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Kids and Their Cancer Cures

South Side teen Keven Stonewall worked on a colon cancer vaccine at Rush University during his senior year of high school.

A City of Other Neighborhoods

"It makes no difference that a crime has its roots in 'another neighborhood,' and to suggest otherwise is to embrace an attitude that thwarts progress against violent crime." Bill Savage on Chicago's violent crime denial.

Who Needs Truth in Advertising?

Gubernatorial candidate Bruce Rauner's latest attack ad against Gov. Quinn includes several made up headlines.

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The Horrors of Home Ownership

Maybe your basement flooded once or twice this summer due to all the rain. But you probably didn't have to deal with maggots like Calumet Heights resident Lori Burns.

Knitters for the Win

An accountant who didn't file sales tax returns nearly put Edgewater's Sifu Design Studio out of business, but fans of the store saved it by donating on gofundme.

On the Road Again

A Facebook group is helping touring and local musicians find their gear after it's stolen in Chicago.

Fourth of July's Crime Spree

Elliot Ramos of the Wall Street Journal produced a map of every crime committed over the Fourth of July weekend this year, labeled white for crimes against property, red for crimes against people. [via]

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How's My Policing?

The Chicago Police Department is asking for feedback on officers' interactions with residents.

Arts Awards Chicago Style

The City's new "Fifth Star Awards" will acknowledge exemplary artists and arts institutions, although winners will be hand-picked by a city agency and members of an advisory council who were appointed by the Mayor.

Bailing Out the City

Climate change brings more heavy rainstorms to the city, and more sewage will find its way into waterways unless the city can dig enough tunnels and reservoirs to hold billions of gallons of water.


“I could barely distinguish Rick's faint murmurs through the orange walls, something about how Spaniards added hard-boiled eggs on top their gazpacho.”

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Under the Hood


Artful Interviews at Pitchfork Music Festival

by Sarah Brooks

Book Club

Find Book Bargains at the Andersonville Summer Sidewalk Sale

by Miden Wood

Book Club

August is Nigh; Time to Funk Up Your Tuesday

by Miden Wood


Arm Wrestlers Test Their Strength at CLLAW XIX

by Miriam Finder

Book Club

Near Ye, Near Ye! Your Weekend in Words

by Danette Chavez


Get Your Tweedy On

by Anne Holub


In Battle of Disasters, Earthquakes Trump Fire

by Benjamin Cannon

Book Club

Avondale and Chicago's Polish Village Celebrated in Book Release this Weekend

by John Wawrzaszek


Pitchfork 2014 by Tweet

by Transmission


Getting the Best Part of Travel -- Meeting People from Other Places -- Right at Home

by A/C

The Grid: Lyrical Video Journalism

To be Demolished: Documenting 100
Threatened Buildings



12:00 P30th Annual Book Fair @ Newberry Library

5:28 PAndersonville Summer Sidewalk Sale

6:00 PMichel Gondry's Mood Indigo @ Film Center

6:00 PCHI Bike Reveal Party @ MNML

6:00 PSam Adams Brew & View

6:00 PPamela Staker Open Studio

7:00 PBlah Blah Blah @ Portage Theater

7:00 PPhysical Festival @ Links Hall

7:30 PThe Mapping Sessions Finale @ Mana Contemporary

8:00 PChicago Reader B-Side Booze Cruise @ Navy Pier

8:00 PRev. Horton Heat @ Double Door

8:00 PThe Kings @ Reggies

8:00 PPeriod Panties Launch Party

9:30 PRJD2 @ Subterranean

10:00 PChicago League of Lady Arm Wrestlers

11:59 PBig Trouble In Little China @ Music Box


10:00 AChicago Criterium Bike Race -- Part of the Intelligentsia Cup

10:00 AAndersonville Summer Sidewalk Sale

10:00 A30th Annual Book Fair @ Newberry Library

12:00 P2014 Bughouse Square Debates @ Washington Square Park

12:00 PWord Weekend @ MCA

12:00 PWicker Park Fest

3:00 PBike to Brew

6:00 PChicago Summerdance: Chicago House Party! @ Spirit of Music Garden

7:00 PPhysical Festival @ Links Hall

7:30 PLounge Devils' Variety-Ville @ Portage Theater

9:30 PFilmspotting Episode #500 @ Music Box


10:00 AAndersonville Summer Sidewalk Sale

10:00 A30th Annual Book Fair @ Newberry Library

12:00 PWord Weekend @ MCA

12:00 PWicker Park Fest

2:00 PArtist Talk @ Comfort Station

7:00 PPhysical Festival @ Links Hall


7:00 PPhysical Festival @ Links Hall

8:00 PLouder than a Mom @ Martyrs'


6:00 PThird Coast Listening Room: Tales out of School

6:30 PThis is Spinal Tap @ Millennium Park

7:00 PPhysical Festival @ Links Hall

8:00 PThe Moth StorySLAM @ Martyrs'


5:30 PKatherine Anne Confections Preview Party

6:00 PWBEZ presents After Water @ Mayne Stage

6:00 PNelarusky ft. Twin Shadow @ Metro

7:00 PMiss Spoken @ Gallery Cabaret

7:00 PPhysical Festival @ Links Hall

8:00 PSo You Think You're a Foodie @ Frontier

9:00 POneida & CAVE @ Empty Bottle


5:00 PSchool of Rock Allstars @ Beat Kitchen

7:00 PPhysical Festival @ Links Hall

9:00 PSpin's Lollapalooza Kick Off Party with Interpol, Gemini Club, Wildcat! Wildcat!

10:00 PChoucroute Series @ Tete Charcuterie

10:00 PChoucroute Series @ TÊTE Charcuterie

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