29 hours ago

Explore Fort Willow, an Elston Avenue Throwback to Treehouse Forts and Childhood

...their imaginations in the same ways they did as children. The 75-seat restaurant at 1721 N. Elston Avenue should bring back backyard memories when kids played in treehouses. If the metaphor is lost...

    Explore Fort Willow, an Elston Avenue Throwback to Treehouse Forts and Childhood
    Fort Willow , the soon-to-be-open restaurant and bar along the Elton Industrial Corridor, wants its adult customers to use their imaginations in the same ways they did as children. The 75-seat restaurant at 1721 N. Elston Avenue should bring back backyard memories when kids played in treehouses.
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37 hours ago

Your Chicago Curated Weekend: 1/18 – 1/21

Wham City Comedy x Helltrap Nightmare @ Hideout, 1354 W. Wabansia Ave., 7:00PM & 10:00PM, 21+, $12

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Sonny Smith (of Sonny & The Sunsets) / Cut Worms / Okey Dokey / Cafe Racer @ Schubas, 3159 N. Southport Ave., 8:00PM, 18+ -$15

Allan Rayman / Blaise Moore / OddCouple @ Lincoln Hall, 2424 N. Lincoln Ave., 9:00PM, 18+, $15

Typhoon / Mimicking Birds / Sunbathe @ Metro, 3730 N Clark St., 7:30PM, All Ages, $15

White Mystery / Paul Cherry / Son of a Gun In The Round @ Thalia Hall, 1807 S Allport St., 7:30PM,  17+

Grown Folks Stories @ The Silver Room, 1506 E 53rd St., 8:00pm – 11:00PM

Vampires vs Unicorns Tournament @ Rotofugi Designer Toy Store & Gallery, 2780 N Lincoln Ave., 6:00PM, All Ages

Dumpster Tapes Presents: Easy Habits / Son of a Gun / Cass Cwik @ Coles, 2338 N Milwaukee Ave., 9:00PM, 21+

The Gold Web Album Release Show @ Emporium Arcade Bar, 1366 N Milwaukee Ave., 10:00PM, 21+

Bric-A-Brac Brunch @ The Empty Bottle, 1035 N Western Ave., 11:00AM, All Ages

Dumpster Tapes Presents: Krozer / Wet Wallet / Diagonal @ Slippery Slope, 2357 N Milwaukee Ave, 9:00PM, 21+

    Your Chicago Curated Weekend: 1/18 - 1/21 - Third Coast Review
    Another great weekend with plenty of events to distract you from the chilly winter weather! There is so much to do this weekend including the Women's March celebrating the spirit of the resistance efforts over the past year, the continuation of Buddy Guy's shows at his legendary venue (shows on Thursday, Friday, Saturday, Sunday), the Northwestern...
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2 days ago

In 2017, the land where Chicago’s Fleet and F...

In 2017, the land where Chicago’s Fleet and Facilities Management (2FM) operates, located in the 2nd Ward at 1685 N. Throop Street, was sold to Sterling Bay for a price of $105 million. Prior to the city-owned property sale, I hosted a meeting public meeting at DePaul University, where city officials outlined the RFP process, criteria for brokerage selection, and details of the agreement. Today, I’d like to update you on the city’s efforts to leverage the sale to benefit the 2nd Ward and Chicago as a whole. *Background 2FM is responsible for providing operational support to city agencies such as the Fire and Police Department, Streets and Sanitation, Water Management and Transportation. 2FM employees are tasked with ensuring and enhancing their capability to deliver core services efficiently and economically. For 26 years, 2FM operated at 1685 N. Throop St., accounting for over $1 million in annual operating and maintenance costs. *Project Overview This month, the Housing and Real Estate Committee will meet to hear a proposal to design and construct three new 2FM purpose-built facilities from the proceeds of the 1685 N. Throop land sale at the following locations: • Main Shop – 210 W. 69th Street • Satellite Shop – 4241 N. Neenah Avenue • Fueling Station – 1152 N. North Branch St. *Project Contract & Cost Negotiated by the city’s Law Department, the design build contract with AECOM combines standard city terms for design and construction services; the contracted developer must complete the designs, in collaboration with the City, prior to contract execution. The contract also establishes a GMP, or Guaranteed Maximum Price. The GMP for total cost of design and build for the three facilities is $41 million. Finally, the contract also includes strict M/WBE participation and workforce utilization requirements, ensuring significant employment opportunities in areas of need. *Project Timeline If the proposal is approved in the Housing and Real Estate Committee, the contract will be executed by month’s end. Thereafter, AECOM will continue ongoing community outreach and engagement, paralleled with the project construction phase that includes finalizing designs, obtaining permits and distributing construction notices to the public. Completion of all facilities is expected by 2018 snow season. *Project Benefits: Community • Catalyze Economic Development • 150+ New Construction Jobs • Community Training Opportunities/On Job Training Program • Increased Public Access to Riverfront from N. Throop Site *Project Benefits: Operational • Strategically Located Facilities • Reduced Operating Costs by approx. 50% • Facilities Suited to 2FM Fleet Operations • Sustainable and Energy Efficient Facilities Aside from project benefits, the remaining $64 million from the property sale will be allocated toward a desperately needed modernization of the city’s 3-1-1 system, and increased police training and recruiting programs. I’m proud that the 2nd Ward is largely responsible for vast upgrades to our city’s 2FM facilities, 3-1-1 system, and police training programs. These are vital projects that will improve city services and safety. However, I’m committed to ensuring the 2nd Ward receives local, community benefits that positively impact the quality of life in our neighborhoods. Resources secured and delivered, such as the 70% developer impact fees retained for local use in the North Branch, or 12-acres of contiguous park space throughout the corridor are great examples of how we can leverage large-scale projects to get local improvements. In 2018, we will continue our focus to deliver local benefits from 2nd Ward projects that ultimately affect the entire city.

