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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.


“I also thought the extreme conditions of a Chicago winter would add atmosphere and menace to the book.”

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Under the Hood

Drive Thru

Friday Foodpic: Roasted Corn

by Robyn Nisi


Best Feature Films & Documentaries of 2015

by Steve Prokopy


Bye Bye, Gapers Block from the A/C Team

by Nancy Bishop


Where are the Peace Candidates?

by Jeff Smith

Drive Thru

The State of Food Writing

by Brandy Gonsoulin


Our Final Transmission Days

by Sarah Brooks

Book Club

Fillet of Solo Takes Rogers Park in January

by Emma Terhaar


On Gapers Block and Chicago

by Phil Huckelberry


At the MCA: Pop Art Design Gives Us a Refresher Course on the '60s and '70s

by Nancy Bishop


The Hateful Eight, Concussion, Joy, Carol, Hitchcock/Truffaut & Man Up

by Steve Prokopy

The Grid: Lyrical Video Journalism

To be Demolished: Documenting 100
Threatened Buildings


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