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You Used to Summon Me with Your Fancy Bells

The noted philanthropist John D. Rockefeller, who donated a 100-ton carillon to UChicago over 80 years ago, would be proud to hear the dulcet tones of Drake's "Hotline Bling" being played on it this past Friday.

Fundraising in the Elements

Hundreds braved the snow and cold to sleep on Cricket Hill as part of the Out in the Open Sleep Out fundraiser this weekend.

GB Gift Guide: Catch the Worm

RiotFest 2016 early bird tickets go on sale Tuesday at 11am on TicketFly. The festival will be Sept. 16-18 in Douglas Park.

"Get the bags into the truck!!!"

Dick Wolf's "Chicago" series empire is getting out of hand.

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Roll Out the Barrels

Chicago has the second largest craft beer industry in the nation, and it's only getting bigger. Metropolitan is the latest brewery to level up, soon to move to a new brewery in Avondale, while Half Acre continues to build out its Bowmanville space.

Rough Road

The Kennedy between the Circle Interchange and Edens junction was declared the worst traffic bottleneck in the country by the American Highway Users Alliance, with backups often stretching 12 miles. (Not sure about those names? Consult our guide to Chicago traffic.)

Not About the Money

Ever wonder what MacArther "genius grant" winners do with their $625,000 windfall? The NYTimes finds out.

Keeping Kids Safe

For years, Diane Latiker has memorialized children murdered in the city with a stone paver. There are now 574 stones. Latiker tries to give kids safe options through her organization Kids Off the Block.

Historic Snow

While we didn't get as much snow in the city as in the northern suburbs, but 11.2 inches at O'Hare was the largest November snowfall in 120 years.

Holiday Train Through a Winter Wonderland

Tomorrow is the first official run of this year's CTA Holiday Train -- which may be the only upside to all the snow we're expecting.


“I also thought the extreme conditions of a Chicago winter would add atmosphere and menace to the book.”

read more in Book Club

Under the Hood


Alvarez Needs to Go, and She's Not Alone

by Phil Huckelberry


Interview with Michelle Mitchenor in her Breakout Role as Indigo in the Controversial New Film Chi-Raq

by Kim Campbell

Drive Thru

Last Minute Thanksgiving Help

by Jeremy Owens


With Just A Piano And Her Voice, Frances Held Up Her Own For James Bay

by Zach Blumenfeld


The Hunger Games: Mockingjay, Part 2, The Night Before, Secret in Their Eyes, The Hallow, In the Basement & A Poem Is a Naked Person

by Steve Prokopy

Book Club


by John Wawrzaszek

Drive Thru

Friday Foodpic: Noodle Kugel

by Robyn Nisi

Drive Thru

Thanksgiving Inspiration from JeanMarie Brownson

by Jeremy Owens

Book Club

Chicago Publishers Resource Center: A Space for Chicago's Literary & Visual Culture

by Emma Terhaar


Get to Know Anthony Pavel

by Sarah Brooks

The Grid: Lyrical Video Journalism

To be Demolished: Documenting 100
Threatened Buildings



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