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Making the Familiar Unfamiliar

Photographer Reuben Wu captures surreal, colorful views of new and local places.

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It's Gonna Get Dark

Tickets for the Festival of Barrel Aged Beers went on sale today. The fest happens Nov. 20-21 at the UIC Forum.

Ash to Ash

Pilgrim Baptist Church, known as the birthplace of gospel music, will not be rebuilt. Workers accidentally set the roof on fire while renovating it back in 2006, and the spreading flames destroyed most of the building.

Don't Forget #HotDogEmoji

The online campaign to add a hot dog emoji started in Chicago with one couple's dream of a ketchup-free frank on every phone.

Back to the Island

John Hall, who left Goose Island after its 2011 sale to Anheuser-Busch InBev to start Virtue Cider, has sold the majority of Virtue back to Goose Island, citing a need for larger distribution facilities; Virtue will continue to be made in Michigan. Hall's father started Goose Island in 1988.

Chicago Concoctions

WBEZ's Monica Eng dug deep to find some lesser-known dishes created in Chicago, including: the jibarito, the Jim Shoe, and Akutagawa. One common ingredient for many of them: huge amounts of meat.

The Mucusy Masses

It's not just you - high mold counts in the air are wreaking havoc on people's allergies in the Chicago area.

New Plans for Dyett

CPS announced Dyett High School will reopen as an arts-focused neighborhood school, with a compromise plan integrating the different proposals for the school.

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Northerly Island Park Grand Re-Opening

Bike and pedestrian trails, man-made hills and great blue herons will be on display at the re-opening of the new Northerly Island Park today, 12 years after Mayor Daley's midnight raid on Meigs Field.

Becoming Colbert

Stephen Colbert's roots run deep in Chicago. The Reader looks back at his time here and its impact on his career as a comedian.

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“It's a place where creativity and intelligence are celebrated in equal measure with characters whose brains might not be firing on all cylinders.”

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Under the Hood

Book Club


by John Wawrzaszek

Drive Thru

Friday Foodpic: Superdawg

by Robyn Nisi


The Transporter Refueled, A Walk in the Woods, Queen of Earth, 7 Chinese Brothers, Meru, Rosenwald, Stray Dog & Bloodsucking Bastards

by Steve Prokopy


The Friday Night North Coast Twitter All-Star Lineup

by Zach Blumenfeld


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

The Grid: Lyrical Video Journalism

To be Demolished



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