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11选5图标下载 Saturday, July 11

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Chicago Women Who Owned 2015

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.

"Empowered Feminist," Empowered

Hale Goetz writes about discovering that on Reddit.

"Our Love is the Size of These Tumors Inside Us"

Jennifer Farrell of created featuring song lyrics inspired by her husband's fight with cancer.

A Personal Resolution

Developer and comedian talks about in the two years since he quit drinking.

How We Met

Not every couple can "meet cute." GB alumna Rosamund Lannin shares her on Hello Giggles.

A Southern Holiday

's holiday issue is out, featuring, , and a South Side-oriented .

Nobody's Really Upset

11选5图标下载Parker Molloy outlines -- and what you can do to short-circuit it.

Covering the Uncovered

11选5图标下载, a new journalism organization with a mission to cover the South and West sides, launched its website today.

Ladies Who Lush

, a new blog by former GB staffer Meghan Murphy-Gill and Molly Heyward, covers all aspects of beer and other beverages from a woman's perspective. Its first story is an .

Enjoy Lunch

chronicles the city's dirty people, places and things -- most recently, they put together of the 200 restaurants that .

Scrolling Through Awesomeness

11选5图标下载 is a blog of cool stuff that practically defines "snackable content." Perfect for your bus or train ride home.

Scary Monsters Weekly

11选5图标下载 invites you to draw a different monster each week for fame and fortune. This week, it's .

Editorializing on Food

11选5图标下载, a new site by 's Michael Gebert (now ), promises to dig deeply into the city's food scene. Its first story breaks the news that to its cafeteria, finally giving Chicago a true Jewish deli.

Pitchfork Sold Out

Chicago-based music site and festival organizer has been .

The Latest in Corgan News

11选5图标下载Billy Corgan just , but not before pointing people to his latest project, , a vernacular photography blog with a very specific focus.

News for Women of Color

The city's media scene expanded for once today, with the launch of .

Wiping Up After Stars

The Onion has launched , a new for our celebrity-obsessed modern age.

Cratedigger's Paradise

11选5图标下载 is a blog chronicling one vinyl collector's travels and discoveries in record stores, thrift stores and garage sales in Chicago and beyond.

The People that you Meet in Your Neighborhood

If your neighborhood happens to be Rogers Park, anyway. profiles regular people who live north of Devon and east of Ridge.

Business is Scarry

11选5图标下载In , (aka ) illustrates the people you meet in the modern business world in a style reminiscent of Richard Scarry's books

1001 Chicago Afternoons Salute Ben Hecht

11选5图标下载Paul Dailing writes the blog as a sort of homage to Ben Hecht's gritty daily slice-of-life newspaper column from the 1920s. It was later compiled in to a book called . If any part of you gladdens at accidentally wandering in to the meat packing district, or eavesdropping on late night bar brawls, or gaping at the people and places of Chicago with a sense of wonder, you will enjoy both Paul and Ben's works equally.

Back on the Streets

11选5图标下载 has and relaunches full-time today. Congrats, guys!

Don't Diss Your Fans

Do you remember last year, when a fan convention named was cancelled 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

Pedway Pub Crawl for Pedals

This Thursday, there's going to be a to , so the site can return to daily transportation news coverage.

A Taste of the Obscure

, a website dedicated to highlighting significant places around the world, is launching the with a boozy event in February.

Don't Let the Cold Keep You Home

11选5图标下载Winter in Chicago , notes Emily Heist Moss.

What, Us Worry?

Despite being just a few weeks old, GB contributor Eden Robins and Cat Oddy's podcast got the attention of .

It's So Cold in Chicago...

How cold is it?
It's so cold that to huddle for warmth, says Tim Barnes in the Whiskey Journal.

Say Goodbye to the Streets

11选5图标下载, one of the city's best sites for transportation news, is due to lack of funding -- but .

Kind Words

Belt magazine , and shares a great list of similar city publications from around the Rust Belt region.

Spartz Goes Viral

The New Yorker , the founder of the Harry Potter community site who now has a to rival .

How to Be a Funny Lady

11选5图标下载Kelsie Huff explains why she . And if you're interested, the starts Jan. 7.

Where Not to Eat... Maybe

11选5图标下载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.

Roy's Friend Ignaz

Chicagoist published "," a new "" by author .

Should I Stay or Should I Go Now?

11选5图标下载Forty-two of Saya Hillman's friends have decamped for other places this year. Rather than despairing, she's that leaving -- temporarily or permanently -- may make her appreciate what Chicago has to offer even more.

Progress Lost

Left-leaning news website Progress Illinois will .

Bucket Thinker

11选5图标下载A leaky roof at the Millennium Station Metra inspired Felix Jung to ; the first only stops a problem temporarily while the second solves it.

Topping the Tortilla

11选5图标下载Nick Kindelsperger has launched a new , full of interesting ideas for taco fillings and some beautiful foodporn.

Composed Discussions

is a new blog interviewing Chicago-based composers. is .

A Quirky, True Community

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

Stashed in the Bushes

catalogs items found hidden in the planters outside the Daley Center. []

Pick Up a Flyer

11选5图标下载Eric May reflects on in the '90s, and shares a bunch of vintage flyers. []

Answers that Matter

"" showcases the struggles and triumphs of people in poverty. []

Chasing Bridges

Marcin Wichary and a friend of all the Chicago River bridges from Ashland Avenue on the South Branch up to the Lake.

Question the Researcher

11选5图标下载Chicagoist introduced a new series, , in which they profile a researcher and you get the opportunity to ask questions about their field.

Humans of Chicago

shares portraits and brief interviews with diverse residents of the city in an effort to away from violence.

Dropping the Mother's Apology

is a working mom, and she .

United States of Uh, Um

Did you hear about how ? A linguistics professor county by county. Based on the original "smoothed" map and one with the raw data in the comments, Cook County appears to be split.

That Independent Someone

New webzine profiles the Oak Street boutique .

Working Creatively

is a podcast by designer , interviewing creative people in many disciplines -- including Chicago-based , , and . The latest episode features , talking about the site and the founding of the music festival, among other things.

Using Her Words

Blogger and filmmaker Jennifer Peepas found a global audience through her , with fans writing in for advice and around the world.

Midwest Life

11选5图标下载Former GB writer Britt Julious and designer Ria Roberts are launching , an online and print magazine about Midwest culture in the 21st century. They're looking for .

Click This

11选5图标下载, the Onion's new viral content parody site, officially . Get ready for even more crap on your Facebook feed.

School of Architecture

is a blog dedicated to documenting the "rich architectural and social history of Chicago's public schools."

Burrito Bracket Goes Big

11选5图标下载Back in 2007, Nate Silver -- soon to be of fame -- began in an attempt to find the best burrito in his neighborhood. Today, Silver turned his attention back to his favorite Mexican-American food and .

Alone Again, Naturally

11选5图标下载Need some space? Chicagoist has a list of in the city.

10 Years of Taste

11选5图标下载 is 10 years old; cofounder Michael Gebert that instigated its creation.

Terrible is Great!

The Reader finds on what has been up to lately.

Spin these Singles

Music blog profiles one artist a month and produces a two-track single from each. This month it's .

Don't Waffle on This Book

Remember the ? Author and former GB contributor Daniel Shumski's book Will it Waffle?, based on the popular foodblog, is now .

Get Outta Town

11选5图标下载 provides tips on places to eat and things to do near Metra stops within the city and in the suburbs. Just the UP Northwest Line so far, with more lines on the way. []

Working for the Long Term

, a new business magazine from Basecamp (previously11选5图标下载), launched today with a , the city's last tannery.

Click it in the Clickhole

11选5图标下载The Onion is launching , a site parodying viral content sites like Buzzfeed and Upworthy, .

They're Going the Distance

Basecamp the launch of , an online magazine about "bootstrapped businesses that are at least 25 years old." It's edited by former Tribune tech/business reporter .

The No. 2 Hotel in Chicago

11选5图标下载, a blog by comedian . []

Building History

11选5图标下载The folks at Forgotten Chicago have been busy, unearthing details about a shipping canal in the Gold Coast, radio showrooms on Michigan Avenue, 1 million vacant lots in Chicagoland, art deco masterpieces and .

Blogging Classically

The CSO has , an online magazine about classical music.

The Freedom Trilogy

11选5图标下载Film critic Matt Fagerholm proposes a that gives a picture of Civil War America that is "greater than the sum of its parts."

Meet the Lacquerheads

Local nail polish blogger talks about her obsession in .

Office Envy

11选5图标下载 takes you inside to the zip-lines, scooters, and ping pong tables of tech companies and other interesting workplaces. []

Cameron Writes Home

is returning to Chicago ...sort of. She's . Watch for it Friday; of what to expect.

Your Funny News

covers the Chicago comedy scene.

Double-X Rock

Music blog is to help it continue to cover music from a female perspective.

Hipsters of the Midway

Sports blog Kissing Suzy Kolber reimagines . Sweet bowtie, Bears.

hipster Bears logo

Our Work Selves

11选5图标下载The RedEye social media team put together , a tumblr of office selfies. Care to ?

Bye Bey

Lee Bey is for WBEZ.

Financial Fitness

, a "body-positive, LGBTQ-friendly, unapologetically feminist women's health and fitness webzine," is just shy of making its fundraising goal to continue publishing in 2014. .

Battle of the Hoods

Curbed Chicago opened its annual for voting today. Does your neighborhood neighborhood have what it takes to rise to the top?

Mint Pitfall Harry in Original Package

made as a present for himself on his birthday. []

The May Report Returns

, a newsletter on Chicago's tech scene published by eccentric journalist Ron May until his death11选5图标下载 this summer, has been .

CSU vs. Blog

Chicago State University is an that's been critical of the administration.

Now Hear This

, a new site from and , helps you find your next favorite podcast.

Theatrical Blogging

The Trib theater critic Chris Jones' Theater Loop column into .

Jingles of Chicago Past

Midwest TV Guys rounded up videos of .

Goodbye Center Square

officially today. The site will remain up as an archive.

Ham-tastic Transit

With all of the hair-pulling over Ventra transition11选5图标下载 , keep in mind it could be even stickier. We could have .

A Colossal Interview

11选5图标下载The NEA's Art Works blog of about his interests, work process and more.

Make Yourself Feel Old

11选5图标下载 explores music that was new in the '90s.

Robert Feder is Back

11选5图标下载Well, he never went away, but his is finally in a form other than a Facebook post once again.

Buttons & Civil Rights

, local button makers blogged about relating to the civil rights movement.

School's Out Forever

On the first day of school yesterday, Tribune photographer Brian Cassella and took photos.

Star Wars & Dewars

11选5图标下载GB contributor JH Palmer tells the deeply personal story of at The Toast.

Feder to the Trib

Media critic Robert Feder is , appropriately named , in with the Tribune.

He Did What!?

Chicagoist has a firsthand account of at the Gathering of the Juggalos. NSFW, obviously.

Reporting on Women's Work

have begun a yearlong investigation into , with a focus on garment work and sex trade, for Truthout.org.

Eating Sister Cities

Travel bloggers is launching the , in which they'll be trying a signature dish from a restaurant representing each of Chicago's .

School's Nearly In

CPS is back in session . Hopefully your summer vacation was better than .

Chicago is Mine

Samantha Irby briefs you on when you and she break up.

Ebert Adds Voices

11选5图标下载Chaz Ebert announced today the , , that will tweet news, so as to separate that stuff from and give Chaz room to "innovate" with the account as Roger requested.

Bloggers Swarm the City

11选5图标下载's annual convention is in town this weekend, bringing -- and -- to McCormick Place and the Sheraton.

Redesigns & Special Sandwiches

launched a redesign today, which includes a new focus on feature-length articles about Chicago culinary topics. The first is an investigation into the origins of the .

Blogging Neighborhood Crime

11选5图标下载The blog has gotten the attention of everyone from residents to .

Let's All Go to the Movie Blog

, Pitchfork's new film blog, launched Wednesday afternoon. Editor Scott Tobias .

The Dissolve Resolving Wednesday

, Pitchfork's new film review site staffed by ex-AV Club writers, launches on Wednesday. Mashable has a .

Calling out Crime

11选5图标下载 beats a steady drum about crime in the city, particularly gun violence. []

Hard Core Females

11选5图标下载 introduces you to some really impressive ladies, most of whom (so far) are from Chicago.

The Illustrated Scanner

is a tumblr of cartoons "loosely based on things overheard on the Chicago [police] scanner."

Bacon on Your iPod

Video podcast and foodblog now has an accompanying audio podcast: .

Photojournalism via Instagram

Laid off Sun-Times photojournalist was "replaced with a reporter with an iPhone, so he is , but with the eye of a photojournalist trained in storytelling." Add it to your tumblr feed.

The Big Store

The awesome design blog just launched , filled with lots of cool stuff, many from local designers.

Pride of the South Side

Marvel at , a tumblr of scans of records in 's collection. []

Pitchfork Cuts to Film

Pitchfork today , a new film site staffed by the AV Club veterans who left last month11选5图标下载. Keep your eye out .

The Opposite of Local Eats

If you like , pay a visit today -- it and Grub Street's other city blogs , and will redirect to a newly nationally focused main site. Writer Michael Gebert with the site.

Wrangling the Rookies

11选5图标下载, the webzine for teen girls founded by Tavi Gevinson, is .

It's a Foodie Town

Chicago was voted Best Food City in Tablespoon.com's food awards -- and Butcher & the Burger, Bar Toma, Hoosier Mama Pie Co. won in the burger, pizza and bakery categories. []

Trolling Down the Boulevard

11选5图标下载StreetsBlog Chicago of pro-drivers' rights .

Chicago Traveler

11选5图标下载Conde Nast Traveler recently launched a , which happens to be where former Time Out food editor David Tamarkin .

A.V. Club Exodus

11选5图标下载Today was for several of the A.V. Club's veteran writers, including Nathan Rabin, Tasha Robinson and and Genevieve Koski. They're joining recently departed writers Keith Phipps and Scott Tobias to launch an as-of-yet unnamed .

Your Finest Gacy News Source

Michael Miner , a blog run by former Reader editor Alison True that doggedly chronicles the hunt for additional Gacy victims.

Watch Your Step

is a new blog by DePaul students, inspired by , that documents some of the city's worst sidewalks.

Feliz Cumpleaños

11选5图标下载Latino culture blog turns three this weekend with a .

We Were All Dorks Once

, a blog of stories of youthful awkwardness written by GB staffer Tyler Gillespie and Claire Meyer, was a runner-up in Chronicle Books' . It's .

A New Center Square

relaunched today as a volunteer-run monthly magazine.

Non-Repro Blue & Black Ink

11选5图标下载, sharing bits and pieces and unfinished pages. Awesome.

Scheherazade of the City

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

Pillow Talk

Fred Sasaki has some questions for . Customer service obligingly (or obliviously) .

My Name is not Michael Keaton

is a new "biography" of Michael Keaton by John Campbell, the creator of . []

RIP Your Next Hour

11选5图标下载 is one of Chicago's longest running blogs, and it's as good as ever.

Colors for Hardworking Hipsters & Paranoid Preppers

Lunchbreath illustrates the latest .

Where to Stay, What to Eat, Etc.

11选5图标下载About.com's relaunched today, with 's Audarshia Townsend as editor.

From Bloodshot to Beer

Former GB contributor JP Pfafflin writes about her decision to . ( to replace her, by the way.)

How the Fork Gets Pitched

11选5图标下载 Founder Ryan Schreiber with MediaBistro.

The Ballad of Tobi & Bruce

11选5图标下载Roger Ebert as only he could. (He mentions resident artist-raconteur Bruce Elliott's blog, , but doesn't link to it.)

No Kids on OKCupid

Comedian is due to his unorthodox profile. []

Fighting with Baby

Being a new parent can be hard. Here are two stories about getting through the difficult days, from and .

High School Hoops Covered by High Schoolers

With , is teaching Chicago high school students sports journalism and broadcasting skills.

The Bean Totally Deserved It

11选5图标下载 imagines what mischief might if it were to come to life.

Off the Grid, onto the Streets

John Greenfield and Steve Vance, the co-founders of , are to the new starting today.

Wherever You Go

is a new blog collecting "mostly fictitious stories about people meeting Richard Marx," inspired by Ted McClelland's story last week. Wait till he hears about this.

RIP Aaron Swartz

11选5图标下载, one of Chicago's old-school bloggers (in his early teens) who coauthored RSS 1.0 standards, helped create Reddit and founded , yesterday. He was 26. Cory Doctorow wrote . UPDATE: A site collecting has been set up, and is of course open-source.

Is Chicago not a City?

"Chicago is the split knuckle, the calloused palm," writes Wyl Villacres in . "Chicago is a broken tooth. This is what makes Chicago great."

That Famous Pout

Claire Zulkey offers tips on of your child on Santa's lap -- if your goal is to land in the Trib's "" photo set.

You Never Forget 5

11选5图标下载Forgotten Chicago recently turned five, and marked the occasion with a look back at and into the city's architecture.

Ordinary Architecture Observer

is a beautifully illustrated blog about mundane architecture of the city. It's of a piece with the also excellent .

Pop-Up Blogio

Lee Bey explains the .

Typography in the City in a Book

11选5图标下载 has turned her blog, , into , focusing first on .

New News Blog on the Block

After months in development, launched today.

Covering the Liberal Arts Beat

Chicago mechanical engineer and writer is this week.

Red Stars on Skin

11选5图标下载Fuzzy Gerdes is .

Waffleizing a Book

Will it waffle? Past GB contributor Daniel Shumski asked that question on his blog, . That blog will .

538 Burritos

We heard about Nate Silver's blog back in 200711选5图标下载, but his newfound celebrity as an election predictor has brought that long-defunct site to 's .

The L in O Scale

Terry Gaskin is building a in his basement. Hear him talk about it on the podcast.

The Good Old Stuff

is nothing like ; instead it's a trip down memory lane for locals.

Get on the Lakeviewing List

11选5图标下载Our sibling site , is giving away a pair of tickets to the Music Box or Laugh Factory every weekday for the next two weeks to someone .

Kate Gosselin Kicked Out of the CouponCabin

Chicago-based CouponCabin from her job .

United States of X: Pussy Edition

11选5图标下载Joe Dawson Jr. imagines as part of his latest "pet project," .

Butch Edge

Josh Wilker of flashes backward and forward, past and present, through .

