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Gapers Block published from April 22, 2003 to Jan. 1, 2016. The site will remain up in archive form. Please visit Third Coast Review, a new site by several GB alumni.
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Wednesday, September 28

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A Library's Legacy

It's no secret that architecture is a great part of Chicago's cultural history, but have you thought about how the city's libraries play into that? Jack Brown, director of the Art Institute's Ryerson and Burnham Libraries, explores how libraries help "shape the city's social and intellectual development" in "The Book in the City Beautiful: Libraries at the Art Institute of Chicago and the Shaping of a Cultural Institution." This free lecture takes place at 6pm in the Art Institute's Fullerton Hall. Call 312-443-3600 for general information.

Illinois Democratic Network Progressives Social

Join the Illinois Democratic Network for their Progressives Social, held today from 6:30-9pm at Frankie Z's, 435 N. Clark St. Admission is free, save for a progressive sense of mind and an unapologetic desire to discuss world issues from this point of view. For more info, email social[at]

Dining Out For Life

The annual event Dining Out For Life, in which restaurants donate a portion of the day's proceeds to various HIV/AIDS charities, happens today at lots of restaurants around Chicago; see the Dining Out For Life Website for a list of participating restaurants. Proceeds from this year's event once again go to AIDSCare, a non-profit residence and servie organization for people living with HIV and AIDS. See the Websites for further details on the day's events.



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