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All Roads Lead to the Great Lakes: How Invasive Species Get Here & Ways You Can Help

Photo courtesy of © Shedd Aquarium/Brenna Hernandez We're wrapping up the last days of National Invasive Species Awareness Week for 2015. More than 180 invasive species have adopted the Great Lakes ecosystem as their home. Asian carp...Show More Summary

Michael Madigan's resurrected millionaire's tax faces opposition

It has been months since the idea of an Illinois millionaire's tax seemed to be off the table in the General Assembly, but House Speaker Michael Madigan has revived talks of the surtax again. Now, many Illinois teachers unions and education organizations are coming out in favor of the added three percent income tax. Show More Summary

7 Ways Chicago Ended Up with an Emanuel-Garcia Runoff

Chicagoans spoke at the ballot boxes while voting for mayor Feb. 24 -- and their choice for the next leader of the city was not for Mayor Rahm Emanuel or Cook County Commissioner Jesus "Chuy" Garcia or for any of the three other candidates. Show More Summary

Can These Chicago Sommeliers Pass The Master Test?

Can Dan Pilkey, Richard Hanauer and Blake Leja beat the grueling Master Sommelier exam? [ more › ]

Daniel Knox Delivers Gritty-Beautiful Music On His New Album

Possessing a Midwestern sensibility of edginess meets kindness, modesty meets a work ethic, Daniel Knox births formidable songs that touch the bare bones of the human condition. [ more › ]

Morning Box Score: Blackhawks Shut Out Panthers

Performances like Corey Crawford's second shutout of the season will help the Blackhawks weather Patrick Kane's absence. [ more › ]

Today's Weather: Frigid Friday

Don't let that beautiful sunshine fool you, it is so damn cold. [ more › ]

Should IL Make "Opting Out" Easier (Like CA & Utah)?

While CPS remains unsure/unclear what it's going to do next with the Common Core tests, suburban parents are pressing the state for an opt-out waiver that parents can sign a form. (See the WBEZ story below, and then check out this new...Show More Summary

Become a better American by leaving the country

Rudy Giuliani's comments last week about President Obama not loving America were almost certainly racist, fear mongering and full of desperation in light of Giuliani's own increasing irrelevance. But I think there was some truth to what Giuliani said. Show More Summary

Mini-review: Late-night Gold Coast taqueria Velvet Taco

Mini-review: Velvet Taco1110 N. State St. 312-763-2654Rating: !!!! (out of four) Already hot Tacos for bros! I figured that might as well be the motto at Velvet Taco, a late-night taqueria that opened earlier this month in the Gold Coast. Show More Summary

Bellboy testifies at Bali murder trial

A bellboy at an Indonesian hotel testified Thursday that a suburban Chicago man charged with murdering his girlfriend's mother and stuffing the body into a suitcase refused any help in taking a bag to a taxi outside the hotel. TommyShow More Summary

Wilson L Rehab Begins Southbound Track Work In March

click to enlarge We've seen signs of the Wilson Red Line station's rehab with the demolition of buildings around the station, but this is the first sign of infrastructure changes. According to the Tribune, the construction will add two to four minutes to your southbound commute, as 2,200 feet of old track is removed and replaced. Show More Summary

Vintage Garage Returns For Its Fourth Year In Uptown

It was far from a sure thing, but we're delighted to hear that Vintage Garage will be back for another summer of showcasing retro, kooky, unusual and memorable items at the Aon parking garage, 5051 North Broadway. Here's what we heard...Show More Summary

Great Raffle Prizes Tonight At Crew

A reminder from Friends of the 46th Ward Schools that they are hosting a fundraiser tonight. All money raised goes to support the children in our local schools with school supplies and other needed items."Join us at Crew Bar & Grill (4804 N. Show More Summary

How a chef cures meats for Chicago's first-ever Charcuterie Week

I was at Rare Tea Cellar, gourmet tea and food importer Roderick Markus's warehouse, a Batcave of wonders along the Ravenswood line, in mid-January. Phillip Foss (El Ideas) and a couple of his cooks were there, tasting different things—scattered...Show More Summary

There's a dangerous new soup dumpling in Chinatown

Legitimate soup dumplings, or xiao long bao, have been and remain about as common as Sasquatch in these parts. Every now and then they make an appearance but rarely stick around for long.… [ Read more ] [ Subscribe to the comments on this story ]

Man Shot On 4700 Block of Beacon

A man was shot in the lower right leg around 4:45pm on the 4700 block of Beacon, near Lawrence. He ran for cover in the lobby of one of the residential buildings on that street, where police found him and EMTs began treating him. The shooters are reported to have been in a red Altima or Cruz. Show More Summary

It's National Girl Scout Cookie Weekend - Resistance Is Futile

We love our local Girl Scout troops, and we love their addictive cookies! Brennemann Troop 20317 will be selling cookies outside the Montrose/Broadway Jewel this Saturday, and March 7th and 21st. Help them meet their sales goals! All...Show More Summary

Not Sure What Mayoral Candidate To Vote For? There's An App For That

If you're still on the fence about who to vote for tomorrow for Mayor, there's a free app called "Pollenize" that lists all the Chicago Mayoral candidates' stances on the issues that may be important to you.Its founders say, "Pollenize...Show More Summary

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