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
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
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
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...
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
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
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
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
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
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 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
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
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 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,...
By Zach Silva My friends and I had never been to Wicker Park before. We were told that as fans of “hipster” culture, we would be right at home among the old record and book stores and trendy eateries. We were in town for a concert at...Show More Summary
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
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
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 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...
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