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Twilight, Bolt and A Christmas Tale

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Is Chicago In Fact Ready for Reform?

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Quantum of Solace, Slumdog Millionaire, Let the Right One In and JCVD

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New Burge Allegations Present a Challenge for Cops

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Synecdoche, New York, Role Models, Dear Zachary: A Letter to a Son About His Father, The Boy in the Striped Pajamas, Soul Men and Madagascar: Escape 2 Africa

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Yum, Vegetable Stock

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Zack and Miri Make a Porno, Boogie Man: The Lee Atwater Story, Ballast, I've Loved You For So Long and Fear(s) of the Dark

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Election Season Rhyme and Reason

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Alien Fractals

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Changeling, Happy-Go-Lucky, RocknRolla, Pride and Glory, High School Musical 3 and An Evening with Don Hertzfeldt

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Chicken, Whole Roasted

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W., Sex Drive, Max Payne and Moving Midway

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It's The End of the World As We Know It, and I Feel Mildly Terrified

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But I'm Hungry Now!

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Body of Lies, The Express, City of Ember, A Thousand Years of Good Prayers, Save Me, Anita O'Day: The Life of a Jazz Singer and Wild Combination: A Portrait of Arthur Russell

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Announcing "Mechanics," A New Gapers Block Political Blog

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How To Lose Friends & Alienate People, Appaloosa, Flash of Genius, Nick & Norah's Infinite Playlist, Blindness and Religulous

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No Investment Banker Left Behind

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Lentils for Beginners

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Eagle Eye, Choke, Miracle at St. Anna, The Duchess, The Lucky Ones, Battle In Seattle, Nights in Rodanthe and Derek

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The Prime Minister of Illinois

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The Bolognese Sauce

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Towelhead, Lakeview Terrace, Trouble the Water, Hounddog, Mister Foe, Igor and Hollywood Chinese

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Pro & Con on a Con-Con

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Podcast No. 31: Recycle!

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Burn After Reading, Righteous Kill, The Pool, A Girl Cut in Two and Sukiyaki Western Django

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No More "Fire at Will"

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What to Do With All That Basil

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Fiorettied

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It's About Figgin' Time

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Traitor, Sixty Six and Two Lives Plus One

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Podcast No. 30: Current Events

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Got a Date for Dinner?

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So long, Kids

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Death Race, Elegy, Hamlet 2, The Rocker, In Search of a Midnight Kiss, The House Bunny, The Longshots and La France

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The Junior Senator, Four Years On

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The Power of Parsley

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Tropic Thunder, Vicky Cristina Barcelona, Transsiberian, Star Wars: Clone Wars, Frozen River, The Unknown Woman and Fly Me to the Moon

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Podcast No. 29: No Small Plans

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The Atomization of Transportation

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The Joy of Avocados

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A Field Trip Deconstructed

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Pineapple Express, The Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants 2, Man on Wire, Bottle Shock and Hell Ride

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Podcast No. 28: Gabriel Magliaro of Half Acre Beer

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No Mr. Bond, I Expect You to Sing

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The Mummy: Tomb of the Dragon, Swing Vote, American Teen, Baghead, Chris & Don: A Love Story and Take

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It Doesn't Add Up To Much

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A Bounty of Tomatoes

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Tranquility in the City

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Step Brothers, Brideshead Revisited, CSNY: Deja Vu, Roman Polanski: Wanted and Desired, Chris & Don: A Love Story and A Jihad for Love

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Podcast No. 27: Let's Read Together

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Let's Hear from the Rank-and-File

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Pickles in the Fridge

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The Dark Knight, The Last Mistress, Elsa & Fred, Indestructible and Space Chimps

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Podcast No. 26: At the Drive-In

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Hiding the Brookstone Bill: Why TIFs Need Reform

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Grill the Whole Darn Thing

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Home Owner (A Real Life Role Playing Game)

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Hellboy II: The Golden Army, Journey to the Center of the Earth 3-D, The Wackness, Gunnin' for that #1 Spot and Encounters at the End of the World

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Gingerly Cooking Dinner

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Early Fall '08 Previews

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Hancock, Mother of Tears, Gonzo: The Life and Work of Dr. Hunter S. Thompson and Diminished Capacity

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Michelle Obama, Suzie Homemaker?

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An Improvisational Tart

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WALL-E, Wanted, OSS 117: Cairo Nest of Spies, My Winnipeg, Finding Amanda and Monsieur Verdoux

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Podcast No. 24: The First Albums

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Chicago, Say No to the Olympics!

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Letting Go of the Woobie

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Get Smart, Mongol, Surfwise, Glass: A Portrait of Philip in Twelve Parts, The Duchess of Langeais, Up the Yangtze and More

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Podcast No. 24: Gone Campin'

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Case Study in Cloutocracy — Chicago Teachers Union

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What to Do with All That Lettuce

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Anywhere, Anytime

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The Incredible Hulk, The Happening, Savage Grace, When Did You Last See Your Father?, War, Inc., The Edge of Heaven and More

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Podcast No. 23: Zines

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Summer Starts with Strawberries

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Swingin' in the Suburbs

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You Don't Mess with the Zohan, The Promotion, Kung Fu Panda, The Foot Fist Way, Stuck, Bigger, Stronger, Faster and All Jacked Up

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Podcast No. 22: Chicago Chicago!

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Three Cheers for the Independent Caucus

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Sex in the City, The Fall, Mister Lonely and The Strangers

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Podcast No. 21: Five Years

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Familiarity Breeds Contempt

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Kebabs for Everyone

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Tommy Moore, Tommy Moore

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Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull, Reprise, Roman de Gare, The Animation Show 4 and The Passion of the Mao

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Chicagoans: Guilty Until Proven Guilty Again Later

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The Home Queen World's Fair Souvenir Cookbook

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Instamatic Gratification

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Prince Caspian, Body of War, Before the Rains, How the Garcia Girls Spent Their Summer, The Witnesses, Irina Palm and Dark Matter

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Podcast No. 20: 80's & Moustaches

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No Reason Not to Get Choked Up

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Shots Fired

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Speed Racer, Son of Rambow, Redbelt, America the Beautiful, The Tracey Fragments, At the Deathhouse Door and Beyond Wiseguys: Italian Americans & the Movies

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Podcast No. 19: GTD & These Streets

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Rice Cooker Recipes 2.0

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Best Toy Ever

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Iron Man, Standard Operating Procedure, Made of Honor, Then She Found Me and The Unforeseen

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Podcast No. 18: Chicago Dogs

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Our Front Yard, Forever Free & Clear

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She's Choppin' Broccoli

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Harold & Kumar Escape from Guantanamo Bay, The Life Before Her Eyes, Deception, Chapter 27 and Woman on the Beach

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Crocodile Tears from the Mayor of The City of Children

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Getting Ready for Grilling Season

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Forgetting Sarah Marshall, My Blueberry Nights, The Forbidden Kingdom, 88 Minutes, Young@Heart, Where in the World is Osama Bin Laden? and More

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Podcast No. 17: The Windy City

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Leave Our Sex Alone

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Garbanzo Bean Brownies

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Same Show, Different Channel

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Smart People, Street Kings, Chaos Theory, Priceless and Blindsight

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Podcast No. 16: The Foods We Eat

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Haiku For The Silly Season

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Sweet Potato Spring

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Treasure-Hunting the Woods

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Leatherheads, The Ruins, Shine a Light, Planet B-Boy, The Grand and United Artists 90th Anniversary Film Festival

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Podcast No. 15: Redesign

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Budget Giveaways Blago Can Use to Rebuild Sufficient Political Capital to Win a Historic Third Term

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Seitan? Certainly

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The Last Blast Before Marriage

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Run Fatboy Run, 21, Stop Loss, Flawless, Teeth, CJ7, Look, London to Brighton and True North

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Podcast #14: Mixing Tapes

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4,000

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Still a Chance + HelpWanted

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Fancy Apple Foldover

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Not Yogurt, Not Pudding

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Snow Angels, Drillbit Taylor, Chop Shop and The Year My Parents Went on Vacation

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A Conversation with 22nd Ward Alderman Ricardo Muñoz

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(Probably) Out of the Running

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Crazy for Carrots

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An Unlucky Irish Movie Marathon

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Resume Attached

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Paranoid Park, Married Life & Let's Get Lost

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The People's Tribune

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Fighting for a Spot

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Miss Pettigrew Lives for a Day, 10,000 B.C., The Bank Job, The Band's Visit, Girls Rock! and the European Union Film Festival

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Podcast #13: Southern Bound

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The Trading Post + Embarrassed

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Surprisingly Good Spinach Recipes

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The Truth Laid Bare

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Semi-Pro, The Other Boleyn Girl, Chicago 10, The Counterfeiters, War/Dance, Penelope and Dragon Tiger Gate

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Podcast #12: On the Road

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Of Minds and Railroad Gauges

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Wrigley on Ice? + The Cavs Got Scammed

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The Goodness of Garlic

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Dispatch from Monkey Island

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Be Kind Rewind, Vantage Point, Charlie Bartlett & The Signal

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Podcast #11: Farmers & Fifteen

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The Same Mistake, Endlessly Repeated

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All Good News

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Leeks in the Kitchen

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American (Idol) as Apple Pie

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The Spiderwick Chronicles, Jumper, George Romero's Diary of the Dead, Definitely, Maybe, The Business of Being Born, Academy Award-Nominated Short Films, Le Doulos & Step Up 2 the Streets

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Podcast #10: Love & Theft

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Filling Obama's Shoes

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Salvaging the Season + All Star Breakage

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Food, the Language of Love

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Feed Me

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4 Months, 3 Weeks and 2 Days, In Bruges, Taxi to the Dark Side, Vince Vaughn's Wild West Comedy Show, Welcome Home, Roscoe Jenkins, Fool's Gold and More

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Why Does the University of Chicago Hate Labor Unions?

