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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...

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  • Feminism, dating and who should pay for the meal

    Feminism, dating and who should pay for the meal

    How do you guys handle money when it comes to dating? I'm highly feminist, so chivalry really doesn't do it for me. Plus, as someone who pays their own way ... through one of the more expensive colleges in the world, I don't really have money to blow. I usually just do a trade-off with girls I...

  • On booty calls, kink dreams and getting involved with a married man

    On booty calls, kink dreams and getting involved with a married man

    Dear Anna: Recently I wrote to a guy through a dating app and met him the next day. We met twice that day, in the morning for breakfast before I went to work and also at night for a drink, which led to a hookup. I became more interested in him, but it seems like he stopped replying through the...

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  • Why Kendrick Lamar deserves to win Album of the Year over Taylor Swift

    Why Kendrick Lamar deserves to win Album of the Year over Taylor Swift

    Before Monday's awards even start, Kendrick Lamar already has made Grammys history. With 11 nominations, the trailblazing Compton rapper is second only to Michael Jackson's 12 nods in 1984 ("Thriller") for most ever. That's great, especially when you consider that historically the Grammys have...

  • I've never voted: Here's why

    I've never voted: Here's why

    I’m a 24-year-old Chicago transplant, and I have never registered to vote or voted in a presidential election—or any other election, for that matter. I’m not alone. Nationally, only 45 percent of eligible voters ages 18-29 actually cast a ballot in 2012, the last presidential election, according...

  • Why I never miss a chance to vote

    Why I never miss a chance to vote

    I have voted in every election for which I've been eligible, except my first election in 2010. That’s when I voted absentee and might have used the wrong stamp. It’s never occurred to me that I could skip voting. I was raised in one of those families that debates politics at the dinner table, and...

  • As homeless numbers rise in Chicago, CTA is a place of refuge | Transit Diaries

    As homeless numbers rise in Chicago, CTA is a place of refuge | Transit Diaries

    Whether you're riding the train and seeing it yourself, or reading commentary on social media, it would seem that more of our city's homeless are taking refuge on the CTA. In addition to the cold weather, it may be because Chicago's homeless population is on the rise, according to advocates.  “We...

  • Advice: The married-ladies-who-cheat edition

    Advice: The married-ladies-who-cheat edition

    Dear Anna: I’m married, but for the last three years, I have been hooking up with this guy for sex. I told him from the start that I just want sex with no strings attached, but did not tell him I'm married. The thing is, each time we're together he asks about my personal life: where I live, if...

  • When you want to order up that fast-food worker's phone number

    When you want to order up that fast-food worker's phone number

    There's a girl I'm trying to get closer to at a fast-food place, but it's hard because the place is usually busy. I feel that she likes me, and I plan on asking for her number by giving her a note with my card to pay for the food. Should I try to talk with her more first, or am I taking the right...

  • I got shushed on the CTA | The Transit Diaries

    I got shushed on the CTA | The Transit Diaries

    I was shushed for the very first time last week during my rush-hour commute home on the Brown Line. And it wasn't a soft, kind “shhh.” It came with a head gesture and a hard stare that immediately made my face flush with embarrassment. “Oh my gosh, I’m being one of THOSE people,” I thought. You...

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