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400 skyscrapers. 3,000 streets. 9 million people.

billions of sensors collecting data about chicago—and you.

From smartphones to public transit, the technology around us is collecting new data each day about the way we live. This exhibition, Chicago: City of Big Data, reveals the power of “big data” to transform how we design, build and live in cities.

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FLASHERS THE MYSTERY OF THE ORDINARY JUNE 24 - OCTOBER 13 2014

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Funding is generously provided by Helen and Sam Zell and the Auxiliary Board of the Art Institute, the Lead Affiliate Sponsor. Additional support is provided by Sylvia Neil and Daniel Fischel and the Prince Charitable Trusts. Annual support for exhibitions is provided by the Exhibitions Trust: Goldman Sachs, Kenneth and Anne Griffin, Thomas and Margot Pritzker, the Earl and Brenda Shapiro Foundation, and the Woman’s Board of the Art Institute. This exhibition is supported by an indemnity from the Federal Council on the Arts and the Humanities. René Magritte. The Healer (Le Thérapeute) (detail), 1937. Private collection. © Charly Herscovici—ADAGP—ARS, 2014.

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PORT WASHINGTON

Experience summer – Port Washington style. On Lake Michigan, north of Milwaukee, you’ll find a combination of New England charm and Midwestern friendliness. Explore historic buildings and lighthouses. Shop fun boutiques and specialty food shops, enjoy a great meal. You’ll want to play outside, so rent a bike or kayak, book a fishing charter, or stroll by the lake and grab a bench with a gorgeous view. Can’t wait to see you come into Port!

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MARCUS CENTER FOR THE PERFORMING ARTS

The Marcus Center for the Performing Arts is the premier arts entertainment destination for Milwaukee and Wisconsin. It provides a vibrant setting for outstanding cultural experiences, where the arts come to life every day. Located in the heart of the Downtown Theater District, the Center offers live performance of opera, ballet, children’s theater, symphony, Off Broadway and national touring productions of Broadway shows. And every evening the building is alive with ever changing paintings of light. 414-273-7121

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AMTRAK

There’s no better way to travel than in the comfort of an Amtrak train. With the train, there are no tolls, traffic or weather issues to deal with. You have big, comfortable seats and miles of breathtaking views. So, what are you waiting for? Take Amtrak and arrive relaxed and ready for fun. For more information to one of over 500 destinations that Amtrak serves, call Amtrak at 1-800-USA-RAIL or visit us at Amtrak.com. Enjoy the Journey.

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HARLEY–DAVIDSON MUSEUM

History roars to life. Experience the saga of Harley-Davidson in all its custom painted, chrome plated, full throated glory. Special Summer Exhibit: The American Road, June 14-September 1. This exhibit traces the rise of the road trip from its roots in the 1930s to its role as a quintessential experience that connects us to uniquely American ideals of freedom and exploration.

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POTAWATOMI BINGO CASINO

Located in downtown Milwaukee, Potawatomi Bingo Casino offers diverse gambling, dining and entertainment options. With nearly 100 table games, nearly 3,000 slot machines, a Bingo Hall, Poker Room and Off-Track Betting Room, thrilling action is available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. We also offer six unique restaurants and a 500-seat theater to complete your entertainment experience. Plus, an 18-story, 381-room hotel is set to open late summer of 2014.

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INDYFEST

Andretti Sports Marketing brings back the festival of speed. Milwaukee IndyFest will rumble to life August 16-17 at the Milwaukee Mile, the world’s longest continually operating speedway. Fans, families and curious event-goers experience food, beverages, music, a National Volleyball League tournament, games, and FREE carnival rides. See some of the biggest names in IndyCar race around the track at speeds up to 170mph!

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In the midst of a below-zero cold spell, my significant other and I were discussing the sources of humidity in our home that resulted in frost on the windows. He said breath. I said farts were also a factor. He said I was crazy. I’m not saying the two contribute equally, but come on. Cecil, how much moisture is in each of these forms of bodily exhalation? —Barbara Becker

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K, so maybe I should have held this question till January rather than answering it in June. But some things just can’t wait, and the answer proved more challenging than you might think. Human flatus is made up primarily of carbon dioxide, oxygen, nitrogen, methane, and hydrogen, with small but often pungent quantities of hydrogen sulfide and other organic compounds in addition. The volume of flatus varies widely based on diet, how much air you swallow, and how efficiently your gut bacteria digest what you eat and produce gas. However, while we found many studies detailing the chemical composition of flatulence, none gave a value for water vapor. Sometimes this was due to how the flatus was collected: bubbling the gas into a flask of displacement solution inevitably means altering its moisture content. No matter—we have other resources. I called in my assistant Una, professional engineer, and asked her to calculate the maximum quantity of water vapor contained in a fart. She gave me the look she always gives me. I said what I always say: “It’s for science.” How she does that thing with her eyebrows only she and Jack Black know. Nonetheless, she bent to her spreadsheets and prepared the following analysis: 1. The amount of flatus produced daily can be more than four liters, but typically it’s around 0.4 liters per day. 2. We’ll assume that, given how moist we are inside (more on this below), any expelled gases contain water vapor at close to 100 percent relative humidity. Calculating the water fraction, and multiplying the result times two people, we arrive at a total moisture output of about .04 milliliters per day. 3. That’s not much. Assuming an average-

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size dwelling, well sealed off from the winter air and heated to 70 degrees Fahrenheit with a starting relative humidity of 35 percent, a day’s total flatus from two people will theoretically raise that humidity to 35.001 percent. 4. But flatulence accounts for only part of the human contribution to ambient water vapor. Our bodies are made up of 50 to 70 percent water, of which 5 to 10 percent is cycled through us every day. A significant amount of water is lost through breathing and “insensible sweating”—that is, the constant low-level perspiration you don’t notice. A typical sedentary adult loses about 300 milliliters of water per day through breath and 1,175 milliliters per day via insensible sweating, or close to a liter and a half all told. 5. Exhaling only through your nose reduces moisture loss by more than 40 percent, but let’s assume our two test subjects are mouthbreathing adults who spend the entire day in their house. The total daily water contribution from their breath and sweat will be about three liters per day—about 75,000 times that produced by flatulence. Assuming the house is completely sealed, this will increase the relative humidity from 35 percent to almost 70 percent. So it’s fair to say that, while flatulence makes no appreciable difference, breath plus sweat contributes significantly to the frost on your windows. But keep in mind that, in reality, houses leak a fair amount of moisture, and every time you open the door, it results in an exchange of air, so the practical impact of all that exhaled water is much reduced. Remember also that I don’t know your partner. If he’s a member of the four-liter club, flatuswise, all bets are off. v

Send questions to Cecil via straightdope. com or write him c/o Chicago Reader, 350 N. Orleans, Chicago 60654.


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BEST CITY LIFE

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Best Hashtag to Rub It In

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#Chiberia Refer to Chicago as “Chi-town” and you sound like a rube. (And for the record, something similar’s true in Atlanta—call it Hotlanta, get backhanded.) But slap a pound sign in front of a pun, suddenly the entirety of the Internet is on board. #Chiraq was big this year, but it was eclipsed by #Chiberia, the hottest hashtag about the freezing hellscape that was our city this past winter—the coldest four-month stretch since record keeping began in 1872, according to the National Weather Service. It was impossible to be completely warm and equally impossible to escape this witty reminder that we were living in what was basically a polar desert. As the polar vortex swept through the region, the hashtag spread like lake-effect snow across social media, building strength so quickly I’m not entirely certain how the tag originated. Anyway, here’s to weather that fosters more temperate and less popular hashtags. #TheBalmyCity, anyone? —Gwynedd Stuart J

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READERS’ POLL Best View of the City

Water Tower Place

835 N. Michigan 312-440-3166 shopwatertower.com Runner-Up:

John Hancock Center

Best Historic Building

Chicago Cultural Center

78 E. Washington 312-744-6630 chicagoculturalcenter.org

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Runner-Up:

The Rookery

Best Attraction

Navy Pier

600 E. Grand 312-595-7437 navypier.com Runner-Up:

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Lincoln Park Zoo

Best CTA Employee to Go Out Smiling

“V.E.N.T.R.A.” by Ollie Hobson and Alan Linic

Michael Powell

The rollout of the Ventra payment system was a clusterfuck: the byzantine sign-up process, the hours-long customer service calls, the tale of one commuter who had to cope with hundreds of new Ventra cards clogging up his mailbox. Even Mayor Rahm Emanuel and CTA president Forrest Claypool were pissed; they refused to pay Ventra’s parent company, Cubic Transportation Systems, till it ironed out some issues. But where most of us saw red, a couple members of iO troupe the Ruckus, Ollie Hobson and Alan Linic, saw comedic gold, and they mined enough of it to craft a jokey hip-hop track called “V.E.N.T.R.A.” Linic and Hobson are astute lyricists, and they capture the entire miserable affair with just the right amount of gallows humor, which makes it easier to get past the fact that they could use some help behind the mike. And I can’t disagree with that chorus: “V-E-N T-R-A, service sucks major D-I-C-K.” —Leor Galil

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The Red Line conductor known for his uplifting, unorthodox announcements—“Cheer up, it’s only Monday,” “Don’t forget your coffee,” “May the force be with you”—retired last December after nearly 36 years driving CTA trains. During the 59-year-old’s final run, on New Year’s Eve, fans rode the entirety of the Red Line, passing out doughnuts and encouraging other riders to write Powell thank-you notes. Devotees doled out high fives, fist bumps, and hugs to Powell at each stop. “I met a lot of people who said I made a difference in their lives, that I touched them and made them feel better,” says Powell, whose uniform was an old-school blue-andwhite-striped conductor getup. He met his wife, Elaine, on the CTA—she was riding his train and decided to introduce herself. In retirement Powell tinkers with the model-train collection that takes up much of his Morton Grove basement, and he’s enjoying spending time with his first grandchild, but he says his

main task is being his wife’s chauffeur. “I don’t make announcements when she gets out of the car, though,” he says, “Maybe ‘watch your step’ sometimes.” The CTA once asked the devout Christian to stop announcing “God bless you,” but Powell still thought of his job as a way to praise people, “to brighten their day.” Our commutes are certainly less cheery without him. May the force be with you, Michael. —Janet Potter

