforts of two city Board of Trustees (who dub themselves "The All-American Team") to make English the official language of the city, which unravels a whole mess of legal and cultural problems along the way.

11选5图标下载Time for a look at some inscrutably long hyperlinks from : circa , this year's annual flying & floating military device festival , and Oh, and they also .

Seems a Chicago cop . Chi-Town Daily News gets the choice quotes, though: apparently there was a "foul, funky odor" and "a passerby told them the odor had been a problem for some time". One wonders how many times they just happened to be passing by. Second City Cop .

11选5图标下载Local newspaper organization has an , wherein they narrate .

If recent talk of some riders wanting to disband the Chicago Critical Mass has you riled up, you may want to on the matter.

11选5图标下载Anna Fong, a local clothing designer and designer of a dress that Nadine Velazquez wore to the 2007 Alma Awards, has made it to the . The winner will get to design a dress to be worn by a celebrity on the red carpet and voting ends on July 31. A vote for Anna is a vote for Chicago in this international competition. You can see pictures of her on MySpace. And you'll be able to buy her .

11选5图标下载Rogers Parkers will be excited to read this profile of father-and-son developers Andy and Devin McGhee and their plans for a Morse Ave. jazz club and restaurant. more about the $3 million green renovation project, and the McGhees' plans to preserve the area's historic legacy.

11选5图标下载has organized "" for folks interested in learning more about to live in the projects. Tickets are $20 if you're interested.

Starting on Sunday, the , and other organizations will initiate "" at the . Throughout its run, topics will include "How We Peoples Make a People's Atlas of Chicago," "How We Grow: Self-Education and Urban Farming Gathering" and "How We Brew/Bake/Mead Etc Cottage Expo."

The of the 10th anniversary of Chicago's Critical Mass ride may also be the marking of its end, in the Sun Times. The large draw of participants dedicated to showing the benefits of cycling is apparently causing more problems than displaying productive transit solutions; apparently no one likes a group of loud, drunk folks on bikes (but if you've seen a Critical Mass ride, you know that hardly describes the majority of riders). Before you start crying in despair, note that no formal plans have been made to shut down the ride, which is scheduled for the last Friday of every month at 5:30 p.m. in Daley Plaza.

, a tour book11选5图标下载 deck of cards, with which you can design your own walking tour of downtown.

11选5图标下载, and finds Taylor Street is largely free of mob influence.

Hollywood returns to the second city with Angelina Jolie (who?) and hometown boy Common filming in Chicago the first week of August. Get the details and other tidbits on happenings around town next month in .

Meet , a project to preserve documentaries about American roots cultures. There is, of course, a , and at least two Chicago-related films "" and "."

The 2007/2008 Chicago Vehicle Stickers and Residential Permit Parking passes expired on June 30th, but the City grants a 15-day grace period so that your old stickers are valid through July 15. .

11选5图标下载Crain's offers a treasure trove of information with its feature this week. Check out and an interactive skyline tour, and PDFs of all sorts of market information.

The Mexican Fiestas Patrias (National Holidays) committee has been denied a permit to organize the Proclamation of Independence celebration in Millennium Park. The city says it's because a Celtic celebration is scheduled, the director of the committee has a different theory. La Raza online which includes a history of dispute between the two organizations vying to be the primary coordinator of Mexican American festivities in Chicago.

11选5图标下载The Tribune takes a and other businesses at the Broadway/Lawrence intersection; .

11选5图标下载The Sun-Times has a at the . Many have yet to see themselves spew their gargoyle water. Bonus: , but no explanation of the often seen on some of the glass blocks.

I love seeing the when I'm out and about, but the comish of streets and san doesn't share the sentiment: "drives me nuts...he takes all my light poles and does clouds with raindrops." The quote is from a to make parent's pay if their kids are caught writing.

is the current show at the and I hear it's good. Quite good. . Friday and Saturdays all through June.

The offers , three free podcast tours of the Loop covering notable art, theatre and landmark destinations. Nice perspective renderings of key buildings, too.

Who doesn't like a random museum? The features history on, well, bridges and the Chicago River. Housed where bridgetenders used to live, the museum is located at Michigan Avenue Bridge at Wacker Drive. It costs just $3 and is open Thursday-Monday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

The 11th Annual season starts tonight with an hour of dance lessons in Grant Park's Spirit of Music Garden, followed by a couple of hours of dancing . If you can't make it tonight, you can also check it out Friday, Saturday, or Sunday. And if you can't make it this week, no worries: Chicago SummerDance runs till 26 August. Click for a complete schedule.

You should really check out , the Rogers Park-based "experimental culture center." This storefront at Morse and Glenwood is a gathering spot for random events and happenings from swaps to talks to screenings and never, ever charges admission or fees.To learn more, check out the .

11选5图标下载This summer, the joins the in offering live jazz al fresco on free evenings (Thursdays and Fridays, from 5 PM). .

11选5图标下载Feeling sad? Feeling blah? Then you really, really, really need to hop on the . It's free until June 17th and leaves every 15 or so minutes during the day. Take it from Wrigley to Ogilvy. Take a camera. Take a pause. After the 17th, it's just $2 each way. Also, look into .

11选5图标下载, the most comprehensive LGBT facility in the Midwest, is .

If you're interested in seeing the (more than 30 playful sculptures by the noted artist are placed amidst gardens inside and outside the Conservatory building) but the thought of long waits for the west-bound Green Line discourage you, click for details about new express trains running between Randolph and Wabash and Garfield Park Conservatory Saturdays and Sundays.

dispelling a myth that has penetrated deep into our fair city. When it comes to city park space, we have the least of the "big nine", and third lowest of all 56 major cities.

Evanstonian Syd Lieberman, who's been telling stories professionally for over 25 years, . He's taken all his recordings -- fourteen CDs' worth of stories, mostly of his own creation, mostly about his and his family's life -- and is releasing them progressively, for free, over the summer. Two live albums are already online; the is an amazing hour-long story he did for NASA about their recent rover mission to Mars.

Word from Films regarding their in progress film: "Kartemquin is currently working on Typeface, a documentary about cultural preservation, rural renewal and graphic design history in the Midwest.To support these efforts, we're holding a benefit on June 15th at the Center for Book and Paper Arts here in Chicago. Toad Hollow Vineyards is providing the bubbly, MJ Catering is bringing the sweets and a number of local artists (including and Dennis Ichiyama) are donating original works for the silent auction." While the much lauded opens the same night at the Siskel, it is a weeklong engagement. So, why not support the locals? .

Here's a cautionary tale for those who are now re-designing the city's Olympic logo: . Some choice quotes (familiar to pretty much any experienced graphic designer): "Hideous," "I could do better with my eyes closed," "makes me embarrassed to be English," and the old stand-by: "it could have been done by a six year old."

11选5图标下载Calling all family albums! The Tribune is .

While the brand-spankin'-new doesn't officially open until June 5, you can go ahead and mark your calendars with the Center is holding during Pride month, from Metropolitan Church services, GLBT career expo, and Youth Horizons Prom. Plus, take building tours on Wednesdays and Thursdays at 6:30 p.m. and check out the rooftop garden and renewable energy features.

If you are new to Chicago, need to broaden your knowledge, or want to show friends or family around, hook up with a volunteer . This free service works with locals in the know to show folks around. Right now, you can on the North Side, but also Pullman, Little Italy, Hyde Park and more. You can also to be a greeter.

11选5图标下载Crain's reports on a vanishing feature of Chicago: .

For North Siders scared to venture south of Congress Parkway, maybe Michelle Obama's tour of Hyde Park will inspire you. where her fam likes to sup, the location of her first kiss with Barack, and more. There's even a handy PDF and .

, the Singing Cab Driver, over at . Coincidentally, not three weeks11选5图标下载 a year ago. (thanks for pointing out the inaccurate dateline, Mark!)

Hey, kids! The annual International Mr. Leather competition returns to Chicago for its 29th year May 24-28. The fleshy festivities include The Leather Market at the Palmer House Hilton, 17 E. Monroe (open to the public), the International Mr. Bootblack Contest (they like it very much!) and the Black and Blue Ball to wrap things up on Monday. "Queer as Folk" star/comedian Hal Sparks is the headline entertainer. So lace up those boots and show 'em what you got!

An eccentric gentleman was just now Elmer's gluing en masse to the lightpoles of the Loop. Take a stroll down Jackson and you'll be hard pressed not to see a few of them.

The is taking place next week, May 30 through June 2, at the Daley Plaza. See , enjoy Turkish food, shop for Turkish arts and crafts, and more.

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Time Out Chicago's cover feature this week is a "," and it's pretty good. The guides to and are of particular interest; the isn't nearly as comprehensive as ours.

Estrogen Fest 2007: Back on the Fringe starts its 10-day lady-made extravaganza of performance/dance/theater/music/vaudeville/etc. Wednesday night at Prop Thtr., 3502 N. Elston. Watch people do stuff in the performances and panels, learn to do stuff in the workshops, and buy stuff at the craft fair (curated by DIY Trunk Show and featuring GB staffer Cinnamon Cooper). The All Est Fest Pass is $50, but you can see individual events for various prices.

Did you rock ? If so, you were -- more than twice the expected turnout -- at last weekend's all-night arts and culture festival. What's even more awesome is that the entire event only cost $1 million to put on and local restaurants, theatres and hotels reported big increases in business. Also:

11选5图标下载Forget the -- are all the rage now. That is, if you're one of the "pilot wards" for the new program to sort recyclables into blue-colored garbage carts. The city's goal is to cover seven wards (19, 5, 8, 1, 37, 46, and 47) by August 2007. Live there? !

11选5图标下载Sometimes the absurdist plays write themselves. From Thursday's : "Trash talk show host Jerry Springer sprang from the dinner table to his feet when he saw the Rev. Pat Robertson, decked out in a green velour track suit with bodyguard in tow, exiting trendy RL eatery Tuesday."

11选5图标下载Dognapping is on the , particularly among the small, yappy cur set. Louis Auslander of the , among other dog fanciers, was interviewed in a recent , with warnings for owners of palm-sized pooches. Beware the man who wears a twitching and excitably yipping trenchcoat.

11选5图标下载CNN and Travel + Leisure have teamed up to about their favorite cities. Chicago is, of course, one of the "hottest cities" and is therefore included. Filling out the survey makes you eligible to win a vacation to America's favorite city in 2007! Just kidding; you win a trip to Australia.

Apparently Chicago . The report characterizes the Windy City as America 's "most humanely challenged" urban center.

The has been announced. We'll all see each other at the Kenny Rogers show, I'm sure.

If you're a fan of Chicago architecture, you should definitely check out . Advance sign-up is only available online and starts today at noon.

Proving the steel-like endurance and cultural power of teen movies, the 20th anniversary re-release of will be shown tonight (and tomorrow) at 7:30pm at the AMC River East 21 (at 322 East Illinois). In addition to the visual treat of mid-career , you'll also get to see a documentary about the making of the movie, complete with cast interviews. Click for tickets.

This week's Reader is the "," taking a look at people who've transformed their rental apartments into thoroughly personalized spaces -- included GB friends and .

With all of the hubbub about the Olympics, there's an argument that . In a city currently alive with , and soon to have going too, . Tribune art critics provide of how art could work with the Olympics.

The $21 billion is a relatively small part of one of the largest financial mergers ever by LaSalle's soon-to-be-former parent company. Global implications, yadda yadda. I'm more concerned with speculating how the deal will affect our civic life: will BoA close some superfluous branches, thereby freeing up some storefronts for businesses that are actually useful and enjoyable? Seriously, Chicago is drowning in bank branches. And what's the fate of the , or the only-christened-last-May ? "Bank of America Theatre"? Gross.

The AP's reporting that the Skyway was in danger of "" yesterday. You may want to watch out for other structure-to-food transformations throughout the day.

11选5图标下载If you've traveled around the world "crossing every meridian of longitude in the same direction" and are interested in meeting others like you, you're in luck. Chicago has of the . Oh, and your travel doesn't have to be in the same trip.

11选5图标下载Someone at the City of Chicago decided one day to celebrate the earth is not enough, so begins today and runs through 20 May, to "raise awareness of the simple things all of us can do to improve the environment." Key events include the , the , and a host of recycling drives. Some events are listed in Slowdown; .

11选5图标下载Every once in awhile, the Tribune publishes something that forcefully reminds me why I still subscribe. If you read nothing else this week, read "," written by local artist , which appeared in yesterday's paper.

11选5图标下载Fred Kent, president of the , visited Chicago last month, met with city officials and gave an interesting presentation on the subject of "placemaking" in cities. The presentation, called Streets as Places, and following panel discussion are being aired intermittently on . The are available online, as is a brief .

This is a real-life flesh n' blood forum discussion about the proposed — a community effort to give communities safe spaces to interact with neighbors. Inspired by Columbia and Mexico, in essence they are traffic-free times on weekends and holidays for pedestrians and cyclists to interact on selected streets. This Wednesday, April 11th from 6:30 to 7:30pm at Richmond Hall in St. Sylvester Church, 2156 N. Richmond St.

The is to expand its audience and influence, notably including and .

From the establishment of the Hull House Theater to the World's Columbian Exposition, the Sun Times lists their take on " ."

Your timbers may be shiverin' this week, but summer, summer, summertime, is just around the corner. Early tix are available for the and , and both and have registration up already for most summer leagues. So practice folding up that winter coat.

So, a coyote walked into a Quiznos. No, there's no punchline. A coyote really did walk into a Quiznos downtown and just hung out in front of the soda cooler until animal control officials showed up and took him to Barrington. He didn't order anything or bite anyone. The end.

11选5图标下载The final installment of the 's series, , is earning , including accolades for 's minimal set design. There are , so get hoppin'.

The Reader kicked off a new project focusing its attention on the city one neighborhood at a time. First up is . It seems to be the idea of the moment; we've been contemplating doing something similar, and has been devoting days to specific neighborhood lately: today is .

11选5图标下载You may now know , but you still throw like a girl.

The Chicago Public Library just released its list of . There's a talk by Julia Alvarez, a series of educational seminars on home buying and financial planning, children's story time and ton more great events. Oh, and don't you have some books to return?

The Art Institute recently installed a so we can put a face in our dreams of . The camera produces a new image every 15 minutes.

Chicago's postal service is the worst in the nation, according to a recent survey, and the Southwest Herald's . You can even send them by mail, if you dare.

In connection with the current Fuel question11选5图标下载: If you don't know what gang claims your neighborhood, you should on the invaluable . I just found out that the kids in red and black on my block are members the .