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At the All Star Break + Middling

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Shaving and Saving

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When Music Was TV

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Over Her Dead Body, Nanking, Cheat You Fair: The Story of Maxwell Street and Kung Fu Fighter

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GB Podcast #9: The Glory, The Holes

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Rolling Up Bipartisanship's Sleeves

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Committing to the Indian + Poorly

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Winging a Super Bowl Party

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Mothers Know Best

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Dirty Column! (NSFW)

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Untraceable, U2:3-D, Election Day and The Cool School

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Podcast #8: The Cold, Montrose and 8

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Public Housing Divided Cannot Stand

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Charged Up About Swiss Chard

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Cloverfield, Cassandra's Dream, Persepolis, 27 Dresses, Honeydripper, American Zombie and Note By Note: The Making of Steinway L1037

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Podcast #7: Organization, Design &c.

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The Candidates & Media on Race

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Breaking the Streak + Next Steps + Fire Offseason Update

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Vengeance and Retribution

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The Bucket List, First Sunday, Kurt Cobain: About a Son, The Other Side of the Mirror: Bob Dylan Live at the Newport Folk Festival and Love Lived on Death Row

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Podcast #6: Tipping and the Horror

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Who's Your Daddy?

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Halfway Point + Not Last

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Don't Chicken Out

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When Infotainment Becomes the News

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Julia's Resolutions

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Best (and Worst) of 2007, Tierney Gearon: The Mother Project and The Price of Sugar

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Podcast #5: The Celluloid List

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In Search of a Coach

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Urban Cowboy Salad

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If Push Came to Shove

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Revelations of a Dwarf

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The Orphanage, The Great Debaters, The Water Horse: Legend of the Deep, The Whole Shootin' Match and The Man of My Life

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Packing It In + Skiles Gone

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Vegan Dinner & Breakfast the Next Day

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Holiday Reruns: Celebrating Life Day

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Cory's Holiday Budget

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Charlie Wilson's War, Sweeney Todd, The Diving Bell and the Butterfly, Walk Hard: The Dewey Cox Story, The Savages, Youth Without Youth and More

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Podcast No. 4: Into the New Year

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Who Owns Hyde Park?

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[TK] + Where'd the O Go? + Two Out of Three Ain't Bad

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In the Land of Cocktails

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Sparkle It Up

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An Axman's Subterfuge Subverted by the Snitch Wilhelm Warhammer

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I Am Legend, Juno, The Kite Runner, Starting Out in the Evening, The Walker and The Perfect Holiday

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Podcast No. 3: A Wonderful Christmas Time

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The Debtors' Revolt

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Misery and Rebuilding + Sliding on Ice + The Upside

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Vegan Birthday Cupcakes

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Top of the Pops

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Holiday Shopping on Craig

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The Golden Compass, Atonement, Romance and Cigarettes, Grace Is Gone, Revolver, Protagonist, Strength and Honor and The Untouchable

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Podcast No. 2: Still Looking for a Name

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Losing Mayor Daley

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The Pressure is Off + Change is on the Wind + Looking Better

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An Ill-Fated Homecoming

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What Would Jesus Buy?, It Is Fine! EVERYTHING IS FINE! and The Power of Forgiveness

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The Inaugural Podcast

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It's a Lonely Road for Moderate Republicans

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A Knee to Build a Dream On + Standing Up on the Road + Pretty Much Awful + That Was 2007

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Soup Season

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Can I Have Your Autograph?

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The Mist, I'm Not There, Margot at the Wedding, Enchanted, Hitman, August Rush and Lynch

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Optimism Meets Reality + Glimmers of Hope

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Thankful for Vegetables

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Five Day Frenzy

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Meeting, Bargain, Beast and Battle

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Beowulf, Southland Tales, Love in a Time of Cholera, Redacted, Mr. Magorium's Magic Emporium, O Jerusalem, The Girl Next Door and Oswald's Ghost

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Structure

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Planting a Flag in West Humboldt Park

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Raiding California + Clipping the Red Wings + Up & Down + Bicycle Kicked

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Hassled Potatoes and Gingerly Chicken

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The Pencils Are Down

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The Work Crush

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No Country for Old Men, Lions for Lambs, Fred Claus, Rails & Ties, Joe Strummer: The Future Is Unwritten and How Much Do You Love Me?

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Mr. You're on Fire Mr.

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Republicans Love Sick Kids, Too.

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The Game on TV + Winless Bulls + This Ride is Not For the Faint of Heart

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Make Wheat Bread at Home

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The 8 lb, 4 oz. Surprise

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A Stay of Execution

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American Gangster, Blade Runner: The Final Cut, Bee Movie, Before the Devil Knows You're Dead, Martian Child and Jimmy Carter: Man from Plains

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All's Hell That Ends Well

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Police Brutality

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Bye for Now + Cracking the Ice + Your Chicago Bulls + Great, Another One Goal Lead

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Cure That Cold

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Order Here. Pay There.

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Control, Dan in Real Life, Lake of Fire, Mr. Untouchable, Music Within and Slipstream

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Connect

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Why is Ben Joravsky So Mad?

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Hope + Watch Your Toews + We're In

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31 Girls in the Woods

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Out of the Dragon's Teeth and Into Its Belly

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Lars and the Real Girl, Gone Baby Gone, Things We Lost In the Fire, 30 Days of Night, Sleuth, Reservation Road, My Kid Could Paint That and More

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OMFH + This is the Year That Was(n't) + Here Come the Wolves + Down To the Wire — Maybe

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Don't Get Squashed by Butternut

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Teen Angel

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Elizabeth: The Golden Age and We Own the Night

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Let Us Pray

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Peanut Saves the Day + Changes Afoot + [Mourning] + Almost There

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Italian-Inspired Autumn

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Capture, Forced March, and the Wrath of the Beast

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Chicago International Film Festival Preview, Michael Clayton, The Assassination of Jesse James by the Coward Robert Ford, The Darjeeling Limited, The Heartbreak Kid and I Want Someone to Eat Cheese With

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Green with Envy

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Real Hope for Chicago?

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Laying Blame Where It's Due + End of an Era at the Start of the Season + Pigs Fly Over Chicago + The Year That Wasn't There + Oh No, Not Again

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Cooking for One

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Jump! Jump!

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Let's Go to a Show

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The Kingdom, Into the Wild, Feast of Love, The Game Plan, Trade, Manda Bala (Send a Bullet) & If I Didn't Care

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In the Shadow of...

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Yet There Is Method In It

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Bears Hot-tied + Go Cubs, Go!+ How to Turn Six Points Into Two

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Make Love in Your Kitchen

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Living, Learning

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Plunged Into the Buried Sea

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The Hunting Party, Good Luck Chuck, The Jane Austen Book Club, December Boys, Fierce People, Dedication & Freshman Orientation

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Bring the Light

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Chief Against the Run + Five Links to Click Repetitively For the Next Week + Sometimes, There Actually Is an "I" in Team + A Great Game and a Fun Game

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Guera Style Chile Rellenos

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Your Fall TV Viewing Guide

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The Brave One, In the Valley of Elah, In the Shadow of the Moon, Around the Universe & Mr. Woodcock

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Painted

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EFCA and National Neutrality

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Bears Grounded in San Diego + Gasping to the Finish + The Best Team on the Planet And Two That Aren't So Bad

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Many Minestrone

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Lap Child

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An Unnamable Darkness Called Forth

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3:10 to Yuma, The Hottest State, Hatchet, Exiled

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Body in Motion

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Has the Mayor Lost His Mojo?

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Return of the Human Rain Delay + Five Reasons to Keep Following the Sox Down the Stretch + Another Dose of Reality and a Game You Have to See

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Sweet Corn Season

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Dick In a Box (NSFW)

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...suffered serious home damage in last week's storm, so he's off this week. Back next week!

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A Solitary Solace

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Round Three: Fight!

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You Are Morally Obligated To Watch Each Of The Next Three Games + Playing Out the Stretch, Trying Not to Wretch + The Cliff's Notes Version

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Say "No" to Frozen Dinners, Again

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Step Aside Lads, the Riot Grrls Had Daughters.

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The Hag Queen, Ill-Met

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The Nannie Diaries, The King of Kong: A Fistful of Quarters, 2 Days in Paris, Resurrecting the Champ, The 11th Hour, Them, Private Property, Summercamp! & Mr. Bean's Holiday

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The Secret Voice of...

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Ticket Injustice

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A Temporary Moratorium on Jacque Hate + You Just Might Be a Last Place Team If... + More Help On the Way, and An Amazing Goal + End of the Road

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Love Olives

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Men and Women of the Early 1960s

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One Last Summer Fling

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Superbad, Death at a Funeral, The Invasion, Rocket Science, Cut Sleeve Boys & Flanders

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Red Means Go

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The Stadium Question

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Lock-Step Losing + A Bye Week + Playoff Unbound

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Watermelon Man

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Turn to Stone

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Stardust, Rush Hour 3, No End In Sight Moliere, The Treatment, Walking to Werner, Daddy Day Care, Day Night Day Night & Casting About

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Post-Typography

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Is Al Sharpton a Genius?

