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Chicago's Winter Overnight Parking Ban Goes Into Effect December 1

Violators will face a minimum $150 towing fee, a $60 ticket and a storage fee of $20 per day.  Vehicles in violation of the ban will be towed to Pounds 2 (10301 S. Doty Avenue) or 6 (701 N. Sacramento).

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Violators will face a minimum $150 towing fee, a $60 ticket and a storage fee of $20 per day.  Vehicles in violation of the ban will be towed to Pounds 2 (10301 S. Doty Avenue) or 6 (701 N. Sacramento).

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Chicago comedy calendar: Nov. 30 - Dec. 6

...Parlour Car” at Bar DeVille, 701 N. Damen, 9:00 p.m.  New City just named Parlour Car “Best Comedy Night 2015” and...

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“Sadsacks and Wisecracks” at High Hat Club, 1920 W. Irving Park Rd., 8:00 p.m. Weekly comedy showcase hosted by Natalie Jose. Headliner: Pat McGann. Featuring Jason Melton, AJ Lubecker, Bobby Condon and Shannon Noll. Music by Paul Karner (Ragged Claws, Meatbute).

“100 Proof Comedy” at Comedy Sportz, 929 W. Belmont, 8:00 p.m. Features comedians who have appeared on HBO, Comedy Central, Last Comic Standing, The TBS "Just for Laughs Festival" and more.

“The Cricket” at iO, 1501 N. Kingsbury, 8:00 p.m. Parody of spoken word showcases. You’ll never think of “The Moth” the same way again.

...The Interview Show” at The Hideout, 1354 W. Wabansia, 6:00 p.m. Interviews with humor. Mark Bazer (of WTTW’s awesome, much-missed...

“Buzz Records” at Annoyance Theatre, 851 W. Belmont, 8:00 p.m. This musical comedy traces the ups and downs of indie band CLVTCH. Original music w/live band. 

“The Second City’s Fast, Loud & Funny” at UP Comedy Club, 230 W. North Ave., 8:00 p.m. Second City takes on modern ridiculousness and aggravation.

 “The Comedy Bowl: It’s the most wonderful time of the year … ugh” at Diversey River Bowl, 2211 W. Diversey, 8:00 p.m. Comedy and trivia showcase hosted by Mona Abumishan. Featuring Benita Santillanes, Mickey Housley, Veronique Nikki Martinez and Ken Garr.

...Secrets, Lies and Alibis” at Elbo Room, 2871 N Lincoln Ave., 8:30 p.m.  “Sketches and games inspired by your secrets written and performed by...

Chicago Underground Comedy at Beat Kitchen, 2100 W. Belmont, 9:30 p.m. Birth place of groundbreaking comedy.  Tonight: Goodrich Gevaart, Adam Burke, Sonia Denis, Ross Kelly, Josh Cocks and Abby Stassen.

“Surprise Party” at Lilly’s Bar, 2515 N. Lincoln, 8:00 p.m. Free weekly showcase.

“Special Event: Supply and Demand” at The Laugh Factory, 3175 N. Broadway, 8:00 p.m.  Featuring Jeff Arcuri, Calvin Evans, Emily Galati, Drew Frees and more TBA. “Mix of the super famous with the next big thing … expect the unexpected.”

“Laugh Battle” at Stage 773, 1225 W. Belmont, 8:00 p.m. Tonight is the Winners Showcase of this improv/sketch competition.

“Comedians You Should Know” at Timothy O’Toole’s, 622 N. Fairbanks Ct., 9:00 p.m. Album release party for David Drake. Featuring Reena Calm, Marty DeRosa, Cameron Gillette, Matty Ryan and Jeff Steinbrunner.

Planned Parenthood Stand Up Benefit at The East Room, 2828 W. Medill, 9:00 p.m. With Reena Calm, Ali Clayton, Nickolas Rouley, Kristin Clifford, Natalie Jose. $5 donation at the door.

“Blind Bet” at The Pony Inn, 1638 W. Belmont, 9:00 p.m. Weekly showcase.