The Polonia Lifestyle

11选5图标下载Chicago is the second largest Polish city after Warsaw, as the old saying goes (it's ). Tap into the scene with .

How Colossal Gets Built

Christopher Jobson of design blog shares with LifeHacker.

Cutler takes a Tumblr

11选5图标下载, a site "dedicated to the most apathetic looking athlete in the history of sports. "

Grab Your Partner

Couples need love, too -- hence the recently launched , a locally produced online mag for two.

Fast Forward the Tape

11选5图标下载Joshua Adams writes about how Chief Keef symbolizes .

Your Sext is not Making her Moist

11选5图标下载 would like you to know a few things about . Separately, she defends the word "." (NSFW, if you couldn't guess.)

Tight Living Quarters

Time Out invades 's this week with a feature on .

The Signs on Irving Park

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

Enjoy the Ride

11选5图标下载, "Chicago's commuter comic," makes light of your daily ride on the CTA.

No Nerdy White Music Journalists

11选5图标下载Kyle Kramer is covering the Republican National Convention for VICE magazine, and was Sunday because of .

Chicago is a Boomtown

is trying to pick up where the dearly departed WindyCitizen left off, creating a place for people to share interesting links, pictures and more.

The Joker's Boner

11选5图标下载Mitch O'Connell collected a hundred from comic books.

Blogging with a Shark

11选5图标下载The Sun-Times is publishing -- by Peterson's lawyer, Joseph "The Shark" Lopez. Michael Miner that it's not the first time Lopez has blogged one of his own trials.

High School Foodies

is a food blog written by students at Northside College Prep. []

Posting Things to Do

has teamed up with Mark Nilsson from "" to produce a quick video of a couple each weekend.

Pick a Corner

Curbed's is a fun guessing game about Chicago's streets.

Jerks of the Road

chronicles both cyclists and motorists whose bad manners endanger those around them. Courtesy of .

Driving on the Rails

The elevated train system is outdated, and has a plan to update the El for the 21st century: replace those rails with asphalt for a road system in the sky!

"Even the Rats Wear Skinny Jeans"

does basically what it says in the name. It's but mean.

The Navigator's Asleep

Chicago ad man 's wife has a habit of falling asleep in the passenger seat as soon as they start driving. So he .

A Hack No More

Artist/cabbie/author Dmitry Samarov last weekend. He'll be spending the next few months to his book, .

From Beadnicks to Lettuce Entertain You

. (That logo looks familiar...)

What to Do in Lakeview

11选5图标下载 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!

My Mother's Mother

11选5图标下载Chicago writer tells the heartbreaking story of when she was 9.

Lisa, Framed in .GIFs

Upon learning the mastermind behind the Chicago .gif tumblr is ...


Welcome to the Near North

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

RIP Windy Citizen

Chicago link-sharing site Windy Citizen is .

Jay, Bey & Ye

Latest tumblr to follow: .

3 Stars for Cop and a Half!?

11选5图标下载, a weblog with some strong opinions of its own. []

Goodbye Children's Memorial

ChicagoNow blogger Mary Tyler Mom penned a to , which closes this weekend. Saturday is , which you should probably learn about if you're heading to Lincoln Park that day.

Starting between 5 and 6am, up to 200 critically ill patients will be moved via ambulance to the new , which will require the closure of Fullerton from Lincoln Avenue to Lake Shore Drive for 10 to 18 hours.

Breaking Down the News

is a new blog from WBEZ's Global desk the Medill School of Journalism in partnership with WBEZ, bringing you one international story to read per day.

Watching the Red Line

Crowd-sourced website ramped up recently in order to help document all of the work now underway on the north end of the CTA's . Check out photos and posts from various stations slated for work this summer, or contribute tidbits of your own.

Take Part in a Tomato Bomb

Gardening blogger (aka Ramon Gonzalez, who wrote about the City's water reclamation efforts in Mechanics) is to send to a disabled gardener in Louisiana.

For Your Tumblring Enjoyment, Pt. 2

11选5图标下载 was started the day before , but it's not quite as active. Still worth adding to your dashboard.

For Your Tumblring Enjoyment

-- fun with animated gifs in Chicago.

Hitting the Snackpot

, a locally produced foodblog about snacks, launched today. Celebrate with them on Thursday.

An Act of Rebellion

Chicagoist talks with , founder of the recently launched .

"Fear of the Expectations of the Body"

"If I only have the physical than these interactions must be representative of something inherent in me, something others see but I am unable to recognize or know." GB staffer at This Recording.

A House, Once of Worship

11选5图标下载A Chicago Sojourn explores the phenomenon of . (And does so at a new home itself, having converted from to .)

10 Years of Local Tourism

turns June 3, and to celebrate it's offering a filled with deals and discounts on places around the city.

Goodbye, CAM

11选5图标下载 announced this week that it's .

Home, India, Water

Wheezy Waiter with last week. He promises more on March 22, but the teaser is fun already.

What's Good in Chicago?

is a new online magazine covering the good things happening around the city.

Collectable Prints

11选5图标下载 documents her grandfather's collections on the , and has made prints based on some of them; is my favorite. []

"Give it five minutes."

Jason Fried shares some about encountering new ideas.

News Whenever

is your source for news from the future.

Strange Taste in Toys

11选5图标下载Searah Deysach, owner of , shares some of the strangest sex toys she comes across . (NSFW, obviously.)

Reader Renewed Online

The Reader launched a snazzily today. (The CenterSquare Journal , too.)

The News Up North

is a new site for Rogers Parkers to keep tabs on their neighborhood.

Photos of Chicago from Rooftops

There's . []

Unrequired Listening

Spencer Tweedy (previously) just started with his friend Joey Pfeifer. Guess which album's on .

Tumbling into the Past

11选5图标下载 has launched , a tumblr of historic ephemera. (, BTW.)

"Dennehy," the Original "Shit Chicagoans Say"

AJ LaTrace at Chiboulevards in the "Shit ____ Say" meme11选5图标下载 and finds them lacking. For his money, the best version was .

Dammit if he ain't right.

Hateful "Free Speech" Curtailed

11选5图标下载After and cases of impersonation in its comments, North Side news site to include more specific commenting guidelines.

On Chicago's Side, not MJ's

New sports blog (previously) doesn't officially go live until April 1, but it's posted a couple teaser stories -- including one about .

Digital Beef

11选5图标下载After watching Ben Joravsky at Frank Sennett and Dan Sinker over his Bulls game live-tweeting, Ernest Wilkins thinks Chicago's online media . He makes some good points, but I can't take that seriously.

A Year of Traffic Tweets

has a downloadable list of Chicago traffic maven Sarah Jindra's favorite tweets from the past year. .

Battle of the Hoods

Curbed has been pitting neighborhoods against each other for its first ever Curbed Cup, and it's down to . Vote now on ; West Lakeview and Lincoln Square face off soon.

Pang on Writing

11选5图标下载Tribune food writer has a new podcast, , interviewing authors and journalists about the art and process of writing.

Mix Up Your Holiday Gathering

Office party or living room bash — you still need some good tunes. Refinery 29 blogs that has your all in one mix you can stream or download.

Pitchfork Packs Its Bags

Not really coming as too much of a shock, given that their founder already set off east some time ago, will move its in the near future. Sadly, that means Chicago will also lose singer/songwriter Elia Einhorn, of fame. (More.)

Eig Plays Ball

11选5图标下载Jonathan Eig plans to launch a new sports blog, , in time for baseball's opening day. He about it.

Peopling Logan Square

Speaking of Logan Square blogs, covers the neighborhood from an urban planning perspective.

The News in Logan Square

11选5图标下载Logan Square now has a neighborhood blog: .

The Gift That Keeps On Annoying

11选5图标下载Do you like bad music? Sure, who doesn't? GB's own James Allenspach is posting on . He started Dec. 1, so you've already got five albums waiting for you.

Nice F***ing Pants

a profane fashion blog by ex-GBer and .

Global Money, Local Blog

11选5图标下载The at the University of Chicago Booth School of Business .

A Blog About Media & Other Things

Jim Romenesko's has launched, a little earlier than planned, in part so he could address (previously).

Art is Political

is a collection of "conversations about art transforming politics and community in Chicago and beyond."

Chicago Eats Seriously

makes its official debut today (previously).

Romenesko+ Loses Romenesko

Jim Romenesko has and his journalism news aggregator blog after the that of his posts over the years lacked attribution, a charge that some critics have called . Romenesko's launches in 2012 (previously).

The Fine Bouquet

Would you consider yourself an ?

A Beautiful Escape

11选5图标下载Local site collects beautiful works of art and literature in one place.

Let's Hear It For the Store

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.

The Rental from Hell

Curbed is looking for in a contest that could net you a month's free rent. (There are some awfully good ones in this old Fuel thread.)

Following Sustainable Transportation

Grid Chicago has -- really, more of an that share a focus on active and sustainable transportation options.

Ironic Accessories & Uncommon Undergarments

Lunchbreath offers 18 ways to .

No Kitty MJ?

11选5图标下载Stumped coming up with a Halloween costume for your pet? The A.V. Club has .

Get Jealous About Fashion

is a new fashion blog run by Lauria Locsmondy of the dearly departed Pistil. []

Dolinsky Back on the Web

Steve Dolinsky's launched today, a little over three months after he for WBEZ.

Who Can You Trust if You Can't Trust Another Anthroblogger?

11选5图标下载A of the vaunted "Anthroblogging" community (e.g. ) is , although .

A Night with Tavi

11选5图标下载Blogger David Shapiro, of fame, for The Awl.

We're (one of) the Best!

CBS Chicago's voting has concluded, and Gapers Block was in the Local Affairs category!

Tweeting the Towers

Whet Moser imagines what 9/11 would have been like back then.

The Style Rookie Launches Rookie

Teen fashion blogger has launched , an online magazine . Inspired by the defunct Sassy, Gevinson originally teamed with famed editor Jane Pratt on the project, but parted ways over issues of ownership. NYMag about it.

The Obscure Store is Closed

As previously mentioned11选5图标下载, blogger Jim Romenesko is shutting down , a seminal "odd news" blog, next week after 13 years. .

Inspirational Weekend Reading

Drop the latest issue of into your Instapaper.

Sox as Black as His Soul

"I've loved baseball ever since Arnold Rothstein fixed the World Series in 1919," says Hyman Roth in The Godfather: Part II. Michael Rottman analyzes what that quip about the Black Sox scandal says about the character .

Romenesko Semi-Retires

11选5图标下载Jim Romenesko, the Evanston-based journalism blogger, is and launching his own, (and, sadly, closing ). Here's the .

A Landmark Project

A blogger named Chris is by the end of this year.

Taxi Cab Recommendations

reviews restaurants recommended by the city's many ethnic taxi drivers. The author is today.

Chicago's Martha Stewart of Biking

Frequent GB contributor John Greenfield , author of bike blog in NewCity this week.

Sky Blue Bike

Wilcoworld of , who designed a Wilco-themed bike for the band to raffle on its for . []

Reached Our Allotment of Bird Motifs

McSweeney's at the Renegade Craft Fair.

Bloggers in Residence

ChicagoMag.com is launching a , beginning with this Friday.

Planet Paige Spinning Again

Paige Wiser, the former Sun-Times columnist who was fired11选5图标下载 after getting caught reviewing a show she left early, is now writing on . []

Adding a Spanish Accent

, a new lifestyle blog from Urban Daddy and Heineken, aims to be your guide to the Latino side of Chicago. A few words in Spanish here and there might add some flair, but has been around for a year doing the same thing without a tinge of condescendencia.

10 Local Reads

BlogLocal suggests that'll help you get a sense of Chicago. (We're not on the list, but what're you gonna do? They're from Pittsburgh.)

Aaron Swartz Charged with Data Theft

, one of Chicagoland's earliest bloggers (now living in Cambridge, MA), was indicted today for from MIT and the journal article archive. Here's [PDF]. Demand Progress, the political action committee he founded, has that notes MIT asked the government not to prosecute. More on , and .

El Oh El

A new blog, , is looking for your stories of mishaps and misbehavior on the CTA.

Field Studies

The Field Museum has a tumblr, too -- .

The Soviets' Paper War

11选5图标下载The Art Institute has started for its of propaganda posters by TASS, the Soviet Union's news agency. []

City on Screens

Frequent Rearview contributor collects images of Chicago in films at .

07/01 - 06/30

11选5图标下载 of is a week into its run over on ChicagoNow -- which by the way has a .

Expanding Your Blogroll

11选5图标下载WBEZ debuted a handful of new blogs today: on food (replacing Steve Dolinsky), on history and on whatever. Mark Bazer is .

Putting the L in Lesbian

is a new blog giving voice to Chicago's lesbian community. The DePaulia .

Biking the Grid

is a new blog by frequent GB contributor and transportation planner , covering "sustainable transportation in Chicago and Illinois." They recently answered the question of .

Exploring Chicago's Niches

Our own Dan Kelly has launched a new site, , exploring lesser-known bits of the city's history and architecture.

Details are Sketchy

GB alum has been sketching for Core77 for awhile, but they just devoted to "," visualizing information in a combination of drawings and text. His first big project was covering the last month.

Art Between Two Buildings

11选5图标下载 explores the history of art collaboration in two buildings at Dorchester and 69th.

From Nothing

Homeless artist and "PhD in Reality" Revolution MacInnes blogs and about and in shelters for himself and his friends.

A Guide for the Guys

promise to give Chicagoland men (and women) a leg up on what's what.

Women with Guitars

That's what covers. It's currently featuring an .

Playing at the Unicode Center

11选5图标下载Two current trends come together: . []

Service to the City

The incoming chief technology officer for Chicago, FoGB John Tolva, on Friday and today talks about in his new role.

Nostalgia for a Place and Time

John Chuckman collects , and in particular.

Most Illinest BYO-Boys

The Reader's Miles Raymer the , two 20-something dudes into drinking heavily and pigging out at BYO restaurants.

Adonis to Zazerac

Sepia's bartender Logan Lavachek came across her grandmother's "Bar Aid," a cocktail recipe gadget from the '60s. She's and updating the ingredients; you can follow along on her blog, or sample her experiments at the bar. []

Neighborhood Architecture

catalogs the lesser-known marvels of architecture in Chicago. For instance, did you know the Chicago Daily News in the '20s? []

Next Stop

11选5图标下载 promises to be "your one stop for everything lesbian in Chicago."

Ask the BGA

11选5图标下载Windy Citizen is hosting today, this time with the Better Government Association's .

Eggers in Grantland

Chicagoland native Dave Eggers is one of the for , a new sports and culture website from ESPN that debuts in June.

The Linkiest Month of May

Long-time Transmission11选5图标下载 contributor of all music awesome and experimental, Chris Sienko, is guest-editing 's Fresh Signals blog all May. Get ready to have your socks rocked off, design geeks.

Your Andersonville News Resource

11选5图标下载 has relaunched.

Women with Journalistic Clout

Robert Feder put together a list of the . It's a good list, but Scott Smith has some .

Far Flung Correspondents

11选5图标下载 is a publication by Northwestern students studying abroad.


Pretty much exactly what it .

Feliz Compleaños

turns one year old today, and is celebrating with at 8fifty8.

Mugs and Mugs

, a blog profiling interesting people with their favorite coffee mugs.

Putting the New in News Co-op

11选5图标下载The Chicago News Cooperative's long-promised has launched. James O'Shea .

Tumblin' Rose

Of course there's a tumblr. doesn't get quite as much love.

Infinite Chicagos

, a creative urbanist exercise by Pruned (previously).

NextUp: Phampants

Local vlogger Phampants is for . Give him a hand by voting for him.

Losing by #Winning

Today's Chicago Woman is producing an interview series for , and in that context managing editor Cassandra Gaddo takes a hard look at why .

Odd Obsessions: CNA Window Art

11选5图标下载 have an unusual hobby: photographing the special light displays at .

Pretty Hip Parents

just debuted , a confusingly named groupblog by 12 parents from around the city -- as well as a by Devin Hester.

Oddly Specific Obsessions, Pt. 42

11选5图标下载 is entirely Chicago canines at the moment.

Chicago Current Again

Geoff Dougherty has quietly relaunched , nine months after he and two months after he . []

Brightening Up the Cube

Perhaps your boring workspace could , like Matt Maldre's.

Dear Chicago, Please...

Surprisingly few Chicago-related submissions to , but the ones there are pretty great.

Laptop Recovery in Austin

Shawn of Netherfriends was writing a SXSW tour diary11选5图标下载 for us in Transmission when he sort of disappeared. Turns out his laptop was stolen -- but thanks to some cool free software.

From Bridgeport to Rogers Park

Joseph Askins is riding the Red Line with a video camera, profiling each station for YoChicago. First off is .

Living in the South Loop? Perhaps You're "Sloopin"

So claims the blog , which in the area.

Yesterday's News Now

is a collection of historical photographs (oddly, with blue skies added to them) and moments from the city's history, written when those moments were fresh. []

How's the Path?

11选5图标下载The has started a new Twitter feed just perfect for cyclists who want to know what to expect on the lakefront paths. Follow for the latest information, or .

Unblinking Eyes

Two incredibly random blogs: and .

What is "I got lucky"?

And John Tolva, he got to play a round of Jeopardy , and even won a round.

New in the Hoodr

is a nationwide network of city Tumblr blogs; went live yesterday.

A Grand Old Flag

11选5图标下载Roman Mars, who used to work at WBEZ, despite being in San Francisco. []

Woman-Oriented Stag

Today is . What are you doing to celebrate?

17 Syllables of Chicago

Jen Masengarb writes . (Thanks, !)

Best Existential Brooding

11选5图标下载 makes an appearance in the .

Learning from North Lawndale

11选5图标下载The blog hasn't been updated since October, but it still has some interesting background on the neighborhood.

Hacking Through the Blizzard

11选5图标下载Dmitry Samarov tells from behind the wheel of a cab.

Lawn Chairs, Etc.

Tumblr of the moment: .

Win Nine Times

Chicagoist interviews the creator of the .

Snow Much More

If the SNOMG!s and the apocalypse-style banter from the local weather reports have you shaking your head and wishing there was a more even-handed source for weather, then perhaps is what you're waiting for.

The Red Line Project

11选5图标下载A DePaul journalism class is focusing their reporting on .

No Need to Wonder About the Name

11选5图标下载Former GB contributor Sandy Weisz has moved his puzzle blog, The Puzzler, from the Red Eye and to .