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Fonzie Says Ay + Oh, Inverted World! + Patience

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Bitter Can Be Made Better

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Not So Super Girls

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Gaga at Lolla

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The Bourne Ultimatum, Hot Rod, The Ten, Becoming Jane & Arctic Tale

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Lined & Unlined

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Sporting a Woody + Trade Deadline Madness! + What a Difference an All-Star Break Makes + Phoning it In

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Forget-me-not

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She Appears

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No Reservations, My Best Friend & L'Iceburg

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Take Power

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The Cards Can't Hold Our Jacque + The Less I Watch the Sox This Summer, the Better I Feel + Back to Those Winning Ways

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Currently Currant Season

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The Footballer and His Wife

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Burn the Whole City Down

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Sunshine, I Now Pronounce You Chuck and Larry, Goya's Ghost, Cashback, Lights in the Dusk & Punk's Not Dead

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Ghosts

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Buying Instead of Selling (For Once) + Hey, We're Still a Few Games Ahead of the Royals! + A Bold New Era (Of Not Being Very Good) + At the All Star Break

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A Face in a Dream, and an Interloper Collared

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Harry Potter & The Order of the Phoenix, Rescue Dawn, Talk To Me, Joshua, Introducing the Dwights, Broken English, Macbeth & Time

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Heat

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The Collaborator Pool

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Thursday is the First Game of the Rest of the Season + Fan Fashion Contest!

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Cooking Out with Veggies

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Not that Wild About Harry

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Transformers, License to Wed, Black Sheep, Lady Chatterly and The Boss of It All

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Five First Half All-Stars + Like Eating Glass + Interesting Times (Except on the Field) + Rising Profile

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The Pull of the Pork

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Baby Bottle Rocket

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Cats and Mice

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SiCKO, Live Free or Die Hard, Ratatouille & Evening

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The New Indentured Servitude

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Trade Bait + Fired + Hope for Indie Culture

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Got My Mojo Workin'

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Don't Stop Debatin'

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In the Saddle

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A Mighty Heart, 1408, You Kill Me, Evan Almighty, Pierrepoint - The Last Hangman, Eagle Vs. Shark, Ten Canoes, Full Grown Men & I Will Avenge You, Iago!

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The Riddle of Saint Boniface

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Five Faces That Aren't Going Anywhere + Officially Better Than Last Year + Jackpot!

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How Dry I Am

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The Summoning Tree

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La Vie En Rose, Day Watch, Helvetica, Nancy Drew, Steel City, The Short Life of José Antonio Gutierrez & The Boy Who Plays on the Buddhas of Bamiyan

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Ryan Claytor, Cartoonist

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Goodbye to This Show of Ours

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Free Rocky Cherry + Hope Is a Willing Slave; Despair Is Free + Taking the Drunk Bus from Now On

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Summer of Shrimp

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Summer Funding Can Be a Blast

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Ocean's Thirteen, Hostel: Part II, Crazy Love, Angel-A, Surf's Up, Paprika, Show Business: The Road To Broadway and Hollywood Dreams

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Mike Pilkington, Bridgeport Coffeehouse

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Pie Graph + Clearly, I Was Wrong + Two Game Unbeaten Streak + Two Game Unbeaten Streak

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The Finest in Fake Meat

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Best Western

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The Hammer Comes Down

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Knocked Up, Mr. Brooks, Gracie, Stephanie Daley, Plagues & Pleasures on the Salton Sea, Severance and War & Peace

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Primary Fever

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Fizzling Out + All Poised for a June Swoon? + We've Got Issues + A Win!

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Seven Unpopular Opinions

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The Question of the Sundress

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Pirates of the Caribbean: At World's End, Paris, je t'aime, Chalk, Poison Friends

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Farris Wahbeh, Intuit

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Putting the Rapid Transit into Rapid Transit

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Time for a Rally + Nasty, Nasty Boys? + Waiting for the Great Leap Forward + So Much For That "Best Start Ever" + Fun While It Lasted + Pace Yourselves, Dammit!

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A Summer of Potato Salads

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Early Birds

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The Wrath of the River

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Shrek the Third, Fay Grim, Brand Upon the Brain!, Provoked and First on the Moon

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Danielle Klinenberg, Artist

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On to the Finals + Stayin' Alive + Your Staff Ace, Jason Marquis + No Offense, But... + There's a New Team to Hate

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Skating into Grilling Season

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Yo Momma!

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Short-Term Solution

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28 Weeks Later…, Waitress, Away From Her, Georgia Rule, The Ex, Exterminating Angels and The Hip Hop Project

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Jim Curtin, Chicago Fire

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A Second Open Letter To Things That Annoy Me

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Skating with the Stars + Lady Luck Smiles + My Sister, I'm a-Kissin' Her + Reality Sets In + Undefeated (In the Preseason)

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Fabulously Fava

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11 Lessons for 9 Girls

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Slipping Between the Cliffs' Teeth

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Spider-Man 3, Lucky You, The Flying Scotsman, Jindabyne, Red Road, The Hawk Is Dying and Civic Duty

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Anonymous, Poet

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Harness

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Chicago's Other Playoff Team + Brooms + Statistically, We're Not That Bad... Really + No Reason To Get Excited + East Side Represent!

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Homemade Chocolate Eclairs

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When Private Goes Public

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The Condemned, The TV Set, Diggers, The Valet, Something to Cheer About, Disappearances & 2007 Academy Award-nominated Documentary Shorts

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William Drennan, Author

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An Open Letter to Chicago's New Aldermen

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The Future of Chicago Hockey? + Woo! South! Woo! West! + Happy Days Are Here Again + Some Good Things Happened, One Shockingly Bad Thing Didn't

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Paella for Warm Days

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Bumper Stickerisms

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What Bugbears' Claws Hath Torn Asunder

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Hot Fuzz, Fracture, Year of the Dog, After the Wedding, Vacancy, Offside and In the Land of Women

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Beata Pilch, Trap Door Theatre

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So, What Now, RDO?

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Out Come the Wolves + Hang On to Two + Late to the Game + Stinky Sox + Commentary on the Commentary

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As American (Idol) as Apple Pie

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Living to Work

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Perfect Stranger, Disturbia, Black Book, Aqua Teen Hunger Force and In Search of Mozart

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Customer Service, Please

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Down and Down in the 32nd Ward, and the Rest of the Races

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Blackhawks Down, Wolves In the Hunt + Welcome to the Grindhouse + Early Season Questions

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Kite Flying in Riis Park

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Adrift in Hostile Silence

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Grindhouse, The Hoax, First Snow, The Wind That Shakes the Barley, The Reaping, Are We Done Yet? and Many More

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Marlene Targ Brill

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The Team No One Wants to See+ One Shining Moment + Takeaways from Opening Day + Last Chance for Preseason Optimism

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Beer Cheese Soup, Ghetto Gourmet Style

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"Real" Love

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Please, Please, Please

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The Lookout, Blades of Glory, Meet the Robinsons, The Prisoner, The Page Turner and Operation Homecoming

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Don't Let the Games Begin

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Over and Out + Lessons From Spring Training + Offseason Shenanigans

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Spring Into Asparagus

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Spring Forward

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A Narrow Escape

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Reign Over Me, Shooter, Pride, TMNT, The Last Mimzy, Maxed Out and the last of the European Union Film Festival

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Greg Stimac, Photographer

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His Elective Majesty, Richard M Daley

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Un-Bracketology + Let's Talk About the Wolves

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Casseroles in a Box

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The Consumer Jones

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The Namesake, I Think I Love My Wife, Premonition, Mafioso and more of the European Union Film Festival

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Lauren Weinstein, Cartoonist

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A Little More, Too Late + The Best Week in Buckets

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Mind the Gap

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To the Chase

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300, The Host, Starter for 10, Gray Matters and The European Union Film Festival

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Ian Etter, Artists

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Election Dissection, Part One

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Postmortem Exam + All Kinds of Hoops

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Fish Baked in Parchment

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Pop Politics

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10 More Republicans You Should Meet!

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Black Snake Moan, Zodiac, Wild Hogs, Full of It, The European Union Film Festival and Much More

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This Land Is Their Land (Paid For By You and Me)

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Trading Day + Please Stand Up

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One Dilly of a Tofu Dinner

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Magical History Tour

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Stay of Execution

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The Number 23, The Astronaut Farmer, Days of Glory, Amazing Grace, Two or Three Things I Know About Her and Darkon

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Harry Meyer, Photographer

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Get Yer Predictions Here!

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Donuts & Goose Eggs

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It's That Gumbo Time of Year

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Why You Should Watch Friday Night Lights

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Music and Lyrics, Breach, The Lives of Others, Bridge to Terabithia, Climates and Many More

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Michael Genovese, Artist

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Chicago, Will You Be My Valentine?

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Rebound or Dead Cat Bounce? + The Only Show

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Valentine's Day Duck

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Restaurant Gnomes

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Neck in the Noose

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Breaking and Entering, The Dead Girl, Norbit, Screamers and Many More

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Kilian Sweeney

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Flipping the Script

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Spellbound + Back from the All-Star Break

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More Non-frozen Dinners

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NSFW - The Least Sexy Super Bowl Shuffle

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Shufflin' Back to 1986

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The Italian, Because I Said So, Backstage, Matthew Barney: No Restraint and 49 Days

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YouTubin' the Locals

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Five Ways to Win

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Healthy Super Bowl Eats

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Baby Dating

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A Hangman Awaits

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Smokin' Aces, Inland Empire, Catch and Release, Abduction and Romantico

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Jonathan Fine, Preservation Chicago

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Holy Crap! + Buy, Sell, Trade + Bulls Who?

