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Do Good, Rock Out

Riot Fest is promising to give some three-day passes to anyone who volunteers for at least 25 hours at a nonprofit. Holiday pre-sale tickets go on sale Tuesday at 10am.

Ask an Also-Ran

2011 mayoral candidate and former City Clerk Miguel del Valle reflects on Jesus "Chuy" Garcia's chances in the upcoming elections, and the state of Latino and progressive issues, in a lengthy interview with the Chicago Reporter.

All of the Lights

Estimated crowds of over one million people packed Michigan Ave. Saturday for the Magnificent Mile Lights Festival and parade.

20 Years of Bloodshot

Chicagoist offers an oral history of Bloodshot Records, still rocking after 20 years. There's a great new compilation album out, too.

Chinatown Extortion Busts

Members of one of Chicago's Chinese gangs were arrested for extorting area restaurants. It's unclear whether there's any connection to the raids on Lao Sze Chuan and other restaurants owned by chef Tony Hu.

Saved from a Pancake

Two women and a dog were rescued from a collapsed apartment building in Washington Park that "pancaked" after a possible explosion.

Give Thanks for Good Airport Food

If you're flying somewhere this week, check out Midway's and O'Hare's best dining options.

Buy It Yourself at the DIY Trunk Show

The cold and the snow are true signs that winter is approaching. And with the start of winter comes the holidays and the beginning of the holiday craft show season. The DIY Trunk Show returns this year with more than 130 craft, art and handmade vendors, food sold by Wishbone, free beer donated by Lagunitas and Brooklyn Brewery, live music and several djs from CHIRP Radio. So grab your list and get a jump start on gift buying tomorrow at the Broadway Armory (5917 N. Broadway) from 10 am to 5 pm.

Less Room in the Middle

The number of Chicagoans living in middle-class neighborhoods is steadily declining, with more people living in affluent or poor areas instead, writes Whet Moser.

Local Explorers

Take a "dopey quiz" and see how many Chicago neighborhoods you've visited.


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