Mason Johnson

Protesters react to the St. Louis grand jury decision not to indict Ferguson Police Officer Darren Wilson in the shooting death of Michael Brown  November 24, 2014 in Chicago, Illinois. (Photo by Tasos Katopodis/Getty Images)

When Talking About Ferguson, Try To Be Thoughtful — Few Others Will

Before declaring your knee-jerk reaction to the riots in Ferguson on Facebook and at the dinner table, take a moment to be careful and considerate. The least we can do for Ferguson is to be thoughtful in our reactions to their struggles.

11/25/2014

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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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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

Stealing bikes is so easy to get away with in Chicago, I decided to try my hand at it. (Photo Credit: Christine Newsom)

The Number Of Bikes Stolen In Chicago, The Neighborhoods They’re Stolen From And The Number That Are Recovered

Looking for a low-risk, lucrative career? Based on these statistics, bike thievery might be for you… (If you can get over the fact that stealing is wrong, that is…)

10/09/2014

The 2-way mirror in the men's washroom at Streeter's Tavern (Photo: Mason Johnson)

Photos Document Chicago’s ‘Most Interesting’ Toilets

One out-of-towner with a love for, uh, toilets decided to document Chicago’s more charismatic bathrooms.

10/01/2014

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Olive Garden’s First Chicago Location Opening Soon

Chicago’s first Olive Garden opens next week — first person to eat enough breadsticks to raise their cholesterol wins more breadsticks.

09/24/2014

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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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Morton, Illinois Is The Pumpkin Capital Of The World… Or Is It?

The Pumpkin Capital of the World is so powerful, even politicians will bend to its will. But what sinister secrets (if any) is the so called pumpkin capital hiding?

09/19/2014

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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

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Spotify: University Of Illinois Urbana Champaign Is One Of The ‘Most Musical Universities In America’

While University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign students mostly listen to pop and dance music, they also listen to Led Zeppelin’s Stairway to Heaven more than any other school.

09/16/2014

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Forget About Ray Rice, The NFL Just Doesn’t Care About Women

Dear NFL, you need to prove that you think women actually have a worth.

CBS Chicago–09/11/2014

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There’s An ‘Internet Slowdown’ Today, Which Isn’t As Bad As It Seems… Yet

It’s Comcast, AT&T and Verizon VS the likes of Netflix, Google and many individuals who really, really love the internet. Are you worried of the impending internet slowdown?

09/09/2014

I don't know how that axe came to live in Logan Square, but we've since become good friends. (Photo Credit: Mason Johnson)

RANT: My Chicago Neighborhood Sucks, Where Should I Move?

What should they put in Logan Square next? A new, fancy shopping center, or a Medieval Times surrounded by a moat filled with killer sharks? I choose sharks.

09/02/2014

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Survey: CTA Leaves Low-Income Chicagoans Behind With Ventra

The Chicago Transit Authority’s transition to Ventra may — after a series of early hiccups — have finally started to work for the majority of CTA riders, but there’s one group Ventra does not seem to be benefiting: low-income Chicagoans.

08/21/2014

Is this beaut locked correctly? (Photo Credit: Mason Johnson)

Most Chicago Bike Owners Don’t Secure Their Bikes Properly, Allowing Thieves To Take Advantage

Let’s be honest: Chicagoans get their bikes stolen more often than Liam Neeson’s family members get kidnapped in the Taken franchise. Here are the mistakes bike theft victims make and how to avoid them!

08/06/2014

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