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Super Bowl parties, catering and takeout

We've rounded up Chicago's top bars and restaurants showing the game, plus the best catering options

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Sticky-note confessions: Worst pick-up lines

You told us the worst pick-up you've ever heard. Keep 'em coming.

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Valentine's Day gifts for him

Whether you've only gone on a few dates or have been in a relationship for years, these Valentine's Day ideas for guys are sure to please

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27 Chicago hacks to make your life easier

Become a master of Chicago with these tips and tricks

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The best thrift stores in Chicago

Make like Macklemore and save at these second hand shops

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Ben Larrison: the man behind the #SquirrelTruth CTA ads

Ben Larrison, the man behind the '#SquirrelTruth' ads on the Red line.   If you're a regular Red Line rider, chances are you've seen some very strange ads popping up on the train cars over the past month. Among the usual offers to take experimental drugs for schizophrenia or to jump start your career at the Illinois Center for Broadcasting is a campaign called "#SquirrelTruth." "FACT: Statistically speaking, at least one 'person' on this train is actually 7 squirrels wearing a human suit. Don't be a victim," says one of the ads.  Another reads, "FACT: Squirrels have never, ever wished you a Happy Birthday. Like, not even once. Probably because squirrels are inconsiderate, selfish monsters."  These ads were born out of a Kickstarter campaign by local improv and sketch comedian Ben Larrison, which raised $4,399 from 91 backers.  That funding allowed Larrison to afford an ad on 100 train cars, warning Red Line commuters of the danger that squirrels present. "I don't have any genuine hatred or anger towards squirrels at all," Larrison says. "It's funny to me how ridiculously ever-present they are." Larrison contacted Titan, the CTA's advertising broker, last spring to see what it would take to put an ad campaign up on the trains. He found that one can advertise pretty much anything on the CTA.  This isn't Larrison's first Kickstarter for a comedic endeavor. Last winter, he launched a campaign called "Dunk Contest of the Century of the World," which raised money for him

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9 art gallery exhibitions to check out in February

It's the dead of winter in Chicago, and it's safe to say that most locals are in need of a little pep. Warm your body and soul with some art during February. And maybe some alcohol. Okay, lots of alcohol. Primer — This new monthly event at Canvas is aimed at connecting with artists and entrepreneurs, spreading the word about your creative projects and getting inspired. There will also be musical performances by vibraphonist Preyas Roy, video installations by DRMBT, and artwork by Jane Georges and Lefty. Free with RSVP. Thursday, Feb 5, 7-11pm (creative project pitches 8:30pm) at Canvas (2313 W North Ave) Identify — An exhibition addressing issues of identity and classification, the exhibit includes Tara Bogart’s modern hair studies, Heather Dewey-Hagborg’s 3D portraits created from DNA strangers left behind in public places, Jess T. Dugan’s explorations of the queer experience, Michael Itkoff’s GIF-like loops of idealized figures and collaborators Garth & Pierre’s installations referencing scientific categorization. Friday, Feb 6, 5-7pm at Catherine Edelman Gallery (300 W Superior St) Context 2015 — Filter Photo Festival’s inaugural exhibition at its new gallery space in the Hubbard Street Lofts features the work of two dozen photographers, juried and curated by Michal Raz-Russo, the assistant curator in the Department of Photography at the Art Institute of Chicago. Friday, Feb 6, 5:30-8:30pm at Hubbard Street Lofts (1821 W Hubbard, suite 207) 18th Annual Chicago Bike Win

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Amtrak commits $12 million to make Union Station less gross

In an effort to make the lives of Union Station commuters less miserable, Amtrak has announced a commitment of $12 million for renovations of the hub. 

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Word on the Street: 10 crazy things we overheard in Chicago this week

This week, we overheard gems like:"Jake Gyllenhaal and I take SoulCycle together.""I can't eat mac and cheese tonight. I'm having sex tomorrow."And more!

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Choose your own adventure in the art film 'The Latest Sun is Sinking Fast'

One of the most exciting film events happening in Chicago this winter is not a movie playing in a commercial theater but rather an installation involving the simultaneous projection of four short films at the Hyde Park Art Center’s Kanter McCormick Gallery. The Latest Sun is Sinking Fast, the latest work by local experimental filmmaker Melika Bass (Shoals), offers more of the beautiful, yet vaguely terrifying, portraits of souls in isolation in which this artist seems to specialize. 

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41 exciting things opening in Chicago in February

The shorter-than-usual month is packed with interesting events and openings. Hit the convention circuit and get your fill of new car smell at the Chicago Auto Show or mingle with Walking Dead fans at Walker Stalker Con. Catch the return of Fleetwood Mac at Allstate Arena or laugh your ass off when The Book of Mormon begins an encore 12-week run at the Bank of America Theatre. Here are the best things to do in Chicago in February.

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Chicago Restaurant Week

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Valentine's Day

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Chinese New Year

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St. Patrick's Day

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Best Chicago restaurants

Chicago is a town that cares as much about Grant Achatz's newest concept at Next as where to find the best burger

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Best Chicago bars

Whether you're looking for the best craft beer, top-notch wine or exquisite cocktails, you'll find it at Chicago bars

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Best Chicago dance clubs

These 10 nightclubs are our favorite spots for a sweaty night of dancing

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Best Chicago vintage stores

Where to find 1960s fashion or Mad Men–worthy pieces

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Best Chicago coffee shops

From spots with simple drip to those with overwrought Chemex setups, these are the best coffeehouses

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Winter in Chicago

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Top sledding hills

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The 19 best winter events

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Snowboarding and skiing near Chicago

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Restaurants and bars with fireplaces

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Life in Chicago

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26 ways to piss off a Chicagoan

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33 things that will happen when you move to Chicago

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How Chicago sees the Midwest

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The 26 guiltiest pleasures of living in Chicago

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Chicago neighborhood guides

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Wicker Park and Bucktown

It's more than a mecca for shopping and tacos. Discover dancing, dishes and more

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Evanston

Evanston is no longer a sleepy suburb—it's one of the hottest neighborhoods for food, booze and shopping in the Chicago area

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Logan Square

Boasting gorgeous boulevards and the hottest restaurants and bars, Logan Square is one of the city's trendiest neighborhoods

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Bridgeport

Considering it is home to some of the best restaurants, bars, breweries and bakeries in Chicago, it's time you explored Bridgeport

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Chinatown

From traditional tea boutiques and dim sum parlors to video stores and candy shops, here's where to go in Chinatown

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