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We Owe Chicago


Anne Holub


A Home for Every Vet

Mayor Emanuel announced a plan to end homelessness among veterans by 2015.

Old Technology Makes Way for New

Lane Tech High School shut down its architecture program, even as it cuts the ribbon on a new robotics lab and maker space.

Pick Up a Flyer

Eric May reflects on his days as a raver kid in the '90s, and shares a bunch of vintage flyers. [via]

Time to Get Social

Social Media Week is next week, and the full schedule is up for your perusal.

Orange is the New Talkback

"Orange is the New Black" staff writer Nick Jones will be at Stage Left Theater doing a Q&A after this Friday's performance of his play, The Coward.

Probably not Crawling Division

So you know that Chicago Christmas Crawl? It's probably not happening, at least not with any resemblance to Twelve Bars of Christmas. Ald. Moreno tells RedEye he's going to try to put the kibosh on the organizer's original plans.

Evanston's the Place to Be

24/7WallSt made a list of "America's 50 Best Cities to Live" (sic) and put Evanston at #5.

Fountain Science

A popular video of rocket scientist Destin Sandlin adoring the fountain at Water Tower Place and its glassy waters gained the attention of its designer, who called him to geek out about "laminar flow," which makes water appear solid.

Weirdo TV

Comedian Steve Gadlin is raising money on Kickstarter to bring his late-night variety show "for weirdos" to cable TV in Chicago.

Cost of Criminalization

Drug possession is the most common reason people are held in Cook County Jail, but 1 in 3 of these cases are dismissed, costing taxpayers millions of dollars without offering treatment, according to the Chicago Reporter.

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“With the winter comes that recurring tradition wherein a thick, calloused sheath forms around the hearts of Chicago sports fans, inuring them against the perfecta of both supporting their teams outdoors, in the cold, and having the team in question do precious little to justify enduring such conditions.”

read more in Tailgate

Under the Hood


Fans Effectively Evaluate White Sox Defense

by Mike Chamernik

Drive Thru

Opening Today: Umami Burger

by Robyn Nisi

Book Club

We Owe Chicago

by Anne Holub

Drive Thru

Home Run Inn to Open Near Wrigley in 2015

by Andrew Huff


Shabazz Palaces Experiments with Lincoln Hall

by Julian Ramirez


New Music for Solo Cello: Ian Maksin Returns to Chicago

by Elliot Mandel

Drive Thru

Shana Tova from Real Urban Barbecue

by Jeremy Owens


Riot Fest 2014: Day 3

by Justin Freeman


Chicago Bulls Unveil Advocate Center

by Josh Williams


Chicago Fire: Of Cold Weather and Tough Hearts

by Benjamin Cannon

The Grid: Lyrical Video Journalism

To be Demolished



5:00 PGreen City Market Cookbook Release @ Jayson Home

6:00 PChicago South Asian Film Festival

6:30 PWorld Music Festival

7:00 PShonen Knife @ Bottom Lounge

8:00 PThe Hoods Chicago: Pilsen

10:00 PDJ James Murphy @ Smartbar


11:00 AExpo Chicago

1:00 PPrak-sis N3w M3dia Festival

4:00 PChicago South Asian Film Festival

6:30 PFunny Ha-Ha @ Hideout

7:00 PNellie McKay and Diana Lawrence @ SPACE

7:00 PLast Days of Danger Release Party @ Challengers

7:30 PWorld Music Festival

8:00 PBlack Lips & King Khan @ Logan Square Auditorium

8:00 PPinback @ Bottom Lounge


11:00 AExpo Chicago

11:00 AFood Network in Concert @ Ravinia

11:30 AMarlene Dietrich's Morocco @ Music Box

11:30 AChicago South Asian Film Festival

12:00 PPrak-sis N3w M3dia Festival

12:20 PCity Made Festival

3:00 PWorld Music Festival

4:00 P312 Urban Block Party

7:00 PElbo Room 25th Anniversary

8:00 PBoyGirlBoyGirl: The Bible @ Stage 773


9:00 ABee the Change Cut-a-thon @ Salon Soca

9:30 AAAHH! Fest @ Union Park

10:00 ADose Market

10:00 AVintage Garage

11:00 AExpo Chicago

11:30 AChicago South Asian Film Festival

12:00 PCity Made Festival

1:00 PPrak-sis N3w M3dia Festival

2:30 PWorld Music Festival


6:30 PThe Dinner Party @ City Winery

8:00 PLouder than a Mom @ Martyrs'


10:00 ADavid Bowie Is @ MCA

6:00 PWhite Mystery @ MCA

6:30 PSean Graney on All Our Tragic @ The Arts Club

6:30 PDJ Shadow & Cut Chemist @ HOB

6:30 PA Decade of Country Hits: Art on the Rural Frontier @ Experimental Station

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