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Tuesday, June 28, 2016

Phish make a splash at Wrigley Field

Posted By and on 06.28.16 at 09:00 AM

click image Phish guitarist and front man Trey Anastasio is famous for his improvisational prowess. - BECKY FRASS
  • Becky Frass
  • Phish guitarist and front man Trey Anastasio is famous for his improvisational prowess.

On Friday and Saturday, Phish played at Wrigley Field for the first time in the jam band's three-decade career. The two sold-out concerts were packed with "phans."

Freelance photographer Becky Frass was on hand to capture the joyous atmosphere; check out her photos in the slideshow below.

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Wednesday, June 15, 2016

The Guerrilla Truck Show returns after a brief hiatus

Posted By on 06.15.16 at 04:00 PM

The Guerrilla Truck Show outside Merchandise Mart on Tuesday. - DANIELLE A. SCRUGGS
  • Danielle A. Scruggs
  • The Guerrilla Truck Show outside Merchandise Mart on Tuesday.

After taking a hiatus in 2015, the Guerrilla Truck Show returned on Tuesday during NeoCon, the annual commercial trade show at Merchandise Mart. About half a dozen U-Haul trucks lined up outside the front entrance of the Mart—their beds were filled with furniture, textile, and object designs from schools, artists, and studios based in Chicago and Milwaukee.

This year's show was smaller than the ones held between 2005 and 2014 in Fulton Market, but it still teemed with eye-catching designs and layouts in tiny spaces. 

See more photos in our slideshow below:

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Tuesday, June 7, 2016

Bloody Chicago as reported from New York

Posted By on 06.07.16 at 07:55 PM

A still from the New York Times's coverage of weekend violence in Chicago. - CRAIG DUFF, TODD HEISLER AND BRENT MCDONALD/NEW YORK TIMES
  • Craig Duff, Todd Heisler and Brent McDonald/New York Times
  • A still from the New York Times's coverage of weekend violence in Chicago.

Most of the time we can all feel righteously that we are misunderstood when a distant newspaper flies into—if not over—our hometown and in a day or two dispenses its conclusions. It has talked to the usual suspects, found what it came for, and turned us into whatever specimen an editor decided to find under the microscope.

But once in a while space and distance bring brutal clarity. America is coming to regard Chicago as its national killing grounds. The Sunday New York Times put our city on its front page with a headline, "A Weekend in Chicago," a montage of photos, and a secondary head, "Three Days, 64 People Shot, Six of Them Dead." The weekend was the week before, Friday evening through Memorial Day.

The story, reported and written by a team of 16 reporters headed by Monica Davey, moved inside the front section of the Times to take up four full, adless, richly illustrated pages. A friend who read the package online described it as "astonishing."

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Friday, April 29, 2016

From Jay Berwanger to Jared Goff—a lot has changed for the NFL and blue-collar work in 80 years

Posted By on 04.29.16 at 04:35 PM

Jared Goff essentially became a multimillionaire when the Rams called his name Thursday night. - (AP)
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  • Jared Goff essentially became a multimillionaire when the Rams called his name Thursday night.

When the newly minted Los Angeles Rams called his name first during Thursday night's NFL Draft in Grant Park, former Cal quarterback Jared Goff essentially became an instant multimillionaire—the latest addition to one of the richest corporations in the country in the National Football League. He hasn't signed a contract yet, but if recent history is a guide he'll likely get a multiyear rookie deal worth in the range of $20-$25 million.

Of course, Goff doesn't have to go to work for the Rams, but why wouldn't he? It's a laughable idea that he might say "nah" to the riches and fame of pro football and opt to join his father Jerry as a firefighter or be a wage slave at a factory. A football is ridiculously more profitable to carry than a lunch box. 

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Tuesday, October 13, 2015

Jose Guerrero—printmaker, muralist, worker—dies at 77

Posted By on 10.13.15 at 12:49 PM

Artist Jose Guerrero leads a 2008 tour of Pilsen’s murals—including his own. - (JOHN J. KIM/CHICAGO SUN-TIMES)
  • (John J. Kim/Chicago Sun-Times)
  • Artist Jose Guerrero leads a 2008 tour of Pilsen’s murals—including his own.

