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Chicago Women Who Owned 2015

I'm stealing the headline from FoGB Veronica Arreola, because it is perfect. There are so many Best of lists at this time of year, but if you want to know 15 (thankfully there are far more) women who did awesome stuff in Chicago this year, then go read about them. They're all awesome.

"Empowered Feminist," Empowered

Hale Goetz writes about discovering that photos of her have gone viral on Reddit.

"Our Love is the Size of These Tumors Inside Us"

Jennifer Farrell of Starshaped Press created a series of letterpress prints featuring song lyrics inspired by her husband's fight with cancer.

A Personal Resolution

Developer and comedian Andy Boyle talks about what's happened to him in the two years since he quit drinking.

How We Met

Not every couple can "meet cute." GB alumna Rosamund Lannin shares her meet awkward story on Hello Giggles.

A Southern Holiday

South Side Weekly's holiday issue is out, featuring, poems, stories and a South Side-oriented gift guide.

Nobody's Really Upset

Parker Molloy outlines how the media manufactures outrage -- and what you can do to short-circuit it.

Covering the Uncovered

City Bureau, a new journalism organization with a mission to cover the South and West sides, launched its website today.

Ladies Who Lush

Drinking Woman, a new blog by former GB staffer Meghan Murphy-Gill and Molly Heyward, covers all aspects of beer and other beverages from a woman's perspective. Its first story is an interview with Metropolitan Brewing's Tracy Hurst.

Enjoy Lunch

Chicago Dirty chronicles the city's dirty people, places and things -- most recently, they put together a map of the 200 restaurants that most recently failed a health inspection.

Scrolling Through Awesomeness

The Awesomer is a blog of cool stuff that practically defines "snackable content." Perfect for your bus or train ride home.

Scary Monsters Weekly

Mythical Beast Wars invites you to draw a different monster each week for fame and fortune. This week, it's the Jersey Devil.

Editorializing on Food

Fooditor, a new site by Sky Full of Bacon's Michael Gebert (now formerly of the Reader), promises to dig deeply into the city's food scene. Its first story breaks the news that Manny's is adding a deli counter to its cafeteria, finally giving Chicago a true Jewish deli.

Pitchfork Sold Out

Chicago-based music site and festival organizer Pitchfork has been bought by Condé Nast.

The Latest in Corgan News

Billy Corgan just deleted his Twitter account, but not before pointing people to his latest project, People and Their Cars, a vernacular photography blog with a very specific focus.

News for Women of Color

The city's media scene expanded for once today, with the launch of Black Chicago Woman.

Wiping Up After Stars

The Onion has launched StarWipe, a new celebrity-obsessed satire site for our celebrity-obsessed modern age.

Cratedigger's Paradise

Record Collecting In Chicago is a blog chronicling one vinyl collector's travels and discoveries in record stores, thrift stores and garage sales in Chicago and beyond.

The People that you Meet in Your Neighborhood

If your neighborhood happens to be Rogers Park, anyway. People of Rogers Park profiles regular people who live north of Devon and east of Ridge.

Business is Scarry

In Welcome to Businesstown, Tony Ruth (aka Lunchbreath) illustrates the people you meet in the modern business world in a style reminiscent of Richard Scarry's Busytown books

1001 Chicago Afternoons Salute Ben Hecht

Paul Dailing writes the 1001 Chicago Afternoons blog as a sort of homage to Ben Hecht's gritty daily slice-of-life newspaper column from the 1920s. It was later compiled in to a book called A Thousand and One Afternoons in Chicago. If any part of you gladdens at accidentally wandering in to the meat packing district, or eavesdropping on late night bar brawls, or gaping at the people and places of Chicago with a sense of wonder, you will enjoy both Paul and Ben's works equally.

Back on the Streets

Streetsblog Chicago has reached its funding goal and relaunches full-time today. Congrats, guys!

Don't Diss Your Fans

Do you remember last year, when a fan convention named Chi-Fi was cancelled due to accusations that hotel staff was rude to the fans attending the conference? Well, the conference took place this last weekend at the Palmer House Hilton. But, it appears that this first-time event wasn't very successful, at least not in the eyes of fans who paid to attend the convention. h/t to Darlene of Do Bats Eat Cats?

Pedway Pub Crawl for Pedals

This Thursday, there's going to be a pub crawl on the pedway to raise money for Streetsblog Chicago, so the site can return to daily transportation news coverage.

A Taste of the Obscure

Atlas Obscura, a website dedicated to highlighting significant places around the world, is launching the Illinois Obscura Society with a boozy event in February.

Don't Let the Cold Keep You Home

Winter in Chicago tests the bonds of friendship, notes Emily Heist Moss.

What, Us Worry?

Despite being just a few weeks old, GB contributor Eden Robins and Cat Oddy's podcast Should I Worry About This? got the attention of BoingBoing.

It's So Cold in Chicago...

How cold is it?
It's so cold that residents have been desegregating to huddle for warmth, says Tim Barnes in the Whiskey Journal.

Say Goodbye to the Streets

Streetsblog Chicago, one of the city's best sites for transportation news, is shutting down due to lack of funding -- but there's hope to resurrect it.

Kind Words

Belt magazine says some nice things about Gapers Block, and shares a great list of similar city publications from around the Rust Belt region.

Spartz Goes Viral

The New Yorker profiles Emerson Spartz, the founder of the Harry Potter community site Mugglenet who now has a collection of viral content sites to rival Cheezburger.

How to Be a Funny Lady

Kelsie Huff explains why she teaches an all-female standup comedy class. And if you're interested, the next one starts Jan. 7.

Where Not to Eat... Maybe

Data analyst Brandon Harris dug through the City of Chicago Data Portal to find the "dirtiest" restaurants in Chicago -- dirty being defined by number of failed health inspections, which commenters have pointed out often include "failed" visits from before a restaurant is even open. So, you know, caveat emptor.

Roy's Friend Ignaz

Chicagoist published "The King Of Vajra Dornei," a new "Roy story" by author Barry Gifford.

Should I Stay or Should I Go Now?

Forty-two of Saya Hillman's friends have decamped for other places this year. Rather than despairing, she's embracing the idea that leaving -- temporarily or permanently -- may make her appreciate what Chicago has to offer even more.

Progress Lost

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

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.

Topping the Tortilla

Nick Kindelsperger has launched a new taco blog, full of interesting ideas for taco fillings and some beautiful foodporn.

Composed Discussions

Secret Weapon is a new blog interviewing Chicago-based composers. The latest is Seth Boustead.

A Quirky, True Community

Claire Zulkey writes a farewell love letter to her soon-to-be-former neighborhood of Edgewater.

Stashed in the Bushes

Daley Center Findings catalogs items found hidden in the planters outside the Daley Center. [via]

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]

Answers that Matter

"Questions That Matter" showcases the struggles and triumphs of people in poverty. [via]

Chasing Bridges

Marcin Wichary and a friend followed the raising of all the Chicago River bridges from Ashland Avenue on the South Branch up to the Lake.

Question the Researcher

Chicagoist introduced a new series, Ask a Scientist, in which they profile a Field Museum researcher and you get the opportunity to ask questions about their field.

Humans of Chicago

Chicago Reframed shares portraits and brief interviews with diverse residents of the city in an effort to reframe the narrative away from violence.

Dropping the Mother's Apology

Claire Zulkey is a working mom, and she no longer feels bad about it.

United States of Uh, Um

Did you hear about how men tend to say "uh" and women tend to say "um"? A linguistics professor mapped instances of the two words in tweets county by county. Based on the original "smoothed" map and one with the raw data in the comments, Cook County appears to be split.

That Independent Someone

New webzine Someone Else profiles the Oak Street boutique Independence.

Working Creatively

Life and Limb is a podcast by designer Chuck Anderson, interviewing creative people in many disciplines -- including Chicago-based photographers, DJs, tattoo artists and t-shirt company executives. The latest episode features Pitchfork's Brandon Stosuy, talking about the site and the founding of the music festival, among other things.

Using Her Words

Blogger and filmmaker Jennifer Peepas found a global audience through her Captain Awkward blog, with fans writing in for advice and forming meet-up groups around the world.

Midwest Life

Former GB writer Britt Julious and designer Ria Roberts are launching Inland, an online and print magazine about Midwest culture in the 21st century. They're looking for submissions.

Click This

ClickHole, the Onion's new viral content parody site, officially launched today. Get ready for even more crap on your Facebook feed.

School of Architecture

Chicago Historic Schools is a blog dedicated to documenting the "rich architectural and social history of Chicago's public schools."

Burrito Bracket Goes Big

Back in 2007, Nate Silver -- soon to be of FiveThirtyEight fame -- began the Burrito Bracket in an attempt to find the best burrito in his neighborhood. Today, Silver turned his attention back to his favorite Mexican-American food and took the bracket national.

Alone Again, Naturally

Need some space? Chicagoist has a list of 10 places to be alone in the city.

10 Years of Taste

LTHForum is 10 years old; cofounder Michael Gebert recalls the dinner that instigated its creation.

Terrible is Great!

The Reader finds checks in on what Everything is Terrible! has been up to lately.

Spin these Singles

Music blog Chicago Singles Club profiles one artist a month and produces a two-track single from each. This month it's Moritat.

Don't Waffle on This Book

Remember the Waffleizer? Author and former GB contributor Daniel Shumski's book Will it Waffle?, based on the popular foodblog, is now available for preorder.

Get Outta Town

Just Off the Tracks provides tips on places to eat and things to do near Metra stops within the city and in the suburbs. Just the UP Northwest Line so far, with more lines on the way. [via]

Working for the Long Term

The Distance, a new business magazine from Basecamp (previously), launched today with a profile of Horween Leather Company, the city's last tannery.

Click it in the Clickhole

The Onion is launching, a site parodying viral content sites like Buzzfeed and Upworthy, in June.

They're Going the Distance

Basecamp announced today the launch of The Distance, an online magazine about "bootstrapped businesses that are at least 25 years old." It's edited by former Tribune tech/business reporter Wailin Wong.

The No. 2 Hotel in Chicago

Hotels I've Pooped In, a blog by comedian Zack Shornick. [via]

Building History

The folks at Forgotten Chicago have been busy, unearthing details about a shipping canal in the Gold Coast, radio showrooms on Michigan Avenue, 1 million vacant lots in Chicagoland, art deco masterpieces and many more long-lost works of architecture.

Blogging Classically

The CSO has launched Sounds & Stories, an online magazine about classical music.

The Freedom Trilogy

Film critic Matt Fagerholm proposes a set of three films that gives a picture of Civil War America that is "greater than the sum of its parts."

Meet the Lacquerheads

Local nail polish blogger Scrangie Mariano talks about her obsession in a NYTimes piece on polish collectors.

Office Envy

Chicago Creative Space takes you inside to the zip-lines, scooters, and ping pong tables of tech companies and other interesting workplaces. [via]

Cameron Writes Home

Cameron Esposito is returning to Chicago ...sort of. She's writing a weekly column for A.V. Club. Watch for it Friday; here's a sample of what to expect.

Your Funny News

The Steamroller covers the Chicago comedy scene.

Double-X Rock

Music blog Boxx Magazine is raising money to help it continue to cover music from a female perspective.

Hipsters of the Midway

Sports blog Kissing Suzy Kolber reimagines NFL logos as hipsters. Sweet bowtie, Bears.

hipster Bears logo

Our Work Selves

The RedEye social media team put together 312Works, a tumblr of office selfies. Care to join in?

Bye Bey

Lee Bey is ending his run as an architecture blogger for WBEZ.

Financial Fitness

Ms.Fit magazine, a "body-positive, LGBTQ-friendly, unapologetically feminist women's health and fitness webzine," is just shy of making its fundraising goal to continue publishing in 2014. Pitch in here.

Battle of the Hoods

Curbed Chicago opened its annual Curbed Cup for voting today. Does your neighborhood neighborhood have what it takes to rise to the top?

Mint Pitfall Harry in Original Package

Dan Polydoris made custom action figures for classic Activision videogames as a present for himself on his birthday. [via]

The May Report Returns

The May Report, a newsletter on Chicago's tech scene published by eccentric journalist Ron May until his death this summer, has been relaunched by Ron's brother Paul.

CSU vs. Blog

Chicago State University is trying to shut down an unauthorized faculty blog that's been critical of the administration.

Now Hear This

Podcast Thing, a new site from Max Temkin and Veronica Corzo-Duchardt, helps you find your next favorite podcast.

Theatrical Blogging

The Trib expanded theater critic Chris Jones' Theater Loop column into a full-fledged blog.

Jingles of Chicago Past

Midwest TV Guys rounded up videos of 20 classic Chicago commercials.

Goodbye Center Square

The Center Square Journal officially called it quits today. The site will remain up as an archive.

Ham-tastic Transit

With all of the hair-pulling over Ventra transition chaos, keep in mind it could be even stickier. We could have Transit Ham.

A Colossal Interview

The NEA's Art Works blog interviews Christopher Jobson of Colossal about his interests, work process and more.

Make Yourself Feel Old

20 Years Ago Today explores music that was new in the '90s.

Robert Feder is Back

Well, he never went away, but his media news is finally in a form other than a Facebook post once again.

Buttons & Civil Rights

On this historic day, local button makers Busy Beaver Buttons blogged about some historic buttons relating to the civil rights movement.

School's Out Forever

On the first day of school yesterday, Tribune photographer Brian Cassella visited every school closed by CPS and took photos.

Star Wars & Dewars

GB contributor JH Palmer tells the deeply personal story of her alcoholic mother's attempted suicide at The Toast.

Feder to the Trib

Media critic Robert Feder is launching a new site, appropriately named, in collaboration with the Tribune.

He Did What!?

Chicagoist has a firsthand account of the guy who cut off his nipple at the Gathering of the Juggalos. NSFW, obviously.

Reporting on Women's Work

The Ladydrawers have begun a yearlong investigation into international women's labor, with a focus on garment work and sex trade, for

Eating Sister Cities

Travel bloggers Lost & Found Travel is launching the Sister Cities Project, in which they'll be trying a signature dish from a restaurant representing each of Chicago's 28 sister cities.

School's Nearly In

CPS is back in session Aug. 26. Hopefully your summer vacation was better than this one in Rookie.

Chicago is Mine

Samantha Irby briefs you on how it's gonna go when you and she break up.

Ebert Adds Voices

Chaz Ebert announced today the launch of a new Twitter account, @ebertvoices, that will tweet news, so as to separate that stuff from @ebertchicago and give Chaz room to "innovate" with the account as Roger requested.

Bloggers Swarm the City

BlogHer's annual convention is in town this weekend, bringing 4,000-5,000 bloggers -- and lots of marketers -- to McCormick Place and the Sheraton.

Redesigns & Special Sandwiches

LTHForum launched a redesign today, which includes a new focus on feature-length articles about Chicago culinary topics. The first is an investigation into the origins of the jim shoe sandwich.

Blogging Neighborhood Crime

The blog Crime in Wrigleyville and Boystown has gotten the attention of everyone from residents to the police and aldermen.

Let's All Go to the Movie Blog

The Dissolve, Pitchfork's new film blog, launched Wednesday afternoon. Editor Scott Tobias explains what they're up to.

The Dissolve Resolving Wednesday

The Dissolve, Pitchfork's new film review site staffed by ex-AV Club writers, launches on Wednesday. Mashable has a sneak preview.

Calling out Crime

Hey Jackass! beats a steady drum about crime in the city, particularly gun violence. [via]

Hard Core Females

Seriously Badass Women introduces you to some really impressive ladies, most of whom (so far) are from Chicago.

The Illustrated Scanner

The Open Key is a tumblr of cartoons "loosely based on things overheard on the Chicago [police] scanner."

Bacon on Your iPod

Video podcast and foodblog Sky Full of Bacon now has an accompanying audio podcast: Airwaves Full of Bacon.

Photojournalism via Instagram

Laid off Sun-Times photojournalist Rob Hart was "replaced with a reporter with an iPhone, so he is documenting his new life with an iPhone, but with the eye of a photojournalist trained in storytelling." Add it to your tumblr feed.

The Big Store

The awesome design blog Colossal just launched a shop, filled with lots of cool stuff, many from local designers.

Pride of the South Side

Marvel at WHPK Record Library, a tumblr of scans of records in WHPK's collection. [via]

Pitchfork Cuts to Film

Pitchfork today announced The Dissolve, a new film site staffed by the AV Club veterans who left last month. Keep your eye out here.

The Opposite of Local Eats

If you like Grub Street Chicago, pay a visit today -- it and Grub Street's other city blogs closed today, and will redirect to a newly nationally focused main site. Writer Michael Gebert reflects on his time with the site.

Wrangling the Rookies

Rookie, the webzine for teen girls founded by Tavi Gevinson, is hiring a full-time editor.

It's a Foodie Town

Chicago was voted Best Food City in's 2013 Munchies food awards -- and Butcher & the Burger, Bar Toma, Hoosier Mama Pie Co. won in the burger, pizza and bakery categories. [via]

Trolling Down the Boulevard

StreetsBlog Chicago puzzles over the identity of pro-drivers' rights Logan Square Driver.

Chicago Traveler

Conde Nast Traveler recently launched a Chicago travel blog, which happens to be where former Time Out food editor David Tamarkin now writes.

A.V. Club Exodus

Today was the last day for several of the A.V. Club's veteran writers, including Nathan Rabin, Tasha Robinson and and Genevieve Koski. They're joining recently departed writers Keith Phipps and Scott Tobias to launch an as-of-yet unnamed new media company focusing on film.

Your Finest Gacy News Source

Michael Miner profiles, a blog run by former Reader editor Alison True that doggedly chronicles the hunt for additional Gacy victims.

Watch Your Step

The Chicago Stumbler is a new blog by DePaul students, inspired by one in San Diego, that documents some of the city's worst sidewalks.

Feliz Cumpleaños

Latino culture blog Gozamos turns three this weekend with a party at Beauty Bar.

We Were All Dorks Once

The Awkward Phase, a blog of stories of youthful awkwardness written by GB staffer Tyler Gillespie and Claire Meyer, was a runner-up in Chronicle Books' Great Tumblr Book Search. It's open to submissions.

A New Center Square

The Center Square Journal relaunched today as a volunteer-run monthly magazine.

Non-Repro Blue & Black Ink

Chris Ware is now on Tumblr, sharing bits and pieces and unfinished pages. Awesome.

Scheherazade of the City

1,001 Chicago Afternoons picks up where Ben Hecht left off, collecting 1,001 stories of life in Chicago.

Pillow Talk

Fred Sasaki has some questions for MyPillow. Customer service obligingly (or obliviously) plays along.

My Name is not Michael Keaton is a new "biography" of Michael Keaton by John Campbell, the creator of Pictures for Sad Children. [via]

RIP Your Next Hour

Obit of the Day is one of Chicago's longest running blogs, and it's as good as ever.

Colors for Hardworking Hipsters & Paranoid Preppers

Lunchbreath illustrates the latest Mantone color forecast.

Mantone 4: Timid Technophile

Where to Stay, What to Eat, Etc.'s Chicago travel page relaunched today, with 312 Dining Diva's Audarshia Townsend as editor.

From Bloodshot to Beer

Former GB contributor JP Pfafflin writes about her decision to leave the music industry to go make beer. (Bloodshot Records is now hiring to replace her, by the way.)

How the Fork Gets Pitched

Pitchfork Founder Ryan Schreiber talks about his job with MediaBistro.

The Ballad of Tobi & Bruce

Roger Ebert pays tribute to the Old Town Ale House as only he could. (He mentions resident artist-raconteur Bruce Elliott's blog, The Geriatric Genius, but doesn't link to it.)

No Kids on OKCupid

Comedian Joe Kwaczala is banned from OKCupid due to his unorthodox profile. [via]

Fighting with Baby

Being a new parent can be hard. Here are two stories about getting through the difficult days, from Claire Zulkey and Erin Shea.

High School Hoops Covered by High Schoolers

With Hoops High, Free Spirit Media is teaching Chicago high school students sports journalism and broadcasting skills.

The Bean Totally Deserved It

Paul Hornschemeier imagines what mischief might the Picasso get into if it were to come to life.

Off the Grid, onto the Streets

John Greenfield and Steve Vance, the co-founders of Grid Chicago, are moving over to the new StreetsBlog Chicago starting today.

Wherever You Go

Right There Waiting is a new blog collecting "mostly fictitious stories about people meeting Richard Marx," inspired by Ted McClelland's story last week. Wait till he hears about this.

RIP Aaron Swartz

Aaron Swartz, one of Chicago's old-school bloggers (in his early teens) who coauthored RSS 1.0 standards, helped create Reddit and founded Demand Progress, committed suicide yesterday. He was 26. Cory Doctorow wrote a touching remembrance. UPDATE: A site collecting memories of Aaron has been set up, and is of course open-source.

Is Chicago not a City?

"Chicago is the split knuckle, the calloused palm," writes Wyl Villacres in Thought Catalog. "Chicago is a broken tooth. This is what makes Chicago great."

That Famous Pout

Claire Zulkey offers tips on getting the perfect photo of your child on Santa's lap -- if your goal is to land in the Trib's "Scared of Santa" photo set.

You Never Forget 5

Forgotten Chicago recently turned five, and marked the occasion with a look back at its many tours and extensive research into the city's architecture.

Ordinary Architecture Observer

Ultra Local Geography is a beautifully illustrated blog about mundane architecture of the city. It's of a piece with the also excellent A Chicago Sojourn.

Pop-Up Blogio

Lee Bey explains the real plots behind classic music videos.

Typography in the City in a Book

Lidia Varesco Racoma has turned her blog, Typography in the City, into a book, focusing first on the West Loop.

New News Blog on the Block

After months in development, Chicago launched today.

Covering the Liberal Arts Beat

Chicago mechanical engineer and writer Sarah Pavis is guest-blogging on this week.

Red Stars on Skin

Fuzzy Gerdes is collecting Chicago flag tattoos.

Waffleizing a Book

Will it waffle? Past GB contributor Daniel Shumski asked that question on his blog, Wafflizer. That blog will soon be a book.

538 Burritos

We heard about Nate Silver's Burrito Bracket blog back in 2007, but his newfound celebrity as an election predictor has brought that long-defunct site back to everyone's attention.

The L in O Scale

Terry Gaskin is building a model train version of the CTA in his basement. Hear him talk about it on the Model Railway Show podcast.


The Good Old Stuff

Craig's Lost Chicago is nothing like CraigsList; instead it's a trip down memory lane for locals.

Get on the Lakeviewing List

Our sibling site, is giving away a pair of tickets to the Music Box or Laugh Factory every weekday for the next two weeks to someone signed up for its weekly newsletter.

Kate Gosselin Kicked Out of the CouponCabin

Formerly Chicago-based CouponCabin fired reality star Kate Gosselin from her job blogging for the deal site.

United States of X: Pussy Edition

Joe Dawson Jr. imagines Illinois as a cat as part of his latest "pet project," Pussies on Parade.

Butch Edge

Josh Wilker of Cardboard Gods flashes backward and forward, past and present, through an unlikely baseball card.