11选5图标下载Someone smart at the Tribune asked its what prompted them to reevaluate artists in their disciplines. Some second looks include the , and .

11选5图标下载According to S-T columnist Bill Zwecker, sexy bringer-backer J. Timberlake took advantage of the MCA's free day yesterday. lunching at Puck's Cafe on the terrace after checking out the Stingel exhibit. And this is hot on the heels of J. Simpson skunking up Mich. Ave. a few weeks ago.

See a 4-minute Second Life-style .

11选5图标下载You're probably overwhelmed by articles about Barack Obama by now, but if you're still interested in learning about his local roots, you may want to check out the Hyde Park Herald's . The entire 24-page issue is Obama-centric, including a lengthy article about his wife, .

The Italian marionette performance company begins of "" at the Chicago Shakespeare Theater on Tuesday. Additional details are available in .

If you looked at Grant Park today (as well as other parts of downtown), you'll notice that it has been invaded by . While I was hoping for an elaborate turf war between SAIC and Columbia College, in fact it's... . is now flying more routes to Florida.

I could care less about sitting in a posh back room at some fancy bar, but this is one VIP pass I would gladly accept. gives you the chance to win one year of free entrance, exclusive invitations, behind the scenes access and more to all 10 museums that make up . before Feb 28.

With cranes and earth moving equipment working on , Chicago Magazine has a of current events. After you read up on the block, from the comfort of your computer.

11选5图标下载A sign of the times: , at Slats.org.

11选5图标下载It's only February, but the Daily Southtown has already given cause for celebration (or is that panic?): "" Bonus points awarded for their photo of kids ramping their sled off of a folding table.

, or TOD, for those of us on a first name basis with the buzz-concept, is garnering some extra attention as of late. In November, Chicago hosted the annual , which focused on transit's role in smart urban development. The latest issue of Conscious Choice features . And TOD also happens to be a centerpiece of the long term strategic plan for the region. What a popular dude. Definitely more so than we've come to know recently.

11选5图标下载Let's give a big family welcome to , .

Former Walgreens CEO (and son of the company's founder) Charles Rudolph Walgreen, Jr. died last night11选5图标下载. He was 100. Fun fact: Walgreen first went to the South Pole at age 67; he tried to go again at 91 and made it all the way to Chile, but the pilot refused to fly him the last leg of the journey.

11选5图标下载The just completed its , a major research report surveying all non-profit arts organizations in the Chicago region in 2006. In addition to being a comprehensive directory, the report provides especially fascinating information pertaining to the growth, location, composition and funding of these organizations.

11选5图标下载Clarence "Bernie" Hoffmann, founder of on Milwaukee Ave and donor of the highly belligerent the duck on the , has at the age of 92.

Now that Kenosha, Racine and Milwaukee are , a Milwaukee historian has we have with our neighbors to the north.

11选5图标下载The advertisements that have been in Chicago for weeks. After all of the hubbub in Boston, most of ours were . [If you happened to snap a photo of the Chicago Ignignokts/Errs, please post it to for all to enjoy.]

is a local company that produces audio tours for places around the world, downloadable to your mp3 player. , including narrated by Jewish hip-hop poet .

If you say "Chi-caw-go" instead of "Chi-cah-go," you may be part of the Northern Cities Shift, "a series of changes in vowel pronunciation in many Midwestern cities." How 'bout dat dere?

, Logan Square's proposed "green merchandise mart" has launched its website. Dedicated towards green living, the site offers , an FAQ and a to discuss the building and issues surrounding its development. [Hat tip: ]

11选5图标下载 located in the latest hotbed of development and hipness (Damen/Chicago) has just re-opened following remodeling. They say, "We want to show the city how we've grown since opening last year- we've transformed everyone's favorite organic bakery into a full café, featuring a new line of sandwiches, a full espresso bar, and a wider selection of ready-to-buy produce and dry goods." Yum.

11选5图标下载Increasingly needed in this day and age, is a site dedicated to in Chicago. Primarily a bi-weekly email, the site also offers articles in their for a taste of things past.

A number of children working with the have submitted for the new Dan Ryan retaining walls. .

11选5图标下载After last year's small success in Chicago, we've heard word that the will be back again. Currently, founding director Brendt Barbur and co are looking for new submissions for the 2007 round of film festivals set to take place in up to 15 cities: "We are looking for films with a strong theme or character of bicycles. This includes all mediums and styles such as animation, experimental, narrative, documentary and music videos." The deadline is February the 17th so you have about a month to get going or fine-tune that piece you've been working on. Details at the or take a look at the .

The University of Chicago is contemplating gender-neutral undergraduate housing -- .

The Tribune11选5图标下载 offers a worth checking out in the coming months, including some out-of-the-way gems. Other informative prospective pieces include features about , , and , to name a few.

Conscious Choice of Chicago's environmental status, including an .

Like it's sibling in the summer, the Winter edition of Bike to Work Day coming up features hot beverages and goodies at Daley Plaza this month on the 19th (Friday) from 7 to 9am. The hosts activities, a raffle with prizes and the chance to congregate and meet up with your fellow cyclists.

If today's Rearview photo11选5图标下载 (courtesy of the ever excellent ) bewilders you or makes you want to do the same thing, take a look at and then head over to the for info on how to do this.

11选5图标下载The Museum of Science & Industry's is kind of funny: for an encore Jan. 17 to April 29 -- followed in May by "."

The City of Chicago is once again holding their "" [PDF] Xmas tree recycling program. On January the 6th, you can bring your tree or a bag of recyclables to one of 23 locations from 9:00am and 2:00pm. You get your tree back in the form of mulch and you get a year's supply of blue bags for your time. Take a look at the for locations.

A group of Chicago cyclists (myself being one of them) have organized a ride to raise awareness of the growing number of cyclist fatalities in the Chicagoland area. Named the "", the ride will start at the Thompson Center at 6pm tomorrow, January the 3rd and will ride to Diversey and Pulaski at an easygoing and respectful pace. The goal? To highlight how important driving and cycling are to Chicago and how the two require attention and respect. A PDF flyer can be viewed, downloaded, printed and passed along from .

If you haven't made your New Year's Eve plans yet, here's some ideas on what to do from and

If you're looking for a holiday laugh, check out the Tribune11选5图标下载's reader-submitted . (Link pops due to window resizing.)

11选5图标下载You must see 's rendering of . It has everything, right down to its . I wish my CTA commute could be this yummy.

In other Pilsen news, the Mexican Fine Arts Center Museum has a : .

After much controversy, WBEZ released its last month. It's important to note that music, the focus of most of the debate, was not eliminated. The Tribune11选5图标下载 provides .

11选5图标下载 is dedicating much of this week's to , with , , and . Their YouTube is especially worth checking out.

The is for their 35 Under 35 Leadership Awards. This Chicagoland-oriented award recognizes individuals under the age of 35 who are "using fresh approaches to tackle pressing social issues."

11选5图标下载Looking for a time-waster? is open for voting -- go pick some winners.

The New York Times continues its slow discovery of how great Chicago is with its latest installment, .

Following the recent sentencing of an Urbana woman who killed a cyclist while driving and downloading a ringtone to her cellphone, the parents of Matt Wilhelm the deceased, to lobby for a law and education to reduce distracted driving. Looks like that cellphone ban hasn't been working out too well.

Amazon just unveiled , a new ranking site where users rank such things as the , , ... lots here, and lots to do to clean up duplicates and typos. (It runs on Ruby on Rails, but .)

The Metblogs network is getting into the holiday spirit by having its local bureaus list "seven gifts their cities share with the world." The first Chicago entry is ; run the gamut, from Flickr to the Montreal Protocol.

11选5图标下载If you're looking to leave the city for (heaven forbid) the suburbs, BusinessWeek the as an "affordable" option. Sure, it's away, but is "only" $400,000. Happy househunting!

Gay TV network this summer on a quest for "Love & Sex." From the resulting video, we learn, among other things, that the city is leather-centric, home as it is to the in Rogers Park. Crew, in Uptown, gets recognized as one of the world's greatest gay sports bars (not quite the title claimed by , but close...) But, lest the impression be too one-track, keep in mind that "Chicago has a lot more to offer than just one-night stands and sugar daddies." There's, like, history and stuff!

11选5图标下载Alderman Rey Colon will be meeting with Logan Square residents tonight at 7pm at the Armitage Baptist Church, 2451 N. Kedzie, to discuss a proposal to turn the building at 2800 N. Milwaukee into a supportive housing residence -- permanent affordable housing and social services for people who have been homeless and/or have disabilities. More info at the . (Thanks, Jen!)

As the and the prepare to , may become an issue.

11选5图标下载Remember the ? Well it looks like there is a new beauty swimming in the pond of urban renewal. Though the process took over 10 years to come to fruition (ahem), in Humboldt Park was developed by and local builders. too, and have named the co-op. []

Officer Gleason of Metblogs the latest local shop window controversy. Following on a complaint from a passer-by who apparently forgot she was in Boystown, Borderline Music has obscured its display of the latest Dieux du Stade calendar, the cover of which is PG-13ish. And, goodness knows, nothing no one on North Halsted hasn't seen before.

If you enjoyed Sudhir Venkatesh's article in the Boston Globe, you may want to check out his talk on Thursday. Details in Slowdown.

The "underground economy" of the South Side is the subject of .

11选5图标下载 is a fictional day from a L'il Abner strip. However, it is now also organized to encourage women of all kinds who ride bikes to come out and race for fun, as well as to benefit the . There's a pre-race fashion party on Friday, Nov 10th in the Fulton Markets with the race happening on Nov 11th, followed with a post-party the same day. Want to race? Want to have fun? .

Now that the is officially open, the offers a review of its first night in action, and the and the provide some background.

Rotary International lives up to their name: they have a number of scholarships where local students or business professionals can engage in long-term or short-term cultural exchanges. Local Rotary District 6450 is participating in an in May--so if you're interested in interacting with the French (with Rotary picking up most of the tab)--get your application in shortly. (Full disclosure: I participated in a Rotary exchange as did my sister, and they do a great job.)

is a relatively new, really well done videoblog following host Ellen Fox's adventures around the city -- think "Wild Chicago" but less goofy. This site also runs the , in which from the week's police blotter.

is a really cool new blog & news aggregator organized locationally: you can search for posts based on your or . of its guiding principles.

11选5图标下载Apartment Therapy is running a fall colors interior design contest; the winners receive a shop card for up to $2500. , which are also running as they come in on .

11选5图标下载And, now, it seems, they are: Newcity presents the 2006 edition of its .

11选5图标下载Looks like the has a . At first, I thought it was real, but then I knew that any memorial like "The Brittany" had to be too good to be true. Well done, chaps.

The Tribune offers , . Not enough for you? Try or .

As we noted back in 2003, Chicago has of : 25, to be exact. If you're interested in learning more about them, has an about the business side of the program, including a list of events that connect us to places like , , and .

11选5图标下载Ranging from parades to street art to "Gringos out of Pilsen" agitprop and spanning several years, Flickr user Pedro Juan's takes the pulse of a neighborhood.

If you've ever wondered about the proper way to eat foods like thali, bo nuong and injera, a has you covered. Watch the video and then check out the restaurants they recommend.

Today, launches a two-week program of events calculated to make Chicagoans more science-literate, bringing physiologists, conservationists, and others to neighborhood Starbucks and Borders cafes to discuss their work and displaying the world's largest periodic table of elements on the south side of the Daley Center. Some highlights, which include presentations on the science of Millennium Park and the physics of the curveball, are listed in Slowdown, but click to review the entire schedule and make plans to raise your science IQ.

In Section 1 of this week's you will find a wide-ranging introduction to Chicago living: everything from to to GB gets name-checked in the guide's along with a host of other worthy sites and publications that should give you a good picture of current-day Chicago life.

The Chicago Sinfonietta will soon kick off its 20th season, and it's doing so in rather unusual fashion: asking audience members to turn on their mobile devices. As part of a concert set to feature more traditional fare like Liszt, the group will give the world premiere11选5图标下载 of David Baker's sonic metaphor for order and chaos, "Concertino for Cell Phones and Orchestra."

The New York Times spends another in Chicago, this time hitting the Oriental Institute, Orange, and the Hopleaf among other attractions.

The Columbia Journalism Review Daily for its "uncritical coverage" of the losses of Field's and Carson's. CJR thinks the press could use a little more healthy skepticism about the evolution of State Street; instead, they say, "the coverage has been strangely uncritical, bordering even on the boosterish." What's more, in the stories about the department stores' handovers, the opposing quotes have come largely from the superannuated. Given the strong opinions proffered here in Fuel and at Saturday's anti-Macy's demonstration, I wonder if the dailies really weren't trying hard enough.

Speaking of Chicago Street Art, on September 7, the at the Metra underpass at 47th Street and Lake Park were mistakenly painted over. Among those who worked on the murals are former Art Institute Instructor Mario Gonzalez; founder of the , Lavie Raven; and Sam Mulberry.

Fans of Marshall Field's have with the department stores' conversion to Macy's. At 9:30am on September 9, the day of the official switch-over, is holding a .

NPR's provides unique insight to some Chicago-related icons. Our fair city pops up in some obvious place like , , and , but it's also there for !

has much more than just pierogis. Yes, they have . Yes, they have polka. Yes, they have , a Polish hip-hop artist. More tribute bands than a bad suburban nightclub (ARRA or anyone?). And if that wasn't enough, is playing Greatest Polish Hits of the 80s. Head out to Jefferson Park to catch this totally fun street festival.

11选5图标下载Tickets don't go on sale till the 5th (if you're a member) or the 18th (if you're not) but you can start browsing the program () for the (this year's theme: Peace and War) now. So as soon as registration opens you'll be set take your pick (of events like a Joan Baez concert; presentations by documentarian Errol Morris, novelist Louise Erdrich, historian Taylor Branch, and cartoonist Garry Trudeau; conversations with Laura Kipnis, Jonathan Schell, and Scott Simon...) before the stampede.

After Labor Day, the 's schedule changes, so this is your last chance to check out the museum's collection (and live jazz) on a Friday night. (At least until AIC next changes its schedule.) AIC will continue to be open (and free) Thursday evenings.

Ride a scooter? Or love someone who does? You best be headed to this weekend, then. The 12th annual running of the Vespas (and other scooters) is this Saturday, while a pre-party gets the ball rolling tonight at Liar's Club; details in Slowdown.

We usually just let you know11选5图标下载 when the is actively making people laugh, but check this out: the 2007 Festival is for sketch group participation.

has an interesting tour for you mob aficianados: in the two suburbs. On Sept. 24 and Oct. 8, see the former homes of Sam Giancana, Tony "Joe Batters" Accardo and Paul "The Waiter" Ricca. Combine it with an and you've got yourself a day you can't refuse.

