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The 10 Best Dive Bars in America

By: Andy Kryza and Liz Childers Sometimes, you go to a bar for a fancy cocktail. Sometimes, you go for a rare beer paired with some gastropub innovation. And sometimes -- most times -- you go to drink in a dark, windowless room, where...Show More Summary

5 Illinois Counties That Go to Bed the Earliest

Hey, Illinoisans--turn off the lights and put down your phones. You're not getting enough sleep! Jawbone, the creators of a fitness-tracking bracelet, tracked the bedtimes of 1 million of the bracelet's wearers across the U.S. by county. Show More Summary

Let The Sunshine In!

SE corner of Wilson & Malden The building on the SE corner of Wilson and Malden has been getting a bit of a facelift lately. The exterior of the building was tuckpointed and trim around the windows was repainted. New awnings are most certainly next. Show More Summary

CTA riders to be checked for explosives

Starting next month, Chicago police officers will be swabbing the bags of some riders entering some CTA rail stations to make sure they don't have explosives, Chicago Police announced Friday. A team of officers will be stationed at a randomly selected rail station to ask randomly selected riders to swab their bag. Show More Summary

Saturday Afternoon: Puptown's Traditional Howl-O-Ween

Registration starts at 1:15pm. Judging begins at 2pm. Local sponsors include SoFo Tap, Unleashed, Blum Animal Hospital, and Baker & Nosh. Visit Puptown's Facebook page for more info.

Saturday Morning: Canine Costume Party at Baker & Nosh

Prizes and onsite Puppy Adoptions from volunteers for PAWS Chicago.

More Details About Decatur Classical School's Possible Move To Uptown

Ald. Cappleman gave more details about the possibility of Decatur Classical School moving to the former Graeme Stewart campus in his weekly newsletter:"A number of months ago, Decatur Classical School's principal (Susan Kukielka) and...Show More Summary

Autumnal Uptown

click to enlarge Autumn leaves are turning, and it can be stunning (as long as you're not the one who has to rake). Thank you to reader NG for this beautiful scene of the bridge over the lake in Graceland Cemetery. This scene is located just feet from the intersection of Montrose and Magnolia.

Another Candidate Enters The 47th Ward Aldermanic Race

It looks like Ald. Pawar may have some competition. Businessman Rory Fiedler has announced his candidacy for 47th Ward alderman. He says on his campaign website, "I am a lifelong resident of the area, attending Queen of Angels Grammar School and Lane Tech High School. Show More Summary

Stewart Campus To Host Another CPS School?

Classical education coming to a classic building? Remember the community workshops held last spring by Metropolitan Planning Council and Ald. Cappleman concerning the future of the former Stewart School? The community said, among other things:"Stewart School site. Show More Summary

Pumpkin Carving Contest At Buena Beach Bar & Grill This Thursday

The old Razon space at 4250 North Marine has been transformed into Buena Beach Bar & Grill, which describes itself as "an eclectic American casual gastropub." You can find out more about it by visiting its Facebook page, here.Or, why...Show More Summary

Early Voting Taking Place Now

You can vote early in the general election (Election Day: Tuesday, November 4th) now through Sunday, November 2nd.Voters registered in the City of Chicago may use any Early Voting site in the city, regardless of where the voters live.Ballots cast in Early Voting are final. Show More Summary

Insidious At The Haunted Drive-In

Come see Insidious (PG-13)... if you dare! It will be playing at the Haunted Drive-In at Margate Park (4921 N. Marine Dr.) on Thursday, October 23 from 6:30 - 8:30pm.$5 admission which includes popcorn, hot dog and a drink. Ages 13 and up. This movie is best suited for teens and adults. More info is here.

Morning Box Score: Predators Maim Blackhawks

James neal scored a natural hat trick as the Blackhawks lost in Nashville. [ more › ]

Chefs Kornick, Izard, Gand and Restaurateurs Levy and Stefani Inducted Into the Chicago Chefs Hall of Fame

On October 16, chefs Stephanie Izard of Girl and the Goat and Little Goat (Chef of the Year), Gale Gand of Spritz Burger (Pastry Chef of the Year), Michael Kornick of MK, Ada Street and DMK Burger Bar among others (Legendary Chef), and...Show More Summary


The vermin that normally occupy City Council received an unwanted guest Thursday while the man responsible for keeping pests out of city buildings testified during budget hearings. [ more › ]

Tom Skilling: Happy Friday!

October 2014 has saved its nicest weather for its final weekend. And the timing couldn't more perfect. The area's in the midst of it's most spectacular array of fall colors in years, and good weather will allow Chicagoans a chance to...Show More Summary

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