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#IdeasDay Was Our Great Idea, Celebrate by Sharing Yours!

Three years ago, Chicago Ideas had epiphany. With holidays for saints, parents, pizza and meteorologically-gifted groundhogs, somehow no one had dedicated a day to ideas. A light bulb lit up and we celebrated the first Ideas Day on Thomas...Show More Summary

Maryville Gets City Council Zoning Okay, Nearing Final Steps of Approval Process

It's been a big week for the proposed Maryville development plan. Yesterday the City Council's Zoning Committee gave its approval to allow redevelopment of the site, and today the full City Council approved the same. This is the farthest...Show More Summary

Woman Fatally Shot By Stray Bullet While On The Phone With Her Family

"I want her name and her voice to be the impetus for bringing all this violence to an end," her father said. [ more › ]

Catch Some Amazing Theatre At A Discount This Chicago Theatre Week

Chicago Theatre Week is upon us, meaning we all have a chance to see some great theater at a discount at the Goodman Theatre, Chicago Shakespeare Theater, the Lyric Opera and more this month. [ more › ]

Obama Preaches 'Better Politics' To Bitterly Partisan Nation In Springfield

"The tone of our politics hasn't gotten better, it's gotten worse," Obama said in what was a quick-witted, sometimes self-deprecating and even genuinely funny speech. [ more › ]

This Chicago Floral Company Hired Refugees To Help Make Valentine's Bouquets

Our report from the offices of Flowers for Dreams, a floral startup that has partnered with a non-profit refugee resettlement agency. [ more › ]

'Bridgend' Film Portrays Mystery Wave Of Suicides With Stylish Detachment

It's a tall order for any filmmaker to capture a psychological enigma like mass self-annihilation, and it's clear from that Jeppe Rønde wanted to treat the wave of suicides by the Welsh town of Bridgend with sensitivity. [ more › ]

CAPS Beat 1914 Meets Tonight At Clarendon Park

A reminder to those living in Beat 1914 (the area bordered by the lake, Montrose, Broadway, and Lawrence) that CAPS is tonight at 7pm at the Clarendon Park Fieldhouse, Sunnyside & Clarendon. This is the first CAPS meeting since last October for this beat, due to the Veteran's Day holiday, the December hiatus, and the new bimonthly schedule. Show More Summary

How To Dine Out With Food Allergies Without Panicking

Allergies can be a challenge, but they don't have to shut down your social life. [ more › ]

Women Share Humorous Love Letters To Themselves For V-Day Comedy Special

The first annual fundraiser for Women in Comedy, "A Love Letter to Myself," featured its namesake form as well as burlesque and musical comedy. [ more › ]

Cutting-Edge Lineup Of Films And Music Announced For 2016 CIMMFest

The festival just announced their first wave of music and movies that will be featured this year and they've brought in some really outstanding stuff. [ more › ]

It's Really Darn Cold Out, But Chowdah Fest Will Warm Your Bellies

All we want to do today is hide inside under a blanket and eat soup. Or, at the very least, buy tickets to a soup-focused event? [ more › ]

Bust Of Fake Concert And Sports Ticket Ring Leads To 16 Arrests

The forgery ring, which CPD and FBI officials investigated for 14 months, sold fake tickets to Bulls games, WWE events and Disney on Ice. [ more › ]

A Milwaukee Ramen Pop-Up Is Coming To Chicago For One Night Only

If you're a fan of Milwaukee food, you've definitely heard of Ardent, the amazing and award-winning restaurant from chef Justin Carlisle. [ more › ]

Top 10 Most Common Crimes Committed By Illinois' Inmates

The Illinois Department of Corrections houses more than 45,000 inmates in 25 correctional facilities throughout the state. In Illinois, felonies, except for first-degree murder, are designated by class, ranging from Class 1 to Class 4 and Class X felonies, with the latter being the most serious. Show More Summary

Existence of Illinois Public Colleges at Stake, Warns Moody's

Reports from credit ratings agencies on local governments don't normally make for thrilling reading, but a Feb. 5 report from Moody's Investors Service on Illinois' public colleges has the makings of a real-life cliffhanger. Though it...Show More Summary

Airbnb Lists Replica Of Van Gogh's 'Bedroom' Painting In River North

  The museum has built a life-size replica of Vincent Van Gogh's famous painting, "The Bedroom," in River North, and they're renting it out on the short-term rental website Airbnb. [ more › ]

Video: 1 Arrested After Fight At CTA Station Spills Onto Dan Ryan Expressway

According to police records, a man was stabbed in the leg and arm at the same train station that same night. [ more › ]

Save The Sun-Times: How I’d Keep Chicago A Two-Newspaper Town

By Brian Hieggelke One of the last conversations I had with the beloved Chicago writer Andrew Patner took place after running into him as I was coming out of an event. I mentioned to him that I was thinking about writing a story about how, hypothetically,  I would save the Sun-Times, and he strongly encouraged […]

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