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10 Secret Chicago Bars For Incognito Imbibing

Chicago offers no shortage of secret bars—some hidden behind unassuming facades, while other are tucked within previously-existing establishments. From stalwarts like rare spirit-leaning The Office, to newly-minted Chicago Magic Lounge—which lurks behind a bunch of washing machines—here now, 10 …

Great Lakes

Chicago's best fried foods: chicken, shrimp, fries and more

Insanely lavish Airbnb homes you can only rent in Chicago

You only get a finite number of vacations and getaways in your life, so sometimes it's okay to splurge on luxurious accommodations. If you're looking …

Black Perspectives

The best lunch spots in the Loop

As the unofficial office epicenter of Chicago, it's no surprise that the Loop is brimming with lunch options. Ditch your boring brown-bag meal in …


Chicago's best Chinese dishes in Chinatown and beyond

Buying Guide: Arts Glass & Stained Glass

Specializes in 17th, 18th, and 19th century architectural antiques and reproductions. In their 30,000 sq. ft. showroom, you will find the most …

Unity Temple, Rosenwald Courts among preservation award winners

Landmarks Illinois has just unveiled the 2017 Driehaus Foundation Preservation Award winners<p>The $25 million renovation of Frank Lloyd Wright’s Unity Temple and the extensive overhaul of the Rosenwald Courts apartments in Bronzeville join several other notable projects on this year’s list of 2017 …

Chicago’s Church of the Epiphany to be converted to performing arts and event space

Closed in 2011, the historic structure will require a zoning change prior to its adaptive reuse<p>The West Loop’s shuttered Church of the Epiphany may soon reopen its doors at 201 S. Ashland Avenue as a performing arts and event venue. Designed by architects Edward Burling and Francis Whitehouse in …

Black Panther

New $9 million visitor center headed to Lincoln Park Zoo

The redesigned East Gate project is ready to break ground<p>With Chicago’s Lincoln Park Zoo winding down the holiday season as its popular Zoo Lights exhibit comes to a close the end of this week, the North Side attraction is ready to begin work on a major renovation to its eastern gate. Yesterday, a …


Three prominent Chicago architects selected for combined public housing/library projects

John Ronan Architects, SOM, and Perkins+Will will each design one of the multi-role buildings<p>After announcing an ambitious plan to “co-locate” Chicago public library branches and public housing in new architecturally significant developments back in October, the City of Chicago has taken the wraps …

National Gospel Museum planned for Bronzeville’s historic Pilgrim Baptist Church

The nonprofit cultural institution hopes to open on Chicago’s South Side in 2020<p>Bronzeville’s landmarked—and heavily damaged—Pilgrim Baptist Church at 3301 S. Indiana Avenue may get a new lease on life as the nation’s first gospel music museum. Organizers behind the ambitious adaptive reuse project …

Baptist Church

University of Chicago announces plans for Arts Block in Washington Park

The University of Chicago is working with community partners to develop a stretch of historic East Garfield Boulevard into a major arts and culture …


Chatham’s Whitney Young Library begins $12 million makeover and expansion

The South Side branch will be renovated into a state-of-the-art facility<p>A major overhaul of the Whitney M. Young, Jr. Branch Library in Chicago’s Chatham neighborhood officially broke ground on Monday afternoon. The $12 million project aims to transform the dark brick building at 79th Street and …


MA – Stained Glass Resources, Inc. – Sourcebook

Man with life-long stutter finds a voice through art

Let’s get this over with: Tom Holdman, whose exquisite stained-glass windows are attracting international attention, has a profound stutter.<p>Words …


Artists are using a revolutionary process to construct the world’s largest stained glass window

For over a thousand-years, the technology and techniques used to make stained glass have not changed all that much. Artists cut large panes of colored glass into smaller pieces, and assemble them using molten lead into works of mostly-religious art. The process is time-consuming and labor-intensive.<p>…

Stained Glass

Best Japanese restaurants in Chicago

The days of suffering through wan sushi rolls are over—an influx of terrific Japanese restaurants has elevated the cuisine in Chicago. Whether you're …

20 Dishes Every Real Washingtonian Must Eat

10 New Secret Menu Items to Try in DC

11 Hottest Rooftop Bars & Restaurants in DC

First Look: Chef Kyle Bailey Takes New England Seafood to the DC Waterfront

10 Sexiest New Restaurants and Bars in DC


'I Can't Breathe' Examines Modern Policing And The Life And Death Of Eric Garner

On July 17, 2014, an unarmed black man named Eric Garner died on Staten Island, N.Y., after police officers threw him to the ground and put him in a choke hold. Garner's last words, as recorded on a cellphone video, were: "I can't breathe." He repeated the phrase 11 times.<p>Although the coroner's …

Law Enforcement