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United States of X: Books Edition

Brooklyn Magazine picks Richard Wright's Native Son to represent Illinois in their selections of best the book for each state.

Malört for Your Ears

Chicago's favorite bitter spirit now has its own theme song, "A Waltz for Old Jeppson," by local band Archie Powell & the Exports.

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New Old Music

The "new music" scene is bringing casual performances of classical music to bars around the city.

Urban Farmers

Researchers at the University of Illinois looked at where people are growing their own food in the city, finding the most green thumbs are in Chinatown and Bridgeport.

Double Comeback Kid

ESPN profiles Derrick Rose, what his return means for Chicago, and how injury changed him not just as a player, but as a person.

Making Up for Lost Time

After a year of covering the impact of false imprisonment on people who've been released from jail, Alison Flowers reflects on how the system could ever repay them.

Spooky Spots

From a Hooters to apartment buildings that may be on your block, RedEye shares some lesser-known haunted places.

Chic for Cheap

Gilt City is holding a warehouse sale at the MCA's warehouse this Saturday. [via]

Bucket Thinker

A leaky roof at the Millennium Station Metra inspired Felix Jung to ponder the difference between a "fix" and a "solution"; the first only stops a problem temporarily while the second solves it.

Illegal Gun Ring

Guns and bullets confiscated by the Sheriff's Office will be sent to an anti-violence organization and turned into jewelry.

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“Take notes, and don't be afraid to see something to haven't heard of -- that's the point of a film festival, isn't it?”

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Under the Hood


Owl John Tugged The Bottom Lounge's Heartstrings

by Julian Ramirez

Book Club


by Miden Wood


Fury, Whiplash, The Good Lie, The Best of Me, The Book of Life, St. Vincent, Keep On Keepin' On & 20,000 Days on Earth

by Steve Prokopy


Goodman's Smokefall: Following One Family Across Time

by Nancy Bishop

Drive Thru

Friday Foodpic: Le's Pho

by Robyn Nisi


Should the Bears Consider Some New Starters?

by Chad Ruter


Photos/Review: The Districts @ Park West 10-16-14

by Kirstie Shanley


Joffrey Ballet's "Swan Lake" Is Stunning on Opening Night Debut

by Sarah Brooks


Shuffling with Bombay Bicycle Club @ Park West, 10/14

by Sarah Brooks

Book Club

Sex, Drugs & Nonfiction: Chuck Klosterman Reads at Columbia College

by John Wawrzaszek

The Grid: Lyrical Video Journalism

To be Demolished



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