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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 […]

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Best alternative use of Christmas lights

Chicago Light Brigade chicagolightbrigade.org, @ChiLightBrigade The Chicago Light Brigade performs creative protests the group has dubbed “light actions”—using projectors, battery-powered LEDs, paper lanterns, and the like—to make literally brilliant political statements. Inspired by a similar Milwaukee-based project called the Overpass Light Brigade, CLB supports grassroots activism by appearing at various events and helping other organizations […]

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Best youth delegation to the United Nations

We Charge Genocide wechargegenocide.org When the United Nations Committee Against Torture convened for its quadrennial hearings last November, the voices of Chicago activists were loud and clear. Several groups with local connections traveled to Geneva, Switzerland, to present evidence on police torture to UNCAT. Among them was We Charge Genocide, a volunteer-run grassroots organization that […]

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Best show of architectural chutzpah

Chicago Architecture Biennial chicagoarchitecturebiennial.org, @chicagobiennial Who would have the nerve to knock down a unique landmark building over the horrified protests of an international roster of top architects one year, then launch a global architectural forum courting the respect and participation of the same architects the very next year? Why, Chicago would! Ergo, the first-ever […]

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Best soul-singing sensei

Doug Shorts Upon my arrival in Chicago in 2012, Doug Shorts was in the midst of a renaissance. While the baritone and fourth-degree black belt was issuing vintage recordings on Jazzman and Numero Group (now my employer), pressing new 45s on Cherries, and tracking with the Dap-Kings, my quest for self-improvement was taking me to […]

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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 […]