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Visit Haunted Punch House, If You Dare

Things are getting spooky in Pilsen. Visit a Haunted (Punch) House for a scary night of drinks and supernatural fun. [ more › ]

Lydia Loveless Set To Raise Hell At Lincoln Hall

We're frankly surprised tickets are still available for Lydia Loveless' Nov. 28 show at Lincoln Hall. [ more › ]

Democracy's Most Cherished Act

Democracy! A word, a way of life, our highest ideal: Everyone is equal; no one is marginal. I still feel the force of this word, though the middle syllable -- "mock" -- grows increasingly dominant when I hear it, especially now, as election season rolls around again. Show More Summary

Thursday Afternoon Diversion: Enjoy Your Pile Of Leaves

It's a beautiful fall day outside which makes us wish we could take a break and go jump into a crisp pile of leaves. [ more › ]

One Great Dish: Burger Bar's Borrega Lamb Burger

Here's a burger that strikes a balance between Kuma's sheer force and Au Cheval's elegance. [ more › ]

Christmas in October?

Oh, you're just cracking open your Southern Tier Pumking? Brace yourself. Great Lakes Christmas ale, a seasonally released beer brewed with honey, ginger and cinnamon, already has hit Chicago. Big Onion Tavern Group (Woodie's Flat, Fatpour,...Show More Summary

5 Illinois Monster Stories That Will Make You Want to Check Under the Bed

On Halloween night, monster sightings in Illinois will go through the roof--little goblins and ghosts and ghouls will abound in every neighborhood. But Illinois also has its fair share of sightings of monsters that don't go door to door...Show More Summary

Chicago women: We've had enough with the catcalls

"Keep running, baby." Danielle Sullivan, 19, a student at Loyola University Chicago, was sick of hearing comments like that one around her Rogers Park home, particularly when she goes out jogging in the mornings. The comments, she said,...Show More Summary

Interview: Catching Up With The Whirlwind That Is Twin Peaks

Twin Peaks is plowing ahead full steam but we had a chance to talk to the band recently about how far they've come. [ more › ]

Midday News Links: Quinn, Rauner Running Even Downstate

This is surprising, given how unpopular Quinn is outside the greater Chicago area, and a sign not all downstaters bought into Rauner's "hammer and shake" faux-populist campaign. [ more › ]

A Movement that Matters

In the past few years I've used this platform to talk about the strength of our community and how we can leverage our economic and political power to make an impact in Chicago. There is no greater way to demonstrate our political power than by exercising our right to vote. Show More Summary

Shaw: Illinois needs responsible voters

The 2014 Illinois statewide election is only days away, and the Better Government Association's Andy Shaw wants Illinoisans to think very carefully about their candidate choices before they vote. He says the state needs informed, responsible...Show More Summary

Conviction In Landmark 1982 Double Murder Case Vacated

In a stunning announcement, a Cook County Judge granted prosecutors’ requests to vacate the conviction of Alstory Simon in a 1982 double homicide that exposed flaws in the criminal justice system and eventually led to Illinois abolishing the death penalty. [ more › ]

Pencil This In: Normal Avenue Book Release Party At Cole's

If your in the mood to grab a new spooky read from a local author, head over to Cole's this evening for the release party of 'Normal Avenue' by Alex Bonner. [ more › ]

"Mirror of Enlightenment" Arrives to Harris Theater

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For a one evening only engagement, Fulcrum Point New Music Project, led by the renowned Stephen Burns, will be presenting a special presentation, "Mirror of Enlightenment," at the Harris Theater. Focused on the themes of contemporary Indian music and how...

Around Town: Orange And Black

  We spotlight the two colors that make up the classic Halloween combo today in Around Town. [ more › ]

Best of Chicago 2014

Best of Chicago 2014 is out today. Nothing compares to this issue in print, so look for a copy today, before they’re all gone. (We have this handy map of locations if you don’t already have a favorite spot.) Over the course of today, Thursday, October 30, we’ll be posting each of the approximately two-hundred […]

Filmmaker Steve James Talks 'Life Itself,' Roger Ebert on 'The Interview Show'

Documentary filmmaker Steve James stopped by "The BIG Interview Show," at The Abbey Pub in September 2014, to talk about his new movie, "Life Itself," about the life of Roger Ebert. Our next show is Nov. 7, at The Hideout, in Chicago,...Show More Summary

The Best And Worst Halloween Candy To Give Trick Or Treaters

This year we asked the food and drink department to share their favorite and least favorite Halloween candies. What are your picks? [ more › ]

Jean Banchet nominees show a scene that's doing just fine, thank you

The annual Jean Banchet Awards, which honor the best in fine dining in Chicago at a benefit for the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation in January, announced nominees this morning after soliciting diner opinions for the past few weeks. Last year...Show More Summary

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