Literally Problematic

Kevin Lynch of has a pet peeve: misuse and misspelling of "literally." Hence and . (Thanks, Nicole!)

365 Local Stories

11选5图标下载 is of its daily personal story series on ChicagoNow. They're looking for both and .

Policing the Police

John Conroy reflects on and sentencing.


The A.V. Club asks which is worse, ?

Our Noodle Mayor?


60 Inches of Urban Art

is a new arts publication and, sometime in the future, a collective art project.

Ebert's Affiliation

Roger Ebert recently started about items on Amazon, using an affiliate code (disclosure: GB uses an on Amazon links, too.) Some of his followers were upset, and marketing news site Clickz about it.

Getting the Freak Out

written by UofC economics professor Steven Levitt and journalist Stephen J. Dubner will soon be to become its own entity. Watch for it at sometime in February.

Aging Beauty

Laura Browning finds herself attracted to .

How to Start Up

If you've been thinking about starting a business, lawyer Coco Soodek's blog might help you decide what type of business to form. And her new book, , gives you pointers on every step of the life cycle of your business.

Surprising Words

, a new Tumblr from the team, collects candidates' responses to the survey question, "Tell us something about yourself that would surprise us."

2010's Food in Review

If you haven't been reading Mike Gebert and Michael Nagrant's in Chicago's food scene, you've got a lot of great reading to catch up on.

Yelp It's Not

is a forum for "the inside scoop by restaurant employees" The must be read to be believed.

Pitchfork as a Bar Chart

11选5图标下载 plots 's 2010 reviews along the x axis.

The Many Hulks of Twitter

Our own Jim Allenspach has , and there are many more.

Another Chicago Tech Blog

From the folks behind Chicago Art Magazine comes , an online magazine about Chicago's technology industry.

Not That You're Leaving...

An P., aka , has developed , things anyone should do "before leaving Chicago for good."

Be a Meter Maid

11选5图标下载Need a job? You could be a .

Tumbl into Books

11选5图标下载University of Chicago Press is giving away books for the next 10 days; all you have to do is follow one of its on Tumblr to be entered into each day's drawing.

Portraits in the Park

is a blog covering exactly that. []

Don't Get Into Vampires

11选5图标下载. One day you're on Team Edward, the next you're talking end of days with some Cthulu-head in a dark alley.

The Year of Living Charitably

Carlo Garcia is about two-thirds of the way through a year of . (Thanks, Gian!)

A Hundred Ways to Blog an Egg

Chef's hats have 100 pleats to signify the number of ways a chef knows how to cook an egg. shares a few of those ways, along with sumptuous food photography.

The News in Brief

(previously) has finally launched -- watch for it at the Damen Blue Line stop. There's some discussion of its pros and cons .

New Neighborhood Portals Launch

11选5图标下载, and join in LISC's collection of portals.

Dead Birds

Claire Zulkey of the riveting tweets we'll miss while Lady Gaga, Justin Timberlake and other celebs to raise money for Alicia Keys' (admittedly wholly worthwhile) .

The Art of the City

covers exactly what it sounds like it covers.

Media Moves: Feder Leaving

11选5图标下载Media critic Chicago Public Media's Vocalo blogs. Destination unknown, though rumor is an announcement is due in a week.

Anti-Bullying Uses the Force

11选5图标下载Carrie Goldman's adopted daughter Katie at school because she loves Star Wars. The Star Wars and geek community at large reached out in support, and a couple thousand comments later, .

Overheard, Illustrated

Mark Addison Smith keeps an ear open for interesting things people say, .

WindyCitizen Gets a Bit More Reddit-like

11选5图标下载A new starts , with a more streamlined front page and instead of categories.

Fucking Chicago

11选5图标下载, a tumblr from Chicago magazine. Not to be confused with , the older, independent tumblr from a bunch of random Chicagoans. That one has two exclamation points and a mysterious extra k in its URL. (Nor with , which hasn't been updated since July 2009. Nor , which I just created.) UPDATE: I forgot to mention that you can also get this exceedingly popular phrase on .

High End Laundry

11选5图标下载 aims to "re-engage the fashion community in independent and art-centered design."

Ad Creatives Are Egotists

11选5图标下载 is an anonymous blog commenting on the city's advertising world.


If you're concerned about crime in Wicker Park and Bucktown, you might want to keep an eye on . []

Bush, Kanye and Obama

11选5图标下载Former GB staffer Brian Leli that Kanye West's comments after Katrina were the lowest moment in his presidency.

Canned Awards

11选5图标下载Eater Chicago announced the winners of its first annual .

High Up on Rooftops

Last year, a group of people and the tops of several and skyscrapers, and taking lots of photos of the city at night. They this summer. []

Every Person is a Philosopher

The recently launched full of "discussion prompts; news and ideas about literary arts, social justice, current events, and more." If you like what you see, check out their kick off party one week from today at .

Entrepreneurial Chicago

is a new site "celebrating Chicago's entrepreneurs." It leads off with a good one: a profile of the prolific .

Scary City

If you're still trying to figure out what to do for Halloween, might be of service.

Look on the Shiny Side

11选5图标下载Photographer Ian Merritt has launched , a site devoted to automotive photojournalism. Car porn, basically.

Art Film Ending

Inside every movie, there's .

That's a NUF SAID

, a new youth media site, Wednesday night.

Look Sharp

Ernest Wilkins thinks Chicago men should dress better. So he's declared next month .

We're Not Flyovers

is the latest effort to bring Chicago's tech scene to national prominence. []

Chicagoans Abroad

Clark and Kim are a few months into their mission to travel the world. Follow along at

New South Side News

fills you in on what's going on in Hyde Park (60615) and Kenwood (60637).

After the Accident

11选5图标下载Patrick McDonough captures near 6300 W. Belmont this weekend. His crew from the Department of Water Management were first responders.

New Kids on the Block

Welcome to the neighborhood, , and .

The Unsocial Network

Kiyoshi Martinez wrote about Mark Zuckerberg threatening to shut down Facebook if The Social Network is a hit. As a result, links to The Wacky Deli were for a couple days.

Adopt a Local Kitty

is a blog dedicated to finding homes for stray, feral and needy cats.


explores Chicago's less well-known neighborhoods, such as , the city's "deep south."

The Inconsiderate People of Public Transit

Chicagoan to find herself on , a blog poking fun at people on trains and buses. Rather than take the photo down and/or apologize, the site's owners for the weekend ().

@Marcusist to Change Twitter Name

Marcus Gilmer, editor-in-chief of , is at the end of next week. Longtime food editor takes over the reins in October.

The Year of Living Volcanically

Former editor Brett McNeil is spending a year teaching in Indonesia. .

An Urban Philosophy

recently joined the family of Chicago city blogs.

Highest Income Category but Not Rich?

by referring to by in which he said his family was "just getting by despite seeming to be rich."

Alderman Tumbls

11选5图标下载Nope, not a typo: 1st Ward now has , where you can . (He's , too.)

Look Closely

11选5图标下载A of a Threadless t-shirt.

Thriftshop Like a Man

is trying to "cultivate and promote the idea that style is not emasculating, that men can and do enjoy good taste, and good design is appropriate for all men, everywhere."

Skating & Blogging

cover skateboarding in Chicago.

Daley for the Defense

11选5图标下载Mayor Daley has apparently during his reign, so he could enjoy a legal career once he retires. Beachwood Reporter imagines .

The Money Tree

Mission Amy KR finds out what would happen .

Everybody Loves Waffles

11选5图标下载The Waffleizer blog, written by former GB contributor Daniel Shumski, came to an end last week with a post about the one thing he promised never to make with his waffle iron: .


11选5图标下载"." So says founder and publisher Joshua Karp. Scott Smith .

Read a Restaurant Opening

11选5图标下载Mark and Liz Mendez, until recently chef and wine director at , are planning a new restaurant and on WindyCitizen.

Katrina at 5: a Chicago Perspective

Chicagoist's editor, Marcus Gilmer, himself a Katrina refugee, talks with New Orleans transplants in Chicago about , five years later.

Bringing "Discredit" to the CPD with a Blog Post?

11选5图标下载 that was critical of the department .

The Reprinted Blog

relaunched today.

Chicago's Mighty Chive

Oh man, I totally forgot that , the site that did that awesome last week, is !

Roscoe Village's News Gets Hyperlocal

The folks behind the are expanding south with the , a news site serving Roscoe Village and West Lakeview launched today.

Your Sketchy Weekend

Illustrator Jose Garibaldi helps you .

Thoughtful Primates

is WBEZ's relatively new science podcast. Worth a lunchtime listen.

Who They Are, What They Do

11选5图标下载Former GB writer Brian Leli has launched , a blog "devoted to artists and their actions." For which we have an adverb/adjective combo: really cool.

Covering Comedy

11选5图标下载The new aims to cover Chicago's comedy scene.


An SAIC student's homage to Carolee Schneemann's involving Spaghettios was recently noticed and . [NSFW all around.]

New News Now

The second addition of the of Chicago's online news ecosystem is now online.

Hitting the Pavement at Pitchfork

11选5图标下载The Reader's Pavement Tour Diary blog by sound guy finally makes sense as .

Your Favorite Dinosaur Still Exists

"Bitty, sweet puppies can turn into massive, drooly, jowly dogs. But that doesn't mean ."

Steal It Forward

Author Libby Hellman describes an extremely odd fraud or scam or ....

Eater & Curbed Try Again

Curbed Media is trying for a second time to bring and , its real estate and food blogs, to Chicago. They're for both.

Nice Clothes

documents the city's better fashion choices. For the other end of the spectrum, there's .

Dead Letter Office

Ex-GBer has created yet another fascinating site: , guides to living that all start off with, "Now that I'm dead, I want to tell you a few things."

Its Success is a Mystery

Chicagoland mystery writers' collective blog, , got some from the Chicago New Coop and New York Times.

Be Less Stupid & Lonely

11选5图标下载Do you read ? (and a couple of the staffers) this Sunday, July 18.

Deep Cover on the Set of Transformers 3

The muckraking bloggers at Cars.com have gracing the set of Transformers 3. It appears that Optimus Prime and his Autobots will be joined by two new steel beauties, "a gorgeous red Ferrari 458 Italia and a not-so-shabby blue Mercedes-Benz E-Class." Let's hope doesn't get jealous.

What's Potawatomi for "Global Business Center"?

is getting some attention from the Native American population for its poorly phrased copy that's easily misinterpreted. []

Should The Taste be Canceled?

The Taste of Chicago gets dinged for boring food and draws a sometimes violent crowd -- does that mean it should be canceled? .

Latino Chicago Online

11选5图标下载You know what, let's just make it Latino online press day. If you're looking for indie Latino news and events, check out my list after the jump.


Reel Live Vampire

Ex-GBer, now Reader and Wonkette writer Lauri Apple got some after writing about .

Room for Rumpus

11选5图标下载 is an online culture magazine edited by author Stephen Elliott, a former Chicagoan who .

The Beauty of Strange Closets

11选5图标下载Chicago blog takes a close look at the charming and beautiful all around us. Similar to , but 100% local, the blog features shopping, interior design, and architecture you'll love looking at.

Feed Your Eyes

11选5图标下载Chicago certainly is home to .

What the Fudge News

David Rutter pens for the Beachwood Reporter (he started ).

Something Caught My Eye

about the case of an Italian comedian who's ripped off jokes from countless other, more famous comedians.


11选5图标下载My Brain is Made of Things Made of Gold combines to two biggest stories in Chicago right now into .

More Blago Blogging

As the Blagojevich trial gets underway, the Reader's Michael Miner adding to your Blagoroll.

Chicago Sports Nation

11选5图标下载SBNation just launched a collecting their local sports coverage, with 's Al Yellon in charge.

The Seemingly Unticketable Car

11选5图标下载How does a car avoid getting tickets despite repeatedly being parked by a yellow curb in Boystown all day? , and are on the case.

Local Fashion

This is how .

New Look, New Blogs at Vocalo

11选5图标下载The Vocalo blogs have redesigned, coinciding with , and coming on board.

Metblogs Lives On; Whither Chicago?

Not long after Gapers Block was founded, Blogging.LA co-founders and (former Chicagoan) launched the cityblog network . It looked this past weekend like the network might shut down at the end of the month, but may just come through. If that's the case, does that mean will from the dead?

Blogging Burge

John Conroy and Rob Wildeboer are blogging for Vocalo about .

Dividing Taste

The fashion world's embrace of teen fashion blogger is , The Economist finds.

Celebrity Idiot

11选5图标下载Chicagoist tap into to comment on the of Blagojevich's legal strategy.

Candy and Pizza

11选5图标下载The Red Eye Puzzler (GB alum Sandy Weisz) asks you to on the questions "I like my women like my candy, ___" and "I like my men like I like my pizza, ____."

Hyperlocal News Grows

Two new hyperlocal news outlets launched this week: in print and online, and online only. Both are products of the Community News Matters grant that also funds GB's feature story program.


Tech blog is May 12.

Tales of Early Computing

is the latest project by co-founder Jason Bitner, collecting stories of people's first computers -- including, er, . Share your own tales in Fuel.

Fashion Victim

Local fashion blogger Tavi Gevinson's was by Blogger after she posted a semi-nude photo of a model on her birthday. (Happy 14th, btw, Tavi!)

The Dudes' Abodes

is looking for some guys who have a room in need of a do-over. Lucky for you, Chicago is one of their five selected metro areas (but sorry, ladies, this project is for boys only). by May 24.

The Oprah of Gay Podcasting

GLBT podcast gets a little .

"evanston rats!!!!!!"

A certain with the apparent purpose of talking smack about Evanston high schoolers The comments [NSFW] are particularly interesting because they include a post from requesting interview subjects.

Write It on a Postcard

Sound engineer Jeremy Lemos is on tour with Pavement, and is for the Reader.

Oh, the Agony

11选5图标下载The just launched a new Cubs blog: , a sober look at this team in "year one."

Park Appreciation

The Infrastructurist gives Millennium Park props as one of the Now get out there and enjoy it! []

Don't Let the Crocs Get You

"These Crocs ads on the El platforms are really awful and creepy. Unless someone . Then, comedy gold."

MSI's New Cube

11选5图标下载The Museum of Science and Industry's new logo garnered .

Chicago on Tape

WindyCitizen has started a to collect the best Chicago-related videos in one place.

Fool Me Once or Twice

Chicagoist has a round-up of Chicagoland sites with .

The Beat of the Future

John Cusack is guest blogging on BoingBoing, and leads off with .

Vocalo's Show & Tell

Vocalo blogger is taking a break this week, so she's having Lisa Coughlin fill in. Lisa's . If you're not too busy crafting a response to , you can send her your thoughts and photos.

Circle Gets a Square Redux

The has closed, and two publications have sprung up in its place: the similarly named and the . Update bookmarks accordingly.

Not a Review

Is it OK for a blogger to review a restaurant based on one meal? Is anyone else surprised is still being asked?

What Price Integrity, Indeed

's Theresa Carter marvels at some of lately. And not in a good way.

Something New to Enjoy

Newly launched puts "a spotlight on Chicago community and culture" from a Latino perspective.

NBC5 Wards Up

11选5图标下载This morning NBCChicago.com launched , a new political blog featuring Pulitzer Prize-winning cartoonist Jack Higgins and author and occasional GB contributor Ted McClelland.

Behind The Scenes: Follow Mayor Daley and Not Get Arrested

Back in 2008, Daniel X. O'Neil thought it would be a good idea for Mayor Daley to have a Twitter account,.

Unhappily Married

is a relatively new local blog digging up the best (aka, the worst) from vintage marriage and sex ed manuals.

Documenting Poop in the South Loop

. []

Boobs and Babies

11选5图标下载's managing editor, Sarah Preston Gorenstein, also happens to write . about the juxtaposition.

Ebert's Subscription Experiment

11选5图标下载I wonder how long it'll take for to rival the Sun-Times in terms of subscriber revenue. yet (More background .)


11选5图标下载Over on WindyCitizen, there's an excellent excellent discussion of , based off .

Heavy Metal Cupcakes

Kuma's isn't the only one .

Is Logan Square Chicago's Artiest Neighborhood?

35th Ward Alderman Rey Colon would like to think so. Check out about his commitment to art on Studio Chicago's blog.

In Between Price Checks

Ever wonder what cashiers do when nobody's there buying groceries or whatever? Sarah Adams . (Until she quit, that is.)

Inspirational Bits & Pieces

11选5图标下载Artist Sara Schnadt has started a relating to her work in performance art, installations and technology.

Blogging Chicago Architecture

11选5图标下载If has whet your appetite for more local architecture writing, you may want to check out Vince Michael's and Lynne Becker's .

Moving Beyond the Pedway

Tim Jahn's "" video interview series has moved to is being syndicated at Crain's Chicago Business' Enterprise City blog -- and kicks it off by . (Clarification: Beyond the Pedway will remain available on .)

Hacking The Reader

Selections from , the blog by artist and cab driver Dmitry Samarov, are . For more information about Samarov and his work, visit his profile from the 2009 GB/Wall Blank Chicago Week.

Tell Me Something Good

WBEZ traffic reporter Sarah Jindra and CLTV photographer Jordan Arseneau just launched , a site focusing on good news around the city.

Born to Cover Art

11选5图标下载 (formerly part of the podcast and briefly with ChicagoNow) and her new ventures, , and

Logan Square Lookout

Yesterday 's section featured FofGB . You might remember George shot amazing photos from Pitchfork in Transmission in years past, and the couple run the company Hubwear, among other projects.

Bloggers on Ice

11选5图标下载Are you a blogger? Do you enjoy sliding around with metal blades on your feet? Then is for you! Gapers Block is co-sponsoring the event with , the and the . Join other Chicagoland bloggers on the ice at the Millennium Park Ice Rink from 7 to 11pm Feb. 5, and warm up in the with complimentary apps and a cash bar. More info and . (We're also co-sponsoring a !)

Oh Really, O'Reilly?

Not that anybody should be surprised by anything he says, but Bill O'Reilly's (via Huffington Post) may have South Siders a little miffed.

Tomorrow's Other Big Speech

Obama's first State of the Union Address will have some major competition tomorrow: Steve Jobs will present what is assumed to be . Threadless co-founder that the announcement may be even bigger than that.

No Kicking Penguins

It's -- and an edict -- , thanks to who scanned his autistic nephew's hand-drawn sign.

