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Donald Trump was sworn in as the 45th president of the United States on Friday, returning control of the White House to Republicans for the first time in eight years. In his inaugural address, Trump painted a bleak picture of the nation he now leads, lamenting "American carnage" while promising...

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  • Chicago brewer releasing Trumpty Dumpty beer today at Planned Parenthood fundraiser

    Chicago brewer releasing Trumpty Dumpty beer today at Planned Parenthood fundraiser

    Another day, another anti-Trump beer from a Chicago brewery. To mark Inauguration Day, a pale ale from Illuminated Brew Works called Trumpty Dumpty will be tapped at The Green Lady (3328 N. Lincoln Ave.), a Northside bar that has already expressed its displeasure with the new president.  The beer...

  • As White Sox begin to rebuild, few of the faces have changed

    As White Sox begin to rebuild, few of the faces have changed

    As the White Sox prepare for their annual SoxFest fan convention, beginning Friday at the Hilton Chicago, it's a good time to check in on the rebuild, reboot or re-whatever they prefer to call it. So far they've successfully "de-LaRoched" the clubhouse, trading Chris Sale and Adam Eaton, the two...

  • Where will Obama go after the inauguration is over?

    Where will Obama go after the inauguration is over?

    President Obama will begin the day Friday amid the pomp of Inauguration Day and end it in a way he hasn’t in eight years — without a coterie of aides, a slate of briefings or a trailing gaggle of reporters, as he hands over power and retreats to the quiet of the California desert where former presidents...

  • What to Eat. Drink. Do. in January and February

    What to Eat. Drink. Do. in January and February

    Dancing, tunes, foodie and boozy fun and more things to do in Chicago in the next month.

  • Bulls' Jimmy Butler earns first All-Star Game starting berth

    Bulls' Jimmy Butler earns first All-Star Game starting berth

    Jimmy Butler insisted Tuesday morning that being voted an All-Star starter for the first time would mean "absolutely nothing" to him. "He's lying so much," Taj Gibson said Thursday, the day Butler's honor became official. "You never know what you're going to get out of Jimmy. He's like one of those...

  • Mel Kiper: Deshaun Watson to Bears at No. 3 wouldn't make sense

    Mel Kiper: Deshaun Watson to Bears at No. 3 wouldn't make sense

    Put Mel Kiper among the NFL draft analysts who weigh Deshaun Watson's full body of work more heavily than the Clemson quarterback's electric performance in the national championship victory over the vaunted Alabama defense. Kiper, the ESPN draft guru, has the Bears using the third overall pick...

  • Kristin Cavallari criticized for post comparing Jay Cutler to 300-pound lesbian

    Kristin Cavallari criticized for post comparing Jay Cutler to 300-pound lesbian

    If reality-star-turned-shoe-designer Kristin Cavallari meant to dismiss critics of her husband, Bears quarterback Jay Cutler, all she did was seemingly add fuel to the fire. After social media users slammed Cutler's body based on a picture she posted online this week from their Mexican vacation,...

  • 'If you see Barack in this home, you know there's hope'

    'If you see Barack in this home, you know there's hope'

    Eight years after he departed the South Side for the White House, Chicagoans keep President Barack Obama present on the walls of their homes and businesses. “Let’s see… I got about 13 of them. Oh! 13, 14, 15, about 16 of them. I was so proud of him. He legitimately wants to help the people, and...

  • Tim Raines, Jeff Bagwell and Ivan Rodriguez elected to Baseball Hall of Fame

    Tim Raines, Jeff Bagwell and Ivan Rodriguez elected to Baseball Hall of Fame

    Bags and Rock and Pudge are heading to Cooperstown. After a vote that could prove to be a turning point how Steroids Era stars are viewed, Barry Bonds and Roger Clemens could be joining them in the next few years. Jeff Bagwell, Tim Raines and Ivan Rodriguez were elected to baseball's Hall of Fame...

  • Six agencies — including FBI, CIA, Treasury — probing possible Russian aid to Trump's campaign: sources

    Six agencies — including FBI, CIA, Treasury — probing possible Russian aid to Trump's campaign: sources

    The FBI and five other law enforcement and intelligence agencies have collaborated for months in an investigation into Russian attempts to influence the November election, including whether money from the Kremlin covertly aided President-elect Donald Trump, two people familiar with the matter said....

  • The Second City: U2 returning to Chicago is the new Obama Farewell Address

    The Second City: U2 returning to Chicago is the new Obama Farewell Address

    So maybe you didn't get a seat to that other big event last week, but for all of you who missed out on witnessing President Obama's farewell address in person, get ready for the next historically significant affair rolling into town: Bono, Drumming Bono, Bass Bono and The Edge Bono will all be...

  • 'Carve the Mark' review: More like 'Carve the Meh'

    'Carve the Mark' review: More like 'Carve the Meh'

    It's tough starting a new project after the previous one has been so successful. Like, best-seller-list, major-movie-franchise successful. Like ... "Divergent." So for Veronica Roth, the 28-year-old Chicago-based author who began writing the "Divergent" series while still a student at Northwestern,...

  • A Hawk Harrelson alarm clock? Mercy!

    A Hawk Harrelson alarm clock? Mercy!

    The 2017 season is still a few months away, and yet the White Sox might have already won the Best Giveaway Award (if such an honor existed). Ken "Hawk" Harrelson, the team's longtime TV play-by-play announcer, is known for his extremely enthusiastic calls. And now fans can use them to wake up in...