The Polonia Lifestyle

Chicago is the second largest Polish city after Warsaw, as the old saying goes (it's no longer true). Tap into the scene with Polish Social.

How Colossal Gets Built

Christopher Jobson of design blog Colossal shares how he works with LifeHacker.

Cutler takes a Tumblr

Smokin' Jay Cutler, a site "dedicated to the most apathetic looking athlete in the history of sports. "

Grab Your Partner

Couples need love, too -- hence the recently launched Get Lusty, a locally produced online mag for two.

Fast Forward the Tape

Joshua Adams writes about how Chief Keef symbolizes his love-hate relationship with Chicago.

Your Sext is not Making her Moist

Melanie LaForce would like you to know a few things about what's going on when you sext her. Separately, she defends the word "moist." (NSFW, if you couldn't guess.)

Tight Living Quarters

Time Out invades Apartment Therapy's personal space this week with a feature on making the most of tiny apartments.

The Signs on Irving Park

Irving Park Road Signs is exactly what it sounds like.

Enjoy the Ride

What the L?!, "Chicago's commuter comic," makes light of your daily ride on the CTA.

No Nerdy White Music Journalists

Kyle Kramer is covering the Republican National Convention for VICE magazine, and was barred from entering a blogger party Sunday because of his tumblr.

Chicago is a Boomtown

BoomTownRack is trying to pick up where the dearly departed WindyCitizen left off, creating a place for people to share interesting links, pictures and more.

The Joker's Boner

Mitch O'Connell collected a hundred weird and innuendo-filled panels from comic books.

Blogging with a Shark

The Sun-Times is publishing a weblog about the Drew Peterson trial -- by Peterson's lawyer, Joseph "The Shark" Lopez. Michael Miner notes that it's not the first time Lopez has blogged one of his own trials.

High School Foodies

The Buffet is a food blog written by students at Northside College Prep. [via]

Posting Things to Do

The SNS Post has teamed up with Mark Nilsson from "190 North" to produce a quick video of a couple things to do in Chicago each weekend.

Pick a Corner

Curbed's Corner Spotter is a fun guessing game about Chicago's streets.

Jerks of the Road

Bad Chicago Drivers chronicles both cyclists and motorists whose bad manners endanger those around them. Courtesy of

Driving on the Rails

The elevated train system is outdated, and Rails to Car Trails has a plan to update the El for the 21st century: replace those rails with asphalt for a road system in the sky!

"Even the Rats Wear Skinny Jeans"

Slightly Insulting Chicago Posters does basically what it says in the name. It's The Chicago Neighborhoods but mean.

The Navigator's Asleep

Chicago ad man Kevin Lynch's wife has a habit of falling asleep in the passenger seat as soon as they start driving. So he starting taking pictures.

A Hack No More

Artist/cabbie/author Dmitry Samarov drove his taxi for the last time last weekend. He'll be spending the next few months writing the sequel to his book, Hack: Stories from a Chicago Cab.

From Beadnicks to Lettuce Entertain You

Chicago loves puns. (That logo looks familiar...)

What to Do in Lakeview is a new arts and entertainment blog showcasing all the fun and interesting things to do in Lakeview. It's a partnership between the Lakeview and Lakeview East chambers of commerce, Brown Line Media and Gapers Block. Check it out!

My Mother's Mother

Chicago writer Samantha Irby tells the heartbreaking story of how her mother became her daughter when she was 9.

Lisa, Framed in .GIFs

Upon learning the mastermind behind the Chicago .gif tumblr #SOYEAHDUH is Lisa Frame...


Welcome to the Near North

Connect Near North is a new site covering, you guessed it, the Near North Side.

RIP Windy Citizen

Chicago link-sharing site Windy Citizen is shutting down this week.

Jay, Bey & Ye

Latest tumblr to follow: Jay-Z and Beyonce Worry About Kanye West.

3 Stars for Cop and a Half!?

Roger Ebert's Worst Reviews, a weblog with some strong opinions of its own. [via]

Goodbye Children's Memorial

ChicagoNow blogger Mary Tyler Mom penned a touching farewell to Children's Memorial Hospital, which closes this weekend. Saturday is Move Day, which you should probably learn about if you're heading to Lincoln Park that day.

Starting between 5 and 6am, up to 200 critically ill patients will be moved via ambulance to the new Ann & Robert H. Lurie Children's Hospital, which will require the closure of Fullerton from Lincoln Avenue to Lake Shore Drive for 10 to 18 hours.

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Breaking Down the News

The Daily Breakdown is a new blog from WBEZ's Global desk the Medill School of Journalism in partnership with WBEZ, bringing you one international story to read per day.

Watching the Red Line

Crowd-sourced website CTA Station Watch ramped up recently in order to help document all of the work now underway on the north end of the CTA's Red Line improvement project. Check out photos and posts from various stations slated for work this summer, or contribute tidbits of your own.

Take Part in a Tomato Bomb

Gardening blogger MrBrownThumb (aka Ramon Gonzalez, who wrote about the City's water reclamation efforts in Mechanics) is collecting tomato seeds to send to a disabled gardener in Louisiana.

For Your Tumblring Enjoyment, Pt. 2

When In Chicago was started the day before So.Yeah.Duh, but it's not quite as active. Still worth adding to your dashboard.

For Your Tumblring Enjoyment

So.Yeah.Duh. -- fun with animated gifs in Chicago.

Hitting the Snackpot

The Snackpot, a locally produced foodblog about snacks, launched today. Celebrate with them at Schubas on Thursday.

An Act of Rebellion

Chicagoist talks with Karen Hawkins, founder of the recently launched Rebellious Magazine.

"Fear of the Expectations of the Body"

"If I only have the physical than these interactions must be representative of something inherent in me, something others see but I am unable to recognize or know." GB staffer Britt Julious writes about race and romance and more at This Recording.

A House, Once of Worship

A Chicago Sojourn explores the phenomenon of churches converted into homes. (And does so at a new home itself, having converted from Blogspot to Wordpress.)

10 Years of Local Tourism

The Local Tourist turns 10 years old June 3, and to celebrate it's offering a Passport to Chicago filled with deals and discounts on places around the city.

Goodbye, CAM

Chicago Art Magazine announced this week that it's closing.

Home, India, Water

Wheezy Waiter went to India with last week. He promises more on March 22, but the teaser is fun already.

What's Good in Chicago?

Chicagood is a new online magazine covering the good things happening around the city.

Collectable Prints

Veronica Corzo-Duchardt documents her grandfather's collections on the Neche Collection, and has made prints based on some of them; this one is my favorite. [via]

"Give it five minutes."

Jason Fried shares some good advice about encountering new ideas.

News Whenever

Time Travel Chicago is your source for news from the future.

Strange Taste in Toys

Searah Deysach, owner of Early to Bed, shares some of the strangest sex toys she comes across on her blog. (NSFW, obviously.)

Reader Renewed Online

The Reader launched a snazzily redesigned website today. (The CenterSquare Journal redesigned, too.)

The News Up North

Rogers Park News is a new site for Rogers Parkers to keep tabs on their neighborhood.

Photos of Chicago from Rooftops

There's a tumblr for that. [via]

Unrequired Listening

Spencer Tweedy (previously) just started a music blog with his friend Joey Pfeifer. Guess which album's on his top 10 of 2011.

Tumbling into the Past

Forgotten Chicago has launched Calumet 412, a tumblr of historic ephemera. (We've got a tumblr now too, BTW.)

"Dennehy," the Original "Shit Chicagoans Say"

AJ LaTrace at Chiboulevards assesses the Chicago entrants in the "Shit ____ Say" meme and finds them lacking. For his money, the best version was recorded in 2007 by Serengeti.

Dammit if he ain't right.

Hateful "Free Speech" Curtailed

After outcries about rampant racism and cases of impersonation in its comments, North Side news site Chicago News Report updated its TOS to include more specific commenting guidelines.

On Chicago's Side, not MJ's

New sports blog ChicagoSide (previously) doesn't officially go live until April 1, but it's posted a couple teaser stories -- including one about Michael Jordan being a jerk.

Digital Beef

After watching Ben Joravsky shoot back at Frank Sennett and Dan Sinker over his Bulls game live-tweeting, Ernest Wilkins thinks Chicago's online media need to start a fight. He makes some good points, but I can't take that dandy clotheshorse seriously.

A Year of Traffic Tweets

WBEZ has a downloadable list of Chicago traffic maven Sarah Jindra's favorite tweets from the past year. Ah, the memories.

Battle of the Hoods

Curbed has been pitting neighborhoods against each other for its first ever Curbed Cup, and it's down to the final four. Vote now on Hyde Park vs. Uptown; West Lakeview and Lincoln Square face off soon.

Pang on Writing

Tribune food writer Kevin Pang has a new podcast, Typecast, interviewing authors and journalists about the art and process of writing.

Mix Up Your Holiday Gathering

Office party or living room bash — you still need some good tunes. Refinery 29 blogs that DJ Matt Roan has your Christmas hip shakers all in one mix you can stream or download.

Pitchfork Packs Its Bags

Not really coming as too much of a shock, given that their founder already set off east some time ago, Pitchfork will move its editorial offices to NYC in the near future. Sadly, that means Chicago will also lose singer/songwriter Elia Einhorn, of Scotland Yard Gospel Choir fame. (More.)

Eig Plays Ball

Jonathan Eig plans to launch a new sports blog, ChicagoSide, in time for baseball's opening day. He talks to Feder about it.

Peopling Logan Square

Speaking of Logan Square blogs, Peopling Places covers the neighborhood from an urban planning perspective.

The News in Logan Square

Logan Square now has a neighborhood blog: Chiboulevards.

The Gift That Keeps On Annoying

Do you like bad music? Sure, who doesn't? GB's own James Allenspach is posting 25 Days of Bad Music on his blog. He started Dec. 1, so you've already got five albums waiting for you.

Nice F***ing Pants

Real Men Swear a profane fashion blog by ex-GBer Craighton Berman and Michael Kiser.

Global Money, Local Blog

The Initiative on Global Markets at the University of Chicago Booth School of Business now has a blog.

A Blog About Media & Other Things

Jim Romenesko's new site has launched, a little earlier than planned, in part so he could address his departure from Poynter (previously).

Art is Political

Never The Same is a collection of "conversations about art transforming politics and community in Chicago and beyond."

Chicago Eats Seriously

Serious Eats Chicago makes its official debut today (previously).

Romenesko+ Loses Romenesko

Jim Romenesko has resigned from the Poynter Institute and his journalism news aggregator blog after the revelation that of his posts over the years lacked attribution, a charge that some critics have called a punctuation problem. Romenesko's own site launches in 2012 (previously).

The Fine Bouquet

Would you consider yourself an Alley Connoisseur?

A Beautiful Escape

Local site Escape Into Life collects beautiful works of art and literature in one place.

Let's Hear It For the Store

Matador Records has a keen blog piece gushing about the emergence of awesome indie record stores while others are sadly closing. They give some love to Chicago-area stores Saki (Chicago-Logan Square), Cyklopx (Forest Park), and to Permanent Records' expansion out west from Chicago.

The Rental from Hell

Curbed is looking for renter horror stories in a contest that could net you a month's free rent. (There are some awfully good ones in this old Fuel thread.)

Following Sustainable Transportation

Grid Chicago has launched a network -- really, more of an informal feed of sites that share a focus on active and sustainable transportation options.

Ironic Accessories & Uncommon Undergarments

Lunchbreath offers 18 ways to express your individuality.

Ways to Express Your Individuality

No Kitty MJ?

Stumped coming up with a Halloween costume for your pet? The A.V. Club has some suggestions.

Get Jealous About Fashion

Jealous is a new fashion blog run by Lauria Locsmondy of the dearly departed Pistil. [via]

Dolinsky Back on the Web

Steve Dolinsky's new website launched today, a little over three months after he stopped writing for WBEZ.

Who Can You Trust if You Can't Trust Another Anthroblogger?

A Chicago-based member of the vaunted "Anthroblogging" community (e.g. Effortless Anthropologie) is accused of running a personal shopping service as a scam, although she says she just dropped the ball.

A Night with Tavi

Blogger David Shapiro, of Pitchfork Reviews Reviews fame, reported on Tavi Gevinson's Fashion Week party for The Awl.

We're (one of) the Best!

CBS Chicago's Most Valuable Blogger voting has concluded, and Gapers Block was named "editor's choice" in the Local Affairs category!

Tweeting the Towers

Whet Moser imagines what 9/11 would have been like if today's social media existed back then.

The Style Rookie Launches Rookie

Teen fashion blogger Tavi Gevinson has launched Rookie, an online magazine aimed at teen girls. Inspired by the defunct Sassy, Gevinson originally teamed with famed editor Jane Pratt on the project, but parted ways over issues of ownership. NYMag talked with her about it.

The Obscure Store is Closed

As previously mentioned, blogger Jim Romenesko is shutting down The Obscure Store, a seminal "odd news" blog, next week after 13 years. Here's his farewell post.

Inspirational Weekend Reading

Drop the latest issue of the Library of Inspiration into your Instapaper.

Sox as Black as His Soul

"I've loved baseball ever since Arnold Rothstein fixed the World Series in 1919," says Hyman Roth in The Godfather: Part II. Michael Rottman analyzes what that quip about the Black Sox scandal says about the character at The Morning News.

Romenesko Semi-Retires

Jim Romenesko, the Evanston-based journalism blogger, is "semi-retiring" from the Poynter Institute and launching his own, eponymous website (and, sadly, closing the Obscure Store). Here's the point of view from Poynter.

A Landmark Project

A blogger named Chris is visiting every landmark in Chicago by the end of this year.

Taxi Cab Recommendations

Chicago Cab Fare reviews restaurants recommended by the city's many ethnic taxi drivers. The author is profiled in the ChuffPo today.

Chicago's Martha Stewart of Biking

Frequent GB contributor John Greenfield interviews Dottie Brackett, author of bike blog Let's Go Ride a Bike! in NewCity this week.

Sky Blue Bike

Wilcoworld interviews Todd Simeone of Tenspeed Hero, who designed a Wilco-themed bike for the band to raffle on its preorder page for The Whole Love. [via]

Reached Our Allotment of Bird Motifs

McSweeney's takes a swing at the Renegade Craft Fair.

Bloggers in Residence is launching a writer in residence program, beginning with Alex Kotlowitz this Friday.

Planet Paige Spinning Again

Paige Wiser, the former Sun-Times columnist who was fired after getting caught reviewing a show she left early, is now writing on a blog of her own. [via]

Adding a Spanish Accent

Manero, a new lifestyle blog from Urban Daddy and Heineken, aims to be your guide to the Latino side of Chicago. A few words in Spanish here and there might add some flair, but Gozamos has been around for a year doing the same thing without a tinge of condescendencia.

10 Local Reads

BlogLocal suggests 10 blogs that'll help you get a sense of Chicago. (We're not on the list, but what're you gonna do? They're from Pittsburgh.)

Aaron Swartz Charged with Data Theft

Aaron Swartz, one of Chicagoland's earliest bloggers (now living in Cambridge, MA), was indicted today for allegedly stealing more than 4 million documents from MIT and the JSTOR journal article archive. Here's the indictment [PDF]. Demand Progress, the political action committee he founded, has released a statement that notes MIT asked the government not to prosecute. More on BoingBoing, Kottke and Reddit.

El Oh El

A new blog, Oh, L No!, is looking for your stories of mishaps and misbehavior on the CTA.

Field Studies

The Field Museum has a tumblr, too -- run by its interns.

The Soviets' Paper War

The Art Institute has started a tumblr blog for its upcoming exhibition of propaganda posters by TASS, the Soviet Union's news agency. [via]

City on Screens

Frequent Rearview contributor Noah Vaughn collects images of Chicago in films at Chicago Screenshots.

07/01 - 06/30

The Chicago edition of the3six5 is a week into its run over on ChicagoNow -- which by the way has a smart new look.

Expanding Your Blogroll

WBEZ debuted a handful of new blogs today: Louisa Chu on food (replacing Steve Dolinsky), John R. Schmidt on history and Claire Zulkey on whatever. Mark Bazer is on the way.

Putting the L in Lesbian

The L Stop is a new blog giving voice to Chicago's lesbian community. The DePaulia spoke with one of its cofounders.

Biking the Grid

Grid Chicago is a new blog by frequent GB contributor John Greenfield and transportation planner Steven Vance, covering "sustainable transportation in Chicago and Illinois." They recently answered the question of what happens when a bike lane disappears.

Exploring Chicago's Niches

Our own Dan Kelly has launched a new site, The Steppes of Chicago, exploring lesser-known bits of the city's history and architecture.

Details are Sketchy

GB alum Craighton Berman has been sketching for Core77 for awhile, but they just gave him his own channel devoted to "sketchnotes," visualizing information in a combination of drawings and text. His first big project was covering the IIT Institute of Design Strategy Conference last month.

Art Between Two Buildings

Dorchester Projects explores the history of art collaboration in two buildings at Dorchester and 69th.

From Nothing

Homeless artist and "PhD in Reality" Revolution MacInnes blogs and tweets about life on the streets and in shelters for himself and his friends.

A Guide for the Guys

Man Up Chicago promise to give Chicagoland men (and women) a leg up on what's what.

Women with Guitars

That's what Guitareste covers. It's currently featuring an interview with Kristin Hersh.

Playing at the Unicode Center

Two current trends come together: Twitter sparklines and the Bulls. [via]

Service to the City

The incoming chief technology officer for Chicago, FoGB John Tolva, said goodbye to IBM on Friday and today talks about where he's headed in his new role.

Nostalgia for a Place and Time

John Chuckman collects photos of Chicago, and South Shore in particular.

Most Illinest BYO-Boys

The Reader's Miles Raymer profiles the BYOBandits, two 20-something dudes into drinking heavily and pigging out at BYO restaurants.

Adonis to Zazerac

Sepia's bartender Logan Lavachek came across her grandmother's "Bar Aid," a cocktail recipe gadget from the '60s. She's working her way through its recipes and updating the ingredients; you can follow along on her blog, or sample her experiments at the bar. [via]

Neighborhood Architecture

Ultra Local Geography catalogs the lesser-known marvels of architecture in Chicago. For instance, did you know the Chicago Daily News built three model homes in the '20s? [via]

Next Stop

The L Stop promises to be "your one stop for everything lesbian in Chicago."

Ask the BGA

Windy Citizen is hosting another "ask me anything" thread today, this time with the Better Government Association's investigative team.

Eggers in Grantland

Chicagoland native Dave Eggers is one of the all-star cast of editors and writers for, a new sports and culture website from ESPN that debuts in June.

The Linkiest Month of May

Long-time Transmission contributor of all music awesome and experimental, Chris Sienko, is guest-editing Coudal's Fresh Signals blog all May. Get ready to have your socks rocked off, design geeks.

Your Andersonville News Resource

A-Ville Daily has relaunched.

Women with Journalistic Clout

Robert Feder put together a list of the 20 most powerful women in Chicago journalism. It's a good list, but Scott Smith has some additional nominations.

Far Flung Correspondents is a publication by Northwestern students studying abroad.

Pretty much exactly what it sounds like.

Feliz Compleaños

Gozamos turns one year old today, and is celebrating with a party tonight at 8fifty8.

Mugs and Mugs

Mugshot Monday, a blog profiling interesting people with their favorite coffee mugs.

Putting the New in News Co-op

The Chicago News Cooperative's long-promised new website has launched. James O'Shea talks you through it.

Tumblin' Rose

Of course there's a F*ck Yeah Derrick Rose tumblr. Joakim Noah doesn't get quite as much love.

Infinite Chicagos

(Im)Possible Chicagos, a creative urbanist exercise by Pruned (previously).

NextUp: Phampants

Local vlogger Phampants is in the running for YouTube Creator Institute's NextUp program. Give him a hand by voting for him.

Losing by #Winning

Today's Chicago Woman is producing an interview series for Sexual Assault Awareness Month, and in that context managing editor Cassandra Gaddo takes a hard look at why Charlie Sheen's tour is part of the problem.

Odd Obsessions: CNA Window Art

Steve and Amy Tanner have an unusual hobby: photographing the special light displays at CNA Plaza.

Pretty Hip Parents

Chicago Parent just debuted ChiTown Parent, a confusingly named groupblog by 12 parents from around the city -- as well as a new monthly column by Devin Hester.

Oddly Specific Obsessions, Pt. 42

Dogs on Streetview is entirely Chicago canines at the moment.

Chicago Current Again

Geoff Dougherty has quietly relaunched Chicago Current, nine months after he abruptly closed it and two months after he left the Reader. [via]

Brightening Up the Cube

Perhaps your boring workspace could double as a gallery, like Matt Maldre's.

Dear Chicago, Please...

Surprisingly few Chicago-related submissions to Dear Blank, Please Blank, but the ones there are pretty great.

Laptop Recovery in Austin

Shawn of Netherfriends was writing a SXSW tour diary for us in Transmission when he sort of disappeared. Turns out his laptop was stolen -- but he got it back thanks to some cool free software.

From Bridgeport to Rogers Park

Joseph Askins is riding the Red Line with a video camera, profiling each station for YoChicago. First off is Sox-35th.

Living in the South Loop? Perhaps You're "Sloopin"

So claims the blog by the same name, which recently surveyed retail development news in the area.

Yesterday's News Now

Chicagology is a collection of historical photographs (oddly, with blue skies added to them) and moments from the city's history, written when those moments were fresh. [via]

How's the Path?

The Active Transportation Alliance has started a new Twitter feed just perfect for cyclists who want to know what to expect on the lakefront paths. Follow @activetransLFT for the latest information, or send them your own observations to help out others.

Unblinking Eyes

Two incredibly random blogs: All my future ex-lovers and So Bad It's Rad.

What is "I got lucky"?

And speaking of John Tolva, he got to play a round of Jeopardy against Watson, and even won a round.

New in the Hoodr

Neighborhoodr is a nationwide network of city Tumblr blogs; Chicago's went live yesterday.

A Grand Old Flag

Roman Mars, who used to work at WBEZ, still loves the Chicago flag despite being in San Francisco. [via]

Woman-Oriented Stag

Today is Lady Porn Day. What are you doing to celebrate?

17 Syllables of Chicago

Jen Masengarb writes haikus about urban living. (Thanks, John!)

Best Existential Brooding

Frank Thomas makes an appearance in the Baseball Card Hall of Fame.

Learning from North Lawndale

The blog Learning from North Lawndale hasn't been updated since October, but it still has some interesting background on the neighborhood.

Hacking Through the Blizzard

Dmitry Samarov tells his own blizzard story from behind the wheel of a cab.

Lawn Chairs, Etc.

Tumblr of the moment: Chicago Dibs.

Win Nine Times

Chicagoist interviews the creator of the Ferris Bueller's Day Off board game.

Snow Much More

If the SNOMG!s and the apocalypse-style banter from the local weather reports have you shaking your head and wishing there was a more even-handed source for weather, then perhaps The Chicago Forecaster is what you're waiting for.

