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Uptown Underground Goes All Out For October & Halloween

Uptown Underground is celebrating October in a big way. Not only will there be Halloween themes throughout the month (everything from magic shows to drag shows to Rocky Horror Shows), there's a new price structure and new entertainment...Show More Summary

Marshall Crenshaw and the Bottle Rockets Headline Harvest and Harmony Fest: Chicago's North Shore suburb's first annual festival to spotlight its hidden artist community

Marshall Crenshaw Tucked in somewhere in the conspicuous affluence of Highland Park, Illinois lies the town's quaint Ravinia District- a tiny, yet vibrant community of small business owners, unique boutiques, and eclectic restaurants and food specialty shops. Show More Summary

History repeating: Chicago aldermen who opposed food trucks now seek to restrict operations for food carts

Less than a day after Chicago lifted its ban on food carts on Sept. 24, city aldermen with a history of limiting the city's food options made moves to restrict vendors' ability to operate in lucrative locations. Two aldermen have launched...Show More Summary

Side Show at Porchlight Music Theatre

A lucky handful of commercially-produced shows become flat-out hits that run for decades. Yet more than often, most shows buckle under the pressures of modern commercial theatre and are sadly forgotten. And then there are shows like Side Show -- a show that struggled and quickly folded when first produced on Broadway in 1997. Show More Summary

It's Groundhog Day at CPS

An autocratic Chicago mayor strategizes with his trusted Chicago Public Schools CEO (who previously ran the Chicago Transit Authority) about how best to deal with a group of CPS parents and community activists who are putting their bodies...Show More Summary

A Thank You to Urban Prep Charter Academy's Fired Teachers

As a new school year is beginning at Urban Prep Charter Academies, I have had the opportunity to reflect on my time as an educator at Urban Prep's Englewood Campus. As I reflect on some of the people that have been so formative in my...Show More Summary

Watch Amy Schumer Rap With Talib Kweli At Constellation

Talib Kweli joined Amy Schumer on stage at Constellation last night to perform a vintage Kanye West classic "Get 'Em High." [ more › ]

Is It Time for an Artisanal College Movement?

In recent decades, as we have come to feel increasingly distant from the sources of our food and of much else, there has grown a desire to know where our products come from, to see the hands that made them, to understand how they came to be. Show More Summary

Papalo, the mysterious herb on your cemita

There aren't many ingredients you would associate with exactly one restaurant—helium with Alinea, I guess, and if I were to mention the Mexican herb-slash-weed papalo, Porophyllum ruderale, you might say "Isn't that the thing they put on the sandwiches at Cemitas Puebla in the summer?" Yes it is, when they can get it at all (more on that in a minute).…

Happy 90th Birthday To The Uptown Theater

click to enlarge click to enlarge click to enlarge 90 years ago today, the Uptown Theater opened its doors to the public. Today, it sits in suspended animation, no longer open to the public, but with hope of a revival lurking just around...Show More Summary

What's Up With The Uptown? Chicago Tribune Takes A Look

If you didn't have a chance to read the Tribune's article last weekend about the revitalization of Oakland's Fox Theater and its effect on the surrounding community, and comparing it with our own Uptown Theater, you should definitely take the time. Show More Summary

ATC's Youth Ensemble Dramatizes North Carolina Massacre with 2015 Resonance

2 months agoUnited States / Chicago : A/C

Casey Edwards and Guadalupe Bollas. Photo courtesy ATC. A political massacre that took place 36 years ago in another state is being dramatized with power and feeling by a cast of 11 Chicago high school students at the American Theater...

Kickstarter Campaign for The Wabash Lights: Public Art Installation

3 months agoUnited States / Chicago : A/C

The Wabash Lights has gone live with their Kickstarter campaign to raise money for a public art installation below the "L" on Wabash Avenue. By transforming the elevated tracks from Lake to Van Buren into an interactive and public display...

Documentary Peeks Inside Ash's Magic Shop

3 months agoUnited States / Chicago : A/C

Freelance writer and documentarian (and past GB contributor) Brian Gersten takes you inside Ash's Magic Shop, one of the few remaining magic shops in the city, in his new documentary The Amazing Mr. Ash....

Heart of Americanness

3 months agoUnited States / Chicago : A/C

By Tore Rasmussen Steien I was headed for Nebraska. Now, there's a sentence you don't want to have to say too often if you can possibly help it. —Bill Bryson "Good to hear. I assume it will take us about...

Music Box Theatre Celebrates Decline of Western Civilization

3 months agoUnited States / Chicago : A/C

To commemorate the upcoming box set release of The Decline of Western Civilization and The Decline of Western Civilization II: The Metal Years, the Music Box Theatre is showing both films back to back on Saturday, June 27. Director Penelope...

Urban Sketchers Chicago Plan Seminar for On-Location Sketching

4 months agoUnited States / Chicago : A/C

UrbanSketchers Chicago from Kordt Larsen on Vimeo. Urban sketchers? They're not graffiti artists or pavement chalkers. Urban Sketchers Chicago will hold their second annual Sketching Seminar dedicated to the art of on-location sketching July 11 and 12. Professional instructors...

Win RedEye Blackhawks swag

We're doing something a little special for the Blackhawks' trip to the Stanley Cup Final. We've created four commemorative covers, which you'll see distributed around in our RedEye honor boxes Wednesday morning. You can collect all of them, but keep in mind that each box will only have only two of the four covers. Show More Summary

Is 'Chelsea Dagger' a good song?

There's a reason why stadiums blast Van Halen's "Jump" and AC/DC's "Thunderstruck" instead of Beach Boys' "God Only Knows" or Seal's "Kiss From a Rose." When we're watching sports, we want music that's fun, energetic and easily digestible. Show More Summary

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