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The Fear Haunted House at Navy Pier

The Fear Haunted House at Navy Pier

The Navy Pier haunted house is sinking

Posted by Zach Long on Oct 31, 2014 at 4:16pm

Things are looking pretty frightening at Navy Pier this afternoon, where the barge that holds The Fear Haunted House looks like it's starting to sink, thanks to powerful winds that are creating waves on Lake Michigan. WBEZ posted a series of videos that show the barge partially submerged in the lake. In one of the videos, WBEZ managing editor Sally Eisele mentions that the pier feels like it's moving—you might want to cancel your Halloween dinner plans at Bubba Gump Shrimp Company. Large waves on Lake Michigan have partially shut down northbound lanes on Lake Shore Drive due to flooding.

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Thanksgiving Parade floats, balloons and marching units made their way down State Street on November 28, 2013.

Thanksgiving Parade floats, balloons and marching units made their way down State Street on November 28, 2013. Photograph: Crystal Garcia

37 exciting things opening in Chicago in November

Posted by Zach Long on Oct 30, 2014 at 4:08pm

In just a few weeks, we'll be eating turkey, gathering with family and realizing that Christmas is drawing near. For the moment, it's time to enjoy fall in Chicago (before we're all snowed in) with our guide to November's most anticipated events and openings.  Get in line at the city's very first Shake Shack and find out if the burgers live up to the hype. Prepare for your Thanksgiving feast by pounding the pavement at the Hot Chocolate 5K/15K.

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Bon Iver | UIC Pavilion | December 9, 2011

Bon Iver | UIC Pavilion | December 9, 2011 Photograph: Erica Gannett

What Justin Vernon's new music festival means for Pitchfork

Posted by Brent DiCrescenzo on Oct 29, 2014 at 3:36pm

Justin Vernon, probably better and inappropriately known as Bon Iver, is starting a new music festival in his Wisconsin hometown, July 17–18, 2015. That weekend should ring a bell for Midwestern festival fanatics. Though it has not been officially announced, it is typically the weekend of our Pitchfork Music Festival. Will this hurt or help Pitchfork? We take a guess.

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Nik Wallenda will walk between the Marina City towers and the Leo Burnett Building on Sunday, November 2.

Nik Wallenda will walk between the Marina City towers and the Leo Burnett Building on Sunday, November 2. Photograph courtesy of Discovery Channel

'King of the Highwire' Nik Wallenda chats about his upcoming Chicago stunts

Posted by Zach Long on Oct 29, 2014 at 11:58am

In 2012, high wire artist Nik Wallenda was the first person to walk across a tightrope directly above Niagara Falls. Last year, he walked across a gorge near the Grand Canyon, 1,500 feet above the ground. On Sunday, the 35-year-old daredevil will attempt his latest feat, crossing an inclined wire that spans the 50-story-high gap between the Marina City towers and the Leo Burnett building. After his first walk, he'll return to Marina City and complete a second walk between the two corncob towers while blindfolded. We interviewed the daredevil to get inside his head.

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You could be nuzzling kittens like these today.

You could be nuzzling kittens like these today. Photograph: Christina Robinson/Flickr

Order kittens on Uber today

Posted by Laura Baginski on Oct 29, 2014 at 10:06am

In celebration of National Cat Day, Uber will deliver cuddly kittens to your home or office today. For $30, you get 15 minutes of adorable, YouTube-worthy kitten time, and all proceeds go to the Anti-Cruelty Society. Just open the app between noon–4pm today and request the "KITTENS" option. We will attempt to order the cat package today, so stay tuned for footage of rampant cuteness.

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Letherbee's new Autumnal Gin is here

Posted by Amy Cavanaugh on Oct 29, 2014 at 9:05am

Local distillery Letherbee, known for its gin and fernet, released its latest seasonal gin this week. Each year, Letherbee makes a Vernal Gin in the spring and an Autumnal Gin. This fall, it’s gin made with roasted hazelnut, black walnut and cocoa nibs, which Letherbee describes as having the "warm, creamy aroma of a fresh bakery coupled with the cleanliness, refinement and spice of dry gin." Distiller Brenton Engel says would be “nice in stirred cocktails with a savory/bitter theme,” like a negroni or martinez. The gin has already made it to area bars. Here's where—and how—you can drink it.

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Hamilton Leithauser

Hamilton Leithauser

Schubas, Lincoln Hall announce Tomorrow Never Knows 2015 lineup

Posted by Brent DiCrescenzo on Feb 5, 2014 at 10:45pm

There are not many things that make us look forward to January in Chicago. Thankfully, the good people at Schubas and Lincoln Hall deliver a perennially entertaining music (and comedy) festival every dead winter. Today, the venues announced the lineup for the 2015 edition of its annual Tomorrow Never Knows music festival, slated January 14–18. Five-day passes are $100. Individual concerts take place at Schubas, Lincoln Hall, Athenaeum Theatre and the Metro and go on sale Friday. Click the links above for individual tickets. Check out who is playing below.

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A taxi drives through the streets of Chicago.