The Red Line Project

A DePaul journalism class is focusing their reporting on stories of the Red Line.

No Need to Wonder About the Name

Former GB contributor Sandy Weisz has moved his puzzle blog, The Puzzler, away from the Red Eye and to

Literally Problematic

Kevin Lynch of Proximity Chicago has a pet peeve: misuse and misspelling of "literally." Hence We Are Literally Exaggerating and We Litterally Can't Spell. (Thanks, Nicole!)

365 Local Stories

The3six5 is launching a Chicago edition of its daily personal story series on ChicagoNow. They're looking for both contributors and editors.

Policing the Police

John Conroy reflects on the Jon Burge trial and sentencing.


The A.V. Club asks which is worse, epic hyperbole or "meh."?

Our Noodle Mayor?

Rahmen Emanuel.

60 Inches of Urban Art

Sixty Inches from Center is a new arts publication and, sometime in the future, a collective art project.

Ebert's Affiliation

Roger Ebert recently started tweeting about items on Amazon, using an affiliate code (disclosure: GB uses an affiliate code on Amazon links, too.) Some of his followers were upset, and marketing news site Clickz interviewed him about it.

Getting the Freak Out

The Freakonomics blog written by UofC economics professor Steven Levitt and journalist Stephen J. Dubner will soon be leaving to become its own entity. Watch for it at sometime in February.

Aging Beauty

Laura Browning finds herself attracted to fading murals.

How to Start Up

If you've been thinking about starting a business, lawyer Coco Soodek's Profit & Laws blog might help you decide what type of business to form. And her new book, Birth to Buyout, gives you pointers on every step of the life cycle of your business.

Surprising Words

Chicago Surprise, a new Tumblr from the Tribune's Election Center team, collects candidates' responses to the survey question, "Tell us something about yourself that would surprise us."

2010's Food in Review

If you haven't been reading Mike Gebert and Michael Nagrant's ongoing conversation about the year in Chicago's food scene, you've got a lot of great reading to catch up on.

Yelp It's Not is a forum for "the inside scoop by restaurant employees" The Chicago section must be read to be believed.

Pitchfork as a Bar Chart

Year in Review plots Pitchfork's 2010 reviews along the x axis.

The Many Hulks of Twitter

Our own Jim Allenspach has cataloged 100 of them, and there are many more.

Another Chicago Tech Blog

From the folks behind Chicago Art Magazine comes TINCmag, an online magazine about Chicago's technology industry.

Not That You're Leaving...

An P., aka @goatking, has developed the Chicago Bucket List, things anyone should do "before leaving Chicago for good."

Be a Meter Maid

Need a job? You could be a parking ticket writer.

Tumbl into Books

University of Chicago Press is giving away books for the next 10 days; all you have to do is follow one of its two accounts on Tumblr to be entered into each day's drawing.

Portraits in the Park

Lincoln Park's Portrait Statues is a blog covering exactly that. [via]

Don't Get Into Vampires

It only leads to harder stuff. One day you're on Team Edward, the next you're talking end of days with some Cthulu-head in a dark alley.

The Year of Living Charitably

Carlo Garcia is about two-thirds of the way through a year of doing something philanthropic every day. (Thanks, Gian!)

A Hundred Ways to Blog an Egg

Chef's hats have 100 pleats to signify the number of ways a chef knows how to cook an egg. One Hundred Eggs shares a few of those ways, along with sumptuous food photography.

The News in Brief

The Top Sheet (previously) has finally launched -- watch for it at the Damen Blue Line stop. There's some discussion of its pros and cons on WindyCitizen.

New Neighborhood Portals Launch

Englewood, Auburn Gresham and Chicago Lawn join Pilsen Humboldt Park in LISC's collection of Smart Community portals.

Dead Birds

Claire Zulkey rounds up some examples of the riveting tweets we'll miss while Lady Gaga, Justin Timberlake and other celebs go silent on Twitter to raise money for Alicia Keys' (admittedly wholly worthwhile) nonprofit.

The Art of the City

Public Art in Chicago covers exactly what it sounds like it covers.

Media Moves: Feder Leaving

Media critic Robert Feder is leaving Chicago Public Media's Vocalo blogs. Destination unknown, though rumor is an announcement is due in a week.

Anti-Bullying Uses the Force

Carrie Goldman's adopted daughter Katie got made fun of by some boys at school because she loves Star Wars. The Star Wars and geek community at large reached out in support, and a couple thousand comments later, Katie story has gone galactic.

Overheard, Illustrated

Mark Addison Smith keeps an ear open for interesting things people say, then illustrates them.

WindyCitizen Gets a Bit More Reddit-like

A new WindyCitizen starts rolling out today, with a more streamlined front page and a move toward groups instead of categories.

Fucking Chicago

Fuck Yeah, Chicago!, a tumblr from Chicago magazine. Not to be confused with Fuck Yeah Chicago!!, the older, independent tumblr from a bunch of random Chicagoans. That one has two exclamation points and a mysterious extra k in its URL. (Nor with FUCK YEAH CHICAGO, which hasn't been updated since July 2009. Nor Fuck Yes, Chicago, which I just created.) UPDATE: I forgot to mention that you can also get this exceedingly popular phrase on a t-shirt.

High End Laundry

LaundryMagazine aims to "re-engage the fashion community in independent and art-centered design."

Ad Creatives Are Egotists

The Chicago Egotist is an anonymous blog commenting on the city's advertising world.


If you're concerned about crime in Wicker Park and Bucktown, you might want to keep an eye on this new blog. [via]

Bush, Kanye and Obama

Former GB staffer Brian Leli meditates on Bush's claim that Kanye West's comments after Katrina were the lowest moment in his presidency.

Canned Awards

Eater Chicago announced the winners of its first annual awards.

High Up on Rooftops

Last year, a group of people snuck into and explored the tops of several Streeterville and River North skyscrapers, and taking lots of photos of the city at night. They returned for more this summer. [via]

Every Person is a Philosopher

The Neighborhood Writing Alliance recently launched a new blog full of "discussion prompts; news and ideas about literary arts, social justice, current events, and more." If you like what you see, check out their kick off party one week from today at Intuit.

Entrepreneurial Chicago

Technori is a new site "celebrating Chicago's entrepreneurs." It leads off with a good one: a profile of the prolific Phil Tadros.

Scary City

If you're still trying to figure out what to do for Halloween, might be of service.

Look on the Shiny Side

Photographer Ian Merritt has launched Shiny Side, a site devoted to automotive photojournalism. Car porn, basically.

Art Film Ending

Inside every movie, there's an art film just waiting to happen.

That's a NUF SAID

NUF SAID, a new youth media site, celebrates its launch Wednesday night.

Look Sharp

Ernest Wilkins thinks Chicago men should dress better. So he's declared next month the November of Dressing Nicely.

We're Not Flyovers is the latest effort to bring Chicago's tech scene to national prominence. [via]

Chicagoans Abroad

Clark and Kim are a few months into their mission to travel the world. Follow along at To Uncertainty & Beyond!

New South Side News

1537 News fills you in on what's going on in Hyde Park (60615) and Kenwood (60637).

After the Accident

Patrick McDonough captures the horror of a serious accident near 6300 W. Belmont this weekend. His crew from the Department of Water Management were first responders.

New Kids on the Block

Welcome to the neighborhood, Curbed, Racked and Eater.

The Unsocial Network

Kiyoshi Martinez wrote a satirical article on The Wacky Deli about Mark Zuckerberg threatening to shut down Facebook if The Social Network is a hit. As a result, links to The Wacky Deli were blocked as "abusive" for a couple days.

Adopt a Local Kitty

Hyde Park Cats is a blog dedicated to finding homes for stray, feral and needy cats.


The Unseen City explores Chicago's less well-known neighborhoods, such as Hegewisch, the city's "deep south."

The Inconsiderate People of Public Transit

Chicagoan Jennifer Fastwolf wasn't thrilled to find herself on People of Public Transit, a blog poking fun at people on trains and buses. Rather than take the photo down and/or apologize, the site's owners changed every photo on the site to hers for the weekend (screenshot).

@Marcusist to Change Twitter Name

Marcus Gilmer, editor-in-chief of Chicagoist, is heading to the A.V. Club at the end of next week. Longtime food editor Chuck Sudo takes over the reins in October.

The Year of Living Volcanically

Former Chicago Journal editor Brett McNeil is spending a year teaching in Indonesia. Follow his adventures and observations here.

An Urban Philosophy

UPchicago recently joined the family of Chicago city blogs.

Highest Income Category but Not Rich?

NPR started a conversation about what it takes to be rich by referring to a now-deleted blog post by U of C law professor Todd Henderson in which he said his family was "just getting by despite seeming to be rich."

Alderman Tumbls

Nope, not a typo: 1st Ward Alderman Proco Joe Moreno now has a blog on Tumblr, where you can ask him anything. (He's on Twitter, too.)

Look Closely

A very different view of a Threadless t-shirt.

Thriftshop Like a Man

Manly Vintage is trying to "cultivate and promote the idea that style is not emasculating, that men can and do enjoy good taste, and good design is appropriate for all men, everywhere."

Skating & Blogging

The Boardmen cover skateboarding in Chicago.

Daley for the Defense

Mayor Daley has apparently kept his law license up to date during his reign, so he could enjoy a legal career once he retires. Beachwood Reporter imagines what that would sound like.

The Money Tree

Mission Amy KR finds out what would happen if money really did grow on trees.

Everybody Loves Waffles

The Waffleizer blog, written by former GB contributor Daniel Shumski, came to an end last week with a post about the one thing he promised never to make with his waffle iron: the thing it was intended for.


"We're like the Economist only with more boobs." So says The Printed Blog founder and publisher Joshua Karp. Scott Smith responds.

Read a Restaurant Opening

Mark and Liz Mendez, until recently chef and wine director at Carnivale, are planning a new restaurant and blogging about the process on WindyCitizen.

Katrina at 5: a Chicago Perspective

Chicagoist's editor, Marcus Gilmer, himself a Katrina refugee, talks with New Orleans transplants in Chicago about the hurricane and its aftermath, five years later.

Bringing "Discredit" to the CPD with a Blog Post?

A blog post by CPD Lt. John R. Andrews that was critical of the department may get him fired.

The Reprinted Blog

The Printed Blog relaunched today.

Chicago's Mighty Chive

Oh man, I totally forgot that theChive, the site that did that awesome "I Quit" whiteboard hoax last week, is based in Chicago!

Roscoe Village's News Gets Hyperlocal

The folks behind the Center Square Journal are expanding south with the Roscoe View Journal, a news site serving Roscoe Village and West Lakeview launched today.

Your Sketchy Weekend

Illustrator Jose Garibaldi helps you visualize your weekend plans.

Thoughtful Primates

Clever Apes is WBEZ's relatively new science podcast. Worth a lunchtime listen.

Who They Are, What They Do

Former GB writer Brian Leli has launched Noun/Verb, a blog "devoted to artists and their actions." For which we have an adverb/adjective combo: really cool.

Covering Comedy

The new Laughing Parrot aims to cover Chicago's comedy scene.


An SAIC student's homage to Carolee Schneemann's Interior Scroll involving Spaghettios was recently noticed and healthily criticized on Hipster Runoff. [NSFW all around.]

New News Now

The second addition of the New News Survey of Chicago's online news ecosystem is now online.

Hitting the Pavement at Pitchfork

The Reader's Pavement Tour Diary blog by sound guy Jeremy Lemos finally makes sense as the band plays Pitchfork.

Your Favorite Dinosaur Still Exists

"Bitty, sweet puppies can turn into massive, drooly, jowly dogs. But that doesn't mean there's no such thing as puppies."

Steal It Forward

Author Libby Hellman describes an extremely odd fraud or scam or ...something.

Eater & Curbed Try Again

Curbed Media is trying for a second time to bring Curbed and Eater, its real estate and food blogs, to Chicago. They're hiring editors for both.

Nice Clothes

Chicago's Got Style documents the city's better fashion choices. For the other end of the spectrum, there's I Hate Your Fashion.

Dead Letter Office

Ex-GBer Felix Jung has created yet another fascinating site: Dead Advice, guides to living that all start off with, "Now that I'm dead, I want to tell you a few things."

Its Success is a Mystery

Chicagoland mystery writers' collective blog, The Outfit, got some great attention from the Chicago New Coop and New York Times.

Be Less Stupid & Lonely

Do you read The Awl? Meet others like you (and a couple of the staffers) this Sunday, July 18.

Deep Cover on the Set of Transformers 3

The muckraking bloggers at have uncovered a new set of wheels gracing the set of Transformers 3. It appears that Optimus Prime and his Autobots will be joined by two new steel beauties, "a gorgeous red Ferrari 458 Italia and a not-so-shabby blue Mercedes-Benz E-Class." Let's hope Ironhide doesn't get jealous.

What's Potawatomi for "Global Business Center"?

An advertisement in an O'Hare terminal is getting some attention from the Native American population for its poorly phrased copy that's easily misinterpreted. [via]

Should The Taste be Canceled?

The Taste of Chicago gets dinged for boring food and draws a sometimes violent crowd -- does that mean it should be canceled? Trib Nation wants to know.

Latino Chicago Online

You know what, let's just make it Latino online press day. If you're looking for indie Latino news and events, check out my list after the jump.

600 Words
Adentro de Pilsen
Arte y Vida
Café Media
Hispanically Speaking News
Lawndale News
Pilsen Portal
Proyecto Latina
Radio Arte
The South Chicagoan
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Reel Live Vampire

Ex-GBer, now Reader and Wonkette writer Lauri Apple got some odd hate mail after writing about racism in Tennessee.

Room for Rumpus

The Rumpus is an online culture magazine edited by author Stephen Elliott, a former Chicagoan who spent a year homeless.

The Beauty of Strange Closets

Chicago blog Strange Closets takes a close look at the charming and beautiful all around us. Similar to Apartment Therapy, but 100% local, the blog features shopping, interior design, and architecture you'll love looking at.

Feed Your Eyes

Chicago certainly is home to The Food of the Gods.

What the Fudge News

David Rutter pens This Week in WTF for the Beachwood Reporter (he started last week).

Something Caught My Eye

Emo Philips tells BoingBoing about the case of an Italian comedian who's ripped off jokes from countless other, more famous comedians.


My Brain is Made of Things Made of Gold combines to two biggest stories in Chicago right now into one iconic image.

More Blago Blogging

As the Blagojevich trial gets underway, the Reader's Michael Miner recommends adding Blagojustice to your Blagoroll.

Chicago Sports Nation

SBNation just launched a Chicago channel collecting their local sports coverage, with Bleed Cubby Blue's Al Yellon in charge.

The Seemingly Unticketable Car

How does a car avoid getting tickets despite repeatedly being parked by a yellow curb in Boystown all day? Hillbuzz, Second City Cop and The Expired Meter are on the case.

Local Fashion

This is how Chicago Looks.

New Look, New Blogs at Vocalo

The Vocalo blogs have redesigned, coinciding with Jim DeRogatis, Achy Obejas and Anne Elizabeth Moore coming on board.

Metblogs Lives On; Whither Chicago?

Not long after Gapers Block was founded, Blogging.LA co-founders Sean Bonner and (former Chicagoan) Jason DeFillippo launched the cityblog network Metblogs. It looked this past weekend like the network might shut down at the end of the month, but an eleventh-hour salvation may just come through. If that's the case, does that mean Chicago.Metblogs will return from the dead?

Blogging Burge

John Conroy and Rob Wildeboer are blogging for Vocalo about the John Burge police torture trial.

Dividing Taste

The fashion world's embrace of teen fashion blogger Tavi Gevinson is isn't universal, The Economist finds.

Celebrity Idiot

Chicagoist tap into their inner pop-punk rockers to comment on the revelations of Blagojevich's legal strategy.

Candy and Pizza

The Red Eye Puzzler (GB alum Sandy Weisz) asks you to fill in the blanks on the questions "I like my women like my candy, ___" and "I like my men like I like my pizza, ____."

Hyperlocal News Grows

Two new hyperlocal news outlets launched this week: Adentro de Pilsen in print and online, and Austin Talks online only. Both are products of the Community News Matters grant that also funds GB's feature story program.


Tech blog GDGT is coming to Chicago May 12.

Tales of Early Computing

How I Met Your Motherboard is the latest project by Found Magazine co-founder Jason Bitner, collecting stories of people's first computers -- including, er, mine. Share your own tales in Fuel.

Fashion Victim

Local fashion blogger Tavi Gevinson's website was shut down briefly by Blogger after she posted a semi-nude photo of a model on her birthday. (Happy 14th, btw, Tavi!)

The Dudes' Abodes

Apartment Therapy is looking for some guys who have a room in need of a do-over. Lucky for you, Chicago is one of their five selected metro areas (but sorry, ladies, this project is for boys only). Apply by May 24.

The Oprah of Gay Podcasting

GLBT podcast Feast of Fun gets a little mainstream attention.

"evanston rats!!!!!!"

A certain facebook page with the apparent purpose of talking smack about Evanston high schoolers is now "a police matter." The comments [NSFW] are particularly interesting because they include a post from NBC 5 reporter Natalie Martinez requesting interview subjects.

Write It on a Postcard

Sound engineer Jeremy Lemos is on tour with Pavement, and is blogging about it for the Reader.

Oh, the Agony

The Beachwood Reporter just launched a new Cubs blog: Agony & Ivy, a sober look at this team in "year one."

Park Appreciation

The Infrastructurist gives Millennium Park props as one of the Best New Urban Parks in the U.S. Now get out there and enjoy it! [via]

Don't Let the Crocs Get You

"These Crocs ads on the El platforms are really awful and creepy. Unless someone does this to them. Then, comedy gold."

MSI's New Cube

The Museum of Science and Industry's new logo garnered a thorough review on Brand New.

Chicago on Tape

WindyCitizen has started a video channel to collect the best Chicago-related videos in one place.

Fool Me Once or Twice

Chicagoist has a round-up of Chicagoland sites with April Fools Day pranks.

The Beat of the Future

John Cusack is guest blogging on BoingBoing, and leads off with a post about the halftime show at Super Bowl XX.

Vocalo's Show & Tell

Vocalo blogger Amy Krouse Rosenthal is taking a break this week, so she's having Lisa Coughlin fill in. Lisa's first request is for a Show & Tell. If you're not too busy crafting a response to when/where you'd take your time machine, you can send her your thoughts and photos.

Circle Gets a Square Redux

The Center Square Ledger has closed, and two publications have sprung up in its place: the similarly named Center Square Journal and the Welles Park Bulldog. Update bookmarks accordingly.

Not a Review

Is it OK for a blogger to review a restaurant based on one meal? Is anyone else surprised this question is still being asked?

What Price Integrity, Indeed

The Local Tourist's Theresa Carter marvels at some of the offers she's been getting lately. And not in a good way.

Something New to Enjoy

Newly launched Gozamos puts "a spotlight on Chicago community and culture" from a Latino perspective.

NBC5 Wards Up

This morning launched Ward Room, a new political blog featuring Pulitzer Prize-winning cartoonist Jack Higgins and author and occasional GB contributor Ted McClelland.

Behind The Scenes: Follow Mayor Daley and Not Get Arrested

Back in 2008, Daniel X. O'Neil thought it would be a good idea for Mayor Daley to have a Twitter account, so he made one and tried to give it to him.

Unhappily Married

Hersteria is a relatively new local blog digging up the best (aka, the worst) from vintage marriage and sex ed manuals.

Documenting Poop in the South Loop

South Poop. [via]

Boobs and Babies's managing editor, Sarah Preston Gorenstein, also happens to write a parenting blog for TOC talks to her about the juxtaposition.

Ebert's Subscription Experiment

I wonder how long it'll take for The Ebert Club to rival the Sun-Times in terms of subscriber revenue. yet (More background here.)


Over on WindyCitizen, there's an excellent excellent discussion of the shortcomings (and successes) of ChicagoNow a year after launch, based off Michael Doyle's post-departure post.

Heavy Metal Cupcakes

Kuma's isn't the only one naming tasty treats after metal bands.

Is Logan Square Chicago's Artiest Neighborhood?

35th Ward Alderman Rey Colon would like to think so. Check out his entry about his commitment to art on Studio Chicago's blog.

In Between Price Checks

Ever wonder what cashiers do when nobody's there buying groceries or whatever? Sarah Adams used her downtime at Binny's to sketch. (Until she quit, that is.)

Inspirational Bits & Pieces

Artist Sara Schnadt has started a blog collecting random detritus relating to her work in performance art, installations and technology.

Blogging Chicago Architecture

If Lee Bey's Chicago has whet your appetite for more local architecture writing, you may want to check out Vince Michael's Time Tells and Lynne Becker's ArchitectureChicago Plus.

Moving Beyond the Pedway

Tim Jahn's "Beyond the Pedway" video interview series has moved to is being syndicated at Crain's Chicago Business' Enterprise City blog -- and kicks it off by talking with The Local Tourist. (Clarification: Beyond the Pedway will remain available on its own site.)

Hacking The Reader

Selections from Hack, the blog by artist and cab driver Dmitry Samarov, are now being offered through the Reader. For more information about Samarov and his work, visit his profile from the 2009 GB/Wall Blank Chicago Week.

Tell Me Something Good

WBEZ traffic reporter Sarah Jindra and CLTV photographer Jordan Arseneau just launched, a site focusing on good news around the city.

Born to Cover Art

The Reader profiles Kathryn Born (formerly part of the Bad at Sports podcast and briefly with ChicagoNow) and her new ventures, Chicago Art Map, Chicago Art Magazine and Chicago Art Collector

Logan Square Lookout

Yesterday Apartment Therapy's House Tours section featured FofGB George and Sara Aye's beautiful Logan Square home. You might remember George shot amazing photos from Pitchfork in Transmission in years past, and the couple run the company Hubwear, among other projects.

Bloggers on Ice

Are you a blogger? Do you enjoy sliding around with metal blades on your feet? Then Blogger Industry Night is for you! Gapers Block is co-sponsoring the event with Explore Chicago, the Printers Ball and the Chicago Publishers Gallery. Join other Chicagoland bloggers on the ice at the Millennium Park Ice Rink from 7 to 11pm Feb. 5, and warm up in the Park Grill with complimentary apps and a cash bar. More info and RSVP on Facebook. (We're also co-sponsoring a Flickr meet-up on Feb. 6!)

Oh Really, O'Reilly?

Not that anybody should be surprised by anything he says, but Bill O'Reilly's latest head-scratching proclamation (via Huffington Post) may have South Siders a little miffed.

Tomorrow's Other Big Speech

Obama's first State of the Union Address will have some major competition tomorrow: Steve Jobs will present what is assumed to be Apple's new tablet computer. Threadless co-founder Jacob DeHart has an interesting theory that the announcement may be even bigger than that.

No Kicking Penguins

It's a meme -- and an edict -- that's traveling the globe, thanks to a Chicago blogger who scanned his autistic nephew's hand-drawn sign.

