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No one asked for this but listen to these Death Cab For Cutie/Kanye West mash-ups

When I’m listening to Kanye West’s “Jesus Walks,” one of the most formative tracks of my teenage years, I’m definitely not thinking about Death Cab For Cutie’s “I Will Follow You Into The Dark,” another important song for me because I put it on a lot of embarrassing mixes for high school crushes....

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  • Trick your less-cultured friends into a night out at the theatre

    Trick your less-cultured friends into a night out at the theatre

    There’s nothing quite like heading out for a thrilling night of live theatre, right? I mean, I’ve heard. I can’t get anyone to go with me. What do you do when all your friends would rather hunt for fake “Red Dead Redemption” justice or toss the old cornhole bean bags around? You can’t just kill...

  • Navigating public transit in a wheelchair | The Transit Diaries

    Navigating public transit in a wheelchair | The Transit Diaries

    For many, walking up dozens of steps to reach a platform or standing on a crowded train or bus can feel like a nuisance, but part of the commuting experience. For those like 21-year-old Northwestern University student Jackie Quinn, who uses a motorized wheelchair to get around, navigating the CTA...

  • Photography class for Cook County Jail inmates develops passion for art

    Photography class for Cook County Jail inmates develops passion for art

    No one wants to go to jail. But last week a couple hundred people sat in the gymnasium of the Mental Health Transition Center at Cook County Jail and they were happy, filling the place with smiles and applause, vivid visions on the wall and what felt like hope in the air. More than 100 of them...

  • City, Blackhawks believe 2017 NHL draft will draw world-wide attention

    City, Blackhawks believe 2017 NHL draft will draw world-wide attention

    The Second City is becoming No. 1 when it comes to being the host for pro drafts. Already the site for the NFL draft last season and this year, Chicago will be host to the 2017 NHL draft at the United Center, the league announced Thursday. The Blackhawks have been the centerpiece of the NHL with...

  • Facts, figures about how Valentine's Day is celebrated in U.S.

    Facts, figures about how Valentine's Day is celebrated in U.S.

    As the love-filled holiday quickly approaches for the weekend, here are some facts and figures about Valentine's Day and how it's celebrated across America. $19.7 billion: The total projected Valentine's Day spending for 2016. Source: WalletHub.com. 14,161: The number of florists' establishments...

  • Lisle's Frank Kaminsky talks Michael Jordan, love for Chipotle in Rolling Stone

    Lisle's Frank Kaminsky talks Michael Jordan, love for Chipotle in Rolling Stone

    Hornets rookie and Chicago area native Frank Kaminsky is not one to shy away from the spotlight, whether it's dancing on national television or posing with a cardboard cutout of himself at a restaurant.  In a Rolling Stone article Thursday, the Benet Academy and Wisconsin alum talked about life...

  • Rank 'em: Best slam dunk performances in NBA All-Star history

    Rank 'em: Best slam dunk performances in NBA All-Star history

    Before 2016 participants Zach LaVine (defending champion), Aaron Gordon, Will Barton and Andre Drummond square off this weekend, weigh in on the best dunk performances from past NBA Slam Dunk contest.

  • Lonely heart: Should I try to get together with my ex on Valentine's Day?

    Lonely heart: Should I try to get together with my ex on Valentine's Day?

    Dear Anna: My ex and I broke up in January. We were together three years, and I miss him terribly. I’ve been good about not contacting him, but I feel like I’m breaking down. Should I try to get together with him this Valentine’s Day? —Lost No. Same goes for Feb. 15, 16, 17, 18 and so on. Stay...

  • Blackhawks set White House visit for Feb. 18

    Blackhawks set White House visit for Feb. 18

    The Blackhawks are headed back to the White House. On Feb. 18, President Obama will host the Hawks at the White House for the third time.The Hawks earned another trip to Washington after they defeated the Lightning in June to win their third Stanley Cup in the last six seasons. The Hawks play in...

  • Pinegrove just released my favorite rock record of 2016 so far

    Pinegrove just released my favorite rock record of 2016 so far

    Sometimes I like a record so much I can't really review it without coming off as a crazy zealous fan. So bear with me while I geek out about New Jersey band Pinegrove's debut "Cardinal," my favorite album of 2016 so far. Seriously, this album (by a band you may not know yet but let's change that)...

  • Honorary street proposed for Jennifer Hudson's slain nephew

    Honorary street proposed for Jennifer Hudson's slain nephew

    The slain nephew of Oscar winner Jennifer Hudson could be honored with a street sign near his elementary school on Chicago's Southwest Side. Ald. Raymond Lopez (15th) this week proposed erecting an honorary street sign in Julian King's name in the 4400 block of South Sacramento Avenue, which is...

  • Valentine's Day weekend: Eat. Drink. Do.

    Valentine's Day weekend: Eat. Drink. Do.

    A party to benefit LGBTQ youth, a singles masquerade and more things to do in Chicago this weekend, Feb. 12-14.

  • Jimmy Butler appears in Mountain Dew ad, his first national TV spot

    Jimmy Butler appears in Mountain Dew ad, his first national TV spot

    Bulls guard Jimmy Butler makes his national TV ad debut in a Mountain Dew spot, entitled "Make an Introduction." Thunder guard Russell Westbrook and Lakers forward Julius Randle also star in the commercial.  Butler signed on as a Mountain Dew pitchman in January 2015, and has since appeared on...

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