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Relighting the Patio

The Patio Theater is back in business after the current owners reached a lease and management deal with Eddie Carranza -- the oft-embattled owner of the Congress and Portage theaters. The first new event will be a holiday sketch comedy show on Dec. 4.

United States of X: 11 Nations Edition

The country is divided into 11 distinct "nations," according to Tufts professor Collin Woodard in his book, American Nations -- and Chicago is part of Yankeedom. An earlier book, The Nine Nations of North America by John Garreau, put us in The Foundry.

The Game is Over

The staff of 87.7 The Game found out -- while on the air -- that the Tribune Media (the broadcast half of the Tribune Company that split from print earlier this year) is pulling the plug on the channel at the end of the year. They found out from Robert Feder's column and Twitter. Listen in.

City Pays its Bills

City Council passed a $7.3 billion budget, including $62.4 million in new revenue from increased fees on things like water, parking, cell phones, and cable television.

You're Cut Off

Raf Miastkowski picks the Chicago bars that would play home to "Game of Thrones" houses.

How Well Do You Know the City?

WTTW will debut "Where in Chicago? with Geoffrey Baer," a new quiz show about Chicago, at 7:30pm on Dec. 1.

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RIP Mike Nichols

Writer/director/producer Mike Nichols passed away at age 83. Nichols got his start in entertainment while attending the University of Chicago, beginning with the Compass Players improv troupe where he met his longtime collaborator, Elaine May.

Too Sexy for 5th Graders?

After a DNAinfo reported on a new sex ed curriculum for CPS fifth graders at Andrew Jackson Language Academy that included info about female condoms and anal sex, parents and the Internet freaked out, causing CPS officials to do damage control and a parent to start a petition to have the material removed.

Vintage Vantages

Mental Floss shares classic photos of the city including views of the Great Chicago Fire, the World's Fair, and hog butchers.

Sketchy Details

The lineup of the Chicago Sketch Comedy Festival is out, including over 200 shows with local and national acts.


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Under the Hood


A Gorgeously Epic Porgy & Bess @ The Lyric Opera

by J.H. Palmer


The Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part 1, Foxcatcher, The Homesman, Force Majeure, America the Beautiful 3: The Sexualization of Our Youth, National Gallery & Miss Meadows

by Steve Prokopy

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Free 3-Course Dinner at Bolat African Cuisine

by Judy Wu


The Game is Up for WGN's Sports Radio Station

by Chad Ruter

Book Club


by Miden Wood


Run the Jewels Take Over the Metro 11/22

by Julian Ramirez

Drive Thru

Friday Foodpic: Manny's

by Robyn Nisi


Join us Tonight for Stars Align w/ Archie Powell & Mike Maimone

by Mike Ewing


Preview: Dads at Beat Kitchen Nov. 21

by Justin Freeman

Drive Thru

The Dinner Party: Where It's Okay to Talk at the Dinner Table

by Brandy Gonsoulin

The Grid: Lyrical Video Journalism

To be Demolished: Documenting 100
Threatened Buildings



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