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24 Hours In Chicago

Our route traverses south to north, so it’s eminently doable, walkable and bike rideable. You’ll find Chicago lovable with 24 hours in our Midwestern Shangri-la.

02/28/2015

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Chicago’s Gun Problem — There Are Too Many

Despite comparable resources to other big city’s, Chicago’s violence continues to outpace the likes of New York and Los Angeles — why?

02/27/2015

A color-coded map from the National Park Service illustrates the noisiest parts of the U.S. in orange and yellow, and the quietest parts in shades of blue. (Credit: National Park Service)

National Park Service Map Shows Just How Loud Chicago Really Is

If you’ve ever been in the United Center after the Blackhawks Score a goal, or stuck in traffic, stood under the Loop ‘L’ tracks during rush hour, or walked Kuma’s Corner, you know Chicago can be a very noisy place.

02/27/2015

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Best Dog Parks In Chicago

Not all parks in Chicago cater to dog owners, so finding the perfect dog-friendly park can make a huge difference in the outdoor time for you and your pooch. Find out which dog park suits your needs, and you might just find your new go-to space for your dog socialization time.

02/27/2015

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The CTA Will Let You Rent ‘L’ Trains

If you want to board an L train without worrying it will be filled with manspreading bros (or if you want to board an L train and not feel guilty about manspreading), there’s a solution: rent your own.

02/26/2015

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Ask A Chicago Bartender: Your Best Martini Recipe

James Bond’s martini world was a lot less complicated but these spirited drink recipes are much more intriguing.

02/26/2015

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VIDEO: What’s Behind The Secret Door At Chicago’s Union Station?

The train station can be a pretty mundane place where keeping your head down and ignoring the people around you is often the norm. But add a secret door filled with balls from a ball pit, and everything changes.

02/25/2015

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Snow In Forecast For Afternoon, Evening

Tuesday night’s election results gave Chicago six more weeks of political campaigning, and from the looks of the weather forecast the city might have a similar amount of winter left, as well.

02/25/2015

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Chicago’s US99.5 Wins Big At The 50th Academy Of Country Music Awards

For 50 years, the Academy of Country Music Awards has recognized the best country music and country stations across the country. For Chicagoans, it will come as no surprise that CBS Radio’s US99.5 won two major awards this year.

02/25/2015

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Best Steakhouses In Chicago

Experience the best steaks, and the best cuts of meat, at these Chicago steakhouses.

02/25/2015

Circa 1955:  American schoolboy Paul Mayo ponders a problem during a school test. Paul must travel to school by ferry every day from his home on Bedloe's Island, where the statue of Liberty stands.  (Photo by Orlando /Three Lions/Getty Images)

Confusion Continues Over Standardized Testing In Chicago

Despite state and federal pressure, Chicago is delaying new standardized tests for 90 percent of CPS. The question remains: Will the city and CPS stick to their guns?

02/24/2015

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Best Places For Used Furniture In The Chicago Area

Are you decorating your home? Skip the big-box retailers and consider picking up secondhand furniture for your Chicago home by checking out these retailers.

02/24/2015

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Best Paint And Sips In Chicago

This weekend, skip the bar scene and have a glass of wine while painting in a studio with friends. From Chicago to the suburbs, there are plenty of places to paint and sip.

02/23/2015

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Best Spring Break 2015 Destinations Near Chicago For Families

Flying somewhere warm for spring break is an option but to avoid crowded beaches and take advantage of low gas prices, look for places within a day’s drive.

02/21/2015

A self-portrait of Chicago photographer Vivian Maier. (Photo courtesy: Carol Fox and Associates Public Relations)

Chicago Street Photographer’s Stark Images Snarled In Legal Fight

Vivian Maier, subject of an Academy Award-nominated film, has been posthumously recognized as a remarkable photographer. But who owns the copyright to her work?

02/20/2015

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Ask A Chicago Expert: Keeping Your Kids Entertained On A Snow Day

Consider some of these activities the next time school is closed on account of snow, and see how your child will not only be entertained but will also continue to learn while school is closed for the day.

02/20/2015

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Voters Beware: Don’t Rely On City Website To Find Your New Ward

At the beginning of 2012, the City Council approved a new ward map. Sadly, the city’s website hasn’t gotten the memo yet.

02/19/2015

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You Can Still Register To Vote In Case You Want To, You Know, Exercise That Right

It’s offensive to me when someone isn’t registered to vote. You’re not only choosing to leave yourself out of the democratic process, but risking the future of 2.7 million Chicagoans. That includes me. So stop it.

02/19/2015

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Best Bars In Chicago With A Fireplace

Warm up this winter by hanging out at these bars with some of the best fireplaces in town.

02/19/2015

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Best Gyros In Chicago

Get some of the best Greek gyros at these five Chicago restaurants.

02/18/2015

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