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Mustache, Masquerade And Michael Jackson: Chicago's Best Costume Parties

| Erin Chan Ding | Posted 12.17.2011 | Chicago

After spending weeks putting together the perfect costume, you better show it off on Halloween weekend. Chicago's costume parties embrace just about e...

Where To Pick Your Own Apples And Pumpkins Near Chicago

| Ashley Henshaw | Posted 12.10.2011 | Chicago

Take advantage of the beautiful fall weather with a trip to one of these area apple orchards and pumpkin patches. There are plenty of farms just a sho...

WBEZ Off-Air Series Panel Discusses Politics Of Theater

| Erin Chan Ding | Posted 12.10.2011 | Chicago

A political, cultural and racial dialogue bounced all over the Victory Gardens Biograph Theater on Sunday evening. It arose among a panel of artistic ...

A Spectators' Guide To The 2011 Chicago Marathon

| Erin Chan Ding | Posted 12.08.2011 | Chicago

In a 34-year-old Chicago tradition, tens of thousands of people will pack onto Columbus Drive in Grant Park on Sunday and spend the next several hours...

Chicago's Scariest Haunted Houses

| Erin Chan Ding | Posted 12.04.2011 | Chicago

If you were not completely traumatized by them as a child, 'tis the season to bring your brave, grown up self to some local haunted houses. Most of th...

U. Chicago Students Hope To Make Bug Eating Mainstream

| Erin Chan Ding | Posted 11.30.2011 | Chicago

On the top floor of a Hyde Park apartment building, four University of Chicago students sat together on a couch, unfazed by the snacks that lay before...

Fall Festivals Celebrate Season's Harvest

| Erin Chan Ding | Posted 11.27.2011 | Chicago

Now that fall is full-on upon us, there's much to celebrate -- and to distract us from the shivering we feel while stepping out into increasingly chil...

My Chicago: AKIRA's Erikka Wang Windy City Style

| Erin Chan Ding | Posted 11.23.2011 | Chicago

Name: Erikka Wang Age: 34 Lives in: West Loop Grew Up in: Champaign-Urbana, Ill. Gig: Co-founder and co-owner of AKIRA, the Chicago-based clothin...

Inspiration Kitchens Trains Homeless In Culinary Skills

| Erin Chan Ding | Posted 11.23.2011 | Chicago

Tucked just below the Lake Street El tracks in Garfield Park, Inspiration Kitchens stands out from the pizza places, sub shops and Chinese takeout spo...

'Sandwich King' Talks Delis And Chicago's Food Truck Problems

| Lauren Drell | Posted 11.23.2011 | Chicago

If anyone knows sandwiches in Chicago, it would be the animated, self-proclaimed “sandwich king," Jeff Mauro. The 33 year-old Elmwood Park reside...

Andrew Bird On Songwriting, Chicago And Hideout's Anniversary Party

| Lauren Drell | Posted 02.06.2012 | Chicago

Logan Square resident and Chicago favorite Andrew Bird has always loved the Hideout, and after some time on the farm recording his new album, he’s g...

PHOTOS: New Food Trucks Hit The Streets Despite No-Cook Law

| Lauren Drell | Posted 11.20.2011 | Chicago

Food trucks have been hitting the streets of Chicago in record numbers. While some chefs wait for the food truck ordinance to pass (the city health de...

Chicago's Best Football Bars

| Ashley Henshaw | Posted 11.15.2011 | Chicago

It’s that time again. Every Saturday and Sunday, many of us will be glued to the tube watching our favorite teams battle it out on the football fiel...

PHOTOS: 10 Booths To Check Out At Renegade Craft Fair

| Erin Chan Ding | Posted 11.07.2011 | Chicago

The 9th Annual Renegade Craft Fair will once again take over Division Street in Wicker Park this Saturday and Sunday, displaying do-it-yourself crafts...

Sun-Healing Spa Treatments For Post-Summer Hair and Skin

| Erin Chan Ding | Posted 11.06.2011 | Chicago

Chicago's beach season is pretty much over, but you might still be carrying souvenirs from laying for hours in the sand, like a nice coppery skin tone...

PHOTOS: Pearl Jam Celebrates 20th Anniversary At Alpine Valley

| Lauren Drell | Posted 11.06.2011 | Chicago

Pearl Jam celebrated its 20th anniversary over Labor Day weekend at Alpine Valley in East Troy, Wis., with a pair of setlists that showed how they hav...

Restaurateur Dion Antic On City Gossip, Cornish Hen And His 'Shaguar'

| Erin Chan Ding | Posted 01.30.2012 | Chicago

Age: 47 Neighborhood: Ukrainian Village Years in Chicago: 47 (with a hiatus living in Los Angeles and Bueno Aires following a divorce a few year...

Forget Travel And Be Your Own Chicago Tour Guide For Labor Day

| Erin Chan Ding | Posted 10.31.2011 | Chicago

If you don't want to deal with snarls on the Interstate and crowded airports this Labor Day weekend, stay in Chicago. The city has a multitude of ecle...

Cubs' Kerry Wood Starts Local Children's Charity

| Lauren Drell | Posted 01.30.2012 | Chicago

While the Cubs’ may be struggling to rack up some wins, Cubs’ pitcher Kerry Wood has certainly scored one for Chicagoland kids thanks to the creat...

35th Annual Gay Softball World Series Kicks Off In Chicago

| Erin Chan Ding | Posted 10.25.2011 | Chicago

More than 3,000 softball players have descended upon Chicago this week from all over the continent for the for the 35th Annual North American Gay Amat...

PHOTOS: Check Out Recycled Art From New Ravenswood Remix Fair

| Lauren Drell | Posted 10.29.2011 | Chicago

As the city’s neighborhood street fests wind down and the threat of colder air looms, Chicagoans can celebrate the last days of warm temperatures ov...

Thirsty For Home? Where to Find Your Fave Craft Brews

| Ashley Henshaw | Posted 10.24.2011 | Chicago

Although Chicago has some amazing local breweries, residents who’ve come to the Windy City from other states may be a little homesick for their favo...

PHOTOS: Fast Casual Vegan Eatery Opens In Wicker Park

| Lauren Drell | Posted 10.24.2011 | Chicago

Chicagoans love their meat. Whether it's thick-cut steak, hot dogs or dripping Italian beef, locals are loyal to the cow. So what happens when you tak...

PHOTOS: Chicago Railroad Transforming Into Corridor Of Green

| Erin Chan Ding | Posted 10.13.2011 | Chicago

The sun shone on Beth White and Ben Helphand on an August Sunday as they stood on a North Side viaduct, each with their feet planted in the middle of ...

Cabbies Help Chicago Blogger Find City's Best Ethnic Food Spots

| Lauren Drell | Posted 10.12.2011 | Chicago

It’s happened to us all: You flag down a cab and hop in, only to find the driver chatting it up on his Bluetooth. But that hasn't stopped Lakeview r...