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The 7 best Chicago shows this week: Jimmy Whispers, Vic Mensa, Ryley Walker

Another week, another opportunity to spend it at your favorite concert venue. Here's a pretty stacked list of all the awesome acts playing the city, with a focus on local artists (sorry, but do you really need validation from me to go see Bruce Springsteen? Go see Bruce Springsteen.). Anyway, show...

Money can convince smokers to try kicking the habit

If the threat of health complications isn't enough to get someone to quit smoking, money could be the short-term push they need instead.  A study conducted by Swiss researchers found that continued payments to poor smokers helped more than one-third of them kick the habit, according to a report...

Justin Bieber's deleted Instagram and why we feel like we own celebrities

Justin Bieber deleted his Instagram account this week following a brief but mighty onslaught of negative comments related to his new girlfriend, 17-year-old model Sofia Richie. Selena Gomez got involved. Shade was thrown. And just like that, he was gone. It’s easy to dismiss the Insta shutdown...

The Chicago Dancing Festival is fully booked, but there are still free shows to see

Every summer since 2006, the Chicago Dancing Festival has tried to put dance within reach of everyone. The citywide extravaganza, on the cusp of its tenth anniversary, is billed as "the nation's largest dance fest" and remains entirely free.…

Commitment issues 'n' chill: How do I stop flaking on my relationships?

I'm a 23-year-old male who has recently found out I have commitment issues. I always start to like a girl and then do everything in my power to get to her and then after we've dated for a month or so, I completely lose interest and get out of the relationship. I have no idea why I do this or how...

PAWS Chicago Will Take In Pets From Louisiana Floods

Natural disasters like floods can leave family pets injured or stranded. [ more › ]

Chicago festivals this weekend: Aug. 19-21

Chicago Air & Water Show, South Shore Summer Fest and more

Bow Truss Coffee Owner Charged With Domestic Battery

Some on social media have called for a boycott on the the controversial entrepreneur's businesses. [ more › ]

Bambu Desserts & Drinks Coming To Argyle & Broadway

Another empty storefront hits the dust. Bambu Desserts & Drinks, a Vietnamese chain that started in 2008, is coming to 5010 North Broadway, a couple doors south of Ba Le.According to its website, Bambu currently has stores in nine states...Show More Summary

Lost 1972 Film Starring Improv Legend Del Close Deserves A Wide Release

Don Klugman's unfinished feature A Multiple Choice Test (1972) spotlights Del Close's only performance in a lead role. It's also a great time capsule of Richard M. Daley-era Chicago. [ more › ]

24 ways to have the perfect Chicago picnic

For most of us, dining alfresco means locating the nearest patio or rooftop with good vibes and decent food. But in a city with sprawling green space and beaches for days, there are cheaper ways to enjoy the season’s biggest perks. Yeah, we’re talking about a good old-fashioned picnic. Grab a blanket,...

The 13 Best French Fries Around Chicago

Put your carb-counting on hiatus and dive right in. [ more › ]

Trump suggests Chicago could solve crime problem ‘in a week’ if cops got tougher

Presidential candidate Donald Trump discussed Chicago's crime problem during an appearance Monday on the "O'Reilly Factor," saying he spoke to a Chicago police officer who said he could stop the problem quickly using tough tactics. In an interview on the Fox News show, Trump reiterated his comments...

Wait Times At Chicago Airports Drop Precipitously As TSA Does Its Job

According to TSA Performance Reports that the city shared on Tuesday, the average peak wait time at O’Hare fell from 105 minutes in May (!) to seven minutes last month. [ more › ]

Three Children, One Man Killed In 3-Alarm South Chicago Fire

A person of interest is being held and questioned in the "suspicious" blaze, according to Chicago police. [ more › ]

A brief history of 'Snakes on a Plane'

It has been 10 years since "Snakes on a Plane" hit theaters after generating gigantic buzz in the months leading up to its release. Here is a look back at the cult film.

New Rooftop Spot In The Loop Will Serve Authentic South American Cocktails

The entire program at Boleo is infused with a sense of "what would happen if I tried this crazy thing?" that will lead to some great cocktails. [ more › ]

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