Kirstie Alley Gets Nasty

Local blogger Jeff Ramone got a stronger reaction than he expected in about Scientology and Haiti. []

Joe vs. The Volcano, Pt. 2?

Always-opinioned local blogger Mike Doyle (who are fighting against ) and explains why they deserve no one's sympathy. How strong are his feelings? He posted them in text AND video form.

Mapping MLK

A day late, but interesting nonetheless: MLK BLVD is a and examining the many streets named after the man. Here are posts about . []

Middle Ages in East Irving

WindyCitizen blogger points out some .

Shooting from the Hip

Tribune photographer is a mix work for the paper and personal shots. Definitely worth checking out.

North Side Neighborhood News

11选5图标下载More of the city's neighborhoods get hyperlocal online newspapers of their own, as began coverage of North Center, Lincoln Square and Ravenswood Manor this week.

Will it Waffle?

and occasional Drive-Thru11选5图标下载 contributor Daniel Shumski takes an often-ignored kitchen appliance to new heights with his new cooking blog, .

More Vocal at Vocalo

Chicago Public Radio added three more voices to its collection at : , and .

Not Lesser

After a half-year hiatus, returns to the web.

Keeping Tabs on the Neighborhood

11选5图标下载A.V. Club Chicago looks into -- including focused on the fashion of the fictional Illinois town in "Roseanne."

365 People, 365 Perspectives

On January 1, while you were nursing that hangover, and launched , a site sharing a brief article reflecting on the date it's published, every day of 2010.

2010 from 1972

Dan Sinker bought the 1972 book 2010: Living in the Future11选5图标下载 from a public library 25 years ago. The moment has finally arrived to .

True Rants of a New Media Whore

11选5图标下载Paul Carr, author of , took advantage of his status as a TechCrunch contributor to write a and assorted technologies.

The Year's Big Stories

John Bracken rounds up the most interesting media stories and .

In Praise of Mincemeat Pie

11选5图标下载Cliff Doerksen reminisces about in this week's Reader feature, which doubles as an intro to on historical oddities.

Do You Want to Play a Game?

11选5图标下载GB alumnus Sandy Weisz just launched a on ChicagoNow/RedEye. Does your mother know the answer to his first puzzle?

No Need to Trim it Down


Shall I Compare Thee to a Winning Team?

11选5图标下载...And other from the Chi Town Project.

Solid Yet Transluscent

Chicago has a lot of .

More Thieves Eyeing Phones?

When Becca's iPhone was snatched from her hands on the Green Line, on her blog and quickly realized she wasn't alone. According to a few of the comments and an employee she spoke to at the Oak Park AT&T store, iPhone theft on the Green Line . As always, stay alert.

Ever Wonder How a Turkey Pop-up Thermometer Works?

over at Chicagoist.

Introducing the Black Youth Project

11选5图标下载 is a new site hoping to be in Chicago and nationwide.

The Shorts Don't Make It

11选5图标下载The 1976 White Sox's came in third place in .

Chicago Current Launches

11选5图标下载, the new public affairs site (and print magazine) created out of the ashes of Chi-Town Daily News, is now live.

"You Will Like Des Plaines"

will be of great assistance if you're interested in our northwestern neighbor's politics, history and, in one case, .

"What vileness skulks in Tootsie Pop?"

FoGB Jim Coudal penned about the dangers of Halloween Candy for Jason Santa Maria's series.

Living Organically in the Concrete Jungle

11选5图标下载 is a site devoted to organic eating and living in the city.

Violence on Their Minds

11选5图标下载ChicagoTalks wonders a couple months removed from the spate of muggings this summer. Meanwhile, it also notes that .

Blog Clips

The Chicago Journal Mike Knezovich, the wit behind .

Goodbye, AT&T

11选5图标下载Got an iPhone but no bars? Here's .

Threadless Founder Goes Culinary

11选5图标下载 with co-founder Jacob DeHart who's launching a new startup business website later this month: .

The Murder Professor

debuts a new serialized comic featuring "Stu Peterman," a gentleman who teaches how to commit murder and get away with it.

We're Number...What?!

11选5图标下载In The Daily Beast's first ever attempt to rank the of the 55 largest cities in America, comes in tied with St. Louis at a dismal #24.

A Map of Words and Images

is a new site covering the city's art scene.

Polanski Polemic

Local author reminds us all .

Contemptuous Smile

11选5图标下载When reading Cosmo's guide to the meaning of men's smiles, it's .

Behind Chicagoans for Rio

The folks behind talk about and other questions. []

Five Faves from Famous Folk

is a local blog that asks musicians to share five songs they're currently digging.

How are the Olympics like Milton Bradley?

, says Steve Rhodes. (Share your own thoughts in Mechanics.)

From Radio Reporter to Radio Dispatched

Former Chicago Public Radio reporter Jay Field hasn't been able to find work in the industry, so he's now driving a cab. Read about his experiences at .

Chi-Town Daily News Folds Evolves?

Breaking news: laid off its entire staff yesterday and is closing shop. We're working working on the story; expect more details soon. UPDATE: Editor-in-Chief Geoff Dougherty tells me "All is not as it seems!" and that "closing shop" is not accurate. UPDATE @: Here's about the evolution of the site into a new venture. UPDATE 3: Read our full story in A/C.

Sped Up Chicago

11选5图标下载". If you don't stop and look around once in a while, ."

Breaking News on Twitter

reports "world news twitter-style." Founder Craig Kanalley with his class at DePaul on the intersection of journalism and social media.

Living Well, Thriftily

is, by its own admission, "yet another blog on living well for less." But rather than slumming it, the site finds deals on higher-end stuff, too.

Travel Wishlist

11选5图标下载GB's own Brian Lauvray also writes for travel site . You can help send him to New York for two weeks (we promise he'll come back) by in the site's .

More Proof You Wasted Your Youth

The ? A 16-year-old boy. TimeOut Chicago reveals the force behind the .

A Daily Dose of Cute

11选5图标下载 blogs the newest arrivals at zoos around the world from its home base in Wicker Park []

Subliminal Advertising?

11选5图标下载Sex sells, right? That might explain the unexpected image Transmission staffer Liz McLean Knight noticed on .

Your Ticket to Indian Film

If you're interested in Bollywood movies but don't know where to start, let be your guide. Written in Chicago with an American perspective, it's a good entree into the sprawling Hindi cinema.

Trending Items

Chicago-based aims to be your guide to indie clothing, music and art.

Be Careful Out There

Apparently robberies including mugging were only up through July, but it sure seems like violent crime is up more than that this summer, doesn't it? sure points that way.

I Love You Oprah: a Sonnet

11选5图标下载 is always bad.

Turning Up the Heat on Top Chef?

Seems like a few bloggers are stirring up controversy over something many Chicago residents have known for years: . [] Read further thoughts in Drive-Thru.

Short Tales of Loss & Love

11选5图标下载, brief stories of the moment you knew -- and its corollary, .

This Fully Operational ChicagoNow

came out of beta today, with an expanded front page and 72 blogs in the stable, including GB's (which you should totally be checking out).

Bubbling Up

11选5图标下载Stuck with a lemon of a condo? Underwater with your mortgage? You might want to keep an eye on , a blog that feels your pain.

Bikers Beware

As if there weren't enough hazards for urban bikers, warns against "thing-throwing jackasses," and that could benefit us in the Windy City.

What's Spanish for Innuendo?

11选5图标下载You'd think someone would notice the and make a change -- not replace one innuendo with another.

Good Cop, Bad Cop?

Over at , creator Mike Doyle reports on two wildly divergent blogs, the decidedly pro-CPD and the highly-CPD-suspicous

The Dark Side of Photo Collecting

11选5图标下载Big Happy Funhouse finds .

A New 'Leaf'

The crazy-popular finally gets the green-light on adding some much-needed space . Now how long before THAT spot gets filled wall to wall? (via )

Standing Room Only

Nick Kindelsperger of has been highlighting for Serious Eats.

One Gutsy Applicant


That Tweet Might Cost You

A Chicago woman is after she tweeted negatively about them to her 20 followers. UPDATE: to the Twitter backlash.

Commuter Drama

Local writer and editor Robert Burnham writes , slices of life on the Metra rails.

Looking for Cute Chicago Boys

If you're a , watch out! You might just end up on the interweb.

Local News from the Southwest Side

Pilsen residents, meet .

What Kind of Fiend are You?

An , perhaps?

Homegrown Stink

11选5图标下载Surely a town after onions can have more than one ? Hence .

No, BlogHer is NOT This Weekend

11选5图标下载But from all the buzz, you'd think it is. Never too early to prep, folks; even though the main is sold out (there is a ), (happening this Thursday) still has space.

Facing Controversy

11选5图标下载Over at , contributor tackles a touchy and controversial subject: Why police officers occasionally shoot people in the back.

A Razor Blade, Plus...

The Parking Ticket Geek suggests some from your windshield.

Gabe/Coward, Your Are Evicted

From suburban St. Charles, . Puts most of our old landlord horror stories Fuel thread to shame. []

Old Time in the Hot Town Tonight

is a new site hoping to become a valuable resource for fans of old time music in the Chicago area. Site owner Paul Lucas has put out the call for submissions: events, music reviews, links, musician contact info, whatever.

The Unprinted Blog

has . Brandon Copple of Crain's about the project and his advice to entrepreneurs.

Still The Second City...For Now

11选5图标下载So New York City-based news-gossipy website Gawker recently launched a contest of sorts to find NYC nailed the in their informal poll (what a - yawn - surprise), but Chicago tied for second thanks to a characteristic "vote early and often" push by local weblog

Art Imitates Life Imitates Art

11选5图标下载Paper Girl (aka ) creates a mashup of art and life and lets you in on the process on

Violence-Free Fireworks?

11选5图标下载The city's official fireworks started a bit earlier than planned, and were allegedly free of the violence that accompanied last year's show -- but .

Funny Every Day

Joe Janes is writing .

In Honor of Pride Weekend...

. []

DeLorean Love

11选5图标下载A on the highway led to thanks to a member of the car club.

Living the Dream

David Wallach tells the story of .

Kids Have Pride

Students from will be , which goes right past the East Lakeview school. and aren't so happy about it.

Find My iPhone Works

, at least. []

What, No Quijibo?

11选5图标下载Author Arika Okrent's , as told to UChiBLOGo. []

Idol Fantasy

An anonymous blogger is ," starting with the this weekend. []

Chicago Gluttony

The foodblog is one of the raunchiest you'll ever see -- but it's also good advice about restaurants in the city. .

The Future of News

Speaking of journalism and how to pay for it, if you're interested in that sort of thing you should come to the this Saturday afternoon, featuring panelists from Chicago Tribune, EbonyJet, EveryBlock, Gapers Block and more.

The New News

The released (PDF) today on as well as the future of journalism, etc., and ranked the top 20 most influential news websites. Top three were , and yours truly, Gapers Block. .

When Muscle Cars Ruled

Big Happy Funhouse turns up .

Crying Over Cooked Milk

Speaking of old news, Chicagoist went digging through LexisNexis and found .

Bad News from the Past

, scans of microfilmed tabloid newspapers of the 1930s. Lots of Chicagland murder and mayhem (and ?) in there. []

Let's All Read a New Card Every Day


The US by Comparison

11选5图标下载Chicago artist offers of the United States to (almost) every other country over on .

Beachwood Labs

The has its knives out with some great satire of the Blagojevich/Burris scandal. Witness and .

Happy Birthday, Kid

11选5图标下载As ChicagoNow celebrates its birth, is . Listen to . (In case you're wondering, our 6th anniversary party will be held Labor Day Weekend, about six months after our actual birthday. Stay tuned.)

Chicago Now, Now

11选5图标下载The new site went live today, in form. Peruse the latest .

Exploring People with Funsherpas

The was launched last month with the mission of "Uncovering what interesting people are interested in." The most recent post is with artist , who also happens to be the designer of the GB 4th Anniversary Poster.

Spaghetti Bowls and Circles

Chicago's Circle Interchange makes an appearance in (). Don't know the Circle? Read about it and other local road jargon here.

More than Capone's Old Haunt

11选5图标下载The blog highlights the grandeur and class that once pervaded in that neighborhood.

Oh Noes

The focuses on calamities, real and existential.

A Local Women's Health Hero

11选5图标下载GB's own is one of 20 . Congrats!

Ay Mama!

11选5图标下载WGN's shares for Mother's Day: "The girl doesn't call me Mami or Mama. She knows who I am, she just doesn't call me anything. Well, sometimes she calls me Daddy."

Awkward Messages

Sometimes it matters .

Local Deep-fried Dough

Want a donut that's a step above the Dunkin' variety? has you .

"You Gotta Add the D"

Local comedian Joe Hanson produces a weekly rap under his alter ego "" -- this week's is about .

No Longer Expiring the News

11选5图标下载You may not know this, but Tribune "expires" the majority of its web content after a couple months. Fortunately, .

Bookslut's Crispin Berlin Bound

11选5图标下载Jessa Crispin, the founder of , is , headed for Berlin. Her longtime assistant, Caroline Eick, is taking over as managing editor; Crispin plans to resume posting on the blog once she's settled and, according to her, stops crying.

Watching the Watched

"takes a dim view of celebrity, media and power." With an emphasis on the celebrity.

Recessionary Tactics

Ironically, one of the casualties of the last round of Tribune layoffs was the writer of the paper's " (.

Bike-By Shooting

11选5图标下载 that occurred in on Broadway Uptown . Seems the FBI may be involved in the investigation, which would be pretty unusual if it's true. []

Citizen Support

is asking for a little support via "." (Hmm, maybe we should consider that...)

The Reason Blogs Exist

tracks empty snackfood bags in the wild. []

Wax Pack Memoirs

is a , in the same way Bull Durham11选5图标下载 is about baseball.

Script Bs and Flying Socks

11选5图标下载Buried in are obscure logos for the Bears and White Sox.

From Pittsburgh, With Love

A good Samaritan drove all the way from the Iron City to.

Award-winning Online Investigative Journalism

and for their joint investigative reporting on . Congrats!

Oil Slick & Greased Palms

11选5图标下载A Marina City resident noticed that , and took the opportunity to do some homework regarding the campaign contributions of the companies involved. Interesting read.

Housewares Illustrated

Couldn't make it to the last month? No worries,

Alinea Fools Day

On April 1, Carol Blymire, the author of the foodblog , posted , claiming he'd hired her to work at the restaurant. It was an elaborate and successful April Fools joke, and she explained over the weekend.

Laughing Off the Economy

11选5图标下载 aims to be an entertaining look at our current economic woes, as well as a forum for cost-saving tips.

More Meter Rebellion

The Expired Meter uncovers following the LAZ takeover -- including an effort to .

Venting Parking Meter Frustration

Given recent complaints about parking meters, it should come as no surprise that some people are ... however unsuccessfully.

Adopt-a-Side Street

11选5图标下载 wants to help you get your street fixed. Just to send in a picture of your street's issues. They'll then track how fast it gets fixed (or not).

Chuff Piece

Earlier this week, Time.com published wherein she explains Huffington Post Chicago's borrowing? aggregating? of content from local Chicago blogs thusly: "This was a problem with an intern." OK... Check out at The Reader for some context. []

Chicago in High-Res

11选5图标下载: beautiful photography of our beautiful city.

Big Call Coming In



Every time I swear I have a handle on the local craft scene, I end up realizing that I know so very little about what is going on and who is making it happen. Thankfully, Christine Renee of and maker of the has created , where she'll put up links to all the local makers, shows, boutiques that sell locally-made goods, art exhibits, calls for action, opportunities, networks, and oh my word! so much more. It's only been up a short time and it's chock-full of fantastic info already.

Fire on Hollywood Ave.

There's . Blogger Craig Gernhardt is on the scene, posting .

Not Quite a Sister City

In Isreal's Negev Desert is the Tze'elim Military Base, and on that military base is the city of Chicago, "."

In a Store, Somewhere in Chicago

"No. Will this case protect my computer from damaging all my stuff?"
Me: "It is padded..."
Customer: "Good, because it's cheaper than the anti-virus software."

The Dating Game

11选5图标下载 is a new site exploring the heights and lows of the dating scene. Share your own disaster stories (and good times, too).

The Roof! The Roof! The Roof is Irrigated!

Just because you lack land in Chicago, doesn't mean you can't have a garden. have some great information on helping you get started.

A Presidential Drugstore


Finding Your Flowers

11选5图标下载 is a customized search engine created by local blogger that , with more on the way.

Lincoln bLogs

11选5图标下载Chicago Public Radio's blog is celebrating with .

"Peoples Gas Sucks So Hard"

Beachwood Reporter offers .

Another Ist in Our Midst

Meet .

Shaping Hyde Park

remembers Realtor and activist , who it credits as one of the people who helped shape the current neighborhood.

Cub World Cam

11选5图标下载This will probably be more interesting in a few months, but hey, I like seeing anyway. [Thanks, Gabe!]

Movers, Shakers and Baby Makers

is a new online journal for hip parents.

Bon Mots on TicketMaster & TicketsNow Deal

11选5图标下载"Ticket brokers is like the mob saying your methods of payment collection are a little severe."

Speaking of Buzzworthy

11选5图标下载The Tribune has , collecting recent posts from dozens of blogs (including GB) on a variety of topics. Definitely worth a perusal.

Recycle, Reuse, Recreate

The folks behind take found furniture and other objects and refurbish them, sometimes giving them a completely new life.

Uptown Throwdown

Uptown Update11选5图标下载, the highly popular blog that has become a thorn in the side of Ald. Helen Shiller, particularly over the fate of the Wilson Yard Project, by the attorney for the yard's developer, . The attorney is subpoening records from Google about the ownership of that blog and another (apparently defunct blog) called "What The Helen".


We've been asking for poetry for Blagojevich to read at his next press conference over in Fuel. "Gov Blago Shakespeare" points us to .

All the News that's Fit to Blog and then Print?

Why read blogs online ? You can give it a shot . .

Bright Lights


Same Office, Different Mashup

Our friends and share office space -- and sometimes a brain. What Coudal Partners did with , 37signals is doing with .

Obama's Inauguration Speech, Illustrated

Crafter and Brandy Agerbeck created today.


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.

The Scene of the Crime

seeks to document the locations of the city's infamous crimes. []

Not Orphan Annie

11选5图标下载 aims to help young women in the city live a chic but budget-friendly lifestyle.

