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Food for the Soul

Sack Lunch Sunday gives thousands of free lunches to the homeless, complete with an inspiring handwritten note.

Can't Skip Test Day

CPS reversed its plans not to give a state-mandated test to all its students after the state said up to $1.4 billion in funding would be at risk.

Uber Starts the Presses

Uber is launching a quarterly print magazine for its driver partners.

Spiffing Up Wabash

The Chicago Loop Alliance has plans to make Wabash Avenue a more inviting streetscape. The alliance's Transforming Wabash Report describes how the project will highlight historic facades, install dramatic new lighting, and create "districts" along Wabash focused on cultural and business uses.

The Station as Market

Police stations are offering their lobbies as safe spaces for Craigslist buyers and sellers to make the exchange.

Drink in a Box

Cocktail Courier, a newly launched service that ships you all the ingredients necessary to make fancy cocktails from local bartenders, makes decent drinks at a discount.

RIP Mark W. Anderson

Journalist Mark Anderson, formerly of Ward Room and a past contributor to Gapers Block, passed away yesterday after a battle with stage 4 cancer. Scott Smith has details on how to contribute to a fund to help Mark's family pay for medical bills and funeral expenses.

Just Another Day at the Beach

Someone mounted a deer head on a bamboo stake and left it stuck in the ground at Loyola Park Beach.

Lots of Green for Dead Heads

Three-day tickets to the Grateful Dead's reunion concerts at Soldier Field are reselling for as much as $15,000.

Historic Segregation

A study of segregation on the street level found Chicago was more segregated than cities in the South in 1940.


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Under the Hood


In Tall Buildings Debuts Driver @ Schubas 3/5

by Anne Holub


Hypocrites Build on Beckett's Apocalyptic Humor in Endgame

by Nancy Bishop


Win Tickets to See Hannibal Buress April 9

by Andrew Huff


The Growlers Changed the Tides at Lincoln Hall

by Julian Ramirez

Drive Thru

"Red-Cooked" Pork Belly Recipe

by Judy Wu


Optimism Amid the Neverending Election

by Phil Huckelberry


Steppenwolf's This Is Modern Art Raises Provocative Questions About Place of Art in Society

by Nancy Bishop

Book Club

March Madness Continues at Story Club North Side this Thursday

by John Wawrzaszek


Chicago at SXSW 2015: Our Complete Band List, Showcases & More

by Andrew Huff


Stump Connolly Reporting In: Election Night

by Stump Connolly

The Grid: Lyrical Video Journalism

To be Demolished: Documenting 100
Threatened Buildings



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