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Posts from November 2012

Chicago's Comedy Scene Preview: December

Friday, November 30, 2012 12:00 AM by Sarah Garner

Stage - Blog

I may be biased because I am a comedian in this fair city, but I think Chicago could be America's comedy capital. With the legendary reputation of clubs like The Second City, Zanies, and The Annoyance, Chicago has a history of churning out some of the finest comedians in the world (not limited to yours truly, of course). For all you laugh lovers out there, great comedy comes in bounds in this city, and I'll tell you where to look.

Three to See: Logan Square Music Stops

Friday, November 30, 2012 12:00 AM by Katie Karpowicz

Logan Square - Blog

As the city of Chicago continues to grow and expand many of the western neighborhoods have experienced prosperous surges. While Logan Square (located west of the northern Lincoln Park and Lakeview neighborhoods) has been on the up and up for years now with its art and dining offerings, it's the music scene in this neighborhood that really seems to be coming into its own.

Comedy in a Hospital: That's No Joke

Thursday, November 29, 2012 12:00 AM by Marc Muszynski

Funny Bones

You hear "laughter is the best medicine" all the time, but one organization takes that mantra seriously. Funny Bones Improv is a non-profit organization that brings comedy to sick children in hospitals in Chicago and New Orleans. The healthy dose of humor brings much needed joy to the stressful lives of hospital-bound children and their families and improves patient quality of life like nothing else.

What's All the Malort About?

Wednesday, November 28, 2012 12:00 AM by Kara Carmichael

Malort - Bottle - Blog

The new buzz word is Malört. Last week, my friends and I had a comical email exchange about this infamous Chicago liquor given its recent high-profile coverage in The Wall Street Journal article, "In Chicago, a Spirit Rises Despite Bitter Reviews."

My friend, a lifelong Chicagoan, received his first bottle of Jeppson's Malört as a gift more than ten years ago. So as you can imagine, Malort's increasing popularity among bartenders and 20-somethings has some Chicagoans proudly saying that they've supported this unpalatable spirit all along.

A Guide to Chicago's 2013 Michelin Guide

Tuesday, November 27, 2012 12:00 AM by Sean Evans

Alinea - Blog

The Michelin Guide is an illuminati of dining. It's a review controlled by an unseen panel of anonymous editors who make or break a restaurant's worth one star at a time. New York, Chicago and San Francisco are the only three cities in the United States that have their culinary chops probed and rated by the prestigious publication. A single Michelin star can turn a fringe restaurant into a booming commercial success and a three star rating is the restaurant equivalent to a Pulitzer. Here's a look at the galaxy that is Chicago dining, with 23 shooting stars.


Hyde Park is a neighborhood eleven miles south of the Chicago Loop. I use to live there and became well versed in #6 and Jeffrey buses that shuttled me back and forth between Chicago's bustling downtown and this charming oasis. While visiting our city, take some time to explore the lively culture of our local neighborhoods, you'll be glad you did! Bring your camera and wear your good walking shoes. Let's go!

A Guide to Must-See (Underground) Holiday Theatre

Monday, November 26, 2012 12:00 AM by Sarah Garner

Theatre - Blog

December is one of those months that has no shortage of wonderful things to explore. Chicago's theatre and comedy scene are certainly no different. Here are four irreverent, under-the-radar shows that you can't miss this month. If you're ready to laugh, gasp, and have your spirits simultaneously raised and crushed (the true mark of good comedy), Chicago is just the place for you this month.

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