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Posted by Laura Baginski on Apr 18, 2014 at 12:27pm
Last week, we shared a photo of the skyline at sunset; this week, we see dawn reflected in the Trump Tower for our reader photo of the week. Taken yesterday at 7:18am from the Riverwalk, this shot by @old_school_artist convinces us we should get out and watch the sun rise more often.
Posted by Kris Vire on Apr 18, 2014 at 12:05pm
The Neo-Futurists have set the lineup for their 2014–15 primetime season. The company also revealed that ensemble member Kurt Chiang will join Bilal Dardai in the joint role of artistic director. Chiang replaces the departing Megan Mercier. The Neos' season begins with INFILTRATION, a preshow performance event ahead of Friday night's Too Much Light Makes the Baby Go Blind (August 8–September 24). Pseudo-Chum (October 16–November 22), Redletter (February 19–March 28) and Trust Us/Screw You (May 7–June 13) follow.Read full post
Posted by Laura Baginski on Apr 18, 2014 at 10:14am
There's no doubt gentrification has a firm grasp on Logan Square, but there's still quite a disparity between the haves and the have-nots. These two examples of Logan's most expensive and cheapest rentals, provided by real estate site Zumper, illustrate that gap quite nicely.
Posted by Zach Long on Apr 17, 2014 at 1:45pm
A few weeks ago, crews removed a bride that ran over Ashland Avenue and carted it away to clean, repair and paint it (not with tags). That overpass will be finding a new home this weekend, replacing a bridge at Western Avenue and Bloomingdale Avenue that was demolished in early March. The bridge will be moved from Ashland to Western by way of North Avenue, beginning at 5am on Saturday.
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Posted by Lydia DeCoud on Apr 17, 2014 at 1:25pm
This past winter (it's past, right?) forced many of us into dull environments as we avoided the outside. Summer is a saving grace leading to the revitalization of the explorer within, and ACTIVATE is prepared to get the party started as they transform alleys in downtown Chicago to an arts festival. For only five nights throughout summer, experience artwork, DJs and interactive light shows for an immersive, pop-up party.Read full post
Posted by Herel Hughes on Apr 17, 2014 at 1:15pm
There are several names every Chicagoan should be familiar with: Al Capone, Harry Caray, Michael Jordan, Oprah and Studs Terkel. University of Chicago will host a three-day Studs Terkel fest, beginning May 9, in honor of the Pulitzer Prize winner. "Let's Get Working" will display the amazing work of Terkel, focusing on labor, faith, race and community; while showcasing modern writers and journalists who have been inspired through his work.Read full post
Posted by Laura Baginski on Apr 17, 2014 at 10:42am
Chicagoans, we have suffered the worst winter in history. And, save for a handful of above-60-degree days, spring has been fairly rude as well. The only remedy: making this the best summer ever. Start filling out your summer to-do list using our picks as a guide.
Posted by Kris Vire on Apr 17, 2014 at 9:48am
Seymour and Audrey are getting traded in for someone with green. Two weeks after announcing a 2014–15 season that would conclude with a production of the musical Little Shop of Horrors (albeit rights remained "pending" at the time of the announcement), American Theater Company has pulled the title as part of a newly disclosed formal partnership with commercial producers the Araca Group.Read full post
Posted by Amy Cavanaugh on Apr 16, 2014 at 2:56pmSpecialty Chicken consists of 12 little chicken nuggets topped with cheese and a variety of ingredients. It’s supposedly pizza with a chicken crust, but that seems like a stretch—we've had Domino's pizza and it's nowhere near this bad. There are four varieties—Crispy Bacon & Tomato, Classic Hot Buffalo, Spicy Jalapeño-Pineapple, and Sweet BBQ Bacon—and because they all sounded equally awful, we ordered one of each to try.
Posted by Laura Baginski on Apr 16, 2014 at 2:33pm
1. Starry-eyed Bears fans are fantasizing about their first-round pick in the upcoming draft.
2. People are drinking margaritas on the patio at Big Star—in winter coats.
Posted by Laura Baginski on Apr 11, 2014 at 9:43am
A nice way to close the week: a stunning shot of our skyline at sunset by @chicagopics_ig.
