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The most gorgeous shots of Chicago's fall so far

Posted by Martha Williams on Oct 21, 2014 at 12:32pm

As if you needed more convincing that fall in Chicago is the absolute best, these photos by Chicago Instagrammers will put you over the edge. The leaves are turning fiery red, pumpkin orange and bright yellow and the city has never looked more beautiful. But if you're hoping to get out and peep some fall colors, do it soon: According to the Farmers' Almanac, northern Illinois' peak 2014 colors are happening right now.

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Grant Park is one big party as tens of thousands attend Lollapalooza 2014, August 3.

Grant Park is one big party as tens of thousands attend Lollapalooza 2014, August 3. Photograph: Bill Whitmire

An incredibly early guess at who will headline Lollapalooza, Pitchfork in 2015

Posted by Brent DiCrescenzo on Oct 20, 2014 at 2:45pm

It's never too early to start forecasting the upcoming summer concert landscape. Two things on Friday got my brain churning about the possibilities. First, news of the Sleater-Kinney reunion and comeback album leaked. Later in the evening, I watched Foo Fighters at Cubby Bear, where Dave Grohl insinuated his band would return "soon." Will either be here next summer? How about Drake or Madonna? Check out our best guesses… nine months early.

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Madam X as Frank 'N Furter at Kit Kat Lounge

Madam X as Frank 'N Furter at Kit Kat Lounge Miranda Tetgmeier for bunnyandbrandy.com

Where to find Rocky Horror in Chicago

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Posted by Jessica Berson on Oct 20, 2014 at 10:33am

Last Halloween, I reignited my teenage love of The Rocky Horror Picture Show when a friend suggested we check out a live performance of the 1975 cult classic. I hadn't been to one of the infamously interactive screenings in years, but the moment I saw those familiar red lips appear on the screen, it all came flooding back, and I suddenly longed for the fishnets and pearl necklace I had packed away long ago.

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Archie Powell & The Exports | Wicker Park Fest | July 28, 2012

Archie Powell & The Exports | Wicker Park Fest | July 28, 2012 Photograph: Max Herman

Archie Powell & The Exports release a Jeppson's Malört anthem

Posted by Amy Cavanaugh on Oct 17, 2014 at 3:36pm

It's almost Friday night, which means you're only a few hours away from a round of Malört shots. Local band Archie Powell & The Exports released "The Malort Song (A Waltz for Old Jeppson)" last night, and the video is basically the most Chicago thing ever—Hot Doug's Doug Sohn, Jeppson's incomparable owner Pat Gabelick and Malort tattoos all make an appearance. Lyrics include: "The museum's expensive, the lake is too cold / And the Bean is for tourists and rubes / But our local spirit's a sight to behold / So let's flush our whole night down the tubes."

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Billy Corgan and friend

Billy Corgan and friend Photograph: Caitlin Lisa

Billy Corgan is writing a musical

Posted by Brent DiCrescenzo on Oct 17, 2014 at 12:24pm

Yesterday, the Music Theatre Company announced its 2014-2015 season along with the schedule's most eyebrow-raising production, a world premiere musical by Smashing Pumpkins frontman and tea merchant Billy Corgan. Our minds immediately began dreaming of a song-and-dance adaptation of Siddhartha, or a fleshed out version of the "Tonight, Tonight" video. In reality, Corgan's 20-minute shortie is based on the Eleusinian Mysteries, ancient Grecian rites meant to bestow immortality. The piece is part of The 48-Hour Musicals: Encore!, a collection of four short works crafted in two days, running December 4–14 at the Music Theatre Company's space in Highland Park.

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Everything bagel with scallion cream cheese at Brobagel.

Everything bagel with scallion cream cheese at Brobagel. Photograph: Martha Williams

Two new Wicker Park brunches: Xoco & Brobagel

Posted by Amy Cavanaugh on Oct 17, 2014 at 11:45am

The Damen Blue Line stop closes on Monday, so this is the last weekend you can easily get to the heart of Wicker Park via the El. With that in mind, here are two notable brunches to tick off your list this weekend.  Both Xoco, the second outpost of Rick Bayless’s torta spot, and Brobagel, a bagel shop from the Piece owner, opened in August. While Xoco only serves brunch on the weekends, Brobagel is a more casual, standing spot, where you can get breakfast bagels all day, every day. Read our brunch reviews of Xoco Wicker Park and Brobagel.

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Sts. Volodymyr & Olha Ukrainian Catholic Church in Ukrainian Village is just one of the sites to visit during Open House Chicago.

