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Map Maker for the World

Starting in the 1850's, Chicago cartographers pioneered many new ways to make and use maps, from charting the spread of disease to plotting the future of a city.

Track New Tracks

Debut brings song premiers from all over the Internet into one place.

Sharing the Wealth

Shift helps communities facing extreme poverty by sending cash directly to the women.

Getting Wet for Goats

Comedian Kurt Braunohler's charity jet ski adventure from Chicago to New Orleans hit a major snag after barely going a mile down the Chicago River.

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Check Before You Rent

The City published its "Problem Landlords List" of property owners who repeatedly violate housing rules and fail to provide basic services to tenants.

No More Shopping in the Air

As you may have heard, SkyMall has filed for bankruptcy. Maybe it's because their carved wood map of Chicago is $330 and only shows a portion of the North Side, while you could get a carved wood map of the whole city for $248 elsewhere.

A Taste of the Obscure

Atlas Obscura, a website dedicated to highlighting significant places around the world, is launching the Illinois Obscura Society with a boozy event in February.

Where We're Going, We'll Need Roads

CDOT will repave at least 300 miles worth of city streets, including Lake Shore Drive from Grand to North, King Drive from Cermak to 37th, and Cicero from Division to the Eisenhower.

Promises, Promises

As the municipal election nears, WBEZ assesses Mayor Emanuel's first(?) term.

City of Safe Words

Sex site rated Chicago the fourth kinkiest city in the country.

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“How someone discusses working with a major figure in their field shows how much they grasp the significance of the occasion. If Baryshnikov is Zeus, Whelan is Athena.”

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Under the Hood

Drive Thru

The Best of Restaurant Week

by Robyn Nisi


Call for Plants for (Provisional) Park at Co-Prosperity Sphere

by S. Nicole Lane


Chicago Fire: Pieces Falling Into Place

by Benjamin Cannon


Faith No More Returns to Chicago

by James Ziegenfus


Pitchfork Music Festival 2015 Tickets On Sale

by Sarah Brooks


The Rose Tattoo at Shattered Globe: A melodrama of love, loss and love

by Nancy Bishop


Stump Connolly Reporting: Willie Wilson at the House of Hope

by Stump Connolly


Jesse Malmed @ The Film Studies Center

by S. Nicole Lane

Drive Thru

Leggin' It to Leghorn Cafe

by Danielle Snow


Fall in Love with the Universal Togetherness Band

by Julian Ramirez

The Grid: Lyrical Video Journalism

To be Demolished



5:00 PSpirit of du Sable launch @ CH Distillery

6:00 PBelgian Beer Tasting with Barley's Angels @ Bar on Buena

8:00 PThe Moth StorySLAM @ Martyrs'


5:30 PSoup & Bread @ the Hideout

6:30 PAlyssa Greenberg & Curtis Miller @ Mutual Interpretation

7:00 PLanguage Matters @ Poetry Foundation

7:00 PMiss Spoken @ Gallery Cabaret

7:45 POnion City Film Festival Opening Night @ Siskel Center


4:00 PGallery Talk & Opening Reception @ MoCP

5:30 PFirst Bites Bash @ Union Station

7:30 POnion City Film Festival @ Columbia College


12:00 PChicago Restaurant Week Begins

5:00 PThe world is mystical, dangerous and delicious @ Western Exhibitions

6:30 PFunny Ha-Ha: Radio Sweethearts @ Hideout

6:30 POnion City Film Festival @ Columbia College

7:00 PWinter Ska Meltdown @ Threadless HQ

7:00 PThe Art of Connection Exhibition @ The Sullivan Galleries

8:00 PYou're Being Ridiculous @ Davenport's Piano Bar

8:00 PGoodbye to Language 3D @ Siskel Film Center


12:00 PWinter Block Party for Chicago's Hip Hop Arts @ Metro

12:00 PBuild Presence: Public Interactive Art Project @ Chicago Cultural Center

1:39 PMary Dorrell and Thomas King Exhibition @ Arts on Elston

8:00 PYou're Being Ridiculous @ Davenport's Piano Bar

8:30 POnion City Film Festival @ Columbia College

10:00 PQuimby's 2015 Zlumber Party


12:09 ARemembering Harold Washington at Black Cinema House

12:00 PBric-A-Brunch Day Party @ Empty Bottle

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