Today's Times profiles11选5图标下载 several multiracial families knitted together with the help of local adoption agency . The organization offers counseling to would-be adopters about the cultural issues that surround parenting children of ethnic backgrounds different than their own. The goal, says one counselor, herself a white woman with black children, is "'creat[ing] color aware families, not colorblind families.'"

The city's recent appointment of Melissa Turner as Chicago's fashion czarina brought a challenge from : Designers, will you embrace the challenge?

11选5图标下载How to win friends and influence clubbing this summer? . That's the way, at least. And don't worry about the government, either: none other than police officer Daniel Lombard tells the Sunday Times the CPD and Coast Guard "'kind of turn a blind eye' to some of what goes on in the Playpen, including overfilled boats and recreational drug use, 'because, well, this is Chicago.'" Party on, Dan!

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Put away those stiletto boots and that too-hot-for-August ultrasuede miniskirt: the presents a water-themed First Friday. Featuring a bathing suit fashion show and "skinny dip" martinis, the event was inspired by WaterShed, an interactive sculpture designed by students at the Art Institute that flashes and emits ambient sounds when you ask it for some agua. See Slowdown for details.

is a site that collects short video guides about cities around the world. features some nice clips, including trips through Bronzeville, Wicker Park, Rogers Park, Pilsen and other neighborhoods.

offers an interesting graphic representation of cost per square foot for Chicagoland real estate: a "."

Hey, all you people who are afraid of the centipedes in your homes: There's nothing to be afraid of! The , while freaky looking, is actually a beneficial bug that eats other pesty bugs, like bedbugs, roaches, silverfish and spiders. If you've got a lot of them and they look well-fed, though, you might want to call an exterminator to get rid of their dinner supply.

After the AP ran its "Chicago as nanny state" story far and wide (including , in Canada's London Free Press of all places), it was only a matter of time before blogs elsewhere had something to say about it. New York, it seems, is hankering for some political scandal; thus, Gawker's modest proposal to .

11选5图标下载The from the American Library Association have been popular marketing tools for libraries for years. Now libraries even can . The did just that, and they snagged some major local politicians to pose for the photos, including , and . You can . []

A concrete model for three North Side lakefront revetments is inexplicably hiding on the South Side . Since most North Siders probably won't make it to this week, , and decide if you prefer the current limestone or the proposed concrete. If you want to share your opinion with the powers that be, from the Lakeview Revetment Task Force, and get your letter in by the 26th.

A real estate developer is tearing down the Stars Motel at 6100 N Lincoln Ave. to make way for more condos. But he's hoping enough people are nostalgic about the historic motels on U.S. Highway 41 to . Because he cut and pasted a column I wrote in 2004 about the motels on Lincoln Avenue for his auction description, can I claim a percentage of the profit from the sale? Just wondering.

How diverse is your neighborhood? If you live in Rogers Park, Uptown, Bridgeport, Albany Park, Lincoln Square, Archer Heights, West Ridge, North Park, Irving Park or West Lawn, , according to the . Download PDFs of the full report and others .

11选5图标下载Just like a real desert, "food deserts" -- areas with a lack of grocery stores but plenty of fast food joints -- can kill. . The showing where these deserts are in Chicago; you've probably already guessed that they're concentrated on the South and West Sides.

Last year, Naperville took the bronze in Money Magazine's list of Best Places to Live. This year, . Meantime, both Evanston and Oak Park .

Ever wish your life was a Broadway musical? Starting late this afternoon and continuing throughout the weekend, Millennium Park shimmers with the music of Stephen Sondheim, as part of Sondheim in the Park. Performers will break into song in the Lurie Garden, Wrigley Square, and on staircase balconies, not to mention the stage of the Pritzker Pavillion. Details in Slowdown, or click here .

11选5图标下载Okay, okay, I'm trying not to harp on the Gay Games, but this is honestly one of the biggest events Chicago's seen in years (and a serious trial run for ). It's so big, in fact, that we couldn't possibly list all of the events or even the highlights here in Slowdown; instead I'll just direct you to the schedules at and let you know that most events are free, but tickets for those that require them can be purchased or at the HotTix locations at the Chicago Tourism Center (72 E Randolph), the Water Works Visitor Center (163 E Pearson) and the North Shore Center for the Performing Arts in Skokie. Have a gay old time.

In August, the , in conjunction with , will present four performances of Mozart's The Magic Flute, with stars from our own Lyric Opera and the New York City Opera, at the . Starting tomorrow, you can pick up free tickets at the Storefront Theater Box Office (66 E Randolph) or call 312-742-8497.

The has mailed out nomination packets to mayors throughout the state for the . The award has typically gone to volunteers who champion cultural heritage, literacy, or community history. Only mayors can nominate recipients, but if you have suggestions, let Daley know: MayorDaley [at] CityofChicago [dot] org.

In 2002, 's visited Chicago to do a five-part series about the city in the spirit of early . With interviews from prominent Chicago academics, musicians, and public thinkers, are surprisingly fresh four years later.

The city's has prepared interactive that include photographs and important information about officially notable places. While you're on their website, check out their comprehensive and .

This week's issue of Crain's Chicago Business contains their annual "" feature, chock full of demographics and data ranging from It's all downloadable online in PDF format, and this year that allows you to zoom in on a particular neighborhood and check out how strong the demand for mp3 players is, for instance.

11选5图标下载The winner of the jingle contest has been announced, and it's "Shop @ Moo & Oink" by Kenlo Key (), which edged out, uh, "Put It In My Mouth" () as well as . The Tribune has some .

11选5图标下载After much construction, the brand new of the Chicago Public Library will open on July 10th at 1701 N. Milwaukee Ave. The 15,500 square foot location is two stories and has free internet stations and free wi-fi throughout. No more excuses to not check Gapers 5 times a day. Oh, and it also has books...lots of them.

has a spiffy new site detailing many of the architectural projects that have come out of the studio. Based in Chicago, they're the creatives behind quite a few of the Chicago Institutions you enjoy today. , meander the buildings and find out the inspiration behind each.

Since you're heading to the Hyde Park Art Center to check out all of their cool exhibits, why not make a day of it? After taking in Africa Speaks, an exhibit of African art and artifacts at the , cross the and grab a latte at the 's sleek cafe. If you like contemporary art, a side trip to the might be nice. Otherwise, a stop at for some leisurely browsing, and lunch at neighboring , will refresh you in between museum visits.

The success of the White Sox and the dismal collapse of the Cubs have had effects far beyond the MLB standings: in some cases, as the South Siders draw not-so-die-hard Cubs fans into their fold. In Richard Roeper's new book, , he has a word for them: biSoxual. for an mp3 of Roeper's appearance on this morning discussing the potential sea change in the Sox' fandom fortunes. (Thanks, Roni)

11选5图标下载I don't follow up on skateboarding like I used to so it was a pleasant surprise to hear about last week's . You can live vicariously through these Flickr photo sets: and .

11选5图标下载As its Intonation Fest approaches and out-of-towners descend, Vice takes its own brand of "wit" to the Windy City with a . Like you might expect, it includes features on neighborhoods ("Wrigleyville: Do not -- we repeat, do not -- come near here on a Chicago Cubs game day. Or ever.") and shopping ("Tangerine: This is where the girls who work at Penelope's used to work."), as well as a bonus track. Do or don't. You decide.

On the this week and : an excellent feature article on , a messengering service comprised of messengers who own, run and do business like it should be done. If you have any say in what company delivers your documents on time, consider 4 Star. They do excellent work.

You may read our Public Notice11选5图标下载 column about . If you're absolutely addicted to them, you might be interested in delving deeper behind the scenes. GB staffer Jason Maslanka created a website with audio and video (including an interview with Craigslist founder Craig Newmark) called to try to figure it all out.

The [PDF] offers a handy way to take the site's signature third-person self-referentiality (and hit-or-miss copy editing) with you.

, including those crazy gapers and their blocks. (Do people actually say "soup to nuts"? I swear I've never heard it.)

If you want a break from the usual routine of museums, head down to IIT to visit their new exhibition about... fashion. "" is about a Finnish designer who boldly took color where it hadn't gone before in fashion and created lifestyle brands (think Martha Stewart's lines of coordinated towels, sheets, curtains, etc. etc.) The patterns are wonderful and exhibition is free. (Part of the nifty festival I hadn't heard of, .)

11选5图标下载 continues this year (15 June through 27 August) with free one-hour dance lessons followed by two hours of dancing to live music in Grant Park's Spirit of Music Garden Thursday through Saturday evenings (6 PM to 9:30 PM) and Sunday afternoons (4 PM to 7 PM), but the popular DJ series turns nomadic, with venues ranging from Daley Plaza to the Taste of Chicago Taste Stage. And a bit sporadic: held some weeks on Monday, other weeks on Wednesday, and sometimes also Thursday or Friday. Individual Nomadic DJ Series events are listed in Slowdown; click for a complete schedule.

Turns out native Chicagoans have a regional accent, and it's not marked by the rough consonants of the SNL "Superfans." Rather, according to a study by McGill PhD candidate Corrine McCarthy, it's the pronunciation of certain vowels that's unique to the area; scholars call it "the Northern Cities Shift." Get the abbreviated version from NewCity, or go crazy with IPA notation and footnotes at .

11选5图标下载The is a new online collection of city field recordings, audio collages and interviews with Chicagoans from all walks of life. CSM co-founder Eric Markowitz (mp3).

Starting tonight, the offers live music as well as free admission on Thursday and Friday evenings. If you're heading to the Blues Festival, you might want to stop at AIC first to get in the mood. The museum is hosting multiple blues bands and offering blue-themed gallery tours. Slowdown has details.

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Moleskine freaks, take note: next year, you'll be able to create your own personal guide to Chicago with . Photos of a prototype , and more details at . []

11选5图标下载Chicago Public Radio's website now features "," a service that provides audio material from a variety of , like the Illinois Humanities Council, the Field Museum and the Community Media Council. Stream or download usual suspects like Studs Terkel and Ira Glass, as well as more esoteric fare like authors on Auschwitz or the Underground Railroad. (Also new on the site, .)

Popular wisdom holds that you shouldn't let anyone tell you how to take your shvitz11选5图标下载, but the has gone ahead and , profiling an afternoon at the .

, and Tuesday night . The former vaudeville house officially reopens Wednesday night as the with a performance by Tony Award winner Michael Crawford (perhaps best known for ). You're welcome to Friday and Saturday from noon till 5 PM.

11选5图标下载Who would have thought a map of Chicago's neighborhoods would be so controversial? Not only has the designed by Christopher Devane , "Home is Where the Hood Is," printed across the top, but Chicago Public Schools has to keep him from offering the map to schools.

Perk up life in your office today with 's from the show, which closed yesterday.

11选5图标下载Old-school bloglebrity started yesterday on the recent deals for New York City street furniture (bus shelters, public toilets, newsstands) bringing in a billion dollars in revenue to the city, all paid for by advertising sold by the British and Spanish firms responsible for the structures. In light of the similar deal for bus shelters struck between the City of Chicago and French firm a few years ago, I immediately thought, "What? We could have had public toilets too?!" If we're serious about the 2016 Olympic bid, we may see them sooner than later.

11选5图标下载The has recently unveiled its new strategic plan, titled "." [pdf] The plan is "a call to action for all Chicagoans who understand the essential role of their public library in the educational, economic and cultural fabric of the City of Chicago. A strong and vibrant public library is a sign of a strong and vibrant city, and ultimately a sign of how that city values its residents." Right on.

From the Times11选5图标下载: "By wrapping its arms and famous big shoulders around its Latin motto -- Urbs in Horto (City in a Garden) -- Chicago has become a global model for how a metropolis can pursue environmental goals to achieve economic success."

The All-City Dance Ensemble, made up of the best dancers from Chicago's public high schools, shows its stuff tomorrow afternoon in the Randolph Cafe at the . See Slowdown for details.

11选5图标下载Not your typical neighborhood festival: festival will have fire-spinning, Mexican dancing, visual arts and a choir. Held at a local Orthodox church, this will certainly differ from the usual ribfest / block party / beer-n-bands fare. (And the is very old-school and worth a visit.)

The is accepting applications for artist programs for the 11th annual Chicago Artists' Month, scheduled for October 2006. Benefits include loads of free publicity and large audiences. Programs should be designed around this year's theme, Beyond Boundaries (how artists overcome restrictions and expand their horizons). If you want to participate, think fast and fill out the form by 15 May.

Certainly the Gay Games Hosted Housing program is an important way to assist athletes who might not otherwise be able to pay for shelter while competing in Chicago -- if you've got room, you might consider participating. Still, it's hard not chuckle as take care to stipulate "it should go without saying that you should not use this as a dating service." (In other GGVII news, the Tribune that, with just 10 weeks to go, there's been a leadership shake-up. Unsurprisingly, no one's commenting.)

11选5图标下载If architecture is one of the things you love most about Chicago, then this is your festival. And if you believe is responsible for the best of Chicago architecture, then this is not just your festival, but your year, as the celebrates the sesquicentennial (that's 150th anniversary -- maybe you knew that, but I had to look it up) of Sullivan's birth. The festival opens on Friday 19 May with a "great conversation" featuring , former mayor of , one of the most progressive cities in the world, and continues with two days of guided tours. Tours are free, but require tickets. Depending on the tour, you may need to line up at the on the day of your tour to get your tickets, but for "Great Excursions" (which include Chicago River cruises), you can register starting today. Complete tour details are available -- note that items in blue are Sullivan-centric.

When it comes to civic naming opportunities, it seems the Skyway may not be the end of it. The Trib on the city's efforts to, in the words of its budget director, "maximize value" by enticing corporations into building-, event-, even vehicle-sponsorship.

11选5图标下载, beginning with the old Rand McNally days and leading up to the local digital mapping company, . Chicago has always been at the forefront of driving directions, apparently. (Thanks, Sparky!)

11选5图标下载Next time you've got guests in town and blank on things to do, you might refer back to the New York Post's to Chicago. Not a one of the ideas is likely to come as a surprise, but that's because they're all pretty good. Plus, it seems you should expect visitors; sez the Post: "there's no city in America quite as fresh and interesting right now." []

While we were redesigning yesterday, another site was launching: introducing , a new local channel of the popular interior design blog.

Friend of GB has of yesterday's New York Times Magazine.

is proud to turn 175 years old this year. And to commemorate the pride and joy that all Naperville residents are experiencing, the city is looking for volunteers to help plan a birthday party to "celebrate 175 years of heritage, unity and vision in your hometown." If you're interested in helping out, contact a member of the .