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An Ode to a Cast Iron Skillet

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Everything's Not Coming Up Rosie

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Gimme Your Opinion

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Venus, God Grew Tired of Us, Opal Dream and Jonestown: The Life and Death of the Peoples Temple

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Michael Paxton, Artist

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Aldermanic Elections: Coming In To Focus

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Bears to Send Saints Marching Home + The Steel Goes Cold + Stop Panicking

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Tasty Onion Marmalade

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Bad Reputation

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The Foolish Heart of an Axman

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Letters from Iwo Jima, Alpha Dog, Arthur and the Invisibles, Le Petit Lieutenant, Stomp the Yard and Many More

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Jeff McMahon, Contrary Magazine

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Against Education

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Q&A, with Special Bonus ...Bears + A Return to (Poor) Form

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Cooking Saucy

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The Lyric in Love

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Perfume: The Story of a Murderer, Miss Potter, Freedom Writers and Happily N'Ever After

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Sean Chercover, Author

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Leveling Out + Bulls' Resolutions

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Say "No" to Frozen Dinners

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Intersections

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Sanctuary From the Drenching Misery

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Best and Worst of 2006, Pan's Labyrinth, Notes on a Scandal, The Painted Veil and Family Law

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Misha Shebesta, Artist & Founder of the Ink Blot Project

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Holly Jolly

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Choose Your Resolution

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Children of Men, Dreamgirls, The Good German, The Good Shepherd and Many More

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Santa Claus

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Tier Two Aldermanic Races

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Wobbling Toward the Playoffs + The Injury Bug Flies Away + Best of the (L)East?

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Holiday Cookie Round-up

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I'd Rather Be Crocheting

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Treachery and Revelation

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The Pursuit of Happyness and Charlotte's Web

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Averill Curdy, Poet

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Tier One Races

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By the Numbers + Streaking on Ice + Endings & Beginnings

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Beyond a Salmon of a Doubt

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Stupid Girls

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Classic Missed Connections

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Blood Diamond, Apocalypto, The Holiday, The History Boys and Ever Again

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Joseph Cashiola, Three Birds Pictures

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Now, the Real Election

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Home of the 2006 NFC North Division Champions + A Savvy Turn-around + Look Out Above

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Submit Your Cookie Recipes!

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Moving the Show: A Field Trip Deconstructed

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Long-Ago Nights and King's Lights

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Candy, 3 Needles, The Nativity Story, Flannel Pajamas, 10 Items or Less, Turistas and Zen Noir

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Patriot Games + Out with a Yawn

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T-Day Leftovers

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The Way the (TV) World Looks Now

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Johns on Parade!

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The Fountain, Volver, Tenacious D and the Pick of Destiny, Déjà Vu, Bobby and Jonestown

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Brian McConkey, Photographer

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Drive, Chicago, Drive!

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The Meadowlands Are Kind to Us + Cirque du Losing

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Can't Be Too Thankful, Right?

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A Surprise Attack

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Casino Royale, For Your Consideration, Fast Food Nation, Shut Up & Sing, Fur, Happy Feet, F*ck, Requiem and What Is It?

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Walter Benn Michaels, Professor & Author

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Ushering in Illinois' Democratic Era

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The Scarlet 'C' + Turning Things Around + Early Season Trends

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Orphan Thanksgiving

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Docs for Hire

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"Lance"…or Keep It in the Closet?

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Stranger Than Fiction, A Good Year, Come Early Morning, Harsh Times, Iraq in Fragments and Unknown

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Aaron Hughes, Artist and Veteran

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Make it 15 and 1 + Stopping the Bleeding, Celebrating Success + A Season Dawns Anew

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Accidental Successes

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Arts and Crafts Day, November the 30

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A Scroll Read and a Bargain Made

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Babel, Borat, Flushed Away, 49 Up, Renaissance, Deliver Us From Evil, 51 Birch Street and Princesas

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Election Day!

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Time to Silence the '72 Dolphins + Aaaargh! Penalties

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...got a tummy ache from her Halloween candy. Back next week.

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Catch a Fire, Running with Scissors, Death of a President, The Bridge and Zerophilia

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Dado, Director

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Advantage Fire, Barely + Fortnight of Fear

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Bean Chili, Hold the Tomatoes

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Crabby Skeleton Alert

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A Battle In Sight of Cloumont

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Flags of Our Fathers, The Prestige, Little Children, Marie Antoinette, Tideland, American Hardcore, Man Push Cart and Many More...

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Terry Plumming, Collective Entity

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You'll Never Get Me Alive, Reformers!

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Running the Gamut of Emotions + Five Points for Success

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Braised Beef, It's What's for Dinner

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Writers Writing About Writers Who Write What They Know: Writing

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Review: The Bridge

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Report from the Chicago International Film Festival, The Queen, Infamous, My Country My Country and Alex Rider: Operation Stormbreaker

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Kathleen Judge, Artist

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Correcting the Market on Pregnancy

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The Best Team in Football + What on Earth was That? + .500's a Start, Except So Was Last Year

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Quick Dinner? Stir-Fry!

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My Kind of Town

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Saved from the Rooks

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Chicago International Film Festival preview, The Departed, The Last King of Scotland, Al Franken: God Spoke and Darshan: The Embrace

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Tricia Moreau Sweeney, Photographer

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Ad-dition by Sub-traction

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Sweet Release + King of the NFC Mountain + We Won the Cup+ And Now the Fun Begins

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The "Reality" of Race

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The Question of Children

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The Science of Sleep, The Guardian, Schools for Scoundrels, Jesus Camp, Open Season, The Godfather of Green Bay and The Dogwalker

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Rodrigo Avila, Artist & Gallery Owner

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Do It, But Do It Good

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Looking for Clues + US Open Cup Preview + It's NHL '93 on Genesis All Over Again: The Hawks are Unbeatable

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Comforting Lasagna

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Rearranging Turtles

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Lost On the Path to Cloumont

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All the King's Men, Jet Li's Fearless, Jackass: Number 2, Confetti, Flyboys, Haven, The Puffy Chair and Feast

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Robert Rial, Bakelite 78

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...Cuz They Don't Say "Shi-Quaaa-Go"

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White Sox Defense, RIP + Nostalgia, New Rivalries, and a Chant Nobody Can Hear + Introducing Pucks in Five

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Alien Fractals or Broccoli's Cousin?

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Take It to the Pilots

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The Last Kiss, Half Nelson, Gridiron Gang and This Film Is Not Yet Rated

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John Salhus, Artist

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Bob Brenly Changes MySpace Profile to "Available" + We're in the US Open Cup Final And Pretty Close to the Playoffs

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Kids Ride Free, At Last

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Hollywoodland, The Protector, Time to Leave, Queens, 13 (Tzameti), Gabrielle and Broken Bridges

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Jennifer Sandoval-Eccher, Marquez Dance Project

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...is under the weather.

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Poetic Pavement + A .500 Week Against Sub-.400 Teams Is No Way to March Into the Playoffs + Lots of Games, No Losses

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Searching for Perfect Salmon

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When TV Fans Talk Back, Does Anyone Listen?

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Doing It For the People

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Conversations with Other Women, Crossover, Lassie, The quiet, Surviving Eden and Viva Pedro

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Jonathan Messinger, Featherproof Books

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We're Nearly Civilized

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May Zombies Eat Gary Bennett's Soul + More Mild Than Wild + I'm In Danger of Becoming Optimistic

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What to Do with a Bushel of Tomatoes

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The Marx Brothers of Chicago

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Idlewild, Invincible, Beerfest, Factotum, The Fallen Idol, House of Sand and How to Eat Fried Worms

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Urban Djin, Musician

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Home Today, Gone Tomorrow

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Don't Drink the Kool-Aid + The Quotable, Portable Ozzie Guillen + Maybe We Aren't So Bad at Soccer?

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Spicy Tomato Sauce for Mom's Enchiladas

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Fans on the Motherf---ing Internet

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'Hole '06: C*ck, A Dude'll Do (NSFW)

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The Illusionist, Accepted, The Great New Wonderful, Heading South, Trust the Man and Boynton Beach Club

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...somebody new next week, promise.

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Wal-Mart, Daley & Me

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In Capitalist Chicago, Cubs Tickets Scalp You + Just Win, Baby! + We're Just Not Very Good at Soccer

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Cilantro Tastes Like Summer

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The Big Picture

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Stopping Traffic

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World Trade Center, The Oh in Ohio, Quinceanera, Another Gay Movie and Step Up

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Steven Badauskas, Bernice's Tavern, Bridgeport

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The Unkindest Cut of All

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At Least We Have Barrett + How High Can You Get With Lowered Expectations? + MLS 1 Eurosnobs 0

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...ran to the store for a few things. Back next week.

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Celebrities Behaving Badly

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No Scrubs, Y'All

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Talladega Nights: The Ballad of Ricky Bobby, The Descent, Little Miss Sunshine and The Night Listener

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Anthony Lewellen, Artist

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...lost power in the heat wave. Back next week.

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A Black Hole of Suck + A Bit Better Is Still a Far Cry From Good + All Star Break and We're Not Quite Last Place

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Grill the Whole Darned Thing

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Your Special Day (Again and Again)

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Lakefront Totem Pole Contains Many Tales

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Miami Vice, Scoop, Edmond, The Ant Bully, America: Freedom to Fascism, Lower City and Shadowboxer

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Elizabeth Crane, Author

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Choose to Be Civilized

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Playing Out the String + At a Certain Point, Even I Lose the Rose-Colored Lenses + Red Cards and Beer

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Mockshoe Is Toe-tally Tasty

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La Llorona Code

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Alex Paulsen's Big Week

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Lady in the Water, Clerks II, Monster House, My Super Ex-Girlfriend and Two Drifters

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JKAT Jewelry

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Kill the Juggermart Part 3: Oh, Poor You!