Best Reappearing Act

EveryBlock Chicago Once upon a time, hyperlocal news was seen as the bright new future of journalism. One of the brightest of the hyperlocal sites was EveryBlock, founded in 2007 by Naperville native Adrian Holovaty with a $1.1 million Knight Foundation grant. Unlike its main rival, AOL’s Patch, it wasn’t staffed by overworked and underpaid young reporters. Instead all its news came from message boards and links to public records. All at once, you could get the latest crime statistics, look for an

Best Tour

Chicago Architecture Foundation River Cruise

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Weird Chicago Tours

Best Chicago Ambassador

Barack Obama barackobama.com Runner-Up:

Rahm Emanuel

Best Street Character

Puppet Bike puppetbike.com

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Best Response to the CTA’s Disastrous Transition to Ventra

Runner-Up:

Sharkula

Best Alderman

Ameya Pawar (47th Ward )

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Proco Joe Moreno (First Ward)

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outdoor yoga class in the park, or find out that your favorite neighborhood restaurant was about to close—and look at the business permit for the establishment slated to take its place. MSNBC took over EveryBlock in 2009 and pledged its devotion to hyperlocal news . . . until it didn’t. It shut down EveryBlock in February 2013 because, in the memorable words of an NBC executive, “it wasn’t a strategic fit with our growth strategy.” But the dream didn’t die. Comcast relaunched the site, virtually unchanged, in January. For now EveryBlock is limited to Chicago, but Comcast plans to expand it eventually. In the meantime, I, and many other Chicagoans who don’t have time to hang out in the corner coffee shop all day, will be following closely to find out what’s going on in our neighborhoods. —Aimee Levitt

Best Reason to Stay Up Late on Twitter

cops, witnesses, or victims to grow wistful. On Twitter, Nickeas tells the stories behind his stories; his feed is packed with the kind of compelling color that breaking-news pieces don’t call for: the particular gallows humor of police-scanner chatter (“We’re at the scene on Perry, as in William ‘the Refrigerator’ Perry”), gruff interactions with police at the sites of shootings (he arrives at some of them before the authorities), and tales from the terrifying brink of becoming the news (most recently, a hysterical man threatened Nickeas with a gun). “There are a lot of bizarre, funny, and sad things—the overnight [shift] runs the whole range of emotions,” he says. “If you spend night after night out on the streets, you’re going to experience some shit—hookers soliciting, street fights—and that’s good for the reporting: we see the immediate aftermath of violence and get to explain it in a way that few people do.” —Jake Malooley

@PeterNickeas Several years ago, Peter Nickeas had to make a big career decision: landscaping or journalism? He chose the latter, to the detriment of many lawns in suburban Addison, where Nickeas ran Green Pete’s Lawn Care, and to the general betterment of Chicago crime reporting. As one of the Tribune’s overnight “violence and mayhem” newshounds, the 28-year-old works 10 PM till 8 AM four nights a week. During at least one of those grueling graveyard shifts—which demand a little writing and lots of driving to crime scenes—he’ll daydream about the safe, pastoral monotony of mowing grass. But most of the time he’s too busy prying details from

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Best Love Story

Vernita Gray and Pat Ewert “In sickness and in health, until death do us part.” The stock vow had a heightened meaning last November during the marriage ceremony of Vernita Gray and Pat Ewert, who made history as the first gay couple to tie the knot in Illinois. A longtime advocate of LGBTQ rights, Gray had terminal cancer and was not expected to survive the seven months until June 1, when Illinois’s same-sex marriage law would take effect. So last fall, with the help of Lambda Legal, the civilly unionized couple successfully sued for the right to carry out Gray’s matrimonial last wish. U.S. District Court judge Thomas Durkin issued the decision, opening the door for other gay couples seeking nuptials in Cook County. “It’s like Christmas, my birthday, the tooth fairy all

BESTof CITY LIFE rolled into one,” Gray said after she and Ewert were finally issued a marriage license. The 65-year-old passed away on March 19 with her wife by her side. —Jake Malooley

Best Litter-Fighting Law (Even If It’s Gonna Make DogShit Removal a Drag)

The Partial Ban on Plastic Shopping Bags In 2007 a group of aldermen began talking about banning plastic bags, saying they were tired of getting nagged about bags flapping in trees and clogging sewer drains—not to mention ending up in the lake. Then Mayor Daley and retailers told them they were going to put stores out of business. Nobody likes being known as a jobs killer, so aldermen passed a weak law requiring that big stores offer bag recycling. It didn’t accomplish much—at most, 3 percent of bags were recovered. But First Ward alderman Proco Joe Moreno recycled the idea of a ban soon after he took office in 2010, stressing that billions of plastic bags are consumed each year in Chicago alone. “They’re a relic of the J

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from the mayor’s press operation heralding something wonderful that our fabulous leader has done or is doing for us. Sometimes he just wants to bring us a little good news—like our restaurants are second to none. But I think my favorite is the one he released on the occasion of Arbor Day, in which he (or one of his PR peons) took a moment to comment on the importance of trees in our lives. “Not only do trees beautify our neighborhoods,” the mayor said, “but they clean our air, provide shade, and improve our quality of life to make our City in a Garden an even better place to live.” Just call him Mayor Science! —Ben Joravsky

Best One-Woman Think Tank

Valerie Leonard Valerie Leonard still lives in the K-town two-flat where she was raised by her father, Theodis Leonard, who was principal of Paderewski Elementary at Lawndale and 22nd Street, and her mother, Essie, a retired teacher. After earning her MBA at the Kellogg School of Management at Northwestern—and

following a stint in New York, where she worked for the Dinkins administration— Leonard returned to Chicago to form the Lawndale Alliance, a community group that has criticized the city for harsh budget cuts that hurt poor neighborhoods. The west-side activist roots through city websites to find budget documents she then posts online. For instance, it was Leonard—not one of the daily papers’ investigative hounds—who revealed that the Chicago Public Schools’ 2013 budget intended to borrow tens of millions of dollars to cover the cost of closing schools, including Paderewski. “If we’re not saving money,” she says, “we shouldn’t be closing schools.” Leonard’s research has uncovered vital information on everything from the impact Chicago’s Olympics plan would have on Douglas Park to abuses of the city’s TIF program. She often holds meetings to discuss these issues—in effect, she’s running a think tank for the people. Like many activists, she says the setbacks—especially on the schools front—have outnumbered the gains in the age of Mayor Emanuel. “It broke my heart when he closed Paderewski. But you have to keep fighting.” —Ben Joravsky J

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Best Municipal Reference Librarian

READERS’ POLL

Lyle Benedict

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Few Chicagoans know as much about local government as Lyle Benedict. The 57-year-old can tell you when the City Council slimmed down from 70 aldermen to 50 (1923). He knows the role of the vice mayor (“To wait for the mayor to die”). He can even explain the property tax multiplier. For 31 years, Benedict has fielded questions about the workings and history of Chicago government, first for the municipal reference library on the tenth floor of City Hall, then, after the city shut down that operation in 1993, at the Harold Washington Library Center. Benedict and a couple of other municipal reference librarians handle questions on the fifth floor and by phone (312-747-4526) and e-mail. Patrons often are looking for city jobs and want to research the budgets and mandates of certain city departments. Or they want to learn how to get on the ballot for alderman. Or they’re writing a paper on the history of Navy Pier, the Dan Ryan, or the el. Benedict knows where to find the answers—which book or clip file or database. Over the years, he has learned that

Best Overall Neighborhood

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Wicker Park Runner-Up:

Logan Square

Best Neighborhood for Nightlife

Wicker Park

Best Number to Call When the Police Swear You Don’t Need a Lawyer

Runner-Up:

Logan Square

Best Neighborhood for Culture

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Pilsen

Runner-Up:

Logan Square

Best Neighborhood for Affordability

Pilsen

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city government is “large and complicated, but there are a lot of talented people working for it.” He thinks corruption isn’t as common here as it once was (he flunked his first driving test in 1985, he says, for failure to bribe). And he still enjoys his job. “People tend to think you’re doing something useful for them, and to be thankful,” he says. What he likes most is the detective work. “If I can find something that I don’t know, that’s even more exciting,” he says. After three decades, how often does that happen? “Every day.” —Steve Bogira

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The decisions made by suspects in their first hours in custody often come back to haunt them. They may not know their constitutional rights or how to invoke them; they can be tricked into waiving their right to consult with a lawyer and their right to remain silent. Since 1995, First Defense Legal Aid has sought to ensure that decisions made by suspects in police stations are informed ones. The non-

profit provides free lawyers to anyone held by Chicago police who calls its 24-hour hotline. The hotline is staffed by more than a hundred volunteer lawyers who each take at least one on-call shift a month. FDLA also gives “street law” presentations in schools and to community groups on constitutional rights and how they can be asserted, and, specifically, on what to do if stopped by police or if police ask permission to search. —Steve Bogira

