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Swift's '1989' is generic, annoying

(out of four)Taylor Swift has sold millions upon millions of albums, but it's not because of her just-OK voice. What makes her work special is the heart and sincerity she puts into it. Seriously: Not every pop star becomes an icon for...Show More Summary

CTA quietly tested controversial sensor technology

The CTA last month quietly tested controversial geolocation technology, currently used by stores and restaurants to alert passersby-via smartphones-about deals at the businesses. The transit agency is looking at how this technology can...Show More Summary

Monday: Things to do tonight

EAT Noodle Night Arami 1829 W. Chicago Ave. 312-243-1535 Try noodle-focused specials such as tonkotsu ramen, mushroom ramen and yaki udon (all $14) at the West Town restaurant's new monthly series. You'll also get a free sample of house sake and can order a hot carafe for $15. Show More Summary

Uptown Nights At Aragon Ballroom, November 11

via Alyssa Berman-Cutler of Uptown United: "Hope you’ve heard about our upcoming event at the Aragon – it promises to be an amazing evening of “Games, Gals and Glitz” with Casino games, Kiss Kiss Cabaret Burlesque, Jazz from the Flat...Show More Summary

Update On Today's Shooting From Ald. Cappleman

photo credit: Willie Walker III via Ald. Cappleman's email: This morning a woman from out-of-state stopped at the BP gas station at the corner of Lawrence and Marine Drive due to problems with her car. She called her cousin and her boyfriend who came to her assistance. Show More Summary

Here Are Some Other Things Tourists Shouldn't Do In Chicago

We have more suggestions for tourists after reading Fodor's Travel's list. [ more › ]

SBTRKT Proves Masterful At Engineering Live Dance Music

UK producer SBTRKT brought his live show to The Riv. [ more › ]

Last Minute Plans: Tennis System At The Burlington

L.A.'s Tennis System bring their epic sounds to the cozy confines of The Burlington's music room tonight. [ more › ]

Race Review: Pumpkins in the Park 5K (October 25, 2014)

RECOMMENDED RACE Breakdown:  If ever a race was designed for family-friendliness, the Pumpkins in the Park 5K – with it’s early afternoon timing, costume contest, trick-or-treating and various distances for young runners – is it. Kicking off at the southwest end of Lincoln Park at 4p.m. on Saturday, roughly 1400 runners made their way around […]

Monday Afternoon Diversion: Why Are Solar Systems Flat?

Why is our solar system flat and shaped like a disc? This video from Minute Physics will explain why, if your brain doesn't fall in on itself after watching it. [ more › ]

Shake Shack Chicago Location Opens Next Week

The opening date is Nov. 4 but the lines may form well before then. [ more › ]

From 'Henry' To 'The Harvest,' John McNaughton Forges His Own Road

John McNaughton has succinct advice for aspiring filmmakers: "If you think it's going to be easy, go get into another business." [ more › ]

Midday News Links: CHA Requires Contractors To Pay workers $13 Hourly Wage

Chicago Housing Authority will require contractors and subcontractors to pay workers a $13 hourly minimum wage on the same day it opens open all three housing assistance wait lists for the first time in the agency's history. [ more ...

No Fare Hikes, More Trains In Proposed CTA Budget

The agency is crowing about how the $1.44 billion budget is balanced for a fourth consecutive year. [ more › ]

I Live Only 2 Hours From the Ebola Hospital in Dallas: Here's What I'm Doing to Protect My Family

We Americans sometimes seem to have only two settings when it comes to public health issues: "unconcern" and "panic." (I think the media deserve a great deal of blame for this.) The last few weeks have seen the switch flipped to near-panic...Show More Summary

Pencil This In: World Fusion At City Winery

Members of Las Guitarras de España return to City Winery 8 p.m. Oct. 28 with 'World Fusion,' a performance featuring music and dance with Indian, Arabic, and Spanish flamenco elements. [ more › ]

Around Town: Sunshine And Rain

  The sun was out this morning. It's supposed to rain this evening. Guess today's gallery theme? [ more › ]

Last-Minute Plans: G?Gé Marketplace At bellyQ

Shop artisanal bonanza of jewelry, clothing, art while sipping a cocktail or noshing on fried chicken at BellyQ tonight. [ more › ]

Margaret Atwood's 'Stone Mattress' Inspires Speculation

Margaret Atwood's latest collection of stories evoke an aura of strangeness, intrigue and utter shock. [ more › ]

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