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Photographer Yvette Marie Dostatni documented dozens of subcultures as they gathered at McCormick Place and other convention centers.

Beating Beardy Blockage

Sean Buino has some tips for unclogging a drain stopped-up by beard (or other) hair.

Cubbies with Potential

ESPN's Keith Law ranked Cubs prospects Kris Bryant and Addison Russell among the top five most promising young players in baseball.

Man vs. Taxi

Bike messenger Nico Deportago-Cabrera strapped on a video camera and went head-to-head with a cab driver to see who could cross the city faster. [via]

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"A Latin Beat"

The New York Times visited hipster Pilsen.

Livening Up Your Commute

Keep your eye out for ads sharing "the truth" about squirrels the next time you're on the El. They're the result of a CTA art project by comedian Ben Larrison, funded on Kickstarter.

Well-Aged Meals

Being the oldest doesn't necessarily mean being the best, but in the case of Eater's list of 25 classic restaurants, there's obviously something good contributing to their longevity.

Protecting Their Paws

PAWS has started a Cold Weather Rescue Fund to help pay for treatment for frostbitten cats and dogs.

A Complicated Relationship

In These Times wonders why unions are supporting Mayor Emanuel after he clashed with the Chicago Teachers Union during his first term.

Remembering Mr. Cub

The statue commemorating Ernie Banks will be on display in Daley Plaza through Saturday; Sports Illustrated also dedicated the cover of its Midwestern edition to the Cubs legend after he passed away Friday.

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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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The Promontory Proves That it's On Point

by Brandy Gonsoulin


West Coast Swing a Tough Test for Blackhawks

by Jim Crago


Mr. Burns: A Post-Electric Play Lights Up Theater Wit

by Nancy Bishop

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

The Grid: Lyrical Video Journalism

To be Demolished



7:00 AMadewell + West Heritage @ Rush St. Store

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 PThe Art of Connection Exhibition @ The Sullivan Galleries

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

8:00 PChicago Psych Fest @ Hideout

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


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

12:00 PScrabble for Cheaters @ 826CHI

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

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

3:00 PThe Paper Machete @ Green Mill

7:00 PWinter Ska Meltdown @ Threadless HQ

7:30 PAnti-Flag @ Reggies

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

8:00 PChicago Psych Fest @ Hideout

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

1:00 P"And sometimes gravity" Opening Reception @ Adds Donna


6:00 PRace, Ethics and Politics in Chicago Media: A Panel Discussion


6:30 PFirst Tuesdays w/Mick & Ben @ Hideout

7:00 PTuesday Funk @ Hopleaf


5:30 PSoup & Bread @ the Hideout

6:30 PLeo Kottke @ SPACE

7:00 PUltimate Painting @ Double Door

9:00 PCut Cats Courier Winter Bash @ Empty Bottle

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