FOUND describes found at Waveland and Albany as "awfully sweet," but I'm not so sure. It strikes me as slightly desperate. Let's hope the bad things stopped.

We're number number four in the country in terms of . (Thanks, Matthew!)

In its staid, conservative way, the gushes about Chicago: "Appearances often deceive, but, in one respect at least, the visitor's first impression of Chicago is likely to be correct: this is a city buzzing with life, humming with prosperity, sparkling with new buildings, new sculptures, new parks, and generally exuding vitality."

11选5图标下载Despite the "new urbanism," Census data released today show people leaving cities and suburbs for further-flung exurbs, a trend that's especially apparent locally. ranks Cook County as the decade's biggest loser: its population has decreased by 70,000 since 2000, the most significant drop in the US. Where are the people going? Surely it's not a coincidence that Kendall County, 50 miles outside Chicago, saw the nation's third largest increase.

The Tribune is following up on their series with the : Nov. 3, 1948 edition of the Chicago Daily Tribune with the headline, "Dewey Defeats Truman."

What with all the talk about the city getting in the Wi-Fi game, yesterday's Times offers a reminder about many people's source of free internet: . If you happen to live near one Beth Freeman, best be warned; she sounds like too savvy a "piggybacker" to be playing "the dumb card" ingenuously. Another Chicagoan, Elaine Ball, is another story -- her network is wide open as a combination of neighborly hospitality and anti-corporate activism.

So maybe you don�t find anything curious about the current contents of the planting beds lining the Magnificent Mile. But if, like me, you�ve been hungry for some kind of explanation, check out , which describes them as �lit orb sculptures, hand-painted by local artists to add drama to the streets landscape� and provides a list of installations (with occasionally illuminating titles).

11选5图标下载Most of us know that Jean Baptiste Pointe DuSable is Chicago's first non-native settler and is credited with founding our city. According to he's about to be "officially" recognized for this (I'm shocked he hasn't been already). And did you know that he is also credited with the city's first recorded marriage and his grandaughter's birth was Chicago's first recorded birth? Very cool.

11选5图标下载If the 826 team can do more to promote creativity opportunities for kids, I don't know what that is. Through March 31, is hosting The exhibition, which is the result of volunteers' weekly visits to homeless youths, is viewable during tutoring hours, Monday-Thursday 3-5:30pm. Call 773-710-7346 to find out how you can offer your time.

has launched : A Collaborative Site for Writing on Chicago Culture. In wiki fashion, registered users can log-in to create and edit pages in categories including literature, art, architecture and dance.

The neighborhood of () by the . Nearly 90% of building owners will be eligible to become a part of the historic district. The district of Pilsen is home to the largest number of eligible properties nationwide.

Oh, the Trib isn't saying anything, but a little has resulted in the revelation that , Alderman pick on a few weeks back, is something of a financial contributor. (Good thing they're going to be laying low11选5图标下载 for a while.)

11选5图标下载The queen of this year's has by a team of 30 judges. The appropriately named , 24, beat out about 100 other hopefuls vying to be parade queen by displaying "the qualities of grace, sincerity, beauty, sense of humor, poise, personality and wit" (!).

...there's a group of disgruntled office workers sneaking Parliaments in an alley. The Trib of where all the smokers have gone now that they can't be within 15 feet of an entranceway. (Don't miss the accompanying, appropriately gritty multimedia slideshow titled ".)"

Crap. There are too can't-miss events going on tonight. How does one choose between SAIC alumna and author Jen Bervin reading at an (weekend #3), and the AREA:Chicago Art/Education/Activism issue launch? Would it best to throw one's culture loving hands in the air and spend the night downing $1 apple pucker and jell-o shots ?

Say you're new to the area and you'd like some pointers about your new 'hood, Albany Park. Who better to ask than the folks at ? If you happen to know of the cool little undiscovered places or things to do in 60625, stop on over and share them.

was . Gary Johnson, the president of the society, says the name Chicago History Museum more adequately represents the city's oldest cultural institution.

It's official: , at least on the stretch of Michigan Avenue between Delaware and Superior. just got a whole lot quieter.

Oh, this again: the Trib that the City Council will vote Wednesday on restrictions against downtown street performers. As usual, the real vitriol is reserved for the fabulous .

Chicago blog Serenade In Green has posted a of their last dinner at the . "Once off the train, we were greeted by a line of like-minded Berghoff pilgrims that stretched all the way down the block," they write. You have until the end of February to enjoy this Chicago institution.

11选5图标下载Great article on in the Tribune Magazine yesterday, along with .

11选5图标下载Since the city council is considering a proposal that would require hundreds of businesses to , this seems like a good time to relink to , a site dedicated to .

11选5图标下载 on a new form of activism in the city: , "an open, Chicago-wide organization propagating the notion that, since the allure of tap beer draws us out of our homes and into each other's company, bars solidify a community." Where do we sign up?

11选5图标下载There were reported in the city last year — an average of more than three a day. ; you might want to consider .

Reader Enlightened Elephant points us to the New York Times' (here's a ) and says, "Too heavy on downtown and Damen. But! See esp. Chicago: Favorite shop or shopping area [which mentions the NSFW ]. So that's11选5图标下载 what the NYT is up to when in town" (although it's worth noting that Jodi Wilgoren, who we can assume was miscredited, is actually based here).

11选5图标下载Chicago managed to keep its murder rate to a 40-year low in 2005, but the Tribune reports that .

In celebration of the enactment of the smoking ban, the Sun-Times of the R.J. Reynolds-owned in the heart of Wicker Park. The $8 smokes and loungey atmosphere sound pretty cheesy, but now that you can't smoke in , some local yupsters may be attracted by their buy-a-pack, get-free-coffee-and-WiFi between 2 and 4pm.

11选5图标下载We may never see the return to the web, but at least we have the , recently updated and improved for your amusement.

Well, Milwaukee Avenue in Wicker Park continues to push forward with hipster clothing stores. : .

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The season of Crafty Sales doesn't usually start until early fall around these parts. But Erica Coslor saw how all those other months were empty without crafting, so she created the Handmade Market which will happen every month at the . So if you're a crafter with your own table, chair, and lighting (it's dark in there) send Erica your info if you want to participate in the January 21 or the February 11 show. $20 for crafters, free for shoppers, and the bloody marys are dee-lish!

GB's Vince Watch, which has since been renamed Watch, reports that Jennifer Aniston her honey's hometown. She says: "The people [in Chicago] are just so kind and respectful. They leave you alone . . . [During filming on The Break Up] a lot of us went out, the cast and crew. We went to hear music, had great meals�Chicago is quite the food town." Check out Virginia Soto's .

Luke Seemann's Internet Tendency on "."

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11选5图标下载In the midst of much handwringing about the closing of various "institutions" (see today's on the Berghoff for the latest example), Debra Pickett of the Sun-Times : look outside the Loop for your own version of what makes Chicago Chicago.

11选5图标下载Bored at work? Crain's has a you can take to pass the time.

Don't know what you're doing for New Year's Eve yet? Well, you're running out of time. Here's a quick run-down of places to look for NYE celebrations: , , and , and for the suburbs, the and . Also, you might want to check out this week's Detour for tips on how to fend off the traditional New Year's Day hangover.

Your cell phone's reception in the Loop should get a lot better soon: a company has , which will help strengthen signals in the concrete and glass canyons.

According to the president of Central Connecticut State University, Chicago ranks at a measly 46 on the list of the country's most literate cities. We are ranked behind the likes of Louisville, Omaha, Tulsa and Cincinnati. Rankings are based on a combination of variables, including the number of bookstores in a city, newspaper circulation, education, library resources, periodical publishers and Internet resources. Chicago seems to have been shortchanged, but read the full report on and judge for yourself. Meanwhile, .

It's official: by a 46-1 vote. Public places will go smoke-free on January 16, and by July 2008, bars and restaurants will follow.

Raunchy might not be the first word that comes to mind when it comes to opera, but that's exactly the one the 's general director used when about the company's planned production of 11选5图标下载. The Lyric will be casting the opera's supernumerary roles this weekend, and, as , they're looking for half-naked hotties.

11选5图标下载If you're still itching to give your opinion about the , the , a program that fosters civic dialogue, has selected �Attitudes Toward Children in Public Spaces� as this week�s topic for its moderated Caf� Society discussions. for times, locations, and resource materials.

Today's Sun-Times the possibilities for next year's city sticker. Of 300 submissions, ten finalists remain. Vote for your favorite, starting tomorrow, in person at City Hall, by telephone at 312/744-2506 or at .

11选5图标下载Seems the ongoing feud between O'Hare and Hartsfield-Jackson for the busiest airport title isn't the only way that Chicago and Atlanta will be butting heads for bragging rights. The Sun-Times on the slightly silly struggle between the ATL's newly opened and the local to claim the mantle of World's Largest Aquarium.

11选5图标下载Lonely? Think a companion might cheer you up? How 'bout a cat? , so the perfect one is sure to be out there. Links to a few local shelters after the jump.

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11选5图标下载Depending on your point of view, you�ll want to avoid or make a beeline for N. Michigan Avenue this weekend. If thoughts of a Mickey Mouse parade, ice carving demonstrations, holiday lighting ceremonies, and carolers�especially before Thanksgiving�make your skin crawl, then give the Magnificent (3/4) Mile a wide berth. But if Christmas can�t start too soon for you, and have fun.

Mayor Richard Daley has clearly had at least a spoonfull of sugar. He proclaimed yesterday "" in Chicago. Andrews is in town directing at . Andrews will also participate in Columbia College Chicago's annual series. Next week marks the .

11选5图标下载The Park District is considering a plan to add a Hollywood-style to Grant Park from Harrison to 11th St. The granite stars would cost $15,000 apiece, including installation, upkeep and a party -- to be paid by private donors.

Did you know Chicago has more than 1900 miles of alleys, more than any other city in the world? The Tribune is doing a .

When some people hear they word "craft" they think of paint by number style kits, construction paper, and bits of yarn. Others think of ingenious ways to create beautiful, useful, creative items. And many of those people in the second group use craft as a method of , their desire to change the world. , , and are three such people. You can hear them discuss how feminism, activism and craft combine to create craftivism. Annette Ferrara of will moderate the discussion from 6-8 pm this Thursday. By the end of the night you'll be writing your own Craftifesto.

In case you missed the 300 point font on the front page this morning, the Chicago Sun-Times is reporting that the Chicago Park District is revising their budget for the year. It appears, at least for now, . To make up for the lost tax revenue, certain fees will be increased and the city will hold more rock concerts which have been a rarity for the last decade or so.

If the smoking ban goes through — this week or some time in the future — those exiled out of doors may well experience an uptick in their romantic lives. .

11选5图标下载As Beantown prepares to develop new public green space, the Boston Globe to check in on the lessons the city can learn from Millennium Park. He heads home smitten by the park and, even more so, with his sense of how The City That Works works: "The more you talk to Chicagoans, the more you're impressed with what can only be called civic patriotism." Sounds pretty right on to me.

I'll admit that I'm kind of a sourpuss when it comes to big holiday displays, but I do enjoy nice illuminated, carved pumpkins. So, it really piqued my interest to learn about 's two pumpkin displays. Phyllis' Musical Inn is showing sixty of Perry's carvings, all featuring famous Chicago faces, while the best of11选5图标下载 Perry's Chicago pumpkins will be seen in Millennium Park. Who can pass up a pumpkin likeness of Al Capone? It happens Saturday-Monday and to your right in Slowdown.

Here's a headline you don't expect to read in a Jesuit college's newspaper: . The Loyola University Phoenix the .

If you own your own house, there may be something to take away from Brandon Harvey's example: he applied for Cook County homeowner's exemption and ended up saving a thousand bucks in taxes. He offers on the bureaucratic protocol, as well as encouragement to keep the faith despite the likelihood of facing an "extremely rude lady who will barely listen to your questions before abruptly hanging up on you."

11选5图标下载 is another city guide, but with a twist: it's aimed at the freshly post-college crowd. The nicely designed site offers a little bit of everything, from job hunting tips to personal finance advice to restaurant reviews.

11选5图标下载Next week (17 to 23 October) is , which means it�s time to pause and be pampered. With spa treatments that usually run a hundred bucks a pop or more going for $50, perhaps you can now afford to personally investigate the benefits of microdermabrasion. Click here for .

11选5图标下载The is seeking advice as it plans upcoming programs. to offer your opinion about the prospect of panel discussions about the Supreme Court, lectures about historic Chicago events on the sites where they occurred, and Actor�s Studio-style interviews with contemporary historians.

I've often lamented to my friends who ask about alternative lodging in Chicago about the lack of it. By alternative lodging I mean bed and breakfast places or places that aren't hotels, motels or hostels, that are in11选5图标下载 the city. seems to change all of that. Located in the city, the three-room building provides that "at home" feel that I personally prefer. Pretty affordable rates from $115 to $150 (triple occupancy), it'd be perfect for some of my friends and yours.

11选5图标下载 left Chicago when he broke up with his boyfriend earlier this year, and he returned home to the comforting arms of Brooklyn. Upon arrival, he found and drowned his sorrows in the dictionary. Malamy's story ran in last week, which also reported the happy news that Malamy and his ex are exploring the possibility of a reunion. That means Josh is moving back to Chicago, and he wants to keep up (or, maybe, show off) his spelling chops via a local bee. Is there already such a thing? If not, look for one soon.

New City's annual is out. With such categories as , , and , it's a more ecclectic list than in recent years. (And check out the upset in the category. Wolfy's?)

, an organization dedicated to sustaining local artists, launched their website this week. In addition to telling you all their cause, you can look foward to an , a monthly and details about their ongoing . If you enjoy local art culture, and I'm thinking you do, the site is worth a gander.

Yesterday we mentioned11选5图标下载 the new on Flickr. But, is Chicago's original . Check out of stickers and other works posted by local street artists and fans of street art.

Chicago's first Fall Fashion Week kicks off today. Dubbed , the week-long extravaganza features a number of events open to the public, both celebrity-minded and not. Sarah Jessica Parker and Clinton Kelly make appearances, J.Lo debuts her new lines and the whole thing wraps up with a runway show in Millennium Park, celebrating new faces and ideas in fashion. has a complete listing of events, but you can also check your Slowdown for daily reminders through September 29.