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Skipper Search for a Sinking Ship + Slumps and Chumps + Please Stop Asking Me When Soccer Will Get Popular In The US

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Too Hot to Cook? Use Your Microwave.

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...is on a road trip.

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...forgot to renew its subscription.

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You, Me and Dupree; Leonard Cohen: I'm Your Man; Once in a Lifetime: The Extraordinary Story of the New York Cosmos; Beowulf & Grendel and The Mostly Unfabulous Life of Ethan Green

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Mierka Girten, Actor and Founder of Mookie Jam Foundation

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Know Your Alderman? Know Peace.

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Another Helping of Gloom and Doom + Halfway to the Wild Card? + The World Cup that Broke Soccer's Heart

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Eggs-actly Salad Season

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Baby, You're a Star (Jones)!

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Uncovering the Tooth at the Art Institute

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Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man's Chest, A Scanner Darkly, Strangers with Candy, Who Killed the Electric Car? and Islam: What the West Needs to Know

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Victor Megaro, City Fire Marshal

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...is out of the office.

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Blowing Up the Cubs, Part 2 + Another World Cup in Five

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Liquid Melon, Man!

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Everything Under the Sun

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Superman Returns, The Devil Wears Prada, Russian Dolls, Wassup Rockers, Clean, Only Human & Loverboy

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John Keene, Author & Professor

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I'm Rubber, You're Glue, Round 1

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Tigers, Tigers Burning Bright — and Oh the Smoke, How It Rises! + World Cup in Five

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...is recovering from a family reunion in Ohio.

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Thanks for Filming the CTA

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...is lost in the stacks.

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Wordplay, Autumn and Three Times

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Danielle Klinenberg

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Land of the Aldernannies

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Womackolypse Now: Blowing Up the Cubs, Pt. 1 + Like a Pair of Thoroughbreds

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Grilled Dinner Pillows

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Swim Suit Required

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Ravinia Anyone?

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Nacho Libre, The Lake House, The King, Wah-Wah, The Heart of the Game, I Am A Sex Addict & Garfield: A Tale of Two Kitties

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Kristen Neveu, Artist

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Internal Combustion

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Second Third, Same as the First + Treading Water

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Fresh Fruit Purees

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Your Summer TV Shortlist

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GB Book Club: The Man with the Golden Arm

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Cars, The Omen, A Prairie Home Companion, Sketches of Frank Gehry and Sir! No Sir!

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Anthony Moseley, Executive Artistic Director of Collaboraction

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When the Volcano Blows

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Lawn Care is Our Only Hope? + A Slight Stumble Doesn't Mean the Marathon is Lost + The Fire's Coming Home—I'm Going to Germany

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Children's Museums That Are Worth It

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Noticing the Public Notice You

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The Break-Up, Twelve and Holding, District B-13 and Typhoon

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Billy Lombardo, Faculty Sponsor of Polyphony H.S.

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Will Our Humiliation Ever End? + Tigers and Thomes and Crowds, Oh My! + One Step Forward...

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Time to Cook the Salsa

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Ogden Avenue and Urban Renewal in Old Town

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X-Men: The Last Stand, Lady Vengeance and Street Fight

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Eric Skaggs

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It's a Stick Up!

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Cheering from the Wrong Side of Town + Almost Home

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Smart Food & Not-So-Smart Food

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Oh for Goodness Snakes

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Everybody Wins with Prosper.com

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The Da Vinci Code, Over the Hedge, The Proposition and The Sisters

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The Hot Air Up There

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Clutch That "Believe" Bracelet As Hard As You Can + That Put Me in a Bad Mood

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A Gay Old Time

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Poseidon, Art School Confidential, The Lost City, Somersault, Goal! The Dream Begins, Keeping Up with the Steins and Hate Crime

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Encyclopedia of an Ordinary Life

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Public Official, Ay?

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At Least They're Not the Royals + Five Weeks Without a Roster Move, and Then Suddenly... + Tactics, Luck & When Sponsors Collide

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Make Your Own Damned Mackerel

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Sticks, Stone

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Dirty Column!

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Mission: Impossible III, The Promise, Mountain Patrol: Kekexili, Water, Mrs. Palfrey at The Claremont, Hoot and One Last Thing…

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I Believe the Children Are Our Future + Not-So-Wild West + Money Ball + Foot in Mouth, For Now

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Baby's Got to Eat, Too!

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A Play Based on the Novelization of the Movie

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Attention, Passengers

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United 93, Hard Candy, Akeelah and the Bee, Look Both Ways, Stick It and RV

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Booklist Online, New Spring Titles and What We're Reading Now

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That Undocumented Menace

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Dirty Jokes and Minor Leaguers + Wake Me Up When It's October + Another Week Without Losing + Fun While It Lasted

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From Cactus to Dinner

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(Cheap) Girls' Day Out

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The Notorious Bettie Page, Kinky Boots, Take My Eyes and When Do We Eat?

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Remember Earth Day?

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...is scrounging up new dirt on local politicians. Back next week.

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At Least There's the Bullpen + Back on Top + More Sister-Kissing + It's All Up Now, Baby

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Are You Game for This Hen?

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The Death of the Sitcom is Greatly Exaggerated

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Vacation: All I Ever Wanted

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The Devil and Daniel Johnston, On A Clear Day, L'Enfant, The Beauty Academy of Kabul, The Wild and Subject 2

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GB Book Club: Near West Side Stories: Struggles for Community in Chicago's Maxwell Street Neighborhood

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The Revolution in Suede Pumas

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What Can You Learn from One Week? + Stumbling Out of the Gate + Worse Management, Better Defending, Better Than Losing + Up and Down

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But I'm Hungry Now

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Picnic Season Opener

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On the Make On the Metra, II

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Brick, Take the Lead, Don't Come Knocking and Drawing Restraint 9

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The Untouchable Eliot Ness

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Lessons from Opening Day + Glimmers of Hope, Part 2: Hitters + The View from the Bar + Hit Me with Your Best Shot

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Everybody Must Get Sconed

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When Opportunity Knocks

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Sophie Scholl: The Final Days, Lonesome Jim, Slither, Adam & Steve and Ice Age: The Meltdown

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Stay In Your Lane

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Something Stanek

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Defying Logic + Glimmers of Hope, Part 1: Pitchers

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Chickpeas On My Mind

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Goodbye, Car Seat

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To Tide You Over

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Thank You for Smoking, Stoned, Evil (Ondskan) and Summer Storm

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Celebrate Small Press Month

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Stroger, Claypool and "Candidate X"

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AL Contenders + Bradley Bradley Bradley

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Carne Guisada Por Mi Amigos

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Suspending Baby Superman

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Business Opportunities

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V for Vendetta, Ask the Dust, The Heart Is Deceitful Above All Things, Fateless, Duck Season and She's the Man

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GB Book Club Review: Memory Mambo

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Endorse(yawn)ments

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The Gang's All Here + Sox for Fantasy

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Sesame Street Revisted

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F&#% Me, I'm an A-Hole!

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The Hills Have Eyes, Unknown White Male, The Shaggy Dog & Winter Passing

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The .500 Club + Spring Has Sprung! + It's Time + Yes, They're Going to Break Your Heart Again.

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Small Bites of Pig

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Well, All Except the Yellow Line

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Dave Chappelle's Block Party, 16 Blocks, Deep Sea 3D and Aquamarine

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Birthing Pains

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Up, Down

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A Cake Fit for a King

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Berwyn's Toy Trains & Models

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Joker, Smoker, Midnight Toker

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Running Scared, Night Watch and Before the Fall

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La Salle: From French Explorer to City Street

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A Hundred Friends

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Stars Abound

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Noodles, West and East Part 2

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Our Founding Fathers

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Tristam Shandy: A Cock and Bull Story, Freedomland, Manderlay, Neil Young: Heart of Gold, Eight Below and Dirty Work

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GB Book Club: I Sailed with Magellan

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Late to Bed, Late to Wake

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Back Down to Earth

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Noodles, West and East Part 1.

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Model Behavior

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Your First Valentine's Day

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Firewall, Final Destination 3 and Curious George

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Chicago Burns Again: The Second Great Fire

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Hands Off Our Office!

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Back Down to Earth + "One Fur Da Thumb!"

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Three Cheers for Quiche!

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Whuhbuppin?

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Rear Window

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The Three Burials of Melquiades Estrada, The World's Fastest Indian, Something New and A Good Woman

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They Called Him Sauganash

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Primary Colors

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I Told You So

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Mushrooms + Veggie Stock = Yummy!

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Chic-a-go-go!

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Wedding Announcements

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Bubble, Nanny McPhee, Annapolis and Roving Mars

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Discovering Local Authors

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It's a Start

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Yummy Yaki

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Truthiness Is not Better Than Fiction

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Anonymous

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The New World and Transamerica

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Chicago by the Numbers

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Black Monday + Our Narrator Returns

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What Do I Do with Vegetable Stock?

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Parts and Service

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Uh, I Saw U on MySpace

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The Libertine, Glory Road, Mrs. Henderson Presents, Caché and Hoodwinked

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Gapers Block Book Club: Division Street: America by Studs Terkel

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Farewell, Demain

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Prowling for Panthers

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Mmm, Vegetable Stock

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Year of the Cruise

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On the Scene

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The Matador, Hostel and Be Here to Love Me

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Pandering, Pandering, Pandering

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Bear Down, Playoff Bears!