...Congrats on Your Success” at Uncharted Books, 2620 N. Milwaukee, 7:00 p.m. I love when bookstores host free comedy events.  Free beer from...

Kevin Williams at The Comedy Bar, 500 N. LaSalle, 8:00 p.m.

“N2O Presents: Gender By Us” at The Public House Theatre, 3914 N. Clark, 8:00 p.m. Gender roles through a comedic lens.

“Stand Up Stand Up” at The Crocodile, 1540 N. Milwaukee Ave., 9:00 p.m. Free show. Free pizza. Weekly comedy showcase acclaimed by Splitsider.com and The Chicago Tribune.

“Barack All Night” at Under the Gun Theater, 956 W. Newport, 9:00 p.m. The President hosts a talk show where he can finally say what he really thinks.

Bridget Everett at Lincoln Hall, 2424 N. Lincoln Ave., 7:00 p.m. When Bridget Everett takes the stage, she promises, "Some of you...

Jeff Steinbrenner at Access Chicago Realty’s “House of Laughs, 2256 W. North, 7:30 p.m. Hosted by Nightly Show contributor Felonious Monk and featuring Pablo Rodriguez of the sketch group “Taco Flavored Eggrolls.”

9th Annual Witty Women Conference at The Book Cellar, 4736-38 N. Lincoln, 7:30 p.m. Readings from Amy Guth, Stacy Ballis, Claire Zulkey, Jen Lancaster and Wendy McClure. Early arrival recommended.

“The OMG Improv Nightmare Before Christmas” at WIP Theater, 6670 N. Northwest Highway, 8:00 p.m.

“Lincoln Lodge Showcase” at Subterranean, 2011 W. North Ave., 8:00 p.m.  One of Chicago’s most renowned showcases. Tonight: Defiant Thomas Brothers, Reena Calm, Calvin Evans.

“VHS IV: The Return of the Tapes” at @North, 1637 W. North Ave., 8:00 p.m. Featuring: Kevin White, Matt Riggs, Xavier Lamont, Kristen Toomey.

Barry Brewer at Jokes and Notes, 4641 S. King Dr., 8:30 p.m., 10:30 p.m. Featuring Em Brown. Hosted by Marvin Mdubs Phipps.

"Just Dickin' Around" All Ladies Showcase at Hydrate, 3458 N. Halsted, 8:30 p.m. The JDA showcase is "a women-run, queer-friendly showcase that provides a safe, supportive space with a positive energy for our performers and guests."  Also: free pizza!

“Pimprov” at CIC Theater, 1422 W. Irving Park Rd., 10:30 p.m. This famous night of comedy features pimps improvising. Back at CIC for a limited run.

“A Charlie Brown Christmas” at Broadway Playhouse, Watertower Place, 175 E. Chestnut, 10:00 a.m.

...Paper Machete" at Green Mill Jazz Club, 4802 N. Broadway, 3:00 p.m. This weekly spoken-word showcase features comedians, actors and writers. Lots...

...Mortified” at The Promontory, 5311 S. Lake Park Ave. West, 7:30 p.m. “Everyday people read aloud their most embarrassing … teenage diary entries...

"The Two-Hour Comedy Hour" at Gallery Cabaret, 2020 N. Oakley, 7:00 p.m. Free showcase.

“The Revival Hour” at The Revival, 1160 E. 55th St., 8:00 p.m. An hour of improv on the exact same corner where The Compass Players got their start.

“Christmas Bingo: It's a Ho-Ho-Holy Night” at Royal George Theater, 1641 N. Halsted, 3:00 p.m. Also Fridays and Saturdays. Written by Vicki Quade (Late Night Catechism).

Steel Panther at House of Blues, 329 N. Dearborn, 6:30 p.m. The parody glam metal band brings their “Well Hung-Over” Tour to Chicago.

...Arguments and Grievances” at Schubas Tavern, 3159 N. Southport, 8:00 p.m. This month’s debates: Peter-john Byrnes vs Cody Melcher (Christmas...

