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Pink, Green lines resume service after hourslong closure for man walking on tracks

A man was taken into custody after walking on CTA tracks in the West Town neighborhood for nearly five hours early Tuesday, prompting a service shutdown and a response from SWAT personnel, authorities said. The man was walking on the tracks about 2:40 a.m., police said. It was unclear how or where...

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  • The Second City's guide to gifts that will ruin your relationship

    The Second City's guide to gifts that will ruin your relationship

    Whether you’re more of a Black Friday elbow-thrower or a Cyber Monday add-to-cart-er, no one’s safe from dropping mad amounts of dough on holiday gifts. Even the most thoughtful among us know that “It’s the thought that counts” is a bunch of bull, the really expensive kind of bull that people like...

  • The Second City: Creative ways to hide your post-election crying fits

    The Second City: Creative ways to hide your post-election crying fits

    Whether you’re ready to move on or not, regular life is carrying on in our post-election world. Hey, you can go for as long as 45 minutes without remembering the current societal chaos! Perhaps you’ve even smiled once or twice? And then, out of the poorly-predicted-by-Nate-Silver blue, you’re crying....

  • Ask Anna: Can I hook up with my friend?

    Ask Anna: Can I hook up with my friend?

    Dear Anna, I am interested in having sex with one of my friends. Usually I need some kind of emotional attachment for sex, so this works out. The problem is that the attachment between us could be compared to the best attachment on the vacuum cleaner— you know, the one that never comes off the...

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  • Uber is making this week suck less by delivering free gifts

    Uber is making this week suck less by delivering free gifts

    Uber is slipping itself into a Santa suit this week and delivering free gifts to all the good little girls and boys of Chicago. And by girls and boys, I mean grown-ass adults. Because presents. The rideshare company is celebrating the holiday season by delivering gifts to customers each day this...

  • Emanuel, Trump talked immigration during recent phone call

    Emanuel, Trump talked immigration during recent phone call

    Mayor Rahm Emanuel and President-elect Donald Trump discussed Chicago's status an a sanctuary city for undocumented immigrants during a phone conversation since Trump's election win last month, Emanuel said Monday. The mayor said Trump called to talk about the White House transition. Emanuel tried...

  • Army Corps of Engineers blocks route of Dakota Access oil pipeline

    Army Corps of Engineers blocks route of Dakota Access oil pipeline

    The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers said Sunday that it won't grant an easement for the Dakota Access oil pipeline in southern North Dakota, handing a victory to the Standing Rock Sioux tribe and its supporters, who argued the project would threaten the tribe's water source and cultural sites. North...

  • Why your electric bill will be going up next summer

    Why your electric bill will be going up next summer

    While Illinois Gov. Rauner and state legislators couldn’t come to an agreement on a new state budget, they did manage to agree on an energy bill that will raise our monthly electricity rates. (Insert *sarcastic “YAY!” here.) The energy bill, which the governor plans to sign, will raise electricity...

  • Chicago's first snowstorm of season breaks a record

    Chicago's first snowstorm of season breaks a record

    The first snowstorm of the winter season dumped more snow at O'Hare International Airport than any single-day snowstorm in December since 2005 and broke the record for snowfall on Dec. 4 set in 1964, according to the National Weather Service. Light to moderate snow began Sunday morning and continued...

  • 2 killed, at least 9 wounded in city shootings

    2 killed, at least 9 wounded in city shootings

    A woman cried and stomped her feet as she walked through a Parkway Gardens apartment complex early Sunday.  "(Expletive) monsters," she yelled out. "Monsters! Monsters!" Across the street from where the woman was walking, a 23-year-old man had been shot in the face about 3:10 a.m. Sunday while...

  • 'Tis the season to have the crap scared out of you at a haunted house

    'Tis the season to have the crap scared out of you at a haunted house

    If Halloween is your favorite holiday and you’re less than thrilled that Christmas is practically here, you can enjoy a festive scare at "Krampus: A Haunted Christmas" to hold you over until next year. The holiday-themed haunted house event will take place from 7-11 p.m. Dec. 16-17 at Chicago’s...

  • Mall of America, nation's biggest, hires first black Santa

    Mall of America, nation's biggest, hires first black Santa

    The nation's largest mall is hosting its first-ever black Santa Claus this this weekend. The Star-Tribune reports The Mall of America in suburban Minneapolis hired Larry Jefferson to play Kris Kringle from Thursday to Sunday as part of its Santa Experience. Santa Experience co-owner Landon Luther...

  • Starbucks: Howard Schultz to step down as CEO, focus on innovation

    Starbucks: Howard Schultz to step down as CEO, focus on innovation

    Starbucks Chairman Howard Schultz is stepping down as CEO of the coffee chain he joined more than 30 years ago and transformed into a globally known brand. Schultz will become executive chairman in April to focus on innovation such as high-end shops and social impact activities, the Seattle-based...

  • Chicago newcomer completes 'L' challenge in under 9 hours, makes us all look bad

    Chicago newcomer completes 'L' challenge in under 9 hours, makes us all look bad

    Let's be honest. Most of us can barely handle riding the CTA for more than 20 minutes, let alone a couple of hours. But Chicago newcomer Jack Brandtman took it upon himself to learn a little more about the transit system by completing the Chicago "L" challenge—a roughly NINE-HOUR undertaking—and...

  • What your smartphone choice says about you

    What your smartphone choice says about you

    The age-old battle between iPhone and Android rages on, and this time they're coming for your inherent personality traits. In a study conducted in the United Kingdom, 500 smartphone users were surveyed based on their smartphone preferences.  When it comes to iPhone users, those who prefer the Apple...

  • Chicago tops 700 homicides — with a month to go in violent 2016

    Chicago tops 700 homicides — with a month to go in violent 2016

    In a year of relentless violence, Chicago has hit another grim milestone, exceeding 700 homicides for the first time in nearly two decades, according to official Police Department records. The 700 mark was reached about 6:20 a.m. Wednesday when a 25-year-old man was shot in the abdomen and back...

  • In case involving Indiana teacher, judges consider workplace protections for LGBT community

    In case involving Indiana teacher, judges consider workplace protections for LGBT community

    In a case that could extend workplace protection to the LGBT community, federal appellate judges in Chicago are reconsidering whether the Civil Rights Act of 1964 applies to discrimination based on sexual orientation. The case, heard Wednesday before a full panel of 7th Circuit Court judges, revolves...

  • Don't get your hopes up for #Michelle2020

    Don't get your hopes up for #Michelle2020

    It's no secret that Michelle Obama has captured the hearts and minds of many Americans during her tenure as First Lady of the United States. According to her husband, however, this doesn't mean she'll run for the highest office in the land. In an interview with Rolling Stone, President Barack Obama—gotta...

  • Man dies after being hit by truck in Loop

    Man dies after being hit by truck in Loop

    A pedestrian who was hit by a tractor-trailer truck Wednesday morning in the Loop neighborhood has died, authorities said. The 59-year-old man was hit by a large truck shortly before 10:30 a.m. in the 100 block of West Congress Parkway,  police said. The victim was taken in critical condition to...

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