Robbed the Sun-Times? Write for us!

Being imprisoned . , and admire the lack of prison references in his bio.

Architecture of Years Past

11选5图标下载If you haven't explored , you owe it to yourself to find the time. . []

A City Notebook

Moleskine released last year, with maps and other useful info printed right onto its hipster-friendly pages. There's also .

Sustainable Resolutions

If you're having trouble coming up with a resolution to share with us in Fuel, .

Best Blog in Chicago?

11选5图标下载The Tribune's looking for the . If you know of "established bloggers who post great content often and are known in their community" (ahem) fill out their .

People Dressing Well, People Dressing Weird

11选5图标下载Welcome to .

Checking on the CTA's "No Return Trip" Policy

Chicago Carless follows up on his story11选5图标下载 breaking the CTA's homeless ridership crackdown with .

Chicago Best 3G Coverage

of AT&T, Sprint and Verizon. Compare to .

Blogging the Mitzvah

-- yes, son of Jeff -- has launched , a guide to bar and bat mitzvahs for those about to reach "that time in one's life."

Too Many Fat Tires?

11选5图标下载 knows: Drinking and bike-shopping don't mix.

Feel Like Somebody's Watching You?

Chances are, someone is. And after looking at , you may never feel at ease riding the CTA again.

So What's The Point?

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.

"I'm tired of clenching my damn abs, mom!"

Ah, the joys of .

Taylor Made...and Demolished

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.

Everyone Has a Passion

For one man, that passion is .

Humane Fashion

11选5图标下载Interested in a completely vegan winter coat that's still the height of fashion? is the place to start; learn more .

Breaches in Common Courtesy

"Other commuters, who probably did not even witness the arm-whapping, must have noticed me rejecting the seat, done some quick urban calculus, and come up with the answer of ."

BlogHer to Blog Here

is .

Reliving the Countdown

GB contributor Mike Doyle has compiled as the news was announced that Obama had won.

An Election Day Proclamation

11选5图标下载Our friends at Coudal Partners are . Perhaps you should show this to your boss.

Chicago Votes & the Bluing Suburbs

11选5图标下载Poll-watching site in its "Road to 270" series profiling voting trends in each state.

This Place Ain't Sexy

11选5图标下载"," a blog by an anonymous Chicago restaurant worker, is one of the more entertaining reads I've come across in awhile.

What They've Left Behind

Garage sale season may be just about over, but it's always estate sale season. Don't forget to look in the .

Keeping Score in Chicago

Sun-Times writer Mark Konkol and former Q101 DJ Todd "Fook" Fooks have .

Learn How to Blog

If you're not blogging yet and still want to try, there's that's right up your alley.

Bloggy Baby Daddy

11选5图标下载The of this weekend. Miller has based on the blog.

Creatively Unclear

Apparently was written by him, not a hacker11选5图标下载 -- but his intention in posting it remains unclear in regarding it. Perhaps Ebert is learning that satire doesn't translate online without context. UPDATE: , and affirmed that it was satire.

Following Achatz's Footsteps

In 2007, Carol Blymire decided she would try cooking every recipe in the and . The project proved wildly popular, and now she's set her sites* on Grant Achatz's forthcoming . (You can .) about . *Pun intended.

Syncing Along

Local blogger has a hobby: lip-syncing to pop tunes and . Check out "" for a taste.

Who Guards the Guardians

keeps tabs on the big four auditing firms. Limited interest to non-accountants, but very interesting to those in the industry.

Rate Your Political Blog

Looking for a blog on Illinois (and national) politics? is a good place to start.

RoPa Awards, the Blogger Equivalent of the Razzies

11选5图标下载Rogers Park has a vibrant blogger community -- which clearly has some infighting going on. At the risk of fanning the flames, here are the anonymously delivered , for the "Five Dumbest Rogers Park Moronic Idiot Blog Posts of 2008." (In everyone's defense, the year's not over yet.)

The Hug Explained

all the Illinois politicians at the DNC.

Noted Without Comment



Whether you're a fan of , , or a booster, you can embroider your vote with free redwork patterns from , a blog about African American quilting. []

Livin' in Beverly Hills (& Morgan Park)

11选5图标下载I love finding blogs about Chicago's less in-the-news neighborhoods: check out .

Vintage Prints

Need some new wall candy? The website hosts images and sells affordable prints of old WPA, health and safety campaigns and vacation promotions from the early 20th Century, including some simply cute ads for the and celebrations in .

Careering Through Chicago


Baltimore To Chicago

is a relatively new blog about a newcomer to the city, this stunningly gorgeous site helps you relive the first time you came to the big city. A treat. [via ]

100 Years of Bad

is celebrating the centennial of the Cubs' last World Series win by , position by position.

Nifty Chicagobloggers: Wheezy Waiter

I don't usually dig videoblogs, but this site from the is a good time. The videos are humorous and original, and made me laugh out loud. Worth spending some time on. [via ]

Fight the Boot

is passing around instead of three.

Another UFO Sighted at O'Hare

11选5图标下载Does look like a UFO to you? Read a report by the on the infamous [PDF].

Candy Gone Bad?

312 Dining Diva lately. (Staffing changes maybe?)

ChiHuffPo Now Live

OK, you can . And to of the launch, as well as .


The channel has launched. UPDATE: I've been informed that the site isn't officially launching till Thursday; what's out there for everyone to see is an unprotected, unfinished build. Avert your eyes! Or something.

Bensenville, the Vanishing Village

11选5图标下载The Windy Citizen to cover Bensenvile's plight in the O'Hare expansion. Particularly interesting is .

Always Beta

is a new video interview series talking with people working on the web, including a bunch of names you already know: Fried, Coudal, Skinnycorp...

A Green Home Grows in Oak Park

Jason and Jennifer La Fleur bought a turn-of-the-century bungalow in Oak Park and began renovating with all green building materials, including soy foam insulation and toxin-free paint. Their DIY spirit and commitment to green have already earned them spots on the Today Show and This Old House -- follow along (and steal their ideas) at their blog, .

Crank Up the Radio

11选5图标下载No, literally: the is . Just post your storm story in the comments to be registered.

Flying High On LSD


Cryogenic Daley Re-elected

11选5图标下载The Beachwood Reporter looks ahead to .

Ten Minutes Make a Difference

11选5图标下载, Bilal Dardai discovers.

Pitchfork Pretties

Want even more Pitchfork crowd gazing? Chicago style blog of .

Blog Wars

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"11选5图标下载 enough in this blurb?

Walk Like A Man...

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.

Construction Season Tips

Plenty of good advice in about early morning construction.

Legally Speaking

Speaking of the U of C, covering a wide range of legal topics, including .

10 Reasons Chicago Is Not On a Roll

11选5图标下载Brad Flora of WindyCitizen posts on "."


blogs the latest news on the city's boutique scene.

Anti-Ad Form Letter

(or at least time savings) from marketers trying to get a free plug on your blog.

The Ripper Crew

Learn about from .

That's the Ticket

is a blog devoted solely to Chicago parking tickets. And yes, there's plenty to say on the topic.

Vikings & Gnomes

11选5图标下载Blogger Suttonhoo makes a visit to an historic replica Viking ship in Geneva and .

Another Paean to Filter

Former Wicker Park resident recently visited her old 'hood after a long time away from her old friends Silver Room and Una Mae's. []

Trib Tries A Big Blogroll

11选5图标下载The Tribune has started promoting a they're building to link to lots of Chicago area bloggers. Of course, I prefer the website, but there's room for all of us.

Kill a Few Minutes

The Trib's new blog should help Friday quittin' time roll around a little faster.

Memories on a Memorex

is a site that collects stories related to mix tapes from old relationships -- and also the option of listening to said tapes. Chicagoans , and have contributed so far.

The Power to Offend

Montrose Hole Gets a Touch-up


Exactly What It Sounds Like.

Finally, a blog for .

What Can Evanston Teach Hyde Park?

Plenty, apparently, particularly when it comes to redeveloping HP's Harper Court, as points out.

Missed My Train Connection

Post your .

Down the 'Yogawhole' - Almost

(aka Mary Fons) documents her . Let's just say a calming environment is not the first impression.

Observing the Big Onion

11选5图标下载Mike from Chicago Carless got an unexpected treat on a recent tour: .

New Blog on Chicago Tech

11选5图标下载The newly launched picks up where left off, posting up-to-the-minute news on Chicago's tech scene.

Follow Along if You Like

Chicago Public Radio reporter Natalie Moore is . .

Jump Back...

Only two days remain in the ! Learn yourself all about , ("I'm so angry I'm dancing up against backlit silo walls") -- and so very much more. []

Method Reporter Becomes Windy Citizen

The Methods Reporter has transformed into , an "open source newspaper and internet newsroom."

Taking the Wind Out of the May Report

has morphed into a tech event calendar, but it does offer one bonus: of .

Alright, Stick 'Em Up(town)

has the lowdown on some of hangouts in Uptown, including his last stop: the neighborhood funeral home.

A Tale of Three Blogs


Watching Uptown

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!)

Report Back, Chicago

is launching a new blog, , which is "dedicated to documenting events and people's impressions of them throughout Chicago." It's a bare bones site at the moment, but they'd like to change that with .

What's Your Wicker Park Look Like?

11选5图标下载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, . []

Blue Line's Closed


Counting Down

Jessi is solving this year. She's five down. []

'O' Man

Did you know the Sun-Times has a blog dedicated entirely to Oprah? It's true. It's called . And today, they liveblogged an episode in which (he was born a female).

Chicago 1968 Reexamined

'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.

Bird Songs in the NYT

11选5图标下载The New York Times has launched a new blog, , featuring Darrell Brown, Rosanne Cash, Suzanne Vega and our own , who gets pride of . (Thanks, !)

An Arresting Development

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.

Anatomy of a Blog

Actually more like a blog of anatomy: is the website of Vanessa Ruiz, a medical illustration student at UIC. Check out her collections for and , too.

Parking Spaces I Have Loved

"Gran' ol' river! Onhealthy, says ye?"

11选5图标下载ClusterFlock casts on this fine St. Paddy's Day.

Building Social Animals

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.

Shiny New Metblog

Our friends at have a pretty new look.

Harmful Snark

11选5图标下载The NYT is looking into whether nasty blog comments , 40, the creative director of DDB Chicago.

Boardgames on the Brain

Apparently it's in the air: Chicagoist is holding its first-ever tonight at Sheffield's -- and we'd already announced that the GB Get-Together on Friday would be a boardgame night. Beer and trivia, always a good combo.

Welcome to the Fortune Cookie of the Future!

notes a tribute website created by Chicagoan Bob Bjarke after he got the at in Wicker Park. (Thanks, Dan!)

Keep it Simple, Stupid

, and were described variously as "brash" "arrogant" "demigods." Jason Fried described in the story.

Bet on Books

11选5图标下载 will soon hold its fourth annual , and . Think you know which book will come out tops? Lay $10 on the line and you could win big -- plus, you'll be helping to . Everybody wins!

Tracking Steve Kazmierczak

, the NIU gunman. UPDATE: Jessica Baty, Kazmierczak's girlfriend, was .

Elite Eight For A Date

Chicago magazine's has prepared a that puts good singles locations head-to-head. The first round was yesterday; today, places like the potty line and battle it out.

Invisible Votes

11选5图标下载GB's own AmyC and other Rogers Parkers ran into -- her polling place was . Unfortunately, the makes the situation for believing the state-appointed judges and ward committeeman.

Your Auto Show Prep

11选5图标下载The 100th annual opens Friday, so we here's a couple things to get you ready: , , the derivatively named intern blog, and the 8th annual . After the jump, links to car blogs' CAS category archives.

• Cars.com's

Click, Two Ways

11选5图标下载Chicago Magazine has a new photoblog, , and the Chicago Methods Reporter has a new dating blog, .

Catalyzing District 299

District299, Alexander Russo's excellent blog on Chicago Public Schools, recently .

Local Sites in the News

Chicago Magazine's February issue features "," a nice round-up for your reading pleasure. It's still not wasn't online, though, so . Then Chicago Metroblogging created -- along with all the ones mentioned in -- that you can dump into your favorite feed reader. UPDATE: The Chicago Mag feature went late today.

Yes, Gapers Block is mentioned in both the Chicago Mag and Time Out features. And, , we do get along with the folks at .

DeRo on Zulkey

11选5图标下载Claire Zulkey (who got the this week) about "Sound Opinions," music crit and the Chicago hip hop scene, among other things.

Very Cold Art

You can watch the progress of the 's Paintings Below Zero at . Can someone please shorten that URL?

Each and Every One

, a hyper-local news aggregator from the creators of , has now launched.

23 and Me

Back in 2000, Sun-Times reporter Howard Wolinsky was among the first to have his DNA sequenced for genealogical reasons. The results sent him on a journey through family history, which he's writing about (and other genealogy topics) at .

Found Television

GB staffer Lauri will be on "" er, tonight to discuss her website, . UPDATE: Oops, looks like it's been rescheduled for Monday, Jan. 21.

Cornbleet Case Update

Over at , Kevin Guilfoile provides a good deal of .

Home Fugly Home

. There's a t-shirt in it for you.

"Year of the Blog"

Chicago News-Star picks the top 10 local news stories of 2007. Number 10: the rise of the neighborhood blogs.

Classical Comps

recently revamped their site and is promoting it with . Log in as a registered user before the 19th to be eligible to win.


Our very own Ron Slattery collects ham radio , and recently t for the funnier and odder ones. It caught .

Who Would You Believe?

Will Okun, the Chicago school teacher who won a trip to Africa11选5图标下载 with the , has a . Short answer: the cops.

Therapeutic House Tour

11选5图标下载Apartment Therapy: Chicago is hosting a this Friday; join them for a tour of five live/work spaces in Fulton Market. Don't forget to RSVP!

Naw, It Can't Be.


Spendthrift Sissy's Mortal Enemy

Kindling Chicago

Perhaps you've heard about , Amazon's new "wireless reading device?" One of the things you can do with it is read blogs, including a bunch of Chicago-related ones (although not us yet, dammit). Click "more" to see a list.

Blogs cost $0.99 to $1.99 for an annual monthly subscription. , you can browse the web for free -- which means you can still read GB on it, just not via RSS.

Think Before You Link

You receive an email which contains a link. You forward the link to someone else. You get sued. filed this week in Kane County is seeking $850,000 in damages from Schaumburg resident Joan Burke. Her crime? Sending a email which contained a link to the blog .

Business Blogging


TypePad Tour of Chicago

11选5图标下载Weblog software maker TypePad .

Undead Undead Undead

11选5图标下载Berwyn, rubber chickens and B-movies. Chicago's very own Svengoolie (aka Rich Koz) has a . I know somewhere down there is smiling.

Behind the Design: The Chicago Spire

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.

Blogging Shakman in Cook County

was established as a "forum for public comment and debate about unlawful patronage" in county government by , a former judge now monitoring Cook County hiring practices and compliance with the . The Shakman Monitor over the City of Chicago's hiring, however, .

GB on TV

11选5图标下载Tune in to WTTW's "" er, tonight at 7pm to catch representatives from Gapers Block, and the discuss blogs and current events.

Hell Yeah Dude!

" for style enthusiasts."

Everyone Has a Secret

11选5图标下载Frank Warren, the man behind the and books, will be doing two book-signings in Chicago today in support of his new book, . At 12:30pm he'll be , 1 E. Jackson, with a multimedia presentation. Then at 7:30pm, he'll be , 1218 S. Halsted.


Listen Closely

This week's Transmission feature covers some local music blogs you may not have heard of.

Hail This Down

Dmitry Samarov blogs about his experiences as a Chi-town cabbie over at . He even draws his passengers. The Sun-Times this Soviet immigrant turned driver, including some fun quotes about getting propositioned.

Google Stalker

Sleazy Developers Take Note!

Are you stuck in a condo conundrum? An apartment abyss? Home hell? You've got a friend in the blogger behind . From assessment fees to her slowly gentrifying Woodlawn neighborhood, Lyletta Robinson blogs it all with an optimistic outlook.

Get in a Spooky Mood

, the best video store in the city for indie and obscure films, , and they're posting for the month of October. []

No Butts About It

11选5图标下载I'm glad who was a little disturbed by the smiling butt ads for the Washlet that showed up all over the Reader website for months.

Arrgh! Fire Bad!

11选5图标下载Someone at the should have words with whoever failed to proof . Perhaps their dictionary caught fire.

Your Hyper-local News

11选5图标下载 follows the goings on in a little corner of Back of the Yards. Nice to see someone telling that neighborhood's stories.

And Justice for Cyclists...

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 .

Cubs' Magic Number


Blogging North of Devon

is the , according to Outside.in. []

Designers, Set Your Palettes!

If you're into creative competition and don't have much to do on Friday afternoons, you'll want to !

Aw Crap, I'm Making a Movie

has created a great of all the times he thought he was taking a photo (but actually had his camera in video mode).

The Face of Cornbleet's Killer

11选5图标下载Author has been , the dermatologist who was killed in his Loop office. Until now, of Hans Peterson, the man who confessed to the murder and who took refuge in the French Territory of St. Martin, where he has avoided extradition. .

Taxi Cab Confessions

11选5图标下载 is a blog by taxi driver and artist , created as a companion to his pretty amazing website. Check out his other "," a minicomic about his day job.

Word Jazz Online

Movie trailer watchers and late night WBEZ listeners familiar with may want to check out his website , which includes a with unusual poems starting with "Maybe the moment" and a of his late night stylings.

Pessimism Reigns Eternal

Got an overconfident Cubs fan in your midst? Here's , courtesy of the .

The 38th Signal

of local web iconoclasts . Includes "", "", and "".

Bloggers of the World... Unite?

Things for Sale

11选5图标下载FoGB is selling some of his stuff. And it is.

J Crew Sweater: Corner of N Clark and W Belden

Lauri Apple's -- which is about, well, the clothes she finds on the street -- in yesterday's Trib.

All Full

11选5图标下载Local food blog Eatchicago after 3+ years of service. Farewell, Eatchicago! I'll always remember you for

A Body of Words

11选5图标下载Dictionary editor and was t in the NYTimes last weekend.

Your Attention Please...

The CTA Tattler runs down .

A Garden Sprouts

In East Garfield Park, at Maypole and California, in a formerly vacant lot.

Spare the Rod, Spoil the Blog

11选5图标下载 points to a blog panning our governor: , from the .

