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Thursday, September 3

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Profiting from Poverty

Payday lenders in disadvantaged communities charge high interest and fees for small loans, practices that border on predatory but are still legal.

Where We Live

A handy illustrated guide makes it easy to identify the types of housing found in Chicago; you can also pick up a print for your own wall, no matter where you live.

More Bucks for Trump

Two recent Northwestern grads are starting a PAC to support Donald Trump's run for president.

Hot Dish

Restaurateur Brendan Sodikoff opened up about his culinary career and starting Au Cheval and other popular restaurants on The Download.

All That Jazz

The Chicago Jazz Festival brings some of the genre's biggest names to Millennium Park through this weekend. The Reader previews every act at the fest.

Sorry, Italian Grandma

Mad food scientist Dennis Lee put together a recipe for risotto made out of Rice Krispies that's "astoundingly delicious."

Reply All

Chicago-based email "executive assistant" Wordzen just released GMass, a mass email system for Gmail.

Bill is Due

Mayor Emanuel is set to call for the largest property tax increase in recent history so the City can make a major payment towards police and firefighter pensions, according to the Tribune.

Taking AAHH! Break

AAHH! Fest won't be held this year because the youth-centered festival couldn't line up big enough acts, according to local rapper Common, who backs the event.

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Not Rough Enough Around the Edges

Ongoing renovations of the lakefront create space and prevent erosion, but they also wipe out the lake's natural beauty.

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Under the Hood


How One Program is Bridging Chicago's Neighborhood Divides

by Mike Ewing

Drive Thru

Making Milk Bread: A Japanese Staple

by Judy Wu

Book Club

Gloria Steinem in Conversation with Roxane Gay

by Jeremy Owens


Around the Coyote Arts Fest Is Back This Weekend in Wicker Park

by Nancy Bishop


Stevie Hanley "Synaesthetica" @ The International Museum of Surgical Science

by S. Nicole Lane

Drive Thru

BBQ Bonanza Next Weekend at Soldier Field

by Judy Wu


Chelsea Wolfe @ Thalia Hall 9/1/2015

by Kirstie Shanley

Drive Thru

Lobster and Floppy Hats at The Hampton Social

by Judy Wu

Book Club

Best Chicago Novels by Neighborhood

by Adam Morgan


The Jangleheart Circus Returns with 3 Nights of Comedy

by Adam Morgan

The Grid: Lyrical Video Journalism

To be Demolished



12:15 PChicago Jazz Festival

6:00 PChicago Fringe Festival

6:00 PChris Ware Lecture @ AIC

7:00 PJangleheart Circus Comedy Festival @ CiC Theatre

8:00 PThe Kates @ Laugh Factory

9:00 PThe Big Lebowski & Pipeworks Release Party @ Logan Theater


12:00 PChicago Jazz Festival

3:00 PNorth Coast Music Festival

6:00 PAround the Coyote Festival

7:00 PJangleheart Circus Comedy Festival @ Annoyance Theatre

7:00 PChicago Fringe Festival

7:00 PBook Cellar Spelling Bee

8:00 P¬°ESSO! Afrojam Funkbeat @ Emporium Wicker Park

8:30 PTangerine @ Film Center

8:30 PShowgirls 20th Anniversary @ Berlin

11:59 PFemale Trouble @ Music Box


11:30 AGeorgy Girl @ Music Box

11:30 AChicago Jazz Festival

12:00 PAround the Coyote Festival

1:00 PChicago Fringe Festival

1:00 PNorth Coast Music Festival

1:00 PWingFest @ Plumbers Union Hall

6:00 P"A Short and Pleasurable Journey" Opening Reception @ Vertical Gallery

7:00 PJangleheart Circus Comedy Festival @ iO Theatre

7:00 PQueen of Earth @ Music Box


11:30 AChicago Jazz Festival

12:00 PChicago Fringe Festival

12:00 PAround the Coyote Festival

1:00 PNorth Coast Music Festival

4:00 PEmpty Bottle Book Club: Go Set A Watchman


2:30 PChicago Fringe Festival


5:00 PReggies 8th Anniversary Bash

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


7:00 PWestward the Women @ Northeastern Illinois

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