Kirstie Alley Gets Nasty

Local blogger Jeff Ramone got a stronger reaction than he expected in a Twitter exchange with Kirstie Alley about Scientology and Haiti. [via]

Joe vs. The Volcano, Pt. 2?

Always-opinioned local blogger Mike Doyle takes on the CTA union (who are fighting against personnel cuts) and explains why they deserve no one's sympathy. How strong are his feelings? He posted them in text AND video form.

Mapping MLK

A day late, but interesting nonetheless: MLK BLVD is a flickr pool and blog examining the many streets named after the man. Here are posts about Chicago's Martin Luther King Jr. Drive. [via]

Middle Ages in East Irving

WindyCitizen blogger FruzsE points out some medieval graffiti.

Shooting from the Hip

Tribune photographer Scott Strazzante's blog is a mix work for the paper and personal shots. Definitely worth checking out.

North Side Neighborhood News

More of the city's neighborhoods get hyperlocal online newspapers of their own, as Center Square Ledger began coverage of North Center, Lincoln Square and Ravenswood Manor this week.

Will it Waffle?

Fruit slinger and occasional Drive-Thru contributor Daniel Shumski takes an often-ignored kitchen appliance to new heights with his new cooking blog, Waffleizer.

More Vocal at Vocalo

Chicago Public Radio added three more voices to its collection at Lee Bey, Steve Dolinsky and Amy Krouse Rosenthal.

Not Lesser

After a half-year hiatus, Is Greater Than returns to the web.

Keeping Tabs on the Neighborhood

A.V. Club Chicago looks into the state of microlocal blogs -- including one focused on the fashion of the fictional Illinois town in "Roseanne."

365 People, 365 Perspectives

On January 1, while you were nursing that hangover, Len Kendall and Daniel Honigman launched, a site sharing a brief article reflecting on the date it's published, every day of 2010.

2010 from 1972

Dan Sinker bought the 1972 book 2010: Living in the Future from a public library 25 years ago. The moment has finally arrived to find out how different the world is.

True Rants of a New Media Whore

Paul Carr, author of Bringing Nothing to the Party: True Confessions of a New Media Whore, took advantage of his status as a TechCrunch contributor to write a stream-of-consciousness rant against O'Hare Airport and assorted technologies.

The Year's Big Stories

John Bracken rounds up the most interesting media stories in Chicago and nationwide.

In Praise of Mincemeat Pie

Cliff Doerksen reminisces about an out-of-favor holiday treat in this week's Reader feature, which doubles as an intro to his new blog on historical oddities.

Do You Want to Play a Game?

GB alumnus Sandy Weisz just launched a puzzle blog on ChicagoNow/RedEye. Does your mother know the answer to his first puzzle?

No Need to Trim it Down

Now that's a Christmas tree.

Shall I Compare Thee to a Winning Team?

...And other Chicago sports-based poetry from the Chi Town Project.

Solid Yet Transluscent

Chicago has a lot of glass brick.

More Thieves Eyeing Phones?

When Becca's iPhone was snatched from her hands on the Green Line, she posted about the incident on her blog and quickly realized she wasn't alone. According to a few of the comments and an employee she spoke to at the Oak Park AT&T store, iPhone theft on the Green Line may be a growing trend. As always, stay alert.

Ever Wonder How a Turkey Pop-up Thermometer Works?

L. Stolpman shows you how over at Chicagoist.

Introducing the Black Youth Project is a new site hoping to be both a resource and community for young blacks in Chicago and nationwide.

The Shorts Don't Make It

The 1976 White Sox's shorts and collared shirts came in third place in UniWatch's Worst Uniform Ever competition.

Chicago Current Launches

Chicago Current, the new public affairs site (and print magazine) created out of the ashes of Chi-Town Daily News, is now live.

"You Will Like Des Plaines"

Revitalize Des Plaines! will be of great assistance if you're interested in our northwestern neighbor's politics, history and, in one case, amazing sheet music.

"What vileness skulks in Tootsie Pop?"

FoGB Jim Coudal penned a delicious cautionary tale about the dangers of Halloween Candy for Jason Santa Maria's Candygram series.

Living Organically in the Concrete Jungle

Organic in Chicago is a site devoted to organic eating and living in the city.

Violence on Their Minds

ChicagoTalks wonders if Lincoln Parkers are feeling safer a couple months removed from the spate of muggings this summer. Meanwhile, it also notes that anti-violence groups are short on funding.

Blog Clips

The Chicago Journal profiles Mike Knezovich, the wit behind Reading with Scissors.

Goodbye, AT&T

Got an iPhone but no bars? Here's how to leave AT&T behind.

Threadless Founder Goes Culinary

Crain's has an interview with skinnyCorp co-founder Jacob DeHart who's launching a new startup business website later this month:

The Murder Professor

Division and Rush debuts a new serialized comic featuring "Stu Peterman," a gentleman who teaches how to commit murder and get away with it.

We're Number...What?!

In The Daily Beast's first ever attempt to rank the "civic IQ" of the 55 largest cities in America, Chicago comes in tied with St. Louis at a dismal #24.

A Map of Words and Images

Chicago Art Map is a new site covering the city's art scene.

Polanski Polemic

Local author Kate Harding reminds us all why Roman Polanski has been "in exile" for 32 years.

Contemptuous Smile

When reading Cosmo's guide to the meaning of men's smiles, it's helpful to have a man around to demonstrate.

Behind Chicagoans for Rio

The folks behind Chicagoans for Rio talk about why they created the site and other questions. [via]

Five Faves from Famous Folk

Five Tunes is a local blog that asks musicians to share five songs they're currently digging.

How are the Olympics like Milton Bradley?

Past performance is the best indicator of future behavior, says Steve Rhodes. (Share your own thoughts in Mechanics.)

From Radio Reporter to Radio Dispatched

Former Chicago Public Radio reporter Jay Field hasn't been able to find work in the industry, so he's now driving a cab. Read about his experiences at Recession Taxi.

Chi-Town Daily News Folds Evolves?

Breaking news: Chi-Town Daily News laid off its entire staff yesterday and is closing shop. We're working working on the story; expect more details soon. UPDATE: Editor-in-Chief Geoff Dougherty tells me "All is not as it seems!" and that "closing shop" is not accurate. UPDATE @: Here's a statement from Dougherty about the evolution of the site into a new venture. UPDATE 3: Read our full story in A/C.

Sped Up Chicago

"Life moves pretty fast. If you don't stop and look around once in a while, you could miss it."

Breaking News on Twitter

Breaking Tweets reports "world news twitter-style." Founder Craig Kanalley caught the attention of Valleywag with his class at DePaul on the intersection of journalism and social media.

Living Well, Thriftily

Thriftista is, by its own admission, "yet another blog on living well for less." But rather than slumming it, the site finds deals on higher-end stuff, too.

Travel Wishlist

GB's own Brian Lauvray also writes for travel site Trazzler. You can help send him to New York for two weeks (we promise he'll come back) by voting up his story in the site's #NYCGO contest.

More Proof You Wasted Your Youth

The king of Chicago crime blogging? A 16-year-old boy. TimeOut Chicago reveals the force behind the Avondale and Logan Square Crime Blotter.

A Daily Dose of Cute

ZooBorns blogs the newest arrivals at zoos around the world from its home base in Wicker Park [via]

Subliminal Advertising?

Sex sells, right? That might explain the unexpected image Transmission staffer Liz McLean Knight noticed on an iGo brochure bearing her likeness.

Your Ticket to Indian Film

If you're interested in Bollywood movies but don't know where to start, let The Bollywood Ticket be your guide. Written in Chicago with an American perspective, it's a good entree into the sprawling Hindi cinema.

Trending Items

Chicago-based I Am The Trend aims to be your guide to indie clothing, music and art.

Be Careful Out There

Apparently robberies including mugging were only up 1.1 percent through July, but it sure seems like violent crime is up more than that this summer, doesn't it? Anecdotal evidence sure points that way.

I Love You Oprah: a Sonnet

Bad poetry is always bad.

Turning Up the Heat on Top Chef?

Seems like a few bloggers are stirring up controversy over something many Chicago residents have known for years: Rick Bayless cooks delicious Mexican food. [via] Read further thoughts in Drive-Thru.

Short Tales of Loss & Love

It Was Over When, brief stories of the moment you knew -- and its corollary, It Was Love When.

This Fully Operational ChicagoNow

ChicagoNow came out of beta today, with an expanded front page and 72 blogs in the stable, including GB's On Ramp (which you should totally be checking out).

Bubbling Up

Stuck with a lemon of a condo? Underwater with your mortgage? You might want to keep an eye on Chicago Housing Bubble, a blog that feels your pain.

Bikers Beware

As if there weren't enough hazards for urban bikers, Whet Moser at the Reader warns against "thing-throwing jackasses," and legislation in Colorado that could benefit us in the Windy City.

What's Spanish for Innuendo?

You'd think someone would notice the unfortunate juxtaposition of two ads and make a change -- not replace one innuendo with another.

Good Cop, Bad Cop?

Over at ChicagoNow, Chicagosphere creator Mike Doyle reports on two wildly divergent blogs, the decidedly pro-CPD Second City Cop and the highly-CPD-suspicous Chicago Copwatch.

The Dark Side of Photo Collecting

Big Happy Funhouse finds ephemera's seamy underbelly.

A New 'Leaf'

The crazy-popular Hopleaf finally gets the green-light on adding some much-needed space a sister restaurant next door. Now how long before THAT spot gets filled wall to wall? (via Edgewater Community Buzz)

Standing Room Only

Nick Kindelsperger of The Paupered Chef has been highlighting the best stand-up eating in Chicago for Serious Eats.

One Gutsy Applicant

Leah took her job search to the streets.

That Tweet Might Cost You

A Chicago woman is being sued by her apartment's management company after she tweeted negatively about them to her 20 followers. UPDATE: Horizon Realty responds to the Twitter backlash.

Commuter Drama

Local writer and editor Robert Burnham writes Tales from the Commute, slices of life on the Metra rails.

Looking for Cute Chicago Boys

If you're a Cute Chicago Boy, watch out! You might just end up on the interweb.

Local News from the Southwest Side

Pilsen residents, meet your local newsblog.

What Kind of Fiend are You?

An Ecofiend, perhaps?

Homegrown Stink

Surely a town named after onions can have more than one satirical news source? Hence The Daily Blank.

No, BlogHer is NOT This Weekend

But from all the buzz, you'd think it is. Never too early to prep, folks; even though the main BlogHer Conference is sold out (there is a waitlist), BlogHer Business (happening this Thursday) still has space.

Facing Controversy

Over at ChicagoNow, contributor Joe The Cop tackles a touchy and controversial subject: Why police officers occasionally shoot people in the back.

A Razor Blade, Plus...

The Parking Ticket Geek suggests some ways you can remove last year's city sticker from your windshield.

Gabe/Coward, Your Are Evicted

From suburban St. Charles, the ongoing tale of a seriously crazy landlord. Puts most of our old landlord horror stories Fuel thread to shame. [via]

Old Time in the Hot Town Tonight

Old Time Chicago is a new site hoping to become a valuable resource for fans of old time music in the Chicago area. Site owner Paul Lucas has put out the call for submissions: events, music reviews, links, musician contact info, whatever. More info at the Old Town School's Website.

The Unprinted Blog

The Printed Blog has ceased publication. Brandon Copple of Crain's talks to founder Josh Karp about the project and his advice to entrepreneurs.

Still The Second City...For Now

So New York City-based news-gossipy website Gawker recently launched a contest of sorts to find America's best news city. NYC nailed the top spot in their informal poll (what a - yawn - surprise), but Chicago tied for second thanks to a characteristic "vote early and often" push by local weblog the Windy Citizen.

Art Imitates Life Imitates Art

Paper Girl (aka Tennessee Mary Fons) creates a mashup of art and life and lets you in on the process on her blog.

Violence-Free Fireworks?

The city's official fireworks started a bit earlier than planned, and were allegedly free of the violence that accompanied last year's show -- but eye witness reports and details on several blogs indicate otherwise.

Funny Every Day

Joe Janes is writing a comedy sketch every day for a year.

In Honor of Pride Weekend...

The 10 Gay Commandments. [via]

DeLorean Love

A quick photo on the highway led to Kyoshi Martinez getting a full-on DeLorean experience thanks to a member of the DeLorean Midwest Connection car club.

Living the Dream

David Wallach tells the story of his night with Farrah Fawcett.

Kids Have Pride

Students from Nettlehorst Elementary will be marching in this weekend's Pride Parade, which goes right past the East Lakeview school. Some bloggers and commenters on the Tribune's story aren't so happy about it.

Find My iPhone Works

In one instance, at least. [via]

What, No Quijibo?

Author Arika Okrent's 10 favorite words from invented languages, as told to UChiBLOGo. [via]

Idol Fantasy

An anonymous blogger is writing about her quest to get on "American Idol," starting with the auditions here in Chicago this weekend. [via]

Chicago Gluttony

The Chicago Gluttons foodblog is one of the raunchiest you'll ever see -- but it's also good advice about restaurants in the city. New City sneaks a look behind the personnas.

The Future of News

Speaking of journalism and how to pay for it, if you're interested in that sort of thing you should come to the Chicago Media Future Conference this Saturday afternoon, featuring panelists from Chicago Tribune, EbonyJet, EveryBlock, Gapers Block and more.

The New News

The Community Media Workshop released a special report (PDF) today on Chicagoland's top independent and niche news organizations as well as the future of journalism, etc., and ranked the top 20 most influential news websites. Top three were Chi-Town Daily News, Windy City Media Group and yours truly, Gapers Block. Read more on Chicagosphere.

When Muscle Cars Ruled

Big Happy Funhouse turns up photos of spokesmodels from the 1968 Chicago Auto Show.

Crying Over Cooked Milk

Speaking of old news, Chicagoist went digging through LexisNexis and found a 100-year-old story about the controversy over pasteurizing milk.

Bad News from the Past

The Hope Chest, scans of microfilmed tabloid newspapers of the 1930s. Lots of Chicagland murder and mayhem (and witchcraft?) in there. [via]

Let's All Read a New Card Every Day

A Plot develops.

The US by Comparison

Chicago artist Kathryn Rodrigues offers an A-to-Z size comparison of the United States to (almost) every other country over on Radical Cartography.

Beachwood Labs

The Beachwood Reporter has its knives out with some great satire of the Blagojevich/Burris scandal. Witness The ChiPhone and Mystery Burris Theater.

Happy Birthday, Kid

As ChicagoNow celebrates its birth, Chicagoist is getting ready to turn five. Listen to a podcast about our friendly competitor's beginnings. (In case you're wondering, our 6th anniversary party will be held Labor Day Weekend, about six months after our actual birthday. Stay tuned.)

Chicago Now, Now

The new site went live today, in very beta form. Peruse the latest here.

Exploring People with Funsherpas

The funsherpa blog was launched last month with the mission of "Uncovering what interesting people are interested in." The most recent post is an interview with artist Jay Ryan, who also happens to be the designer of the GB 4th Anniversary Poster.

Spaghetti Bowls and Circles

Chicago's Circle Interchange makes an appearance in part 2 of The Infrastructurist's collection of freeway interchanges (part one). Don't know the Circle? Read about it and other local road jargon here.

More than Capone's Old Haunt

The Uptown Chicago History blog highlights the grandeur and class that once pervaded in that neighborhood.

Oh Noes

The latest issue of KeepGoing focuses on calamities, real and existential.

A Local Women's Health Hero

GB's own Jenni Prokopy is one of 20 2009 Women's Health Heroes. Congrats!

Ay Mama!

WGN's Ana Belaval shares some thoughts on motherhood for Mother's Day: "The girl doesn't call me Mami or Mama. She knows who I am, she just doesn't call me anything. Well, sometimes she calls me Daddy."

Awkward Messages

Sometimes it matters which advertisements are next to each other.

Local Deep-fried Dough

Want a donut that's a step above the Dunkin' variety? Donut Database has you covered.

"You Gotta Add the D"

Local comedian Joe Hanson produces a weekly rap under his alter ego "Bino White" -- this week's is about the CTA.

No Longer Expiring the News

You may not know this, but Tribune "expires" the majority of its web content after a couple months. Fortunately, they're fixing this.

Bookslut's Crispin Berlin Bound

Jessa Crispin, the founder of Bookslut, is leaving the Chicago, headed for Berlin. Her longtime assistant, Caroline Eick, is taking over as managing editor; Crispin plans to resume posting on the blog once she's settled and, according to her, stops crying.

Watching the Watched

CrabbyGolightly "takes a dim view of celebrity, media and power." With an emphasis on the celebrity.

Recessionary Tactics

Ironically, one of the casualties of the last round of Tribune layoffs was the writer of the paper's "Recession Diaries" blog (google cache). He wasn't allowed to post one last item to that blog, so he ran it on TrueSlant.

Bike-By Shooting

Chicago News Bench reports on a bike-by shooting that occurred in on Broadway Uptown Sunday. Seems the FBI may be involved in the investigation, which would be pretty unusual if it's true. [via]

Citizen Support

The Windy Citizen is asking for a little support via "micropatronage." (Hmm, maybe we should consider that...)

The Reason Blogs Exist

Rogers Park Cheetos tracks empty snackfood bags in the wild. [via]

Wax Pack Memoirs

Cardboard Gods is a blog about baseball cards, in the same way Bull Durham is about baseball.

Script Bs and Flying Socks

Buried in this post about pro sports trademarks are obscure logos for the Bears and White Sox.

From Pittsburgh, With Love

A good Samaritan drove all the way from the Iron City to give some Windy Citizens some help.

Award-winning Online Investigative Journalism

The Beachwood Reporter and won an award from the Society of Professional Journalists for their joint investigative reporting on how City Council routinely violates the Open Meetings Act. Congrats!

Oil Slick & Greased Palms

A Marina City resident noticed that a construction barge working on the Riverwalk rehab project was leaking oil, and took the opportunity to do some homework regarding the campaign contributions of the companies involved. Interesting read.

Housewares Illustrated

Couldn't make it to the International Housewares Show last month? No worries, Craig Berman and Tobias Lunchbreath have drawn you some pictures.

Alinea Fools Day

On April 1, Carol Blymire, the author of the foodblog Alinea at Home, posted a video of herself with Chef Grant Achatz, claiming he'd hired her to work at the restaurant. It was an elaborate and successful April Fools joke, and she explained how it came to be over the weekend.

Laughing Off the Economy

Tame the Bear aims to be an entertaining look at our current economic woes, as well as a forum for cost-saving tips.

More Meter Rebellion

The Expired Meter uncovers additional parking meter abuse and destruction following the LAZ takeover -- including an effort to overstuff meters with pennies.

Venting Parking Meter Frustration

Given recent complaints about parking meters, it should come as no surprise that some people are taking matters into their own hands... however unsuccessfully.

Adopt-a-Side Street

Chicago Public Radio's blog wants to help you get your street fixed. Just follow their guidelines to send in a picture of your street's issues. They'll then track how fast it gets fixed (or not).

Chuff Piece

Earlier this week, published a profile of Arianna Huffington wherein she explains Huffington Post Chicago's borrowing? aggregating? of content from local Chicago blogs thusly: "This was a problem with an intern." OK... Check out these posts at The Reader for some context. [via]

Chicago in High-Res

The Windy Pixel: beautiful photography of our beautiful city.

Big Call Coming In

Having fun with the world's largest cell phone.

Every time I swear I have a handle on the local craft scene, I end up realizing that I know so very little about what is going on and who is making it happen. Thankfully, Christine Renee of and maker of the Zombie Escape Plan has created Chicago Crafty, where she'll put up links to all the local makers, shows, boutiques that sell locally-made goods, art exhibits, calls for action, opportunities, networks, and oh my word! so much more. It's only been up a short time and it's chock-full of fantastic info already.

Fire on Hollywood Ave.

There's an extra-alarm fire at 1040 W. Hollywood. Blogger Craig Gernhardt is on the scene, posting live updates on The Broken Heart of Rogers Park.

Not Quite a Sister City

In Isreal's Negev Desert is the Tze'elim Military Base, and on that military base is the city of Chicago, "so named because its bullet-ridden fake walls apparently recall the punctured real walls of Al Capone's Chicago."

In a Store, Somewhere in Chicago

Customer: "No. Will this case protect my computer from damaging all my stuff?"
Me: "It is padded..."
Customer: "Good, because it's cheaper than the anti-virus software."

The Dating Game

Lust & Bust is a new site exploring the heights and lows of the dating scene. Share your own disaster stories (and good times, too).

The Roof! The Roof! The Roof is Irrigated!

Just because you lack land in Chicago, doesn't mean you can't have a garden. Green Roof Growers have some great information on helping you get started.

A Presidential Drugstore

The Obamafication of Hyde Park's Walgreens.

Finding Your Flowers

Google for Gardeners is a customized search engine created by local blogger Mr. Brownthumb that tracks 500 gardening blogs, with more on the way.

Lincoln bLogs

Chicago Public Radio's blog is celebrating Abraham Lincoln's 200th birthday with a day of posts about the president.

"Peoples Gas Sucks So Hard"

Beachwood Reporter offers an account of just how dysfunctional a utility can be.

Another Ist in Our Midst

Meet Museumist.

Shaping Hyde Park

Hyde Park Urbanist remembers Realtor and activist Winston Kennedy, who it credits as one of the people who helped shape the current neighborhood.

Cub World Cam

This will probably be more interesting in a few months, but hey, I like seeing what's going on outside Wrigley anyway. [Thanks, Gabe!]

Movers, Shakers and Baby Makers

Chicagonista is a new online journal for hip parents.

Bon Mots on TicketMaster & TicketsNow Deal

"Ticket brokers calling your business arrangement shady is like the mob saying your methods of payment collection are a little severe."

Speaking of Buzzworthy

The Tribune has relaunched its "Chicago's Best Blogs" project as a standalone website, collecting recent posts from dozens of blogs (including GB) on a variety of topics. Definitely worth a perusal.

Recycle, Reuse, Recreate

The folks behind Fine Diving Chicago take found furniture and other objects and refurbish them, sometimes giving them a completely new life.

Uptown Throwdown

Uptown Update, the highly popular blog that has become a thorn in the side of Ald. Helen Shiller, particularly over the fate of the Wilson Yard Project, has been brought into that case by the attorney for the yard's developer, Peter Holsten. The attorney is subpoening records from Google about the ownership of that blog and another (apparently defunct blog) called "What The Helen".


We've been asking for poetry for Blagojevich to read at his next press conference over in Fuel. "Gov Blago Shakespeare" points us to his own fine collection.

All the News that's Fit to Blog and then Print?

Why read blogs online when you can read them in print? You can give it a shot starting Tuesday. More info on Chicago Public Radio.

Bright Lights

...Dim Beauty.

Same Office, Different Mashup

Our friends 37signals and Coudal Partners share office space -- and sometimes a brain. What Coudal Partners did with books and bands, 37signals is doing with films and websites.

Obama's Inauguration Speech, Illustrated

Crafter and graphic facilitator Brandy Agerbeck created an amazing graphic representation of the key concepts in President Obama's speech today.