    Alderman Brian Hopkins
    In 2017, the land where Chicago's Fleet and Facilities Management (2FM) operates, located in the 2nd Ward at 1685 N. Throop Street, was sold to Sterling Bay for a price of $105 million. Prior to the...
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3 days ago

Here’s DMK’s Spicy Menu For its New Elston Corridor Restaurant

...upcoming 75-seat bar and restaurant near Lincoln Park in the Elston Industrial Corridor at 1721 N. Elston Avenue. The bar/lounge should open this week with a globetrotting menu including charred broccoli with...

Check out the menu below. Fort Willow should open this week at the Northwest corner of Elston and Willow.

    Here's DMK's Spicy Menu For its New Elston Corridor Restaurant
    DMK Restaurants' Michael Kornick and David Morton have fond memories of their youth when children played in backyard treehouse forts. That's the fun feeling they aim to replicate with Fort Willow, their upcoming 75-seat bar and restaurant near Lincoln Park in the Elston Industrial Corridor at 1721 N. Elston Avenue.
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3 days ago

Sound check: Story of the Year, Davlin play Bottom Lounge

...Chicago venues: Lincoln Hall, 2424 N. Lincoln Ave.; Schubas, 3159 N. Southport Ave.; The Hideout, 1354 W. Wabansia Ave.; Metro, 3730 N. Clark St.; and Smart Bar, 3730 N. Clark St. The fest runs...

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...kick the night into gear. 7:30 p.m. Friday, Jan. 19, at Bottom Lounge, 1375 W. Lake St., Chicago. $22. (312) 666-6775 or bottomlounge.com...

...Birth of Rock 'n' Roll takes the stage Saturday, Jan. 20. Evanston Rocks Music Hall, 1012 Church St., Evanston. The Nick Pontarelli Band plays at 8 p.m. Friday, Jan. 19; $8. The...

...indie artists, national performers and up-and-coming comedians at five Chicago venues: Lincoln Hall, 2424 N. Lincoln Ave.; Schubas, 3159 N. Southport Ave.; The Hideout, 1354 W. Wabansia Ave.; Metro, 3730 N. Clark...

...up-and-coming comedians at five Chicago venues: Lincoln Hall, 2424 N. Lincoln Ave.; Schubas, 3159 N. Southport Ave.; The Hideout, 1354 W. Wabansia Ave.; Metro, 3730 N. Clark St.; and Smart Bar, 3730...

...N. Lincoln Ave.; Schubas, 3159 N. Southport Ave.; The Hideout, 1354 W. Wabansia Ave.; Metro, 3730 N. Clark St.; and Smart Bar, 3730 N. Clark St. The fest runs Wednesday through Sunday, Jan. 17...

• Motherfolk, The Regular, Like Language: 8 p.m. Tuesday, Jan. 16, at Subterranean, 2011 W. North Ave., Chicago. $10. (773) 278-6600 or subt.net.

• Passion Pit, slenderbodies: 8 p.m. Wednesday, Jan. 17, at the Riviera Theatre, 4746 N. Racine Ave., Chicago. $35-$129. (773) 275-6800 or rivieratheatre.com.

• MER's Music Showcase: 7 p.m. Wednesday, Jan. 17, at Cubby Bear, 1059 W. Addison St., Chicago. Free. (773) 327-1662 or cubbybear.com.

