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The Most Violent Big Cities In Each State 2014

According to the FBI, violent crime and property crime were down nationwide for the first half of 2014 — but did America’s big cities also see drops?

01/29/2015

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Chicago Shooting Deaths Are Up … Or Down, Depending On How You Look At It

Johnson: It’s annoying that people constantly scream about year-to-year shooting statistics on every article that decides to use a different stat, and it’s annoying that we (the press) cling to year-to-year changes as if two years can tell our readers everything they need to know. Two years is nothing!

01/28/2015

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You Should Take Your Pants Off And Ride ‘The L’

If you’ve always wanted to ride a CTA train without any pants on, here’s your chance. And you won’t even get kicked off (or arrested).

01/08/2015

Columbus Park Boat House in Austin (Photo Credit: MrHarman)

Chicago’s ‘Most Violent Neighborhood’ Is On The Rise, Offers More Than Just Homicide Statistics

Low-income neighborhoods in Chicago get a pretty bad rap from outsiders, but what’s the truth of these places and the families that live in them? Mostly, they’re just like the rest of Chicago…

01/06/2015

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Was It Wrong Of Lagunitas Brewing Company To Give Da Mayor $25,000 Bucks?

Do we really have to choose between our gluttony and our political beliefs? Boy do I hope not…

12/31/2014

Poor wax Harry. When will the matriarchy start respecting him? (Photo by Stephen Lovekin/Getty Images for Madame Tussauds)

Chicago ‘Mistletoe Kissing Contraption’ Video: Funny Or Creepy?

One CBS Chicago writer thinks this video isn’t only creepy, but sexist. What do you think of this Chicago YouTuber? Funny and wholesome, or worse… ?

12/12/2014

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Study: Jobs Prevent Violence In Chicago’s Most Impoverished Neighborhoods

With positive results from a summer jobs program for Chicago teens continuing to roll in, maybes it’s time for Mayor Emanuel to accompany the mountains of praise he has for Chicago’s youth programs with some more cash.

12/11/2014

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2014 On Track To See Fewer Homicides, With Some Chicago Neighborhoods Still Being Left Behind

As of November 30th, Chicago’s homicides are down when compared to last year. Though it looks likely 2014 will see fewer homicides than 2013, there are many factors, including a substantial rise in homicides in November, that could stop that from happening.

12/04/2014

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The Chicago Neighborhoods That Didn’t See A Drop In Homicides

The sizable drop in homicides in 2013 is great… as long as you don’t live in one of the neighborhoods that saw an increase.

11/19/2014

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The Video Game Industry: Good For The Economy, Bad For Women?

A new study from the Entertainment Software Association (ESA) highlights the impact the video game industry has on state economies — and it’s mostly good news. Sadly, the gaming industry continues to flail in one critical area: women.

11/14/2014

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Chicago Homicide Rate Saw A Large Drop In 2013, But Still Lags Behind The Nation

With a significant decrease in homicides from 2012 to 2013, it’s hard to continue calling Chicago the Murder Capital of America.

11/10/2014

Ironically, when I searched for millennials, this photo of Occupy Wall Street protesters popped up. Unlike some, I bet they actually vote! (Photo by Monika Graff/Getty Images)

Chicagoans Age 18 To 24 Suck At Voting

By now, the lack of turnout by young voters has come to be expected. But, just for the heck of it, I looked at the numbers, and can prove just how dismal voter turnout is for 18-to 24-year-olds. Prepare to be sad.

11/05/2014

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Shake Shack Comes To Chicago

For those who don’t know, Shake Shack is exactly what it sounds like — burgers, hot dogs, crinkle cut fries and shakes. Shake Shack has set themselves apart by offering craft beer and wine. They’re not complete strangers to Chicago, all of their hot dogs are from Chicago’s own Vienna Beef.

10/28/2014

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That’s Excessive: Woman Buys Year’s Worth Of Pumpkin Spice Lattes

At a time when pumpkin spice lattes — as tasty as they may be — are being ridiculed more than ever, one woman proves that she has no shame. Good for her!

10/27/2014

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Live Like A Gangster: Al Capone’s Home Is For Sale

A house recently put up for sale in the Greater Grand Crossing neighborhood looks like any other red, brick-built structure you’ll see across the city, but this 2-flat is special — it belonged to Al Capone.

10/24/2014

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Bill Cosby Rape Accusations Brought Back Into Focus By Comedian Hannibal Buress

While performing at the Trocadero, a club in Bill Cosby’s hometown of Philadelphia, Hannibal Buress reminded the crowd of the multiple sexual assault accusations against Cosby that have come to light over the past decade.

10/21/2014

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New Foo Fighters Single Is An Ode To Chicago

While there’s nothing particularly complicated about the structure of the Foo Fighter’s newest single, which begins with ominous whispers from Dave Grohl before launching into the kind of guttural yells you usually only hear from CTA riders with broken Ventra cards, it is without a doubt an ode to Chicago.

10/16/2014

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Naperville’s New Liquor Laws Include Restrictions On Beer Sizes, Shot Sales And Late-Night Entry

You can still order one shot, one bourbon and one beer at Naperville bars, but you might need to get your order in a little earlier, thanks to new regulations.

10/10/2014

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Want To Be The One Percent? This Is How Much You Need To Make…

While greedy one percenters have become a mythical creature to rally against, the answer to the question — How much do you need to make to be in the top 1%? — might surprise you… it’s not much.

09/22/2014

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Pabst Blue Ribbon Bought By Russian Beverage Company

The lame jokes from Logan Square to Brooklyn will all be the same: Take that, hipsters! But does that really add anything to the fact that Pabst Brewing Company, a company that’s 170-years-old, has been bought by Russian company Oasis Beverages.

09/19/2014