The Obama inauguration poem gets critiqued by people who should know...the fans and members of The Poetry Foundation based here in Chicago. Judging from the comments section, not everyone was enthralled by the piece.

The Scene of the Crime

The Chicago Crime Scenes Project seeks to document the locations of the city's infamous crimes. [via]

Not Orphan Annie

Poor Little Rich Girls aims to help young women in the city live a chic but budget-friendly lifestyle.

Robbed the Sun-Times? Write for us!

Being imprisoned isn't hampering Conrad Black's ability to blog. See for yourself, and admire the lack of prison references in his bio.

Architecture of Years Past

If you haven't explored Google Book Search, you owe it to yourself to find the time. Lynn Becker has an excellent starting point for you. [via]

A City Notebook

Moleskine released a "city notebook" for Chicago last year, with maps and other useful info printed right onto its hipster-friendly pages. There's also a blog to go with it.

Sustainable Resolutions

If you're having trouble coming up with a resolution to share with us in Fuel, Go To 2040 has some suggestions.

Best Blog in Chicago?

The Tribune's looking for the best blog in Chicago. If you know of "established bloggers who post great content often and are known in their community" (ahem) fill out their online form.

People Dressing Well, People Dressing Weird

Welcome to The Midwasteland.

Checking on the CTA's "No Return Trip" Policy

Chicago Carless follows up on his story breaking the CTA's homeless ridership crackdown with a late-night ride with the Chicago Coalition for the Homeless.

Chicago Best 3G Coverage

Gizmodo does a citywide road test of AT&T, Sprint and Verizon. Compare to the rest of the country.

Blogging the Mitzvah

Spencer Tweedy -- yes, son of Jeff -- has launched All About Mitzvah, a guide to bar and bat mitzvahs for those about to reach "that time in one's life."

Too Many Fat Tires?

General Carlessness knows: Drinking and bike-shopping don't mix.

Feel Like Somebody's Watching You?

Chances are, someone is. And after looking at this blog, you may never feel at ease riding the CTA again.

So What's The Point?

Hyde Park Progress take a new look at the future of Promontory Point (aka "The Point") in light of one of the area's most famous (former) residents moving to D.C.

"I'm tired of clenching my damn abs, mom!"

Ah, the joys of Overheard in Chicago.

Taylor Made...and Demolished

The ever-vigilant architecture critic Lee Bay looks at the rise and fall of the controversial Robert Taylor Homes on his blog. He even includes a link to video clip of Mayor Daley the Elder speaking at the grand opening.

Everyone Has a Passion

For one man, that passion is White Sox baseball cards.

Humane Fashion

Interested in a completely vegan winter coat that's still the height of fashion? Vaute Couture is the place to start; learn more on their blog.

Breaches in Common Courtesy

"Other commuters, who probably did not even witness the arm-whapping, must have noticed me rejecting the seat, done some quick urban calculus, and come up with the answer of Maybe That Lady Knows Something We Don't."

BlogHer to Blog Here

BlogHer is bringing its annual conference back to Chicago next year.

Reliving the Countdown

GB contributor Mike Doyle has compiled YouTube videos of the spontaneous countdown in Grant Park as the news was announced that Obama had won.

An Election Day Proclamation

Our friends at Coudal Partners are taking Election Day off. Perhaps you should show this to your boss.

Chicago Votes & the Bluing Suburbs

Poll-watching site FiveThirtyEight finally made it to Illinois in its "Road to 270" series profiling voting trends in each state.

This Place Ain't Sexy

"The Squirrel," a blog by an anonymous Chicago restaurant worker, is one of the more entertaining reads I've come across in awhile.

What They've Left Behind

Garage sale season may be just about over, but it's always estate sale season. Don't forget to look in the Back Garage.

Keeping Score in Chicago

Sun-Times writer Mark Konkol and former Q101 DJ Todd "Fook" Fooks have launched a podcast.

Learn How to Blog

If you're not blogging yet and still want to try, there's a class this weekend that's right up your alley.

Bloggy Baby Daddy

The Sun-Times profiled daddyblogger Matthew Miller of Maybe Baby this weekend. Miller has a book coming out based on the blog.

Creatively Unclear

Apparently Roger Ebert's creationism post was written by him, not a hacker -- but his intention in posting it remains unclear in his responses to comments regarding it. Perhaps Ebert is learning that satire doesn't translate online without context. UPDATE: Ebert finally did explain the article, and affirmed that it was satire.

Following Achatz's Footsteps

In 2007, Carol Blymire decided she would try cooking every recipe in the French Laundry Cookbook and blog the experience. The project proved wildly popular, and now she's set her sites* on Grant Achatz's forthcoming cookbook. (You can preorder Alinea from Amazon for just $31.50.) Chicago MenuPages Blog interviews Blymire about Alinea at Home. *Pun intended.

Syncing Along

Local blogger Michael has a hobby: lip-syncing to pop tunes and posting them to YouTube. Check out "I Kissed a Girl" for a taste.

Who Guards the Guardians

Re: The Auditors keeps tabs on the big four auditing firms. Limited interest to non-accountants, but very interesting to those in the industry.

Rate Your Political Blog

Looking for a blog on Illinois (and national) politics? This list from is a good place to start.

RoPa Awards, the Blogger Equivalent of the Razzies

Rogers Park has a vibrant blogger community -- which clearly has some infighting going on. At the risk of fanning the flames, here are the anonymously delivered the RoPa Awards, for the "Five Dumbest Rogers Park Moronic Idiot Blog Posts of 2008." (In everyone's defense, the year's not over yet.)

The Hug Explained

Jesse Jackson, Jr. talks about all the Illinois politicians hugging at the DNC.

Noted Without Comment

Chicagoans Against Obama.


Whether you're a fan of Obama, McCain, or a Hillary booster, you can embroider your vote with free redwork patterns from Black Threads, a blog about African American quilting. [via]

Livin' in Beverly Hills (& Morgan Park)

I love finding blogs about Chicago's less in-the-news neighborhoods: check out

Vintage Prints

Need some new wall candy? The website Vintagraph hosts images and sells affordable prints of old WPA, health and safety campaigns and vacation promotions from the early 20th Century, including some simply cute ads for the Brookfield Zoo and celebrations in Downers Grove.

Careering Through Chicago

A brazen careerist explains why she lives in Chicago.

Baltimore To Chicago

The Naming Of Things is a relatively new blog about a newcomer to the city, this stunningly gorgeous site helps you relive the first time you came to the big city. A treat. [via]

100 Years of Bad

Just One Bad Century is celebrating the centennial of the Cubs' last World Series win by comparing players from the 1908 team with today's boys in blue, position by position.

Nifty Chicagobloggers: Wheezy Waiter

I don't usually dig videoblogs, but this site from the Wheezy Waiter is a good time. The videos are humorous and original, and made me laugh out loud. Worth spending some time on. [via]

Fight the Boot

The Expired Meter is passing around a petition to get the City to reverse its decision to start booting cars after two unpaid tickets instead of three.

Another UFO Sighted at O'Hare

Does the little smudge in the sky in this photo look like a UFO to you? Read a report by the National Aviation Reporting Center on Anomalous Phenomena on the infamous 2006 sighting here [PDF].

Candy Gone Bad?

312 Dining Diva wonders what's happened to Daily Candy Chicago lately. (Staffing changes maybe?)

ChiHuffPo Now Live

OK, you can officially look at it now. And read or listen to some coverage of the launch, as well as Ms. Huffington's own thoughts.


The Huffington Post's Chicago channel has launched. UPDATE: I've been informed that the site isn't officially launching till Thursday; what's out there for everyone to see is an unprotected, unfinished build. Avert your eyes! Or something.

Bensenville, the Vanishing Village

The Windy Citizen launched a new blog on Thursday to cover Bensenvile's plight in the O'Hare expansion. Particularly interesting is a google map highlighting the places discussed on the blog.

Always Beta

Life in Perpetual Beta is a new video interview series talking with people working on the web, including a bunch of names you already know: Fried, Coudal, Skinnycorp...

A Green Home Grows in Oak Park

Jason and Jennifer La Fleur bought a turn-of-the-century bungalow in Oak Park and began renovating with all green building materials, including soy foam insulation and toxin-free paint. Their DIY spirit and commitment to green have already earned them spots on the Today Show and This Old House -- follow along (and steal their ideas) at their blog, Humphrey House.

Crank Up the Radio

No, literally: the Chicago Red Cross is giving away a hand-cranked radio via its blog. Just post your storm story in the comments to be registered.

Flying High On LSD

It's not what you think.

Cryogenic Daley Re-elected

The Beachwood Reporter looks ahead to Chicago in the year 2040.

Ten Minutes Make a Difference

Timing is everything, Bilal Dardai discovers.

Pitchfork Pretties

Want even more Pitchfork crowd gazing? Chicago style blog The MidWasteLand has a spread of Pitchfork fashion.

Blog Wars

An online brouhaha is brewing in Hyde Park, where Hyde Park Progress takes aim at the Hyde Park Neighborhood Club's focus, while the Hyde Park Urbanist questions the Hyde Park Progress' sources. Did we mention the words "Hyde Park" enough in this blurb?

Walk Like A Man...

Chicago Carless goes REALLY carless this time, detailing his extensive walking jaunts around the city. Made us tired just reading about it.

Construction Season Tips

Plenty of good advice in this Ask MetaFilter thread about early morning construction.

Legally Speaking

Speaking of the U of C, its Law School faculty has a blog covering a wide range of legal topics, including human rights whistle-blowing in China.

10 Reasons Chicago Is Not On a Roll

Brad Flora of WindyCitizen posts a counterpoint to his own recent boosterism on "Chicago Tonight."


Boutiqueville blogs the latest news on the city's boutique scene.

Anti-Ad Form Letter

The Anti-Advertising Agency offers some relief (or at least time savings) from marketers trying to get a free plug on your blog.

The Ripper Crew

Learn about a gang of four serial killers from the daughter of one of the detectives who caught them.

That's the Ticket

The Expired Meter is a blog devoted solely to Chicago parking tickets. And yes, there's plenty to say on the topic.

Vikings & Gnomes

Blogger Suttonhoo makes a visit to an historic replica Viking ship in Geneva and discovers a whole lot more lurking in the woods.

Another Paean to Filter

Former Wicker Park resident Britt of Britticisms recently visited her old 'hood after a long time away from her old friends Silver Room and Una Mae's. [Via Neighbors Project]

Trib Tries A Big Blogroll

The Tribune has started promoting a new site they're building to link to lots of Chicago area bloggers. Of course, I prefer the Chicagobloggers website, but there's room for all of us.

Kill a Few Minutes

The Trib's new Head Candy blog should help Friday quittin' time roll around a little faster.

Memories on a Memorex

Casette from my Ex is a site that collects stories related to mix tapes from old relationships -- and also the option of listening to said tapes. Chicagoans Damon Locks, Jamie Hayes and Julie Shapiro have contributed so far.

The Power to Offend

Roger Ebert on the f-word.

Montrose Hole Gets a Touch-up

Look out for lane closures this weekend.

Exactly What It Sounds Like.

Finally, a blog for Chicago Pub Quiz Addicts.

What Can Evanston Teach Hyde Park?

Plenty, apparently, particularly when it comes to redeveloping HP's Harper Court, as Hyde Park Progress points out.

Missed My Train Connection

Post your subway crush here.

Down the 'Yogawhole' - Almost

PaperGirl (aka Mary Fons) documents her encounter with a suspect yoga instructor. Let's just say a calming environment is not the first impression.

Observing the Big Onion

Mike from Chicago Carless got an unexpected treat on a recent Great Chicago Places and Spaces tour: a visit to the secret observation deck atop the Intercontinental Hotel.

New Blog on Chicago Tech

The newly launched Windy Wire picks up where WindyBits left off, posting up-to-the-minute news on Chicago's tech scene.

Follow Along if You Like

Chicago Public Radio reporter Natalie Moore is blogging the R.Kelly trial. So is the Sun-Times.

Jump Back...

Only two days remain in the Dance Movie Blogathon! Learn yourself all about David Bowie's footwork in Labyrinth, Kevin Bacon's prototypical Angry Young Dancer ("I'm so angry I'm dancing up against backlit silo walls") -- and so very much more. [via]

Method Reporter Becomes Windy Citizen

The Methods Reporter has transformed into the Windy Citizen, an "open source newspaper and internet newsroom."

Taking the Wind Out of the May Report

WindyBits has morphed into a tech event calendar, but it does offer one bonus: a cleaned up and reader-friendly version of the May Report.

Alright, Stick 'Em Up(town)

Uptown Update has the lowdown on some of John Dillinger's hangouts in Uptown, including his last stop: the neighborhood funeral home.

A Tale of Three Blogs

...and some very cool furniture.

Watching Uptown

Two sites have their sights set on Uptown: Uptown Update and the Chicago Uptown Crime Blotter. The former looks at events both positive and negative in the neighborhood (although sadly, it's mostly negative), while the latter acts as a near-realtime tracker of criminal activities, pulled from eye-witness reports and police scanner activity. (Thanks, Amy!)

Report Back, Chicago

AREA Chicago is launching a new blog, Report Back, which is "dedicated to documenting events and people's impressions of them throughout Chicago." It's a bare bones site at the moment, but they'd like to change that with reader submissions.

What's Your Wicker Park Look Like?

Volunteers with the WPB's Community Open Houses asked the people of Wicker Park/Bucktown what they wanted to see in their neighborhood. Their responses were collected in a series of photographs on Flickr: here, here and here. A quick survey indicates a big push for a more bike-friendly area. Oh, and a toy store. Don't feel left out of the process, though, you can submit your thoughts too. [Via]

Blue Line's Closed

An exploration of abandoned Blue Line stations.

Counting Down

Jessi is solving 99 problems this year. She's five down. [via]

'O' Man

Did you know the Sun-Times has a blog dedicated entirely to Oprah? It's true. It's called The 'O' Blog. And today, they liveblogged an episode in which Oprah spoke to a pregnant man (he was born a female).

Chicago 1968 Reexamined

AREA Chicago's new 1968/2008 takes a new look at the cultural legacy of 1968 in Chicago: the Democratic National Convention, riots, Chicago 10, Daley's shoot to kill order, etc.

Bird Songs in the NYT

The New York Times has launched a new blog, Measure for Measure, featuring Darrell Brown, Rosanne Cash, Suzanne Vega and our own Andrew Bird, who gets pride of first post. (Thanks, Sarah!)

An Arresting Development

Over at Second City Cop, one of Chicago's Finest and some of his fellow officers vent about the proposed changes by new top cop Jody Weis (whom they sort of humorously refer to as "J-Fed"). Let's just say that they're not too happy.

Anatomy of a Blog

Actually more like a blog of anatomy: Street Anatomy is the website of Vanessa Ruiz, a medical illustration student at UIC. Check out her collections for anatomical street art and tattoos, too.

Parking Spaces I Have Loved

Which Chicagoland parking garages are most notable?

"Gran' ol' river! Onhealthy, says ye?"

ClusterFlock casts a sideways look at the Chicago Sanitary & Ship Canal on this fine St. Paddy's Day.

Building Social Animals

Announcing CitizenPowered, a City-sponsored site designed to bring Chicagoans together for collaboration with each other and community organizations. Find a job, help a nonprofit or connect with your neighbors.

Shiny New Metblog

Our friends at Chicago Metblogs have a pretty new look.

Harmful Snark

The NYT is looking into whether nasty blog comments contributed to the suicide late last month of Paul Tilley, 40, the creative director of DDB Chicago.

Boardgames on the Brain

Apparently it's in the air: Chicagoist is holding its first-ever Commenter Trivial Pursuit Throwdown tonight at Sheffield's -- and we'd already announced that the GB Get-Together on Friday would be a boardgame night. Beer and trivia, always a good combo.

Welcome to the Fortune Cookie of the Future!

Boing Boing notes a tribute website created by Chicagoan Bob Bjarke after he got the Best Fortune Cookie Ever at Papajin in Wicker Park. (Thanks, Dan!)

Keep it Simple, Stupid

37signals was profiled in the latest issue of Wired, and were described variously as "brash" "arrogant" "demigods." Jason Fried posted a response to some of the "myths" described in the story.

Bet on Books

The Morning News will soon hold its fourth annual Tournament of Books, and Coudal Partners has opened the betting window. Think you know which book will come out tops? Lay $10 on the line and you could win big -- plus, you'll be helping to buy books for children. Everybody wins!

Tracking Steve Kazmierczak is investigating the online activities of Steve Kazmierczak, the NIU gunman. UPDATE: Jessica Baty, Kazmierczak's girlfriend, was interviewed by WGN.

Elite Eight For A Date

Chicago magazine's Arts and Culture blog has prepared a tournament-style bracket that puts good singles locations head-to-head. The first round was yesterday; today, places like the Pitchfork potty line and Intelligentsia battle it out.

Invisible Votes

GB's own AmyC and other Rogers Parkers ran into an unusual "voting irregularity" on Tuesday -- her polling place was stocked with allegedly "invisible ink" pens. Unfortunately, the inevitable snarky blog commentary makes the situation sound like it was the voters' fault for believing the state-appointed judges and ward committeeman.

Your Auto Show Prep

The 100th annual Chicago Auto Show opens Friday, so we here's a couple things to get you ready: Jalopnik's newness cheat sheet, Showlopnik, the derivatively named intern blog, and the 8th annual Auto Show Shutdown. After the jump, links to car blogs' CAS category archives.

•'s Kicking Tires

Click, Two Ways

Chicago Magazine has a new photoblog, Snap!, and the Chicago Methods Reporter has a new dating blog, Love Me/Date Me.

Catalyzing District 299

District299, Alexander Russo's excellent blog on Chicago Public Schools, recently made the move to Catalyst Chicago's website.

Local Sites in the News

Chicago Magazine's February issue features "171 Best Chicago Websites," a nice round-up for your reading pleasure. It's still not wasn't online, though, so Time Out took the initiative and created a linklist for you. Then Chicago Metroblogging created an OPML file of the list -- along with all the ones mentioned in Time Out's recent blog feature package -- that you can dump into your favorite feed reader. UPDATE: The Chicago Mag feature went online late today.

Yes, Gapers Block is mentioned in both the Chicago Mag and Time Out features. And, as Tankboy noted, we do get along with the folks at Chicagoist.

DeRo on Zulkey

Claire Zulkey (who got the profile treatment in Time Out this week) interviews Sun-Times music critic Jim DeRogatis about "Sound Opinions," music crit and the Chicago hip hop scene, among other things.

Very Cold Art

You can watch the progress of the Museum of Modern Ice's Paintings Below Zero at its official blog. Can someone please shorten that URL?

Each and Every One

Everyblock, a hyper-local news aggregator from the creators of, has now launched.

23 and Me

Back in 2000, Sun-Times reporter Howard Wolinsky was among the first to have his DNA sequenced for genealogical reasons. The results sent him on a journey through family history, which he's writing about (and other genealogy topics) at Gen-erocity.

Found Television

GB staffer Lauri will be on "Chicago Tonight" er, tonight to discuss her website, Found Clothing. UPDATE: Oops, looks like it's been rescheduled for Monday, Jan. 21.

Cornbleet Case Update

Over at The Outfit, Kevin Guilfoile provides a good deal of new info on the Hans Peterson/Dr. David Cornbleet murder case.

Home Fugly Home

YoChicago wants to hear about the city's ugliest townhomes. There's a t-shirt in it for you.

"Year of the Blog"

Chicago News-Star picks the top 10 local news stories of 2007. Number 10: the rise of the neighborhood blogs.

Classical Comps

Chicago Classical Music recently revamped their site and is promoting it with a contest for free tickets and other swag. Log in as a registered user before the 19th to be eligible to win.


Our very own Ron Slattery collects ham radio QSL cards, and recently turned his blog into a gallery for the funnier and odder ones. It caught BoingBoing's attention.

Who Would You Believe?

Will Okun, the Chicago school teacher who won a trip to Africa with the NYT's Nick Kristof, has a complex and honest piece about who he believes in the Aaron Harrison shooting. Short answer: the cops.

Therapeutic House Tour

Apartment Therapy: Chicago is hosting a House Tour and after-party this Friday; join them for a tour of five live/work spaces in Fulton Market. Don't forget to RSVP!

Naw, It Can't Be.

Yeah, This Is Really Chicago.

Spendthrift Sissy's Mortal Enemy

The Cheapest Gay Man in America

Kindling Chicago

Perhaps you've heard about Kindle, Amazon's new "wireless reading device?" One of the things you can do with it is read blogs, including a bunch of Chicago-related ones (although not us yet, dammit). Click "more" to see a list.

Windy City Gridiron
Metroblogging Chicago
Apartment Therapy Chicago
South Side Sox
Bleed Cubby Blue
Blogs cost $0.99 to $1.99 for an annual monthly subscription. According to BoingBoing Gadgets, you can browse the web for free -- which means you can still read GB on it, just not via RSS.

Think Before You Link

You receive an email which contains a link. You forward the link to someone else. You get sued. A lawsuit filed this week in Kane County is seeking $850,000 in damages from Schaumburg resident Joan Burke. Her crime? Sending a email which contained a link to the blog Let's Stop Eastwood-Stein.

Business Blogging

Crain's examines the phenomenon.

TypePad Tour of Chicago

Weblog software maker TypePad rounds up some quality Chicago blogs that use their service.

Undead Undead Undead

Berwyn, rubber chickens and B-movies. Chicago's very own Svengoolie (aka Rich Koz) has a blog. I know somewhere down there Jerry G Bishop is smiling.

Behind the Design: The Chicago Spire

Not quite the expose on Santiago Calatrava (also known for his work on the Milwaukee Art Museum), but Creative Review, a design magazine based in the UK, showcases the design work of Third Eye Design who did the collateral for The Chicago Spire. Even if you don't like the Spire itself, the accompanying literature praises our fair city.

Blogging Shakman in Cook County

It's a New Day in Cook County was established as a "forum for public comment and debate about unlawful patronage" in county government by Julia Nowicki, a former judge now monitoring Cook County hiring practices and compliance with the Shakman Decree. The Shakman Monitor over the City of Chicago's hiring, however, has yet to start a blog.

GB on TV

Tune in to WTTW's "Chicago Tonight" er, tonight at 7pm to catch representatives from Gapers Block, Chicagoist and the CTA Tattler discuss blogs and current events.

Hell Yeah Dude!

"A new design journal for style enthusiasts."

Everyone Has a Secret

Frank Warren, the man behind the PostSecret weblog and books, will be doing two book-signings in Chicago today in support of his new book, A Lifetime of Secrets. At 12:30pm he'll be at the DePaul University Bookstore, 1 E. Jackson, with a multimedia presentation. Then at 7:30pm, he'll be at the UIC location of Barbara's Bookstore, 1218 S. Halsted.


Bulls forward Luol Deng is blogging.

Listen Closely

This week's Transmission feature covers some local music blogs you may not have heard of.

