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Pay Up, Rich Guy

Adam Andrzejewski of American Transparency writes in Forbes that pay to play among Chicago's elites is still commonplace under Rahm Emanuel's tenure as mayor.

United States of X: Old-School Edition

Walter Payton's 1985 jersey ranked as the most popular throwback in Illinois (and South Dakota), according to sales data from retailer Mitchell & Ness Nostalgia Co.

A Lot of Cheese

Kraft and Heinz will merge, forming the fifth largest food company in the world. Kraft's headquarters will remain in Chicago.

Beer Making By The Numbers

There's no doubt that indie-brewers are growing in number and size. Fans of Half Acre have been eagerly awaiting news of when they'll get to drink beer at their new location. The fine folks at Good Beer Hunting have put a quantitative set of visuals together. They make planning look pretty.

Battle Mode

A video shared by DNAinfo shows an extreme case of road rage in Rogers Park where one driver kicked and punched the other's car while it repeatedly rammed into his car.

No Napping on the Dance Floor

Thrillist rounded up some of the weirdest laws on the books in Chicago, including bans on drinking beer from a bucket, flying a kite, and fishing in pajamas.

The Mayor vs. the Media

Mayor Emanuel's combative relationship with the press is more typical for Washington, D.C. than Chicago, say reporters.

Don't Diss Your Fans

Do you remember last year, when a fan convention named Chi-Fi was cancelled due to accusations that hotel staff was rude to the fans attending the conference? Well, the conference took place this last weekend at the Palmer House Hilton. But, it appears that this first-time event wasn't very successful, at least not in the eyes of fans who paid to attend the convention. h/t to Darlene of Do Bats Eat Cats?

Mr. T's Remodeling Service

Chicago-born actor and personality Mr. T will soon host a home renovation show on the DIY Network called, for real, "I Pity the Tool." Let's assume he won't be doing any landscape design.

When the Pits Close

As open trading ceases at the CBT, so does time-worn route out of the working class, notes the NYTimes. One that employed dozens of people to do what a computer now does in milliseconds.


“But those are the ideas that the play will leave you with, ideas that resonate and trouble today as much as they did millennia ago.”

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by Robyn Nisi


Earl Sweatshirt Returns to Chicago with a New Album

by Transmission


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by Julian Ramirez


Your Kids Are in a Crisis: Robert Putnam's American Dream

by Sam Rappaport

Book Club

A Night of Cartoonists Not to Be Missed, Tomorrow at Quimby's

by John Wawrzaszek


ACLU Report: Chicago Police Use Excessive Stop-and-Frisk on People of Color

by Emily Brosious


Lollapalooza Reveals 2015 Line-Up

by Stephanie Griffin


Edward Hopper Paintings Come to Life in Shirley: Visions of Reality

by Nancy Bishop


Crawford Finding the Ability to Forget

by Jim Crago

Drive Thru

Join Baconfesters this Saturday for Charity

by Robyn Nisi

The Grid: Lyrical Video Journalism

To be Demolished: Documenting 100
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