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Gapers Block published from April 22, 2003 to Jan. 1, 2016. The site will remain up in archive form. Please visit Third Coast Review, a new site by several GB alumni.
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"We can do this here. And we can do this now."

Scott Smith writes in the Beverly Review about why fighting racism and encouraging diversity is an ongoing effort.

Best of GB: Teaching You to Cook

Cinnamon Cooper's column One Good Meal spawned a cookbook, The Everything Cast Iron Cookbook. Try the roast chicken.

Armed Mental Health Counselors

A person with mental health issues is at 16 times greater risk of being shot by police in an encounter, a new study [PDF] reports, and few of the city's 12,000 officers have received crisis intervention training. The result is a very dangerous situation for those already having trouble.

Best of GB: To Be Demolished

In To Be Demolished, David Schalliol's photo series documenting soon-to-be-demolished buildings throughout the city.

"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.

Tiki is Tops

Lost Lake was named the best cocktail bar in America by Imbibe magazine. (Still tickets available for their New Year's Eve party.)

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Animal Abuse at the Pound

The Emanuel administration released a video of a city pound worker choking a dog to death with a catch pole and then dragging it to a cage. The worker was suspended.

Emanuel Cleans up CPD, Fails to Clean up Snow

Mayor Emanuel announced a new police training program aimed at deescalating confrontations and reducing the use of deadly force. Meanwhile, protesters outside the mayor's house last night discovered that his sidewalk had not been shoveled.

A Personal Resolution

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

Best of GB: What No One Talks About

Danny Fenster wrote about the sex trafficking industry in Chicago, Joe Erbentraut wrote about the Transgender Day of Remembrance and the struggle for transgender equality. Rachel Rabbit White reported on senior citizens getting into BDSM and the underground ball scene, and Conrad Lawrence covered the BDSM scene back in 2004.


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