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Urban Cowboys

Alcala's Western Wear grew from a stall on Maxwell Street to a store in West Town with over 3,000 hats, 8,000 pairs of boots, and plenty of newly-popular Western plaid shirts.

Dollars & Pounds

The BGA investigates a city worker who was hired -- with no animal welfare experience and a hefty salary increase -- to help run the city's Animal Care & Control department. Shortly after starting his new job, he relinquished his own dog to the pound, and stranger still, the pup was immediately scooped up by PAWS. (Don't blame the dogs -- there are tons of great dogs available at CACC.)

Face Your Future

Catch a glimpse of your future self and find out how long you're expected to live on Face My Age, a site developed in part by a UIC professor that uses facial recognition software to show the effects of aging and gather data for research.

Rose is Ready

Derrick Rose will play for USA Basketball in his first public performance since injuring his knee last November, giving him a chance to showcase his skills since he only played in 10 regular-season games since April of 2012.

A Winning Baseball Club

Jackie Robinson West's baseball team won the title in Illinois this season and is on its way towards representing Chicago in the Little League World Series.

Must be Pothole-Proof

Design company Minimal and frame builder Garry Alderman teamed up to build the "ultimate bike for Chicago," the BLACKLINE.

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Social Media Tourists

The Sunsation Tour, a meet'n'greet tour featuring a bunch of social media stars, hits House of Blues tonight. The crew includes Matthew Espinosa, whose tweet saying "Hi Chicago" trended nationally today.

So Many Openings

Japanese clothing retailer Uniqlo has plans to open next fall on the Mag Mile in the space formerly occupied by Filene's Basement; NYC-based Shake Shack, which will open this fall in the Gold Coast, will be adding a second location next year by Millennium Park.

Digital Currency for Carry-out

Lakeview restaurant Cassava doesn't just accept Bitcoin, it now houses a Bitcoin ATM.

That Independent Someone

New webzine Someone Else profiles the Oak Street boutique Independence.

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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.”

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Under the Hood


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

Book Club


by Miden Wood

Drive Thru

Friday Foodpic: Tomatoes are Coming

by Robyn Nisi


Artful Interviews at Pitchfork Music Festival

by Sarah Brooks

Book Club

Find Book Bargains at the Andersonville Summer Sidewalk Sale

by Miden Wood

Book Club

August is Nigh; Time to Funk Up Your Tuesday

by Miden Wood

The Grid: Lyrical Video Journalism

To be Demolished



6:00 PNature on Tap: Butterflies & Beer @ The Peggy Notebaert Nature Museum

6:00 PThird Coast Listening Room: Tales out of School

6:30 PThis is Spinal Tap @ Millennium Park

7:00 PPhysical Festival @ Links Hall

8:00 PThe Moth StorySLAM @ Martyrs'


5:30 PKatherine Anne Confections Preview Party

6:00 PWBEZ presents After Water @ Mayne Stage

6:00 PNelarusky ft. Twin Shadow @ Metro

7:00 PMiss Spoken @ Gallery Cabaret

7:00 PPhysical Festival @ Links Hall

8:00 PSo You Think You're a Foodie @ Frontier

9:00 POneida & CAVE @ Empty Bottle


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

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

10:00 PChoucroute Series @ Tete Charcuterie

10:00 PChoucroute Series @ TÊTE Charcuterie


11:00 AFiesta Del Sol @ Pilsen Neighborhood

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

6:30 PThe Interview Show @ Hideout

7:00 PPhysical Festival @ Links Hall


11:00 AFiesta Del Sol @ Pilsen Neighborhood

7:00 PPhysical Festival @ Links Hall

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


11:00 AFiesta Del Sol @ Pilsen Neighborhood

12:00 PAmerican Graffiti & Car Show @ Portage Theater

2:00 PThe Stylish Sip & Swap Soiree Launches To Raise Money

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

6:30 PFrom Good Stock Dinner Series with Hunter Moore @ Land and Sea Dept


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

8:00 PImpress These Apes @ ComedySportz

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