• Gin & Jokes comedy and hip-hop open mic hosted by Mikey to the P: 10 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 18, at Rhyme or Reason, 1938 W. Division St., Chicago. Free; drink package is available. (773) 687-8240 or rhymeorreasonchicago.com.

• The Footlight District, The Smoking Revolvers, Two Ton Heads, Rotten Mouth, Saltwater Tap: 8 p.m. Friday, Jan. 19, at Elbo Room, 2871 N. Lincoln Ave., Chicago. $9-$10. (773) 549-5549 or elboroomlive.com.

• 2018 Blizzard Bash, featuring Burned, Stars Aligned, Bullet to the Heart, Threatening the Order, Vent To Atmosphere: 7 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 20, at LiveWire Lounge, 3394 N. Milwaukee Ave., Chicago. $10-$15. (773) 756-5363 or livewire.do312.com.

• Tedeschi Trucks Band with JJ Grey & Mofro: 7:30 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 25, at the Chicago Theatre, 175 N. State St., Chicago. $19-$60. (312) 462-6300 or msg.com.

    Sound check: Story of the Year, Davlin play Bottom Lounge
    St. Louis-based Story of the Year heads to Chicago with Davlin, Make Room and Face the Fire rounding out the bill. More on this, Wayland and Werewolves at Hour 30 at West Dundee's Rochaus, Julianne Q in Clarendon Hills and Evanston's new music venue.
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4 days ago

The Chicago Moth StorySlam and more of the best things to do in Chicago this week

Tue 1/16: Ian Belknap hosts Write Club, consisting of literary bouts between Sydney Charles vs. Lily Be (Plan vs. Dream); Tom Harrison vs. Claire Stone (Passive vs. Aggressive); and JW Basilo vs. Josh Zagoren (Protest vs. Riot). Tonight's show is at the Hideout (1354 W. Wabansia). 7 PM, $12-$15

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...songs, post- bop, Middle Eastern music and Afro-Caribbean drumming." This performance at Symphony Center (220 S. Michigan) is a tribute to Martin Luther King. 7:30 PM, $10-$62

...for "Revolutsiia! Demonstratsiia! Soviet Art Put to the Test" at the Art Institute of Chicago (111 S. Michigan). The Reader's Dmitry Samarov writes, "Each room addresses an aspect of Soviet life, such...

Tue 1/16: The Chicago Moth StorySlam, at Lincoln Hall (2424 N. Lincoln), is open to all. Prepare a five-minute story on tonight's theme, "visitors and callers," and enter your name for a chance to speak to the crowd. Experience not required. $8 PM, $10

...Crime of Monsieur Lange, directed by Jean Renoir, plays at the Gene Siskel Film Center (164 N. State). The movie takes place at a French publishing house. The Reader's Dave Kehr writes...

Thu 1/18: The Awakenings Foundation (4001 N. Ravenswood), which showcases pieces by survivors of sexual assault, commemorates the late Judith Dawn, its first such exhibitor, with a show of her watercolors. Opening reception 5:30 PM, free

Thu 1/18: Alicia Eler reads from her new book The Selfie Generation, which argues that selfies are “more than an image—they’re a mirror into how we live today.” Take your own selfie at Women & Children First (5233 N. Clark). 7:30 PM, free

    The Chicago Moth StorySlam and more of the best things to do in Chicago this week
    click to enlarge Warm up this week at one of Chicago's many events. Here's some of what we recommend: Mon 1/15: Langston Hughes's 1961 poem "Ask Your Mama" is scored by an orchestra, whose sound consists of, "opera, hot jazz, German lieder, cha-cha, patriotic songs, post- bop, Middle Eastern music and Afro-Caribbean drumming."
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4 days ago

Fresh Start to Your Week: 1/15 – 1/17

Sun Storm: Bill MacKay & Tim Kinsella Residency @ Hideout, 1354 W Wabansia Ave., 9:00PM, 21+

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100% Off Bands: The Knees / Grapetooth / Datenight / mtvh1n1 @ Schubas, 3159 N Southport Ave., 8:00PM, 21+

Salonathon: To Keep Moving Forward @ Beauty Bar, 1444 W. Chicago Ave., 8:30PM, 21+

TNK Kick-Off Party + Cards Against Humanity Pop Up @ Tied House Loft, 3157 N Southport Ave., 7:00PM – 10:00PM, 21+

Soup & Bread @ The Hideout, 1474 N Milwaukee Ave., 5:30PM – 8:00PM, All Ages

After Work: Sam Trump @ The Robey, 2022 W North Ave., 6:00PM – 8:00PM, 21+

Helado Negro / Cuco / Divino Niño @ Lincoln Hall, 2424 N. Lincoln Ave., 9:00PM, 18+, Sold Out

