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Chicago's Got a Brand New (Paper) Bag

The ban on plastic bags begins tomorrow for purchases from chain stores that are greater than 10,000 square feet.

Chicago's Second Season

In case you haven't seen all the cranes, the city is in the middle of a construction boom.

Drunken Green Thumbs

Is it just a myth, or are fest attendees really "liquor gardening," and burying bottles of booze in parks ahead of time and digging them up once the music starts?

Hate at the Beach

A video shows a racist rant directed at a woman and her children by a white beachgoer after the kids "splashed" her at Oak Street Beach.

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Food Truck Fight

Scoutology is hosting a food truck free-for-all where you can vote for your favorite mobile eatery (or write in any that aren't listed).

Deep Dish in the Valley

Lou Malnati's is expanding beyond the Chicagoland area with a new restaurant in Phoenix.

Hometown Tour

Netherfriends hopes to bridge Chicago's hyper-segregated neighborhoods by performing in every one of them.

Top Slice

Chicago ranked as the #1 city for pizza according to TripAdvisor (New York was #2), based on the number and quality of reviews posted here. [via]

Stadium Blues

The Blackhawks announced plans for a new practice stadium without revealing how many publicly-funded "incentives" are on the table from the City, even though the stadium would be a money-maker itself.

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In four more years?

The Daily Beast explores the beef between current Chicago mayor Rahm Emanuel and rapper/political hopeful Chief Keef, who tweeted his intent on Monday.


“For all the flak the suburbs take for being less interesting and more urban sprawl-y than Chicago, they sure don't suffer a lack of quality bands.”

read more in Transmission

Under the Hood


Sideshow's Stupid Fucking Bird: It's a Treat Even if You Haven't Seen The Seagull a Dozen Times

by Nancy Bishop


Buke and Gase + Landlady Headline Schubas on 8/4

by Zach Blumenfeld


Review: The War on Drugs @ Metro, 7/30

by James Ziegenfus


The Reason I Can't Have White Friends: Race Talk in America

by Mechanics


Step Right Up and See Pippin @ Cadillac Palace Theatre

by Kim Campbell

Drive Thru

Friday Foodpic: Expat

by Robyn Nisi

Book Club


by John Wawrzaszek


Mission: Impossible - Rogue Nation, The Stanford Prison Experiment, I Am Chris Farley & Samba

by Steve Prokopy


A Communal Evening With Laura Marling

by Julian Ramirez


One Dream at a Time, Charity Supports Seniors in Poverty

by Jennifer Prohov

The Grid: Lyrical Video Journalism

To be Demolished: Documenting 100
Threatened Buildings



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