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Icelandic Cooking

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DuPage Children's Museum

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Hungry for Love, Money -- and Ass

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The Best and Worst Films of 2005

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Get Your Skates On

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Mom's New Year's Day Dinner

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Craigs List on Christmas

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Munich, Match Point, The White Countess, Breakfast on Pluto, Casanova, Rumor Has It and The Ringer

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Chicago Card Decks Shuffle Up Some Fun

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Phase 1 of Operation Barefoot and Pregnant

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Packing Up for Christmas + Dreaming of a White Sox Christmas

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I Like My Coq in Wine

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Jack's Big Music Show

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No Receipts, No Returns

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King Kong, Brokeback Mountain, The Producers, Memoirs of a Geisha, The Family Stone and Ellie Parker

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No Doubting Thomas

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Guess What Down You Need To Convert?

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The Season of Drinkable Cheer

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Celebrating Life Day

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Personals -- Not Matches

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The Chronicles of Narnia: The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe, Syriana, Protocols of Zion and 39 Pounds of Love

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Brand Spankin' New Wine

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Where the Money Is, Sadly, Not Funny

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Super Bowl Bound + Fouls and Threes

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Warm Up With Japanese Soups

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When the Cult of Personality Goes Too Far

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Natural Toys

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A Job For the Holidays

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The Kid and I, Never Been Thawed and First Descent

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GB Book Club: The Adventures of Augie March by Saul Bellow

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Blago's Sure Thing No More

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Recipes from Loosetooth.com

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Score. More. Points!

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Review: after the quake

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Blow the Candles

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The Ice Harvest, Rent, Just Friends and Dorian Blues

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2005 Chicago Books in Review: Fiction

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"For Real" + I Hate the Circus

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Non-Ironic Thanksgiving Side Dishes

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Drive Me Crazy

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Book Review: If You Give a Mouse a Cookie, That's Disgusting! and Picture This

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300 Miles to Home

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Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire, Walk the Line and Ballet Russes

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2005 Chicago Books in Review: Non-Fiction

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Low Down, from Nobody

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From Roux to Bechamel

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Celebrity Guest Predictions! + Depth On the Bench

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Pho 777 on Argyle

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Does Anybody Know This Guy?

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Zathura, Pride & Prejudice, Get Rich or Die Tryin', Bee Season and Sarah Silverman: Jesus is Magic

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The Curse of the Hall of Fame

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Oh, What I Do for You

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Meatloaf and Scalloped Potatoes

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Career Years? + Halfway to Paradise + Promising or Disappointing?

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Sly like FOX?

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Space for Rent

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Jarhead, The Squid and the Whale, The Dying Gaul and Forty Shades of Blue

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In Search of Great Lakes

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AllKids, All Blue

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Keen for Quinoa

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Your World Champions! + Your NFC North Leaders + Another Winning Season?

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Screwcap Savvy

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Leaking Fluids

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Barry White is Not Dead

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The Weather Man, Shopgirl, Prime and Three…Extremes

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Dillinger Still Haunts Popular Memory

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The Second City's Culture of Fear

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Pork: Born To Be Brined

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Up 2-0! + Week 7 + Through Six Years of Thin, No Thick

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A Love Letter to Brew & View

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Not a Day Late and Here is Your Dollar, Part II

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Lost Bird

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North Country, Kiss Kiss, Bang Bang, Dreamer, Innocent Voices, Loggerheads, Emmanuel's Gift, The Future of Food and Doom

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Local Haunted Houses

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The Naked Truth

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Go Go White Sox + Week Six

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Chicken Fryer: Not Just For Chicken

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Afghan Restaurant

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Ebay Pulse and Knowing What to Buy

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On the Make On the Metra

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Continued CIFF Coverage, Plus Elizabethtown, Domino and The Fog

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Gapers Block Book Club: I'm Not the New Me

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Brilliant Responses from Brilliant Readers!

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Lamb and Lassi for the Lads and Lassies

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Spoiled Rotten

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Bringing Out the Dead

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Beating on Boston

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Chicago International Film Festival Round-Up, Plus This Week's Openings

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Tarzan in Chicago

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Hate Hate Hate the White Sox

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Brussels Sprouts You'll Actually Want to Eat

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Rodan

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Ebay Stalkers

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What Jesus Told the Cubs + Clinched!

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Serenity, The Greatest Game Ever Played, The Prize Winner of Defiance, Ohio, Oliver Twist and More

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Dispatch from Beat 1413

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Granola Goodness

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The "World" Is Waiting for You

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Sopa de Fideo

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The Best In the World

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Excuses to Keep Watching + Scalped!

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Corpse Bride, A History of Violence, Flightplan, Reel Paradise, Dear Wendy & Hellbent

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GB Book Club: Nowhere Man by Aleksandar Hemon

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Olympics, Chicago Style

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Homemade Mac & Cheese and an Impressive Vinaigrette

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The Sideways Question

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Antique Questions From GB Readers

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They're Right After the Obits

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Signs of Hope, Stink of Choke and Hustling for Dough + Sockless Sox Scare Some South-Side Supporters

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Lord of War, Just Like Heaven, The Think About My Folks, Garçon Stupide, Elevator to the Gallows & Cote D'Azur

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Get Hustled ...A Little

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Okra Is A-Ok

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Fierce! Kind Of.

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The Wedding Announcement

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Steroids, Jackasses and Poo Holes + So Close You Can Taste It

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The Exorcism of Emily Rose, An Unfinished Life, Sympathy of Mr. Vengeance, The Man & Green Street Hooligans

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More Questions from the Mailbag

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We Are Nearly Civilized

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Don't Flip That Frittata

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Consigning to an Antique Auction

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Class Reunion

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A Look at the Roster and Introducing Sox in Five

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The Constant Gardener, A Sound of Thunder, El Crimen Perfecto & 2046

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So You Wanna Know More About Richard J. Daley

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Tomatoes By the Bushel

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Nothin' But Arc

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Wonderful Wonder Works

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Free for All

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Introducing: Cubs in Five

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Cronicas, The Cave, 9 Songs & � Tout de Suite

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Next Cubs GM: Me!

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Cool as a Cucumber

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Are You a Felon?

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Flea Market Swag

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The 40-Year-Old Virgin, Red Eye, Asylum, Ma Mère and Tropical Malady

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Pick Your Own: Local Apple Orchards and Remembering Wauconda

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Things You Would Know...

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Fish Gravy Fit For Friends

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Who Doesn't Want To Be a Millionaire?

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One Year Later: Holy Crap, I'm a Parent!

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Best of Craig's List

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Four Brothers, The Skeleton Key and The Great Raid

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Gapers Block Book Club: Dandelion Wine

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A Door Ajar

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Sweet, Sweet Pickles

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Tre Via

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Bob the Picker

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"Hey, Nice T-Shirt."

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Broken Flowers, The Dukes of Hazzard, Saraband, The Edukators and The Year of Yao

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Charles Cleaver and the Cottage in the Grove

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Gary Who?

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Ajo Arriero

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Let Go of the Woobie

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A Hairy Situation

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Plus One or Bust

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Stealth, Happily Ever After, The Man Who Copied and Chaos

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We Totally Have the Best Flag

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Duel of the Iron Wills

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Answering the Kale

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Pink Wine is Good!

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Expensive Ghosts

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What Do You Hate?

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Hustle & Flow, The Island, Bad News Bears, The Devil's Rejects, Murderball and Lila Says

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Become a Butterfly Watcher

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AF of L C of IO Bye Bye O

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Side Dish Galore

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Rock Star: INXS

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Desserts for the Kid

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11 Republicans You Should Meet

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Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, Dark Water, Wedding Crashers and More

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Gapers Block Book Club: Heat Wave by Eric Klinenberg

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Not Pro-Choice, Pro-Privacy

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Zucchini Bounty

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Damned Early Buyers

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Oprah! Living God's Dream!

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War of the Worlds, March of the Penguins, Undead, 5x2 and Pure

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Don't Fear the Reaper

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What Do I Do with All This Lettuce?

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Beauty and the Geek

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Traveling with the Kid

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The Rainbow Connection

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The Harold Lloyd Film Series and Rebound

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A Chicago Joke Book

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30 Years in Mell

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Too Crabby to Cook

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The Forgotten Art of the Picnic: A Review of Pastoral

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Estate Sale Mania

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Burning at Dominick's

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Land of the Dead, Me and You and Everyone We Know, Bewitched, Shake Hands with the Devil and Herbie

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Ashland Avenue, the Great Fire and the Ruins of Chicago

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All Apologies

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Two Lovely Summer Salads

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First Exit

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Chicago Children's Museum

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The State of the Glory Hole

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Batman Begins, Mr. and Mrs. Smith, My Summer of Love and More

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Gapers Block Book Club: Crossing California

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How Do You Wash Your Face?

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Whole Grilled Fish Stuffed with Leeks

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Dealing Antiques

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Cue Nelly's "It's Gettin' Hot in Herre"

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Howl's Moving Castle, High Tension, Saving Face, Another Road Home and The Honeymooners

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They Called Him Sauganash

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How Cold-Hearted Capitalism Can Warm Your Heart, Part III

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Baltic Bakery And Multi-Grain Bread

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TRU

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Strike a Pose, Babe!

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I Gotta Tip For Ya ...

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Cinderella Man, Mysterious Skin, The Lords of Dogtown, The Nomi Song and Rock School

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Italo Balbo and Chicago's Gift from Fascist Italy

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Chase Street Beach

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Grilled Halal Lamb Chops

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Noodles on Sheridan/Sheffield: TAC Quick & Cozy Noodles and Rice

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Special Sites for Special Events

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Are the Suburbs For You? A Quiz!