    Fresh Start to Your Week: 1/15 - 1/17
    Oh boy, the snowy weather has come back and blanketed our city in few inches of its fluffy substance. Don't let the little flurries stop you from going out and enjoying all these great events! A little trudge through the snow is definitely worth it. I especially recommend you go and see the 70mm presentation...
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5 days ago

Lost Keys & bike key on brass double key chain one BLUE key

I lost some keys while riding my bike, Sunday 1/14 between 5 & 6 PM. about 8 keys, including Kryptonite bike key, Area of Division & Chicago Ave and Paulina & Wolcott.

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Sound check: Cody Johnson on the rise at Joe's Live

...Chicago venues: Lincoln Hall, 2424 N. Lincoln Ave.; Schubas, 3159 N. Southport Ave.; The Hideout, 1354 W. Wabansia Ave.; Metro, 3730 N. Clark St.; and Smart Bar, 3730 N. Clark St. Acclaimed national and...

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...indie artists, national performers and up-and-coming comedians at five Chicago venues: Lincoln Hall, 2424 N. Lincoln Ave.; Schubas, 3159 N. Southport Ave.; The Hideout, 1354 W. Wabansia Ave.; Metro, 3730 N. Clark...

...up-and-coming comedians at five Chicago venues: Lincoln Hall, 2424 N. Lincoln Ave.; Schubas, 3159 N. Southport Ave.; The Hideout, 1354 W. Wabansia Ave.; Metro, 3730 N. Clark St.; and Smart Bar, 3730...

...N. Lincoln Ave.; Schubas, 3159 N. Southport Ave.; The Hideout, 1354 W. Wabansia Ave.; Metro, 3730 N. Clark St.; and Smart Bar, 3730 N. Clark St. Acclaimed national and international musical acts such as...

...Alex Cameron next week. 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, Jan. 16, at the United Center, 1901 W. Madison St., Chicago. $49.50; tickets are pretty sold out, but they're still available on secondary...

...you up through the weekend. 8 p.m. Wednesday, Jan. 17, at the Riviera Theatre, 4746 N. Racine Ave., Chicago. $35-$129. (773) 275-6800 or rivieratheatre.com...

• Mama Jimi, Bosco, Mike Gassett Band, Josh Flagg: 8 p.m. Friday, Jan. 12, at Cubby Bear, 1059 W. Addison St., Chicago. $7-$10. (773) 327-1662 or cubbybear.com.

• Kick ­-- The INXS Experience, PriMary, DJ Greg Corner: 9 p.m. Friday, Jan. 12, at House of Blues, 329 N. Dearborn St., Chicago. $15-$18. (312) 923-2000 or houseofblues.com.

• Umphrey's McGee "it's not us" album release party: 7 p.m. Sunday, Jan. 14, at Park West, 322 W. Armitage Ave., Chicago. $189 for 1 ticket plus deluxe edition of "it's not us"; $239 for 2 tickets plus deluze edition of album. (773) 929-5959 or um.shop.ticketstoday.com.

• Trident Deep, Woody and the Sticks, Two Bit Actor: 7 p.m. Monday, Jan. 15, at Uncommon Ground, 1401 W. Devon Ave., Chicago. $10. (773) 465-9801 or uncommonground.com.

• Motherfolk, Like Language: 8 p.m. Tuesday, Jan. 16, at Subterranean, 2011 W. North Ave., Chicago. $10. (773) 278-6600 or subt.net.

    Sound check: Cody Johnson on the rise at Joe's Live
    Cody Johnson has been making waves on the country scene lately. See why when he plays with Jacob Bryant at Joe's Live in Rosemont. More on this, The Killers at the United Center, Passion Pit and the Tomorrow Never Knows Festival.
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Jan 09

Sound check: Tickets scarce for Killers' United Center show

...Chicago venues: Lincoln Hall, 2424 N. Lincoln Ave.; Schubas, 3159 N. Southport Ave.; The Hideout, 1354 W. Wabansia Ave.; Metro, 3730 N. Clark St.; and Smart Bar, 3730 N. Clark St. Acclaimed national and...

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...Alex Cameron next week. 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, Jan. 16, at the United Center, 1901 W. Madison St., Chicago. $49.50; tickets are scarce. (312) 455-4500 or unitedcenter.com...

...indie artists, national performers and up-and-coming comedians at five Chicago venues: Lincoln Hall, 2424 N. Lincoln Ave.; Schubas, 3159 N. Southport Ave.; The Hideout, 1354 W. Wabansia Ave.; Metro, 3730 N. Clark...