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Posted by Brent DiCrescenzo on Apr 10, 2014 at 4:22pm
Our city might be the future home of the Lucas Cultural Arts Museum. As in George Lucas. As in the billionaire that ruined your memories of childhood. In addition to Star Wars props and ephemera, such as the scale model of the Millennium Falcon, this "world class museum of the digital arts" would also house the blockbuster filmmaker's collection of wholesome Normal Rockwell paintings—because of course he has that.
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Posted by Zach Long on Apr 10, 2014 at 2:04pm
Divvy stations have been looking a little empty as of late, but they'll be fully stocked by the end of the week. Today, Chicago's bike-share program announced that it is getting ready for spring by releasing 700 bikes that were in storage during the winter back into its system. Divvy has been operating for nine months, but riders have already logged an estimated two million miles on the bright blue bikes.
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Posted by Kris Vire on Apr 9, 2014 at 1:25pm
Profiles Theatre has announced a new entry to close out its 2013–14 season. Sharr White'sAnnapurna will replace the previously announced Hunter Gatherers by Peter Sinn Nachtrieb. Profiles's Chicago premiere of White's two-hander about an estranged married couple will run June 6–July 20 at the company's Alley Stage. It comes close on the heels of the play's New York premiere, which begins performances next week starring Megan Mullally and Nick Offerman.Read full post
Posted by Zach Long on Apr 9, 2014 at 11:31am
If you're a vinyl fan, you'll want to head to Chicago Journeymen Plumbers Union Hall this Saturday for the 12th annual CHIRP Radio Record Fair & Other Delights. The event gives crate diggers an opportunity to browse through thousands of records provided by 60 regional vendors. Chicago-based labels like Hausu Mountain, Hozac and FPE Records will slinging their wares, while records stores such as Saki and Record Breakers also get in on the action.
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Posted by Brent DiCrescenzo on Apr 9, 2014 at 10:45am
A few weeks back, you might have seen a map of the United States displaying "the most distinctive" music acts by state. Sufjan Stevens was the representative of Illinois. So that got us thinking. Chance the Rapper, Kanye West and Chief Keef grab a bunch of headlines these days. Using Google Trends data, we looked at which neighborhoods and suburbs rank highest in search volume for our biggest local hip-hop stars. According to the heat maps, Homewood reps hard for Lupe and Yeezus. And despite all the hype, Chance the Rapper is largely a phenomenon in the posh near suburbs.
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Posted by Laura Baginski on Apr 8, 2014 at 3:12pm
Here at Time Out, we love a good pun. Hell, we love a bad pun. And so do a lot of Chicago businesses. In fact, these hair salons, restaurants and pet shops love punnery so much they threw wordplay into their business's names—some to clever effect. And some not.Read full post
Posted by Kris Vire on Apr 8, 2014 at 12:04pm
Theater Wit has reason to praise Jebus: The Lakeview company has locked down the rights to stage the Chicago premiere of Anne Washburn's Mr. Burns, a Post-Electric Play in the 2014–15 season. Washburn's high-profile hit, which imagines The Simpsons episode "Cape Feare" becoming a mythological touchstone in the decades following a global power-grid failure, made its debut at D.C.'s Woolly Mammoth Theater Company in 2012.Read full post
Posted by Zach Long on Apr 8, 2014 at 9:46am
Over the weekend, Mayor Rahm Emanuel announced that the Chicago Department of Transportation is halfway to its goal of installing 100 miles of protected bike lanes by 2015. Twenty more miles of protected bike lanes will be installed throughout this spring and summer. The remaining 30 miles are in the design phase and are on schedule to be installed by early 2015.
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Posted by Kris Vire on Apr 7, 2014 at 3:56pm
The Goodman Theatre has filled one TBD slot in the 2014–15 season it announced a month ago. The theater will produce the Chicago premiere of Christopher Durang's Chekhov-inspired comedy Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike, to be directed by Steve Scott in the Albert Theatre in the spring, with exact dates to be determined.
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