Sts. Volodymyr & Olha Ukrainian Catholic Church in Ukrainian Village is just one of the sites to visit during Open House Chicago. Photograph: Eric Allix Rogers

10 new places to visit during Open House Chicago

Posted by Zach Long on Oct 16, 2014 at 5:10pm

This weekend, buildings all over Chicago will open their doors to the public as part of Open House Chicago, an annual celebration of design and exploration organized by the Chicago Architectural Foundation. For anyone who has ever wanted to see the view from the top of a skyscraper in the Loop or traipse through a historic building, it's two days of wish fulfillment. Did we mention that it's entirely free? This year, some new neighborhoods have joined the Open House Chicago roster, including sites in Ukrainian Village, Edgewater, Bronzeville and Lincoln Square. We picked ten new locations that we're excited to explore over the weekend. Check back on Sunday and Monday for photos. 

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Domino's offering $1 pizzas Saturday

Posted by Laura Baginski on Oct 16, 2014 at 4:10pm

To celebrate its 100th store in Chicago, Domino's has quite a deal: Order a medium, one-topping pizza for 100 cents for 100 minutes starting at noon Saturday at any Chicago Domino's location. Be warned there is a limit of five pizzas per customer. The catch is, of course, that to enjoy this offer, one must eat a Domino's pizza. One option for what to do with the pizza, besides eating it, is to use it as a turntable, as seen above and in the movie Sixteen Candles.

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Microsoft Ignite conference coming to Chicago in 2015

Posted by Laura Baginski on Oct 16, 2014 at 3:48pm

First we got the James Beard Awards. Then we scored the NFL Draft. And today Mayor Emanuel announced that new tech conference Microsoft Ignite is coming to Chicago in 2015. Taking place from May 4–8 at McCormick Place, the conference will bring in 20,000 attendees and $47 million in spending, the city estimates in a press release.

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Eat this now: Scooter's Pumpkin Pie Concrete

Posted by Ally Watt on Oct 16, 2014 at 3pm

Each year, we wait with anticipation for Scooter's Pumpkin Pie Concrete—now it's here Fall is finally here, so ice cream may be the last thing on your mind—but maybe it shouldn't be. Scooter's Frozen Custard (1658 W Belmont Ave) is known for its inventive flavors and desserts (the Milky Way custard and Boston shake, a milkshake with a mini sundae on top, are favorites).

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Foodseum, Chicago's food museum, slated to open in 2017

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Posted by Jessica Berson on Oct 15, 2014 at 4:52pm

Chicago is finally being recognized for the culinary hub that it is with the popularity of Chicago Gourmet, the arrival of the James Beard Awards and, now, the prospect of getting its very own food museum. The Foodseum, set to open in 2017 at an undetermined location, was the topic of a dinner I attended Tuesday night at Howell's and Hood.

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California Blue Line

California Blue Line Photograph: Matthew Hine

California Blue Line stop reopening, Damen closing

Posted by Zach Long on Oct 15, 2014 at 4:04pm

The California station has been closed since September 4, while crews have performed a series of renovations on the aging CTA facility, forcing riders to use the nearby Logan Square and Western stations. Its reopening means that you'll once again have easy access to popular Logan Square spots like the Boiler Room, Revolution Brewing, Bang Bang Pie Shop, Emporium Logan Square, Slippery Slope and the recently opened Owen & Alchemy. On October 20, the Damen Blue Line station closes for renovations and isn't scheduled to reopen until December 22. Enjoy the convenience of hopping off a train for Big Star and Stan's Donuts while you still have the chance.

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The Den Theatre

The Den Theatre

Griffin Theatre announces casting for Balm in Gilead

Posted by Kris Vire on Oct 15, 2014 at 1:31pm

Griffin Theatre Company today announced the 27-member cast for its upcoming production of Lanford Wilson's Balm in Gilead, to be directed by Jonathan Berry. The ensemble is led by Japhet Balaban as Joe and Ashleigh LaThrop as Darlene. Balm in Gilead will run March 14–April 19 at the Den Theatre. Click below to read the full cast of characters hanging around Wilson's dingy diner.

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Big Ten fanatics can now slip their legs into school spirit with Dockers' Game Day Khakis.

Big Ten fanatics can now slip their legs into school spirit with Dockers' Game Day Khakis.