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Revenge of the Sith, Kontroll, It's All Gone Pete Tong and Torremolinos 73

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Goose Island

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An Open Letter to Things that Annoy Me

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Big Fish, Little Fish, Fillet in the Broiler

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Passing Down the Star Wars Tradition from Mother to Son

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I Saw You at the GB Party

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Unleashed, Layer Cake, Mad Hot Ballroom and Brothers

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Chicago Area Library Blogs

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Let the Lady Play

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I Like Waffles

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The Golden Angel

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Vehicle Auctions, Props and All-Nighters

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I'm in Room 6969.

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Kingdom of Heaven, Monster-in-Law, Ladies in Lavender, Short Cut to Nirvana and House of Wax

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Gapers Block Book Club: The Time Traveler's Wife

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Jewish Chicken Soup

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Penang

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Living Out

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Fresno, LA, SB, Chicago

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Crash, 3-Iron, Don't Move and Enron

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City Streets: How Chicago Raised Itself Out of the Mud and Astonished the World

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The War on Women, Part I

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Mother's Day Tart

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RPN & Wolff's Flea Market

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I Hate Chicago Scene

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Hitchhiker's Guide, Palindromes, House of D and The Other Side of the Street

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Mailbag Grab Bag

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The Moral Welfare State

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Accidental Dinners

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Jump

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Plushtastic!

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Darlin', Don't You Go and Cut Your Hair

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Kung-Fu Hustle, The Amityville Horror, The Interpreter and Look at Me

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Palmer Square

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50 Years of Da Boss

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Summertime Marinades

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Semiramis

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You Can Meet, But Not Connect

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Eros, dot the i and Turtles Can Fly

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Gapers Block Book Club April Book: The Jungle

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A Movement Is Born

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Asparagus In All Its Glory

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The Mother Test

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Spring Has Sprung!

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Sin City, Fever Pitch and Sahara

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Separate Proms

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Destination Lockport

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English Muffins

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Staropolska Restaurant & Deli

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In the Know

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Love for Sale

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Oldboy, The Upside of Anger, The Ring Two and More

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Measuring the Chicago Mile

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Willing to Fight Unless There's a Fight

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Migas Por Mis Amigos

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Konak Pizza & Grill

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Not a Day Late, and Here is Your Dollar

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Craig Will Heal You

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The European Union Film Festival

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Striking Up the Band on Music Row

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Drinking Manners Matter

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Perfect Pancakes

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Conversation with a Wedding Drunk

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Robots, Steamboy and Hostage

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1919: Chicago's Red Summer

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When French Bread Fails You

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Orange Garden

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The Safest Crib on the Block

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"Well, I Can Always Sell My Eggs"

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Be Cool and Millions

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Gapers Block Book Club March Book: Hairstyles of the Damned

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Cheese Enchiladas

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Lawrence's Fisheries

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Party Time

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Beware the Blindfolded Brasilian C*cksucker

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Wonder Woman and The Greatest American Hero

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Introducing the Gapers Block Book Club

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Right and Righter

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Appetizers Fit for Feminists

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Mama Style

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A Crappy Way to Earn $75

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The IDPE Process

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The Last Man on the Moon

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Mark Steyn: Scumbag

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Hearty Beef Stew and Biscuits

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Rajun Cajun

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ChicWIT and Me: Estrogenia!

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Nausicaä of the Valley of the Wind

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Powwows and Tribal Traditions Alive in Uptown

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Babies got to eat, too: The Toddler

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Arturo's Tacos & The Map Room

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Cooking for -- and with -- Kids

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Valentine's Day Gift Ideas

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Yasujiro Ozu, Part Two: The Story of Floating Weeds and Early Summer

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Signs, Signs, Everywhere Honorary Street Signs

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The Forever City

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A Time For Soup and Bread

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Ñ

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Summer Camps

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My Best Friend's Missed Connection

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Aliens of the Deep & What the Bleep Do We Know?

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Chicago's Queen of Gospel Song

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Iraq the Vote, Part III

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Salmon en Croute with Lemon Dill Sauce

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Pizza Bubamara

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Adventures in Shopping

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In the Realms of the Unreal

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Chicago and the Influenza Epidemic of 1918

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Iraq the Vote, Part II

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Whole Roasted Chicken

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Pho 777

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Alternator

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All-Too-Real Responses

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B-Fest

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Who's Your Granddaddy?: Illinois Family History Resources Online

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Iraq the Vote, Part I

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Slow Cookery

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A New Beginning; Sayat Nova

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You Say It's Their Birthday

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The Look of Love

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Yasujiro Ozu, Part One: Tokyo Story and Good Morning

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The Beer Baron and the Baroque Mansion

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The Paris Hilton Lobby

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Meatloaf and Scalloped Potatoes

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Tanoshii

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One-to-One

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Trader Monthly and Me

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A Short Film About John Bolton

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A Noise in the Trunk

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Beating The Winter Doldrums

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Lasagne

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Best of 2004

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Breastfeeding Support

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A New Year in the Classifieds

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Hotel Rwanda and The Life Aquatic

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This Year Resolve to Make a Difference

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My Mama's New Year's Day Dinner

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Wishbone for Dinner

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House of Flying Daggers, Million Dollar Baby and Infernal Affairs

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Rudolph the Chi-town Reindeer and Other Christmas Tales

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Rogues, Rubberstamps -- Rebels?

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Baby's Gotta Eat, Part 3: 10-15 Months

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Kabul House

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Car Seat Gift Guide

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No Receipts, No Returns

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Stupid Sports Comedies

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The Real Christmas Schooner

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Construction

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Chocolate Chip Cookies

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Milk and Honey Café

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Too Much Light, Kids!

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Craig's List: A Profusion of Peculiarity

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Moolaadé

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The LaSalle National Bank Building

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Casino Royale

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Pizza Bread

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Marrakech Expresso

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Seat Belt: On the Town with Teens

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Nothing Is Ever Free

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The Most Gigantic Lying Mouth of All Time

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Chicago: The Movable Bridge Capital of the World

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Move Over, Tom Roeser

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Stuffed French Toast

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How Am I Driving?

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Blow Out My Candles

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Finding Neverland

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Give Thanks, Fully

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Thanksgiving Turkey 101

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Red Rooster Wine Bar and Cafe

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Big Places, Small Steps

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I'm Calling About the Room for Rent

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Arrested Development: Season 1 DVD

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Doctor, Doctor, Give Me the News: Chicago Healthcare Resources

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Guts, Not Gutting

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Honey Teriyaki Glazed Salmon Served Sushi Style...

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John's Place

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Music that Won't Make You Want to Shoot Yourself

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R U Hot? U R Hired!

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The Incredibles and The Iron Giant

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West Ridge and Chicago's Asian Indian Community

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Are You Immoral, Chicago?

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Poppy Seed Bread

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Cafe Demir

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Dick Will Get Us Through

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Primer

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Charles Tyson Yerkes and the Rise of Chicago's Mass Transit

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The Mouth of a Righteous Man

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French Bread

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Preschool or Bust

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Joker, Smoker, Midnight Toker

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Vera Drake

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Death in Chicago: A Mysterious Reading List

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Private Parts

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Antipodean Edibles

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Rick's Café

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School Daze

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Pets for Adoption

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Team America: World Police and Secret Honor

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Chicago's Best Haunted Houses and Halloween Attractions

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Stop, Stop, Stop, Stop Hurting America

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The World Is Your Oyster

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Chicago Kalbi Korean Restaurant

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Hallowear

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"Well, I Can Always Sell My Eggs"

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Seijun Suzuki

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Tarzan's Chicago

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The Revolution Will Be Southern Fried

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Babies got to eat, too: Part 2

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Room 12

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Be Prepared

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For All Eternity

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The Leopard

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John Hume Kedzie and Friends

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Squash Those Complaints

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Tango Sur

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Never Too Young to Read

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Missed Connections

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Star Wars Trilogy and THX 1138 on DVD

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Illinois Voter Registration and Election Resources Revisited

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Tempest in a Council Teacup

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Wheat Bread

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Dunlays on Clark

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Props to the Lord

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Sky Captain and the World of Tomorrow

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When Bicycles Ruled Chicago

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How Cold-Blooded Capitalism Can Warm Your Heart, Part 2

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Better Than Ma Used to Make

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Café 28

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Strike a Pose, Baby!

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Brach's Pick-A-Mix

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Roscoe Street, or Why So Many Chicago Streets Are Named for Towns in Pennsylvania

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Faith-Based Initiative

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Babies Gotta Eat, Too: Part 1

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La Tavernetta

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A Class Act

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Conversation with a Wedding Drunk

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Wicker Park

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Conventions A-Plenty

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I Say Ceviche, You Say Sebiche

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Virtual Car Seat

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Behind Door Number Two

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Vanity Fair and Sense & Sensibility

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Where Are Chicago's Poets?

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Script for campaign ad of "Yale Alumni For Truth," a "non-partisan" 527 group opposed to the reelection of George W Bush.

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Bread For the Soul

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Green Tea

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Wear Are You Going?

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Everybody's Workin' For the Weekend

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Hero and Wonderful Days

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Groucho, Harpo, Chico and Chicago

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Please, Pick Me Up Before You Go-Go

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Packing in a Quick Meal

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Alice and Friends Vegetarian Café

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In the Dark, No One Can See You Cry!

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We're On the Road to Nowhere

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Odd Obsession

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Clinton's Big Ditch

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Drinking Manners

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Mussels and Mash: a Tribute to Julia

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Feast

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Holy Crap, I'm a Parent!