...up-and-coming comedians at five Chicago venues: Lincoln Hall, 2424 N. Lincoln Ave.; Schubas, 3159 N. Southport Ave.; The Hideout, 1354 W. Wabansia Ave.; Metro, 3730 N. Clark St.; and Smart Bar, 3730...

...N. Lincoln Ave.; Schubas, 3159 N. Southport Ave.; The Hideout, 1354 W. Wabansia Ave.; Metro, 3730 N. Clark St.; and Smart Bar, 3730 N. Clark St. Acclaimed national and international musical acts such as...

...you up through the weekend. 8 p.m. Wednesday, Jan. 17, at the Riviera Theatre, 4746 N. Racine Ave., Chicago. $35-$129. (773) 275-6800 or rivieratheatre.com...

• Mama Jimi, Bosco, Mike Gassett Band, Josh Flagg: 8 p.m. Friday, Jan. 12, at Cubby Bear, 1059 W. Addison St., Chicago. $7-$10. (773) 327-1662 or cubbybear.com.

• Kick ­-- The INXS Experience, PriMary, DJ Greg Corner: 9 p.m. Friday, Jan. 12, at House of Blues, 329 N. Dearborn St., Chicago. $15-$18. (312) 923-2000 or houseofblues.com.

• Umphrey's McGee "it's not us" album release party: 7 p.m. Sunday, Jan. 14, at Park West, 322 W. Armitage Ave., Chicago. $189 for 1 ticket plus deluxe edition of "it's not us"; $239 for 2 tickets plus deluze edition of album. (773) 929-5959 or um.shop.ticketstoday.com.

• Trident Deep, Woody and the Sticks, Two Bit Actor: 7 p.m. Monday, Jan. 15, at Uncommon Ground, 1401 W. Devon Ave., Chicago. $10. (773) 465-9801 or uncommonground.com.

• Motherfolk, Like Language: 8 p.m. Tuesday, Jan. 16, at Subterranean, 2011 W. North Ave., Chicago. $10. (773) 278-6600 or subt.net.

    Sound check: Tickets scarce for Killers' United Center show
    Brandon Flowers and The Killers have spun out some of the best-loved pop anthems of the last 15 years. Catch their nearly sold-out show Jan. 16 at the United Center. More on this, Cody Johnson at Joe's Live, Passion Pit and the Tomorrow Never Knows Festival.
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Jan 08

Fresh Start to Your Week: 1/8 – 1/10

Sun Storm: Bill MacKay & Tim Kinsella Residency @ Hideout, 1354 W Wabansia Ave., 9:00PM, 21+

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First Monday Jazz: Sam Trump @ Currency Exchange Café, 305 E Garfield Blvd., 7:00PM – 8:00PM, All Ages

Ohmme / Campdogzz / Quarter Mile Thunder @ Empty Bottle, 1035 N Western Ave., 8:30PM, 21+

Salonathon: I Do What I Want! @ Beauty Bar, 1444 W. Chicago Ave., 8:30PM, 21+

Laverne x Faux Co @ The Owl, 2521 N Milwaukee Ave., 9:00PM, 21+

The Moth StorySLAM: Ambition @ The Promontory, 5311 S Lake Park Ave., 6:00PM, 17+

A Scientist Walks into a Bar: Paleontology Post Jurassic Park @ The Hideout, 1474 N Milwaukee Ave., 6:30PM, 21+

CHIRP Radio’s First Time: First Strike @ Martyrs’, 3855 N Lincoln Ave., 8:00PM, All Ages

Ancient Friends / Archie Powell & the Exports / Sunjacket @ Quenchers, 2401 N Western Ave., 9:00PM, 21+

Stars Align: Thomas Comerford and Julie Meckler @ The Whistler, 2421 N Milwaukee Ave., 9:30PM, 21+

    Fresh Start to Your Week: 1/8 - 1/10
    This week's curated list of events for the beginning of your week huge! Each day has four amazing sections ranging from concerts, talks, and storytellers ready to make your evening fun! Every show offers something unique and undoubtedly Chicagoan, so take advantage of the slightly less chilly weather and enjoy the first half of your...
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Updated Jan 07

Your Chicago Curated Weekend: 1/4 – 1/7

Deeper / Charlie Reed (7″ Release) / Cafe Racer @ The Hideout, 1354 W Wabansia Ave., 9:00PM, 21+

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A Tribute To Studio Ghibli @ The Music Box Theatre, 3733 N Southport Ave., Various times, All Ages

