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Central Standard: On Education

The team behind GB's The Grid has teamed up with WTTW for a nine-week web series about education in the Chicago region. The first video in the series introduces the five middle school students who will be followed while they wrestle with the transition to high school.

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Foam Base

No, those blocks of white dotting Maggie Daley Park are not made of invulnerable snow, they're Geofoam blocks that will be covered up to make hills in the park.

Running Out of Room

Crain's takes a look at whether there are too many 5Ks and other races in Chicago. Jim Crago just wrote about another new one in Tailgate.

Safer Sidewalks

Wider sidewalks and other changes are coming to a stretch of Devon Avenue previously found to be the most dangerous for pedestrians on the North Side.

Sue in Space

Microbes collected from the Field Museum's Sue the T. rex will be launched into orbit and studied on the International Space Station.

Tougher Reservations

Chicago magazine's annual Best New Restaurants list is out.

Plug the Portable Meter

Starting this week, anyone parking in the West Loop can use a smartphone to pay the meter as part of a test of the new ParkChicago app.

Competitive Disadvantage?

Because what every triathlete wants is a heavy bike designed for cruising, the Chicago Triathlon is allowing 100 contestants to use Divvy bikes in the cycling portion of its SuperSprint race.

Ride for a Penny

Chris Ware tells the story of a penny's journey through the world.

Sun-Times Turns Off Comments

Sun-Times Media properties (excluding the Reader, apparently) will "temporarily cease" allowing comments on articles. The move has, of course, elicited plenty of commentary elsewhere.


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by Brianna Kelly


"Mecca Flat Blues": Where Modernism Began in Chicago

by Nancy Bishop

Book Club

Talented Women of Indie Presses Showcase this Thursday

by John Wawrzaszek


Double Crossers, Manic Attackers to play for Windy City Rollers Home Championship

by Bill Mayeroff


Inaugural Be The Match Starts Chicago In Right Direction

by Jim Crago


A Celebration of Sharon Jones @ The Vic, 4/11

by Sarah Brooks

Book Club

Two Bulgarian Writers, in Translation and in Person

by Daphne Sidor


Draft Day, Oculus, Rio 2, Cuban Fury, Joe, Dom Hemingway & Cheap Thrills

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