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Best new college sports program

Robert Morris University’s League of Legends team rmueagles.com, @RMUeSports Some folks snickered when Robert Morris University announced the nation’s first athletic scholarship program for a PC game called League of Legends. But by breaking college athletics’ “virtual barrier,” the school is merely keeping up with times in which competitive gaming has come of age. As […]

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Best new rails-to-trails conversion that isn’t the Bloomingdale Trail

The Cal-Sag Trail calsagtrail.org, @calsagtrail There’s been a fair amount of gloating lately over the fact that the recently opened Bloomingdale Trail, a 2.7-mile elevated rails-to-trails conversion on the near northwest side, is nearly twice as long as New York’s much-touted High Line. But down in the southwest suburbs, just outside Chicago’s city limits, the […]

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Best AM caffeine substitute

CreativeMornings creativemornings.com/cities/chi, @Chicago_CM The monthly breakfast-hour lecture series CreativeMornings began in New York City in 2008 and has since sprouted chapters worldwide through which professionals in diverse fields gather before the workday begins, hungry for inspiration and snacks. When I moved from Boston last year, the Chicago outpost offered a quick way to connect with […]

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Best affordable indoor tennis club

McFetridge Sports Center Chicago isn’t what anyone would call a tennis town—and that’s not totally our fault. How could we match sun-blessed cities like Atlanta, San Diego, and Charleston, South Carolina, which serve up leagues aplenty, multiple private and public courts, and, yes, year-round decent weather? Facilities-wise, Midtown Athletic Club talks a big game (billing […]

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Best sex-positive podcast

Full Disclosure With Eric Barry fulldisclosurepodcast.com Full Disclosure doesn’t just talk about sex, baby. Raw, raunchy, and touching, the local podcast takes an intelligent and humorous approach to discussing all things between the sheets, in dungeons, and in the news. Shows frequently touch on trans issues, masturbation, erotica (writing and film), sex work, BDSM, feminism, […]

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Best signs that the lakefront liberal is dead

Will Guzzardi and Carlos Ramirez-Rosa willguzzardi.com, @willguzzardi carlosrosa.org, @CDRosa The most liberal-voting neighborhood in Chicago is more than two miles from the lakefront. Logan Square, once home turf for the Mells, Berrioses, and other Democratic powerhouse families, has become the city’s progressive bastion. In contrast, lakefront communities such as Lincoln Park and the Gold Coast—neighborhoods […]

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Best evidence Anita Alvarez might have a sense of humor

Making something like a pot joke on 4/20 Three years ago Cook County state’s attorney Anita Alvarez described marijuana as a dangerous “gateway drug” while prosecuting thousands of cases involving the possession of dime bags. But as calls for reform grow louder—and she prepares for a potentially difficult reelection campaign next year—Alvarez has changed her […]

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Best political flack

Joanna Klonsky @joannaklonsky Joanna Klonsky does for the City Council’s 11-member progressive caucus what it takes Mayor Emanuel’s two dozen flacks to do—get the word out. Hey, Mr. Mayor, hire Klonsky, so you can cut your PR budget and spend the savings on schools! Born in Chicago, Klonsky graduated from Oak Park River Forest High […]