Hail This Down

Dmitry Samarov blogs about his experiences as a Chi-town cabbie over at HACK. He even draws his passengers. The Sun-Times recently profiled this Soviet immigrant turned driver, including some fun quotes about getting propositioned.

Google Stalker

Who are the people in your Google Street View neighborhood?

Sleazy Developers Take Note!

Are you stuck in a condo conundrum? An apartment abyss? Home hell? You've got a friend in the blogger behind I Hate My Developer. From assessment fees to her slowly gentrifying Woodlawn neighborhood, Lyletta Robinson blogs it all with an optimistic outlook.

Get in a Spooky Mood

Facets, the best video store in the city for indie and obscure films, has a blog, and they're posting a horror clip a day for the month of October. [via]

No Butts About It

I'm glad I'm not the only one who was a little disturbed by the smiling butt ads for the Washlet that showed up all over the Reader website for months.

Arrgh! Fire Bad!

Someone at the Fire Department should have words with whoever failed to proof this bus shelter poster. Perhaps their dictionary caught fire.

Your Hyper-local News

The Marshfield Tattler follows the goings on in a little corner of Back of the Yards. Nice to see someone telling that neighborhood's stories.

And Justice for Cyclists...

GB alumni and fellow teammate Luke Seemann recounts a hit-and-run during the team's weekly Saturday morning ride up to Highland Park and back on his excellent Chicago Bike Racing. Clearly an attack on the riders who were paying attention to the rules of the road, the culprit turned himself in and is now facing felony charges in court. Luke has further details on Thomas Lynch.

Cubs' Magic Number

In case you're counting.

Blogging North of Devon

Rogers Park is the fifth bloggiest neighborhood in the nation, according to [via]

Designers, Set Your Palettes!

If you're into creative competition and don't have much to do on Friday afternoons, you'll want to check out the new Photoshop Layer Tennis!

Aw Crap, I'm Making a Movie

Evan Jacover has created a great video compilation of all the times he thought he was taking a photo (but actually had his camera in video mode).

The Face of Cornbleet's Killer

Author Kevin Guilfoile has been writing about the case of Dr. David Cornbleet, the dermatologist who was killed in his Loop office. Until now, nobody seemed to have a recent photo of Hans Peterson, the man who confessed to the murder and who took refuge in the French Territory of St. Martin, where he has avoided extradition. Guilfoile believes he's found one.

Taxi Cab Confessions

HACK is a blog by taxi driver and artist Dmitri Samarov, created as a companion to his pretty amazing website. Check out his other "Hack," a minicomic about his day job.

Word Jazz Online

Movie trailer watchers and late night WBEZ listeners familiar with Ken Nordine may want to check out his website Word Jazz, which includes a blog with unusual poems starting with "Maybe the moment" and a podcast of his late night stylings.

Pessimism Reigns Eternal

Got an overconfident Cubs fan in your midst? Here's a song to help bring them back to earth, courtesy of the Beachwood Reporter.

The 38th Signal

The 38th Signal, "established 2007 in Angola", is parody of local web iconoclasts 37Signals. Includes "Wireframing with the blood of your enemies", "Phone tells you that someone has called", and "Screens around the house".

Bloggers of the World... Unite?

Should bloggers unionize?

Things for Sale

FoGB Ron Slattery is selling some of his stuff. And what interesting stuff it is.

J Crew Sweater: Corner of N Clark and W Belden

Lauri Apple's FoundClothing -- which is about, well, the clothes she finds on the street -- got a nice boost in yesterday's Trib.

All Full

Local food blog Eatchicago closes up shop after 3+ years of service. Farewell, Eatchicago! I'll always remember you for your great post about Chicago's authentic Mexican food.

A Body of Words

Dictionary editor and local blogger Erin McKean was the guest columnist for William Safire's "On Language" column in the NYTimes last weekend.

Your Attention Please...

The CTA Tattler runs down a list of some of the CTA's rules of behavior.

A Garden Sprouts

In East Garfield Park, at Maypole and California, a community garden is taking shape in a formerly vacant lot.

Spare the Rod, Spoil the Blog

Zorn points to a blog panning our governor: BloggingOnBlagoBlog, from the Illinois Republican Party.

Want to Write About Comedy?

The Bastion is looking for writers.

You Should Have a New City Sticker By Now

...which means you've either added another one to the column, or you've removed the old one and have a sticky smear on your windshield. Here's a sure-fire method for removing the old sticker and the glue.

Interested In Some Literature?

Mimi Smartypants comes up with the best response to a religious tract pusher I've heard in awhile (last item).

Norwood Park + Park Ridge = Norridge

Here's an examination of suburban naming trends in Chicagoland.

Ze Frank Replacement

People who miss The Show with Ze Frank should check out the Wheezy Waiter, a video blog by Craig, the lead singer of Driftless Pony Club. It's not exactly the same, but hopefully it'll help with your jones. [via]

Our Younger Cousin

Our good friends at Chicagoist are celebrating their third anniversary tonight at the Subterranean. If you're looking for a way to escape the heat after work, you could do worse.

That's Customer Service

The CTA may suck in a lot of ways, but at least there's one employee willing to retrieve the walkman you dropped on the tracks.

Yet Another Googlemap, Posting Edition is already an interesting place to check for posts about Chicago, but here's another neat tool they recently added: blogger maps. Now you can check out which places we and other local blogs have been writing about.

The Journalistic Code

The Knight News Challenge has been kind to Chicago. Northwestern's Medill School of Journalism received a grant to create scholarships for programmer-journalists -- such as Adrian Holovaty, creator of, who also received a grant and has left the Washington Post to start EveryBlock. Geoff Dougherty of (recently redesigned) ChiTown Daily News also received a grant to continue his citizen journalism project. UPDATE: Also, Daniel Sinker, co-editor and publisher of Punk Planet, received a Knight Fellowship at Stanford (thanks, Mark).

Outsider Art Blog

Now you can stay on top of Chicago's finest gyros, lakefront, and Western Avenue signage and art at William Swislow's Interesting Ideas blog. You can spend hours here.

Google Buying Feedburner?

Interesting rumors are popping up about Google purchasing local RSS feed company Feedburner for about $100 million in order to move into the RSS ad market. GigaOm isn't so sure the deal makes sense.

Blogging with Child

Thinking about parenthood? The recently Chicago Moms Blog should help give you a realistic look at life after kids.

Local Lit

City bookworms have another web destination in Literago, which intends to serve as "a portal to news and information about literary goings-on in and around Chicago."

Eat, Love, Blog

How do you combine office romance, food and blogging? Why, Olive and Mason of course. They're back reviewing restaurants after a year's hiatus. Check out what they've been up to and listen to their theme song. (Via Action-Squad)

Very Bloggy Up North recently surveyed itself to determine the bloggiest neighborhoods in the country -- and Rogers Park came in at #5. Nice shout-out for the 24/7 North of Howard Watchers.

Treat Your Reader

Spice up your RSS reader with a few tasty area blogs. Try Jack Vinson's knowledge management blog, the NSFW, homoerotic Things They Say About Him, A Deaf Mom Shares Her World, and more to be found at Chicago Bloggers.

Five Six-pointed Stars?

Over at Chicagoist, Benjy ponders whether the city would add another star to the flag if we win the 2016 Olympics. An interesting and relevant question considering the meanings of the other stars.

He's giving us a lot of credit for staying power by saying we'll need to update our logo in nine years if it happens, but for the record: we'll change if the flag does.


Photobooth-o-philes, get excited! You'll soon be able to take a zany picture of yourself and your close friends at Quimby's.

Still Time To Join Studs and Others at State of Southside Conference

In recent years the blog The View From The Ground has published news and analysis about the crisis of Chicago, public housing, police abuse, and economic abandonment through the intimate lens of the Stateway Gardens CHA development while it was being torn down during the CHA's Plan for Transformation. The blog is co-sponsoring a conference at the Edwin F. Mandel Legal Aid Clinic of the University of Chicago Law School to explore the issues brought up in their work around Stateway Gardens. More information posted on Slowdown. The free conference takes place on April 21-20 and space is limited so get in touch and register through the website.

See Ira for Cheap

The fine frugal folks at Make Love, Not Debt tell of how they used their savvy powers of negotiation to watch the new "This American Life" television show for cheap. Find out how they added Showtime to their cable plan for just $2 a month.

Camp Jinx: Not Your Average Family Videos

Today I stumbled across Camp Jinx, a video blog that's the recreational side of local family-run video production company Picture Show. Of course, since the blog is run by video professionals, you're not just going to find home movies on Camp Jinx. You'll also find, for example, video of the dad interviewing stars at the Golden Globes, and The Wrens performing live in a family member's apartment between Chicago gigs. It's too bad that all families can't be as cool as the Leonard family, but at least they're willing to share the experience.

Parenting 2.0

Chicago Parent magazine has redesigned its website, which now includes a whole bunch of blogs covering a variety of aspects of parenting, from feminist childrearing to being a working mom to just being a dad.

Buy Art, Save Lung

Artist and friend of GB Phineas Jones caught pneumonia over the holidays, and ended up with fluid in one of his lungs. As you'd expect, he has some big medical bills, but he's uninsured, so he's selling art on his site, No Commercial Potential, to cover the costs of "lung reclamation." Help him out and get some beautiful art in the bargain.

Chicago Web History

Through the magic of, WindyBits takes a look at early version of Chicago media Websites, including the Tribune and Sun-Times, the Reader, Crain's Chicago Business, and even Gapers Block.

Official Blog Site of the Chicago Police Department

Yeah, you read that right-- Official Blog Site of the Chicago Police Department. Hosted on TypePad, loaded up with kudos, cautionary tales, and a welcome from the Superintendent. Accepting (moderated) comments on some posts. Tagline: "What You Want to Know... From Those in the Know." It really is 2007, isn't it?

Get Your Tech News Here

Awhile back, I was talking to Tom Sherman about how there ought to be a site that covers the Chicago tech scene. Like Tech Social, but with news, too. A month later, he launches Windy Bits. Way to go, Tom.

Serving and Protecting Via the Web

Nice profile of Adrian Holovaty, creator of and master of the Google mash-up, in the American Journalism Review. What they don't mention is his fine guitar playing.

Office Desk Treasure

(NOTE: not safe for work, but funny as heck) How does one define true happiness? For some guys, it's the feeling of mammaries resting on their head. One of those guys might just work in the Tribune Tower. Behold; photographic evidence that true bliss is possible.

The Deadliest Blog Alive

Floyd Webb was interviewed in the Reader last summer about his current project: a documentary on Chicago martial artist John Keehan (aka Count Dante: The Deadliest Man Alive). With half a year's research, a bizarre tale of kung-fu, pet lions, comic book ads, death matches, and Mafia hitmen got weirder. Mr. Webb dutifully reports on his descent into 70s martial arts madness at his blog.

Nifty Chicago Blogs: Minivan Mafia

With so many blogs out there, it usually takes good writing or a great design to catch my eye. The Minivan Mafia should win an award for its great name, and the graphic.... priceless. Nice job, Jenn.

Your Bloggy News Fix

Chicago Magazine did a profile of several of the city's newsblog type things, including GB, Chicagoist, Metroblogging, The Beachwood Reporter and CTA Tattler. Fun to see your favorite editors in pixel form!

New and Notable Chicagobloggers

A few new weblogs on worth noting: Chicagolais, a weblog about newly arrived Frenchman in Chicago; Aldertrack, a weblog tracking the upcoming local election; $50 Suit, a shopping blog about looking great for little money downtown; and a blog about deaf parents raising children in Chicago.

Hungry for the Win

Hungry Mag, the local foodblog edited by Michael Nagrant, has been nominated for the Best Group Foodblog award at Well Fed Network. Vote by Jan. 9 to help this hometown blog do good!

From Hannukah To Boxing Day

Sara Paretsky has a great blog post about her journey from Hannukah in Kansas to Boxing Day in Chicago.

Vote Early, Vote Once a Day

The 2006 Weblog Awards nominees have been announced, and there are two local sites among them: Glorious Noise for Best Music Blog and The Becker-Posner Blog for Best Law Blog. You can vote for them and/or any others once a day from now until the 15th. (Thanks, Jake.)

Women, prisons, and abuse

Chicago author Sara Paretsky has a challenging piece on the great Chicago Crime Writers blog about the abuses women suffer in incarceration. One telling quote: "It costs anywhere from $30,000 to $75,000 a year to keep a person behind bars. Conservatively, that's about $6 billion a year we're spending to lock up—and, apparently, abuse—these women, most of whom are non-violent offenders."

The Reason for the Season

"Put Marduk back into Zagmuk."

Holla Back, Chitown

The Trib has an article about online sites where victims of street harassment can vent and call out their attackers. A small sidebar to the piece fails to mentions the Chicago version of the original NYC site, called HollaBack Chicago. There, you can read and submit experiences with unwelcome advances, leerings, gropings, and the like, and even send in pictures if you happen to snap one.

Say "Thank You"

The Metblogs network is getting into the holiday spirit by having its local bureaus list "seven gifts their cities share with the world." The first Chicago entry is improvisational comedy; initial entries for other cities run the gamut, from Flickr to the Montreal Protocol.

A Big Guide to the Web

Big Fat Blog, a fat acceptance blog written by GB alum Paul McAleer, recently launched the Big Fat Index, a guide to FA websites and other resources.

Reader Blogs Up

The Reader has added two more blogs to its growing stable: The Food Chain covers restaurants, while On Film covers -- well, you can probably guess.

Version 2.0

Chicagoist gets a makeover, and a fine one, at that.

New And Notable Chicagobloggers

A few new blogs on worth mentioning: an entertaining real estate blog by "Real Estate Ninja" explains how underpriced the new $300 realtor parking pass is (i.e., two weeks of tickets), a fruitcake blog, mousebacon shows us the craziest house in Chicago, and very well-written blog Bella Rossa caught my attention with this post title: "Gabriel Garcia Marquez Shoots Reese Witherspoon, and I Can't Walk in These Heels." All worth your time.

The Virtual Quad

Since college kids don't have enough online personae to manage, what with MySpace pages, Facebook profiles and Xanga blogs, UIC is exploring the possibility of a school-wide implementation of LiveJournal. The goal? Building community via an informal mode of student, faculty and staff interaction.

Local Economy Flagging?

Jill Jaracz attended the City of Chicago's Sharing It Banner Auction, and notes that this year's bids were far lower than last year's.

Where was August in November?

I read recently that, in the future, search engines will be able to reveal people's whereabouts at a given time, simply by the electronic footprints they've left. For now, though, that information is mostly captured voluntarily, making it largely the provenance of blogs. So it is that, if ever asked where screenwriter John August was when he started a play in late 2006, you can boldly answer "Chicago" -- qualified, as he notes for posterity, "technically, Evanston." [via]

All Hallow's Eve

Jim Coudal tells a touching tale, reminding us of the roots of this holiday.

Catching some ZZZ's (on camera)

The "Going Public" column in the Red Eye today talks to Yvonne Doll, a part-time cell phone photo snapper whose passion for photography has translated into a new web site For three months she has been taking pictures of slumping CTA riders who use their commute to catch up on sleep — whichever way they can. Droolers, beware!

The Inside Scoop

Inside Chicago is a relatively new, really well done videoblog following host Ellen Fox's adventures around the city -- think "Wild Chicago" but less goofy. This site also runs the STOP Police! podcast, in which Darren Stephens covers highlights from the week's police blotter.

Outside Looking In is a really cool new blog & news aggregator organized locationally: you can search for posts based on your zip code or neighborhood name. Here's an explanation of its guiding principles.

Who Here Likes Pancakes?

The aptly named Illinois Pancakes blog has a simple goal: eat and review the pancakes of Illinois.

His Excellency Von Excellent

There are thousands of blogs started every day, sure. Few of them, however, are written by Germany gentry in exile in Chicago. No telling what The Barony will be about, but who can turn down a promised "transformation from unclean prolatarian ingnoramity to cultural aristocracy"? Certainly not I.

Color Your Space for Fall

Apartment Therapy is running a fall colors interior design contest; the winners receive a CB2 shop card for up to $2500. Go check out the Midwest entries, which are also running as they come in on Chicago.ApartmentTherapy.

Alright, Son?

Regardless of whether your reaction to Lily Allen's show last night was hurrah or ho-hum, chances are good you had a better time than Tyler Too Much Awesome, who passed out, and not thanks to over-imbibing. Not only was he mortified by causing a commotion, his mother didn't offer much comfort after the fact. Quoth Mrs. Much Awesome, "Well, it was your fault so it's understandable why you feel embarrassed." Gee, thanks, mom.

Suburb Name Game

Coudal points to a post about suburban "mash game" names and localizes it: "Fox, lake, river, heights, grove, villa(ge), park, oak, lawn, lake, brook, hills, fields, forest, elk. Choose two or three at random, and chances are you've named a real Chicago suburb.

Local Language

A newcomer to the Chicago blog/webzine scene, Jargon Chicago looks like it might have some staying power. Check it out.

The Herbivore's Diary

Speaking of "green thumb" options, newly launched blog Vegan Dinner is going the Julie Meets Julia route. Kinda: local couple Ian ("straight edge") and Kit ("strong, silent") are on a quest to try 365 new meals (vegan) in 365 days (one year). The recipes are accompanied by photos and organized by preparation time (20, 40, 60 minutes). I smell a book deal.

What's in a Delay?

On Friday, Thrown for a Loop was hoping for an easy flight home. Because of bad weather at O'Hare, that didn't happen. Alas, nor did the alternatives...

Just What is the Coudal Partners Site About, Anyway?

The short answer is "a little of this, a little of that." The long answer, though, offers an eclectic greatest hits. Which is to say, a nice way to waste some time at work this morning.

Coffee Pop

Local foodblog Tastebud offers tips on DIY coffee roasting. They suggest starting with the Home Coffee Roasting guide and a popcorn popper.

Media Central on the North Shore

Don't be surprised if one of the Gawker editors picks up and leaves New York: Jim Romenesko's Evanston condo is for sale.

Newly Noted Chicago Blogs

Notable blogs from recent submissions on totally awesome George Michael fansite, which is absolutely a delightful guilty pleasure; filled with random delights, had me laughing out loud with Hulk Hogan humor and stories of misleading showers; and "things we hate" which is short and witty and worth a brief visit.

Kumbaya, My Zorn, Kumbaya

Wow, Eric Zorn sure is passionate about "Kumbaya," my lord.

A Newer, Larger Punk Planet

Taking another step away from scissors, glue, and late night photocopying sessions, our city's very own Punk Planet has redesigned and expanded its website. Of particular note is the addition of user blogs.

Working Girls

Kudos to local gal Hipster Pit for speaking truth to power / sticking it to The Man / subverting the dominant paradigm: in response to a feature on marrying a woman with a career (gone, but not forgotten), Ms. Pit composed a satire of the slideshow that accompanied the article we'll remember fondly as "Justifications for Being a Single Misogynist" (Gawker gives you a CliffsNotes version of the original). [Update: The text is back online, now with an officially published rebuttal.]

Chicago Vox Populi

Vox, a new blogging service from SixApart, just released a Chicago skyline skin, which you can see on my silly little test blog. Obviously done from memory, since the east-facing view of the Loop prominently features the CNE building (which can't be seen from the other side of the Loop) and only a few recognizable buildings (Sears Tower, Hancock, Prudential and Aon). At least they tried. (If you'd like a Vox invite, let me know -- we've got four to give away.)

Chicago: Green Fashion Capital of the U.S.?

The city's recent appointment of Melissa Turner as Chicago's fashion czarina brought a challenge from treehugger: become the green fashion capital of the U.S. Designers, will you embrace the challenge?

A Bastion of Comedy

The Bastion came to town earlier this summer (it's related to New York's Apiary) to cover the comedy and improv scene, and they're doing a heck of a job (and not in the GW Bush sense).

Blog Out

I haven't bothered with Time Out Chicago's website much after it launched, since it hid almost everything behind a subscription wall. But sometime a few months ago, they made most of the content public and launched a blog. Worth taking a look.

BlogHer Here Next Year

Mark your calendars: BlogHer, an annual conference for women bloggers, is coming to Chicago next year.


Friend of GB, scooterist, designer and vegan guide making extraordinaire, PJ Chmiel hits the open road on his scooter on a tour he calls the 2006 R.A.M.B.L.E. Ambitious in scope, it should be quite a ride. Follow along when he kicks off tomorrow.

Why we'll read about race

Sun-Times columnist Mary Mitchell gets her new blog started off with a bang. No, "Hi, I'm Mary and this is my new blog" post. Nope. She delves right in with an entry titled Why I Write About Race. I have a feelings she's going to get a lot of people talking about, reading about, and maybe even writing about race.

The Schadenfreude of Mis-crediting

So that Colonel Sanders/Ed Burke separated-at-birth thing we linked to on Consumerist yesterday? Done by friend of GB and Schadenfreude member Justin Kaufmann. We should have recognized his handiwork.

Good Thing There's No Late Fee

Claire Zulkey wants to know about your Notflixing habits, the movies you got from Netflix that sit, unwatched, for months.

Today's inspiration: Chicago

The art of Chicago art studios in the 1950s, courtesy of the illustration blog Today's Inspiration.

Sheepish Alter-Ego

So I've got a love for all things crafty and that's no secret. But most of your eyes glaze over if I go on too long about wool or knitting. And I don't blame you. However, even if you have no interest in the land of craft, you'll love Franklin's alter-ego roommate Dolores over at The-Panopticon. This sheep makes me snort on a regular basis. Without further ado, I introduce you to Dolores.

Songs: Illinois

songs:illinois is an excellent little mp3 blog run by Craig Bonell in Oak Park. There's definitely a folk/ acoustic/ singer-songwriter focus but what excites me personally is that I've only heard of maybe one artist on the homepage. A nice deviation from Pitchfork and the like, dig in and discover some new tunes.

Hark, Reader! A Blog!

The Reader has launched its first blog, the Daily Harold, by longtime staffwriter Harold Henderson. Henderson claims to be "the World's First Blogger," conveniently leaving out of the Wikipedia definition the part about a blog being on the Web. Good luck with that.

No Thanks for the Blog!

While I'm not entirely convinced the promotion of personal blogs by complete strangers is an epidemic problem in real life -- seems more confined to willy-nilly "friend" requests on MySpace at this point -- in today's Sun-Times, Andy Ihnatko offers an amusing checklist for smacking that would-be internet superstar down.

The Tattler Redesigns

The CTA Tattler, Chicago's number one source for transit scuttlebut, has redesigned.

From Punk Band to Papa to Podcast

Former Allister bandmember, now fulltime proud parent Eric in Aurora has turned his love of rockin' into a pretty darn interesting music blog called Can You See the Sunset from the Southside. He also has started podcasting on a sister site, Can You Hear the Podcast from the Southside. Podcast number three is fresh for your listening.

Let Me Count The Ways

If only for a day, Eric Zorn wants to be your whipping boy.