Best New SmallBusiness Incubator

Sunshine Enterprises

500 E. 61st, 773-904-9800, sunshinegospel. org/what-we-do/sunshine-enterprises A three-block stretch of 61st Street, from King Drive to Champlain Avenue, is like many on the south side: once a thriving commercial corridor, it now consists largely of vacant lots and boarded storefronts. Sunshine Enterprises, a nonprofit with an office on that strip, seeks to help entrepreneurs launch small businesses, partly in the hope that some will eventually move in on 61st and make the strip vibrant again. A 12-week academy run by Sunshine trains entrepreneurs in business basics, such as developing a plan and managing cash flow. Then it connects graduates of the course with microlenders and offers ongoing one-on-one coaching. There’s a sliding-scale fee for the services. Several graduates of the academy’s first two sessions already have started home-based small businesses. Sunshine plans to open a cafe, Greenline Coffee, on 61st Street this summer to provide a meeting space for entrepreneurs, serve as a small-business model for them, and stimulate commercial activity in the area. —Steve Bogira J


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Best New Home for the Recently Homeless

Harvest Commons

1519 W. Warren, 312-660-1354 After a $22 million renovation, the old Viceroy Hotel on the near-west side reopened last year in stunning fashion. The architects behind the renovation, Landon Bone Baker, have restored the terra-cotta facade and the arched ceilings inside. The building originally opened in 1930 as the Union Park Hotel (because it faces Union Park), with 175 cramped rooms, most furnished with wall beds. It was renamed the Viceroy in 1963 and designated a landmark by the city in 2010. The six-story art-deco-style building, for decades a transient hotel and vacant since 2007, now houses 89 single, low-income residents in studio apartments under the banner of Harvest Commons, developed and managed by the nonprofit Heartland Alliance. Many of the residents were recently homeless; some have never before had a home of their own. Their studios feature full kitchens and baths and are furnished with a twin bed and a chair. One floor is reserved for ex-offenders who

Rogers Park Runner-Up:

Pilsen

Best Neighborhood for Schools

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Lincoln Park Runner-Up:

Lakeview

Best Suburb

Evanston Runner-Up:

Oak Park

Best Street

Milwaukee Avenue Runner-Up:

Clark Street

Best College Degree for the Money

University of IllinoisChicago uic.edu

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first participated in a transitional residential program run by Saint Leonard’s Ministries. Harvest Commons residents work in Gracie’s Cafe on the first floor and help out in the community garden nearby. —Steve Bogira

Best Organization to Put Its Pedal to the Mettle

Read/Write Library Readwritelibrary.org

In some ways, bookmobiles are even better than libraries. It’s true that the selection is limited, but the bookmobile brings the books directly to you. Or, in the case of BiblioTreka, the Read/Write Library’s bookmobile-on-a-

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bike, to cultural events around the city, so you can look at art or see a play or attend a reading and also rummage through the organization’s expansive and unconventional collection of Chicago-centric media. And then you’ll have something to read on the way home! But last August, something terrible happened: somebody stole BiblioTreka. So this past winter, with the bike still missing, the Read/Write Library (which has a physical home in Humboldt Park) launched an IndieGoGo campaign to raise $5,000 to cover the cost of replacing the original BiblioTreka (lent to them by Book Bike Project founder Gabriel Levinson) and purchasing a custom Haley Tricycle to serve as the new BiblioTreka. The campaign was successful, and BiblioTreka is back on the streets. —Aimee Levitt J

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Best Affordable Medical Care

IMAN Health Clinic

2744 W. 63rd, 773-434-4626, imancentral.org/ services/health-clinic

The south-side Chicago Lawn neighborhood is suffering from poverty and rampant foreclosures, but its residents at least have an accessible, affordable health-care option. For seven years now, the Inner-City Muslim Action Network has operated a clinic in a former bank. A medical director, a nurse practitioner, a lab tech, and a rotating roster of volunteer doctors, nurses, and medical students provide treatment for 85 patients a week—free for those eligible for charity care. Dr. Adiba Khan, the clinic’s business operations manager, says the Affordable Care Act has left “pockets of need”: services at hospitals and regular doctors’ officers are still more than many can afford, and undocumented immigrants aren’t covered by the ACA. (Many Chicago Lawn residents are from Mexico.) The clinic treats acute and chronic conditions, mental as well as physical. Khan says violence in the neighborhood is a particular health problem, not only because of the wounds it inflicts but also because it increases stress and makes residents less willing to exercise outside. The clinic is open 9 AM to 5 PM weekdays and 10 AM to 2 PM Sundays (Saturdays it’s closed). —Steve Bogira

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Best Intersection to Do the Pedestrian Scramble

Jackson Boulevard and State Street Before Gabe Klein resigned his position as commissioner of the Chicago Department of Transportation last November to reenter the private sector, he spent two and a half years overseeing a handful of projects that have nudged this city away from automobile centrism and toward a more progressive, inclusive transportation plan. The cycling

enthusiast and former Washington, D.C., transportation chief helped bring to Chicago the bike-share program Divvy (which led to some claims that his past consulting work for the company behind Chicago’s program, Alta Bicycle Share, corrupted the bidding process), about 50 miles of protected bike lanes, on-street bike parking “corrals,” pedestrian plazas and “people spots,” and the first phase of Bloomingdale Trail construction. Also under Klein’s watch, the city installed its first “pedestrian scramble” at Jackson and State in May of last year. Signals at the intersection stop all traffic to allow peds to do what’s called the Barnes Dance (named after traffic engineer Henry Barnes): cross in all directions, including diagonally. More than just a statement to drivers that they alone don’t own the roads, the unfettered march of foot traffic at intersections like these, CDOT believes, can reduce conflicts between walkers and turning automobiles, which contribute to about 3,000 annual vehicle crashes involving pedestrians. After this step in the right direction, it seems only a matter of time before pedestrian scrambles are installed at some of the city’s dicier five- or six-way crossings. —Jake Malooley

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Best Bloomingdale Trail Amuse-Bouche

Park 576

1805 N. Milwaukee To glimpse the Bloomingdale Trail today, it seems inconceivable that the former rail line was once scheduled to open as a recreation destination in the fall. (Last week the opening was pushed to the middle of next year.) The future elevated park currently looks like little more than dirt and rebar. Most of it, anyway. A small sample of the potential of the so-called 606 project can be found in Bucktown, where late last summer one of the trail’s five access parks opened. The 13,000-square-foot lot known as Park 576 isn’t much more than a pleasant little oasis—some grassy knolls, a concrete path lined with limestone boulders— but for neighbors it’s a welcome reminder that they’re not enduring construction noise and street closures for nothing. —Jake Malooley

Best Combination of Urban and Bucolic Scenery

Eggers Grove 11200 S. Avenue E

Best Escape From Navy Pier CHICAGO GEEK

Milton Lee Olive Park

500 N. Lake Shore Dr.

Chicago native Milton Lee Olive III died in Vietnam in 1965 when he threw himself on a hand grenade to protect four of his compatriots. He was 18 years old, and after being flown home and buried in Mississippi, he was posthumously awarded the Medal of Honor. The park that bears Olive’s name provides immense respite from my personal Chicago hell: Navy Pier. I’ve worked at the tourist trap every weekday for nearly five years, and

when disappointed visitors ask me, “Is there, like, something we’re missing?” I advise them to head north toward the James W. Jardine Water Filtration Plant—the largest of its kind in the world—and see what is arguably the best west-facing view of our skyline from a rolling field with butterflies fluttering around

five enormous defunct water fountains. Here the crowds are thin, the grass is green, and the hum of Lake Shore Drive traffic is barely audible, so you can close your eyes and find calm just a few hundred yards from the pier’s pervasive churro scent and all those screaming children. —Molly Adams

Located near the southeast edge of Chicago, Eggers Grove is a 25-minute drive from downtown—or a more taxing but rewarding 16-mile bike ride, almost entirely on dedicated cycling trails. The Burnham Greenway, a rails-to-trails conversion that would seem like a pastoral escape from urban life if not for the crackling power lines overhead, leads into the Eggers Grove Forest Preserve, formerly known as Nike missile site C-44. (In the picnic area of the park just south of the preserve, a Nike Ajax warhead is on display to commemorate the spot where the antiaircraft missile was kept ready to fire during the cold war.) The 241-acre preserve includes wetlands, savannas, and woodlands, and is a popular place for bird-watching; it’s one of the only local wetlands, according to the forest preserve, where Virginia rails nest. To the south of the preserve, jutting out into Wolf Lake atop a levee, is State Line Road, which serves as a dividing line between Illinois and Indiana. It dead-ends after a mile or so, but it’s still a nice place to bike—you can watch locals fish from the side of the road and listen to the soothing rumble of semis on the interstate a quarter mile away. —Julia Thiel v

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State rep Christian Mitchell takes a hit from gym owner Glenn Leonard. ANDREA BAUER

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Best Gym for Watching Politicians Spar

GLeonard Boxing Club 1140 W. Jackson, 312-543-6246

Joakim Noah, Chicago Bulls Runner-Up:

Jonathan Toews, Chicago Blackhawks

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In the basement of the Mercy Home for Boys and Girls, at the GLeonard Boxing Club, you’re liable to run into such pols as state rep Christian Mitchell, Alderman Will Burns, Chicago Teachers Union field rep Joseph McDermott, and Alderman Walter Burnett. But the main attraction is Glenn Leonard, who runs the gym. The 56-year-old son of Vic, who operated the boxing program at Scottsdale Park (4687 W. 83rd) on the southwest side, Leonard puts his students through the paces with firmness and a sense of humor. “I teach them the art of misdirection—hit and not get hit. I like to think I teach the

fundamentals.” Each year he trains various brokers and traders from the Chicago Mercantile Exchange and the Board of Trade who face off in fund-raising matches to raise money for the Mercy Home. “We’ve had some pretty good boxers who were politicians in this town,” he says. “Rod Blagojevich fought Golden Gloves. Former alderman Brian Doherty was a decent fighter. And the late Johnny Lira, he was Chicago’s ambassador to boxing, and he was always involved in politics. I tell everyone—there is no color in boxing. No gender. And no political affiliations. I welcome everyone to the gym.” —Ben Joravsky J

