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Christmas tragedies from Chicago's yesteryear

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Posted by Adam Selzer on Dec 22, 2014 at 11:15am

If you’ve had so much holiday cheer that you’re ready to be boiled in your own pudding, never fear: Chicago history is just full of gruesome Christmas tales. 

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The 10 best new Chicago restaurants and bars of 2014

Posted by Amy Cavanaugh on Dec 22, 2014 at 12:38pm

This was a delicious year of eating and drinking in Chicago, as we covered hundreds of restaurants, bars, breweries and basically anywhere you can get something to eat or drink. Out of these, 48 were starred reviews of new restaurants and bars, which were wide-ranging this year, from a tiny fine dining restaurant in Uptown to a huge new restaurant and music venue in Hyde Park. So what stood out as the best openings of the year? Here are the ten best.

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Stream these 10 movies and TV episodes about North Korea

Posted by Jessica Johnson on Dec 18, 2014 at 3:30pm

Who knew a Seth Rogen comedy could have so much blow back? After Sony pulled The Interview's Christmas release, a handful of cinemas planned to instead program the 2004 political satire with puppets Team America: World Police. Now Paramount Pictures has yanked those screenings. If you're frustrated by your film-going decisions being made for you, there are several on-demand options that aren't afraid to make North Korea the bad guy, from 30 Rock to James Bond.

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Dave & Buster's coming to Block 37, Pac-Man restaurant opening in Schaumburg

Posted by Zach Long on Dec 17, 2014 at 4:09pm

Remember when Block 37 was a retail dead zone? Today we learned that Dave & Buster's will be opening up a location on the fourth floor. Fans of '80s arcade games and fine dining might want to start planning a trip to Schaumburg, too, where a Pac-Man–themed restaurant will be opening in the Woodfield Mall this January.

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Your Chicago Restaurant Week cheat sheet to getting the best deal

Posted by Amy Cavanaugh on Dec 17, 2014 at 1:19pm

Reservations are now open for Chicago Restaurant Week, which runs January 30-February 12 this year. With $33 or $44 prix-fixe dinner menus, and $22 lunch menus, it can be a way to try great restaurants for much less than a typical meal there. Can is the key word, since not all Restaurant Week menus are created equal. Sometimes restaurants offer reduced menus, cheaper dishes and smaller portions.

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Uptown bike lane makes year-end top ten list

Posted by Zach Long on Dec 17, 2014 at 12:45pm

Today, PeopleForBikes, a coalition of cycling suppliers and retailers that works to expand community bicycling projects, announced the top ten new American bike lanes of 2014. The list includes several impressive lanes that have been installed in notoriously bike-friendly cities like Seattle, Portland and San Francisco, but one of Chicago's new protected lanes came in at number ten.

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Metra releases plan to prevent crowding at Union Station this winter

Posted by Clayton Guse on Dec 17, 2014 at 10:45am

A series of weather-related delays left Metra riders frustrated and Chicago Union Station overcrowded last winter. Now that the bitter cold is creeping back into the city, Metra has proposed a plan. The commuter rail organization laid out three scenarios to handle massive crowds during the evening peak period at Union Station on Wednesday. Rather than following these "rules," it might be a better idea to head across the street to the Chicago French Market at Ogilve Transportation Center to pass the time.

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The best and worst Chicago ideas of 2014

Posted by Brent DiCrescenzo on Dec 16, 2014 at 9:46am

Every October, the city plays host to Chicago Ideas Week. But there are 51 other weeks in Chicago for new ideas—some brilliant, some inane. We look back on 12 months of brainstorms and dim lightbulbs above heads to list the best and worst ideas of 2014. Here are the civic initiatives, restaurant concepts, parks, mascots, contracts and happenings we found to be inspired—and just plain dumb.

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Philip C
Philip C

So excited to hear that "Beaches" is Coming to Drury Lane Theatre in Oakbrook this summer prior to hitting Broadway! In town June 24-August 16, 2015.