11选5图标下载Tickets for the (10/29 to 11/13) go on sale to the public tomorrow (they�ve been available to CHF members since August 30). This year�s theme is �Home and Away,� and notable events include Pritzker Architecture Prize winner discussing (in Mies� own ), novelist Salman Rushdie talking about the �Scattered Concept of Home,� and a . The (pdf)is available online.

Or, in this case, city. The Tribune's effort to determine the "Seven Wonders of Chicago" is complete, and . garnered the most support; other winners included Wrigley Field, the Water Tower and the MSI. We asked our readers for their ideas and got some great responses.

The Trib has collected 14 possible "Wonders of Chicago," and . Personally, I have trouble wrapping my head around naming "the Chicago theatre scene," a wonder -- I prefer my wonders physical rather than conceptual. Make your own list of wonders in Fuel.

It is a truth universally acknowledged that people love . And, after featuring a few less-known , Jane Austen's study of vice and virtue, manners and morals, is the for the One Book, One Chicago initiative. As always, there are planned, including the inevitable investigation of how the novel connects to contemporary audiences via adaptations like . Go on, prove Eugenides wrong.

11选5图标下载Well, sort of. Corydalus , accompanying a photo of the near-victim.

Sometimes the lead just writes itself, and that sure is evident in and coverage of last night's Jimmy Buffett concert at Wrigley Field. To wit: "Even Harry Caray wore a lei." See for yourself via .

the project to record interviews of regular American individuals, wraps up its stay in Chicago today. prints some quotes from local StoryCorps participants, and also passes along the interesting news that StoryCorps might put a permanent recording studio here in Chicago, so that residents could continue to record interviews with their family and friends. So if you missed the chance to participate this time (and you probably did, since the slots for recording interviews filled up within hours when they became available), you might get another chance soon. In the meantime, StoryCorps founder David Isay will be presenting a selection of Chicago StoryCorps interviews Wednesday night at the Harold Washington Library; see Slowdown for details.

The Chicago Tribune has announced it's nominees for the . Pretty typical stuff (the voting begins Sept 9) but is much more intriguing.

11选5图标下载Apparently, the new attire for gang members is a little harder to spot than the old UNC logo or red bandana: it's .

11选5图标下载The always inaugurates the change of seasons with assorted merriment. When your heart is a park, that seems quite appropriate. A weekend long art market starts Friday, August 26th with the Market After Dark reception at 5:30. Saturday and Sunday enjoy music, dance, artwork, food, and greenery from 9 to 5. Catch a dance performance from Thomas Baker, an artist from . Festivities will be held at the Conservatory Market, 300 North Central Park Ave. Call 773-638-1766 ext. 28 for more information.

Chicago once had the dubious distinction of the . Now our boys in blue with a little help from new technology have taken a huge bite out of crime (sorry McGruff). PBS's website has of a recent NewsHour show on this very subject.

11选5图标下载Competition amongst the web portals means all the more ways to get regional information that's useful to you -- in other words, there's an increasing number of alternatives to the original, . Following Google's service, Yahoo! has revised its area-specific content into , offering another way to track down details on events, services, traffic and other facets of life in Chicago. Of additional note: if you're a parent, offers a guide tailored to entertaining, educating and exploring the city with your children.

11选5图标下载What is it with summer and its constant stream of city ratings? This time, we find out that Chicago is , behind only Berlin, at least as far as one travel site is concerned.

11选5图标下载The site for is somewhat vague, but the application : It adds location identification to instant messaging, so you can check who's nearby -- within a quarter mile -- when you head to the local wifi'd coffeeshop. Rumor has it .

Because continues to astound, from Toolness has from a sociological and historical vantage. One of the neatest ties in with the GB Book Club's current book read, Heat Wave11选5图标下载: "I initially set up this overlay so I could more easily relate to some of the concepts covered in Heat Wave, which in one chapter makes frequent references to these community areas."

is a collection of investigative reporting and opinion pieces concerning life in the Stateway Gardens housing project and the treatment of its residents in the hands of a group of police officers known as "the skullcap crew." It's definitely worth a read.

With quite a few friends buying homes lately and proclaiming that now's the time to buy, it's surprising that Forbes has . The logic seems flawed: New York is rightfully ranked higher (though Seattle tops the list) and yet San Francisco comes in at sixth. Huh?

11选5图标下载, a New York real estate mogul, picked Oak Park as one of her on ABC's "The View" yesterday. OK...

11选5图标下载Interested in writing about Chicago -- factually, not fictionally? You might be interested in contributing to , which aims to shape up and fill out Chicago's entry in the open-source encyclopedia. (Thanks, Atul!)

Did you know the term yuppie originated in Chicago? , Bob Greene is generally credited with coining the term in a 1983 column, but etymologist in a Tribune article by R.C. Longworth, referring to "Lincoln Park with its yuppies."

, that big suburb to our west, is the , , which praised its "seamless coexistence of big-city and small-town life." Guess we need to get moving on NapersBlock.com.

The Times just did a piece detailing , with a rundown of the neighborhood's bars, restaurants, shops, and spas.

We've been having a real summer this year for the first time since '99, when we had temps above 100 degrees and blackouts! On that note, , an intellectual group, is hosting a conversation between Eric Klinenberg, author of and host tomorrow evening from 6:30-8pm at the Illinois Humanities Council and the Children and Family Justice Center of Northwestern Law School. They will discuss the heat wave and events surrounding the summer of 1995. .

As the Washington Post , city of Chicago population decreases are in line with those found in other big cities during the decade so far, with USA Today that, should present trends continue, three-quarters of large US cities will fare worse in the aughts than they did in the 90s. Elaborating on the local situation, the Sun-Times that, following the boom between 1990 and 2000, this is the fourth straight year of a net loss of residents; in a related story, USAT looks closer11选5图标下载 and observes that, while Chicago may be losing population, Joliet, Naperville and Aurora are growing by some very healthy percentages.

This seems to happen about once a month: an Ask MetaFilter user has posed , "which neighborhoods are worth a visit whilst here on a weekend trip?" Take a gander to contribute or to get ideas for your own exploration. (You might also want to read from April, which focuses on kid-friendly things to do, and from May.)

11选5图标下载NPR's All Things Considered had last night about an influx of suburban squaredancers at dances. The Squares are mostly gay men, the suburbanites are mostly older straight couples. Do-si-doing ensues.

drew our attention to this: The State of Illinois at the beginning of the year, and now it's virtually impossible to confuse them with the 21+ versions. For one thing, they're vertical. Check out the specs (PDF).

11选5图标下载Apparently, somone hates Chicago enough to compile a list of . We love you too!

11选5图标下载The 36th annual Chicago Pride Parade brought yesterday. Pride is always colorful, to say the least, making for plenty of great photo ops. I've created a to consolidate photos from the parade, Saturday's PrideFest and Dyke March, and related events. Check it out, and join up if you'd like to share your pictures.

In its announcement of , Antenna Audio also mentioned its plans for a similar treatment of Millennium Park. Sure enough, after a little rooting around online, I learned it's already . Just enter an email address, and you're cooking with gas. There are 14 files of varying lengths, and, while the narration makes sure to mention the names of the corporate sponsors, it's actually quite informative and features interviews with Anish Kapoor, Frank Gehry and others. All in all, quite interesting listening, even if you're just sitting at your desk.

Seems like only yesterday that San Francisco mayor Gavin Newsom was here, dreaming of making as ours. (All right, it was Tuesday.) Nevertheless, according to a new Reader's Digest survey, at least, he may want to think again. Gothamist that New York ranks next to last on their chart of . Coming in last? Yeah. Chicago. Surely a recount is in order. Surely.

A few weeks ago, a graffiti mural appeared on the side of a building on Milwaukee in Wicker Park. It was actually pretty cool, until you realized it was an ad for Axe deoderants. A group calling themselves the "Ad Blasters" (a nod to the city's Graffiti Blasters program) . Local artist Elisa Hawkins photodocumented it; the owner of the building .

And now for something entirely random. "Apparently, in Chicago, it is illegal to give a dog whiskey," Brian says. Also, it is legal to protest naked in front of city hall if you have legal permits. And are under seventeen. Because that totally makes sense. Find more dumb laws .

I've been reading Thomas' for many months. He's a Savile Row tailor who explains what is and describes the many fascinating details of exquisitely tailored suits. I've dreamed of flying to England just to get my special guy all dappered up in a handmade suit. But I just found out Thomas . So if you've got a to plop down on the only suit you'll ever need, meet him up at on the 15th or 16th of June.

11选5图标下载New City has , organized into loose themes for each month, as well as movies, music and events. Get out your calendar and start filling up those weekends.

Remember the whole "No Pictures in the Park" controversy? Well, you'll recall the City said it was largely misinterpreted and that its security guards were being overzealous. Nevertheless, some professionals were still required to obtain permits. According to in today's Trib, though, that's no longer the case. Except for "large scale" shoots requiring crews of more than ten, everybody's welcome, permit- and expense-free. In other words, click away!

If you're looking for a pick-me-up this afternoon, you could do worse than to the Art Institute. Typical anecdote: "The next morning the students had planned to visit the Sears Tower, but very cloudy skies derailed their plans for a while. Instead they loaded the bus and traveled to Wrigley Field. 'I'm a Yankee fan, but I was just excited to be at a baseball field,' Parker said." Ah, yes. Out of the mouths of babes...

11选5图标下载The Times of Northwest Indiana says , as Wicker Park and Pilsen become too pricey for artists. One of the driving forces behind the change is the , who have invested heavily in the neighborhood. [via ]

11选5图标下载 notes the shrinking and shifting borders of the West Side as various neighborhoods flee its negative connotation. He's tried to figure out where the true West Side borders ought to be and . (For reference, here's compiled by Eric Zorn for discussing this topic.)

If you've ever tried to use the Chicago Police Department's , you know what a lousy interface it is. Fear not, citizen, for is here! The site takes the info from ICAM and puts it into an easily searchable -- by , , , or -- along with a Google Map for more clear reference. Now you can really11选5图标下载 see what's happening in your neighborhood.

In a case of better late than never, Slate's architecture critic pays a . He reads the space from the interesting perspective that it represents a "theme park for adults" with various appealing attractions, but one ultimately troubled by a lack of cohesion and the micromanagement of leisure.

The latest issue of is out, and it is, indeed, beautiful. Interviews with Derrick Carter, RJD2 and Chester Copperpot, among others, plus art by Wafaa Bilal. Read it online or download the PDF.

11选5图标下载The , an organization aimed at preserving affordable housing in the city, now offers its online. Register for free basic access and search fact sheets and demographic maps of various neighborhoods, or pay for premium access and get a whole lot more info.

You know that Mother's Day is this weekend. (You do know that, don't you?) If you're looking for a way to treat Mom nicely, the Trib that the Field Museum will stay open an extra hour on Sunday. That's so good sons and daughters can accompany their folks to the hugely popular exhibition. Of course, even if your madre is elsewhere (or is, say, staunchly Republican), you might consider going, as this is the show's last weekend. Some other ways to show your love: Andrew's Mother's Day Tart11选5图标下载 or maybe some chocolates -- today's Daily Candy .

From comes the compelling tale of a CD put out by the local art group of a homeless guy named Dave who had plenty of interesting stories to tell about living on the Chicago streets. Dave has since disappeared, but his stories remain, and you can hear some samples and get a free copy of the CD at

11选5图标下载Last week, the reported between those dedicated fans of Wagner's four-opera "Ring des Nibelungen" and our own die hard Cub fans. Turns out, even Pl�cido Domingo was talking about the many years of frustration suffered by longtime Cub fans. The tie between the opera and baseball has been studied for ages; with Chicago seeming to have a more intense connection than other places like NYC. Domingo even offered up a request, to sing the national anthem if the Cubs make the playoffs. It would mark his first visit to .

Those of us who are whining geezers and remember when Wicker Park was actually kinda cool (including the requisite stories about Urbus Orbus and Buzy Bee) will groan when you read this one: . Crain's notes that Gap, J. Crew and Urban Outfitters are looking to move in. With rents doubling, that means boutiques will move out. When goes, you'll know Wicker Park is Officially Dead.

Ted Whalen is really into the six-pointed star of the Chicago flag. We wrote about his first foray into the star's geometry last year around this time; he recently , based on a mention of the original city flag, which had only two stars. (Thanks, .)

There's been a this year -- while on the West Side, the .

11选5图标下载, a word hunter and chronicler of the American dialect (previously discussed here), has down to a policeman turned WGN traffic reporter named . Popik also recently added an entry on our famous wind, , which is rearing its head today.

March 4th marks the . To celebrate, the city is offering free cake and ice cream at the Chicago Historical Society. Tomorrow is also , who have also shown their true colors with the "Get Lucky At the MCA" theme party. Karma Cosmos and Mac "digital matchmaking" mark this month's hookup scene at First Fridays. Art and appetizers - a match made in heaven!

The Tribune ran a yesterday, which included a of the various public passageways throughout the Loop. Our resident librarian Alice Maggio gave a guided tour (part one, part two11选5图标下载) of the main burrow almost exactly a year ago. (Oh, and here's another , for those who want to explore.)

Friend of GB and Milwaukee resident mz shows us to the Gates exhibit in New York. No word yet on a Chicago corollary.

The closed Acme Coke Plant on the city's far Southeast Side has dedicated to the region's steel industry. The has purchased the plant, which has been closed since 19. (Check out this of the factory and grounds at .)

The , a card that lets you into many of the city's cultural institutions over a period of time for one fixed rate, will , the Tribune reports. A Chicago edition of the is soon to debut, along with the , which arrives in May. Good news for people looking for ways to entertain out-of-town visitors this summer.

As if you didn't have enough to worry about with Millennium Park concerning the whole "you can't take photographs" affair, that the city is forcing the operators of the park's cafe, to renegotiate its contract with the Park District, after the Sun-Times discovered that the owner got a 20-year lease to run the restaurant, has not had to pay property taxes on the site, and gets free water, gas and garbage pickup at the cost of taxpayers. What's more, the businessman who was awarded the lease, Matthew A. O'Malley, apparently got a top Park District official pregnant during negotiations. So it was those kind of negotiations....

After a considerable amount of speculation on the Web about the copyright on Millennium Park, the Reader's Ben Joravsky offers some explanation in this week's paper as to why security guards are targeting photographers snapping pictures of the Bean and other sculptures in the Park.

The city has a license agreement with the artists to be the sole authorized seller of merchandise with Millennium Park images, and that's why they've been targeting professional photographers in the park and stores trying to sell notecards with Bean images on them. The business about the security guards claiming that the whole park was copyrighted? Apparently it's a result of some overly zealous legal language given to security guards to hand out to commercial photographers who want to sell Millennium Park images. (BTW, even though the park was paid for by private funds, Ben Joravsky notes that the private donors then gave the artwork to the city, so the park is now owned by the public. How can the city claim copyright on publicly owned statues in a publicly owned park? Oh, I'm sure they'll find some way...)

