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“One Book” about Daniel Burnham

The Chicago Public Library has announced that its selection for this fall’s One Book, One Chicago citywide book club is The Plan of Chicago: Daniel Burnham and the Remaking of the American City, by Northwestern University prof Carl Smith. One Book, One Chicago events take place in September and October, but you can dive into […]

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Competition is good

I’ve been working out in the suburbs recently (you didn’t really think it was possible to earn a living as a full-time freelance fashion writer here, did you? Well, I used to, but that’s a story for another time) and realizing that some cliches are true. People in the city do have a better sense […]

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The next big box war . . . and peace

Wal-Mart and its chief City Council booster, 21st Ward alderman Howard Brookins Jr., are reviving their six-year campaign to open a store on a south-side property that was once home to a Ryerson Steel plant. This time it looks like they’re going to get their store, and they probably won’t need to wage a major […]

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Larry Tee’s OK by me

The post-9/11 electroclash fad did a lot to help Larry Tee‘s career, transforming him from a fairly obscure New York dance-scene fixture best known for cowriting RuPaul’s “Supermodel” into the capo of a movement that dominated the music media for months. At the same time it also nearly ruined his reputation, both because of his […]

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Put your kids to work

“And if you don’t have kids, start having as much unprotected sex as possible. Save the money you don’t have on birth control and condoms.” That’s just one of the many helpful tips dispensed in Steve Delahoyde and Schadenfreude’s Surviving the New Depression series, screening in Wits’ End Shorts’ annual Chicago Short Comedy Video & […]

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Wax Poetics goes to Brazil

The always great Wax Poetics has just published a new issue entirely devoted to the music of Brazil. Among the highlights are in-depth profiles on or interviews with Gilberto Gil, Arthur Verocai, Airto Moreira, Jards Macalé, and Tim Maia. There’s a cool piece with Joel Stones, owner of the New York record shop Tropicalia in […]