You can now buy Northwestern and Illini Dockers

Posted by Brent DiCrescenzo on Oct 15, 2014 at 1:07pm

We know what you're thinking. Man, I love [insert Big Ten team here], but I wish I had a way to let my legs show it in cottony comfort. Well, you're in luck, local pigskin fans. Dockers has launched its new Game Day Khaki, the best way to say "I graduated in the 1980s" at a college football bar. Those who adore Northwestern athletics now can slip into purple pants with the team's logo sewn above the pocket and GO WILDCATS on the inner waistband (which someone might notice if you pass out with your pants down at a tailgater). The University of Illinois Illini have a more day-to-day navy blue.

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Wilco | The Riviera Theatre | December 14, 2011

Wilco | The Riviera Theatre | December 14, 2011 Photograph: Erica Gannett

Wilco songs that should have made the greatest hits

Posted by Brent DiCrescenzo on Oct 14, 2014 at 4:25pm

Though Tweedy is the one with a new album to promote, it is Wilco that has hogged the headlines this week. On Tuesday morning, the beloved Chicago band announced a string of hometown concerts, December 5–12, at the Riviera Theatre. The band is also offering up its first greatest hits album, What's Your 20? Essential Tracks 1994–2014, set for release November 17. Even with two discs worth of material, the best-of compilation leaves off some of our favorites, and some surprising sorta-hits. Isn't that always the case? Here then are 10 omitted tracks that I, Kris Vire and Zach Long found equally, if not more essential.

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Cicchetti Photograph: Martha Williams

Cicchetti to close Saturday

Posted by Amy Cavanaugh on Oct 14, 2014 at 12:25pm

We did not see this coming. Cicchetti, which opened last December, is closing Saturday. We wrote a glowing review of the restaurant in February, and of its brunch in July. In May's Food & Drink Awards, readers voted it Best New Restaurant and named Mike Sheerin Breakout Chef of the Year. So, needless to say, we're a little bummed about the news, especially since we recently had a big staff dinner there.

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Lollapalooza 2011: Day 3: Foo Fighters

Lollapalooza 2011: Day 3: Foo Fighters Photograph: Rory O'Connor

Foo Fighters to unveil new album at Cubby Bear on Friday

Posted by Brent DiCrescenzo on Oct 14, 2014 at 10:09am

To create their eighth album, the Foo Fighters have gone high concept. Dave Grohl and his hirsute band traveled to eight American cities, to record eight songs, one in each town. Along the way, in these music-rich destinations like Austin, Seattle and, naturally, Chicago, Grohl interviewed local musical icons and collaborated with them in the studio. The process was filmed by HBO and turned into a documentary series, Sonic Highways, debuting this Friday at 10pm. To celebrate the launch, the Foo Fighters will hit the stage at Cubby Bear in Wrigleyville for a live concert stream, and rip into new single "Something from Nothing." Tickets are $20 and go on sale tomorrow at 10am. Good luck.

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Midnight Mary #2 at the Aviary

Midnight Mary #2 at the Aviary Photograph: Christian Seel

The Aviary, Three Dots and a Dash among world's 50 best bars

Posted by Amy Cavanaugh on Oct 13, 2014 at 2:32pm

Chicago bars received yet more recognition on Thursday, as Three Dots and a Dash and the Aviary were named to the World's 50 Best Bars list, an annual ranking that's voted on by industry professionals. The U.S. did well overall, with 16 bars on the list (New York's awesome Dead Rabbit, a bi-level bar that channels old New York, clocked in at No. 2), and the top spot went to London's Artesian, an exceptional hotel bar that's held the No. 1 slot for three straight years. 

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What was your most embarrassing Halloween costume?

Posted by Jessica Johnson on Oct 13, 2014 at 1:33pm

We're getting in the holiday spirit for this month's sticky-note confessions. No, not Christmas—we're not insane. While you're planning this year's perfect Halloween ensemble, we want you to think back to darker days and recall the most groan-inducing costume you've ever worn. Don't worry, your answers are totally anonymous. You may help another poor party-goer from suffering the same embarrassment. Fill out our form or confess your sins on a stickie note.

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An audience listens to a discussion at Chicago Ideas Week.

An audience listens to a discussion at Chicago Ideas Week. Photograph courtesy of Chicago Ideas Week

10 Chicago Ideas Week events that you can still get tickets for

Posted by Zach Long on Oct 13, 2014 at 1:26am

The annual Chicago Ideas Week kicks off today, encompassing a variety of summits, talks and interactive events that take place in venues all around the city over the next seven days. Tickets for experiences like a behind-the-scenes look a Divvy and the chance to make beer with Lagunitas brewers sold out quickly, but there are plenty of worthwhile events you can still attend if you act fast. We rounded up ten great Chicago Ideas Week events that (at the time of this writing) still have tickets available.

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