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Buy It Yourself at the DIY Trunk Show

The cold and the snow are true signs that winter is approaching. And with the start of winter comes the holidays and the beginning of the holiday craft show season. The DIY Trunk Show returns this year with more than 130 craft, art and handmade vendors, food sold by Wishbone, free beer donated by Lagunitas and Brooklyn Brewery, live music and several djs from CHIRP Radio. So grab your list and get a jump start on gift buying tomorrow at the Broadway Armory (5917 N. Broadway) from 10 am to 5 pm.

Less Room in the Middle

The number of Chicagoans living in middle-class neighborhoods is steadily declining, with more people living in affluent or poor areas instead, writes Whet Moser.

Local Explorers

Take a "dopey quiz" and see how many Chicago neighborhoods you've visited.

Santa Rides the Bus

This year, the CTA isn't just doing a Holiday Train (whose schedule was just announced) -- there's also a Holiday Bus, a reticulated model coated in Christmas decor, running Dec. 2-23 on various routes.

Doing Good in the Neighborhood

Meet a few Chicagoans who are making a difference in the city.

Progress Lost

Left-leaning news website Progress Illinois will cease publication at the end of the year.

For Your Office Holiday Party

Maskerdoodles are fun props for holiday photo time.

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The Jungle vs. Time Traveler's Wife vs. Boss vs. ...

Which is the Greatest Chicago book? The Reader has assembled a bracket to decide.

It's Not That Cold

Despite the record-setting cold in Chicago earlier this week, globally we're closer to setting a record for warmth in 2014.

Not So Accommodating

Today the Illinois Board of Admissions to the Bar will reconsider Kristin Pagano's request to breastfeed during the February 2015 Illinois bar examination, which was previously denied. [Illinois law states, "A mother may breastfeed her baby in any location, public or private, where the mother is otherwise authorized to be."]

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“I was attracted to the stove flame, but my grandmother pushed me back. It was dangerous. But how could something so delicious come from such a dangerous thing?”

read more in Drive-Thru

Under the Hood


The Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part 1, Foxcatcher, The Homesman, Force Majeure, America the Beautiful 3: The Sexualization of Our Youth, National Gallery & Miss Meadows

by Steve Prokopy

Drive Thru

Free 3-Course Dinner at Bolat African Cuisine

by Judy Wu


The Game is Up for WGN's Sports Radio Station

by Chad Ruter

Book Club


by Miden Wood


Run the Jewels Take Over the Metro 11/22

by Julian Ramirez

Drive Thru

Friday Foodpic: Manny's

by Robyn Nisi


Join us Tonight for Stars Align w/ Archie Powell & Mike Maimone

by Mike Ewing


Preview: Dads at Beat Kitchen Nov. 21

by Justin Freeman

Drive Thru

The Dinner Party: Where It's Okay to Talk at the Dinner Table

by Brandy Gonsoulin

Book Club

Give Thanks Through Stories

by Andrew Huff

The Grid: Lyrical Video Journalism

To be Demolished



10:00 AShow of Hands @ Ravenswood Event Center

10:00 AChicago Toy & Game Fair

10:00 ADIY Trunk Show @ Broadway Armory

10:00 ARandolph Street Holiday Market

10:00 ASAIC Holiday Art Show

12:00 PChicago Food Film Festival: #ILOVEBEER @ Kendall College

12:30 P Chicago Beer Society's 38th Annual Fall Tasting and Dinner @ Kaiser Tiger

2:15 PChicago Italian Film Festival

5:00 PLumpen Issue #123 Release Party

5:30 PRun the Jewels @ Metro

7:00 PRobyn Hitchcock @ Old Town School

8:00 PCumbiasazo! Dance Party @ Double Door

9:00 PForgotten Species @ Schubas


10:00 AChicago Toy & Game Fair

10:00 AShow of Hands @ Ravenswood Event Center

10:00 ARandolph Street Holiday Market

2:00 PMac & Cheese Takedown @ Lincoln Hall

2:15 PChicago Italian Film Festival

8:00 PSloan @ Bottom Lounge

9:00 PThe Twilight Sad @ Empty Bottle


5:15 PChicago Italian Film Festival

6:00 P2nd Story @ City Winery


5:15 PChicago Italian Film Festival

7:30 PDeath From Above 1979 @ Riviera Theatre


5:20 PChicago Italian Film Festival

7:00 PMiss Spoken @ Gallery Cabaret

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


5:30 PChicago Italian Film Festival

7:15 PSecond City's Holidazed & Confused Revue @ UP Comedy


10:30 A23rd Annual Wreathing of the Lions @ Art Institute

11:00 AMichael Milano Solo Exhibition for Trunk Show

4:00 PSing-Along Sound of Music @ Music Box

7:00 PYou, Me, Them, Everybody Live @ Hungry Brain

9:00 PLydia Loveless @ Lincoln Hall

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