Update: In response to about why the press director is saying that the sculptures' artists still own the copyright, Joravsky says this is true, but that the artists aren't getting any money from the permits that the city is trying to sell to photographers. A representative for one of the artists is quoted as saying, "If security guards give the impression that they are protecting artists' rights, it's probably a lack of understanding." Then whose rights are the city protecting? Apparently, its own right to sell Millennium Park postcards, as city official Ed Uhlir explains in the article: "We're going to have postcards in production, and we intend to sell them where postcards are sold [good plan! -ed.] ... If someone's in direct competition, we'll go after them."

So, to sum up: the city wants to make money off of images of the park (which is completely public property), so they're harrassing photographers in the park who look like professionals (i.e., they use a tripod) and scaring them into buying photography permits by saying that only the artists own the copyrights to the sculptures.... but the artists aren't seeing any money from the city from these permits.

11选5图标下载 Read a scanned copy of the Reader article here: , .

11选5图标下载I have to say, I know way more people into knitting than I ever thought I would at this age. And while most of them are apparently . Way to go Chicago.

11选5图标下载When I first moved to Chicago, I lived in Rogers Park. A good three years went by before I moved closer to downtown for work but I look back fondly on the neighborhood. A remarkably diverse and sometimes misunderstood neighborhood, I wished there was better information about it. fills that need with various community-building events, contests, resources and more. Good stuff.

11选5图标下载Crain's Chicago Business reports that in 2004 at Chicago's top museums. The experienced the biggest decline, with a 36% drop from 2003.

The NYTimes has an article on how have successfully used with how to sensitively deal with people of non-Christian faiths. The sensitivity training has worked so well to strengthen ties between communities and police that other cities have ordered and begun using them.

11选5图标下载As a sponsor of the Jacqueline Kennedy exhibition, currently open at the , Marshall Field's is presenting its own version of Jackie-goodness at the State Street store. This , opening today and running through April 3, features photography of the Kennedy family during the White House years and a life-sized recreation of Jackie's wedding gown. For more information call 312-781-4699.

11选5图标下载The city of Chicago's receives a , "Touring the Windy City gets personal, thanks to Chicago Greeter program". The author took advantage of the city's two-year-old program, and chose the Greeter's Choice tour for her visit. Meeting with her greeter at the Cultural Center, she was taken on a quick tour of Millennium Park before heading out to Lincoln Park for the afternoon. The program gets a solid review, based on the author's experience. It was adopted from New York City, and right now, we have 180 volunteers in the program. Sound interesting? Head over to the city website to explore , , and how to for out of town friends and family.

The most recent alleycat race from the that garnered the attention of the Tribune. "" looks at a glimpse of one of the stages in the series. I wasn't present for this one (chalk it up to oversleeping) but will be doing so. I suggest cycling enthusiasts to come out, for the camaraderie or for the simple thrill of biking in winter.

11选5图标下载The has a virtual tour of the city's center of all things German, . It's an interesting guide to one of the city's fading ethnic neighborhoods. (There's also a in Daley Plaza for those who read German.)

11选5图标下载City-dwellers collectively exhaled as Dick Daley indicated that the city would let with old chairs. I think this is my favorite quote: "Aldermen breathed a sigh of relief that claim-staking would be allowed to continue." Thank God for our alderpersons, always looking out for our best interests.

I, for one, am happy that the Christmas season has drawn to a close. Call me a Scrooge, I have a lot of problems with the way the holiday is celebrated in our country, not the least of which is that it seems to increase in length each year. In an interesting article, gives .

If you're still shopping for that perfect new calendar, look no further than the . They've put out a lovely featuring the best men on the force. Proceeds from this $15 spread go to the , which benefits firemen and their families in . Check out the online, or meet them in person on Thursday.

If you really dig nice cosmetics and bath products, release your inner metrosexual and head over to , which has opened their first Chicago store in Lincoln Park on Armitage. Lush is the new Body Shop, and I hear their stuff is great.

Nothing to do today? Come celebrate the Art Institute's ! The first 200 visitors will receive complimentary audio guides of the museum's permanent collection and the 200th visitor will receive a tote bag filled with two exhibition catalogs and 20 general admission tickets. A word to the wise: Tuesdays are still free, but they are no longer late, so plan your trip with enough time to be out of the museum, and the , by 4:30pm.

The Cubs have found a new way to recruit young fans before anyone else can get to them. Starting New Year's Day, babies born at , , and hospitals will get a provided by the club. The team has purchased more than 10,000 hats for the hospitals. The first baby born at each hospital Saturday morning will also receive a gift basket of baby clothes from the team.

11选5图标下载If you're looking for something a little different this New Year's, something that probably doesn't involve alcohol but does involve banjos and mimes, have I got the thing for you: , a celebration of visual and performing arts. They'll have a fireworks and a parade at midnight. (Thanks !)

The Christmas tree exchange for free blue bags previously mentioned11选5图标下载 on GB has been . The original exchange gave people who recycled their Christams trees a year's worth of free . Now, anyone who visits one of the 22 tree recycling locations on January 8, and brings a large bag of recyclable material, can receive a year's supply of free blue bags.

The and the join forces to present , an exhibiton celebrating Chicago as "a vibrant center for free speech and activism." The exhibition ends January 15th, but you can still catch the last two programs on media consumption and the Industrial Workers of the World. More information is posted in Slowdown on the 12th and the 15th11选5图标下载, respectively.

The NY Times of a Hyde Park couple whose move to New York was plagued by lying real estate brokers, hurricanes, and drained savings accounts in their quest to find the "greenery and neighborhood conviviality of Chicago."

11选5图标下载While we Chicagoans enjoy the fresh, clean water of Lake Michigan, our neighbors in Indiana and Wisconsin are unable to tap that huge resource because of laws governing access to the lake. The Northwest Indiana Times has a couple of interesting articles on the issue, focusing on tiny and .

11选5图标下载The creators of the are expanding their crafting empire and holding a show in New York City, Brooklyn to be exact. They'll be setting up on June 25th and 26th which means you've got plenty of time to get your crafty self together so you're prepared for when they start taking applications.

Wow! There are places to shop outside11选5图标下载 of Michigan Ave.! offers a . And, because holiday shopping begets holiday drinking, recommendations on where to get frosty beverages follow each store description.

You know that "" city memorabilia auction that was supposed to start today? There's . Reader Natasha contacted eBay and got this reply: "It should be on the eBay site but we have not been given any information on the user ID or the item numbers yet. So you may want to keep checking that site and contact the email address on that page or the phone number to when exactly they will post the items for sale on eBay." Her calls to the Fire Sale coordinator got a busy signal.

UPDATE: Natasha writes: "I just checked my mailbox again and got this reply from Joan Greene, the [Fire Sale] Director:"
IT STARTS TOMORROW EVENING ABOUT 5:00 CST.
THANKS, I 'M BURNING THE MIDNIGHT OIL TO GET IT GOING. ...
THE BEST WAY TO GET TO THE AUCTION WILL BE TO GO TO OUR WEBSITE WWW.THEGREATCHICAGOFIRESALE.ORG
THAT WILL TAKE YOU DIRECTLY TO EBAY -- THE SITE WILL BE TOTALLY DIFFERENT TOMORROW BY 5:00
THANKS. GOOD LUCK

UPDATE: The auction has .

The Project for Public Spaces has made a list of the , and between Harlem and Forest Avenues in Oak Park is number 13. (Thanks, Brenda)

Every year for 80 years, the Tribune ran "," a short story by John T. McCutcheon, about the last bit of warm weather in Fall (which we seem to be experiencing right now). In 1992, the story was retired, deemed offensive to Native Americans, but it lives on, of course, .

If you've been thinking about getting a cat or dog, this is the time: is eligable for adoption, and will soon be forced to euthenize. The DACC is located at 2741 S. Western and is open from noon to 7pm every day. Every pet is spayed or neutered for free.

is an ongoing project aimed at mapping all 300-plus videocameras that monitor our every move in the Loop. And not just city-installed cameras, either -- the vast majority of unblinking eyes are in private hands, and they're , too.

In related news, the City is in addition to light-runners. More than 67,000 tickets have been issued for running red lights in less than a year, which bodes well for city coffers if speed monitoring is added.

The this week has been running a special feature on Chicagoland's Polish community. "" examines different aspects of life for the 900,000 Poles who live in the city and collar counties -- still "the second largest Polish city after Warsaw," according to the . The series finishes Friday.

Something you've probably heard of, but worth repeating: if you wanna see some cheap (or discounted at least) theater, go to . I saw some tickets for 2nd City for $6.50 this morning. (Oh, and if you're really a night owl, remember the last set at is free. So if you're around at 12:30 on a weekend in Old Town, stop in and see the Second City.)

Last month, to celebrate the publication of the , a Chicago trivia contest, hosted by NPR's Peter Sagal, took place at the Harold Washington Library. Sadly, the winner of the contest was not a Chicago native. Instead, the grand prize went to New Jersey native, and University of Chicago undergraduate, Evan Druce. Read more in the .

Gapers Block and are inviting you to the movies. Well, one movie. will be showing for free at tonight (Wednesday) at 7pm. Download this PDF invite and bring it and a friend to the theater. Only the first 100 people get in free, so get there early. If you feel like it, Chicago NOW will be more than happy to take the $8.50 that you'd normally have spent.

Movie summary: Vera Drake is a selfless woman who is completely devoted to, and loved by, her working class family. She spends her days doting on them and caring for her sick neighbor and elderly mother. However, she also secretly visits women and helps them induce miscarriages for unwanted pregnancies. While the practice itself was illegal in 1950s England, Vera sees herself as simply helping women in need, and always does so with a smile and kind words of encouragement. When the authorities finally find her out, Vera's world and family life rapidly unravel.

the new exhibit at the , , isn't quite as gross as the human-centered "Grossology" exhibit from a few years ago. But visitors can still get hands-on with fake animal "barf" and "dookie," giant ticks sucking blood from a giant human arm, vials of animal smells like skunk scent, musk deer scent and fox urine, a 60-foot tapeworm, and a ton of interactive games designed to teach kids about biology. Exhibit runs through the end of the year.

After living on the edge of the neighborhood for three years, Mexican Coke became a staple in life. Occassionaly, we would walk a couple doors down to the carniceria to pick up a few bottles of Coke. Now, this cultural phenomenon seems to be . Head down to Pilsen, and the Mexican Coke outsells American cans at least five to one. Shipments arrive twice a month, trucked up right from the bottling plants in Mexico. Some say the use of cane sugar makes it , others . Bottles are used over and over again in Mexico, leading to the used look and feel. Unfortunately, after arriving in the US, these bottles don't get back to Mexico for reuse. But, if you can, please recycle.

"Hey, hey." So, you think you know your Chicago slang? Check out this unique and find out. So the next time your friend tells you that his car got booted outside of the Riv so he took the El to the Weiner Circle to get a chardog and some pop before heading to the Friendly Confines, you can smile and nod your head knowingly.

Next time you're forced to take visiting friends and family on a tour of the city, consider the 's . Then, just to mess with them, take'm on a tour of . You may never be asked to play tourguide again.

11选5图标下载Want to scare the living crap out of some kids this Halloween? Volunteer for the Chicago Park District's Trail of Terror. This event is held at at Pulaski and Peterson. Volunteers over 16 are needed to act out roles and staff booths at the fest, held Oct. 22-24 and Oct. 28-30 from 6:30pm to 9 pm. Call the North Region Office at 773-/262-8658 to volunteer!

Who wants a little Polish in them? (wink, wink!) This month, celebrate your Polish blood at events around Chicago celebrating Polish American Heritage Month. The Chicago Public Library has scheduled a bevy of events from Polish folk dancing, readings, lectures, and more.

Social networking site has decided to take on on its home turf. The site slices up cities in a similar fashion to CL -- it even has a bare-bones, blue-links-on-gray design. Take a spin around and see what you think.

Have you ever felt the need to escape your day-to-day life for just a couple of hours? Luckily, provides us with such an escape. An artist trained in the beauty of the , now Megan paints some of Wicker Park's urban gardens for a living. The journey wasn't always pretty, after her husband suffered an accident requiring spinal cord surgery, but Megan , painting landscapes. See at the , 245 W. North Ave, extended through today.

Here's an interesting bit of trivia for you: The Hindustan Times reports that . "I'd say the biggest group in Chicago is Pakistani," said John Mohberg, president of the Checker Taxi Association that has 1,200 cabs and 3,000 drivers. "Though right after 9/11 there was some apprehension among drivers, I've seen no long-term effect."

...and their results are tallied up in the annual "Best of Chicago" list in this week's For best local blog, the Newcity editors picked while the audience choice was ..... Gapers Block! Thanks to all who voted for us. You can receive our gratitude in person at tomorrow night's GB get-together at Danny's.

11选5图标下载Who knew there was so much Chicago history wrapped up in beer? provides a surprising amount of historical info for the area's many breweries, past and present. The period around prohibition is especially colorful, ranging from "" beetween rival gangs and a .

Twenty-six, according to a recent survey by language-services company CyraCom International. The study showed that, in addition to English, for over-the-phone interpretation in the first half of 2004. According to the study, the top five languages used were Spanish, Polish, Arabic, Cantonese and Russian.

Chicago is on the list of , which drops us in between New York (49) and LA (68), and way behind Minneapolis and Seattle, numbers one and two, respectively. Good thing we've got that program, huh?

This weekend saw of one of the largest Hindu temples in the country, in suburban Bartlett. The $15 million building was dedicated by His Divine Holiness , head of the sect that built the temple, which was called the "" by many visitors.

11选5图标下载The Cubs, along with aldermen Tunney, Shiller, Schulter and Matlak, are holding a community meeting tonight for midseason review of the Wrigleyville agreed to by the Cubs in exchange for an increase in night games. Residents with questions about traffic management, litter, or other such considerations might want to attend. Questions like probably should be reserved for another forum.

The city's s -- the Four Seasons, the Peninsula and the Ritz Carlton, according to Zagat -- are assessed in . Verdict? Read for yourself.

The Tribune asks: ? Take their quiz, then from readers about the places they miss and what they love/hate about downtown. It's part of this week's ongoing special report on the Loop; yesterday was , today is "" -- check back each day through Friday for another facet of the city's center.

