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Linze Rice

Contributing reporter

Pizza City Fest Was ‘A Disaster’ On Day One, Attendees Say, With Some Calling For Refunds

Long waits for food and insufficient crowd control led to some people abandoning TV personality Steve Dolinksy's food fest on Saturday — despite dropping $100 on tickets. But by Sunday, things ran smoothly, others said.

Wicker Park, Bucktown, West Town

New 400 Theaters Closes After 111-Year Reign In Rogers Park

The beloved Sheridan Road spot was one of the last remaining independent movie theaters in Chicago, and neighbors hope to find a new owner who will continue its legacy.

Uptown, Edgewater, Rogers Park

Reading Between The Rinds: Local Woman Can Read Your Fortune Using Cheese

Tyromancy is the ancient practice of fortune-telling through the observation of cheese, and its renaissance is being conjured here in Chicago.


Where Can You Smoke Weed In Chicago? Your Marijuana Questions, Answered

If someone tells you it’s OK to light up in public, they’re just blowing smoke. Here are the facts about using legal cannabis in Chicago.


‘Oksoberfest’ Will Bring German Tradition To Lincoln Park Zoo — Minus The Booze

The inaugural sober fest will feature nonalcoholic beer, cocktails, polka music and brats in partnership with Chicago AF and the DANK Haus German American Cultural Center.

Lincoln Park, Old Town

Want A Glittery Grill? Tooth Gems Are Trending In Chicago And Beyond

Chicago's dental professionals and gemmists share the potential risks and rewards of bejeweling your smile.


In Her Chicago Era: What To Know Before Taylor Swift’s Eras Tour Shows At Soldier Field

Lucky enough to snag a ticket to the three-hour extravaganza? Here's everything to know before you go.


What Was The Shadowy Figure That Haunted Edgewater In 1895?: ‘As Silent As The Night’

The faceless phantom-like “thing” wandered restlessly at the corner of Broadway, Ridge and Bryn Mawr avenues, spooking residents, police and horses.

Uptown, Edgewater, Rogers Park

Bob Newhart’s Bizarre Commute Home To Edgewater Took Him WAY Out Of His Way

Chicago psychologist Bob Hartley, in the intro of the "Bob Newhart" show, walks across multiple Downtown bridges in opposite directions before heading to Evanston and then to Edgewater for his daily commute.

Uptown, Edgewater, Rogers Park

Did Al Capone Ever Dress Up As Santa? Unwrapping The Chicago-Style Rumor

A gentler holiday tale of Capone has emerged, with the gangster taking on the role of jolly old St. Nick instead of Prohibition kingpin. But is it true?


The Ultimate History Of Chicago’s Char Dog: The Underdog Sausage That’s Found A Home In Local Hearts

“My advice is: If you’re going to burn the hell out of something, make it a cheap dog and enjoy yourself.”


11 Haunted Chicago Places You Can Safely Visit This Halloween Season

We've mapped 11 of the spookiest spots in Chicago to get you ready for Halloween.


11 Haunted Spots In Chicago (And Where To Eat And Drink After Visiting Them)

We've mapped 11 of the spookiest spots in Chicago — and found out where you can grab a drink to calm your nerves after visiting.


Democratic Socialists ‘Ready To Work’ After Big Wins In Chicago On Election Night

“Who ever thought you’d be able to say, ‘I’m a Democratic Socialist,’ and people would say, ‘That’s a good thing,” one defeated alderman said.

Pilsen, Little Village, Back of the Yards

Rossana Rodriguez Takes Narrow Lead Over Ald. Deb Mell In Too-Close-To-Call 33rd Ward Race

"In a year of anti-incumbency, with the last name 'Mell,' and all this with Ald. Burke and Ald. Solis going on, I think we're doing pretty good," Ald. Deb Mell said.

Albany Park

Washington Park National Bank Building Likely To Be Demolished, Replaced With New Building

A proposal to replace the 95-year-old building with a bank, a YWCA and co-working space moved forward Friday.

Hyde Park, Woodlawn, South Shore

Neighbors, Preservationists Fight To Save Home Built By John Nuveen In Old Irving Park

"I fear if we continue this process and don't protect Old Irving Park, we're going to have to re-name it 'New Irving Park,'" Ald. John Arena said.

Lincoln Square, North Center, Irving Park

Save These 130-Year-Old, Queen Anne-Style Worker Cottages Near Taylor Street, Landmarks Group Urges

The Claremont Cottages evoke the sense of a "small village of somewhere other than Chicago; like you're in another country," one preservation leader said.

Pilsen, Little Village, Back of the Yards

Chicago Fire-Era Mansions In River North Saved Again From Demolition — For Now

Preservationists hope to include the buildings in a proposed Near North Side historic district.


Division Street Puerto Rican Flags, Little Village Arch And Boystown Rainbow Pylons Should Be Landmarked, Preservationists Say

The famous neighborhood symbols have been noted for their cultural and historic significance.

Logan Square, Humboldt Park, Avondale
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