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The Ballot is the Thing

Time Out Chicago just opened voting for its first-ever Time Out Chicago Theater Awards.

In Good Times and in Bad

A Chicago couple's apartment burned down on the same day as their wedding; a fundraising campaign for them already passed its goal of $5,000 and is approaching the $10,000 mark.

Opening the Shoebox

Artist Jason Lazarus collects photos too painful for their owners to look at and posts them on a blog. [via]

New Hoop Dreams

Take a hula hoop tour of the city with dancer Rachel Sullivan in a new video.

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Fatal Figures

Chicago police shot and killed 70 people between 2010-2014, which is more than other major U.S. cities, according to the BGA.

Force Quit

Chief Keef appeared via hologram at Craze Fest in Hammond Saturday night, but his performance was shut down by police after the first song.

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All Falls Down

Two buildings you should know about are in the process of being demolished today: the 100+ year-old St. Dominic's Church in River North, which served the Cabrini Green area; and Humboldt Park's Salerno Cookie Factory, whose Art Deco entrance was designed by Harold Zook.

(Re)Building the City

New leadership at Chicago's infrastructure bank will try to get the organization moving on major improvement projects; the group stalled somewhat after launching to big fanfare three years ago.

Chicago-Born Blues

Blues masters moving to Chicago from the Mississippi Delta in the 1950s and 1960s attracted young musicians who later became household names. The documentary Born in Chicago and its soundtrack capture this evolution and its continuing impact on music today.

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Secret Holograms

After being "banned" by Mayor Emanuel, Chief Keef's hologram benefit show will be held at an undisclosed location in Chicago this Saturday and streamed live.

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“For all the flak the suburbs take for being less interesting and more urban sprawl-y than Chicago, they sure don't suffer a lack of quality bands.”

read more in Transmission

Under the Hood


Two Performances Close Chicago Human Rhythm Project's 25th Anniversary

by Miriam Finder


Your Lollapalooza 2015 Party Guide

by Stephanie Griffin


Clap Your Hands Say Yeah Relived Their Debut at Lincoln Hall

by Julian Ramirez


Wicker Park Fest - Sunday in Review

by Colin Smith


Free Street Theater Brings Mutant Chihuahuas to City Parks

by Andrew Huff

Drive Thru

Multi-Layered Modern Tacos in West Loop

by Judy Wu


Paul Natkin Relives His Life in Rock Photography, From Abba to ZZ Top

by Nancy Bishop


Giving the Suburban Music Scene a Shout at House of Blues

by Zach Blumenfeld


Reelin' in the Years with Steely Dan at Ravinia

by Dan Snedigar


Wicker Park Fest - Saturday in Review

by Colin Smith

The Grid: Lyrical Video Journalism

To be Demolished: Documenting 100
Threatened Buildings



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