Lemonade with Julie Dash, Jamila Woods, and Jacqueline Stewart @ The Harper Theater, 5238 S Harper Ave., 7:00PM-8:30PM, All Ages

Ian’s Party 2017 @ Chop Shop (2033 W North Ave.) & Subterranean (2011 W North Ave.), 6:00PM, 18+

Ian’s Party 2017 @ Chop Shop (2033 W North Ave.) & Subterranean (2011 W North Ave.), 6:00PM, 18+

The Infinite Wrench @ The Neo-Futurarium, 5153 N Ashland Ave., Saturday & Sunday 11:30PM, Sunday 7:00PM, 14+

In the Land of Pasaquan: The Story of Eddie Owens Martin @ Intuit: The Center for Intuitive and Outsider, 756 N Milwaukee Ave., 5:30PM – 8:30PM, All Ages

ANCHR Magazine Showcase: Lucille Furs / The Evening Attraction / Capital Soirée @ Schubas, 3159 N Southport Ave., 9:00PM, 18+

Side Hug / Beach Bunny / Shoebox Money @ Joyride Records, 1914 W Chicago Ave., 4:00PM, All Ages

Transitionary: New Works by James “Jimbot” Demski @ Rotofugi Designer Toy Store & Gallery, 2780 N Lincoln Ave., 7:00PM -10:o0PM, All Ages

Xiu Xiu Performs the Music of Twin Peaks / Quicksails @ Thalia Hall, 1807 S Allport St., 8:30PM (Doors Open at 7:30PM), 17+

Build-A-Robot @ Logan Arcade, 2410 W Fullerton Ave., 6:00PM-9:00PM, 21+

    Your Chicago Curated Weekend: 1/4 - 1/7
    Well, would you look at that. It's no longer 2017! Hopefully your New Year celebrations didn't take you out of commission for too long since it's now the first weekend of 2018 and there are so many things to do! Movies, arts, music, and of course that yearly tradition of riding the trains around Chicago...
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  • Joe, I agree, but sure is a strange place to share that opinion.

  • Citizen Pain Citizen Pain

    @Joe Indiana ?

    Use your imagination. There's a whole world out there. Surely you can do better than Indiana.

Jan 02

Community Meeting to discuss Re-Zoning & Plans for 1322-1356 West Walton

Wednesday, January 03, 2018

6pm at Northwest Settlement House at 1012 N. Noble

To discuss latest plans and development proposal/ zoning change for the parcel of land at 1322-1356 West Walton

Law Offices of Samuel V.P. Banks
312.782.1983

Alderman Burnett’s office 312.432.1995

Dec 31

Key Found Hoyne/Dickens

I happened upon a lost key by the first tree north of Dickens, west of Hoyne. I left it visible on the tree root. It had ice on it so it was probably dropped awhile ago, maybe last night. It was difficult to see making it easy to miss if someone backtracked for it. Hopefully whoever lost this didn't get locked out in the cold.

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Philadelphia dance wonder DJ Haram balances the nuances of identity in her global sounds

Sat 1/6, midnight, Hideout, 1354 W. Wabansia, $5

    Philadelphia dance wonder DJ Haram balances the nuances of identity in her global sounds
    In a 2015 interview with the blog Electric Llama, Zubeyda Muzeyyen, aka DJ Haram, explains the significance of her taking as a stage name a word that refers to things forbidden by Islamic law.
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Dec 28

Updated Dec 29

How the 20% Pass-Through Income Deduction may Affect You

The new tax bill has many trying to understand how the 20% deduction applies to pass-through income and whether it affects them. Before making any changes to become a sole proprietor, understand the deduction and speak to a tax professional to determine if it can be beneficial to you.

https://illinoisestateplanning.blogspot.com/2017/12/the-new-20-deduction-on-pass-through.html

    The New 20% Deduction on Pass-Through income, What is It? And does it affect you?
    There are many intricacies of the new Tax Act that will be discussed and analyzed over the coming weeks and months. While some of the changes will allow for a tax reduction for "pass-through" entities, the complexities of the tax bill should be discussed with your tax advisor to make sure you understand how it affects you before you make any significant financial or employment changes.
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  • Is the 20% credit on pass throughs a permanent deduction or does it expire at some point?

  • It is currently set to expire with the individual tax rates after 2025. Although the entire tax bill can be changed with the passage of any new laws.

  • Thanks Bryan! It was also helpfull to know that it is a "below the line" after AGI deduction... I assume a new line on page 2. I looked everywhere for that info and it was/is hard to come by. I even tried reading the bill, but it was like trying to read mandarin, or maybe klingon!