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Best Blackhawks Bar

West End

1326 W. Madison 312-981-7100 westendwestloop.com Runner-Up:

Hawkeye’s Bar & Grill

Best Bears Bar

SmallBar Division

2049 W. Division 773-772-2727 smallbardivision.com Runner-Up:

The Corner Bar

Best Bulls Bar Tie:

Billy Goat Tavern MIKE KILLION

430 N. Michigan 312-222-1525 billygoattavern.com

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West End

1326 W. Madison 312-981-7100 westendwestloop.com Runner-Up:

Timothy O’Toole’s Pub

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Best Secret Driving Range

Best Peninsula for a Run

Best Cubs Bar

Best Surf

Marquette Park

Calumet Park

Sluggers World Class Sports Bar

57th Street Beach

57th and Lake Shore Dr., 312-742-5121, cpdbeaches.com

3540 N. Clark 773-248-0055 sluggersbar.com wrigleyville

Runner-Up:

Murphy’s Bleachers

Best Sox Bar

Bob Inn

2609 W. Fullerton 773-342-2309 Runner-Up:

Bernice’s Tavern

Best Chicago Fire Bar

1934 W. Irving Park 773-871-3757 theglobepub.net Runners-Up (tie):

Cleos Bar and Lottie’s Pub

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Chicago surfers just have to make do with what’s nearby—which means Lake Michigan is their best option for carving waves. Unlike ocean surfing, where waves are built by weather that might be brewing far off the coast, lake surfing occurs in the fetch, with the very wind that creates the waves still overhead. Local surfer/photographer Mike Killion, like other nine-to-fivers, is part of the community’s dawn patrol, often heading to the beach before the sun peeks over the horizon. And if the wind is strong enough to whip around Promontory Point and get into the bay at 57th Street Beach in Hyde Park, that’s the spot. Killion points out that we’re lucky to even have surfing options in Chicago; it’s only been five years since the city lifted its decades-long ban on flotation devices, thanks a great deal to the effort put forth by the local chapter of the Surfrider Foundation, of which Killion is a member. —Kevin Warwick

6700 S. Kedzie, 312-747-2761, cpdgolf.com The Chicago Park District also has driving ranges at Jackson Park and near the lake at Diversey, but Marquette Park is the only one with natural-grass tees. The range is tucked away on an island encircled by a lagoon, just east of Kedzie. Its concealed location means you won’t have to wait for a tee. There are 30 in all, and general manager Adam Piratzky says they never fill up, in part because “no one knows about us.” There’s also a green to pitch to, a chipping green with a bunker, and a full-size putting green. A bucket of about a hundred balls is $9, and every bucket after that is $5. For those who want to play as well as practice, a round on Marquette’s nine-hole course is $17 on weekdays and $19 on weekends ($5 less with the Park District’s player’s advantage card). —Steve Bogira

9801 S. Ave. G, 312-747-6039, chicagoparkdistrict.com OK, it’s not technically a peninsula, but it sure feels like it. The 199-acre park is tucked just south of where the Calumet River flows into Lake Michigan, behind a proud old residential part of the East Side neighborhood. Trails weave through its fields and woods, around playgrounds and tennis courts, and on a midafternoon jaunt the city seems far away—even though you can see the downtown skyline from spots along the lake, and the Horseshoe Casino and steel mills along the shore to the southeast. In fact, an ambitious and nutty swimmer could paddle to Indiana, since the state line is right offshore. But the options for traveling by foot or cycle are better: trails connect the park with Wolf Lake Recreational Area to the south as well as to bike lanes that lead all the way up the lakefront. Of course, others prefer to take things at a different pace, like the couple I saw recently passing a cigar next to the water, or the guy nearby who was sitting with—and talking to—his dog. —Mick Dumke


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Best Vinyasa Flow Instructor With a Voice That Could Keep You in Shavasana Forever

Pat Foley, Comcast Sports Net Runner-Up:

Stacey King, Comcast Sports Net

Dana Fares

Best Place to Watch College Sports

Columbia College Chicago fitness studio, 731 S. Plymouth, 312-369-6920 (classes September-December and February-May); Core Power Yoga, 4428 N. Broadway, 773-271-9642, corepoweryoga.com

State Restaurant & Cafe

935 W. Webster 773-975-8030 state-chicago.com Runner-Up:

Last summer I thought sinking my toes into the soft sand during down dog as the wind off Lake Michigan played with my hair was equivalent to nirvana. But my worries never have been melted away as sublimely as they were by the voice of Dana Fares. Her instruction is silky, melodic, and delicately persuasive. Fares gently reminds us to make vinyasa flow a dance, to forgive failures, and to shine our hearts to the sky. And though she’s an actress by trade, I never feel like her passion lacks sincerity, or that she’s putting on a performance. After I regain consciousness from a deep shavasana, Fares simply giggles and thanks us for “playing yoga.” —Lisa Schulz

Kirkwood Bar & Grill

Best Neighborhood Park

Humboldt Park

1440 N. Humboldt 312-742-7549 Runner-Up:

Welles Park

Best Dog Park

Montrose Dog Beach 610 W. Lawrence mondog.org Runner-Up:

Wiggly Field

Best Alternative to the Lakefront Path ANDREA BAUER

Best Stretch of Protected Bike Lane

Elston Between North and Chestnut Milwaukee Avenue is for suckers. Sure, I bike on it almost daily, but on the rare occasions when I take Elston I’m struck by how much nicer it is, free from the crush of car and bike traffic that you find on Milwaukee when the weather is nice. Milwaukee’s protected bike lanes (between Chicago and Kinzie) have been torn up for most of the last year, whereas the stretch of Elston is recently repaved and, frankly, a joy to bike on. You can build speed to coast around the gentle curves without worrying that you’ll have to brake for potholes, and there are stoplights only at major intersections—way fewer than on Milwaukee. Plus, there’s the scenery—heavily industrial, but if you’re looking for the Morton

Salt warehouse or the Peoples Gas headquarters, you’re on the right track. —Julia Thiel

Best Bingo Night

Copernicus Center Thursday Night Bingo

5216 W. Lawrence, 773-777-8898, copernicuscenter.org/weekly-thursday-bingo If the Boiler Room’s PBR Bingo is your idea of a hard-core game, then you’ve got a lot to learn, rookie. Copernicus Center Thursday Night Bingo isn’t some amateur-hour, rinky-

dink distraction for you and your pals at your local watering hole—this is serious bingo for serious people. After consulting a friend whose job it is to call bingo numbers in the burbs, I was told that this is a “real game.” And having played one night, I can assure you it’s no joke. Twenty bucks buys you a marker, 24 bingo cards, and 24 raffle cards (which are reused depending on the game). But you’d be beyond lucky to walk out with any scratch if you’re only spending $20, since some people drop as much as $75 on computer cards that increase your odds of winning. Why spend the money? Two of the games have $1,200 prizes, and with 15 games total, it’s easy to J

North Shore Channel Trail

1400 N. Sacramento chicagoparkdistrict.com Runners-Up (tie):

North Branch Trail and Humboldt Park

Best Organized Bike Ride

Critical Mass

chicagocriticalmass.org Runner-Up:

Bike the Drive

Best Public Golf Course

Sydney R. Marovitz Golf Course 3600 N. Lake Shore Dr. 312-742-7930 cpdgolf.com Runner-Up:

Jackson Park

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continued from 27 convince yourself that you can walk out with a sizable pot. Doors open at 5 PM and the game starts at 7 PM. But I advise getting there early—I arrived at around 7:10 PM and there were already around 200 people deep into the game. I didn’t stand a chance. —Tal Rosenberg

basking in the cozy yellow glow of the lamps mounted to the sandy tabletop. Plus there’s a ton of brewed-onsite beer—the hops-heavy Anti-Hero or pink and summery Rosa to name a few—which is really just an added bonus, because it’s hard to beat the intoxicating combo of spirited competition and American pride. —Luca Cimarusti

Best Norm Van Lier-like Effort

Taj Gibson

Best Rec Center With a Roller Rink and a Bowling Alley

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popular in the summer and skating in the winter, but both continue to attract people of all ages to the center, general manager Tuneasha Taylor says. There’s also an arcade, and the facility can be rented for private parties. —Steve Bogira

Best Shuffleboard Venue With a Display of Patriotism

Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Park & Family Entertainment Center

3340 N. Kedzie, 773-588-2267, revbrew.com

In fact, it’s the only place in Chicago with a roller rink and a bowling alley under one roof. The facility in Auburn Gresham, owned by the Chicago Park District and privately managed, opened 11 years ago. The south side had a handful of bowling alleys back then, but most have since closed. The King Center has a dozen lanes, and a game is usually only $2, with plenty of open times. Skating is $5 to $7 on weekends and $5 for adult night Tuesday, when Chicago firefighter Joe Bowen DJs. From 4 to 6:30 PM Friday, skating and bowling are each only 50 cents. Bowling is more

Shuffleboard may have been a favorite pastime of King Henry VIII’s, but you’ll never feel more American than when you play at the Revolution Brewing Tap Room in Avondale while standing in the shadow of a monstrous star-spangled banner. The 15-feettall-by-25-feet-wide flag lords over the bar nestled inside the brewery’s complex, with the shuffleboard table situated between the two, gamely playing its role as one of the best activities to eat up hours of an afternoon. A simple deposit of an ID gets you free games, and there’s nothing quite as satisfying as thwacking your opponents’ steel pucks while

1219 W. 76th, 312-747-2602, mlkskating.com

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Pressure Billiards & Cafe

6318 N. Clark 773-743-7665 pressurebilliards.com Runner-Up:

Chris’s Billiards

Best Bowling Alley

Lincoln Square Lanes

4874 N. Lincoln 773-561-8191 Runner-Up:

Fireside Bowl

Best Canoe/Kayak Rentals

Kayak Chicago Multiple locations 630-336-7245 kayakchicago.com Runner-Up:

Urban Kayak

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Norm Van Lier is the second-greatest Bulls guard of all time, a player who gave maximum energy on both ends of the court. And while there are plenty of like-minded players from this year’s team—Joakim Noah, Jimmy Butler, Kirk Hinrich—I’m singling out Taj Gibson for his stifling defense, thunderous dunks, surprisingly good midrange jumper, and all-out hustle. (Not too bad for the 26th pick in the 2009 draft.) After Derrick Rose went down with another knee injury, fans and sportswriters expected the team to fall apart. But in part thanks to Gibson, they stuck together long enough to make the playoffs, where, sigh, the Wizards knocked them out in five. I’m starting to hate the Wizards almost as much as the Heat at this point. Still, let’s face it: we need more than heart to win a championship. Perhaps next year’s candidates for this august honor will include a healthy Mr. Rose and a scorer like, oh, Carmelo Anthony. —Ben Joravsky

The Loyola University Ramblers In May the Ramblers topped Stanford 3 to 1 in their home gym to capture their first NCAA title—just the fifth won by a school outside of California. “It was kind of a storybook ending,” says coach Shane Davis. He seems to have a good thing going. Men’s volleyball has only been a varsity sport at Loyola for 16 years, and as he notes, “I’ve either played with or coached every player to come through the program.” Davis, a native of Iowa, was a four-year starter at Loyola from 2000 to 2003, finishing as a second-team All-American and establishing the school record for career assists. Three months after graduating, at age 23, he basically volunteered to fill the head coaching vacancy to help stabilize the program. “The athletic director said, ‘OK, here’s the keys to your office.’ I said to myself, ‘Now what do I do?’” A year later, the team won its conference, the Midwestern Intercollegiate Volleyball Association, and Davis was named its coach of the year. Some ups and downs followed, but he says he eventually learned to recruit, partly by assuring parents that he wasn’t too young to take care of their sons. He also touts the school’s academics and lakefront location, as well as a loyal fan base that packs the gym. “We are like the BCS football team at Loyola,” Davis says. In 2013 the team made it to the final four before losing to eventual titlist Cal-Irvine. That was the springboard for the big 2014 season, when the Ramblers finished with a 27-match winning streak. And most of their stars will be back in 2015. As Davis puts it in his understated


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Akira

various locations shopakira.com Runner-Up:

Penelope’s

Chicago’s got plenty of great boutiques to pick up streetwear—Leaders 1354, Jugrnaut, RSVP Gallery, Saint Alfred, Fat Tiger Workshop—but the best place to get T-shirts from Lil Durk’s Only the Family collective-slash-label is at Exclusive773. OK, this south-side shop is the only place in town that sells OTF’s wares, which hints at just how deeply embedded this place is in the local hip-hop scene. RondoNumbaNine and Lupe Fiasco shot the video for Rondo’s “Life of a Savage (Remix)” at Exclusive, and plenty of local hip-hop royalty eventually sidle through the store—take a peek at its website to peep photos of looming figures Twista and King Louie posing in the shop, and, of course, the best rapper taking drill into pop (see B13), Lil Durk. If T-shirts branded with French Montana’s Coke Boys aren’t your bag, you can still drop by to grab a Bulls bucket hat. —Leor Galil

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Best Vintage for Guys 1425 W. 18th, 312-850-2510, kneedeepvintage.com

of reworked vintage items, but her latest high-end collection—inspired by legendary Vogue editor Diana Vreeland—also includes new items. Her aesthetic is “complex simplicity,” clothes that seem minimal but have an elaborate construction. Prices range from $150 to $2,500, but if you’re in need of a more affordable vintage fix, Wieser sells a well-curated selection of second-hand clothes, accessories, and jewelry at Heaven Gallery in Wicker Park, a nonprofit art space she runs with her husband, Dave Dobie. Don’t be put off by the poorly crafted sign on the door: up those stairs you’ll find the perfect pieces for that swanky event you have to attend. —Isa Giallorenzo

Best Boutique for Women

857 W. 87th, 773-488-4040, exclusive773.com

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READERS’ POLL Haberdash

various locations haberdashmen.com Runner-Up:

Akira

Best Local Clothing Designer

Squasht by Les 2556 W. Chicago 773-292-4123 squashtbyles.com Runner-Up:

Anna Hovet

Best Local Fashion Blogger

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Best Vintage Store

Knee Deep Vintage 1425 W. 18th 312-850-2510 kneedeepvintage.com Runner-Up:

Kokorokoko

I can’t speak to the women’s selections, but for my money Knee Deep Vintage in Pilsen has the best men’s vintage clothes anywhere in Chicago. I was hipped to the shop by my brother, who has a really sharp suit he bought there for a paltry $50. That was four years ago, and since then I’ve procured virtually every button-up shirt in my closet, a few polos, a couple of sport coats, and a vintage corduroy bomber jacket that one online outfit is selling for $150 (I bought it for $30). Owner Carlos Lourenco has impeccable taste, and he offers his finds for absurdly low prices. I was hesitant to write this place up, since I’m so reliant on it for my wardrobe. But the J

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Brown Elephant

5404 N. Clark and other locations 773-271-9382 howardbrown.org/hb_brownelephant.asp Runner-Up:

Unique

Best Shoe Store

Alamo Shoes 5321 N. Clark 773-784-8936 alamoshoes.com Runner-Up:

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of thousands upon thousands of boots—ranging from alligator to snakeskin to motorcycle. Levi’s and Wranglers are meticulously folded and packed in rows of cubbies as far as the eye can see, available in every size and style imaginable. The 5,000 cowboy hats, stacked floor to ceiling, pretty much command the store’s entire west wing. And there are plenty of weird directions to go with the glass case full of belt buckles (a Derringer pistol or a maniacal Bozo?). Founded by the late Luis A. Alcala, who passed away earlier this year at the age of 92, the store can also pride itself on its customer service: during my recent visit I overheard a very patient employee on the phone carefully detailing the not-so-complicated route to the store. —Kevin Warwick

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Best Suburban Thrift Shop in a New Location

Alcala’s

Hadassah Resale Shop

1733 W. Chicago, 312-226-0152, alcalas.com When you walk beneath the reared-up fiberglass horse that’s attached to Alcala’s glitzy sign, it takes no more than a couple seconds for the smell of leather to slap you across the face. The feeble glass doors fronting the 42-year-old western-wear palace just don’t stand a chance against the cumulative scent

405 Lake Cook Rd., Deerfield, hadassahresaleshop.com

For most of the 36 years that the Hadassah House thrift shop occupied a two-story building just west of the Highland Park Metra station, it was a bargain- and treasure-hunter’s bonanza—chock-a-block with carefully used furniture and high-end clothing (along with

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housewares, jewelry, what-have-you) from homes in the North Shore suburbs, all at pennies-on-the-dollar prices that were almost always negotiable. But earlier this year Hadassah House moved to new quarters in a Deerfield strip mall, where it now sits between a California Tan and Deerfield Dialysis. Without the familiar crowded rooms and narrow, twisting staircase (lined with artworks), it looks distressingly more like any other retail outlet, but the staff says donations are as strong as ever, and treasures still abound. On the day I stopped by, a party-ready Betsey Johnson frock with a strapless black-velvet bodice and filmy embroidered skirt was on sale for $37.50 in the locked designer room (just ask, they’ll let you in), while a knockout sequined cotton print by Morton Myles from the heady, big-shouldered 1980s was out on the racks for $8. Don’t look for that one; it came home with me along with the blue-and-white Chinese pot ($2) now sprouting ivy on my patio. —Deanna Isaacs

for Nemani during their backpacking days in Argentina. When Nemani’s shoes kept turning heads, he decided to start a business with Firestein that would allow other artists to get their designs out on the street. Over 3,000 artists from more than 50 countries have contributed sneaker designs, which can be submitted through the company’s website. The artists are paid up front and then make a commission on every pair of shoes sold. Bucketfeet started with an online shop in 2011, but now has a brick-and-mortar store in the Loop and a second location in New York’s SoHo; stores including Nordstrom and City Soles also carry its shoes. Firestein and Nemani intend to keep their headquarters here in Chicago, since many of the team’s core members have roots in the local start-up community. Their Chi-Town love is apparent: the recent Chicago collection featured designs by eight local artists. —Isa Giallorenzo

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Sexy Girls of the Hollywood

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you can sit and sample different flavored juices—they’ll even loan you an e-cig—and inhale the pleasantly sweet vapors without hacking up a lung. I hung out for a while and talked to some experienced vapers about how they liked it, and the consensus was that it’s a great way to kick cigarettes (granted, for another type of cigarette). I was just about to thank everyone and leave when Alan, the director of operations, looked me dead in the eye and said, “I just really want to see you quit smoking.” Alan, you’re good. I’m now the proud owner of a red e-cig and a bottle of tobacco-flavored juice to go with it. The kind with nicotine. —Gwynedd Stuart

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3221 N. Sheffield, 773-975-3400, vape312.com When I entered Vape312 I had half a pack of cigarettes on my person and zero intention of buying anything. If you’re not familiar with “vaping,” it’s the act of puffing away on a long electronic cigarette that’s actually a lot like smoking a hookah. Vape312 is cornering the market on the trend early by stocking the smoking devices and a way bigger and higher-quality selection of vapor “juices,” with and without nicotine, than you’d find at a regular old head shop. (Frankly, I can’t imagine bothering buying an e-cigarette or juices unless you were getting some nicotine out of the deal, but you’re talking to an addict here.) The chalk menu has dozens of flavors, from tobacco blends to candy-sweet ones like Tropical Toucan and something called Belmont Brew, but Vape312 is as much a hangout as it is a store. There’s a bar where