Want to Write About Comedy?


You Should Have a New City Sticker By Now

11选5图标下载...which means you've either added another one to the column, or you've removed the old one and have a sticky smear on your windshield. Here's a and the glue.

Interested In Some Literature?

11选5图标下载Mimi Smartypants comes up with I've heard in awhile (last item).

Norwood Park + Park Ridge = Norridge

Here's an examination of .

Ze Frank Replacement

People who miss should check out , a video blog by Craig, the lead singer of . It's not exactly the same, but hopefully it'll help with your jones. []

Our Younger Cousin

Our good friends at Chicagoist are celebrating their . If you're looking for a way to escape the heat after work, you could do worse.

That's Customer Service

The CTA may suck in a lot of ways, but at least there's one employee willing to .

Yet Another Googlemap, Posting Edition

11选5图标下载 is already an interesting place to check for posts about Chicago, but here's another neat tool they recently added: . Now you can check out and .

The Journalistic Code

11选5图标下载The Knight News Challenge has been kind to Chicago. Northwestern's Medill School of Journalism received to create -- such as , creator of , who also received a grant and has left the Washington Post to start . Geoff Dougherty of (recently redesigned) also received a grant to continue his citizen journalism project. UPDATE: Also, Daniel Sinker, co-editor and publisher of , received a (thanks, Mark).

Outsider Art Blog

Now you can stay on top of Chicago's finest gyros, lakefront, and Western Avenue signage and art at William Swislow's . You can spend hours here.

Google Buying Feedburner?

11选5图标下载Interesting rumors are popping up about for about $100 million . .

Blogging with Child

11选5图标下载Thinking about parenthood? The recently should help give you a realistic look at life after kids.

Local Lit

City bookworms have another web destination in , which intends to serve as "a portal to news and information about literary goings-on in and around Chicago."

Eat, Love, Blog

How do you combine office romance, food and blogging? Why, of course. They're back reviewing restaurants after a year's hiatus. Check out what they've been up to and listen to their theme song. (Via )

Very Bloggy Up North

Outside.in recently surveyed itself to determine -- and Rogers Park came in at #5. Nice shout-out for .

Treat Your Reader

Spice up your RSS reader with a few tasty area blogs. Try knowledge management blog, the NSFW, homoerotic , , and more to be found at .

Five Six-pointed Stars?

Over at Chicagoist, Benjy ponders . An interesting and relevant question considering the meanings of the other stars.

He's giving us a lot of credit for staying power by saying we'll need to update our logo in nine years if it happens, but for the record: we'll change if the flag does.


Photobooth-o-philes, get excited! You'll soon be able to at Quimby's.

Still Time To Join Studs and Others at State of Southside Conference

In recent years the blog has published news and analysis about the crisis of Chicago, public housing, police abuse, and economic abandonment through the intimate lens of the Stateway Gardens CHA development while it was being torn down during the CHA's . The blog is co-sponsoring a conference at the Edwin F. Mandel Legal Aid Clinic of the University of Chicago Law School to explore the issues brought up in their work around Stateway Gardens. More information posted on Slowdown. The free conference takes place on April 21-20 and space is limited so get in touch and register through the .

See Ira for Cheap

The fine frugal folks at tell of how they used their savvy powers of negotiation to watch the new "This American Life" television show for cheap. Find out how they added Showtime to their cable plan for just $2 a month.

Camp Jinx: Not Your Average Family Videos

Today I stumbled across a video blog that's the recreational side of local family-run video production company Of course, since the blog is run by video professionals, you're not just going to find home movies on Camp Jinx. You'll also find, for example, and between Chicago gigs. It's too bad that all families can't be as cool as the Leonard family, but at least they're willing to share the experience.

Parenting 2.0

magazine has redesigned its website, which now includes a whole bunch of blogs covering a variety of aspects of parenting, from to to just being a .

Buy Art, Save Lung

Artist and friend of GB Phineas Jones caught pneumonia over the holidays, and ended up with fluid in one of his lungs. As you'd expect, he has some big medical bills, but he's uninsured, so he's selling art on his site, , to cover the costs of "lung reclamation." Help him out and get some beautiful art in the bargain.

Chicago Web History

Through the magic of archive.org, WindyBits takes a look at including the Tribune and Sun-Times, the Reader, Crain's Chicago Business, and even Gapers Block.

Official Blog Site of the Chicago Police Department

11选5图标下载Yeah, you read that right-- . Hosted on , loaded up with , , and a . Accepting (moderated) comments . Tagline: "What You Want to Know... From Those in the Know." It really is 2007, isn't it?

Get Your Tech News Here

Awhile back, I was talking to about how there ought to be a site that covers the Chicago tech scene. Like , but with news, too. A month later, he launches . Way to go, Tom.

Serving and Protecting Via the Web

, creator of and master of the Google mash-up, in the American Journalism Review. What they don't mention is .

Office Desk Treasure

11选5图标下载(NOTE: not safe for work, but funny as heck) How does one define true happiness? For some guys, it's the feeling of mammaries resting on their head. One of those guys might just work in the Tribune Tower. Behold; that true bliss is possible.

The Deadliest Blog Alive

was interviewed in the last summer about his current project: a documentary on Chicago martial artist John Keehan (aka Count Dante: The Deadliest Man Alive). With half a year's research, a bizarre tale of kung-fu, pet lions, comic book ads, death matches, and Mafia hitmen got weirder. Mr. Webb dutifully reports on his descent into 70s martial arts madness at his .

Nifty Chicago Blogs: Minivan Mafia

With so many blogs out there, it usually takes good writing or a great design to catch my eye. The should win an award for its great name, and the graphic.... priceless. Nice job, Jenn.

Your Bloggy News Fix

, including GB, , , and . Fun to see your favorite editors in pixel form!

New and Notable Chicagobloggers

11选5图标下载A few new weblogs on worth noting: , a weblog about newly arrived Frenchman in Chicago; , a weblog tracking the upcoming local election;, a shopping blog about looking great for little money downtown; and a blog about in Chicago.

Hungry for the Win

, the local foodblog edited by Michael Nagrant, has been nominated for the award at . Vote by Jan. 9 to help this hometown blog do good!

From Hannukah To Boxing Day

Sara Paretsky has a about her journey from Hannukah in Kansas to in Chicago.

Vote Early, Vote Once a Day

have been announced, and there are two local sites among them: for and for . You can vote for them and/or any others once a day from now until the 15th. (Thanks, Jake.)

Women, prisons, and abuse

11选5图标下载Chicago author has a on the great blog about the abuses women suffer in incarceration. One telling quote: "It costs anywhere from $30,000 to $75,000 a year to keep a person behind bars. Conservatively, that's about $6 billion a year we're spending to lock up—and, apparently, abuse—these women, most of whom are non-violent offenders."

The Reason for the Season

Holla Back, Chitown

The Trib has an about online sites where victims of street harassment can vent and call out their attackers. A small the piece fails to11选5图标下载 mentions the Chicago version of the original NYC site, called . There, you can read and submit experiences with unwelcome advances, leerings, gropings, and the like, and even send in pictures if you happen to snap one.

Say "Thank You"

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.

A Big Guide to the Web

, a fat acceptance blog written by GB alum , recently launched the , a guide to FA websites and other resources.

Reader Blogs Up

The Reader has added two more blogs to its growing stable: covers restaurants, while covers -- well, you can probably guess.

Version 2.0

Chicagoist , and a fine one, at that.

New And Notable Chicagobloggers

11选5图标下载A few new blogs on chicagobloggers.com worth mentioning: an entertaining real estate blog by "" explains how underpriced the new $300 realtor parking pass is (i.e., two weeks of tickets), a , shows us the , and very well-written blog caught my attention with this post title: "Gabriel Garcia Marquez Shoots Reese Witherspoon, and I Can't Walk in These Heels." All worth your time.

The Virtual Quad

11选5图标下载Since college kids don't have enough online personae to manage, what with MySpace pages, Facebook profiles and Xanga blogs, UIC is of a school-wide implementation of LiveJournal. The goal? Building community via an informal mode of student, faculty and staff interaction.

Local Economy Flagging?

11选5图标下载attended the , and notes that .

Where was August in November?

I read recently that, in the future, search engines will be able to reveal people's whereabouts at a given time, simply by the electronic footprints they've left. For now, though, that information is mostly captured voluntarily, making it largely the provenance of blogs. So it is that, if ever asked where screenwriter was when he started a play in late 2006, you can boldly answer "Chicago" -- qualified, , "technically, Evanston." []

All Hallow's Eve

11选5图标下载, reminding us of the roots of this holiday.

Catching some ZZZ's (on camera)

The "Going Public" column in the today talks to Yvonne Doll, a part-time cell phone photo snapper whose passion for photography has translated into a new web site . For three months she has been taking pictures of slumping CTA riders who use their commute to catch up on sleep — whichever way they can. Droolers, beware!

The Inside Scoop

11选5图标下载 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.

Outside Looking In

is a really cool new blog & news aggregator organized locationally: you can search for posts based on your or . of its guiding principles.

Who Here Likes Pancakes?

The aptly named blog has a simple goal: eat and review the pancakes of Illinois.

His Excellency Von Excellent

There are thousands of blogs started every day, sure. Few of them, however, are written by Germany gentry in exile in Chicago. No telling what will be about, but who can turn down a promised "transformation from unclean prolatarian ingnoramity to cultural aristocracy"? Certainly not I.

Color Your Space for Fall

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 .

Alright, Son?

Regardless of whether your reaction to Lily Allen's show last night was hurrah or ho-hum11选5图标下载, chances are good you had , who passed out, and not thanks to over-imbibing. Not only was he mortified by causing a commotion, his mother didn't offer much comfort after the fact. Quoth Mrs. Much Awesome, "Well, it was your fault so it's understandable why you feel embarrassed." Gee, thanks, mom.

Suburb Name Game

Coudal points to and localizes it: "

Local Language

A newcomer to the Chicago blog/webzine scene, looks like it might have some staying power. Check it out.

The Herbivore's Diary

11选5图标下载Speaking of "green thumb" options, newly launched blog is going the Julie Meets Julia route. Kinda: local couple Ian ("straight edge") and Kit ("strong, silent") are on a quest to try 365 new meals (vegan) in 365 days (one year). The recipes are accompanied by photos and organized by preparation time (20, 40, 60 minutes). I smell a book deal.

What's in a Delay?

On Friday, Thrown for a Loop was hoping for an easy flight home. Because of bad weather at O'Hare, that didn't happen. Alas, ...

Just What is the Coudal Partners Site About, Anyway?

The short answer is "a little of this, a little of that." The , though, offers an eclectic greatest hits. Which is to say, a nice way to waste some time at work this morning.

Coffee Pop

Local foodblog Tastebud on DIY coffee roasting. They suggest starting with the guide and a popcorn popper.

Media Central on the North Shore

Don't be surprised if one of the Gawker editors picks up and leaves New York: Jim Romenesko's Evanston condo .

Newly Noted Chicago Blogs

11选5图标下载Notable blogs from recent submissions on : totally awesome , which is absolutely a delightful guilty pleasure; filled with random delights, had me laughing out loud with Hulk Hogan humor and stories of misleading showers; and "" which is short and witty and worth a brief visit.

Kumbaya, My Zorn, Kumbaya

11选5图标下载Wow, Eric Zorn my lord.

A Newer, Larger Punk Planet

11选5图标下载Taking another step away from scissors, glue, and late night photocopying sessions, our city's very own has redesigned and expanded its website. Of particular note is the addition of .

Working Girls

Kudos to local gal Hipster Pit for speaking truth to power / sticking it to The Man / subverting the dominant paradigm: in response to a Forbes.com feature on marrying a woman with a career (, but ), Ms. Pit a satire of the slideshow that accompanied the article we'll remember fondly as "Justifications for Being a Single Misogynist" (Gawker a CliffsNotes version of the original). [Update: The text is , now with an officially published rebuttal.]

Chicago Vox Populi

11选5图标下载, a new blogging service from SixApart, just released a Chicago skyline skin, which you can see on . Obviously done from memory, since the east-facing view of the Loop prominently features the CNE building (which can't be seen from the other side of the Loop) and only a few recognizable buildings (Sears Tower, Hancock, Prudential and Aon). At least they tried. (If you'd like a Vox invite, let me know -- we've got four to give away.)

Chicago: Green Fashion Capital of the U.S.?

The city's recent appointment of Melissa Turner as Chicago's fashion czarina brought a challenge from : Designers, will you embrace the challenge?

A Bastion of Comedy

11选5图标下载 came to town earlier this summer (it's related to New York's ) to cover the comedy and improv scene, and they're doing a heck of a job (and not in the GW Bush sense).

Blog Out

11选5图标下载I haven't bothered with much after it launched, since it hid almost everything behind a subscription wall. But sometime a few months ago, they made most of the content public and launched . Worth taking a look.

BlogHer Here Next Year

11选5图标下载Mark your calendars: , an annual conference for women bloggers, is .


11选5图标下载Friend of GB, scooterist, designer and making extraordinaire, hits the open road on his scooter on a tour he calls the . Ambitious in scope, it should be quite a ride. when he kicks off tomorrow.

Why we'll read about race

Sun-Times columnist Mary Mitchell gets her new blog started off with a bang. No, "Hi, I'm Mary and this is my new blog" post. Nope. She delves right in with an entry titled 11选5图标下载. I have a feelings she's going to get a lot of people talking about, reading about, and maybe even writing about race.

The Schadenfreude of Mis-crediting

So that Colonel Sanders/Ed Burke separated-at-birth thing we linked to on Consumerist yesterday? Done by friend of GB and Schadenfreude member . We should have recognized his handiwork.

Good Thing There's No Late Fee

about your , the movies you got from Netflix that sit, unwatched, for months.

Today's inspiration: Chicago

11选5图标下载 courtesy of the illustration blog Today's Inspiration.

Sheepish Alter-Ego

So I've got a love for all things crafty and that's no secret. But most of your eyes glaze over if I go on too long about wool or knitting. And I don't blame you. However, even if you have no interest in the land of craft, you'll love Franklin's alter-ego roommate Dolores over at . This sheep makes me snort on a regular basis. Without further ado, I introduce you to .

Songs: Illinois

songs:illinois is an excellent little mp3 blog run by Craig Bonell in Oak Park. There's definitely a folk/ acoustic/ singer-songwriter focus but what excites me personally is that I've only heard of maybe one artist on the homepage. A nice deviation from and the like, dig in and discover some new tunes.

Hark, Reader! A Blog!

11选5图标下载The Reader has launched its first blog, the , by longtime staffwriter Harold Henderson. Henderson claims to be "," conveniently leaving out of the part about a blog being on the Web. Good luck with that.

No Thanks for the Blog!

11选5图标下载While I'm not entirely convinced the promotion of personal blogs by complete strangers is an epidemic problem in real life -- seems more confined to willy-nilly "friend" requests on MySpace at this point -- in today's Sun-Times, Andy Ihnatko offers for smacking that would-be internet superstar down.

The Tattler Redesigns

, Chicago's number one source for transit scuttlebut, has .

From Punk Band to Papa to Podcast

Former bandmember, now fulltime proud parent Eric in Aurora has turned his love of rockin' into a pretty darn interesting music blog called . He also has started podcasting on a sister site, . Podcast number three is fresh for your listening.

Let Me Count The Ways

11选5图标下载If only for a day, Eric Zorn .

Making Media Connections

The here in Chicago is holding a conference tomorrow and Thursday called "". As they put it: "Join community leaders, nonprofit communicators and board members, mainstream and independent journalists, publishers, media experts and the general public to discuss getting our communities' important stories told." GB staffer and curator, Brian Sobolak and myself will be joining Steve Rhodes of on Thursday from , the only day left for registration at the door. We'll be discussing "Emerging Online News Outlets" but there are going on to pique your interest.

Bands All Booked

You might have spent many a lunch hour in the past week mashing up bands and book titles (or ). has posted its .

Big Brother in MySpace

11选5图标下载I doubt any of our readers are currently enrolled in Libertyville/Vernon Hills public schools, but you'll still be slightly alarmed to hear that School District 128 is now . Expect a lot of teenagers suddenly going anonymous in response.

Horton Hears a Hoobastank

has a great game on right now: take a band name and a book title and mash'em together. What do you get? and submit your own to bryancoudal.com by Friday for a chance to win your combo in CD and book form.

Attack of the Marauding Palazzo Pantsed Queen

Drunken Bee on of shopping Division Street. (How many thieving transvestites on the prowl for Fred Perry are you going to encounter on Michigan Avenue?)

Best Headline Today:


The good news: is about to relaunch their site.
The bad news: As they were making the new site live, "the robots attacked," .
11选5图标下载 If you lost posts but have any of them bookmarked, you can for recovery.

Sunsets Over the City

Since it's likely we won't be able to see the sunset tonight, you might want to .

Printed Fun On Every One

11选5图标下载Did you know they're printing ? Matt Maldre of Spudart got a tube, and that included the phrase "printed fun on every one." He realized it was a diagnostic display intended to show the density of ink being sprayed by the chip printer.

reknit, re:knit

11选5图标下载I'm a crafty gal. But running a small business means I now spend more time reading articles put out by the than I do reading knitting blogs. And I miss it. Thankfully ex-GB'er Brenda Janish has created a re-blog that I'm delighted by. culls feeds of many of the knitting blogs I read when I had the time.

Regnef Blogger Speaks

So you know that teacher we told you about who wrote scathing commentary about Fenger High School on his blog, then leaked it on purpose? , who'd last week. The upshot: the blog was a misunderstood cry for help.

Parsing Pitchfork

Cleveland blog and finds that, big surprise, they tend to review albums they like. The follow-up is interesting, too. [] This all brings to mind , a UofC student's thesis analyzing reviews and writing songs that would garner the highest ratings, which we told you about awhile back.

I Hate My Developer

11选5图标下载I didn't actually hate mine, but I wouldn't say I was in love with him after we found out about all the corners that were cut. has been writing since after she became a member of her condo board. If you're thinking of buying a condo, or if you have a condo and are questioning your developer there are 9 months of posts that might help answer your questions or spur you to action. The links list alone is a worth a visit.

Rule #1: Don't Blog About Work

11选5图标下载Apparently all those scare stories on the news . He wrote all sorts of trash talk about his school, Fenger High, on his now-deleted blog (sample posts were temporarily republished , still viewable ). When its existence was leaked, the shite hit the fan, both among the student body and the teachers. .

