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  • Image conscious: Voters don't decide on issues alone

    Image conscious: Voters don't decide on issues alone

    Now that the mayor's job in Chicago is down to two finalists – Mayor Emanuel and Cook County Commissioner Jesus "Chuy" Garcia – and the election just days away, voters are giving them both a harder look. What voters see, hear or read about the candidate and his personality and issues he cares...

  • Personal Playlist: Mike Kinsella tells stories behind 6 songs by American Football, Cap'n Jazz, Owls and more

    Personal Playlist: Mike Kinsella tells stories behind 6 songs by American Football, Cap'n Jazz, Owls and more

    Mike Kinsella's vast and sprawling musical career spans well over 20 years and a half-dozen projects. Many of them, such as the Buffalo Grove-based Cap'n Jazz, which he formed in 1989 with his older brother Tim Kinsella when he was in his early teens, were vastly influential and arguably responsible...

  • Chicago pedestrian fatalities up 31 percent: police data

    Chicago pedestrian fatalities up 31 percent: police data

    The number of pedestrians struck and killed by vehicles rose 31 percent in Chicago last year, according to preliminary data issued by the city.  In all, 46 pedestrians died after they were struck by vehicles in 2015, up from 35 fatalities a year earlier, the data compiled by the Chicago Police...

  • Kim Barker, the real foreign correspondent behind 'Whiskey Tango Foxtrot'

    Kim Barker, the real foreign correspondent behind 'Whiskey Tango Foxtrot'

    Movies based on true stories are prone to overdramatization: a new romantic angle, a few extra daring feats. The war zone comedy “Whiskey Tango Foxtrot,” opening Friday, does add those things, but if anything it undersells the story of Kim Barker, whose book “The Taliban Shuffle” is the basis for...

  • 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.

  • If you thought a gap year was a vacation from school, you're wrong

    If you thought a gap year was a vacation from school, you're wrong

    More people are taking what's called a gap year these days. What the heck is it? Well, it’s really anything you make it. It could mean taking time to gain work experience or save money. To soul-search or find your life direction. Maybe it’s a time to explore the world. A gap year can mean different...

  • What do men get out of a guy-guy-girl threesome?

    What do men get out of a guy-guy-girl threesome?

    A straight guy friend of mine recently expressed interest in a guy-guy-girl threesome. I've always been perplexed this. What do the guys get out of it? -What's In It For Me? Um, hot sex with a game lady? More people to high-five afterward? A supplemental partner strong enough to help you achieve...

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