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Oriental Fine Tailor

Greenheart Shop

2956 S. Wallace, 773-742-8782

1714 N. Wells 312-264-1625 greenheartshop.org Runner-Up:

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Fleur

3149 W. Logan 773-395-2770 fleurchicago.com Runner-Up:

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Far be it from me to tell Diane von Furstenberg how to design a dress, but the purple silk number I got for like six bucks at a thrift store a few months ago just didn’t work for me. It was open in the front and drapey enough that it covered everything, but a gust of wind was a guaranteed ticket to titty town; inadvertently exposing my breasts in public is a thing I try to avoid. Even though the dress only cost me a few bucks, it’s von Furstenberg and it’s silk, so I wanted to take it to someone who wouldn’t botch it. And even though I live over in Avondale, I’d heard from a fashionable friend that Oriental Fine Tailor was worth the trip to Bridgeport. She was right. Open for around a decade, it appears to be a mother-son operation (she does the altering, he does the translating), and the two make an efficient team. It took her less than a minute to find a perfect spot to place a snap. She also recommended sewing the front of the dress closed below the new hidden snap, which turned out great. The price on my invoice? Four bucks. I figure $10 total is a pretty awesome deal for a designer dress. And a small price to pay to keep my dignity intact. —Gwynedd Stuart J


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Last June local artist Tiffany Pruitt scored herself a Brother Entrepreneur 6 (the mother of all embroidery machines) and with the help of fellow artist Mike Simi started Approaching Happiness, “R-rated custom embroidery for the masses.” For now they primarily operate through Instagram, where they first caught my eye with a nearly perfect T-shirt featuring an embroidered John Goodman and Roseanne Barr. Since then one of their most popular designs (and the company’s sort of unofficial motto)—fuck you, i’m perf—has made its way onto patches, T-shirts, pillows, and most everything else that can be slid through Pruitt’s embroiderer. Other designs include a pillow that says smother yourself, T-shirts reading drink about me, and a Googleinspired Slayer logo, all priced between $20 and $35. Pruitt also takes requests; she’s recently started doing custom patch, sweatshirt, and beer-tap designs for Little Goat Diner and Pipeworks Brewing Company. I personally lay my head to rest on a floral pillow that reads fancy as fuck, which perfectly captures Pruitt’s unique blend of femininity and foul language. —Brianna Wellen J

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6971 N. Sheridan, 773-274-4022

After-Words New and Used Books

23 E. Illinois, 312-464-1110, after-wordschicago.com

We have a tendency to romanticize cramped, chaotic used bookstores (for an example, see last year’s critics’ pick). Organization and cleanliness just seem so—corporate. But maybe that’s what’s helped After-Words thrive in ultracorporate River North. And, honestly, space to breathe and browse inside a bookstore is totally underrated. At 8,000 square feet, the Illinois Street store isn’t as gargantuan as a Barnes & Noble, thank god, but it’s well lit, spacious, and downright airy compared to many of its contemporaries. And I wouldn’t be surprised to find out the place was run by librarians. Even the basement— where used books received more than a year ago are sold at a discount—is well organized. A fun thing for frequent shoppers: there are shelves to the left of the counter where staff stock the books people recently traded in. The impressive selection of works by Chica-

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Humboldt House

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1045 N. California, 405-255-4059, humboldthouseco.com

4501 N. Ravenswood 773-942-6445 urbanpooch.com Runner-Up:

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Blum Animal Hospital

3219 N. Clark 773-327-4446 blumvet.com Runner-Up:

Metropolitan Veterinary Center

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Deluxe Tattoo 1459 W. Irving Park 773-549-1594 deluxetattoo.com Runner-Up:

Insight Studios

Best Tattoo Artist

Ben Wah at Deluxe Tattoo

1459 W. Irving Park 773-549-1594 deluxetattoo.com Runner-Up:

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California Avenue between North and Chicago Avenues is blossoming into a mustvisit corridor of modest, tasteful shops and restaurants that has the potential to reach a saturation point when Brendan Sodikoff does whatever he plans on doing to the California Clipper. Hopefully it won’t drive up the price point at any of the highly affordable furniture shops that’ve popped up—especially not at Humboldt House, my personal favorite. Proprietor Claire Tibbs has excellent taste in midcentury-modern furniture, specifically sofa chairs, tables, and lamps. She also stocks rugs with richly woven patterns, prints with ghostly and sensual silhouettes, mystical jewelry, quirky wall hangings, and smartly curated knickknacks and gewgaws. All of this usually would make for a place where I’d walk around and sigh heavily at what I can’t afford, yet Humboldt House’s items are priced surprisingly well; it’s not the Salvation Army, but it’s far from Brimfield or Circa Modern. That’s the rub: it’s not the cheapest place to buy furniture, but it’s reasonable enough to make me unable to stop buying stuff for my apartment. —Tal Rosenberg

The bummer thing about most bondage gear—harnesses, leashes, and the like—is that it’s always black. Boring. I mean, sex play’s supposed to be fun, so why shouldn’t it look fun? Local queer designer Natalie Brilmyer—aka Gnat—makes vinyl cuffs, strapon harnesses, and bras that are as colorful and sparkly as a carnival ride, and even more fun than that if you’re going to be, well, riding someone. Her website says: “Sexuality and kinkiness fuse with vibrant candy and toy plastic playthings to become the multidimensional bags, hats, and harnesses for those hyper individual, diverse, beautiful queer bodies!” The recent SAIC graduate also dabbles in laser cutting, printmaking, and painting, and her not-sexy-time clothing designs are totally fun and out-there. I heard about her stuff when a friend plugged her on

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I first entered this store because of its large selection of hats. Little did I know I was entering a treasure trove. I mean, even the owner is a treasure. Alphonsus Ntamere is a biochemist who emigrated from Nigeria in 1970 and ended up quitting his job to open Unan 24 years ago; his jokes, wide grin, and words of wisdom are part of what makes this place special. But he has much more to offer than smiles and hats, which are some of the sharpest I’ve ever seen, by the way. I got my husband four of them for about $20 to $25 each. Unan Imports also carries a wide array of African imports, including home decor, musical instruments, games, beauty products, jewelry, bags, and textiles. I was stunned by the low prices—masks start at $10 (although they go all the way up to $750), and gorgeous handmade textiles cost around $50. If you need to shop for an exotic gift or decorate your place—or yourself—this place is definitely a must. —Isa Giallorenzo


Twitter, and I was drawn in by the brightness and body positivity. Even if bondage gear isn’t my thing, it’s awesome that it’s other people’s thing. —Gwynedd Stuart

Best Florist for Pleasing a Wife Who Went to the School of the Art Institute

Ixia Flowers

Best Jewelry Designer Who’s Making Housewares

Leah Ball leah-ball.com

I must start with a disclosure: Leah Ball is a neighbor and a friend. But it took me a while to realize what a powerhouse she is, because she’s about as modest as she is talented. And she’s megatalented. Her work has been featured in trend-setting magazines like Nylon and Creem, her jewelry has been sported by artists such as Alyson Fox and Bat for Lashes’ Natasha Khan, and her line has been carried by major retailers including Free People and Urban Outfitters. She also sells at

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boutiques like Penelope’s and Eskell locally, as well as ones in New York and her native Austin. And she started her business only a couple of years ago. A graphic designer by trade, Ball discovered she’s most creative if the medium requires her hands to get dirty. Last fall she launched her first housewares collection, called Strata in reference to the layered marbled porcelain pieces she makes. Her designs are organic and geometric, delicate but not prissy, detailed but not fussy. Jewelry prices range from $40 to $240, and housewares from $35 to $500. I’m a big fan of her hanging planters, which are guaranteed to bring contemporary charm to any space. —Isa Giallorenzo

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Dental Salon 939 W. North 312-642-3370 dentalsalon.com Runner-Up:

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Strange Beauty Show

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Youths, take heed! Learn from my hard-won experience! Marrying an SAIC-educated artist will commit you to a life of restless grasping after gifts that have to meet advanced aesthetic criteria. Luckily, I’ve got (a) a wife who likes few things better than a well-designed bouquet and (b) a florist who designs bouquets exceptionally well. When I first started going to Barbara Bellamy at Ixia Flowers, I tried to coach her through my orders, telling her what I knew of my wife’s preferences. Hah! That’s over. These days I just tell her “I trust you.” A former dancer who opened Ixia in 1990, Bellamy knows what to do. I asked my wife to explain the appeal, and she wrote a testimonial: “Each bunch is unique. Usually includes my favorites, fragrant lilies augmented by bits of curly bark and feathery greens, always a few roses, and surprises like a cluster of berries or, in my last bouquet, a spectacular and precious tree peony. They last for weeks. As some flowers die out, others come to prominence, just like in a garden. Color and shape, fragrance and texture, always artful, always welcome.” Youths, take heed. —Tony Adler

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I don’t think anyone could successfully argue that hairstyling isn’t an art, especially after seeing “Sportin’ Waves,” an exhibit of Ghanaian barbershop signs that Strange Beauty Show hosted earlier this year. Besides being artfully done in their sort of folksy, outsider-art way, the works featured amazing late-80s/ early-90s haircuts, like sweet fades with lines shaved in them and braids doing J

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continued from 41 things that don’t look possible. The stylists at Strange Beauty Show can be similarly adventurous, especially with color. They can tone it down, too—I totally ripped off a classic angled bob my friend got at the salon last year (alas, it looked way better on her). “Sportin’ Waves” ended in April, but there’s always something on the walls to look at while you’re waiting for your bleach to process or whatever. Last time I stopped in, the salon had an exhibit of really neat paper sculptures of the stretch of Ashland Avenue it sits on (Strange Beauty’s good at finding self-reflexive art). —Gwynedd Stuart

