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Blue Cities Have a Sustainable Relationship with Oceans

A fascinating new book by University of Virginia professor Timothy Beatley argues that while cities must continue to merge with the "green" -- by adding more trees, green roofs, and green buildings -- they can't ignore the "blue," our greater marine environment. Show More Summary

15 ways to pretend you're not a hot mess

I just turned 29, but since I returned to grad school (thus decreasing my bank account and increasing my intake of cheap beer), I've felt kind of like a mess. My only furniture is a decade old bed, a lumpy futon and a dumpster-dived end table. Show More Summary

Around Town: A House Is A Home

  A home comes in many different shapes and sizes today in Around Town. [ more › ]

Cleaning Up Humboldt Park Post-Riot Fest Begins

The combination of Friday's rains and growing attendance means damage costs could top last year's $54,300. [ more › ]

'The Alchemist' Still Resonates 26 Years Later

In a new forward to the novel, Paulo Coelho discusses his motivation for writing the novel and his initial struggles publishing it. [ more › ]

First poll of the election cycle to show Quinn ahead of Rauner

Until last week, all polls taken after the March 18 primary election showed Republican gubernatorial candidate Bruce Rauner leading Gov. Pat Quinn, in some cases by double digits. But that trend ended when Quinn came out ahead last week...Show More Summary

Checkerboard City: Urine—A Lot of Trouble

By John Greenfield I don’t mean to sound pissy, but the Chicago Transit Authority is having difficulty keeping its elevators urine-free. Some say it’s the agency’s Number One challenge. Like most Chicagoans who get around by rapid transit, I’ve noticed that people often use the lifts as restrooms. However, the issue really hit home when […]

Morning Box Score: Miscues Cost Sox; Rizzo Returns Big For Cubs

Anthony Rizzo's homer won it at Wrigley, while Jake Petricka's highwire act cost the Sox a game. [ more › ]

State of Emergency for Transgender Women of Color

Self-defense is murder when you're a transgender woman of color. At least that's what Illinois' Cook County seems to be saying. Eisha Love, a 26-year-old transgender woman of color, is currently in Chicago's Cook County Department of Corrections awaiting trial. Show More Summary

Free Will Astrology: Week of September 18, 2014

By Rob Brezsny ARIES (March 21-April 19): These horoscopes I write for you aren’t primarily meant to predict the future. They are more about uncovering hidden potentials and desirable possibilities that are stirring below the surface right now. When I’m doing my job well, I help you identify those seeds so you can cultivate them proactively. […]

Riot Fest muck-up cleanup

Riot Fest became a mud fest this year. Just how much damage was done to Humboldt Park, home of the three-day music festival, still was being assessed Monday, according to the Chicago Park District.  But one thing was certain: It wasShow More Summary

Take a free trolley in Hyde Park

Hyde Park residents and visitors may soon get a new method of transportation and it doesn't require a Ventra card-or any fare at all. Officials from the 53rd Street Special Service Area, which funds services and programs with local tax...Show More Summary

Second City Quinn Parody Is Funny Because It Could Be True

Watching this video,one could actually believe Quinn giving a contractor a negative review on Angie's List. [ more › ]

Today's Weather: Ray Of Light

The clouds are gone, the sun is out and a warming trend begins after we get through a mild Tuesday. [ more › ]

Who's ultimately responsible for the Ray Rice disgrace?

There are two great literary explorations into the kind of repeated endeavor that gives life purpose even if not always accomplishment. One is Camus's "The Myth of Sisyphus."… [ Read more ] [ Subscribe to the comments on this story ...

An Unprecedented List of Cultural Exhibitions and Events in Chicago This September

In the thirty-two years that I have lived in Chicago, I have never missed an international art fair in this great city. With that in mind, I am proud to write that never before has the annual exposition benefited from such a long, and unprecedented, list of major exhibitions and events that were planed to open and run concurrently with its dates. Show More Summary

Man Killed in Gang-related Violence

There's been an uptick in gun-related incidents in and around Sheridan Park over the last few days. Readers have reported gun fire across a few locations roughly between Leland, Sunnyside, Magnolia and Beacon. Unfortunately the violence seems to have culminated in a man being killed on Monday. Show More Summary

DeGeneres, Wiig 'Let It Go'

It's safe to assume everyone in the universe is ready to let go of "Let it Go" because--let's be honest--it's gotten pretty annoying. When everyone on your Facebook feed thinks they have the pipes of Tony-award winning actress IdinaShow More Summary

Gang-related violence in Uptown

A fatal shooting in Uptown on Monday is fueling concerns about gang violence in the North Side neighborhood.The shooting marks Uptown's third homicide of the year, according to the Cook County medical examiner's office.At about 11 a.m.,...Show More Summary

Vikings' Peterson faces new accusation

EDEN PRAIRIE, Minn. -- Confusion and a solid dose of anger from the public and some media members reigned at Minnesota Vikings' Winter Park complex Monday as team officials seemed to reverse course on their stance on perennial All-Pro...Show More Summary

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