Making Media Connections

The Community Media Workshop here in Chicago is holding a conference tomorrow and Thursday called "Making Media Connections". As they put it: "Join community leaders, nonprofit communicators and board members, mainstream and independent journalists, publishers, media experts and the general public to discuss getting our communities' important stories told." GB staffer and ChicagoBloggers curator, Brian Sobolak and myself will be joining Steve Rhodes of The Beachwood Reporter on Thursday from 1:45-245pm on Thursday, the only day left for registration at the door. We'll be discussing "Emerging Online News Outlets" but there are plenty of other events and discussions going on to pique your interest.

Bands All Booked

You might have spent many a lunch hour in the past week mashing up bands and book titles (or bands and movie titles). Coudal Partners has posted its favorites, and the three lucky winners.

Big Brother in MySpace

I doubt any of our readers are currently enrolled in Libertyville/Vernon Hills public schools, but you'll still be slightly alarmed to hear that School District 128 is now holding its students responsible for anything posted on MySpace or elsewhere on the Internet. Expect a lot of teenagers suddenly going anonymous in response.

Horton Hears a Hoobastank

Coudal Partners has a great game on right now: take a band name and a book title and mash'em together. What do you get? Check out the stand-outs so far and submit your own to by Friday for a chance to win your combo in CD and book form.

Attack of the Marauding Palazzo Pantsed Queen

Drunken Bee on the perils of shopping Division Street. (How many thieving transvestites on the prowl for Fred Perry are you going to encounter on Michigan Avenue?)

Best Headline Today:

Yuppie-on-Yuppie Violence Mars Cabrini-Green Housing Redevelopment


The good news: Threadless is about to relaunch their site.
The bad news: As they were making the new site live, "the robots attacked," killing all of members' blog posts from December 2005 forward.
If you lost posts but have any of them bookmarked, you can submit the URLs here for recovery.

Sunsets Over the City

Since it's likely we won't be able to see the sunset tonight, you might want to head to this weblog and get your fix.

Printed Fun On Every One

Did you know they're printing Guinness World Records on Pringles now? Matt Maldre of Spudart got a tube, and among the world records was an odd looking print-out that included the phrase "printed fun on every one." He realized it was a diagnostic display intended to show the density of ink being sprayed by the chip printer.

reknit, re:knit

I'm a crafty gal. But running a small business means I now spend more time reading articles put out by the Small Business Administration than I do reading knitting blogs. And I miss it. Thankfully ex-GB'er Brenda Janish has created a re-blog that I'm delighted by. re:knit culls feeds of many of the knitting blogs I read when I had the time.

Regnef Blogger Speaks

So you know that teacher we told you about who wrote scathing commentary about Fenger High School on his blog, then leaked it on purpose? He wrote an email to Dawn Turner Trice, who'd written a column about him last week. The upshot: the blog was a misunderstood cry for help.

Parsing Pitchfork

Cleveland blog goodhodges runs a statistical analysis of Pitchfork reviews and finds that, big surprise, they tend to review albums they like. The follow-up breakdown of scores is interesting, too. [via] This all brings to mind Pitchformula, a UofC student's thesis analyzing reviews and writing songs that would garner the highest ratings, which we told you about awhile back.

I Hate My Developer

I didn't actually hate mine, but I wouldn't say I was in love with him after we found out about all the corners that were cut. The Woodlawn Wonder has been writing since August of last year after she became a member of her condo board. If you're thinking of buying a condo, or if you have a condo and are questioning your developer there are 9 months of posts that might help answer your questions or spur you to action. The links list alone is a worth a visit.

Rule #1: Don't Blog About Work

Apparently all those scare stories on the news didn't sink in with one Chicago teacher. He wrote all sorts of trash talk about his school, Fenger High, on his now-deleted blog (sample posts were temporarily republished here, still viewable in the Google cache). When its existence was leaked, the shite hit the fan, both among the student body and the teachers. More lively discussion on MetaFilter.

After the Mugging

Theresa at The Local Tourist was mugged and brutally beaten walking down Diversey Avenue late at night two weekends ago; her assailant beat and kicked her repeatedly in the head, and may have planned on doing much more. You can follow her recovery on her blog; she has advice on what to do if you get mugged or attacked here.

Local EPpy Noms

EPpy nominations were kind to the Tribune this year; they include Maureen Ryan'sThe Watcher, and the paper's multimedia special on "the Mercury Menace." The Crain's site was also nominated. The EPpy Awards annually honor new media forays by old media and will be handed out next month in Vegas.

Spring Has Sprung. Now, What To Wear?

Let's all cross fingers that we can ditch the anoraks, coats, jackets, blazers, sweaters and various other forms of outerwear for at least a few months. It's 78 degrees, and that's cause for celebration. Still, the anonymous female blogger behind Make Love, Not Debt is struggling to find a black shirt that'll meet her Chicago springtime needs (and there are several of them). Ladies, if you've got recommendations, be nice and pass 'em on.

Daily Kos disses Dames

Kos, of Daily Kos was in town yesterday signing books and Roni went to see what he had to say, and ask him about his view of feminists and civil rights. His basic theory is that any Democrat is better than any Republican. Roni points out why party affiliation isn't the main point.

A Pill with a New Flavor

We're not the only ones who've done a bit of reno recently. Nope, Flavorpill's experimenting with beta taste. It's added a blog to its excellent weekly newsletter, which, incidentally, reminds you to head to Hyde Park this afternoon for a dose of Žižek.

The Therapist Moves In

While we were redesigning yesterday, another site was launching: introducing Apartment Therapy : Chicago, a new local channel of the popular interior design blog.

Such Smart Kids

I believe the children are our future.

Keeping Tabs on Triblogs

For handy bookmarking, the Tribune has helpfully consolidated its various blogs on a single portal. (Although it has fewer, the Sun-Times's blogs are similarly accessible.)

Chicago Blog News

EatChicago has redesigned. SharkForum is a group blog featuring some big shots from the Chicago arts and music scene, including Redmoon's Jim Lasko, New City's Ray Pride and Nicholas Tremulis. And holy crap! Sour Bob is back!

Live-Blogging The Elections

Eric Zorn of the Trib is doing a pretty decent job of live-blogging the primaries, if you want a wide-view. (And the turnout is SO LOW! They speculated at my precinct that 15% came out to vote, a lot of suburban items have less than a few hundred votes. Amazing.)

Support Your Daily News

The Chi-Town Daily News needs your help. Think of it as a pledge drive: donate at X level and receive one of these wonderful gifts as a token of their gratitude.

Your Daily Dose of Comedy

Hey! Schadenfreude redesigned!

Live-Blogging the Oscars

Watching the Academy Awards tonight? Follow along on as Edward Champion and a vast and varied cast of characters live-blog the pseudo-event on the Oscar 2006 Blog.

New And Notable On Chicagobloggers

Nifty new-ish blog: To Whom It May Concern, a blog of letters written but never sent. Great humor.

Blogging Live Music

The succinctly named Live Music Blog is the web baby of northside Chicagoan Justin Ward. A venue (ha!) for his widely varying tastes in music, the blog is one part podcast, one part news thread and one part discussion group. The topics range from guesstimates on upcoming festival lineups, to music you should be listening to, to the news of a newly re-re-named local venue. (First titled the "World Music Center", then "Tweeter Center" now you can call it the First Midwest Bank Amphitheater. Whatever you call it, you still have to drive out to Tinley Park.) [Thanks, Dan!]

Reporting Live from the Bar Down the Street

Steve Rhodes, former media critic and investigative reporter for Chicago Magazine, has launched the Beachwood Reporter, a blog covering Chicago media and whatever else crosses his mind. The site is apparently named after a certain Wicker Park bar.

New And Notable On Chicagobloggers

A few new and notable blogs on Today's Chicago Blues, a well-done blog covering the blues scene in Chicago. The author will also be publishing a book about the topic with friend of GB Lake Claremont Press. Also, Overheard in Chicago, a new blog attempting to do what New York's already done. Still interesting.

In Defense of Blogs

A day after the Tribune's snide editorial about the "indefinite" future of blogs, columnist Eric Zorn demurs, calling the paper itself "a veritable Blogoslovakia" with a growing presence online. Mind you, Zorn could have gone farther: he fails mention that the Tribune has taken to printing web log content among its editorials, and he's gracious enough not to point out that you just can't get more tired than Al Gore/Internet jokes.

Blogger Meetup: Copyright & Fair Use

The monthly Blogger Meet-up hosted by Columbia College's Barbara Iverson tonight features Matthew J. Sag, a law professor and author of the paper "God in the Machine: A New Structural Analysis of Copyright's Fair Use Doctrine." He'll be talking about how copyright and fair use come into play in blogging. Head to the second-floor "Mini Auditorium" at 33 E. Congress at 6:45pm to join in the free discussion.

CGBB 2, Electric Boogaloo

Back by semi-popular demand, next Thursday I'm hosting the second annual Chicago Gay Bloggers Bash, a shindig for Chicago's LGBT bloggers and their friends, families, and fans, straight and gay alike, to meet, greet, booze and cruise. It's totally casual, not unlike our monthly GB Get-Togethers (this Friday with no fries, chips!) and all GB readers are welcome to show up at Crew Bar + Grill. See my site or Slowdown for the deets.

Looks like the Steppenwolf has jumped on the blogging bandwagon.

Sounds Around Town

Audio blog The Square Tracks is an interesting mix of self-produced stuff and shared mp3s. The most recent post is a set of field recordings made around the city, including a number of street performers you're likely to recognize.

Hello Teatro!

Would you look at that: Edward Lifson, host of WBEZ's Hello Beautiful!, has begun a blog.

Blogger Bowling Blowout

Last night, Gapers Block met Chicagoist and Coudal Partners for a little friendly competition down at Lucky Strike: eight frames later (we ran out of lane time), GB emerged victorious! Here are photos from us, Coudal and Chicagoist.

Big Happy Prune House

"Dear Sweetheart,
Please cook me some prunes.
Love, Daddy"

Chicago Bloggers, IRL

Barbara Iverson of Columbia College has organized a group for local bloggers on Meetup, the second meeting of which is set for Wednesday night; this month's topic is search engines and audience building. The event takes place at 6:15pm -- register to get more details.

Six-Flat Therapy

New York's Apartment Therapy is expanding: they're launching a Chicago version of the site (along with one in San Francisco; they already have one in LA) to talk about local architecture and interior design. They're looking for an editor with both blogging and ID experience. And hey, it's a paid position! (Thanks, Aaron, and congratulations!)

It Would be Funny If it Weren't True

Luke Seemann's Internet Tendency on "Things I would do if I were an alderman and wanted to make my neighborhood suck."

Obligatory Pandering for Votes

It's Bloggies time again — a time when weblogs plead with their readers to nominate them for an award that means little more than bragging rights among bloggers. But hey, we're not above that: it'd be great if you'd put our name in the running for a couple categories. May we suggest Best Group Weblog, Best Writing of a Weblog, Best Topical Weblog and, for Rearview, perhaps Best Photography of a Weblog?

Bloggers Look Back on 2005

For hours of link following fun, check out Eric Zorn's list of bloggers' takes on the year's most significant local news.

Chicago Blog-Times

The Sun-Times has finally caught up to the other major dailies and launched a blog: columnist Debra Pickett maintains the paper's everyman ethos with remarkably average posts. In the meantime, it'll be interesting to see which paper catches up to the Defender and adds a podcast.

Opinion With Teeth

Check out SHARKFORUM, a newish news and culture blog. Contributing editors include poet Simone Muench, Wesley Kimler, Dave Roth, Lynne Warren (MCA curator), James Beckman (co-founder of Ante), Mark Staff Brandl (corresponding editor for New York's Art in America), Jay Bonansinga (novelist and visiting professor at Northwestern University), Nancy Bockoven, Paul K, Ray Pride, and Norbert Marszalek.

The return of Daily News

The Tribune mentions today that there's a new Chicago news site, but this one has a familiar name: The Chicago Daily News, a news site run by a former Tribune reporter. The original Daily News ran through 1978, at which point the trademark lapsed on the name. The new Daily News is soliciting stories and photos from its readers, which will hopefully allow it to cover stories that aren't normally in the papers. Good luck, Chicago Daily News, and welcome.

Blogs of Operatic Proportions

It's interesting to find blogs by more than one person connected to Chicago's opera scene. Erin Wall, a soprano based in Chicago, writes at Canadienne (figures I'd discover it just as she goes on hiatus), and Brian Dickie, general director of Chicago Opera Theater, has his own blog, too.

Battle of the Bucket Brigade

There was a big fight over at Chicagoist yesterday in the comments of their post on Alderman Natarus' plan to get rid of street performers in the Loop again. Mostly, it was one guy against the hordes.

Video Killed the Podcast Star

If hearing your favorite local webloggers isn't enough, find some to watch at Chicago Videobloggers.

Eat. Drink. Play. In Chicago

To supplement your entertainment planning needs, American Express' In:Chicago card has launched a blog:

A Really Good Apple

Autumn may be leaving us, but the web makes it possible to hang on a little while longer with, well, some photographs of fall fruit. Over the past couple weeks, Thrown for a Loop has been "appleblogging." He finished yesterday with the Cameo variety, one he claims is hard to top. Makes a person wanna dash to the produce market while there's still time.

Da Monsters of the Gridiron

We give you Sports in Five once a week. Say, though, you want more. One of Deadspin's recurring features is running down "Blogdom's Best"; today, it tackles the Bears.

We're Just Muggles in Their Midst

If you're a real Harry Potter fan, you know that there's just a few hours until GOF (that's Goblet of Fire, for those who don't know) opens at midnight tonight. If you're a fan, you also know all about The site was founded by 18-year old Emerson, who lives in Indiana "near Chicago", who's helped out by his brother, and a team of Potterfans around the world (including one in Buffalo Grove). They have a virtual treasure trove of interviews, film clips, stills, and one very important countdown clock. Get your wands at the ready.


It's best not to mess with Mimi Smartypants. Or, at least, best not to mess with yourself while in her Red Line car. She's seen this kind of thing before, and she's not gonna put up with anymore nasty shenanigans.

A Million Words

Music site Coolfer introduced Damian Kulash of Chicago's OK Go as a guest blogger over the weekend. Kulash will be reporting from the road as his band finishes its current tour; today, he takes on DRM. OK Go will play a local show on Friday, with a 7pm signing at the Tower Records on Clark. Fans or the merely curious can email Kulash: damian at

Bloggy McBlog-a-little-less

Chicago-area blogger Mandy Stadtmiller (aka: Bloggy McBlogalot), has accepted a position as a features reporter at the New York Post, starting in mid-December. Previously, Mandy penned (or typed them using a word processor) articles for The Washington Post, The Village Voice, The Los Angeles Times, The Des Moines Register and did PR work for Northwestern University. Did I mention she is funny as hell? Read her.

Windy City Weblogs

Chicago Bloggers, updated and online.


Barrington resident Megan Kearney is traveling around the world, and documenting it on her site, So far, she's covered Asia from Japan to Thailand; I can't wait to see where she heads next. You can follow along through her blog, photos and sketchbook.

Casting for Podcasters

Do you have a podcast? If so, wants to hear from you. The site is looking for "podcasters in the Chicago area to interview and submit stories from the people in their lives." Now if someone could just put together a directory of local podcasts... for now, this will have to do.

More Refreshing Than a Beer Ad

While we wait for the Sox to start their next playoff series, FlowFeel provides a diversion by breaking down and linking up all those "more refreshing" Old Style ads. (Grab mp3s of the radio commercials here.)

Whole Lotta (Heart)in'

If I didn't know any better, I'd almost say it was a meme: within moments of one another Metblogs and Chicagoist each posted love letters titled with the "I (heart) U" formulation. The objects of their affection could hardly be more different -- Washington Mutual and Queens of the Stone Age -- but, on a dreary day like today, there are worse questions to ponder than "Whom do you (heart)?"

DIY iPod Case

AKMA made a protective cover for his new iPod nano out of one of those plastic folders that come with business cards. Chic and functional!

All Mixed Up

Stereogum mentions mp3 blog Out of 5 today. Look closely at the names of the involved, and I bet you'll recognize a couple. (Or, if you need a hint...)

A Huff Po for the Legal Set

Introducing the University of Chicago Law School Faculty Blog. It may have a cumbersome name, but the idea behind it is an exciting one. Promising to feature posts from "Chicago friends, faculty, and alumni," the site aims to take conversations outside the classroom and into the world.

Moving out

As Matt points us to a great post made by Christine Cupaiuolo on Ms. Musings, I notice that she's packed up her bags. While she'll no longer be writing for Ms. magazine (a damned shame if you ask me) she will be continuing her writing at Pop Politics. It's always sad to hear that a professional weblogger has lost a job, but I'm glad that Christine has decided to stick around Chicago and keep writing. Her voice is strong and will carry on.

Video Bloggers

Lime Green Tangerine offers up this list of local video bloggers, or "vloggers." Is that really all of them?

Rogers Park, Represent!

I don't know who Archie Gait is, or whether that's even his real name, but he deserves credit both for his site's enthusiastic voice and for its humorously straight to the point subtitle: "A blog dedicated to dispelling the myth that Morse Ave. is some sort of hellhole."

Other Local BOTWs

We weren't the only Chicago-based blog to make Forbes' Best of the Web list: Bookslut's blog is among the top literary blogs, Jim Romenesko is their pick as the best media blog, and both AsianMack Super Filter and LiveMusicBlog make their list of music blogs.

Now with Photos

Chicago.Photobloggers has redesigned, and it's lovely. In addition to having actual photos on the site, they're looking for contributors to write articles about photography and photoblogging. More info here.

Not Safe for Weblogs

The RedEye ran a story about blogs today. I'm not sure why it was called "Porn on the Blog," since it's not about sexblogs at all -- I keep mentally rhyming it with "corn on the cob," so maybe that's it. Anyway, the reporter goes to a "porn superstore" with Leigh Anne Wilson of the Honeysuckle Shop and One Good Thing, and also talks with Wendy McClure and Justin Kaufmann. UPDATE: Eric Zorn reprinted a Tribune profile of Wilson from last year.

One year of tattling

It's hard to believe that The CTA Tattler, the very funny and entertaining blog of all things CTA-related, is only one year old, but it's true. And tonight the Tattler celebrates its anniversary at Rock Bottom Brewery. Details on Slowdown. Happy birthday, Tattler!

Big Happy Photobloggers

Ron Slattery, GB contributor and tour guide of the Big Happy Funhouse, got written up in a New York Times article about photoblogs today. (If you don't have an NYT subscription, suffer through the 30-second ad on this link.)

Making Media Meta

Community Media Workshop is hosting a large conference today and tomorrow entitled "Making Media Connections". You can still register (follow the link prior) and there are various prices for the different sessions. GB co-founder and editor-in-chief Andrew Huff will be on a panel with Eric Zorn and Barbara Iverson called "Blogging and how it's transforming the media landscape". Now if this isn't all geeky enough for you, read Andrew's post, Eric's post and Barbara's post. Once that's done and it all makes complete sense to you, give yourself a pat on the back and then write a post about it.

Squaring the Online News Game

Online News Squared is a newly public blog from Tribune Interactive, covering the field of online news. (They say it's been around since late 2003, but the archives only go back to April '04.) UPDATE: Author Scott Anderson explains that the blog started on Blogger, and he never imported them to Movable Type. So there you go.

Hedgehog Olympics

Brandy at recently got a hedgehog, Numo, and last weekend she entered him in the "Hedgehog Olympic Gym-Bar-E." Cute pictures ahead in her Numo Blog.

Black Sox Lore

Stephen Dubner, who co-authored Freakonomics with U of C economist Stephen Levitt, examines a bit of Chicago sports history in the Freakonomics Blog: did the 1919 White Sox get their nickname, the "Black Sox," due to their throwing of the World Series or for their notoriously dirty uniforms?

Anonymous no more

Yesterday we noted the newly launched Those who looked at the site closely might have read that its developer stated a wish to remain anonymous. That's evidently no longer the case. Adrian Holovaty has spoken up to claim credit, and, accordingly, you can now read his account of the site's aims, as well as get in touch to make suggestions.

Easier read than done

If you follow U of C professor Daniel Drezner's blog, you'll know he drafted a tag team of substitutes to fill in while he was away on holiday. Drezner offered a "farewell warning" that the pair were of a different ideological stripe than that to which readers were accustomed, and, in his absence, commenters kept things plenty lively. David Greenberg, one of Drezner's fill-ins, describes the experience in the New York Times and concludes he's just "not cut out for blogging."

The Suburbs Go Beep

Beep is a new weblog published by the Daily Herald in collaboration with Northwestern University's Medill School of Journalism as part of "a larger effort by the Daily Herald to attract non-graying readers." They're also building a directory of suburban blogs (within the Herald's distribution range), which is kind of nice.

Houseblogs in Your Neighborhood

The folks behind House In Progress have launched, an aggregator of, well, exactly what it sounds like. A very cool feature is this map of house bloggers worldwide, including a half-dozen in Illinois, mostly in Chicagoland.

Farewell to the Honeysuckle Shop

We're sorry to report the recent closing of the Honeysuckle Shop, a Wrigleyville lady-friendly sex toy and lingerie shop run by a husband-and-wife team. Leigh Anne Wilson, the public face of the shop and proprietress of the popular blog One Good Thing, shuttered their store after a bout with pneumonia. The Honeysuckle Shop remains alive online as well as in Wilson's garage. (Thanks, Marie)

Car Blog Geekout

I have a friend who can identify a car by sound -- the purr of the engine, the growl of the muffler. He'd no doubt enjoy Chicago Car News, a relatively new blog about automobiles. (And did you know the author of Autoblog is local?)

Gary 'n' Rich's Blog

The Tribune has a substantial feature on The Becker-Posner Blog, a weblog written by Nobel Prize-winning professor Gary S. Becker and US Appellate Judge Richard A. Posner. Trib columnist Eric Zorn, however, takes the pair down a notch on his blog: "Don't swan in like an opera singer deigning to lend his talents to a lurid minstrel show."

The Obama Blog

Barack Obama followers can now get their fix by reading Obama's new U.S. Senate blog. Woo hoo! (found via Eric Zorn)

Hedgehog blog

As odd as it seems, Chicago blogger Brandy Agerbeck seems to be the first person to create a blog specifically about her hedgehog. It's named Numo, not Ron Jeremy. It loves playing with toilet paper rolls. And she won't let my cats come visit.

Everyone has someone to hate them

LizWatch may have moved on to other topics without ridding the world of Liz Armstrong, but now there's another snarky, anonymous blog with a wider focus on the city's predominant free weekly: The Reader Sucks. In their first post this week, they passed on Crain's reporting that the Reader's circulation dropped for the sixth consecutive year.

Liz, Watched

A new blog has been making the rounds lately, appropriately entitled LizWatch: "There are far too many hours in the day and I have far too much time. This is a pathetic and bitter blog that takes the time to read and critique what is in my opinion the worst journalism in Chicago: Chicago Antisocial." Unfortunately, the Reader still doesn't offer free archives of their content online, so you'll just have to pick up last week's issue to see what all the fuss is about.

