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Growing the Roof

Gotham Greens just opened the world's largest rooftop farm in Pullman, covering 75,000 square feet of the Method factory's room with greenhouses to supply pesticide-free greens and herbs to local groceries and restaurants.

Danny's is Saved

Danny's Tavern, the Bucktown institution that looked to be closing at the end of this month, is staying open after all, thanks to the outpouring of support from fans -- and several weeks of lease negotiations, no doubt.

GB Gift Guide: Body Jewelry

Anatomical Element makes anatomically correct jewelry that goes way beyond hearts. Lungs, ear bones, intestines and even the pancreas become beautiful pendants.

Get a Lyft to the Airport

The City has approved Lyft for pickups and drop-offs at Midway and O'Hare -- but not Uber yet. They only submitted their paperwork on Monday. Chicagoist has maps of where they'll pick you up. UPDATE: Whaddya know, Uber's paperwork was processed in record time, so you can use them at the airports tomorrow, too.

School Board Loses a Dissenting Voice

CPS students are 45 percent Latino, but there's only one Latino school board member, Jesse Ruiz -- and Mayor Emanuel is pushing him out. Ruiz is moving to the board of the Park District, and his replacement has yet to be named.

Funny Thing, the Holidays

Steve Albini explains why he and his wife haven't had a normal Christmas in 20 years. It's in large part because of 24-Hour Site for Sore Eyes, the Second City music and improv marathon going on right now, raising money for Letters for Santa and Onward Neighborhood House.

Kickstart Thanksgiving

A cool new bottle-opener, a sci-fi novel/recipe book, a documentary about stamp collectors and a game about killing Hitler are among the campaigns on the Gapers Block curated Kickstarter page.

Inside the Corncobs

Take a video tour of Marina City with the BBC and one of its residents, MAS Studio's Iker Gil.

Justice Served?

As the CPD braces for the release of the video in the Laquan McDonald case, the officer involved in the shooting will be charged with murder, according to anonymous sources. Meanwhile, Supt. McCarthy announced his intent to fire Dante Servin, the officer who was acquitted in the off-duty shooting death of Rekia Boyd (previously).

The Next South Side Movie

While the city begins to absorb Chi-Raq, news about Barbershop: The Next Cut, set to come out April 15, is starting to percolate.


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Under the Hood

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by John Wawrzaszek


Iranian Photographers Show Contemporary View of Iran at Bridgeport Art Center

by A/C


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by Steve Prokopy


Alvarez Needs to Go, and She's Not Alone

by Phil Huckelberry


Interview with Michelle Mitchenor in her Breakout Role as Indigo in the Controversial New Film Chi-Raq

by Kim Campbell

Drive Thru

Last Minute Thanksgiving Help

by Jeremy Owens


With Just A Piano And Her Voice, Frances Held Up Her Own For James Bay

by Zach Blumenfeld


The Hunger Games: Mockingjay, Part 2, The Night Before, Secret in Their Eyes, The Hallow, In the Basement & A Poem Is a Naked Person

by Steve Prokopy

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by John Wawrzaszek

Drive Thru

Friday Foodpic: Noodle Kugel

by Robyn Nisi

The Grid: Lyrical Video Journalism

To be Demolished: Documenting 100
Threatened Buildings



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