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Straight Up! Paula Abdul’s Top 5 Videos

Happy Birthday Paula Abdul! In celebration of everything pop and cartoon cat-oriented, here’s a list of the pop singer’s top videos.

06/19/2014

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Drake And Lil Wayne Team Up For Massive 2014 U.S. Tour

Drake season is about to go into overdrive.

06/12/2014

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Sting To Bring Musical ‘The Last Ship’ To Chicago

Every breath he takes seems to captivate crowds. Now rock superstar Sting is spending the summer in Chicago, tweaking a new musical he’s written that’s bound for the Broadway stage.

05/27/2014

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Christmas On Garland

It’s that time of year for synchronized Christmas lights and music. One home in Winnetka does it up right — and for charity. To learn more, click here.

12/23/2013

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Chicago’s Best Of 2013

As 2014 draws closer, it’s time to look back on 2013’s high points in Chicago. Join us in celebrating 2013’s successes by checking out our top five posts in Chicago below.

12/16/2013

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Someone You Should Know: Cuatro Teacher Orlando Rivera

It’s called a cuatro and it makes beautiful music. One teacher in the public schools is making a special effort to make sure Chicago kids appreciate the cuatro’s special sound.

10/14/2013

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Amid Job Cuts, CPS Looking At Moving Gym, Music, Art Classes Online

School officials say for five years some students have been taking those classes online. Parents, though, were surprised to learn of the program. CBS 2’s Mike Puccinelli reports.

07/25/2013

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Taste Of Chicago Music Line-Up

Great food, including food trucks, is reason enough for most to attend the Taste of Chicago (going July 10 – 14). BUT, if you need more convincing, here’s a list of bands playing over the next few days.

07/10/2013

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Chicago Bluesman Jimmy Dawkins Dead At 76

Chicago bluesman Jimmy “Fast Fingers” Dawkins, known for his stellar guitar playing and mellow singing voice, has died. He was 76.

04/13/2013

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Pitchfork Music Festival Headliners Announced

An annual music festival held here in Chicago, Pitchfork Music Festival will take place July 19-21 in Union Park. While most bands haven’t been confirmed–the festival usually has over 40 artists–Pitchfork announced three headliners today: R. Kelly, Björk, and Belle and Sebastian….

02/01/2013

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Best Concerts To Look Forward To In Chicago In 2013

Let loose and sing your heart out for a couple of hours at one of the best concerts coming to Chicago in 2013.

12/20/2012

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Best Upcoming Classical Music Performances In Chicago

From opera to harp, Chicago offers a variety of classical music performances that you’ll definitely want to see.

08/20/2012

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Best DJs For Your Event In Chicago

If you are trying to bring some life into your next big social event in Chicago, these DJs have just what your guests’ ears ordered.

08/16/2012

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At Lollapalooza, Fans Can Chow Down At Chow Town

At Lollapalloza, fans come for the music, but they can also stay for the food.

07/20/2012

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Guide: Milwaukee Avenue Arts Festival

A festival for the arts, Milwaukee Avenue Arts Festival livens up Logan Square July 20, 21 & 22. Go to see bands, performances and more!

07/17/2012

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Best Bars For New Bands

All bands have to have their first show somewhere. That venue will probably be a living room, a basement, or a “co-operative event space/art incubator/creativity collective,” which is really just to say some industrial-sized living room. And these venues are fine and dandy and a lot of fun! But should you tire of playing The Spork Fort and Loveship Factory, there are real-life, honest to God licensed venues out there…

06/20/2012

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Downtown Sound: Music In The Park

If you hadn’t noticed, summer has completely and totally arrived to the third coast. And spoiled kids that we are, the city is yet again throwing us a series of free Monday concerts downtown at the magical picnic-place marvel that is the hairnet, er, Jay Pritzker Pavilion. Cut out of work early, bring your good flask and your bad wine, and set up a picnic blanket for this summer’s fine lineup.

06/19/2012

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Eight Things To Know About The Hideout

For both newbies and regulars alike, The Hideout is an abundantly friendly venue with great rustic appeal, a front-porch Americana vibe that is hard to find elsewhere, an ideal destination for a laid-back night of down-to-earth fun with a group of friends. It’s a vibrant nugget of conviviality tucked modestly away on an industrial side street, with plenty to offer beyond the standard menu of amusement, and should be embraced for these virtues and more. Here are eight reasons why.

04/25/2012

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CIMMfest: Chicago Music & Movies Festival

Going back to the earliest days of cinema, when silents were accompanied by live-in theater musicians, music and film have been artistically complementary. The Chicago International Movies & Music Festival, now in its fourth year, honors the enduring relationship between the two art forms with four days & nights of film screenings, live performances, VJ/DJ sets, and several Q&A sessions with actors, directors and musicians, at various venues around Logan Square and Wicker Park. Here’s a selection of highlights from the lineup for this weekend’s CIMMfest.

04/12/2012

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Chicago’s Best Kids’ Concert Venues: S.P.A.C.E.

Just north of Chicago in Evanston, S.P.A.C.E. Is doing what urban dwellers thought impossible… bringing cool to the suburbs. S.P.A.C.E. stands for Society for the Preservation of Art and Culture in Evanston, and despite the lofty name, they do live up to their goal.

04/06/2012

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