After the Mugging

Theresa at was walking down Diversey Avenue late at night two weekends ago; her assailant beat and kicked her repeatedly in the head, and may have planned on doing much more. You can follow her recovery on her blog; she has advice on what to do if you get mugged or attacked .

Local EPpy Noms

were kind to the Tribune this year; they include Maureen Ryan's, and the paper's multimedia special on "." The was also nominated. The EPpy Awards annually honor new media forays by old media and will be handed out next month in Vegas.

Spring Has Sprung. Now, What To Wear?

Let's all cross fingers that we can ditch the anoraks, coats, jackets, blazers, sweaters and various other forms of outerwear for at least a few months. It's 78 degrees, and that's cause for celebration. Still, the anonymous female blogger behind is struggling to find a black shirt that'll meet her Chicago springtime needs (and there are several of them). Ladies, if you've got recommendations, be nice and .

Daily Kos disses Dames

11选5图标下载 was in town yesterday signing books and went to see what he had to say, and ask him about his view of feminists and civil rights. His basic theory is that any Democrat is better than any Republican. Roni points out why party affiliation isn't the main point.

A Pill with a New Flavor

11选5图标下载We're not the only ones who've done a bit of reno recently. Nope, Flavorpill's experimenting with . It's added a to its excellent weekly newsletter, which, incidentally, you to head to Hyde Park this afternoon for a dose of Žižek.

The Therapist Moves In

11选5图标下载While we were redesigning yesterday, another site was launching: introducing , a new local channel of the popular interior design blog.

Such Smart Kids

11选5图标下载I believe .

Keeping Tabs on Triblogs

11选5图标下载For handy bookmarking, the Tribune has helpfully consolidated its various blogs on . (Although it has fewer, the Sun-Times's blogs are .)

Chicago Blog News

11选5图标下载 has redesigned. is a group blog featuring some big shots from the Chicago arts and music scene, including Redmoon's Jim Lasko, New City's Ray Pride and Nicholas Tremulis. And holy crap! is back!

Live-Blogging The Elections

of the Trib is doing a pretty decent job of , if you want a wide-view. (And the turnout is SO LOW! They speculated at my precinct that 15% came out to vote, a lot of suburban items have less than a few hundred votes. Amazing.)

Support Your Daily News

11选5图标下载The needs your help. Think of it as a pledge drive: and as a token of their gratitude.

Your Daily Dose of Comedy

11选5图标下载Hey! redesigned!

Live-Blogging the Oscars

Watching the tonight? Follow along on as and a vast and varied cast of characters live-blog the pseudo-event on the .

New And Notable On Chicagobloggers

Nifty new-ish blog: , a blog of letters written but never sent. Great humor.

Blogging Live Music

The succinctly named is the web baby of northside Chicagoan Justin Ward. A venue (ha!) for his widely varying tastes in music, the blog is one part , one part news thread and one part discussion group. The topics range from guesstimates on upcoming festival lineups, to music you should be listening to, to the news of a newly re-re-named local venue. (First titled the "World Music Center", then "Tweeter Center" now you can call it the . Whatever you call it, you still have to drive out to Tinley Park.) [Thanks, Dan!]

Reporting Live from the Bar Down the Street

11选5图标下载Steve Rhodes, former media critic and investigative reporter for , has launched the , a blog covering Chicago media and whatever else crosses his mind. The site is apparently named after .

New And Notable On Chicagobloggers

A few new and notable blogs on : , a well-done blog covering the blues scene in Chicago. The author will also be publishing a book about the topic with friend of GB . Also, , a new blog attempting to do what New York's already done. Still interesting.

In Defense of Blogs

A day after the Tribune's about the "indefinite" future of blogs, columnist Eric Zorn demurs, calling the paper itself "" with a growing presence online. Mind you, Zorn could have gone farther: he fails mention that the Tribune has taken to among its editorials, and he's gracious enough not to point out that you just can't get more tired than Al Gore/Internet jokes.

Blogger Meetup: Copyright & Fair Use

The monthly Blogger Meet-up hosted by Columbia College's tonight features Matthew J. Sag, a law professor and author of the paper "." He'll be talking about how copyright and fair use come into play in blogging. Head to the second-floor "Mini Auditorium" at 33 E. Congress at 6:45pm to join in the free discussion.

CGBB 2, Electric Boogaloo

Back by semi-popular demand, next Thursday I'm hosting the second annual , a shindig for Chicago's LGBT bloggers and their friends, families, and fans, straight and gay alike, to meet, greet, booze and cruise. It's totally casual, not unlike our monthly GB Get-Togethers (this Friday with no fries, chips!) and all GB readers are welcome to show up at . See or Slowdown11选5图标下载 for the deets.


Looks like the Steppenwolf has jumped on the bandwagon.

Sounds Around Town

Audio blog is an interesting mix of self-produced stuff and shared mp3s. The is a set of field recordings made around the city, including a number of street performers you're likely to recognize.

Hello Teatro!

Would you look at that: Edward Lifson, host of WBEZ's 11选5图标下载, has begun .

Blogger Bowling Blowout

Last night, Gapers Block met and for a little friendly competition down at Lucky Strike: eight frames later (we ran out of lane time), GB emerged victorious! Here are photos from , and .

Big Happy Prune House

"Dear Sweetheart,

11选5图标下载 Love, Daddy"

Chicago Bloggers, IRL

Barbara Iverson of Columbia College has organized a group for local bloggers on , the second meeting of which is set for Wednesday night; this month's topic is search engines and audience building. The event takes place at 6:15pm -- register to get .

Six-Flat Therapy

New York's is expanding: they're (along with one in San Francisco; they already have one in LA) to talk about local architecture and interior design. They're looking for an editor with both blogging and ID experience. And hey, it's a paid position! (Thanks, , and !)

It Would be Funny If it Weren't True

11选5图标下载Luke Seemann's Internet Tendency on "."

Obligatory Pandering for Votes

— a time when weblogs plead with their readers to nominate them for an award that means little more than bragging rights among bloggers. But hey, we're not above that: it'd be great if you'd put our name in the running for a couple categories. May we suggest Best Group Weblog, Best Writing of a Weblog, Best Topical Weblog and, for Rearview, perhaps Best Photography of a Weblog?

Bloggers Look Back on 2005

For hours of link following fun, check out Eric Zorn's of bloggers' takes on the year's most significant local news.

Chicago Blog-Times

The Sun-Times has finally caught up to the other major dailies and launched a blog: columnist maintains the paper's everyman ethos with remarkably average posts. In the meantime, it'll be interesting to see which paper catches up to the and adds .

Opinion With Teeth

Check out a newish news and culture blog. Contributing editors include poet Simone Muench, Wesley Kimler, Dave Roth, Lynne Warren (MCA curator), James Beckman (co-founder of ), Mark Staff Brandl (corresponding editor for New York's Art in America), Jay Bonansinga (novelist and visiting professor at Northwestern University), Nancy Bockoven, Paul K, Ray Pride, and Norbert Marszalek.

The return of Daily News

11选5图标下载 that there's a new Chicago news site, but this one has a familiar name: a news site run by a former Tribune reporter. ran through 1978, at which point the trademark lapsed on the name. The new Daily News is soliciting stories and photos from its readers, which will hopefully allow it to cover stories that aren't normally in the papers. Good luck, Chicago Daily News, and welcome.

Blogs of Operatic Proportions

It's interesting to find blogs by more than one person connected to Chicago's opera scene. , a soprano based in Chicago, writes at (figures I'd discover it just as she goes on hiatus), and Brian Dickie, general director of , has , too.

Battle of the Bucket Brigade

11选5图标下载There was yesterday in the comments of their post on Alderman Natarus' plan to get rid of street performers in the Loop again. Mostly, it was against the hordes.

Video Killed the Podcast Star

If hearing your favorite local webloggers isn't enough, find some to watch at .

Eat. Drink. Play. In Chicago

To supplement your entertainment planning needs, American Express' In:Chicago card has launched a blog: .

A Really Good Apple

Autumn may be leaving us, but the web makes it possible to hang on a little while longer with, well, some photographs of fall fruit. Over the past couple weeks, Thrown for a Loop has been "appleblogging." He with the Cameo variety, one he claims is hard to top. Makes a person wanna dash to the produce market while there's still time.

Da Monsters of the Gridiron

We give you Sports in Five once a week. Say, though, you want more. One of 's recurring features is running down "Blogdom's Best"; today, it tackles .

We're Just Muggles in Their Midst

If you're a real11选5图标下载 Harry Potter fan, you know that there's just a few hours until GOF (that's , for those who don't know) opens at midnight tonight. If you're a fan, you also know all about . The site was founded by 18-year old Emerson, who lives in Indiana "near Chicago", who's helped out by his brother, and a team of Potterfans around the world (including one in Buffalo Grove). They have a virtual treasure trove of interviews, film clips, stills, and one very important countdown clock. Get your wands at the ready.


It's best not to mess with Mimi Smartypants. Or, at least, best not to mess with yourself while in her Red Line car. She's seen this kind of thing before, and .

A Million Words

Music site Coolfer Damian Kulash of Chicago's as a guest blogger over the weekend. Kulash will be reporting from the road as his band finishes its current tour; today, he . OK Go will play a local show on Friday, with a 7pm signing at the Tower Records on Clark. Fans or the merely curious can email Kulash: damian at coolfer.com.

Bloggy McBlog-a-little-less

Chicago-area blogger Mandy Stadtmiller (aka: ), has accepted a position as a features reporter at the , starting in mid-December. Previously, Mandy penned (or typed them using a word processor) articles for The Washington Post, The Village Voice, The Los Angeles Times, The Des Moines Register and . Did I mention she is funny as hell? Read her.

Windy City Weblogs

, updated and online.


11选5图标下载Barrington resident Megan Kearney is traveling around the world, and documenting it on her site, . , she's covered Asia from Japan to Thailand; I can't wait to see where she heads next. You can follow along through her , and .

Casting for Podcasters

Do you have a podcast? If so, wants to hear from you. The site is looking for "podcasters in the Chicago area to interview and submit stories from the people in their lives." Now if someone could just put together a directory of local podcasts... for now, will have to do.

More Refreshing Than a Beer Ad

While we wait for the Sox to start their next playoff series, by breaking down and linking up all those "more refreshing" ads. (Grab mp3s of the radio commercials .)

Whole Lotta (Heart)in'

If I didn't know any better, I'd almost say it was a meme: within moments of one another Metblogs and Chicagoist each posted love letters titled with the "I (heart) U" formulation. The objects of their affection could hardly be more different -- and -- but, on a dreary day like today, there are worse questions to ponder than "Whom do you (heart)?"

DIY iPod Case

AKMA made out of one of those plastic folders that come with business cards. Chic and functional!

All Mixed Up

Stereogum mp3 blog today. Look closely at the names of the involved, and I bet you'll recognize a couple. (Or, if you need ...)

A Huff Po for the Legal Set

Introducing the . It may have a cumbersome name, but the idea behind it is an exciting one. Promising to feature posts from "Chicago friends, faculty, and alumni," the site aims to take conversations outside the classroom and into the world.

Moving out

As Matt points us to a great post made by Christine Cupaiuolo on , I notice that she's . While she'll no longer be writing for Ms. magazine (a damned shame if you ask me) she will be continuing her writing at . It's always sad to hear that a professional weblogger has lost a job, but I'm glad that Christine has decided to stick around Chicago and keep writing. Her voice is strong and will carry on.

Video Bloggers

11选5图标下载 offers up this list of , or "vloggers." Is that really all of them?

Rogers Park, Represent!

11选5图标下载I don't know who Archie Gait is, or whether that's even his real name, but he deserves credit both for 's enthusiastic voice and for its humorously straight to the point subtitle: "A blog dedicated to dispelling the myth that Morse Ave. is some sort of hellhole."

Other Local BOTWs

We weren't the only Chicago-based blog to make Forbes' Best of the Web list: is among the , is their pick as the , and both and make their list of .

Now with Photos

has redesigned, and it's lovely. In addition to having actual photos on the site, they're looking for contributors to write articles about photography and photoblogging. More info .

Not Safe for Weblogs

The RedEye ran today. I'm not sure why it was called "Porn on the Blog," since it's not about sexblogs at all -- I keep mentally rhyming it with "corn on the cob," so maybe that's it. Anyway, the reporter goes to a "porn superstore" with Leigh Anne Wilson of the and , and also talks with and . UPDATE: Eric Zorn from last year.

One year of tattling

It's hard to believe that the very funny and entertaining blog of all things CTA-related, is only one year old, but it's true. And tonight the Tattler celebrates its anniversary at Rock Bottom Brewery. Details on Slowdown.11选5图标下载 Happy birthday, Tattler!

Big Happy Photobloggers

11选5图标下载Ron Slattery, GB contributor and tour guide of the , got written up in a today. (If you don't have an NYT subscription, suffer through the 30-second ad on .)

Making Media Meta

11选5图标下载Community Media Workshop is hosting a large conference today and tomorrow entitled "". You can still register (follow the link prior) and there are various prices for the different sessions. GB co-founder and editor-in-chief Andrew Huff will be on a panel with and called "Blogging and how it's transforming the media landscape". Now if this isn't all geeky enough for you, read , and . Once that's done and it all makes complete sense to you, give yourself a pat on the back and then write a post about it.

Squaring the Online News Game

is a newly public blog from , covering the field of online news. (They say it's been around since late 2003, but the archives only go back to April '04.) UPDATE: Author Scott Anderson explains that the blog started on Blogger, and he never imported them to Movable Type. So there you go.

Hedgehog Olympics

Brandy at recently got a hedgehog, Numo, and last weekend she entered him in the "Hedgehog Olympic Gym-Bar-E." Cute pictures ahead in her .

Black Sox Lore

Stephen Dubner, who co-authored with U of C economist Stephen Levitt, in the : did the 1919 White Sox get their nickname, the "Black Sox," due to their throwing of the World Series or for their notoriously dirty uniforms?

Anonymous no more

Yesterday we noted11选5图标下载 the newly launched . Those who looked at the site closely might have read that its developer stated a wish to remain anonymous. That's evidently no longer the case. has spoken up to claim credit, and, accordingly, you can now read of the site's aims, as well as get in touch to make suggestions.

Easier read than done

If you follow U of C professor 's , you'll know he to fill in while he was away on holiday. Drezner offered a "farewell warning" that the pair were of a different ideological stripe than that to which readers were accustomed, and, in his absence, commenters kept things plenty lively. David Greenberg, one of Drezner's fill-ins, in the New York Times11选5图标下载 and concludes he's just "not cut out for blogging."

The Suburbs Go Beep

11选5图标下载 is a new weblog published by the in collaboration with Northwestern University's Medill School of Journalism as part of "." They're also building a (within the Herald's distribution range), which is kind of nice.

Houseblogs in Your Neighborhood

11选5图标下载The folks behind have launched , an aggregator of, well, . A very cool feature is this , including a half-dozen in Illinois, mostly in Chicagoland.

Farewell to the Honeysuckle Shop

11选5图标下载We're sorry to report the recent closing of , a Wrigleyville lady-friendly sex toy and lingerie shop run by a husband-and-wife team. Leigh Anne Wilson, the public face of the shop and proprietress of the popular blog , shuttered their store after a bout with pneumonia. The Honeysuckle Shop remains alive online as well as in Wilson's garage. (Thanks, Marie)

Car Blog Geekout

11选5图标下载I have a friend who can identify a car by sound -- the purr of the engine, the growl of the muffler. He'd no doubt enjoy , a relatively new blog about automobiles. (And did you know the author of is local?)

Gary 'n' Rich's Blog

The Tribune has on , a weblog written by Nobel Prize-winning professor and US Appellate Judge . Trib columnist Eric Zorn, however, on his blog: "Don't swan in like an opera singer deigning to lend his talents to a lurid minstrel show."

The Obama Blog

Barack Obama followers can now get their fix by reading . Woo hoo! (found via )

Hedgehog blog

As odd as it seems, Chicago blogger seems to be the first person to create a blog specifically about . It's named Numo, not Ron Jeremy. It loves playing with toilet paper rolls. And she won't let my cats come visit.

Everyone has someone to hate them

may have moved on to other topics without ridding the world of Liz Armstrong, but now there's another snarky, anonymous blog with a wider focus on the city's : . In their first post this week, they passed on Crain's reporting that the Reader's circulation dropped for the sixth consecutive year.

Liz, Watched

11选5图标下载A new blog has been making the rounds lately, appropriately entitled : "There are far too many hours in the day and I have far too much time. This is a pathetic and bitter blog that takes the time to read and critique what is in my opinion the in Chicago: ." Unfortunately, still doesn't offer free archives of their content online, so you'll just have to pick up last week's issue to see what all the fuss is about.

Where Blogging Comes to Die

In their usual practice of sucking the fun out of everything, University of Chicago professors are . While not necessarily kept for professional reasons, most keep students in mind when posting to their sites. Because reading up on my prof's inner thoughts is totally what I wanted to do in my down time.

Douglas P. King

As the caretaker to two cats, I'm quite alright when you write about cats on your site. Last night though, it broke my heart a little (as it has in recent months with fellow friends with felines) to read about the passing of , the friend, feline and companion to Chicago designer (infamous in recent months for the 's spread). Start and read back and forth.

Republiteens Blog

"It's morning again in America!" That's the slogan of the new , a new conservative weblog run by teens 18 and under -- well, other than the and who contribute columns.

Blogging in the House (Theatre)

Pop-theatre critical darlings have started , where artistic director Nate Allen and company hope to interact with the company's fans. Among the revelations so far: 1930's Chicago, as depicted in the we told you about last year, will be the setting for the final installment of the Valentine Trilogy next year. Meanwhile the middle piece of the triptych, Curse of the Crying Heart11选5图标下载, runs through March 12.

Gay Chicago Bloggers Bash

Thursday, February 24 at is the first-ever , co-hosted by me, GB staffer Kris Vire, and Aaron Bailey of and . Expect it to be a casual gathering not unlike our monthly GB Get-Togethers. All are welcome: GLBT or straight, blogger or non-blogger. Details, as usual, in Slowdown.

Claire's Bistro

If you're a writer you're probably familiar with , a website filled with articles on writing as a career and job links that, as a Chicagoan, I've rarely found useful. Today the site launched five new weblogs, including , a "resource blog for journalists and writers." The blog's editor? Chicago's own . Suddenly my faith in mediabistro is renewed.