Comedy of Chicago Showcase at Henry’s, 18 W. Hubbard, 8:00 p.m. A showcase curated by comedyofchicago.com

    Your Chicago comedy calendar November 30-December 6
    It's the holiday season. (Yay! Ohhhh, shit!) You can find a comedy holiday show to meet every mood incarnation of the season, from traditional Charlie Brown to non-traditional Charlie Brown to Second City's take on the horror of office parties and every variation in between.

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Richard Nickel: A Man Out of Time

...at least wanted to save their ornamentation. The 1958 razing of the 1883 house at 2147 West Lake Street began before Nickel could get there. Albert Sullivan’s house at 4575 South Lake Park...

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...holding placard) organized a 1960 protest to save Adler & Sullivan’s Garrick Theater Building at 64 West Randolph Street.  Photo: Courtesy of Ralph Waters/Chicago Sun-Times; all other photos courtesy of the Richard...

...2147 West Lake Street began before Nickel could get there. Albert Sullivan’s house at 4575 South Lake Park Avenue, which his brother, the architect Louis Sullivan, designed in 1891. Nickel took this photo in...

Busts of cultural figures were removed from the Garrick’s second-floor balcony. Some of them now adorn the entrance of the Second City building at 1616 North Wells Street.

...Merrill, in a failed effort to save Adler & Sullivan’s Chicago Stock Exchange Building at 30 North LaSalle Street. By the following March, he would tell his friend Tim Samuelson that he was ready...

    Richard Nickel: A Man Out of Time
    In the 1950s, the City of Chicago decreed that thousands of structures on the South Side be demolished in the name of urban renewal. Among them, all huddled within half a square mile, were 19 stately houses designed in the 1880s by the Chicago architectural firm of Adler & Sullivan.

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Are Brick Cottages Undesirable in 'Up-and-Up' West Town?

"Those [cottage] homes are too little, too small, it's hard to do anything, the foundations are very bad. Nobody wants them but yes, unfortunately, it will change the character of the block," said Maria Whipple, a real estate developer who plans to demolish a cottage at 2123 W. Erie St.

Next to Whipple's project, Realtor Beth Gomez's client, an individual buyer and not a developer, put a cottage at 2125 W. Erie St. under contract and plans to buy that home early next year.

Gomez said homes located south of Chicago Avenue cost significantly less than properties in Wicker Park, and buying in West Town is a good opportunity for people who want to live near the Eisenhower and Kennedy expressways and Metra stop at Western and Grand avenues.

Mitchell School, a high-rated CPS school at 2233 W. Ohio Ave. that draws students from homes bound by Hoyne, Western, Grand and Chicago avenues, has been a draw for young families too, Gomez said.

Last week Glass and about 20 neighbors from the West Town Neighbors Association discussed the future of the homes, located between 2119 to 2137 W. Erie St., at a meeting with Ald. Roberto Maldonado (26th), Glass said.

About a block west of the cottages, a two-unit apartment building at 2221 W. Erie St. that sold for $365,000 in Sept. 2014 was replaced by a luxury 5-bedroom home that's listed for sale for $1.4 million.

Five of nine cottages in a row along the 2100 block of West Erie St. in West Town. [DNAinfo/Alisa Hauser]

    Are Brick Cottages Undesirable in 'Up-and-Up' West Town?
    WEST TOWN - The buyers of two neighboring 1880s-era cottages in West Town plan to demolish both properties and build luxury homes, a plan that some neighbors say will disrupt the block's character and make it difficult for middle-class families to afford homes on the street.

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Chicago’s Overnight Parking Ban Begins Tuesday

Violators will face a minimum $150 towing fee, a $60 ticket and a storage fee of $20 per day. Vehicles in violation of the ban will be towed to either Pound 2 at 10301 S. Dotty Ave., or Pound 6 at 701 N. Sacramento.

    Chicago's Overnight Parking Ban Begins Tuesday
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