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8 Signs You're in the Hipster Part of Town

By: Gianni Jaccoma Credit: Flickr/Bill Dickinson These days, the term "hipster" has become so mainstream that it almost entirely lacks meaning, lost in a sea of skintight jeans, Flock of Seagulls haircuts, and cruelty-free almond butter. Show More Summary

Old Meets New With Autumn Tasting Menu At 42 Grams

Autumn Tasting Menu @ 42 grams from Jack C. Newell on Vimeo. via 42 Grams: "Chef/Owner Jake Bickelhaupt of 42 grams (4662 Broadway St) unveils his much-anticipated third menu this fall.“For this menu, I was inspired by simplicity; IShow More Summary

Mick's Tape: A guide to Internet mayhem

Welcome to another Wednesday Hump Day Link Dump Day. Hat tip (H/t) to RedEye Social Media Lady Jessica Galliart (If you aren't already, you should follow her.) for that alternate name suggestion for Mick's Tape, my weekly round up of...Show More Summary

Uptown Thriller Parade This Halloween In Buttercup Park

How cool is this? If you've always wanted to dress like a zombie and reenact Michael Jackson's Thriller video, then this is your chance. Register to dance here or register here as a volunteer. The fun is scheduled for October 31 in Buttercup Park. To get you in the mood, we leave you with this.

Four Ways Higher Education Can Change the K-12 Equation

Most Americans believe that the major problem with K-12 education today is a lack of quality standards. Schools aren't able to effectively impose higher standards, students aren't expected to meet higher standards, and the processofShow More Summary

Lessons Learned in Englewood: 8 Years of Reflections From a CPS Teacher

A little over eight years ago when I took my first job in CPS at a high school in Englewood, people of all races would look at me like I was crazy when I told them where I would be working. During my time teaching in Englewood I hadShow More Summary

Fast-Draw Morality

"So you want to disarm cops LOL yeah that's an intelligent thing to do the gang bangers would love that surely they will unilaterally disarm too." I'm used to semi-anonymous sarcasm by now, like this The Huffington Post comment beneath...Show More Summary

Hobby drones soar in popularity, cause a stir

North Halsted Market Days Chicago 2014 on DJI Phantom 2 with GoPro Hero 3 from Rob Sall on Vimeo. Hobby drones, like the tiny one that sailed over the crowds at Lollapalooza last month and caused something of a stir, are soaring in popularity. Show More Summary

Beyonce rocks the VMAs

Did you miss last nights MTV Video Music Awards? If so, you missed Beyonce win the Michael Jackson Video Vanguard award and then promptly proceed to steal the whole show. In a sweat-inducing performance that was a summarized versionShow More Summary

I'm an American Citizen. If You Want to Remain a Cop, Don't Violate My Human Rights

In light of the horrific situation in Ferguson, an op-ed ran in today's Washington Post, chillingly titled, "I'm a cop. If you don't want to get hurt, don't challenge me." Not "obey the law." "Don't challenge me." Here's a bit of what...Show More Summary

Watch: Bed Bugs On The CTA?

Via Gapers Block comes video purportedly showing bed bugs on the CTA Red Line. [ more › ]

Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, The Hundred-Foot Journey, Calvary, What If, A Master Builder & Alive Inside

3 months agoUnited States / Chicago : A/C

Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles I wish I felt more passionately — positive or negative — for the latest attempt to get the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles back into the cultural spotlight. Clearly inspired by by the recent wave of superhero...

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

3 months agoUnited States / Chicago : A/C

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

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