A hand-lettered sign on the front of the historic APO building in Pilsen offers free printmaking classes—just call Jose Guerrero. For local residents, Mexican-American artists, and scores of students and teachers across the region, Jose Guerrero was an ever-present force in Pilsen, painting some of the neighborhood’s murals and, for more than three decades, leading well-known mural tours.

The hand-lettered sign is still there. But Jose Guerrero died October 7, after a long battle with colon cancer, leaving murals, mural fragments, and reams of prints to his friends, fellow artists, and other allies to go with their memories.

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Friday, October 9, 2015

Black CEOs share tips for venturing into tech businesses

Posted By on 10.09.15 at 04:00 PM

Dave Roberson, Frederick Hutson, Nichelle McCall, Rodney Williams, Jason Caston, and Dawn Dickson, recounting her company's first big disaster - TATIANA WALK-MORRIS
  • Tatiana Walk-Morris
  • Dave Roberson, Frederick Hutson, Nichelle McCall, Rodney Williams, Jason Caston, and Dawn Dickson, recounting her company's first big disaster

On Wednesday night, Chicago’s black tech community gathered at 1871 with one goal in mind: to share critical pointers for succeeding in their sector.

“We want to bridge that gap and help others get there. That’s what the founders' series is all about,” said BlackInTech creator and CandidCup president Thomas K.R. Stovall

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Monday, January 5, 2015

What if Donald Trump were Batman?

Posted By on 01.05.15 at 11:18 AM

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My New Year's resolution is to put in a good word for somebody who doesn't deserve one, and the sooner I get this out of the way the better.

The picture above is a frame from Batman Begins, offered Sunday on a premium TV channel. It poses the question: Did Chicago judge Donald Trump by a double standard?

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Wednesday, February 1, 2012

My bedbug encounter

Posted By on 02.01.12 at 08:00 AM

Two summers ago I was sitting on my couch one weekend morning, reading. I'd noticed that I was itching a bit, but didn't think much of it until my hippie-chick upstairs neighbor came down and knocked on my back door. She and her boyfriend had bedbugs, she said. She thought they'd picked them up in a San Francisco squat they'd recently stayed at. But they didn't want to use chemicals, and so were trying to get rid of them by other means. Great.

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Tuesday, January 24, 2012

Good old Joe

Posted By on 01.24.12 at 08:00 AM

Alderman Joe Moore
  • Alderman Joe Moore
The first lesson I learned about Chicago politics after moving here in 2000: a prerequisite for running for office is to be able to go gloveless while shaking hands at an el stop in the bitter cold of winter. Never having lived in a place with aldermen before and curious about the whole thing, I'd volunteered for Joe Moore up in the 49th Ward and was freezing my ass off at the Morse Red Line stop, handing out leaflets in ridiculous fishnet stockings and a faux leather coat. Afterward Joe and his campaign manager took me out to breakfast at the Heartland Cafe, where over oatmeal with bananas I finally warmed up. We talked baseball, and he subsequently invited me to a Sox game.

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Thursday, January 5, 2012

In this week's Reader: Our fifth annual Photo Issue

Posted By on 01.05.12 at 09:00 AM

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This week we present our photo issue. For our fifth edition, we've selected money as the theme (not like it's a big topic of discussion these days or anything). Take a look at the winning photographs in our slideshow.

Michael Miner, inspired by his recent participation in defining a journalism award, ruminates on journalists who tell other people's stories in evocative, nonparticipatory fashion. Along the way, he gets fecund quotes from excellent journalists Alex Kotlowitz and Kate Boo; he also quotes Janet Malcolm's The Journalist and the Murderer, a book I recently read and enjoyed in a class taught by Kotlowitz, of all people.

In a new Mudville, Kevin Warwick pricks the debate on whether bicycle seats cause erectile dysfunction.

Plus, Savage Love: This week, readers submit their tales of polyamorous relationships.

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