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Four summer date ideas good in theory, bad in practice

Four summer date ideas good in theory, bad in practice

Much like the streets of the city themselves, though summer dating activities might seem to be brimming with possibility, in reality, they are still...

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Is Boystown getting less gay?

Is Boystown getting less gay?

A few weeks ago, I toured Halsted Flats, the latest housing development to dot the rainbow streets of Boystown, with two recently engaged friends.

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Neighborhoods need awareness of real issues

Neighborhoods need awareness of real issues

Before we consider rolling troops down Stony Island Avenue or through the Low End, maybe we should address the lack of communication taking place...

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Your band should have stayed broken up

Your band should have stayed broken up

While it's easy to understand why a band might be willing to slap on some smiles, throw together a few rehearsals and embark on a reunion tour (money,...

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Blackhawks, ignoring sexism won't make it go away

Blackhawks, ignoring sexism won't make it go away

Last weekend, I headed to the annual Blackhawks Convention eager to hang out with roughly 2,000 other hockey fans who spent July sadly watching season...

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My experience covering Chicago violence

My experience covering Chicago violence

Standing on Exchange Avenue at 81st Street, looking up at the police helicopter, was the first time I didn't feel like I was in Chicago.

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Let the (summer) games begin

Let the (summer) games begin

Summer is in full swing -- hell, it's almost over -- and as friends gather at lake houses and rooftop bars, it's officially time to roll out the...

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A friendly rant about your bottled water habits

A friendly rant about your bottled water habits

Don't worry, I already hate myself for writing this tsk-tsking, eco-whiny column. I already can't stand the sound of my own d-baggedness.

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Where are my boys at, HBO?

Where are my boys at, HBO?

HBO has developed a bit of a reputation for not being afraid to display full-frontal nudity in its shows. From "True Blood" to "Hung" to "Game of...

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End the ban on gay blood donors

End the ban on gay blood donors

The first time I tried to give blood, I was turned away.

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