A taxi drives through the streets of Chicago. Photograph: Jasenlee

The city wants to create a taxi app

Posted by Zach Long on Oct 27, 2014 at 2:54pm

Now that Halio has officially pulled out of the U.S., the city of Chicago wants to throw its hat into the taxi-hailing smartphone app ring. The Chicago Tribune reports that "the Chicago Department of Business Affairs and Consumer Protection city is preparing to solicit bids from companies to develop at least one universal app" that can be used to order taxis. Much like the Chicago Department of Transportation's deal with Alta Bicycle Share to create Divvy, the winner of the contract would operate the app with the backing of the city. The proposed app would compete directly with app-based rideshare services operated by companies like Uber, Lyft and Sidecar.

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A CTA train pulls into the Quincy station.

A CTA train pulls into the Quincy station. Photograph: Thundercat

CTA fares won't be raised in 2015

Posted by Zach Long on Oct 27, 2014 at 1:32pm

Good news, commuters: The CTA unveiled its proposed 2015 budget early this morning, revealing that fares and passes will remain frozen at their current prices. The budget also discloses the CTA's plans to slightly increase Blue and Orange Line service during rush hour next year. The $1.44 billion operating budget (up from $1.38 billion in 2014) is banking on ridership gains in the coming year, blaming a projected decrease in ridership this year on last winter's extreme weather. Of course, the budget will need to be approved by the CTA board before it goes into effect. 

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Fall in Chicago

Fall in Chicago Photograph: Henryk Sadura

Get outside today. Seriously, do it.

Posted by Laura Baginski on Oct 27, 2014 at 9:51am

Of course the last sunny day with a high in the upper 70s is freakin' Monday. But there are still ways you can get out and bask in the warmth. Among them: Go for a run along the lakefront after work. May we suggest a soundtrack of our 30 favorite running songs? We don't care how busy you are today: You will regret it if you don't eat lunch outside today. Here are our favorite Loop lunches.

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Photograph: Martha Williams

Becoming a zombie

Posted by Zach Long on Oct 24, 2014 at 12:26pm

When we began putting together our zombie apocalypse survival guide, I suggested that some photos of a zombie roaming through the city’s streets could be a nice visual accompaniment. When my editor asked me if I would be willing to become Time Out Chicago’s resident flesh-eater, I naively volunteered my face, not really knowing what the process would entail. The folks at Kryolan, a professional make-up company that sponsors the SyFy special effects artist competition Face Off, kindly offered to give me my zombie makeover.

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Audience members applaud a speaker at the Chicago Humanities Festival.

Audience members applaud a speaker at the Chicago Humanities Festival. Photograph: Justin Kern

10 Chicago Humanities Festival events that you can still buy tickets for

Posted by Zach Long on Oct 24, 2014 at 11:13am

Tomorrow marks the first day of the Chicago Humanities Festival, an annual series of talks and events that celebrate of art, culture and education. The theme of this year's festival is "Journeys," encompassing a variety of programming that explores the personal experiences of artists, authors, scientists and activists. You're out of luck if you were hoping to hear Patti Smith speak about her memoir or see Chaz Ebert reminisce about her late husband (those events are sold out), but you still have a chance to witness something just as interesting.

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The current touring cast of The Book of Mormon

The current touring cast of The Book of Mormon Photograph: Joan Marcus

Book of Mormon tickets on sale November 16

Posted by Kris Vire on October 23, 2014 at 5:44pm

Broadway in Chicago today announced the on sale date for the return of The Book of Mormon. Individual tickets will go on sale to the public at 10am Sunday, November 16. The wildly popular musical by Trey Parker, Matt Stone and Robert Lopez previously played the Bank of America Theatre for a 10-month run, from December 2012 to October 2013. The touring production returns to the same theatre February 24–May 17.

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A view of the ice ribbon which is currently under construction at Maggie Daley Park.

A view of the ice ribbon which is currently under construction at Maggie Daley Park. Photograph courtesy of the Chicago Park District

You'll be able to ice skate in Maggie Daley Park this winter

Posted by Zach Long on Oct  23, 2014 at 12:48pm

We're closer than ever to the opening of Maggie Daley Park, the northern portion of Grant Park that lies directly to the east of Millennium Park. When the entire park opens in 2015, it will boast climbing walls, playground equipment, a dedicated concession stand and some great views of Lake Michigan. Visitors will be able to enjoy one of the park's attractions a little bit later this year: the ice skating ribbon. The ice-covered path will form a circuit on the north end of the new park, allowing skaters to enjoy the city's skyline while sliding around the course. The ice skating ribbon will be subject to the Chicago Park District's outdoor rink admission fee, though the price has not yet been determined.

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The Varsity transports passengers from Chicago to Madison in vintage rail cars.

The Varsity transports passengers from Chicago to Madison in vintage rail cars. Photograph: Zach Long

A train trip from Chicago to Madison could signal future service

Posted by Zach Long on Oct  23, 2014 at 10:27am

It’s 6:39am and I’m on a train pulling out of Union Station one minute ahead of its scheduled departure. We’re about four hours away from our destination: Madison, Wisconsin, a city of cheese curds, sprawling farmers’ markets and New Glarus beer. Taking the train may not be the fastest way to travel, but its a far more scenic trip than a drive down a construction-ridden stretch of I-90. I’m sitting in a lovingly restored 1987 dome car on the Varsity, a passenger train service running between Chicago and the second-largest city in Wisconsin. Organized by Pullman Rail Journeys, the excursion is the last of three trips scheduled to coincide with college football games…

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Photograph: @urkolainen

Photograph: @urkolainen

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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