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Thursday Afternoon Diversion: Bruce Meredith

Here's a well-known CTA employee who's made it his mission to bring a little bit of positivity into people's lives. [ more › ]

The Chicagoist 2014 Charitable Gift Guide

This is the season for giving and here are some charities that can use your generosity. [ more › ]

Ask A Scientist, Bare Bones Edition: Anna Goldman

Part of Anna's job at the museum is to prepare specimens for collections. That sounds clinical, but when you get down to it, it's all about skin, bones and guts. Awesome! [ more › ]

Pencil This In: Windy City Rollers Season Opener At UIC Pavilion

The league, now 10 years old and counting, kicks off its new season Friday. [ more › ]

Petcoke on Our Parkways? The Crudification of Chicago

There has been movement on the piles of oil refining waste along the Calumet River, which have been such a powdery black eye for Chicago of late. KCBX, the company holding massive mounds of petcoke at the edge of homes, schools and parks...Show More Summary

Around Town: Christmas Countdown

  Christmas is exactly one week away. Prepare yourself. [ more › ]

Garrett Popcorn Settles 'Chicago Mix' Lawsuit

You can still order 'Chicago Mix' at any Garrett shop; they just can't call it 'Chicago Mix' anymore. [ more › ]

Restaurants that repeatedly failed health inspections

At least six Chicago restaurants have failed their city health inspection four times each in 2014, according to an analysis of Chicago Department of Public Health data published last week. That's the highest number of times an individual...Show More Summary

Broadway Street Protected Bike Lane Named Among Nation's Best

It's further proof bike lanes improve safety for cyclists, pedestrians and even motorists. [ more › ]

Get Your Christmas Flicks Fix On Local Screens

Looking for some great, traditional holiday movie viewing options?. If so, a few Chicago area theaters have something on their schedules to make you merry. [ more › ]

Bears Bench Cutler? Bears Bench Cutler

The Bears will start Jimmy Clausen at quarterback on Sunday instead of Jay Cutler. Does this signal that Cutler's days in Chicago are numbered? [ more › ]

Today's Weather: Peek-A-Boo!

There's good and bad news with today's forecast. [ more › ]

9 of the Best-rated TV Shows Set in Illinois

Chances are that people who have never even been to Illinois or Chicago have some idea of what it's like here: the brutal weather, the corrupt politicians, the iconic pizza. And they probably got most of those ideas from watching TVShow More Summary

Sony scraps 'The Interview;' N. Korea behind hack, U.S. says

Sony Pictures Entertainment on Wednesday canceled any future release of "The Interview," the controversial film in which characters played by stars Seth Rogen and James Franco are sent by the CIA to kill North Korean leader Kim JongShow More Summary

Bears bench Jay Cutler

The weight of unmet expectations and inconsistent performance finally fell on Jay Cutler Wednesday. The Bears, in the death throes of their wrecked season, benched him and planned to start Jimmy Clausen against the Lions on Sunday. It's...Show More Summary

Fries rule at Frite Street

Mini-review: Frite Street3006 N. Elston Ave. 312-925-1911Rating: !!! (out of 4) Off to a good start Constraint is often the mother of invention, and it's nice to know that Chicago winters don't dampen the entrepreneurial spirit. At least...Show More Summary

D'Angelo's newest is good but flawed

3 stars (out of four)Perhaps the only comeback more anticipated than an artist who hasn't released a new album in nearly 15 years is, uh, the return of an even higher power.So for D'Angelo, the R&B star whose sophomore album, 2000's "Voodoo," is a near-undisputed classic, to at last deliver his follow-up with the title "Black Messiah" is huge. Show More Summary

Extra Extra: Suspicious Pacckage Forces State Street Closure

Chicago Police shut down State Street from Randolph to Lake this afternoon after a suspicious package was discovered. Everything is clear now. [ more › ]

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