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Fans, teammates pay respects to Banks today; 'You don't think it's real until you see the casket'

Ernie Banks was a man of the people, and people from all walks of life paid their respects to Mr. Cub during a public visitation Friday at Fourth Presbyterian Church in downtown Chicago. "You don't think it's real until you see the casket," Billy Williams said Friday at the church. Show More Summary

Extra Extra: Chicago Honors Ernie Banks

Former players and fans honored the memory of late Cubs legend Ernie Banks at a service held today at Fourth Presbyterian Church. [ more › ]

Wrigley Field's New Neighbors: Rats

As the controversial Wrigley Field renovations rage on, some area residents are reporting that in addition to the sounds, smells and sites of construction, there’s a new and unwelcome byproduct of these changes: rats. [ more › ]

Weekend Playlist: Are You Ready For Some Halftime?!

This week's playlist honors a few of the earlier Super Bowl halftime shows along with many of the more recent ones. [ more › ]

Ch'ava Says Farewell

Readers who are fans of good coffee and delicious sandwiches will be sad to hear that today is the last day for Ch'ava Cafe at 4656 N Clark. We'd heard the news earlier this week, but were waiting for confirmation, and today it came:On its Facebook page, Ch'ava writes:"Our Final Service. Show More Summary

Cider Week Returns To Chicago

With hard ciders becoming more popular than ever, Cider Week returns to Chicago from Feb. 3-8, drawing many of the nation’s top cideries and experts back to our sweet city. [ more › ]

Around Town: Let's Play Two

  We pay tribute to Ernie Banks in our Around Town gallery today. [ more › ]

Video: The Great Race: Bike Messenger Vs. Cab Driver

Red Bull strapped a camera on local bike messenger Nico Deportago-Cabrera and challenged him to race a cab driver across the city in a four vs. two wheel face off. [ more › ]

Learn Guitar From A Legend: Uli Jon Roth Brings Sky Academy To Reggie's

One of the great guitar players in rock history will be hosting a guitar workshop Sunday afternoon—a cool opportunity to awaken the inner artist in us all. [ more › ]

Morning Box Score: Blackhawks Cook Ducks; Bulls Have Another Rough Night

It was a mixed bag of results for Our Town's teams out west. [ more › ]

Today's Weather: Sun Before Snow

The sun is shining and everything looks lovely here at the Chicagoist office this morning. But don't let it fool you— it's the calm before the storm. [ more › ]

Extra Extra: Brian Urlacher Opens Up About Former Bears GM Phil Emery

Urlacher's feelings towards Emery were no secret amongst Bears fans. [ more › ]

How an old-school Pilsen carnitas joint plans to move into the next generation

If you order carnitas at a chain burrito place, you will likely get roasted, shredded pork shoulder. For Marcos Carbajal, that's like using "barbecue" to mean only one kind of meat.… [ Read more ] [ Subscribe to the comments on this story ]

Patrick "Deep Dish" Bertoletti Shatters Wing Eating Record

If your planning on serving wings at your Super Bowl party on Sunday, don't invite Patrick Bertoletti. We have a feeling he won't be craving wings anytime soon. The Chicagoan, known by his competitive eating stage name as "Deep Dish" gobbled up 444 chicken wings in 30 minutes this afternoon at the 23rd annual Wing Bowl in Philadelphia. Show More Summary

Chicagoist's Beer Of The Week: Founders Red's Rye IPA

This week we're revisiting an old staple from Pure Michigan. [ more › ]

What Makes an Institution? Restauranteurs Keene and Megan Addington Discuss Some of Chicago's Greatest

Elaine's in New York. La Coupole in Paris. The Pump Room in Chicago. What does it take to be an institution? In business school, I was taught that you never move forward with the business that you want. You move forward with the business...Show More Summary

8 Illinois Counties With Some of the Highest DUI Arrests

Throughout the United States in 2013, one person was killed every 52 minutes in a drunk driving accident. While the number of alcohol-impaired driving fatalities in Illinois has decreased 37.8 percent between 2002 and 2012 -- in large...Show More Summary

Three To See: This Week's Theater Recommendations

Dude-heavy shows—along with struggles for self-acceptance and confronting past demons—fill the Chicago stage this week. [ more › ]

Friday Afternoon Diversion: The 1950s Lakefront

The lakefront, then and now, is beautiful. Although in the 1950s it certainly was less crowded. [ more › ]

La Diosa Chef Doesn't Let Blindness Get In The Way Of Cooking Great Food

All restaurant owners operate on trust to some degree. Blind since birth, Chef Laura Martinez must trust even more than average in her food’s quality for La Diosa to succeed. [ more › ]

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