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Sorry, Corpse Flower Fans—The Chicago Botanic Garden's Stinky 'Spike' Won't Bloom

  If you find yourself blue about our stinky friend’s demise, just remember that in science, you sometimes learn more from failure than success. [ more › ]

Second City Thanks Firefighters And Paramedics With A Free Show

Second City is planning a free show for the 150 Chicago firefighters and paramedics who saved the beloved theater from an extra-alarm fire Wednesday. [ more › ]

Filmmaker Talks About His Documentary Alleging Child Sexual Abuse At JPUSA: "They're Not Going To Shut Me Up With Money"

As long-time readers know, documentary filmmaker Jaime Prater created and released No Place To Call Home last year, recalling his upbringing at Jesus People USA and interviewing others he grew up with there. Many of the adults who appear...Show More Summary

Documentary Shows How Outsiders Have Wreaked Havoc In Sudan

This gripping documentary takes a "boots on the ground" (and sometimes in the air) approach to the subject for a visceral, intimate and often very strange view. [ more › ]

Marlon Brando Narrates Documentary In Private, Intimate Audio Recordings

Marlon Brando is an undeniably important figure in the history of movie acting. That said... maybe it's time to stop talking so much about Brando? [ more › ]

Rauner's $30,000 A Month Budget Consultant Leaves, But Illinois Still Has No Budget

The state's $30,000-a-month budget consultant is out and Illinois still has no budget plan. [ more › ]

Chicago's First Uniqlo Store Will Be The Second-Largest In The U.S.

Get ready for the U.S.'s second-largest Uniqlo store, Chicago fast-fashion fans. [ more › ]

Say Farewell To Keith McCormick Today At Fat Cat

Keith McCormick, who has headed Business Partners, the Chamber for Uptown for the past two years, is leaving the organization, effective today. If you'd like to bid him farewell, come to Fat Cat (4840 N Broadway) this afternoon between 4pm and 6pm. Show More Summary

Kenny Rasmussen's library shows head to West Town this weekend

Kenny Rasmussen started hosting free, all-ages, daytime punk shows at the Bridgeport Library back in January for people who typically can't make it out to bars and clubs to see great, local live music. Since then, his library gigs have picked up steam and have started popping up at other branches around town.…

46th Ward Budgeting Ideas

Ald. Cappleman's weekly newsletter covered the 46th Ward Budget Town Hall Meeting that took place on Wednesday:"Thanks to all the people who gave their ideas to help the City of Chicago address its budget crisis. I want to especially...Show More Summary

The Strange Disappearance Of A 6-Year-Old Aurora Boy Will Get CNN Treatment

The disappearance of six-year-old Timmothy Pitzen from suburban Aurora has baffled investigators since he went missing in 2011. [ more › ]

Essanay Silent Movie Sherlock Holmes Returns To Chicago In October

The 1916 Sherlock Holmes silent movie that was filmed at Essanay Studios right here on Argyle Street and was presumed lost for decades will make its Chicago re-debut at the Chicago International Film Festival in October. It will be a...Show More Summary

Stevie Hanley "Synaesthetica" @ The International Museum of Surgical Science

2 days agoUnited States / Chicago : A/C

Synaesthetica, by definition, is a "sensation experienced in part of the body other than the part simulated," most commonly associated with music being seen as color. Notable cases for the condition include, David Hockney, Duke Ellington and Vladimir Nabokov. In...

Exclusive Download: Unreleased Album From The Tarts Features Naked Raygun Members

They should have been huge. Featuring members of Naked Raygun, Dummy, Muchacha and Mr Furley, but this power pop punk supergroup never really got the credit they deserved. [ more › ]

The Chicago River Is Still Full Of Human Waste: Study

Don't plan on swimming in the Chicago River anytime soon—As beautiful as it looks and no matter how many tourists flock there, it is still full of human waste. [ more › ]

Illinois' comptroller position gets exciting for Leslie Munger

Earlier this week I wrote that the race for Illinois comptroller might be one of the hottest contests of next year's election. I contrasted the sizzle of the election -- which will pit incumbent Leslie Geissler Munger against either state Sen. Show More Summary

Labor Day Traffic Will Be Soul-Sucking Thanks To Low Gas Prices

Due to rising incomes and low gas prices, 35.5 million Americans are expected to travel next weekend, the most since Labor Day 2008. [ more › ]

Chicago's High-Speed Police Chases Have Been Killing Innocent Civilians

High-speed police pursuits and other instances of criminal suspects fleeing the police in cars can have serious and deadly consequences. But are they worth it in the name of police work? [ more › ]

We Are Your Friends, No Escape, Grandma, Listen to Me Marlon, Learning to Drive, Turbo Kid & She's Funny That Way

2 days agoUnited States / Chicago : A/C

We Are Your Friends Earlier this summer, a French film called Eden was released that explored the DJ culture of the times in a fascinating and heartfelt way that was less about spinning records and more about establishing interesting characters...

Subway Was Warned Jared Fogle Was A Pedophile, Ex-Franchisee Says

Ex-Subway weight-loss mascot Jared Fogle openly admitted to raping children and said he "really liked them young," a former sandwich chain franchisee says. She says she warned her bosses at Subway about several disturbing conversations she had with Fogle seven years ago—but the company didn't take her concerns seriously. [ more › ]

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