  • We rated 8 athletes' personal logos based on their design quality

    We rated 8 athletes' personal logos based on their design quality

    Professional athletes in any sport have plenty in common, not the least of which is a relentless drive to be at the top of their game. And once they reach the top, they seem to share something else: personal logos. Hey, we get it. It's all part of the marketing biz.  But who's got the best-looking...

  • White Sox pitching prospect Michael Kopech throws 110 mph in drill

    White Sox pitching prospect Michael Kopech throws 110 mph in drill

    For White Sox fans who are still despondent about the Chris Sale trade, this might cheer them up.  Michael Kopech, a starting pitcher whom the team acquired from Boston in the Sale deal, can throw the ball awfully hard. In July, one of his fastballs was clocked at 105 mph in a minor league game. ...

  • Aidy Bryant says 'SNL' drunk girls on Halloween sketch inspired by Columbia College party

    Aidy Bryant says 'SNL' drunk girls on Halloween sketch inspired by Columbia College party

    "Saturday Night Live" cast member Aidy Bryant said last year's "SNL" sketch about drunk girls on Halloween was inspired by a party she attended as a student at Columbia College. "It's fully based on, like, a Halloween that I experienced in college where I was, like, dressed as a leopard and I thought...

  • Lin-Manuel Miranda says he'll play 'Hamilton' in Chicago for Oscar Lopez Rivera

    Lin-Manuel Miranda says he'll play 'Hamilton' in Chicago for Oscar Lopez Rivera

    "Hamilton" creator Lin-Manuel Miranda said he was "sobbing with gratitude" about the news that President Barack Obama commuted the sentence of Puerto Rican nationalist Oscar Lopez Rivera and said he would play Alexander Hamilton at a Chicago performance for Lopez Rivera. "I wish I was with every...

  • 6 Chicago comedy shows to see this week

    6 Chicago comedy shows to see this week

    An inauguration day comedy festival at The Hideout, a tomato throw show at The Comedy Bar and more comedy happening in Chicago this week.

  • The most anticipated Chicago albums and shows of 2017

    The most anticipated Chicago albums and shows of 2017

    We don't know what's going to define a year in music before it happens. As 2016 started, did we know Kanye West would reinvent the album cycle with one of the sloppiest, most bonkers and most entertaining rollouts in recent memory? Did we know Beyonce's album would also be a gorgeous Terrence Malick-inspired...

  • Obama commutes sentence of Chelsea Manning, who gave Army documents to WikiLeaks

    Obama commutes sentence of Chelsea Manning, who gave Army documents to WikiLeaks

    President Barack Obama granted clemency to Chelsea Manning on Tuesday, allowing the transgender Army intelligence officer convicted of leaking more than 700,000 U.S. documents to go free nearly three decades early. Embracing his clemency powers days before leaving office, Obama also pardoned 64...

  • 7 must-see Chicago shows this week: Joan of Arc, Alkaline Trio, Isaiah Rashad

    7 must-see Chicago shows this week: Joan of Arc, Alkaline Trio, Isaiah Rashad

    Chicago music doesn't stop. After Tomorrow Never Knows gave us a great slate of shows (highlights for me were Campdogzz, Sam Evian, Big Thief and Hoops, as well as Pile and Chastity's set at Lincoln Hall) and a big ol' hangover, there's another week on the horizon jam-packed with good music. From...

  • Jay Cutler body shamed after Kristin Cavallari posts vacation photos

    Jay Cutler body shamed after Kristin Cavallari posts vacation photos

    Jay Cutler was able to get away to Mexico last week to celebrate his wife's 30th birthday, but the Bears quarterback couldn't escape criticism as some social media users slammed his vacation body. "He looks so flabby," one Instagram user commented on a picture of Cutler, wearing a Nike tank top...

  • Danny Parkins gambles, gets dream radio job on The Score

    Danny Parkins gambles, gets dream radio job on The Score

    Danny Parkins opened his Chicago sports radio career Tuesday by inviting listeners to tell him when he sucks. "I'm 160 pounds, all thick skin," said Parkins, 30, during his debut as Matt Spiegel's new partner in the 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. slot on WSCR-AM 670. For nearly six years in Kansas City, Parkins...

  • Lesbian college coaches still face difficult atmosphere to come out

    Lesbian college coaches still face difficult atmosphere to come out

    Courtney Graham said everything was going smoothly with her assistant coaching job with Drake University's women's basketball team. The Bulldogs were building the program, and Graham said she was handling her recruiting and scouting responsibilities well, resulting in bonuses and positive performance...

  • Addison Russell spending offseason enjoying new fame, preparing to defend Cubs' title

    Addison Russell spending offseason enjoying new fame, preparing to defend Cubs' title

    A World Series championship, an infield and a clubhouse aren’t the only things Addison Russell shares with his Cubs teammate Kris Bryant. The two young superstars also got married on the same day, albeit one year apart, with Russell having married his now-wife, Melisa. “[Kris and Jessica] got married...

  • 7 random things that were actually for sale at the Cubs Convention

    7 random things that were actually for sale at the Cubs Convention

    One of the perpetual highlights of Cubs Convention is perusing the huge assortment of memorabilia. Amid the jerseys and T-shirts, there are always a bevy of amusing products offered by vendors. They didn't disappoint at this year's gathering, either. Photo with a good dog named Dexter: $10 Do you...

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