Are you sick of hearing about Millennium Park yet? I know, me too! Seriously, it's terrific that it's there and it's open, nothing but civic pride here, but can we stop talking about it now? Until we can all agree on that, you might as well take a look at , which includes a nice slideshow with quotes from the designers.

11选5图标下载 takes a look at the best and worst of Millennium Park. Among the best? The bean, the bike station. The worst? The price and the name.

Wondering if your neighborhood beach will be open for swimming today? Check out the , provided by the . It gives you the daily conditions at North Avenue Beach and information on any swim bans that may be in effect. You can also scope out the amenities at other along Lake Michigan.

11选5图标下载This Friday kicks off the (finally) of with performances by the , Grant Park Orchestra, and way too many acts to list. Also, morning tai chi and yoga. But those who have been attending the total get-down that is with DJs on Wednesdays should be at the Promenade Stage Friday night at 10:30, when takes the stage with to drop house jams for the city that the .

11选5图标下载Architecture, art and design magazine behemoth has an excellent article titled, "". The article starts off with his bulldozing of Meigs Field and delves deeper into what Da Mare has in plan for our fair city — �My belief is that environmental initiatives should not just be out on the West Coast, in Alaska, or by the ocean, but in cities. If we don�t do this, the expansion will be overwhelming: more cars, more concrete, more pollution in the air and water. They won�t have any environment left out there, and no one will want to live here either.�

In the 1950s, the federal government moved thousands of Native Americans off reservations and into urban areas; Chicago is still home to more than 30,000 "urban Indians." WTTW has some background on the , and you can learn more by visiting the at 1630 W. Wilson Ave.

11选5图标下载The long-awaited grand opening of the at Lincoln Park Zoo takes place today at noon. Chicago welcomes back two gorilla groups and two chimpanzee groups, including a who was born while they were away. The new habitat, built at a cost of $26M and covering 29,000 square feet, is a vast improvement over the previous Great Apes building at LPZ. It provides outdoor space for the animals as well as improved indoor exhibits, including hidden "devices" for cognitive enrichment that also allow the apes to interact with visitors. is free and open to the public 365 days a year.

11选5图标下载The debris from the Pride Parade may have been cleaned up, but that doesn't mean the party stopped. Tonight marks the beginning of festivities for the . It kicks off with a free party at tonight at 10pm, and doesn't stop till the Red White and Blue Party on Monday. Check for more details. And you thought Pride Week was just seven days long.

11选5图标下载If you haven't seen the signs when travelling on one of the city's fine expressways or highways, then you should know that if you hit and kill a road worker, you're likely to face 14 years in prison for reckless homicide. It has happened for (a hit-and-run) in less than a week on the Dan Ryan. It's . Slow down around those construction areas.

We're doing better it seems. Last year we had the dubious honor of being the nation's leading city of murder, but it seems we may be a to our fellow citizens this year.

Next time someone complains about how expensive Chicago is, throw this factoid at them: . According to , we rank 35th... although we're be third in the U.S. behind New York and LA. Still, it puts things in perspective.

The Chicago Tribune11选5图标下载 writes about Chicago area residents who are to connect people in their suburbs and neighborhoods. For example, check out for the Logan Square neighborhood.

profiles the , 3259 S. Union St. in Bridgeport. Formerly a "cop hangout bar," then a drug lair, its current occupants have transformed it into a punk concert venue, skate ramp and home to the band .

11选5图标下载 By the way, 606 is looking for photographers, designers/illustrators and writers to contribute to the mag; they're holding an open house over at 1259 N. Milwaukee Ave., Apt. 2, from 3pm to 9pm today. Stop in and show'em what you got.

This weekend is the which is an event where fundraisers will walk between a 26.2 and 40 miles in the Chicago area over two days to raise awareness for Breast Cancer research. The Avon Foundation sponsors walks in six cities across the country and had donated more than $300 million to breast cancer research and care organizations to date. Each of this weekend's more than 1,300 participants raised at least $1,800 per person in order to walk. If you want to cheer them on, are some "cheering sections" you can head out to. You might even see me walking with them. (I'll be the one in pink.)

If you see a group of men in black leather and assless chaps this weekend whilst strolling the Boule Mich, don't be alarmed: it's just folks in for the 26th annual contest and convention, held every Memorial Day Weekend in our fair city. (Sorry ladies, it's just for men: IML's sister contest , , is unfortunately held in Omaha.)

11选5图标下载Ah, the old pop vs. soda debate. Wanna see how it ? Here's how . [ via the ]

Please, please, write a caption for . It seems like he's scratching himself under the podium, but maybe that's just me.

11选5图标下载As the latest class of students prepares to graduate, the college will be promoting their work during Thursday's all-day . There'll essentially be running in tandem -- art, music, performance and readings -- all spread out along the South Loop Arts Corridor, with running between the five major locations. Among the myriad styles of art on display: photography, puppetry, pop, painting, product design, poetry, papermaking ... and dozens of others. All events are free and open to the public.

Metromix has published a . It's not bad at all and highlights some areas that are changing in recent years and becoming less the secret place you tell only your friends about including , , and the rapidly changing .

If you find yourself gazing out at the night sky, take it one step further and meet up with some local amateur astronomers. The are up north, the are northwest, and of course, there's always the . In addition, a more city-focused (can you really see much beyond the orange haze?) group is forming to track eclipses, planetary conjunctions, and comets; for more information, email .

11选5图标下载Money Magazine recently rated , and Naperville came out on top in the "Central" region for cities with populations over 100,000. In the small town category, Libertyville, Fremont, Bartlett, Ela (Township, a.k.a. Lake Zurich) and Buffalo Grove made the list. Woohoo! Go suburbs! (Thanks, Brenda.)

is soliciting suggestions of "bizarre people and places in Chicago." Give'em a hand and .

11选5图标下载My girlfriend and I discovered a charming little neighborhood on the far Northwest Side this week, . Their Chamber of Commerce has a really fascinating and well written page about the , including why all the streets are alphabetized in the West Side and what role Thomas Edison had in naming the community. There's plenty of good, cheap places to eat and it even boasts a little coffeeshop: .

11选5图标下载 reports that Will Clinger, host of Channel 11's has resigned from the show to pursue a theatrical career. This may mean the final days of the once popular show; Channel 11 has failed to secure underwriting support for the show, and it's been in reruns for the past two years anyway.

11选5图标下载You may have noticed that the four stars in our logo are now "proper Chicago stars," which is to say they're six-pointed. T E Whalen over at noticed how many different interpretations of the star there are and decided to demonstrate .

Good news for Wi-Fi users: in wireless Web accessibility. We're behind cities like San Francisco, Austin, and Portland, but ahead of Los Angeles and New York City. Last year, Chicago ranked 18th, but the number of Wi-Fi hotspots has grown dramatically in the last year, from 3,700 to 9,800.

For , April 1 is not a day for fools, but rather: The New Year!! You may think it's 2004 -- but you'd be wrong. It's 6754! April 1st is Kha B'Nissan (literally "First of April") and we celebrate with a parade and . So if you see a lovable Assyrian with an hanging off their rearview mirror as you make your way home from work, roll down your window and let them know: Happy Kha B'Nissan!

Chicago ranks ninth on the list of , CNN reports. The list, compiled for the last 27 years by a Kewanee, IL-based etiquette book author, puts Springfield, Peoria and the Quad Cities tied for second behind Charleston. (Maybe Illinois had home field advantage?)

Looking to raise a family? Move to Naperville. that the western suburb was named the US city with the highest percentage of married, two-parent households by the Census Bureau. This may have something to do with the economics of the area; the median salary of Naperville residents is over $88,000, and the cost of living is high, preventing many single parents from living there.

11选5图标下载Looking for a good resource for Chicago's burgeoning bulesque scene? Look no further: has you covered -- or uncovered, as the case may be.

is a series of Chicago photographs that have had all visible words stripped away in order to "explore the nature of communication in the urban landscape as a combination of visual and literal signifiers." Plus, they look neat. (Via .)

We do St. Patrick's Day so well here, and the both covered it. Are they jealous?

Happy Day!

The ever dreamy of is going to descend on Loyola University on March 14th. Tickets are only $5 so you quick. Trim your nose hair, exfoliate, apply styling gel, and maybe he'll notice you. If you're a Loyola student, you get in free. But you'll still need a ticket.

You've got to see this photo11选5图标下载. It was taken over the weekend by a resident in Unkrainian Village from his porch. Note that the car received two tickets.

11选5图标下载Mayor Daley yesterday . Before you get visions of Chicago following San Francisco's lead, he also said the city has no legal authority to present marriage licenses to same-sex couples. (That doesn't mean you can't affirm your relationship with a from the Cook County Clerk.)

11选5图标下载Inspired by the recent exodus of candy manufacturers from the city, Newcity reporter Ray Pride seeks out

As a follow-up to his quiz last week11选5图标下载, Eric Zorn has a up, this time asking questions from the '80s and '90s so you don't have to be 50+ to score well.

11选5图标下载 which will hopefully become a focal point for the city's Mexican population. And in other international consulate news, the Belgian consulate is leaving after 150 years in the city. Belgium just can't afford to maintain a presence here, when they also have EU expansion to contend with.

11选5图标下载Eric Zorn wants to know: (Don't worry if you don't score as well as you hoped. Zorn's lived here 24 years and still .)

Most people associate Mardi Gras with New Orleans, or perhaps Brazil, home of the largest Carnival in the world. Possibly last on the list would be the Germans, but the Karnevalsgesellschaft Rheinische Verein, otherwise known as the , has been celebrating the day before Lent with style since 1890. (They also celebrate Mayfest and Oktoberfest.)

"For generations of kids who grew up in the suburbs, were the sign that you'd reached Chicago." The last pair of huge neon lips (did you know there were originally three?), part of an ad campaign for a carpet cleaning company, came down from their perch above the Kennedy at Montrose this weekend. . [Trib login: gapers/gapers]

Having trouble keeping track of what Chicago museums are free on which days? Here's , which includes an astouding list of museums that are free every day. Take your next date to The Smith Museum of Stained Glass Windows at Navy Pier. Scope out the . So many choices, there are no more excuses for not going.

11选5图标下载Chicagoans , a UofC sociology study reports. We're also more suspicious of our partner's fidelity. And, not surprisingly, we tend to be insular in terms of where we find our mate(s): People who live in Lincoln Park are more likely to date someone who also lives in Lincoln Park -- as opposed to, say, Hyde Park.

11选5图标下载 reports that in the current issue of "listed in a tie as the best club in America, in a tie as the best mega-club in America, and drum 'n' bass guys as the best club promoter in America as well as tied for the best party promoter."

The Chicago Tribune takes a look at how in a still uncertain local economy and a changing national climate for cultural funding. [Trib login: gapers/gapers]

profiles . Once the leader in the meatpacking industry, now we boast the largest service and white-collar sector in the interior of the US. We are home to the world's second biggest airport and a university that employs more Nobel laureates than any other in the world. Interestingly, "in 2000 Illinois voted for the losing presidential candidate for only the second time in 80 years. Still, the record isn't bad: in the last 46 presidential elections, Illinois has picked the winner 39 times." Maybe next year we'll get back on track!

Recording artist came to Chicago "to stay for one or two years and play jazz." This was 24 years ago; now Paulinho tours the world representing both his home country, Brazil, and his adopted home, Chicago. Read about , from music, dancing, and food, just to name a few.

The Windy City came out pretty well in Condé Nast Traveler's , in the November issue of the magazine. Chicago was the fourth best US destination, behind San Francisco, New York and Charleston SC, and was the fourth best city for restaurants. And three Chicago hotels are in the top 10 for North America (#3 The Peninsula, #7 Four Seasons, #10 Ritz-Carlton). Go us!

...And you thought we were just on public access. The Assyrians are one of the oldest immigrant groups in Chicago, settling here in mass numbers beginning in the 20s. provides . Although there are no definitive demographic reports, the most reliable estimate is roughly 60,000 Assyrians currently live in Chicago (generally in West Rogers Park), with an additional 25,000 or so in the north/northwest suburbs. You may have seen our beautiful church at 7201 North Ashland, and our smaller yet still lovely Church at 1421 W. Lawrence. We enjoy tomato-based stews and .

11选5图标下载A recent survey comparing office workers in Chicago, New York and Washington, D.C., found that "respondents in all three cities rate Chicago office workers as most friendly." Chicago tied with NYC as the most hardworking town and an unbelievable six out of ten Chicagoans claimed "they would rather have practical office furniture than a day off." Read the .

has a weekend planner feature on , specifically, those areas that are not on the beaten tourist paths. The article discusses the bounty of culture, shopping, entertainment and restaurants found along Devon Avenue, as well as the largest Mexican-American community in the city, Pilsen. Nice to see a travel feature step outside the usual spots in our fair city.

is trying to do for travel guides what did for the rest of human knowledge - create an open-source, user-edited global travel guide under a friendly license. But alas alack their is sort of Pure Suck (I just added something mentioning such obscure sites as 'Second City' and 'The Field Museum'). So go on over and give 'em some help - you'll be furthering the city's good name, giving googlejuice to your favorite spots, and increasing the total amount of public information in the universe. What's not to like?

The is having its 50th anniversary pow-wow this weekend at the UIC Pavillion tonight through Sunday. The event will feature Native American arts and crafts and lots 11选5图标下载of music and dancing. Tickets are $10 or $18 for a weekend pass. Here's .

11选5图标下载You wouldn't know it if you've been outside today, but those pesky East Coast Bostonians claim Boston, not Chicago, is in America. Much of New England's wind comes from the west. But the region is subject to many complicated weather patterns that give Boston an annual wind speed of 12.4 miles per hour, higher than any other major American city. Chicago, in fact, barely makes the top 10. Sure , though.

11选5图标下载Nothing is better at making you feel stupid than playing chess against smarter people. Interested in the self-abuse? --headquartered in Western Springs, Illinios. They'll set you up, and the check-mating can begin!

So if you were asked to spend three days and $1500 in Chicago, what would you do? The New York Times travel section answers such .

You think you're so smart, don't you? Where's your membership card, huh smarty? You figure out all their little ? Huh? Huh? Smarty?

asks, ""

11选5图标下载The at University of Chicago recently reopened the after a seven-year renovation. are some highlights from the collection.

Not old enough to get into the bars? Don't have a fake ID? New City has a list of 21 suggestions of .

According to local ghost hunter Richard Crowe, 22nd Place at Wentworth in Chinatown is the . The has a friendly ghost that helps out in the kitchen from time to time, and watch out for the little Chinese woman who talks to you and then vanishes.

