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Red Light Snapshot

See which red light cameras issued the most tickets on a map assembled by DNAinfo.

Beer Lovers Flocking to Chicago Next Week

Early warning: Starting May 14th you are entering Chibeeria-a magical place for one week where Chicago focuses its love on craft beers. The map and a schedule at Chicago Craft Beer Week will keep beer lovers busy hoofing all over town to the tasty events.

Let's Not Be Cops

A man who was arrested for posing as a police officer as a teenager is accused of pretending to be a cop once again, this time driving around wearing a bulletproof vest.

No Dancing Shoes Required

New music festival Mamby on the Beach will bring a dance party to Oakwood Beach in July, with Empire of the Sun and Passion Pit headlining the two-day event. (via)

Look at Those TIFs

While tax increment financing is one of the most convoluted parts of Chicago politics, at least a new map shows where they are and what projects they're funding. (via)

Private Eyes

Some communities are turning to private police and security cameras to fight crime, funded by additional property taxes paid to "special service areas."

Elevated at Ground Level

Chicago History Today explains why parts of the Brown Line (and some other lines) aren't elevated. [via]

TSA's Worst Nightmare

A 63-year-old serial airplane stowaway, was caught loitering at O'Hare without a ticket recently.

Fighting for C4 Answers

Staff, clients and supporters marched Tuesday in protest of the closure of C4, one of the city's largest mental health services agencies.

Chase the Skyline

The Chicago Architecture Foundation is hosting an architectural scavenger hunt downtown this weekend.

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“We The People have our faults; listing them would be another full essay.”

read more in Mechanics

Under the Hood


Pegasus Theatre's Ghost Gardens Can't Revive A Dying Community

by Nancy Bishop

Book Club

Chicago Zine Fest Showcases Self-publishing Efforts This Weekend

by John Wawrzaszek


Kane and Crow Steal Show in Game 3 Win for Blackhawks

by Jim Crago

Drive Thru

Old School Dining at Tortoise Club

by Judy Wu

Book Club

Help Open Books Move by Clearing the Shelves

by Andrew Huff

Drive Thru

Rub Shoulders with Brewers at New "Beer Social"

by Andrew Huff

Book Club

Words and Music Assault Your Senses this Wednesday

by John Wawrzaszek


Cultural Conversation: Dance + Dramaturgy @ High Concept Labs

by S. Nicole Lane


American Blues Theater Stages Side Man, A Musical Memory Play

by Nancy Bishop


Blackhawks Set Pace on Wild to Go Up 2-0

by Jim Crago

The Grid: Lyrical Video Journalism

To be Demolished



5:00 PChicago Critics Film Festival

8:00 POral @ the Annoyance

9:00 PWORDS+MUSIC #7 @ Empty Bottle


6:00 PXoco Yucatan Pop-Up Dinner @ Revolution Brewery

6:00 PChicago Critics Film Festival

6:30 PPitchfork Studio Visit

6:30 PStoryCorps OutLoud @ Chicago History Museum

7:30 PApplied Words: On Belonging

7:30 PThe Hudson Branch @ Double Door

9:00 PYou Are Here Festival


5:00 P2015 SAIC Runway Fashion Show @ Millennium Park Chase Promenade

5:00 PShow of Hands

5:00 PChicago Zine Fest

6:00 POpening Reception: "Can I See Your ID?" @ Cultura

6:00 PTest/Move/Play Ability Opening Reception @ Arts + Public Life

7:00 PPuddles Pity Party @ Mayne Stage

7:00 PWelcome to Me w/Q&A @ Music Box

8:00 PWelcome to Night Vale @ Copernicus Center

8:00 PBrian Babylon @ Laugh Factory

9:00 PYou Are Here Festival


10:00 AShow of Hands

10:30 A 2015 Chicago 7 Bus Tour

11:00 AChicago Zine Fest

1:00 PScreening of Missing @ Old Town School of Folk Music

1:00 PCAF Scavenger Hunt

1:00 PChicago River Day

2:00 PElaine Hegwood Bowen @ Woodson Regional Library

7:30 PYou're Being Ridiculous @ Mayne Stage

9:00 PYou Are Here Festival


10:00 AShow of Hands

1:00 POh! Oh! Oh! Opening Reception @ Peregrineprogram

8:00 PThat's All She Wrote @ Great Lakes Tattoo

9:00 PHoZac Blackout Fest Art Show @ Empty Bottle

9:00 PYou Are Here Festival


3:11 PCirlesque! The Sexy Side of Circus-Juxtaposing Cirque & Neo-Burlesque @Untitled

7:30 PTrust Us/Screw You @ Neo-Futurarium


6:00 POn the Table: Sister Neighborhoods @ Hideout

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