Where Blogging Comes to Die

In their usual practice of sucking the fun out of everything, University of Chicago professors are jumping on the blogging bandwagon. While not necessarily kept for professional reasons, most keep students in mind when posting to their sites. Because reading up on my prof's inner thoughts is totally what I wanted to do in my down time.

Douglas P. King

As the caretaker to two cats, I'm quite alright when you write about cats on your site. Last night though, it broke my heart a little (as it has in recent months with fellow friends with felines) to read about the passing of Douglas P. King, the friend, feline and companion to Chicago designer Patric King (infamous in recent months for the Gawker Empire's spread). Start here and read back and forth.

Republiteens Blog

"It's morning again in America!" That's the slogan of the new ReaganReview, a new conservative weblog run by teens 18 and under -- well, other than the state senator and state representative who contribute columns.

Blogging in the House (Theatre)

Pop-theatre critical darlings The House Theatre of Chicago have started their own blog, where artistic director Nate Allen and company hope to interact with the company's fans. Among the revelations so far: 1930's Chicago, as depicted in the online comic book we told you about last year, will be the setting for the final installment of the Valentine Trilogy next year. Meanwhile the middle piece of the triptych, Curse of the Crying Heart, runs through March 12.

Gay Chicago Bloggers Bash

Thursday, February 24 at Roscoe's is the first-ever Gay Chicago Bloggers Bash, co-hosted by me, GB staffer Kris Vire, and Aaron Bailey of 601am and Chicagoist. Expect it to be a casual gathering not unlike our monthly GB Get-Togethers. All are welcome: GLBT or straight, blogger or non-blogger. Details, as usual, in Slowdown.

Claire's Bistro

If you're a writer you're probably familiar with mediabistro, a website filled with articles on writing as a career and job links that, as a Chicagoan, I've rarely found useful. Today the site launched five new weblogs, including MBToolbox, a "resource blog for journalists and writers." The blog's editor? Chicago's own Claire Zulkey. Suddenly my faith in mediabistro is renewed.

Watching the Paper

And you thought we were the only ones who read the Sun-Times (and Tribune) so you don't have to. Introducing Sun-Times Watch, a daily blog where "Kit Kinzie" and "Will Wabash" dish on the tabloid's foibles. How soon before Trib Watch debuts? Oh, wait.

Lesbians! Podcasting! Satire!

Chicago film-maker and stage performer Richard Bluestein has apparently freaked out the fathers of podcasting, Adam Curry and Dave Winer, with his podcast featuring a character he created: Madge Weinstein, "saucy, outspoken breast cancer survivor and opinionated lesbian activist." Richard's crime? His podcasts were scripted, and Adam and Dave thought they were real.

To that end, they recorded a podcast in which they tried to puzzle out what to do about the situation. The majority of the reaction they've received from the podcast community, as The Register reports, ranges from incredulity that they could have been deceived by a guy in a dress to outright hostility at the idea that the founders of podcasting want to somehow regulate or label content. Nice work, Richard! It's not every day a Chicagoan fools Adam Curry.

Big Happy Fun Game

BigHappyFunhouse has started a weekly contest. Each Friday, he'll put up a special photo, and your job is to write a story to go with it and send it to ronbighappyfunhousecom by the following Thursday. The stories will be judged by a panel that includes yours truly, and the winner will receive a cool-ass prize -- the first is a set of four 1966 Robin (as in Batman and) mugs and a picture of a baby in a hat. Good luck!

Blogging in McHenry County

Always on the cutting edge, the McHenry county daily paper, The Northwest Herald, writes an article about blogging. It does have some interesting statistics on blogging (92% are under 30), and then this great picture of a guy at a computer.


Chicago blogger and friend of GB Wendy McClure's forthcoming book I'm Not the New Me, based partly on her web journal, has a brand new promo site of its own. And she got blurbed by Jennifer Weiner! The book arrives April 26.

Diaries of Our Madmen

Shure Electronics, based in Niles, has an odd little webloggy thing on their site: their artist relations guys in Chicago and Nashville keep diaries of the bands and musicians they meet. It's a weird mix of fanboyism and product name-dropping.

Berwyn Barbie?

The Chicago Report has a scoop: a whole new line of Barbies is being rolled out -- with a Chicagoland theme.

I Rock in Iraq

Friend of GB Alicia Frantz is creating a care package for her brother, who is currently stationed in Iraq. In keeping with her orientation toward audio, she's sending him a bunch of minidisks, including one containing messages from random people back home. She's soliciting contributions: record a short message in .mp3, .aiff or .wav format and either email it to her or tell her where online she can grab it at, or in the comments of this entry. The deadline is tomorrow (Tuesday) afternoon.

Chicago Blogmap gets its own domain

Chicago Blogmap, one of two online collections of Chicago area blogger links that categorizes its entries by stops on the CTA train lines (the other one being Chicago Bloggers), has moved to its own domain,, after being hosted at Paul Goyette's site for well over a year. Adjust your bookmarks.

Another Blog in the City

BlogChicago is a new site started by a journalist and a couple copy editors. The content is currently made up mostly of music and movie reviews, as well as an "e-poll" asking random questions to local media and celebrities. However, the site also offers a Forum in which to discuss topics of the day.

Sifting Through the Geekiness

Mike Skallas of Everything Isn't Under Control has created NerdFilter, "a MetaFilter clone for Chicago geeks." The focus is more on technology and the arts than politics and news.

A Few Media Blogs

It's interesting to watch old media dip their feet in the blogging pool, and how each one goes at it. The Trib's Eric Zorn has been at it with his Notebook awhile now, and his colleague Maureen Ryan now has a TV blog (and someday the Tribune will give them permalinks). Jack Mabley, the 89-year-old editor emeritus of the Daily Herald, has his own blogspot, though it's been quiet in recent weeks. And Chicago Public Radio has gotten into the act with a "Pledge Blog" with their current pledge drive.

Yearning to contribute?

Our pals over at Chicagoist are hiring. Well, maybe hiring is the wrong word, since I'm pretty sure they (like us) are an all-volunteer army. At any rate, if fine arts, food and restaurants, or GLBT happenings are your forte, then Chicagoist would like to hear from you.

Amateur night

The always entertaining Chicagomuzik brings us an early guide to "where not to be" on New Year's Eve.

The Blogging Revolution

Daniel Drezner, an assistant professor of political science at the University of Chicago, examines political blogs and asks, "Can blogs affect politics in regimes where there is no thriving independent media sector?"


Jim Romanesko, Evanstonian blogger of Obscure Store and Media News fame, has started a new weblog. About Starbucks. Now you can get your fix without the jitters.


Not Chicago news, but fans of Movable Type (the software used to power this very site!) will want to check out this profile of MT and Six Apart in today's Wall Street Journal, if only to see the stipple portraits of Ben and Mena Trott.

Waste of Bandwidth

You may be familiar with Andy Ihnatko's work as technology columnist for the Sun-Times, but you probably weren't aware that he has a weblog. Or a Flickr account, where he has a photo of Studs Terkel in a neck brace with Molly Ivins.

Chicago Photo Weblog

Chris Karr is on a mission of sorts. He's set some rules for himself:
1. Carry a digital camera as often as possible.
2. Every day until October 31, take at least one photo.
3. No seeking out sites for the primary purpose of photographing them. Interesting things from daily life only.
4. Let viewers come up with their own stories to go with the photos.
The result: Chicago Photo Weblog.

Keeping the blog-light burning

We were saddened a couple of weeks ago, when we read that Aaron of Uppity-Negro had died. But we're glad to read that Aaron's mother Jessie, and his sister Val, will be keeping his blog alive by updating on occasion. Their first post shows promise and I think Aaron would be proud.! is a social bookmarks manager that allows you to categorize and share your bookmarks, while subscribing to other peoples' lists. There is, of course, a Chicago page, that lists all bookmarks tagged with "Chicago."

Map Yer Blog

The Chicagobloggers blog map is finally taking submissions again, after a too-long hiatus. Check in there for the blog nearest you, or add your own to the map. (Thanks, Michael!)

Blogging the RNC

Like the Democrats, the Republicans invited a handful of bloggers to come cover their convention. Our local representative is Tom Bevan of Real Clear Politics; the full list is right here. You could also read the Tribune's "blogs" by Ellen Warren, Charlie Madigan and Mike Tackett.

Law Bloggin'

Law blogs are a peculiar breed. Some interesting Illinois ones for your perusal:
Patently Obvious, a great patent law blog
The Illinois Trial Practice Weblog
The Illinois Personal Injury Weblog
Law Dawg Blawg, by the law librarians of SIU
the [non]billable hour, in downstate Highland
(Interested in more? Check

goskokie gone?

Six Northwestern graduate journalism students put together goskokie, which is supposed to be a community-driven website for Skokie residents that offers Skokie news. (Sort of a GB North.) Unfortunately, it hasn't been updated in nearly a month, and this (in addition to Dan Gillmor praising the site in a blog posting yesterday) prompted the reporters over at The Register to have a bit of fun and surmise that Skokie has disappeared.

Unconventional coverage

West Chicago-based Kirk Johnson of American Amnesia is one of the few dozen bloggers covering the Democratic Convention this week. He tells The Wall Street Journal that his coverage will be different from that of the 13,000 traditional journalists: "News viewers have to cut through a lot of lard before getting to the guts of an issue, which gets old pretty fast." He's accepting contributions to help pay the way.

Another Chicago Groupblog

Perhaps inspired by Gothamist's expansion into other cities, the guys behind Blogging.LA have started Metroblogging. Naturally, Chicago.Metroblogging is one of the first cities to launch. (Looks like we need to get moving on NY Block and Gapers.LA, just to keep up.)

One (Really) Good Thing

Having had many unhappy experiences in suburbs and pseudo-suburbs of this fine city and others, and loving this fine city so very much, I'm inclined to never move to a suburb. However, Flea tells us a story (June 26th entry) which makes me understand the draw of the suburbs a wee bit more than I do now. It's all about the kids.

Mugged, with Gun

Our own NH and JC were robbed at gunpoint last night. Read the play-by-play at

A look at Lincoln Park

Your GB Humorous Moment of the Day courtesy of Atomly: A critical view of Lincoln Park.


Boystown-based blogger palochi proposes a new activity for all you WiFi-enabled tipplers out there: Wardrinking. "Instead of driving around in your car looking for open wireless connections (i.e., wardriving), you go to bars and see if there's an unprotected hotspot you can use." Intriguing. [via Bradlands, who may be moving to CHI from STL this summer.]


Gothamist introduces Chicagoist, "a website about Chicago and everything that happens in it. That means news and events, restaurants and bars, happenings and goings-on."

Go Skokie!

Skokie has gotten a community weblog all of their own. Go Skokie is aims to "create a community driven Web site for Skokie that offers 'news for the people by the people.'" The site was created by a team at Northwestern's Medill School of Journalism.

Let's Blog Two!

There are blogs about everything, so of course there are some that focus solely on the Cubs and Sox. And if your not a fan of the home teams, can point you to one for your team.

One Good Thing

One Good Thing writer and Honeysuckle shop owner, Leigh Anne Wilson gets quite a nice write-up in Friday's Chicago Tribune. The geeky journalism student in me is jealous that I didn't get to write the lede. It's perfect.

Bloggers in the Trib

The Chicago Tribune finally gets around to covering last month's Gapers' Block/SPEC Chicago reading at Uncle Fun in today's Q section. The paper version includes pictures of Mimi Smartypants, Shasta MacNasty and other "digital beatniks" (seriously).

"Blog Jogging?"

The Rise of the Chicago Blogs continues: the Colorado Springs Independent writes up Mimi Smartypants for her book based on her site and Wendy McClure for her book deal based on hers. They don't know what the headline means either.

Pastry anyone?

Some of you have entertained the thought of attending culinary school. Perhaps as a patissier? If you'd rather live vicariously, then take a peek and read what it's like at Pastry School, written by Meg, who's currently attending here in Chicago.

Bloggin' in the City

The Daily Herald ran a mini-series on weblogs in yesterday and today's papers. In the first, Sour Bob beats groupies away with a stick; in the second, the reporter blogs about his love for Mimi Smartypants. (Disclosure: GB's editor was interviewed for both stories. His quote in today's article was taken out of context.)

MiMi on TV

The Mimi Smartypants, our local blogger celebrity, will be interviewed on Channel 2's 10 o'clock news tonight. ('Twill be interesting to see if the famously anonymous Mimi will show her face.)

At Street Level

Centerstage, the original events listings site (but don't tell Metromix), has started a blog. Hopefully they'll fix their comments, so we can respond to their call to "tell us more about [the city], in detail, with links."

Vehicles of mass destruction

It was not a good weekend to be a pedestrian. One of the weekend's three car-related homicides killed Chin Up Chin Up bassist Chris Saathoff (Friendster profile here). Blogger Mimi Smartypants was there. (Coincidentally, the Tribune's Transportation section on Sunday looked at what's being done to make cars less dangerous for pedestrians. Not enough, obviously. Cars kill more than 43,000 people a year in the U.S., and about 12 percent are innocent bystanders, the equivalent of one Sept. 11 every seven months.)

Romeoville 101

Everything you ever wanted to know about Romeoville, Illinois.

injust-spring Returns!

After a long hiatus, local blogger and former GB staffer Alex Valera has restarted her blog, injust-spring. Welcome back!

Poundy Book!

Wendy McClure, writer of Pound, has a book deal! Her upcoming book, tentatively titled "I Am Not the New Me," has been picked up by Riverhead Books, home of Nick Hornby and ZZ Packer. Huzzah!

One Hundred or So Ways...

...To Get an Ulcer is a relatively new weblog described as "A glimpse into the mind of an Chicago inner-city high school teacher". It's captivating reading.

Librarians Rock!

Especially, our librarian, Alice. The owners of House in Progress were trying to track down info about their street. They asked Alice, and she answered them. Librarians don't know everything, they just know how to find it.

And the Nominees Are...

The Bloggies, the longest-running weblog awards presentation (not that that's much of a boast), have announced the nominees, and there are two from Chicago in the running. Bookslut, a recent emigre from Austin, is nominated for Best Topical Weblog, and Sabrina Faire is up for Best Tagline. Go vote!

Alas, Gapers' Block was not nominated. Oh well, maybe next year.

Incidentally, Nikolai Nolan, the creator of the Bloggies, also codeveloped the Chicagobloggers blog map. Pretty nice of him, considering he lives in Michigan.

Penguins, LT, and beer

Mysterious and venerable Chicago blogger Mimi Smartypants has a book out soon. Weirdly, it's only being published in the UK.

Jorn Barger is Missing

Jorn Barger, creator of Robot Wisdom, one of the first weblogs -- in fact, he coined the term -- has been missing for two months. Barger moved to a small New Mexico town from Chicago last year, but hasn't been heard from online since October 1, and his housemate hasn't seen him since, either. Eric Wagoner is starting a search. UPDATE: Apparently his disappearance was the result of a domestic dispute. No need to panic, stop searching under bushes.

Bookslut in the Reader

Jessa Crispin, creator of the literary weblog and e-zine Bookslut, is on the cover of the Chicago Reader this week talking about her blog and her experience with incurring the wrath of writer Dale Peck. Jessa recently moved to Chicago from Austin, and we're thrilled to have her. This is also the Reader's Fall Books issue so run out and grab a copy.

Oh, boy!

IIT's Shlomo Argamon helped write the algorithm behind the Gender Genie, this week's blog meme. Enter a passage of text and the Genie predicts the author's gender. I entered several days of Merge, the Proprietors page and the current installments of Detour, Airbags and Fuel, and the results were unanimous: Gapers Block is a boy!


GoogObits are Google-enhanced obituaries, written by local poet Daniel X. O'Neil.

Calling all Chicago Bloggers

This week is the third Wednesday of the month which means it must be International Blog Meetup Day! Come meet some of your fellow bloggers this month at Southport Lanes located at 3325 N. Southport, Chicago, IL 60657 starting at 7pm. Let us know you're coming via RSVP at Hope to see you there.

The Closing of a Restaurant

Sadly we report the demise of The Making of a Restaurant, a weblog by Sandor Weisz and Luke Seemann. On a happier note, we'd like to officially welcome Luke to the staff here at Gapers' Block! (Not that we had anything to do with them shutting down MoaR.)

Mr. President, welcome to the Dollhouse


Greatest Living American Blog Satirist

Former Reader and McSweeney's writer Neal Pollack returns to town to promote his latest book, "Never Mind the Pollacks." Thursday, Oct. 16, there will be a free reading at Quimby's (1854 W. North) at 7:30, followed by a 9:30 show at the Subterranean (2011 W. North) with his band, The Neal Pollack Invasion ($8). Friday at 12:30 he'll read at Borders (150 N. State), then at 9 open for comedy troupe Schadenfreude at the Athenaeum (2936 N. Southport; $20).

Bloggingworks for Business

Coudal Partners and 37signals still have a couple spots left open for their Bloggingworks workshop next Friday, Oct. 3. Tell your boss -- no, tell the CEO -- this is one workshop your company can't afford to pass up.

Chicago bloggers' maps.

After langushing behind cities like NYC and London for months and months, Chicago finally has not one but two sites devoted to matching up bloggers by (El and Metra) train station.

Mama Smartypants

Mimi Smartypants is having a baby! (Well, not really: she's adopting a baby from China.)

The Blog "Phenomenon"

Of interest to bloggers in Chicago and elsewhere, a columnist in Canada's Globe and Mail writes today about his discovery of the "blog phenomenon," which he writes, "is perhaps the strangest side of the Internet. It's stranger even than all the porn."

How to: Finger becomes penis

Ruthie shows us evidence (scroll down a little) of how to make your finger turn into a small penis. Make sure you credit her the next time you work that into your party repertoire. It's a sure bet to impress the folks.

Feed Me

Localfeeds is a new blog aggregate service that incorporates GeoURL; any site that offers an XML/RSS feed and has GeoURL coordinates is picked up once an hour and collected on one page. The service is still fledgling (~500 blogs tracked), but Chicago's page is a promising start.

Eyewitness News

Normally Bonne Marie Burns writes poetically about all things knitty. But occasionally she writes eloquently about her life as a television news camera operator. Today she writes about her experience filming live during Chicago's first multiple workplace shooting since February of 2001.

Bloggers in the News

The press just keeps on coming for Chicago bloggers. Wendy of Pound, Erin Shea of Lose the Buddha and Paul McAleer of Big Fat Blog all got mentioned in a New York Times article about diet/weight issue blogs. Our Toledo correspondent tells us that Ms. Shea will be appearing on Tuesday's Good Morning America.


Tribune columnist Eric Zorn launched "Breaking News," a Tribune-sponsored and -hosted weblog today, marking the first official "Triblog." He's had his own website for years.

Food Blogs

The Making of a Restaurant and KIPlog's FOODBlog got some press in a St. Petersburg Times article about food weblogs. (As Paul from KIPlog noted, "poor Jes once again doesn't get a direct link because of her 'in-your-face title.'"

Women Bloggers in the News

Hey, women bloggers got some props in the Chicago Tribune, yesterday.
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Blog of Note

Ms. Amy at Rubbernun has gotten herself chosen as a "Blog of Note" by Ms. Musings.
"Don't be fooled by the props that she got
She's just Amy from the blog"


Pass this one on to your boss: 37Signals and Coudal Partners are teaming up to offer BloggingWorks, a one-day workshop on "how your business can harness the power of weblogs to improve efficiency and communication."

Coudal Kudos

Coudal Partners gets a nod from the Sun-Times today for using weblogs to raise its profile and earn street cred. They were also recently featured in an Inc. magazine article.

House In Progress

House In Progress is the diary of the restoration of a neglected Chicago bungalow, as well as a look into its history and a catalogue of things left behind by previous owners.

Ms. Musings

Did you know that Christine Cupaiuolo , the writer behind Ms. Musings (the Ms. Magazine blog) and the editor for, lives in Chicago?

Design Geek

You may be a geek, but are you a Design Geek? Our very own Paul McAleer ponders the usefulness of objects and the way they work. It's fresh and (somewhat) new. I wish he'd put up the old archives.

The Knife Sharpener

The American Sentimentalist takes a long, loving look at a job that has faded away in most neighborhoods, but not his: the Knife Sharpening Man.

Ira Cox yes?

In what may become a daily read for me, the misleading-at-first-but-makes-sense-after "North Avenue Traffic Report" (currently in a I-just-moved-no-internet hiatus), a site by one Ira Cox, details his adventures on his fixed gear bike (a man after my own heart), and escapades dumpster diving around the city. It's shocking to see the sort of stuff he finds... Via the indomitable Kiplog.

Restaurant Round-Up

Former Chicago web logger, soon to be ex-patriate traveling around the world, Paul Nendick gives us as his final good-bye gift, his round-up of favorite Chicago restaurants. Some obvious choices -- and some hidden gems ready to be jumped on. Good luck Paul!

ChiActing, a weblog

Stumbled across this, a Chicago Acting weblog, interesting links even if you're not an actor, written and maintained by David Lawrence.

Sour Bob Retires

Moments after slipping us a story tip, Sour Bob announced he's quitting his blog.
So long, indeed.

David Weinberger talk and party

As the capping event of the Digital Genres Conference (disclaimer: I am the conference organizer) uber-blogger and web-guru David Weinberger will be giving a talk on 'Why Weblogs Matter' 8pm May 31 (next Saturday) at the Julia Friedman gallery in the west loop. After which they'll be a huge party with lots of complimentary booze and the ranks of the conference goers will be swelled with artists, bloggers and other suspicious bohemian types. Come for the Heidegger, stay for the Heileman's! All are welcome.

Malaysian/Scandinavian Invasion

Ian Clarks weighs in on my Malaysian Invasion (at the bottom) as his in-vogue drink a few weeks back, but more interestingly, his twist to the recipe (sub Lingonberry juice for Cranberry) becomes the Scandinavian Invasion. A drink that sounds pretty damn tasty.

Blogging at U. of C.

University of Chicago professors discover blogs as a way to temporarily step off their pedestals and talk to the little people.

Gawker stalks Chicago

Hmmm, Gawker stalker is now stalking Chicago? "I saw Josh Hamilton at the 10:00 Saturday night performance of Wigfield (starring Strangers With Candy's Amy Sedaris, Steven Colbert and Paul Dinello) in Chicago. He was very cute, despite having two very dark front teeth." Hamilton, of course, is starring in Richard Greenberg's play The Violet Hour at Steppenwolf.

Dave Elfving, Alicia Frantz on NPR

Our very own Dave Elfving as well as our friend Alicia Frantz appeared on NPR's Morning Edition. The online version is here. Dave's audio entries are here. There used to be much more but he's taken most of them down and left you with a selection of "The best of". Alicia's sounds are at Audible Frequency. Don't be fooled by the props that I got, I'm still, I'm still Chicago from the block.

Smartypants on Boss Bar

Chicago Uber-Blogarista Mimi Smartypants includes a scathingly brilliant review of Boss Bar in her latest blog entry. As usual the inimitable Smartypants stylings are in full effect. We should get her on The Block.



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