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Counting Those in Need

Hundreds of volunteers canvassed the city to count Chicago's homeless population Thursday - last year over 6,000 people were found in shelters and on the streets.

Getting Rid of the Competition

Three more aldermen will run for reelection unopposed after challenging the signatures that got their would-be challengers on the ballot.

A Taco in the Hand

Two competitive eaters are opening a Taco in a Bag restaurant in Lincoln Square after perfecting their fare at Spring Hill Mall in West Dundee.

Get your BA in Bey

UIC is joining other universities in offering a new course this spring about Beyonce that aims to "explore her attempt to be positioned as a feminist and queer figure, as well as larger issues involving media images and representations of African American women."

Don't Mess With Chicago

A very serious study by the Risky Business Project says Chicago would be as hot as Texas in the year 2100 if current climate change trends continue.

Heheh, That's Funny

Craig Benzine, the Wheezy Waiter, shows you 30 different ways to laugh.

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Pie Yourself in the Face

Today is National Pie Day, so visit your local pie-oneers today; Bang Bang is even offering a free extra slice with purchase (celebrate with a friend).

Follow the Lines

Check out the evolution of Chicago's train lines from 1895 to today in five-year increments. The Southwest Side was robbed between the '60s and '80s. [via]

Schools Closing Film Opening

The School Project (previously) debuted a new documentary yesterday at the Logan Center for the Arts at UofC. Chicago Public Schools: Closed is the second of a six-part series.

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A Cast of 50

The NewCity Players list is out, power-ranking the people who make the performing arts happen in Chicago.


“How someone discusses working with a major figure in their field shows how much they grasp the significance of the occasion. If Baryshnikov is Zeus, Whelan is Athena.”

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Under the Hood


Faith No More Returns to Chicago

by James Ziegenfus


Pitchfork Music Festival 2015 Tickets On Sale

by Sarah Brooks


The Rose Tattoo at Shattered Globe: A melodrama of love, loss and love

by Nancy Bishop


Stump Connolly Reporting: Willie Wilson at the House of Hope

by Stump Connolly


Jesse Malmed @ The Film Studies Center

by S. Nicole Lane

Drive Thru

Leggin' It to Leghorn Cafe

by Danielle Snow


Fall in Love with the Universal Togetherness Band

by Julian Ramirez

Drive Thru

Friday Foodpic: Plein Air Cafe

by Robyn Nisi

Book Club


by Miden Wood


Stump Connolly Reporting In: A Long Day in the Life of Bob Fioretti

by Stump Connolly

The Grid: Lyrical Video Journalism

To be Demolished: Documenting 100
Threatened Buildings



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