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Tuesday, March 3

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United States of Curiosity

Curious City founder Jennifer Brandel is spreading the show's curiosity-driven journalism to the rest of the country with Curious Nation.

Red Light Red Flags

The International Business Times reports Mayor Emanuel's former top congressional aide became a lobbyist for a firm representing Xerox State and Municipal Solutions days before the company was awarded the contract to build the City's red-light cameras.

Food for the Soul

Sack Lunch Sunday gives thousands of free lunches to the homeless, complete with an inspiring handwritten note.

Can't Skip Test Day

CPS reversed its plans not to give a state-mandated test to all its students after the state said up to $1.4 billion in funding would be at risk.

Uber Starts the Presses

Uber is launching a quarterly print magazine for its driver partners.

Spiffing Up Wabash

The Chicago Loop Alliance has plans to make Wabash Avenue a more inviting streetscape. The alliance's Transforming Wabash Report describes how the project will highlight historic facades, install dramatic new lighting, and create "districts" along Wabash focused on different cultural and business uses.

The Station as Market

Police stations are offering their lobbies as safe spaces for Craigslist buyers and sellers to make the exchange.

Drink in a Box

Cocktail Courier, a newly launched service that ships you all the ingredients necessary to make fancy cocktails from local bartenders, makes decent drinks at a discount.

RIP Mark W. Anderson

Journalist Mark Anderson, formerly of Ward Room and a past contributor to Gapers Block, passed away yesterday after a battle with stage 4 cancer. Scott Smith has details on how to contribute to a fund to help Mark's family pay for medical bills and funeral expenses.

Just Another Day at the Beach

Someone mounted a deer head on a bamboo stake and left it stuck in the ground at Loyola Park Beach.

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“Making decisions about medical intervention isn't the same as getting a tattoo that a teen might regret later in life.”

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Under the Hood


The Growlers Changed the Tides at Lincoln Hall

by Julian Ramirez

Drive Thru

"Red-Cooked" Pork Belly Recipe

by Judy Wu


Optimism Amid the Neverending Election

by Phil Huckelberry


Steppenwolf's This Is Modern Art Raises Provocative Questions About Place of Art in Society

by Nancy Bishop

Book Club

March Madness Continues at Story Club North Side this Thursday

by John Wawrzaszek


Chicago at SXSW 2015: Our Complete Band List, Showcases & More

by Andrew Huff


Stump Connolly Reporting In: Election Night

by Stump Connolly


Transgender Teens Face New Struggles, Options

by Mechanics


Kicking Against the Pricks: A Recap of Kim Gordon at the Music Box Theatre

by Mike Bellis


Focus, The Lazarus Effect, What We Do in the Shadows, Wild Tales, Ballet 422, Bluebird & Everly

by Steve Prokopy

The Grid: Lyrical Video Journalism

To be Demolished



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