Dec 28

Your Chicago Curated NYE Weekend: 12/28 – 12/31

NYE 2018 @ Ada St. Secret Society, 1664 N Ada St., 9:00PM, 21+

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A Tribute To Studio Ghibli @ The Music Box Theatre, 3733 N Southport Ave., Various Times, All Ages

Hopped Up: Hoppy Holidays @ House of Blues, 329 N Dearborn St 5:00PM – 10:00PM, 21+

Alex Chilton Birthday Bash XIII @ Empty Bottle, 1035 N Western Ave., 9:00PM, 21+

Greensky Bluegrass & Billy Strings @ Riviera Theatre, 4746 N Racine Ave., 8:00PM, 18+

New Years Eve @ Logan Arcade, 2410 W Fullerton Ave., 8:00PM, 21+

NYE with JC Brooks Band, Nashon Holloway, DJ Ayana Contreras @ Emporium Arcade Bar, 1366 N Milwaukee Ave., 8:00PM, 21+

NYE @ Cole’s, 2338 N Milwaukee Ave., 9:00PM, 21+

New Years Eve Party @ Three Dots and a Dash, 435 N Clark St., 9:00PM, 21+

    Your Chicago Curated NYE Weekend: 12/28 - 12/31
    This is it folks, all your hard work has hopefully paid off and the year is finally done. So let's celebrate with the final curated weekend of the year! Spend the last few days of 2017 doing something grand and exciting and get ready for the start of 2018!
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Anyone else hear gunfire near Chicago and Richmond at about 3:40am on Sunday?

It sounded like 5 or 6 shots. Called 911 and did see a patrol vehicle, but the police must not have seen anything unusual.

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It’s a Wonderful Life at Stage 773 and more of the best things to do in Chicago this weekend

...age of holiday tunes with a spectacular girl-group Christmas party tonight at the Hideout (1354 W. Wabansia), accompanied by the Congregation. 8 PM, $12

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Fri 12/22-Sat 12/23: The Lincoln Lodge (956 W. Newport), one of Chicago's finest independent stand-up collectives, ho-ho-hosts Christmas Feztacular—evenings...

Fri 12/22-Sat 12/23: In "Re:picture" at Linda Warren Gallery (327 N. Aberdeen), Peter Drake captures stills from TV's idyllic portrayals of suburban life in the 1950s (Leave It to Beaver and such) through "subtractive" paintings in both color and black and white. 11 AM-5 PM, free

...holiday cheer at Macabre's Holiday of Horror—this year at Reggie's Rock Club (2105 S. State). The Reader's Luca Cimarusti writes, "Perhaps Macabre's greatest mark on the world is...

Sun 12/24: Though games are largely a visual medium, their sound design should not go overlooked. The "sound games" in the exhibit "The Ears Have Walls" at VGA Gallery (2418 W. Bloomingdale) demonstrate the power and range of aural experiences in games. Noon-5 PM, free

...a Wonderful Life is a holiday classic, and this radio-play version at Stage 773 (1225 W. Belmont), by American Blues Theater, caresses the ears with cheer. The Reader's Tony Adler writes...

    It's a Wonderful Life at Stage 773 and more of the best things to do in Chicago this weekend
    click to enlarge Spend the long holiday weekend at one of Chicago's goings-on about town. Here's some of what we recommend: Fri 12/22-Sat 12/23: The Lincoln Lodge (956 W. Newport), one of Chicago's finest independent stand-up collectives, ho-ho-hosts Christmas Feztacular -evenings of cheery comics, yuletide tunes, and holiday-inspired dance numbers.
    https://www.chicagoreader.com

Dec 20

Updated Dec 20

Prepay your Property Taxes for 2017 Tax Deduction

You may want to pay the 1st installment of your property tax bill before the end of the year for a deduction on your 2017 federal taxes as you may not be able to utilize the deduction in 2018.

https://illinoisestateplanning.blogspot.com/2017/12/prepay-your-property-taxes-for-2017-tax.html

    Prepay your Property Taxes for 2017 Tax Deduction
    With the likely passage of the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act, it is estimated that the majority of taxpayers who currently itemize their deductions will take the standard deduction for the tax year 2018. The reason for this change will be capping of State and Local Tax and Property tax deductions at $10,000.
    http://illinoisestateplanning.blogspot.com
  • bansia Bucktown newbie

    Thanks much for sharing. Interesting to see how quickly this organization is acting on the news.

    As a current renter & someone considering buying a home in the next 3-6 months, I'm wondering if it makes sense to rent another year & see if home prices fall over the next 1-2 years, specifically in the Chicagoland area.

