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Happy Earth Day!

There are plenty of events happening today and all week to celebrate it. You can also defer till Saturday and help clean up local parks and forest preserves.

So Much Noise

The circus-punk marching band Mucca Pazza will perform with the 3,500 members of the Chicago Children's Choir at the choir's "Paint the Town Red" event this spring.

Feds Join the Fray

The U.S. Attorney's new Violent Crimes section will use drug, gun, extortion, and money laundering laws to go after groups responsible for violence in Chicago.

A Rising Star

Bulls center Joakim Noah will be recognized as the NBA's 2014 Defensive Player of the Year, according to early reports.

Final Entry

The live-lit Encyclopedia Show will be closing the book for good next month, ending a five-year run that sparked multiple spin-offs across the country.

A Musical Buffet

Janelle MonĂ¡e, Jeff Tweedy, and Aloe Blacc are among the headliners performing at this year's Taste of Chicago.

Documenting the Dream

RedEye follows West Side rap artist Saint Millie as he strives to break out from Chicago's rap scene and into mainstream stardom in the upcoming documentary "Road to Glory."

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Hard Feelings

North of Howard resident and former CeaseFire interrupter "thechiraqi" shared some honest feelings on EveryBlock about how life is for young men in his part of town, whether they're part of a gang or not.

We're the Funniest

The Humor Research Lab at University of Colorado Boulder has determined Chicago is the funniest city in America.

Deadly Easter Weekend

At least nine people died and 32 were wounded in gun violence this weekend, including two police officers dead in an apparent murder-suicide.


“34th and State: It's the corner where one grand Chicago era ended and a new one began. It's the place where modernism took root in Chicago.”

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Under the Hood


A Well Deserved Honor For Joakim Noah

by Chad Ruter


United Students Against Sweatshops Pushes to Kick Teach For America Off College Campuses

by Emily Brosious


Blondes Groove Deep Into The Night at Smartbar 04/19

by Justin Freeman


Heritage and Heart: Regina Carter and Mavis Staples at Symphony Center, 4/18

by Sarah Brooks


Crawford Spectacular In Blackhawks Win Against Blues

by Jim Crago

Book Club

To Our Fair Friend, Who Can Never Be Old

by Danette Chavez


Chicago College Students, Grab Your Bike for Bike2Campus Week

by Tailgate


Review: The National Fits Their Sound Into Untitled

by Pat Donachie

Book Club

Giving You The World, One Book At A Time

by Danette Chavez


Fire Tie Record For Ties In Mirror Image Thriller

by Benjamin Cannon

The Grid: Lyrical Video Journalism

To be Demolished: Documenting 100
Threatened Buildings



8:00 PChicago Pun Slam @ Door No. 3

8:00 PMagic Outside the Box @ Stage 773


5:00 PTaste of Vietnam @ Banh Mi & Co.

6:00 PWorld Book Night @ W&CF

6:00 PRioja Wine Dinner @ Senza

7:30 PThe Strange Love of Molly Louvain @ Patio Theater

7:30 PSound Opinions at the Movies: Almost Famous

7:30 PThe Knife @ Aragon


12:00 PDining Out for Life

6:00 PNot Another Beer Dinner @ The Dawson

6:00 P"Whiskies of the World" Dinner @ Schubas

6:00 PLP Marketplace Record Swap Party

7:30 PBring the Ruckus: Red Grooms on Celluloid @ Co-Prosperity Sphere

8:00 PWolf Doctors Release Party @ Innertown Pub


11:00 AChicago Comic & Entertainment Expo

2:00 PGASP! Fair @ Columbia College

6:00 PBiggest Mouth Contest @ Metro

7:00 PBaconfest @ UIC Forum

7:00 PApplied Words: Voices of Protest

8:00 PThe Shit Show @ Collaboraction Theater


8:00 AParks & Preserves Clean-Up

10:00 ARandolph Street Market

10:00 AChicago Comic & Entertainment Expo

10:00 ABiting through the Skin: An Indian Kitchen in America's Heartland @ Kendall College

12:30 PBaconfest @ UIC Forum

6:00 PChicago Red Hots vs. Pennsylvania All-Stars

8:00 PApplied Words: Voices of Protest

8:00 PProm 9 from Outer Space


10:00 AChicago Comic & Entertainment Expo

10:00 ARandolph Street Market

11:00 APet Health Expo @ Canine Crews

5:30 PStory Sessions @ Mahoney's


7:00 PPeter Wolf @ Space

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