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A rendering of the updated, wider bridge at Western Ave.

A rendering of the updated, wider bridge at Western Ave. Photograph courtesy of The 606

606 Update: Ashland bridge moves to Western

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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ACTIVATE transforms Couch Place into a party.

ACTIVATE transforms Couch Place into a party. Photograph: Chicago Loop Alliance

ACTIVATE turns Chicago alleys into galleries

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.

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Studs Terkel

Studs Terkel

Studs Terkel festival comes to University of Chicago

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.

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Montrose Beach, we cannot wait to hang out on you.

Montrose Beach, we cannot wait to hang out on you.

The 31 things we're looking forward to this summer

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.

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Lee Stark, Usman Ally in American Theater Company's "Disgraced"

Lee Stark, Usman Ally in American Theater Company's "Disgraced" Photograph: Michael Brosilow

American Theater Company establishes formal partnership with Araca Group

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.

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Taste Test: Domino's Specialty Chicken

Posted by Amy Cavanaugh on Apr 16, 2014 at 2:56pm

Specialty 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.
 

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No. 12: The semen trees are blooming!

No. 12: The semen trees are blooming!

The 27 ways you know it's finally spring in Chicago

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.

 

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This is the photo of the week for April 11, 2014.

This is the photo of the week for April 11, 2014. Photograph: @chicagopics_ig

Photo of the week for Apr 11, 2014

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

Want to be featured as Time Out Chicago's photo of the week? Tag your Instagram photos with #chigram and you may just become Internet famous. The photo of the week will be posted on the Time Out Chicago blog every Friday.


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Carrie Fisher's cocaine nail as seen in Return of the Jedi

Carrie Fisher's cocaine nail as seen in Return of the Jedi

The 10 things we don't want to see at the George Lucas Museum

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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Divvy announces Divvy Week, puts more bikes on the streets

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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The Alley Stage, Profiles Theater

The Alley Stage, Profiles Theater Photograph: Courtesy of Profiles Theater

Profiles Theatre to mount Sharr White's 'Annapurna'

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.

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CHIRP Record Fair

CHIRP Record Fair Photograph: Patrick Bobilin

CHIRP Radio hosts its Record Fair this Saturday

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 MountainHozac 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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Wax On Wax Off

Wax On Wax Off Photograph: Martha Williams

18 punny Chicago signs

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.

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Theater Wit exterior

Theater Wit exterior Photograph: Kris Vire

Theater Wit snags 'Mr. Burns, a Post-Electric Play'

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.

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Will Chicago ever be the U.S.'s bike-friendliest city?

Will Chicago ever be the U.S.'s bike-friendliest city?

Chicago has many miles to go before it's the bike-friendliest city

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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Larry Yando as Ebenezer Scrooge in the Goodman Theatre's 2009 production of A Christmas Carol

Larry Yando as Ebenezer Scrooge in the Goodman Theatre's 2009 production of A Christmas Carol Photograph: Liz Lauren

Goodman Theatre gets Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike

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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Sean Patton

Sean Patton Photograph: Seth Olenick

The Comedy Exposition of 2014 coming in July

Posted by Kris Vire on Apr 7, 2014 at 2:45pm

A new DIY comedy festival, this one explicitly inspired by the absence of Just for Laughs Chicago, is coming to three different neighborhoods July 11–13. The organizers of the Comedy Exposition of 2014 (one of whom, Matt Byrne, contributes comedy coverage toTime Out Chicago) launched a Kickstarter for the fest on March 27 and reached their initial goal of $3,000 within 24 hours; they've since upped the goal in hopes of adding more nationally touring stand-ups.

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Emilia Clarke as Daenerys Targaryen in Game of Thrones

Emilia Clarke as Daenerys Targaryen in Game of Thrones

Prepare your DVR: Game of Thrones (and a lot more) begins this Sunday

Posted by Jessica Johnson on Apr 4, 2014 at 3:19pm

After inspiring oodles of screams and tears with last year's late-season bloodbath, Game of Thrones has quite an act to follow when its fourth season premieres this Sunday at 8pm. But with an ensemble this large, there are always more throats to be slit.

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A Chicago Transit Authority train car rests on an escalator at the O'Hare Airport station after it derailed early Monday, March 24, 2014, in Chicago. More than 30 people were injured after the train "climbed over the last stop, jumped up on the sidewalk a

A Chicago Transit Authority train car rests on an escalator at the O'Hare Airport station after it derailed early Monday, March 24, 2014, in Chicago. More than 30 people were injured after the train "climbed over the last stop, jumped up on the sidewalk a Photograph: AP Photo/NBC Chicago

CTA proposes new regulations in the wake of O'Hare crash

Posted by Zach Long on Apr 4, 2014 at 3:12pm

Following last week’s incident at O’Hare, the CTA is proposing new rules designed to prevent train operators from dozing off at the controls. Today, CTA President Forrest Claypool released a statement outlining the CTA’s new regulations. Operators will be limited to a maximum 12 hours of train operations in a 14-hour time period (there is currently no limit), and the minimum rest time between shifts will be increased from eight hours to 10 hours.

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