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The Beauty of Chicago

I grew up in a suburb of Chicago. The city was always a magical place where my family would go see seasonal decorations, museums, theater productions, sporting events, and of course eat great food. I loved the city of Chicago and throughout my childhood I dreamt of the day when I could be a part of that city. Show More Summary

Does This Traffic Pattern Make Your Head Spin?

There are few traffic patterns in America as divisive as the roundabout. While some cities cannot get enough of them -- Carmel, Indiana for example, is internationally known for its over 80 roundabouts -- residents of other towns greet...Show More Summary

Brother-sister duo April Fools blends music, spoken word and comedy

In 2008, Victory Gardens Theater created its Ignition Festival of New Plays, a staged reading series of new works to highlight the theater's mission of bringing diversity to its stage through presentation-and possible development of-new works by playwrights of color under 30. Show More Summary

Chicago Tree Project

This summer, the Chicago Park District and Chicago Sculpture International, commissioned artists based in the area to create artwork made out of dying trees. Either due to Emerald Ash Borer or various other tree diseases, these trees were transformed into...

Taste of Chicago, plus more fests this weekend

The forecast for this weekend? Deliciousness. If you've wandered anywhere near the Loop this week, you're probably aware that the massive annual eat-a-thon known as Taste of Chicago already is underway, but two smaller fests-Windy City Smokeout and Roscoe Village Burger Fest-also offer some quintessential summer bites. Show More Summary

Festiv-Ale 2014

One-off restaurant/brewery collaborations and the debut of a new cidery will be highlights of this year's Festiv-Ale, an annual beer fest and fundraiser for the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation. The event will take place Sept. 12 at Carmichael's...Show More Summary

Chicago vs. New York Hot Dogs: Who's Got the Winningest Wiener?

CREDIT: Flickr/Star5112 and Flickr/Stu_Spivak If there's one thing America was founded on, it's the idea that we can (and should) viciously debate for decades and decades over whose regional foods are superior to other variations of the same regional foods. Show More Summary

I Don't Diet, I Just Go Gluten-Free

This is the final part of a series in which I attempt to take on four different lifestyle diets in four weeks. For the past few years, I've dubbed myself a flexitarian -- I don't eliminate anything from my diet and enjoy all types of food in moderation. Show More Summary

Federal Appeals Court Rejects Torture Survivor's Case

As declared by the United Nations in 1997, June 26 is International Day in Support of Victims of Torture. Unfortunately, the U.S. Court of Appeals may have set an alarming precedent for torture survivors around the country with its decision...Show More Summary

How Your Great-Grandchildren Could Talk to You Decades after Your Death

Humans have sought immortality since at least the 22nd century B.C., if the ancient story "Epic of Gilgamesh" is any indication. And if we're looking for biological immortality, we might have to keep looking. But if you don't mind living...Show More Summary

Free People Ballet-gate

Free People Presents: FP Movement Ballet was posted on YouTube on May 12th. Yet, reflecting on it barely a month later, I know I'm late to the party in commenting on Free People Ballet-gate. So goes the lifespan of Internet phenomena. I...Show More Summary

Chicago White Sox GM Rick Hahn Placed on Notice by American Mustache Institute

As reported by the HallOfVeryGood, Chicago White Sox pitcher Chris Sale was recently forced to shave his beard by the team's manager Robin Ventura. Seeing this as a stark violation of Mr. Sale's civil liberties, the American Mustache...Show More Summary

Does Diversity Matter Outside of TV Ads for Bruce Rauner?

I've been watching, with great interest, Bruce Rauner's TV ads -- view here and here -- and it certainly creates the impression that he places a high value on diversity. Several African-Americans, Latinos and women appear in the ads. Especially given Rev. Show More Summary

Postcards from the Mess: Fred at Alice's

2 months agoUnited States / Chicago : A/C

Postcards from the Mess is a weekly poem-comic about and inspired by art/artists, music/musicians, performers/performances, etc. This week, it's about Fred Wood. Click to view larger. Fred Wood is the KJ at Alice's Lounge. As the Chicago Reader once coined,...

Brandon Marshall Gives $1 Million to Mental Health Care

This was co-authored with Foster Skills Special Projects Manager Justine Fischer. On ESPN's First Take, Brandon Marshall - an NFL star athlete - announced that he is pledging 1 million dollars of his new contract to mental health initiatives. Show More Summary

Rasmieh Yousef Odeh Must Not Be Allowed to Continue the Violence

In the five years since her passing, I have missed my Safta (grandmother) deeply. When I am in a moment of struggle, I often imagine the wise words she might have offered; I think of the joy she would feel from the accomplishments of my children; and I miss her 6:00 a.m. Show More Summary

Catch Me If You Can: An Inside Look at Deception

BLOGGER'S NOTE: In the interest of full disclosure, the blogger is indeed a member of two fraternal organizations. People lie. Often, they lie about who they are for no good reason. These people lie about being police officers, firefighters...Show More Summary

Postcards from the Mess: Max Morris

2 months agoUnited States / Chicago : A/C

Postcards from the Mess is a weekly poem-comic about and inspired by art/artists, music/musicians, performers/performances, etc. This week, it's about Max Morris. Max Morris is a comics artists in a state of ecstatic fervor. Additionally, he's an organizer for the...

The NRA Is Going to Have a Hard Time Reaching Out to Millennials

Now that the NRA has figured out that the next generation of consumers may not be as interested in buying guns as previous generations, they have started their own television and Internet network, NRA Freestyle, where "adventure, style,...Show More Summary

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