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Parasols in the Park

Chicago's Goth Lolita scene had a day in the park recently.

The Quick Way Down

Actuary and parkour enthusiast Ethan Swanson filmed himself jumping off a Lincoln Park rooftop, onto another roof and then to a spiral staircase.

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Getting to the Bottom of Ventra

GB's own Jason Prechtel is suing the CTA for violating FOIA law by not providing documents related to the Ventra contracting process. Read his coverage of Ventra in Mechanics.

Shouldn't be Printed on Crackers

Dozens of people around the country bought fake Lollapalooza tickets online from a scam artist named "Donald Odell."

Supersized Liability

The National Labor Relations Board ruled McDonald's is a "joint employer," making it liable for unfair labor charges brought against franchisees around the country.

Taking it to the Next Level

Bit Bash is a free independent games festival created to spark interest in indie games locally and draw international attention to the growing scene.

Back in the Layers

Coudal Partners' Layer Tennis is returning season Aug. 8 for a fourth season, four years after the last one.

We'll Travel in Tubes

Chicago Magazine takes a look at the many visions of the future of transit in Chicago, including light rail, a bicycle superskyway, and expanded El lines, which Craig Berman once envisioned with a CTA Map for 2055.

Jane Byrne Commemorated

City Council voted to rename the small park surrounding the Water Tower downtown "Jane M. Byrne Plaza." (Previously.)

Epic Win

After nearly six and a half hours, the Cubs beat the Colorado Rockies in the team's longest game ever, taking so long that catcher John Baker stepped in as pitcher.

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“I could barely distinguish Rick's faint murmurs through the orange walls, something about how Spaniards added hard-boiled eggs on top their gazpacho.”

read more in Drive-Thru

Under the Hood


UofC to Mount Exhibit of French Graphic Illustration & World War I

by Nancy Bishop

Drive Thru

Lollapalooza Eats

by Robyn Nisi


How to Make the Most of Your Lollapalooza Weekend

by Transmission

Drive Thru

Tasting CH Distillery's New Amaro

by Christina Brandon


Neon Marshmallow Provides 4-day Walk-free Alternative to Lolla

by Chris Sienko


Your Lollapalooza 2014 Party Guide

by Stephanie Griffin


The Process of Promoting the Top Cubs Prospects

by Chad Ruter

Book Club

Lawrence Santoro, Chicago Writer Known for His Gifted Storytelling & Resonant Voice, Dies at 71

by Book Club


Chicago's Attempts at Fighting Graffiti

by Monica Reida


Hercules, Lucy, A Most Wanted Man, I Origins, And So It Goes, Happy Christmas, Magic in the Moonlight, Under the Electric Sky & Closed Curtain

by Steve Prokopy

The Grid: Lyrical Video Journalism

To be Demolished



5:00 PSchool of Rock Allstars @ Beat Kitchen

5:00 PFiesta Del Sol @ Pilsen Neighborhood

6:30 PChicago French Film Festival

7:00 PPhysical Festival @ Links Hall

8:30 PNeon Marshmallow @ Burlington

9:00 PSpin's Lollapalooza Kick Off Party w/Interpol, Gemini Club & Wildcat! Wildcat!

10:00 PChoucroute Series @ TÊTE Charcuterie


11:00 AFiesta Del Sol

11:30 ALollapalooza

5:15 PChicago French Film Festival

6:00 PAmber Ginsburg & Katie Hargrave @ Roman Susan Gallery

6:15 PA Black Harvest Film Festival Opening Night @ Siskel Center

6:30 PThe Interview Show @ Hideout

7:00 PPhysical Festival @ Links Hall

8:30 PNeon Marshmallow @ Burlington

11:00 PKodaline & Split Single @ Schubas


11:00 AFiesta Del Sol

11:00 AEvanston Lakeshore Arts Festival

11:30 ALollapalooza

2:00 PChicago French Film Festival

2:00 POld Irving Park Beer & BBQ Challenge

6:00 PMortified! @ Mayne Stage

7:00 PMatthew Sweet @ Space

7:00 PPhysical Festival @ Links Hall

7:30 PYou're Being Ridiculous @ Mary's Attic

8:30 PNeon Marshmallow @ Burlington

10:00 PWhite Denim @ Empty Bottle


11:00 AFiesta Del Sol

11:00 AEvanston Lakeshore Arts Festival

11:30 ALollapalooza

12:00 PAmerican Graffiti & Car Show @ Portage Theater

1:45 PChicago French Film Festival

2:00 PThe Stylish Sip & Swap Soiree

3:00 PGreat Midwest Uke Fest @ Chief O'Neill's

6:30 PFrom Good Stock Dinner Series w/Hunter Moore @ Land & Sea Dept

8:30 PNeon Marshmallow @ Burlington


5:15 PChicago French Film Festival

6:30 PMaps & Atlases and Wooden Shjips @ Downtown Sound

8:00 PImpress These Apes @ ComedySportz


5:30 PChicago French Film Festival

6:30 PFirst Tuesdays w/Mick & Ben @ Hideout

7:00 PTuesday Funk @ Hopleaf


7:00 PMonty Python Live @ Music Box

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