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3 Schools "Turned Around"

The school board voted to fire the staffs at three elementary schools and hand control over to the private Academy for Urban School Leadership. Teachers Union president Karen Lewis called it a hostile takeover.

Renters Should Buy, Says Real Estate Firm

The Trib shared survey results claiming that almost half of Chicago renters could buy a home, but the stats sounded fishy to Chicagoist's Lisa White.

Off-Off-Broadway Awards

Bailiwick Chicago's Dessa Rose received the most nominations of any single show at this year's Non-Equity Jeff Awards, which recognize the best non-union theater productions in Chicago.

United States of X: Tourist Trap Edition

The Leaning Tower of Niles, just outside the city, gets the nod on HuffPo's list of underappreciated tourists traps in every state.

Returning Angels

The Blue Angels and the skydiving Golden Knights will take to the skies above Chicago for this year's Air and Water Show, returning after budget cuts forced them to cancel last year.

Riot-Free Since 1996

Chicago might host the 2016 Democratic National Convention.

Pedi Cash Problems

City Hall is looking to push through new regulations for pedicabs in Chicago, but owners of the pedaled people carriers say new rules and restrictions on where they can go downtown could put them out of business.

Green Tap Lines

Goose Island will be donating part of the proceeds from sales of Green Line Pale Ale to the Trust for Public Land, which supports The 606 and other park projects.

Friendly Confines' Centennial

It's the 100th anniversary of Wrigley Field, an institution called a national treasure for its connection to the past of America's favorite pastime, from its manually-operated scoreboard to the ivy still clinging to its outfield walls.

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Stay with Cool Friends

A newish hostel has opened up in Wicker Park. Holiday Jones offers hipster-friendly group accommodations in a former SRO at rates that beat most AirBnBs.


“34th and State: It's the corner where one grand Chicago era ended and a new one began. It's the place where modernism took root in Chicago.”

read more in A/C

Under the Hood


A New President Obama School, Even Though CPS Closed 50 Schools Last Year

by Mechanics

Book Club

Geek Chic Lit by Michi Trota

by Danette Chavez


"My Chicago" Premieres on WTTW this Friday

by J.H. Palmer


Sam Smith Lays it Down at the Vic

by Emma Gase


Mud Blue Sky at Red Orchid Shows Why the Skies Are Not so Friendly

by Nancy Bishop


A Well Deserved Honor For Joakim Noah

by Chad Ruter


United Students Against Sweatshops Pushes to Kick Teach For America Off College Campuses

by Emily Brosious


Blondes Groove Deep Into The Night at Smartbar 04/19

by Justin Freeman


Heritage and Heart: Regina Carter and Mavis Staples at Symphony Center, 4/18

by Sarah Brooks


Crawford Spectacular In Blackhawks Win Against Blues

by Jim Crago

The Grid: Lyrical Video Journalism

To be Demolished: Documenting 100
Threatened Buildings



12:00 PDining Out for Life

6:00 PNot Another Beer Dinner @ The Dawson

6:00 P"Whiskies of the World" Dinner @ Schubas

6:00 PLP Marketplace Record Swap Party

7:30 PBring the Ruckus: Red Grooms on Celluloid @ Co-Prosperity Sphere

8:00 PWolf Doctors Release Party @ Innertown Pub


11:00 AChicago Comic & Entertainment Expo

2:00 PGASP! Fair @ Columbia College

6:00 PBiggest Mouth Contest @ Metro

6:30 PKill All Comedy @ Hideout

7:00 PBaconfest @ UIC Forum

7:00 PApplied Words: Voices of Protest

8:00 PTim Kinsella @ Nightingale Cinema

8:00 PEmpire Builder @ Chicago Filmmakers

10:00 PThe Shit Show @ Collaboraction Theater


8:00 AParks & Preserves Clean-Up

10:00 ARandolph Street Market

10:00 AChicago Comic & Entertainment Expo

10:00 ABiting through the Skin: An Indian Kitchen in America's Heartland @ Kendall College

10:30 ABattle of the Bard @ Francis W. Parker School

12:30 PBaconfest @ UIC Forum

1:00 PTour South Shore's Historic 71st Street

3:00 PThe Paper Machete

6:00 PChicago Red Hots vs. Pennsylvania All-Stars

6:00 PChicago Outfit Home Opener

8:00 PApplied Words: Voices of Protest

8:00 PProm 9 from Outer Space


10:00 AGreen Metropolis Fair

10:00 AChicago Comic & Entertainment Expo

10:00 ARandolph Street Market

10:00 AVintage Garage & Style Ride

11:00 APet Health Expo @ Canine Crews

5:30 PStory Sessions @ Mahoney's

8:00 PHair Wars @ The Mid

8:00 PLoop @ Bottom Lounge


7:00 PPeter Wolf @ Space

7:30 PIndie Boots Theatre Festival


6:00 PSister Helen Prejean @ Harold Washington Library

7:30 PIndie Boots Theatre Festival


7:00 PRevolution Beer Dinner @ Feast

7:00 PCIMM Fest

7:30 PIndie Boots Theatre Festival

8:00 POyster and Wagyu Beef Dinner @ Frontier

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