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Fido to Go

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My dog, Abby, lives an orderly life that hews to a regular routine. She gets up at the same time, takes the same walk most days, eats the same kibbles for breakfast and dinner. I don’t think she minds it, but I’ve also observed that, like anybody, she enjoys variations. Why else would she squeal like a teenybopper the second she realizes we’re on our way to Montrose Dog Beach? Fido to Go, Chicago’s first

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food truck for dogs, is the best sort of variation, a mix of serendipity and a reminder to live in the moment (like a dog). If it’s here on Tuesday, odds are it’ll be gone on Wednesday, so carpe diem. Plus, what dog will argue with a treat? Owner Donna Santucci developed the recipes for gluten- and allergen-free cookies and frozen yogurt herself; they come in a dozen different flavors, and Santucci is generous about supplying free samples so each dog can decide which she likes best. Abby, we think, is more of a peanut buttermaple bacon than a bacon cheeseburger kind of girl, but we’ll be keeping our eyes out for the big yellow Fido to Go truck—oh, hell, we’re stalking it on Twitter—and she’ll keep tasting, just to be sure. —Aimee Levitt

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patiently explore your housing options in any of them. Traipsing across the city with Beals is like embarking on a live-action history lesson, and examining a home with him is a learning experience even if you think you already know your fair share about vintage fixer-uppers. It helps that he’s a native Chicagoan and a former contractor, and has served as a historic-preservation commissioner. But Beals’s real gift is his combination of downto-earth work ethic, sweet-natured calm, and tolerance for a client with Veuve Clicquot tastes on a PBR budget. The only downside to working with Beals is that, once you end up with something you adore, you no longer have an excuse to tour the city with him. —Mara Shalhoup

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1459 W. Irving Park, 773-549-1594, deluxetattoo.com I am, for the most part, a huge wimp. I try to avoid pain, heights, fast-moving vehicles, and generally uncomfortable situations at any cost. So when I decided to go against all my natural instincts and get a tattoo, I knew it would have to be somewhere that felt more like a spa than the dimly lighted places in gritty crime dramas. (Everything is the same in real life as on TV, right?) Deluxe Tattoo, which sits on a quiet edge of Lakeview, was well lit, calming, and extremely clean. The soundtrack was welcoming, akin to what you’d hear at a coffee shop, and the staff was friendly. Sure, the first sight of the needle still had me crawling out of my skin, but my tattoo artist, Troy Taylor, offered some helpful suggestions about my tattoo’s placement and made a few friendly jokes to put me at ease. In no time I was getting inked without a care in the world. By the time Troy was done with the tattoo—a small ampersand on my wrist—I already had my next 50 designs planned out (sorry, Mom). It might be a little more expensive than other options around the city, but when you’re dealing with the quality of something that you have to look at forever, I’d say it’s well worth the cost. —Brianna Wellen v

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BEST FOOD & DRINK of

Best Side Dish

Two-Jacket Potato at Next

953 W. Fulton Market, 312-226-0858, nextrestaurant.com

CHRISTIAN SEEL

By now, everyone knows the drill at Next. Chefs Dave Beran and Grant Achatz completely retool the restaurant’s menu every four months, taking inspiration from a particular cuisine (vegan, kaiseki), region (Sicily, Thailand), or theme (childhood, foraged). In January, Next introduced Chicago Steakhouse, offering such old-school staples as lobster Thermidor, shrimp cocktail, and, of course, a 30-day aged sirloin. There weren’t really any surprises, save for something called TwoJacket Potato: a hollowed-out potato whose skin had the taste and texture of a perfect potato chip, filled with bonemarrow puree, hash browns, and home fries. Beran and company didn’t play it up—it came as a side dish accompanying the main course—but it was easily the most inventive item on Next’s most conventional menu, as unforgettable as it was decadent. —Drew Hunt J

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READERS’ POLL Best Fancy Restaurant

Alinea

1723 N. Halsted 312-867-0110 alinearestaurant.com Runner-Up:

Girl & the Goat

Best Run by a Chef Prior to a Gracious Departure

Jason Vincent, Nightwood @jasonvincent00

Best Bang for Your Buck

Big Star

1531 N. Damen 773-235-4039 bigstarchicago.com

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Best Dish That Should Have Been on Next’s Steak Menu

Cicchetti’s steak tartare 671 N. Saint Clair, 312-642-1800, cicchettirestaurant.com

When Next last did big meat with its 2013 menu the Hunt, the result was an edible survey of dining best described as red in tooth and claw, from a Michigan hunter’s game jerky to a lushly barbaric squab course on French china. So it was a bit of a letdown by comparison that three menus later, Chicago Steakhouse was pretty straightforwardly what it said it was—some old steak-house-style appetizers and sides and just one red meat course. There

were more opportunities in the variety and heritage of red meat (rib eye to filet mignon! tartare to yakitori! L’Escoffier to chuck wagon!) than the restaurant seemed to want to explore. For instance, they could have taken fine flank steak from Painted Hills, seasoned it, and then meat-glued it into a roll and aged it for a few weeks. Then they could have sliced it into carpaccio, doused it with blobs of a raisin-caper aioli that’s like a more puckerworthy version of hollandaise, and dotted it with crispy dehydrated cauliflower. Instead, this example of half-traditional, half-modernist Frankencharcuterie was the creation of Mike Sheerin and his crew at Cicchetti, the nominally Italian spot that sneaks Sheerin’s WD-50 heritage in through the back door. Italian fact or science fiction, it’s good; make it your next steak. —Michael Gebert

Sultan’s Market

Best Chef

Stephanie Izard of Girl & the Goat, Little Goat

809 W. Randolph 312-492-6262 girlandthegoat.com Runner-Up:

Grant Achatz of Alinea, Next, Aviary

Best Up-and-Coming Chef

Jake Bickelhaupt of 42 Grams

4662 N. Broadway 42gramschicago.com Runner-Up:

Jeremy Leven of Tuesday Night Dinner

Best Food Blog

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Chicago Food Authority

Best Restaurant Name

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When I first saw chef Jason Vincent he was jiggling his daughter’s child seat and talking about duck tongues. It was 2011, and he was featured in our chefs’ challenge, Key Ingredient, the video for which showed him minding his baby while creating a sandwich that showcased the avian body part in question. As he worked he called on the kind of ingredients that had already made his Pilsen restaurant, Nightwood, acclaimed: fermented foie gras, deep-fried Meyer lemons, an egg poached in duck fat. But even more than technique, Nightwood’s food was about its local, seasonal sourcing; those duck tongues came from Gunthorp Farms. Nightwood opened in 2009, a spinoff of Logan Square’s Lula Cafe, where Vincent had been sous chef under chef-owner Jason Hammel. Both the restaurant and Vincent went on to be nationally recognized—Nightwood has been on Michelin’s Bib Gourmand list since 2011, and Vincent was named one of Food & Wine’s Best New Chefs of 2013. This year he was in the running for a Beard Award as Best Chef, Great Lakes. And then he resigned, announcing in April that with a second daughter on the way, he was “stepping aside” as chef at Nightwood in favor of “changing a lot of diapers and watching the indians win the world series.” The latter may be a long shot, but when I spoke to him last month he was preparing for the new arrival. He’s keeping his hand in professionally, doing a few events including the dinner series Outstanding in the Field in August, but this June and July, he says, are his “sacred months” he’ll be devoting to his wife and girls. —Kate Schmidt J

Girl & the Goat

809 W. Randolph 312-492-6262 girlandthegoat.com Runner-Up:

Sabri Nihari

Best New Food Trend

Fried Chicken Runner-Up:

Doughnuts

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Best Cocktail List

The Violet Hour

1520 N. Damen 773-252-1500 theviolethour.com Runner-Up:

Scofflaw

Best Cocktail

Mojito at Carnivale 702 W. Fulton 312-850-5005 carnivalechicago.com Runner-Up:

Old-fashioned at Longman & Eagle

Best Mixologist

AMANDA AREIAS

Paul McGee of Three Dots and a Dash 435 N. Clark 312-610-4220 threedotschicago.com Runner-Up:

Danny Shapiro of Scofflaw

Best Wine List

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Telegraph Wine Bar

Best Migration to the South Side

2601 N. Milwaukee 773-292-9463 telegraphwinebar.com

A10

Runner-Up:

1462 E. 53rd, 773-288-1010, a10hydepark.com

Rootstock Wine & Beer Bar

Best Sommelier

Alpana Singh of the Boarding House

720 N. Wells 312-280-0720 boardinghousechicago.com Runner-Up:

Jeremy Quinn of Telegraph

Best Local Distillery

Koval Distillery 5121 N. Ravenswood 312-878-7988 koval-distillery.com

Runner-Up:

Few Spirits

Best Local Brewery

Runner-Up:

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Revolution Brewing Company

2323 N. Milwaukee 773-227-2739 revbrew.com

When Charlie Trotter alum Matthias Merges opened the playful, yakitori-inspired restaurant Yusho in Avondale a little more than two years ago, it was pioneerish; the most notable cuisines in the hood at the time were hot dogs and hamburgers (damn fine ones, but still). More predictable, though no less thoughtful or delicious, was his early 2013 follow-up: the craft-cocktail outpost Billy Sunday, just up the street in Logan Square. Merges’s next venture—nearly 80 blocks south, in Hyde Park—was another pioneering effort, his most ambitious so far. A10 promised to bring “handcrafted quality foods” (its slogan) to the sophisticated south-side neighborhood, which had long been deprived of the type of culinary talent Merges possesses—and that the north side is awash in. (The soon-toopen Yusho Hyde Park and the Promontory, from the Longman & Eagle team, will continue to reverse that injustice.) Still, my early experiences there were mixed. Though the cocktails were as revelatory as any I’d sampled at