Watching the Paper

And you thought we were the only ones who read the Sun-Times (and Tribune) so you don't have to. Introducing , a daily blog where "Kit Kinzie" and "Will Wabash" dish on the tabloid's foibles. How soon before Trib Watch debuts? Oh, .

Lesbians! Podcasting! Satire!

Chicago film-maker and stage performer has apparently freaked out the fathers of , and with his featuring a character he created: Madge Weinstein, "saucy, outspoken breast cancer survivor and opinionated lesbian activist." Richard's crime? His podcasts were scripted,11选5图标下载 and Adam and Dave thought they were real.

To that end, they recorded in which they tried to puzzle out what to do about the situation. The majority of the reaction they've received from the podcast community, as reports, ranges from incredulity that they could have been deceived by a guy in a dress to outright hostility at the idea that the founders of podcasting want to somehow regulate or label content. Nice work, Richard! It's not every day a Chicagoan fools Adam Curry.

Big Happy Fun Game

has started . Each Friday, he'll put up a special photo, and your job is to write a story to go with it and send it to ronbighappyfunhouse11选5图标下载com by the following Thursday. The stories will be judged by a panel that includes yours truly, and the winner will receive a cool-ass prize -- the first is a set of four 1966 Robin (as in Batman and) mugs and a picture of a baby in a hat. Good luck!

Blogging in McHenry County

11选5图标下载Always on the cutting edge, the McHenry county daily paper, , writes an . It does have some interesting statistics on blogging (92% are under 30), and then this .


Chicago blogger and friend of GB 's forthcoming book I'm Not the New Me, based partly on her web journal, has a of its own. And she got blurbed by ! The book arrives April 26.

Diaries of Our Madmen

, based in Niles, has an odd little webloggy thing on their site: their artist relations guys in Chicago and Nashville keep . It's a weird mix of fanboyism and product name-dropping.

Berwyn Barbie?

has a scoop: a whole new line of Barbies is being rolled out -- with .

I Rock in Iraq

11选5图标下载Friend of GB is creating a care package for her brother, who is currently stationed in Iraq. In keeping with her orientation toward audio, she's sending him a bunch of minidisks, including one containing messages from random people back home. She's soliciting contributions: record a short message in .mp3, .aiff or .wav format and either email it to her or tell her where online she can grab it at aliciafrantz. The deadline is tomorrow (Tuesday) afternoon.

Chicago Blogmap gets its own domain

Chicago Blogmap, one of two online collections of Chicago area blogger links that categorizes its entries by stops on the CTA train lines (the other one being ), has moved to its own domain, after being hosted at for well over a year. Adjust your bookmarks.

Another Blog in the City

11选5图标下载 is a new site started by a journalist and a couple copy editors. The content is currently made up mostly of music and movie reviews, as well as an "e-poll" asking random questions to local media and celebrities. However, the site also offers a in which to discuss topics of the day.

Sifting Through the Geekiness

11选5图标下载Mike Skallas of has created , "a clone for Chicago geeks." The focus is more on technology and the arts than politics and news.

A Few Media Blogs

It's interesting to watch old media dip their feet in the blogging pool, and how each one goes at it. The Trib's Eric Zorn has been at it with his awhile now, and his colleague Maureen Ryan now has a (and someday the Tribune will give them ). Jack Mabley, the 89-year-old editor emeritus of the Daily Herald, has his own , though it's been quiet in recent weeks. And Chicago Public Radio has gotten into the act with a "" with their current pledge drive.

Yearning to contribute?

Our pals over at Chicagoist are . Well, maybe hiring is the wrong word, since I'm pretty sure they (like us) are an all-volunteer army. At any rate, if fine arts, food and restaurants, or GLBT happenings are your forte, then would like to hear from you.

Amateur night

The always entertaining brings us an early guide to "where not to be" on .

The Blogging Revolution

11选5图标下载, an assistant professor of political science at the University of Chicago, examines political blogs and asks, ""


Jim Romanesko, Evanstonian blogger of and fame, has started a new weblog. . Now you can get your fix without the jitters.


Not Chicago news, but fans of Movable Type (the software used to power this very site!) will want to check out in today's Wall Street Journal, if only to see the stipple portraits of Ben and Mena Trott.

Waste of Bandwidth

11选5图标下载You may be familiar with Andy Ihnatko's work as , but you probably weren't aware that he has . Or a , where he has a photo of .

Chicago Photo Weblog

is on a mission of sorts. He's set some rules for himself:
1. Carry a digital camera as often as possible.
2. Every day until October 31, take at least one photo.
3. No seeking out sites for the primary purpose of photographing them. Interesting things from daily life only.
4. Let viewers come up with their own stories to go with the photos.
11选5图标下载 The result: .

Keeping the blog-light burning

We were saddened a couple of weeks ago, when we read that Aaron of had died. But we're glad to read that Aaron's mother Jessie, and his sister Val, will be keeping his blog alive by updating on occasion. shows promise and I think Aaron would be proud.


is a that allows you to categorize and share your bookmarks, while subscribing to other peoples' lists. There is, of course, a page, that lists all bookmarks tagged with "Chicago."

Map Yer Blog

11选5图标下载The blog map is finally taking submissions again, after a too-long hiatus. Check in there for the blog nearest you, or add your own to the map. (Thanks, Michael!)

Blogging the RNC

11选5图标下载Like the Democrats, the Republicans invited a handful of bloggers to come cover their convention. Our local representative is Tom Bevan of ; the full list is . You could also read the Tribune's "blogs" by , and .

Law Bloggin'

Law blogs are a peculiar breed. Some interesting Illinois ones for your perusal:
, a great patent law blog

, by the
, in downstate Highland
11选5图标下载 (Interested in more? Check .)

goskokie gone?

11选5图标下载Six Northwestern graduate journalism students put together which is supposed to be a community-driven website for Skokie residents that offers Skokie news. (Sort of a GB North.) Unfortunately, it hasn't been updated in nearly a month, and this (in addition to praising the site in a blog posting yesterday) prompted the reporters over at The Register to have a bit of fun and surmise that

Unconventional coverage

11选5图标下载West Chicago-based Kirk Johnson of is one of the covering the Democratic Convention this week. He tells that his coverage will be different from that of the 13,000 traditional journalists: "News viewers have to cut through a lot of lard before getting to the guts of an issue, which gets old pretty fast." He's accepting to help pay the way.

Another Chicago Groupblog

Perhaps inspired by 's expansion into , the guys behind have started . Naturally, is one of the first cities to launch. (Looks like we need to get moving on NY Block and Gapers.LA, just to keep up.)

One (Really) Good Thing

Having had many unhappy experiences in suburbs and pseudo-suburbs of this fine city and others, and loving this fine city so very much, I'm inclined to never move to a suburb. However, tells us a (June 26th entry) which makes me understand the draw of the suburbs a wee bit more than I do now. It's all about the kids.

Mugged, with Gun

Our own NH and JC were robbed at gunpoint last night. Read the play-by-play at .

A look at Lincoln Park

11选5图标下载Your GB Humorous Moment of the Day courtesy of : .


11选5图标下载Boystown-based blogger proposes a new activity for all you WiFi-enabled tipplers out there: . "Instead of driving around in your car looking for open wireless connections (i.e., ), you go to bars and see if there's an unprotected hotspot you can use." Intriguing. [via , who may be moving to CHI from STL this summer.]


Gothamist introduces , "a website about Chicago and everything that happens in it. That means news and events, restaurants and bars, happenings and goings-on."

Go Skokie!

11选5图标下载Skokie has gotten a community weblog all of their own. is aims to "create a community driven Web site for Skokie that offers 'news for the people by the people.'" The site was created by a team at Northwestern's .

Let's Blog Two!

There are blogs about everything, so of course there are some that focus solely on the and . And if your not a fan of the home teams, can point you to one for your team.

One Good Thing

writer and shop owner, Leigh Anne Wilson gets quite a nice in Friday's Chicago Tribune. The geeky journalism student in me is jealous that I didn't get to write the lede. It's perfect.

Bloggers in the Trib

The Chicago Tribune finally gets around to covering last month's Gapers' Block/SPEC Chicago reading at Uncle Fun in today's Q section. The paper version includes pictures of Mimi Smartypants, Shasta MacNasty and other "digital beatniks" (seriously).

"Blog Jogging?"

The Rise of the Chicago Blogs continues: the writes up for her book based on her site and for her book deal based on hers. They don't know what the headline means either.

Pastry anyone?

Some of you have entertained the thought of attending culinary school. Perhaps as a patissier? If you'd rather live vicariously, then take a peek and read what it's like at , written by Meg, who's currently attending here in Chicago.

Bloggin' in the City

The Daily Herald ran a mini-series on weblogs in yesterday and today's papers. In , beats groupies away with a stick; in , the reporter blogs about his love for . (Disclosure: GB's editor was interviewed for both stories. His quote in today's article was taken out of context.)

MiMi on TV

11选5图标下载The , our local blogger celebrity, will be interviewed on 's 10 o'clock news tonight. ('Twill be interesting to see if the famously anonymous Mimi will show her face.)

At Street Level

, the original events listings site (but don't tell Metromix), has . Hopefully they'll fix their comments, so we can respond to their call to "tell us more about [the city], in detail, with links."

Vehicles of mass destruction

11选5图标下载It was not a good weekend to be a pedestrian. One of the weekend's killed bassist (Friendster profile ). Blogger Mimi Smartypants . (Coincidentally, the Tribune's Transportation section on Sunday looked at . Not enough, obviously. Cars kill more than 43,000 people a year in the U.S., and about 12 percent are innocent bystanders, the equivalent of one Sept. 11 every seven months.)

Romeoville 101

Everything you ever wanted to know about .

injust-spring Returns!

After a long hiatus, local blogger and former GB staffer Alex Valera has restarted her blog, . Welcome back!

Poundy Book!

11选5图标下载Wendy McClure, writer of , ! Her upcoming book, tentatively titled "I Am Not the New Me," has been picked up by , home of Nick Hornby and ZZ Packer. Huzzah!

One Hundred or So Ways...

11选5图标下载...To Get an Ulcer is a relatively described as "A glimpse into the mind of an Chicago inner-city high school teacher". It's captivating reading.

Librarians Rock!

11选5图标下载Especially, our librarian, . The owners of were trying to track down info about their street. They asked Alice, and she . Librarians don't know everything, they just know how to find it.

And the Nominees Are...

11选5图标下载, the longest-running weblog awards presentation (not that that's much of a boast), have announced the nominees, and there are two from Chicago in the running. , a recent emigre from Austin, is nominated for Best Topical Weblog, and is up for Best Tagline. Go vote!

Alas, Gapers' Block was not nominated. Oh well, maybe next year.

Incidentally, , the creator of the Bloggies, also codeveloped the blog map. Pretty nice of him, considering he lives in Michigan.

Penguins, LT, and beer

Mysterious and venerable Chicago blogger Mimi Smartypants has a book11选5图标下载 out soon. Weirdly, it's only being published in the UK.

Jorn Barger is Missing

Jorn Barger, creator of , one of the first weblogs -- in fact, he -- has been missing for two months. Barger moved to a small New Mexico town from Chicago last year, but hasn't been heard from online since October 1, and his housemate hasn't seen him since, either. is . : Apparently his disappearance was the result of a domestic dispute. No need to panic, stop searching under bushes.

Bookslut in the Reader

Jessa Crispin, creator of the literary weblog and e-zine , is on the cover of the this week talking about her blog and her experience with incurring the wrath of writer Dale Peck. Jessa recently moved to Chicago from Austin, and we're thrilled to have her. This is also the Reader's Fall Books issue so run out and grab a copy.

Oh, boy!

IIT's helped write the algorithm behind the , this week's blog meme. Enter a passage of text and the Genie predicts the author's gender. I entered several days of Merge, the Proprietors page and the current installments of Detour, Airbags and Fuel, and the results were unanimous: Gapers Block is a boy!


11选5图标下载 are Google-enhanced obituaries, written by local poet Daniel X. O'Neil.

Calling all Chicago Bloggers

This week is the third Wednesday of the month which means it must be ! Come meet some of your fellow bloggers this month at Southport Lanes located at 3325 N. Southport, Chicago, IL 60657 starting at 7pm. Let us know you're coming via RSVP at . Hope to see you there.

The Closing of a Restaurant

Sadly we report the demise of , a weblog by Sandor Weisz and Luke Seemann. On a happier note, we'd like to officially welcome Luke to the staff here at Gapers' Block! (Not that we had anything to do with them shutting down MoaR.)

Mr. President, welcome to the Dollhouse


Greatest Living American Blog Satirist

11选5图标下载Former Reader and McSweeney's writer returns to town to promote his latest book, Thursday, Oct. 16, there will be a free reading at Quimby's (1854 W. North) at 7:30, followed by a 9:30 show at the Subterranean (2011 W. North) with his band, The Neal Pollack Invasion ($8). Friday at 12:30 he'll read at Borders (150 N. State), then at 9 open for comedy troupe Schadenfreude at the Athenaeum (2936 N. Southport; $20).

Bloggingworks for Business

Coudal Partners and 37signals still have a couple spots left open for their workshop next Friday, Oct. 3. Tell your boss -- no, tell the CEO -- this is one workshop your company can't afford to pass up.

Chicago bloggers' maps.

11选5图标下载After langushing behind cities like and for months and months, Chicago finally has not but sites devoted to matching up bloggers by (El and Metra) train station.

Mama Smartypants

Mimi Smartypants is having a baby! (Well, not really: she's .)

The Blog "Phenomenon"

Of interest to bloggers in Chicago and elsewhere, a columnist in Canada's Globe and Mail about his discovery of the "blog phenomenon," which he writes, "is perhaps the strangest side of the Internet. It's stranger even than all the porn."

How to: Finger becomes penis

Ruthie (scroll down a little) of how to make your finger turn into a small penis. Make sure you credit her the next time you work that into your party repertoire. It's a sure bet to impress the folks.

Feed Me

is a new blog aggregate service that incorporates ; any site that offers an XML/RSS feed and has GeoURL coordinates is picked up once an hour and collected on one page. The service is still fledgling (~500 blogs tracked), but is a promising start.

Eyewitness News

11选5图标下载Normally writes poetically about all things knitty. But occasionally she writes eloquently about her life as a television news camera operator. she writes about her experience filming live during Chicago's first since February of 2001.

Bloggers in the News

The press just keeps on coming for Chicago bloggers. Wendy of , Erin Shea of and Paul McAleer of all got mentioned in a article about diet/weight issue blogs. Our Toledo correspondent tells us that Ms. Shea will be appearing on Tuesday's .


Tribune launched "," a Tribune-sponsored and -hosted weblog today, marking the first official "Triblog." He's had his own for years.

Food Blogs

and KIPlog's got some press in a about food weblogs. (As Paul from KIPlog noted, "poor Jes once again doesn't get a direct link because of her '.'"

Women Bloggers in the News

Hey, got some props in the Chicago Tribune, yesterday.
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Blog of Note

has gotten herself chosen as a "Blog of Note" by .
"Don't be fooled by the props that she got
11选5图标下载 She's just Amy from the blog"


Pass this one on to your boss: and are teaming up to offer , a one-day workshop on "how your business can harness the power of weblogs to improve efficiency and communication."

Coudal Kudos

gets today for using weblogs to raise its profile and earn street cred. They were also recently featured in .

House In Progress

is the diary of the restoration of a neglected , as well as a look into its history and a catalogue of things left behind by previous owners.

Ms. Musings

Did you know that , the writer behind (the blog) and the editor for , lives in Chicago?

Design Geek

You may be a geek, but are you a ? Our very own ponders the usefulness of objects and the way they work. It's fresh and (somewhat) new. I wish he'd put up the old archives.

The Knife Sharpener

11选5图标下载The American Sentimentalist takes a long, loving look at a job that has faded away in most neighborhoods, but not his: .

Ira Cox yes?

In what may become a daily read for me, the misleading-at-first-but-makes-sense-after "" (currently in a I-just-moved-no-internet hiatus), a site by one Ira Cox, details his adventures on his fixed gear bike (a man after my own heart), and escapades dumpster diving around the city. It's shocking to see the sort of stuff he finds... Via the indomitable .

Restaurant Round-Up

11选5图标下载Former Chicago web logger, soon to be ex-patriate traveling around the world, gives us as his final good-bye gift, his of favorite Chicago restaurants. Some obvious choices -- and some hidden gems ready to be jumped on. Good luck Paul!

ChiActing, a weblog

Stumbled across this, a , interesting links even if you're not an actor, written and maintained by David Lawrence.

Sour Bob Retires

Moments after slipping us a story tip, announced he's quitting his blog.
So long, indeed.

David Weinberger talk and party

As the capping event of the (disclaimer: I am the conference organizer) uber-blogger and web-guru will be giving a talk on 8pm May 31 (next Saturday) at the in the west loop. After which they'll be a huge party with lots of complimentary booze and the ranks of the conference goers will be swelled with artists, bloggers and other suspicious bohemian types. Come for the Heidegger, stay for the ! All are welcome.

Malaysian/Scandinavian Invasion

Ian Clarks weighs in on my (at the bottom) as his in-vogue drink a few weeks back, but more interestingly, his twist to the recipe (sub Lingonberry juice for Cranberry) becomes the . A drink that sounds pretty damn tasty.

Blogging at U. of C.

11选5图标下载 as a way to temporarily step off their pedestals and talk to the little people.

Gawker stalks Chicago

Hmmm, Gawker stalker is now ? "I saw Josh Hamilton at the 10:00 Saturday night performance of Wigfield (starring Strangers With Candy's Amy Sedaris, Steven Colbert and Paul Dinello) in Chicago. He was very cute, despite having two very dark front teeth." Hamilton, of course, is starring in Richard Greenberg's play The Violet Hour at Steppenwolf.

Dave Elfving, Alicia Frantz on NPR

Our very own as well as our friend appeared on NPR's . The online version is . Dave's audio entries are . There used to be much more but he's taken most of them down and left you with a selection of "The best of". Alicia's sounds are at . Don't be fooled by the props that I got, I'm still, I'm still Chicago from the block.

Smartypants on Boss Bar

Chicago Uber-Blogarista includes a scathingly brilliant review of Boss Bar in . As usual the inimitable Smartypants stylings are in full effect. We should get her on The Block.



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