  • Bansia,

    Glad this is information was helpful. As for the question on renting vs buying, that will be a big question going forward. Without the tax advantages of home ownership, you may see a decrease in home values in the coming years.

Dec 20

Five Tasty Options for Last-Minute Holiday Gifts

Since they opened, Butcher & Larder (1427 W. Willow St., Industrial Corridor) has been the destination store for people who love great meat. This year...

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...Deli, Eastman Egg Company, and Smallfry. Pick one up online, or at The Book Cellar (4736 N. Lincoln Ave., Lincoln Square...

...best chocolatiers has released a new item. The Truffle Ganaches collection at Katherine Anne Confections (2745 W. Armitage Ave., Logan Square) includes 12 beautiful, handmade chocolates, made with local Kilgus dairy and fruits from...

For the kitchenware freak on your list, grab basically anything at Neighborly (2003 W. Montrose Ave., Ravenswood). They’ve got a gorgeous collection of dishes, handmade cutting boards, lunchboxes, kitchen towels, spices and gadgets, all of it made in the Midwest (and much of it Chicago-themed).

    Five Tasty Options for Last-Minute Holiday Gifts
    Published today at 12:47 p.m. Admit it: You left some (most?) of your holiday shopping to the very last minute. Now there's not even time to order something on Amazon. Luckily, Chicago still has amazing brick-and-mortar independent businesses that will come to your holiday rescue.
    http://www.chicagomag.com

Dec 20

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Fresh Start to Your Week: 12/18 – 12/19

The Flat Five Fall Freak Out Residency @ The Hideout, 1354 W Wabansia Ave., 7:00PM – 9:00PM, 21+

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MONDAY & TUESDAY, DECEMBER 18th & 19th

Batman Returns & The Nightmare Before Christmas Double Feature @ Music Box Theatre, 3733 N Southport Ave., 5:00PM / 7:30PM / 9:30PM, All Ages

BLOOM / Beach Bunny / Dogs At Large / Gal Gun @ Empty Bottle, 1035 N Western Ave., 8:30PM, 21+

Take It Outside Release Party @ Schubas, 3159 N Southport Ave., 8:00PM, 21+

...rock band that exudes surf and garage/punk-inspired sounds that don’t hold back,  Belmont & Clark are an electronic duo focusing on minimal electronic vibes, Tomorrow The Moon trips out on...

    Fresh Start to Your Week: 12/18 - 12/19
    We are getting closer to the end of the year and the holidays are zooming past. But don't let the slowdown of the year get you down, there are plenty of great events going on this week to keep you chipper before we ring in 2018!
    https://thirdcoastreview.com

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Comedian Matt Braunger at Lincoln Hall, and more of the best things to do in Chicago this weekend

...politics behind it at Topdog/Watchdog, or Who Is Sylvia? This performance at the Hideout (1354 W. Wabansia) will be recorded and distributed by the Reader. 3 PM, $10

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Fri 12/15: GayCo Productions' sketch comedy revue, 'Tis the Seasonal Depression, focuses on the emotional roller coaster that is the holiday season. See it at Pride Arts Center (4147 N. Broadway). 8 PM, $20, $12 students

Sat 12/16: Matt Braunger, who trained in Chicago and remains a local favorite, brings his Braunger Than Yesterday stand-up tour to Lincoln Hall (2424 N. Lincoln). He was recently seen at the late comedian Pat Brice's 40th Birthday Tribute. 10 PM, $20

Sat 12/16: The mini Father’s Day party Dad’s Basement Holiday B&B includes Bite Cafe bites, the opportunity to donate to the Greater Chicago Food Depository, and dad-rock tunes spun by Ryan Duggan and the Reader’s own Luca Cimarusti. Dad it out at the Empty Bottle (1035 N. Western). Noon, free

Sun 12/17: Fancy some Shakespeare? Twelfth Night ends its run tonight at the Lincoln Park Conservatory (2391 N. Stockton). The Reader's Dan Jakes writes, "Stylistically, [director Dylan S.] Roberts and the young cast lean into the broad silliness inherent in the story." 7:30 PM, free

...professional storytellers and five attendees (in open-mike slots) share the spotlight at Stage 773 (1225 W. Belmont) while the audience fills their bellies with food brought for a potluck. This edition notably...

    Comedian Matt Braunger at Lincoln Hall, and more of the best things to do in Chicago this weekend
    click to enlarge There's plenty to do this weekend before the holidays hit. Here's some of what we recommend: Spend the evening at the Bridgeport Art Center Holiday Night Market shopping for wares and perusing four galleries-all at the eponymous Bridgeport Art Center (1200 W. 35th).
    https://www.chicagoreader.com

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