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More Tolerant Schools

Schools across Illinois can no longer adopt zero-tolerance discipline policies thanks to new legislation meant to decrease the number of students who are suspended or expelled.

The Odyssey of Chief Keef

While Chief Keef's feud with the City of Chicago is ongoing, the rapper gave naming rights of his son to his record label, which later retracted the rights from Sno Filmon Dot Com Cozart's mother due to questions about the baby's paternity.

Rose Rape Allegations

Derrick Rose is being sued by an unidentified woman who claims the Bulls star and his friends drugged and raped her; the suit details the woman's relationship with Rose between 2011-2013 [PDF] and alleges he repeatedly tried to pressure her into engaging in group sex. A spokesman for Rose called the allegations false and without factual basis.

No Business Like Meow Business

Leave your boring desk job behind and hit the open road with a traveling cat circus.

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When a Door Isn't a Door

Hand-painted Japanese sliding-doors dating back to the 1893 Columbian Exposition were found in storage owned by the Park District.

Bloody Business

The next time you need to make a fake bloody mess, the stage blood by locals Gravity & Momentum may be the best in the world.

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Not Just Black and White

Data on gun-related homicides collected by the Cook County Medical Examiner classifies Latinos as "white" and often classifies other ethnicities as "Other."

A Cottage in the City

Houses known as fire cottages sprouted up from the ashes of the Great Chicago Fire, built with little more than four walls and a roof. Few survive today, and most are probably hidden behind fire-proof brick exteriors.

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Dunked by Donald

Donald Trump said he would no longer eat Oreos because of plans to close a Chicago-area factory and move its business to Mexico.

Fire in Piper's Alley

A fire in Old Town reportedly destroyed Second City's administrative offices but spared the theaters in the multi-level complex.


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Under the Hood


O+ Festival Builds a Positive Community

by Colin Smith

Book Club

Poetry Center of Chicago Revives Poets Look at Paintings

by Brianna Kratz


One Question & Endless Responses: A Commentary on Marginalization Within the Music Industry

by Sarah Brooks

Drive Thru

Friday Foodpic: Peaches

by Robyn Nisi


Miss Shevaughn & Yuma Wray Headline Foundations of Music Benefit Concert @ Quenchers on 9/11

by Zach Blumenfeld


We Are Your Friends, No Escape, Grandma, Listen to Me Marlon, Learning to Drive, Turbo Kid & She's Funny That Way

by Steve Prokopy

Book Club


by John Wawrzaszek


The Main Squeeze Bring The Funk to North Coast (+ a Contest!)

by Sarah Brooks


Playing Atop the Hotel Lincoln, Widowspeak Embraces The Serenity Of Nature

by Zach Blumenfeld


Chicago Dancing Festival Returns

by Miriam Finder

The Grid: Lyrical Video Journalism

To be Demolished: Documenting 100
Threatened Buildings



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