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Drinking the Kool-Aid at Owen + Alchemy in Logan Square

Assuming you're not running with the bulls today at Target or Walmart, your priority might be to do something to offset yesterday's hours of holiday excess. And to that end maybe you're considering a $10 bottle of cold-pressed juiceShow More Summary

Dime Stories: Ferguson Burning

By Tony Fitzpatrick One of the more confounding and compelling foundational myths about the Obama Presidency is that it has somehow squared the racial and class-based inequities that plague our country. That we were now, as the pundits coined it, “post-racial.” (You know we’re fucked when political hacks start borrowing terminology from the art world.) […]

Extra Extra: Gov. Quinn Grants Pardons To 126 Convicts

On Thanksgiving eve, Gov. Pat Quinn granted pardons to 126 convicts, including Robert Taylor, one of the members of the Dixmoor Five. [ more › ]

Presents: The Holiday Issue

Whether you’re early Ebenezer and hate the holidays, or late Ebenezer and adore them, one thing is definite. Like death and taxes, they’re inevitable. So why not make the best of them? We’re used to mediating both Scroogean extremes in our household, and we’ve discovered a couple of things: try to cut through the commercialization […]

Women in College Leadership

As you explore options for college, you are likely to ask about programs, affordability, facilities, housing, sports, and safety. Are you, though, asking about leadership? I believe you should, for who leads our colleges and universities...Show More Summary

Holiday Food And Drink Classes

Get ready for the holidays with these festive classes for the whole family. [ more › ]

Friday Afternoon Diversion: Give 'Em Some Reggae

If you're looking to kill 15 minutes or avoid your family during this holiday weekend, here's Axl Rose, showing the world why his fall from grace has been so hard. [ more › ]

Chicagoist's Beer Of The Week: Off Color's Le Predateur

If you do have Thanksgiving leftovers, you would truly be doing yourself a huge favor by picking up a four-pack of Le Predateur this weekend. [ more › ]

How can Illinois trim its massive amount of local government bodies?

With 7,000 bodies of government, Illinois leads the nation by a long shot for number of taxing entities. By contrast, Texas ranks second with 5,000. Mandy Burrell Booth of the Metropolitan Planning Council asks how the state can consolidate...Show More Summary

No Turkeys Here: Post-Thanksgiving Movie Revivals Liven Up Local Screens

If Thanksgiving gluttony has put you into an immobile state, why fight it? The next few days offer the chance to revisit some notable films from the past. [ more › ]

Do This: Pilot Light's Feed Your Mind

Enjoy a gala to raise money for food education featuring some of Chicago's best chefs. [ more › ]

Chicago Is The Focus For Thodos Dance's Saturday Show At Auditorium Theatre

Thodos Dance Chicago kicks off their Chicago-themed season with an Auditorium Theatre 'Made in Chicago' show tomorrow. [ more › ]

Around Town: The 2014 McDonald's Thanksgiving Parade

  We share some festive photos from the 2014 McDonald's Thanksgiving Parade in Around Town today. [ more › ]

Eternal: Art Shay Documents Nelson Algren

Art Shay's exhibit "Nelson Algren's Eternal Chicago" opens this evening at Bucktown's Firecat Projects Gallery. [ more › ]

Illinois' pension reform questions mean the state's financial future is uncertain

Illinois' December 2013 pension reform law was deemed unconstitutional Nov. 21 by a Sangamon County Circuit Court judge. The issue is likely headed to the state Supreme Court by way of appeal by Attorney General Lisa Madigan. The Illinois...Show More Summary

Watch: 'Star Wars: The Force' teaser

"There's been an awakening. Have you felt it?" (If not, you probably noticed its impact Friday morning on Twitter or Facebook) That's how the first official teaser trailer for J.J. Abrams' "Star Wars: The Force Awakens" opens. What follows...Show More Summary

Bears Fall To Lions, Spoil Our Appetites On Thanksgiving

The Bears spoiled the appetites of many fans on Thanksgiving, jumping out to an early lead before falling 34-17 to the Detroit Lions. [ more › ]

Linework: Desperate Winning

By Sarah Leitten. Edited by Ivan Brunetti and Aaron Renier. (Click on image to enlarge.)

Today's Weather: Leftovers

We hope you all had an enjoyable Thanksgiving and that your Friday is spent relaxing, eating up some leftovers and sliding in a nap or two. [ more › ]

Grand Theft Noel: Tis the Season for Familial Larceny

By Robert Rodi I come from a large family—three sisters, three brothers—and for years we siblings bravely persisted in honoring the holiday spirit by giving each other Christmas presents. But when spouses entered the picture, and then kids—the latter popping out at the alarming rate of sometimes two or three a year—our gift-giving expenses seriously […]

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