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Turning the Page

Groupon launched the Yelp-like "Pages" nationwide, featuring more than 7 million listings of businesses, tips and reviews.

United States of X: Equal Inequality Edition

The level of inequality in Chicago is comparable to that of El Salvador.

Life in Wartime

Photographer John Vachon captured portraits of rich and poor Chicagoans on the streets during the early 1940's.

Irony on the Wall

A cockroach climbed the walls of City Council while the commissioner in charge of pest control was testifying.

The Ballad of Bruce Rauner

Via Beachwood Reporter, the political song "Plutocrat."

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Hef's Sketches

Read Hugh Hefner's (SFW) pre-Playboy cartoon book, That Toddlin' Town. [via]

Faith-Based Architecture

The Seventeenth Church of Christ, Scientist at Wacker and Wabash turns out to be every bit as cool and interesting as it looks, Curious City finds.

Have a Clean Halloween

Kymberlee Ricke of Wizard at Work makes spooky and sci-fi themed soaps, bath bombs and crayons that'll help make Halloween more fun.

When Losing is a Win

Officials are calling the Taste of Chicago a success despite losing $169,000 on the event, since one day of the event was cancelled due to rain.

Slow Down and See the City

Eric Hines put together another gorgeous timelapse video of the city, with some great shots of the West Loop and downtown.

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“Take notes, and don't be afraid to see something to haven't heard of -- that's the point of a film festival, isn't it?”

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Under the Hood


Open Mike Eagle and Serengeti Elevated Rap at Empty Bottle

by Julian Ramirez

Book Club


by Miden Wood


Dear White People, Ouija, Birdman, Listen Up Philip, John Wick, Stonehearst Asylum & 23 Blast

by Steve Prokopy

Drive Thru

Friday Foodpic: Pleasant House Bakery

by Robyn Nisi


Carcillo, Versteeg Looking to Prove They Belong

by Jim Crago


Chicago Organizers Protest Lead-Contaminated Schools

by Emily Brosious


Creative Writing: Chicago Film Shows More Than Words in a Writing Class

by Nancy Bishop


Jimmy Butler Questionable for Bulls Season Opener

by Josh Williams


Amazing Grace: A Musical with an Everlasting Message

by Sarah Brooks

Book Club

Take A Journey With Eula Biss

by Danette Chavez

The Grid: Lyrical Video Journalism

To be Demolished



9:00 AEnglewood International Film Festival

11:00 AChicago Humanities Festival

11:00 AGreen Festival @ Navy Pier

3:00 PRed Scare 10th Anniversary @ Metro

5:00 POpening Reception: Thresh/hold @ Roman Susan ANNEX

6:30 P20x2 Chicago @ Schubas

7:30 PThe Toasters @ Beat Kitchen

8:00 PSpektral Quartet @ Constellation

8:11 PHalloween S'mores Tasting @ Veruca Chocolates

10:00 PThe Shit Show @ Collaboraction Theater


11:00 AChicago Humanities Festival

11:00 AGreen Festival @ Navy Pier

12:00 PBeat Swap Meet @ Empty Bottle

1:00 POpening Reception @ PEREGRINEPROGRAM

2:00 P9th Annual Andersonville Dessert Crawl

4:00 POpening Reception: Nicole Dyer & Matt Hilvers @ South of the Tracks

6:00 PThe Adventures of Danny & Mike @ Lincoln Hall

6:00 PEnglewood International Film Festival

6:00 PFor Grace Premiere @ Portage Theater


7:00 PShamblers' Ball @ Public House Theatre

7:00 PUnplugged @ 27 Live

8:43 PNude Beach @ Subterranean

9:43 POozing Wound @ Empty Bottle


6:30 PChemistry of Chocolate @ Peggy Notebaert Museum

7:00 PRobin Dluzen Artist Talk @ Lillstreet Loft

8:00 PThe Moth StorySLAM @ Martyrs'


7:00 PMiss Spoken @ Gallery Cabaret

7:30 P2nd Story @ Moxee Restaurant


9:00 PSmoker @ Empty Bottle


6:00 PThe Trip to Italy @ Film Center

6:00 PSing-A-Long Chicago @ Auditorium

7:00 PMoonlight Manor @ Moonlight Studios

7:00 PHaunted Punch House

9:00 PBoneshaker @ Redmoon Theater

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