"Mexican food is different in Dallas," I said over dinner when visiting this weekend. "Come for the real thing, eh?" asked the waiter snarkily. I'm not sure what counts as 'real' ethnic food, but one thing's for sure: is home to 300,000 more Latinos than . Next time I want a big glass of horchata, I'm going down to Cermak and Damen to visit my aunt.

The has an about what's popular this year for Halloween costumes. I mean come on, Saddam? Soooo last year. Surprisingly, it doesn't mention the one costume that all my friends seem to want to go as this year. All you need is a pair of glasses, a green turtleneck and a Cubs baseball cap. Oh you know who!

The remains of 150 Haida Nation members from the Queen Charlotte Islands in northern British Columbia will be returned to their ancestral home this week for re-burial. The is returning the remains to a delegation of Haida as part of a voluntary repatriation effort. A ceremony is being held this Friday, October 17 at the museum from 10:00 a.m. � 12:30 p.m. to mark the event. Read more about it at the and in a report from .

11选5图标下载Everyone has their kinks. The members of CRAM are into being tied up or wrapped up like a mummy. , while definitely not safe for work, is filled with useful information about this fetish -- and you might find some useful knot-tying techniques, too. (Part of the supersite.)

11选5图标下载 is your "prime source for backgammon information," as well as backgammon fiction, art, computer wallpaper with pretty girls (and dice) on it...

11选5图标下载The , 6219 N. Sheridan at Granville, is hosting the "," a haunted house designed by local artists. It's open Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays starting tonight, and becomes daily from the 24th through the 31st.

11选5图标下载 takes a look at , and the El stop that bears the same name. While some see the improvements to the area as a sign for safer streets, others feel too many local residents will no longer afford to live in this area. Did you know this is the busiest CTA hub in the city?

11选5图标下载In this week's issue of Newcity: the annual "Best of Chicago" section, where you can find the winners in such categories as (oh yeah, remember that?), and

Be a tourist in your own city. There's a ton of walking tours available in Chicago. Slip into some comfortable shoes and learn arcane facts about the city. The offers neighborhood tours on Saturdays at 10:00 a.m. and Mondays at 1:00 p.m. for $10. The conducts walking and bus tours on the weekends and most walking tours cost between $5-15.

11选5图标下载What's a whirling dervish you say? As part of a Turkish-American festival being held in downtown Chicago this week, you can find out tonight at the Chicago Theater. The website has all of the .

11选5图标下载ChronWatch, a media watchdog normally focused on the San Francisco Chronicle, is publishing a series on segregation in Chicago by UofC divinity student Robert Klein Engler. Read the first three installments here: , , .

11选5图标下载Read , who came looking for gangsters and found out something else about our city, "New York is obsessed with being New York and LA is obsessed with - well, what isn't it obsessed with - but Chicago is America." Is Chicago really a picture of America?

offers of city gangs, past and present, along with a of gang art and "," which were passed out by gang members in the '70s and '80s. Interesting stuff. (Many more links in the , where it was posted by local blogger )

Ever wonder what the initials on the garage doors in your alley meant? Here's a list of and their symbols. Beware: it's based on a 1996 police handout. More up-to-date info is available at .

11选5图标下载The of the John Paul II Newman Center at UIC is hosting the (pdf). They've got some seriously big names coming too - the CEO of ABN-AMRO (aka LaSalle Bank), Coleen Rowley (the agent who broke open shoddy work at the FBI after Sept 11), and a Pritzker. The whole thing is Sept 22, and is only $75, which includes lunch and parking.

11选5图标下载Nothing says summer to me quite like a pierogi eating contest. Ok, maybe not, but the annual "" (pdf) festival is happening this weekend in Jefferson Park. Some big names in the local polka scene are going to be there: Eddie Blazoncyzk's Versatones, Stas Golonka and the Chicago Masters, among others. Throw in an Elvis impersonator, a ZZ Top tribute band, and lots of beer, and I'd dare say you can't go wrong with this festival. Lawrence and Milwaukee on Sat., Sun., and Monday.

Call it a sign of the economic times: has . The new uniforms -- black pants and shoes, blue top -- are worn by all 18,000 branch employees, from teller to manager.

Forbes has ranked Chicago as the in the US. "These are the places where the cost of living is expensive, and job and salary growth is grim." Ouch.

The in Chicago's Edgewater neighborhood is the largest gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender circulating library in the Midwest. Founded in 1981, the library now holds over 14,000 volumes, 800 periodical titles, and 100 archival collections focusing on LBGT subjects. Their website also includes a great to other LBG libraries, archives and organizations. In order to borrow items, you must be a member. for more information.

11选5图标下载The newly reformed holds its first meeting tomorrow at the DePaul University from 7-9 pm in Levan Hall, room 306 (2320 Kenmore). Nahlyee Van Brunt of the Urban Anthropology Project will be on hand to discuss his foundation, which provides cameras to children in the Cabrini Green housing projects and several other communities around the world so they can document "the emotional fabric of their lives--what they liked, what they hated, what they feared in their surroundings everyday."

Have you ever said to your self, "there just aren't enough gay men in this city who like to get together and be naked"? Well, the and the are willing to show you how wrong that assumption is.

Fray Day 7 is at the . Check the Fray site if you're an interested party.

11选5图标下载If you're all about the American Gothic in the Goth sense, then you should take a look at the well-done site, . The site is a portal for the Goth community for Chicago featuring events listings, photos, Goth-friendly clubs and more. You can buy some nifty gear at their sister site, and if you're bored of all those bland Hallmark e-cards, send your loved ones a instead.

11选5图标下载As part of their recent , the Trib [login: gapers/gapers] has republished . The article first appeared last August, and does an Ok job of running through aspects of the city that tourists might miss out on. Because it's a compilation by several writers there are a few contradictions within, particularly on the subject of whether one should try : the sold by street vendors.

I thought he was already dead a few years ago -- sorry -- but I am sure you have heard that passed away Sunday. Thanks for the memories, , , Read about his .

I've always liked going to the movies alone. No arguing about what to see, where to sit, or frustration if you don't like the movie someone else picked. Am I alone in this trend: no, I am apparently a quirkyalone. It appears that the predates the metrosexual. Take the to see if you qualify, and then go to the movies by yourself to celebrate.

This is just odd: The is apparently the . We voted on this?

11选5图标下载The sister city phenomenon is fascinating, and Chicago . Toronto, Osaka, Warsaw, Paris, Mexico City - it's not surprising the city of big shoulders is thusly connected. But ? And thanks to the sister city phenomenon, Chicagoans are . Rock on Chicago Sister Cities!

has been seeing some changes lately. The implementation of the means more money for development. A mixed blessing, since one result is that they and built a that will open next week. Some Hyde Parkers are more than a little worried this will disrupt the fragile book ecosystem that keeps excellent stores like , , and in business. This irks me so badly I need ointment.

11选5图标下载Right now, at both the and the , there are 90 sculptures from the Sculpture Park in Zimbabwe, Africa, on display. runs through October 31, but the best time to see it would be now, when the parks are in full bloom and the weather isn't too hot.

Would you like every day to be free day at the museum? You've got it, if you've got a library card: Chicago Public Library branches offer good for one week from check-out. Major museums are covered, and it's a cheap way to experience some of the coolest stuff in town.

According to the Tribune, ; the communal water pipes intended for tobacco use are appearing all over town. The Trib raises several issues, including if they are being used to entice college students to smoke, and whether they are covering up smoke from other herbs. I can't help but wonder with all the other stuff going on in the world, why I should care. [Trib. login: gapers/gapers]

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That means "parade" to the rest of us English speakers. This is the week (June 17-22) when celebrate their Puerto Rican pride. But, its more than just a (which happens Saturday at noon on Balbo between Columbus and Monroe), there are , a , flag vendors, and there has to be food. Mmm...plantanos! So, head over to and check it out.

11选5图标下载To me this is a good thing: to live in [Trib. login: gapers/gapers]. Tokyo tops it at No. 1, and no other US city aside from New York at No. 10 is in the top ten. LA is the next biggest at No. 22, with us in third, coinciding with the sizes and ranks of the three biggest cities in the US.

Are you a pagan? Wondering how to raise your child in a true pagan environment? is for you! Although their site hasn't been updated in awhile, the group is still very active, as the can attest. You might also be interested in , which is now accepting donations to buy a building in Hoopeston, IL, to serve as a .

The American Sentimentalist takes a long, loving look at a job that has faded away in most neighborhoods, but not his: .

11选5图标下载The Checkerboard Lounge has closed its doors, after several attempts to find new ownership or relocate to Alderman Dorothy "The Hat" Tillman's (3rd) proposed Blues District a few blocks south. The Checkerboard, at 423 E. 43rd Street, has been the center of since the 1930s. Among the superstars who paid for the chance to play at the Checkerboard were Mick Jagger, Keith Richards, and Eric Clapton -- now, due to the stubborn refusal of the owner to sell the building to the manager, it will close its doors. Hopefully, if Ms Tillman's controversial "Blues District" ever leaves the ground, the Checkerboard can be resurrected. Don't count on it, though--Ms Tillman's record in development has been abysmal.

The University of Chicago Joseph Regenstein Library has an interesting collection of maps, especially pertaining to the and census data for Chicago.

Did you know Chicago has the largest Polish voting block outside Poland? The Wall Street Journal's discusses the implications of the Chicago vote in Poland's referendum on joining the EU. Anyone with a Polish passport can vote, provided they register by tomorrow. It's anticipated that between 4,000 and 10,000 votes will be cast here when polls open on June 6&7 -- the Sun-Times has a in its article.

According to Forbes Magazine, who is obviously the authority on such things, Chicago was the last year. Hurry up and - the voting ends today.

I don't think I will ever understand why the KKK exist, but apparently they have another one of their . Their rally is themed the "Shock & Awe White Pride Rally" whose goal is to remind people in Berwyn whose residents have become decidely "more ethnically mixed in recent years" that it's cool to be white and proud. 25 to 30 Klan members will be there. Sounds like Marilyn Manson's latest tour.

is unquestionably the best place to hear and dance to Latin music, swing, and pretty much anything else. Or they were, until they were on 9 May for violating their liquor license. They've tentatively opened for (but not dance). This Friday they'll be having a that looks to be awesome. But I've been getting email from them even though I opted out of their mailing list. Should they be spamming people, even for a good cause?

Apparently, we're becoming more efficient with our violence: for Chicago are out, and although violent crimes are down, homicides are up.

Chicago's brainy but hip (disclaimer: I'm the conference organizer) got mad press over the weekend, including nods from and . If Warren Ellis and Cory Doctorow think it's a good idea, surely you could stop by...

11选5图标下载In 1935, the was formed in McCook, Illinois. It's now one of the oldest motorcycle clubs in the country, with chapters all over the world. Learn about the club's history and see a progression of its logo design .

11选5图标下载Illinois State Rep. David Miller and State Sen. James Meeks, both of suburban Calumet City, have sponsored a bill in Springfield that would as a body modification. The bill passed the House unanimously in March, and now awaits a Senate vote. The AP story also quotes piercer Scott Jania of at Clark & Belmont, who says he refuses to perform the procedure: "My career is far too important to risk it." (Aside: notes that his "issues agenda is three-pronged." Write your own punchline.)

Asshat handshakes popularized in the 1980s are making a comeback, according to several people I spoke with over the weekend at parties and in bars in Lake View and Wrigleyville. And people become really angry when they receive these handshakes.

You're drawn into this alpha-dog pissing contest when someone extends a hand to you flat out, palm down -- visualize a Nazi salute lowered about 45 degrees. To accept the handshake, you must assume a palm up, submissive position.

Once victims figure out the domination aspect of this nasty handshake, reactions run from anger to bemusement. Everybody, however, wants to know how to respond to it the next time, and that's what occupied several spirited conversations Saturday night.

11选5图标下载One handy suggests that you deal with this handshake, which it dubs "The Topper," by taking a left-foot step toward these would-be alpha dogs, thereby entering their personal space.

11选5图标下载One of my friends, however, says he's successfully defused it by immediately placing his own flat, palm-down hand on top of The Topper, causing the asshat no small sense of embarrassment upon realizing someone's figured out the Jedi mind trick.

Another friend suggested that anybody offering a Topper handshake is such an asshat, anyway, that her response would be, "What the hell kind of insulting handshake is this? Go screw yourself!"

I like my idea best, however, since it not only is funny, but recycles one of my favorite gags from junior high. You willingly accept The Topper, but then use a couple of fingers to vigorously tickle the dominant dog's wrist and declare in a loud, clear voice:

11选5图标下载"Unprotected Martian sex! You're pregnant!"

11选5图标下载"... see how some of the locals might spend the weekend." The New York Times Travel section visits .

11选5图标下载The is doing a special five-part series this week called "," focusing on the ~125,000 Indians who call Chicagoland home and including an excellent (and exhaustive) photo essay.

11选5图标下载Apparently, . According to a new study by The , Chicago places low on the list of most charitable cities, ranking well below New York, Houston and even Milwaukee. Detroit topped the list, contributing 12.2% of available discretionary funds to charity, while we only gave 7.7%. Come on, people -- give them the money!

More (my, my aren't they busy), as part of their conference taking place at the moment, "Dignity Without Borders: Arts, Media and Human Rights", the took place this past May 2-4. Revolutionists should not have missed it. However, the is balancing that all out starting today, May 5-7.

It's Friday night, and I'm in line with about 250 other Macolytes waiting for the Woodfield to begin admitting the faithful for the Big iPod Event, and I'm having a discussion with a couple about the . They ask if I've bought and downloaded anything yet.

"Sure," I reply. "A couple of albums."

"You could at least have bought music by one of the artists in that 'Rip. Mix. Burn.' commercial," the woman tells me in one of those half-joking/half-bitchy tones of voice. If this were a "Star Trek" convention, she'd be claiming my ears look more Romulan than Vulcan and that I shouldn't be wearing a Federation uniform.

"He was in the commercial," I reply.

"No, he wasn't," the woman says -- and then her totally whipped male companion takes the cue and begins reciting, "They had Chuck Berry, Liz Phair, Barry White, George Clinton, Lil' Kim..."

"And that Smashmouth guy," she adds. "But no Dwight Yoakam."

I'm getting really pissed now -- almost as pissed as in fourth grade when Mrs. Kelly didn't believe me when I told the class that dolphins and porpoises have different kinds of teeth. "They sure did have Dwight Yoakam!" I protest. "He was off to one side holding a guitar!"

11选5图标下载"No, he wasn't!" she says. "And besides, songs aren't worth 99 cents for download. Maybe half that, but not 99 cents."

11选5图标下载Thank God the store opens a few moments later.

 

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