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Valentine’s Day trends in the Windy City

Valentine’s Day trends in the Windy City

This Valentine’s Day, Chicagoans were out and about during the first major consumer holiday of the year, celebrating with the rest of the Western world. “It’s February and typically during the week February can be very slow, but because of Valentine’s Day, we were able to seat a lot of numbers. The influx is mainly […]

The Legacy of the 87th Street Theatre

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The Legacy of the 87th Street Theatre

The theatre on 87th Street has served as the community theatre for 20 years and continues the legacy of its founders, Alisa and Donzell Starks. Located at 210 W. 87th St, the Texas-based theatre franchise Studio Movie Grill is the current owner of the theater, but it began as a black-owned theatre under Inner City […]

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Project Onward Provides Space for Artists with Disabilities

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Project Onward Provides Space for Artists with Disabilities

Project Onward started in the summer of 2004 as a Gallery 37 pilot initiative for 6 artists who had aged out of the local youth job-training organization’s program, but due to their disabilities had no opportunities elsewhere to advance their artistic careers. Gallery 37 was a guided instruction-based program which let the artists explore their […]

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Punk and Purpose: an Interview with David Anthony

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Punk and Purpose: an Interview with David Anthony

David Anthony, former music editor for A.V. Club and current managing editor for Chicago Ideas, lays bare his musical past and speaks on how he’s living his dream.   Q: Seeing how you’re a Columbia College alum, and some might say “ a success story,” I think everyone would first like to know about your […]

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A Brayzillian Savannah

When makeup artist Brayzill Stevenson, 33, was just eight-years-old, he decided that painting the half-renovated basement of his family’s Joliet home would be his first creative solo project. Without his mother’s permission, he purchased the paint himself, and threw the contents from their cans, leaving vibrant splatters all over the walls and floors. “I didn’t […]

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‘Rat Pack’ Comedy Comes Alive in Buena Park Bar

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‘Rat Pack’ Comedy Comes Alive in Buena Park Bar

There are comedy clubs big and small, expensive and cheap. But free? Those are hard to come by. So, if you want to spend a night out– but not a fortune– and enjoy some genuine laughs with some great people and comedians, you should consider heading out to the Holiday Club.  This small bar at […]

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Raffe’s Record Riot

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Raffe’s Record Riot

On Cicero Avenue, a mannequin of Elvis Presley peers outside the window, guarding relics of a different time. That Elvis mannequin is guarding Raffe’s Record Riot. Raffe’s is a dedicated record store that has been lingering around now for 30 years and counting. Even while facing the digital future and despite business slowing down, it […]

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