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Beware the Blindfolded Brasilian Cocksucker!

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Garden State

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Art Deco Theatre is a Suburban Gem

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How a Chicago Bill Becomes a Law

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Drink up!

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Restaurant Suggestions

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A Crappy Way to Earn $90

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Harold & Kumar Go to White Castle

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Punkin' Donuts and the Battle of Belmont

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Chicago For a Song

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Bistro Campagne

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Napoleon Dynamite and The Devil's Backbone

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Fair Trade

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Salsa Con Sabor

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A Nod to Noodles: Cozy vs. Grande

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The Door in the Floor

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What Do You Want?

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A Bibliography of Chicago Gentrification

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Bill Clinton's My Life

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Dazzling Basil

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Turquoise Café

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The Philadelphia Story and Bad Santa

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L.A. Face with an Oakland Booty

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Show Me Your Green Thumb: Chicagoland Gardening

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Songs of Experience

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Cherry-poppin' Holiday

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Albany Park Round-up

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Missed Connections: Total Pussies or Beautiful Dreamers

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Division Street and the Transformations of a Community

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A View to Thrill

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Marinades on the Cheap

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Lula Cafe

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Control Room and City of God

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22 Books to Get You Up to Speed on the Entire World. Part 6: The Whole World

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Theodore Dreiser

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Daley's Denials

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Choppin' Broccoli

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Rose Angelis

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22 Books to Get You Up to Speed on the Entire World. Part 5: Europe and Southeast Asia

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Why Native Chicagoans Know So Much About Local Architecture

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Vice on the Lakefront

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The Cafe at Hearty Boys

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Movie Review: Saved!

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Father Arnold Damen (Avenue)

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Dreading Chicago Summers

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Quick Sauces

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Hopleaf

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22 Books to Get You Up to Speed on the Entire World. Part 4: North and South America

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The Lake Michigan Cribs

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Kill the Juggermart, Part 2

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The Proof is In the Pudding

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Ezuli

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Band Profile: The Audreys

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Road Trip! Web Resources for Planning a Midwestern Getaway

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Election Fun with the Regulars

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Shrimp? Who You Calling a Shrimp?

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Twist

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22 Books to Get You Up to Speed on the Entire World. Part 3: South Asia and West Asia

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James T. Farrell

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The Joy of Avocado

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WiFi Enabled Eats

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Spring, Summer, Fall, Winter ...and Spring

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The John Hancock Center

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We're Gonna Win

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Cold Soups for Warm Nights

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Angelina Ristorante

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22 Books to Get You Up to Speed on the Entire World. Part 2: The Pacific & Africa

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The Chicago Picasso: A Gift from One of the Greatest Artists of the 20th Century to a City He Never Saw

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Tattoo or Not Tattoo, Two

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A Tart to Bring Home to Mom

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Taste of Lebanon and Aladdin's Eatery

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Freaks and Geeks, Firefly

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This is the Story of a Man Named Brady

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Grafters and Goo Goos

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Caliente

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Action Movie: The Play

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National Library Week

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Manny Flores, Freshman Alderman

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Get Ready for Grilling Season

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Café Selmarie

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22 Books to Get You Up to Speed on the Entire World. Pt. 1: Central and East Asia

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Italo Balbo and Chicago's Forgotten Gift from Fascist Italy

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Tax Us, Please

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Crock Pot Cooking

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Café Ballou

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Movie Dictator Night

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The Bronzeville Tomb of Stephen A. Douglas

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Barack Obama, Our Next Senator

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Ode to a Cast Iron Skillet

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Brunch at Flo

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Book Review: Free Culture

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Twinkies: Another Fine Chicago Invention

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Kill the Juggermart

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The Rice Cooker is your Friend

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Cafe Suron

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Eternal Sunshine, Lost in Translation

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The Yellow Brick Road Began in Humboldt Park

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The Word Is Bond

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Lamb and Lassi for the Lads and Lasses

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Hama Matsu

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The Dazzle of Day

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Happy Illinois Food Products Month! and Other Real "Holidays"

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Legion: For They Are Many

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"Old Clothes" for a Cold March Day

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Irazu

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The Twilite-Like Zone

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New York, LA, Chicago: We Totally Have the Best City Flag

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A Leek in the Kitchen

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Bad Martial Arts Cinema: Tiger Claws III

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Where are Chicago's Fiction Writers?

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Dangerous Racial Politics

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Simple Single Meals

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Artopolis Bakery Café & Agora

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Songs and conversations

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What's the Deal with All Those Motels on North Lincoln Avenue?

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Why Don't Liberals Like Me?

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A Mardi Gras Meal

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Victory's Banner

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Eastern Standard Tribe: Cory Doctorow's latest vision of a Friendsterized Future

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Corruption from the Toes Up

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Avocado-Mango Salad and Fish Tacos

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The Local Option

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Party Politics

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How Chicago Raised Itself out of the Mud and Astonished the World

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A Valentine's Day Dinner at Home

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Bird's Nest

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Adieu, Anita: Remembering Anita Mui

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Illinois Voter Registration and Election Resources

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Americans Eating Kale: A Dinner Party for Eight

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Addis Abeba Restaurant

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Random Thoughts on Ani Difranco's Recent Swing Through Chicago

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From Checagou to Chicago: A City by No Other Name

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Profiles of Candidates for Senate: Gery Chico and Some Other Democrats

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Big Fish, Little Fish, Fillet In Your Broiler

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Happy Chef

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Shanghai Knights

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Go Forth and Replicate! An Introduction to Memes

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Profiles of Candidates for Senate: Jim Oberweis and Andy McKenna, Republicans

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I Love Olives

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In-Flight Entertainment

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Who is Buried in Couch's Tomb?

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Profiles of Candidates for Senate: Barack Obama, Democrat

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Sam Giancana's Last Meal

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L'Appetito

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More Items About Movies

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Chicago and the Influenza Epidemic of 1918

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Sweet Potatoes Deserve Better

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Svea

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General John A. Logan and Logan Square

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Profiles of Candidates for Senate: Steve Rauschenberger & John Borling, Republicans

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New Year's Eve Pot Pie

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Twisted Spoke (Lakeview)

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Post-Holiday Shopping Advice

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Of Many, One: Ryan and Illinois' Corruption

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Sultan's Market

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Some Items About Movies

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Hail to the Chef

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Profiles of Candidates for Senate: Dan Hynes, Democrat

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Better Sandwiches

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Sherlock on the Green Screen

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The Librarian is on vacation. Check back next week.

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Profiles of Candidates for Senate: Jack Ryan, Republican

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Christmas Cookies

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Riques Regional Mexican Food

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Mac & McNamera

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Ashland, the Great Fire, and the Ruins of Chicago

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Profiles of Candidates for Senate: Maria Pappas, Democrat

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Turkey Enchiladas

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Vegetarian Garden

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In All Seriousness, Multitasking with Paris in the Afternoon.

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Charles Tyson Yerkes and the Rise of Chicago's Mass Transit

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Overtime: Born in Chicago, Creaking Towards Death

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Mom Knows Best

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Hema's Kitchen

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No column this week: Dave is on vacation.

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Anime and Manga: Resources on the Web

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The Most Complicated Simple Issue

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Queso*

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Gennaro's and BeviAmo Wine Bar on Taylor Street

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Lessons and Peacemakers

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Lill & Diversey: A Short History of Early Chicago Brewing

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Forget Chicago: Long Live Chicago!

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Bourbon Glazed Chicken and Bitchin' Baked Yams

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Half Shell Inc.

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The Depths of Potter; Tesla & Holmes

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What's in a Name? The Magnificent Mile and the Development of North Michigan Avenue

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The End of Ed Kelly

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The Whole Chicken, Part 3: Risotto

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Dharma Garden Restaurant

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The Vast Wasteland

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The Haunted Wal-Mart and Other True Tales of Terror

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Adventures in Gambling

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The Whole Chicken, Part 2: Soup Stock

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Crepe de Paris

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Pledge Drive

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Resurrection Mary

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How Cold-blooded Capitalism Can Warm Your Heart

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The Whole Chicken, Part 1: Roasting

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Andalous Moroccan Restaurant

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The Three Investigators and the Decline of Hitchcock

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Indian Summer and a Dickens of a Tale

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An Apology from Sox Fans to Cubs Fans

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Soup for a Week

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Tokyo Lunch Boxes and Catering

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The Answer to a "Shocking" Question

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Following a Child Left Behind

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Chestnuts Roasting in a Greased-up Skillet

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Bonus Tracks, Director Commentary and Related Aggravations

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How to Watch a Marathon

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Measuring a Chicago Mile

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Cronies on the Make

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Truly Appetizing

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Kirk Unit

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Reflecting on Chicago Theatre

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A Tale of Two Ballparks, Part 2

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Tattoo or Not Tattoo: A Primer in Chicago Politics

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Colonialism in the Pacific Rim Themed Dinner for Eight

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An Incomplete Catalog of Writing Machines

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While You're Here

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A Tale of Two Ballparks, Part 1

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Dr. R.K. Engler on Segregation, Liberal Poets, and Those Damned Taco-Stand Owning Mexicans

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The Finest in Fake Meats

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Rod, the Cops and Death Row

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Reviewed: "Clueless in Academe: How Schooling Obscures the Life of the Mind"

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JFK... the AntiChrist?

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Weak One Football

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Homemade Mac'n'cheese and an impressive vinaigrette salad.

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The Rise and Fall of a Temporary Barkeep

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Jingle Baby

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Cruisin' down Sheridan Road

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The Biggest Little Corner

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What's all this, then?

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