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Any Opinion you Want, Just Pick the Right Statistics

Just days after the Washington Post ran a data analysis showing the Chicago's murder rate isn't as bad as it seems (though still bad), the Daily Beast slices and dices the numbers to compare the per-capita murder rates of single neighborhoods to those of entire countries atop the world homicide rate list.

The Bright One Dims

In The Awl, Sam Stecklow writes about the slow self-destruction of the Sun-Times, aided by its Aggrego-run "Network."

Long Reads on Rizzo

Grantland makes the case for Anthony Rizzo for league MVP, while former Cub Adrian Cárdenas writes in the New Yorker about watching his friend Rizzo lead his team to the playoffs. [via]

Fight at the Cab Stand

Today's cab strike didn't take many taxis off the road, and at least one Uber driver is sympathetic to the cause. But Uber went on the offensive, pointing out that cabbies are less likely to pick up passengers on the West and South sides than Uber drivers are.

Byrd-Bennett Indicted

Former CPS chief Barbara Byrd-Bennett, as well as SUPES Academy and its co-owners, Gary Solomon and Tom Vranas, have been indicted on federal fraud charges in connection to the no-bid contract awarded to SUPES for professional training.

O'Hare Financing Takes Off

Chicago's bond rating is second among big cities only to Detroit, but that didn't stop an O'Hare bond offering from being a big success.

Where Isn't He?

Oprah included Mike Ditka in an upcoming "Where are they now?" episode of her talk show. Considering he's a commentator on ESPN, not to mention a seemingly constant presence in Chicago, perhaps the better question is, Where has Oprah been?

To Serve & Protect the School

Juliet Eldred is documenting the borders of the University of Chicago Police Department's patrol coverage, photographing and categorizing where university of police will and won't go.

What's so Funny?

Comedy of Chicago highlights some upcoming stand-up shows you should probably buy tickets for.

Teaching at Risk

Teacher Marilyn Rhames worries that CPS's lack of vision and focus is dooming both public and charter schools alike, but that freezing charter schools isn't the answer.

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“When the phone rings at Halas Hall, everyone is now available.”

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Under the Hood


Glass Animals Turns The Riviera Into A Jungle

by Zach Blumenfeld


Zombie Seinfeld: The Walking Dead version of Jerry, Elaine, Kramer & George

by Jen Kraakevik


Black Button Eyes Productions' Goblin Market Shows Talent, Left Thinking about Closure

by Jen Kraakevik


Big Fans and Big Sound for Mew

by James Ziegenfus


Audiobakery's In Full Bloom

by Zach Blumenfeld


Theater Wit's Watson Intelligence Succeeds as a Tech-Driven, Time-Flipping Invention

by Nancy Bishop

Drive Thru

Corridor to Open on Southport Corridor

by Andrew Huff


Outgoing Signal: A Grateful Essay About the End of a Theater Company

by A/C


Catfish and the Bottlemen Returns to Chicago on 10/10 @ House of Blues: Transmission Catches Up With Bassist Benji Blakeway

by Zach Blumenfeld


The Internet at Bottom Lounge: Bumpin' Some Warm Vibes On The First Chilly Weekend Of Fall

by Zach Blumenfeld

The Grid: Lyrical Video Journalism

To be Demolished



5:30 PMaryrose Carroll @ Chicago Cultural Center

7:00 P"Memories From the Future" Closing Reception @ Josef Gilmer Gallery

8:00 PLies! Fiction Reading @ Cafe Mustache

8:00 PThe Cheats: Theatre Thursdays @ Steep Theatre Company

9:40 PTobias Jesso, Jr. @ Empty Bottle


5:00 PFall Fest: Harvest Hopdown @ The Plaza

6:00 PAndersonville Arts Weekend

6:00 PChicago Arts District Open House

7:00 PLumpen Release Party @ Co-Prosperity Sphere

7:30 PJarrett Neal @ Women & Children First

8:00 PMama @ Hideout

9:00 PJimmy Osbourne @ Double Door


10:00 AAndersonville Arts Weekend

11:00 ANorthern Grade @ 1st Ward

11:00 AChicago Arts District Open House

11:00 ATeen Workshop: Experimental Photography @ The Art Institute

11:00 ATeen Workshop: Experimental Photography @ The Art Institute

12:00 PHandmade Market @ Empty Bottle

1:00 PBacon & Beer Classic

3:00 PThe Paper Machete @ Green Mill

4:00 PBank of America Marathon Pasta Dinner @ The Plaza

6:00 PMucca Pazza @ Metro

6:00 P"Heavy Cream" Opening @ Rational Park

7:30 P50 States of Gay @ Under the Gun Theater


7:20 AChicago Marathon

10:00 AAndersonville Arts Weekend

11:00 ANorthern Grade @ 1st Ward

12:00 PFall Adventure Day @ Northerly Island

6:00 PTaste of the Nation @ Navy Pier Grand Ballroom

8:00 PThat's All She Wrote 3 Year Anniversary Show @ Great Lakes Tattoo


7:00 PMovie Monday @ The Drake

8:00 PDIIV @ Thalia Hall


7:00 PCurbside Splendor Publishing @ Poetry Foundation

7:00 PIllusion Travels by Streetcar @ Northeastern Illinois

7:30 PSappho's Salon @ Women & Children First

7:30 PThis Much Is True @ Mrs. Murphy's & Sons


6:00 PWBEZ Chef Battle @ Kendall College

7:30 PCléo from 5 to 7 @ Music Box

8:00 PThe First Time: First Sign @ Martyrs

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