Yusho or Billy Sunday (and I’d sampled most), I found some of the food uneven. The blood sausage and squid tentacles, for example, was a destination-worthy dish (please bring it back to the fall menu!), but other entrees suffered from conceptual or executional missteps. Two recent visits saw all former blemishes erased, however. There’s no better summer snack than the current menu’s small plates of farro piccolo with burrata and fried ricotta with octopus, paired with a Gin Old Fashioned. A10 is no longer an exemplary restaurant for Hyde Park. It’s an exemplary restaurant, period. —Mara Shalhoup

Best Place to Understand Charlie Trotter’s Legacy

MK

868 N. Franklin, 312-482-9179, mkchicago.com Yes, Charlie Trotter’s legacy hangs over Chicago. But even if his restaurant were still around today, you might not want to spend that kind of scratch to find out what exactly that legacy is. The comparable places these days (Alinea, Grace) have transcended what Trotter set out to accomplish, and his proteges all seem to want out from under his high-

end influence (see: Belly Q, Yusho). So where can you get a meal that explains that moment in dining when Chicago became important? Michael Kornick came up through Gordon, just like Trotter, and his 16-year-old MK, freshened up in the last year and run by chef Erick Williams (who started as a dishwasher), has always had a similar ethos—capturing the simple, direct flavors of superior locally grown things without fussing with them too much. The key difference is that MK always aimed for three stars rather than four—and both the price and the running time of dinner are more accessible as a result. The same older, blue-blazered crowd haunts it, but, really, it’s too good a place to be left to them alone. —Michael Gebert

Best Kitchen Table

42 Grams

4662 N. Broadway, 42GramsChicago.com When Charlie Trotter invented the kitchen table a quarter century or so ago, it was a way to bring diners into the life of the fine-dining kitchen. And the border between us (eating) and them (cooking) has been increasingly porous ever since. 42 Grams finally brings J


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Best Brewpub

Best Late-Night Eats

CONTINUED

Pick Me Up Cafe

Revolution Brewing Company

3408 N. Clark 773-248-6613

2323 N. Milwaukee 773-227-2739 revbrew.com

Runner-Up:

Big Star

Runner-Up:

Piece

Best Underground Dining

Best Local Brew

Relish Underground Dining

Anti-Hero IPA (Revolution)

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Daisy Cutter (Half Acre)

Best Local Spirit

Jeppson’s Malort

2232 W. Roscoe and other locations 773-281-8888 lushwineandspirits.com Runner-Up:

The Noble Grape

BEST FOOD & DRINK of

Best Liquor Store

Binny’s Beverage Depot

1720 N. Marcey and other locations 312-664-4394 binnys.com Runner-Up:

Vas Foremost Liquors

Best BYOB

Irazu

1865 N. Milwaukee 773-252-5687 irazuchicago.com Runner-Up:

Tango Sur

Best Place Worth a Wait

Kuma’s Corner

2900 W. Belmont 773-604-8769 kumascorner.com Runner-Up:

continued from 50 the kitchen into the lives of the chef and his hostess wife—the restaurant is literally downstairs from the apartment of chef Jake Bickelhaupt (who worked at Trotter’s) and his wife, Alexa Welsh. As eight guests ring the counter, Bickelhaupt and his crew work doggedly on your meal inches away. That’s not unique—you can watch people work at any number of places— but here you also have Welsh, engaging you and setting the personal context for each dish as it happens. Part dinner party, part live performance, it’s as intimate as you’ll get with the creation of a 15-course tasting menu . . . at least until someone invents the virtual-realitychef headset. —Michael Gebert

Hot Doug’s

Best High-End Meatball

Best Alfresco Dining

Nico Osteria

Piccolo Sogno

464 N. Halsted 312-421-0077 piccolosognorestaurant.com Runner-Up:

Big Star

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Best Waitstaff

1015 N. Rush, 312-994-7100, nicoosteria.com Last year my colleague Aimee Levitt elegantly dissected a River North Italian restaurant’s claim that it served the “best spaghetti and meatballs ever.” She wisely cracked that such

proclamations “are grandiose and borderline obnoxious, especially considering how much spaghetti and meatballs there is in the world.” Risk of grandiosity aside, let me say that I can’t imagine a more perfect meaty orb than the one at Paul Kahan’s Nico Osteria, the simultaneously rustic and refined restaurant anchoring the Gold Coast’s Thompson Hotel. Sure, there’s a more limited worldwide number of ground swordfish and pork belly meatballs served with a fried risotto cake, which makes it easier for Nico’s to excel in its class. But that doesn’t make it any less delicious. —Mara Shalhoup

Best Jackson Pollack Imitation on a Plate

The Brixton

5420 N. Clark, 773-961-7358 If the Reader’s Key Ingredient series has demonstrated anything, it’s the undying appeal of the swoosh for today’s chefs. More dishes than not these days start with a bit of sauce or some other substance, schmeared across the plate. So when an order of octopus came out of the kitchen at Andersonville’s the Brixton on a plate spattered from edge to edge with an explosion of black squid-ink goo, it was startling. It had the energy and the edge of violence of Jackson Pollack’s action paintings from the 1950s. In a dark room lit only by the light behind the bottles of the bar, it seemed positively diabolical. Chef Kevin McMullen says the kitchen calls it the “murder splatter,” and though the octopus dish was recently retired (“It’s such a

2537 N. Kedzie 773-489-9554 lulacafe.com Runner-Up:

Chicago Diner

Best for Kids

Rockwell’s Neighborhood Grill 4632 N. Rockwell 773-509-1871 rockwellsgrill.com Runner-Up:

Wishbone

Best-Looking Waitstaff

Lula Cafe

2537 N. Kedzie 773-489-9554 lulacafe.com Runner-Up:

Ciao Amore Ristorante

Best Food Festival

Ribfest Chicago ribfest-chicago.com Runner-Up:

Taste of Chicago

Best Food Truck

5411 Empanadas 5411empanadas.com

Runner-Up:

AVI SCHWAB

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Runner-Up:

Best Wine Shop

Sunday Dinner Club

Lula Cafe

jeppsonsmalort.com

Letherbee Gin

Runner-Up:

The Cheesie’s Truck

Best Gourmet Market

Chicago French Market

131 N. Clinton 312-575-0306 frenchmarketchicago.com Runner-Up:

Eataly

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winter dish,” he says), the splatter has found a new home on a dessert in the form of a reddish blackberry puree that only increases its resemblance to a head shot in a George Romero movie. McMullen demonstrates his vigorous technique by whip-cracking a spoonful of blackberry puree at a plate, and says: “It’s the most liberating part of my job.” —Michael Gebert

Best Taco Place You Haven’t Heard of Yet

Tacos Tequilas

2919 N. Milwaukee, 773-278-9901, tacostequilas.com When it opened last fall, a really adorable thing about Tacos Tequilas was that it was called Tacos Tequilas but didn’t serve any tequila. (Second-most adorable thing: the photo wall in the back that honors Mexican celebrities from Frida Kahlo and Diego Rivera to . . . well, I don’t recognize most of the rest of them.) Then a Cinco de Mayo miracle happened: the shelves behind the bar, which had sat empty for half a year, were suddenly and finally stocked with bottles and bottles of silver and gold varieties of the agave stuff. Yes, the margaritas are good—although I sort of miss carrying a box of wine from my

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house right around the corner for a BYOB dinner—but the tacos remain the reason to visit. There are three standouts. The papa y epazote is a deep-fried tortilla filled with mashed potatoes and leaves of the mild Mexican herb. The cochinita pibil has shredded roast pork and pickled red onions that give it a vinegary zip. And my favorite, the chicken mole, is filled with shredded chicken doused with a deep-red cinnamon-laced sauce dotted with roasted pepitas—and the whole thing is topped with cilantro, crema, and Chihuahua cheese. (They’re all totally reasonable at $2.25 each—splurge and get a side of the amazingly garlicky Mexican rice.) The stretch of Milwaukee on which it’s located in Avondale is increasingly less desolate, but I’ve yet to find Tacos Tequilas too busy to accommodate a table at dinnertime. Oh, shit. I guess this might change that. —Gwynedd Stuart

Best Place to Get a Taco and a Cookie

Cookies & Carnitas

5757 N. Broadway, 773-769-2900, cookiesandcarnitas.com Admittedly, that’s a pretty blatant example of defining the category to produce the winner. There are probably other places J

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continued from 53 to get a cookie with your pork taco, but a place called Cookie & Carnitas has an obvious leg up. Never mind; on a nobody’snext-hot-restaurant-row strip of Broadway in Edgewater, chefs Brad Newman and Mikey Taormina turn trendy locavore meat and produce (they also run a stand at the Green City Market on Saturdays) into unpretentious peasant-slash-regular-guy food like tacos, sandwiches, and chili. All of which are careful not to flaunt their Jude Becker pork or Slagel beef—and keep the price in a reasonable range too. Dig into some pork or steak tacos or the Cheezy Beef, then have a cookie. Life is good. —Michael Gebert

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Best Local Grocer

Mariano’s

Various locations 866-279-6269 marianos.com Runner-Up:

Dill Pickle Co-op

Best Taco Scholar

Titus Ruscitti

chicagotacotour.blogspot.com Intrepid food blogger Titus Ruscitti roams far and wide documenting regional eats for his blog, Smokin’ Chokin’ and Chowing With the King, but it’s his concentration on the taco specifically that has the makings of a scholarly work of historic importance. The Chicago Taco Tour is an illustrated atlas cataloguing

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Upton’s Naturals Seitan uptonsnaturals.com Runner-Up:

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Best Local Farm

Montalbano Farms 17551 Frazier, Sandwich 630-882-8008 montalbanofarms.com Runner-Up:

Nichols Farm & Orchard

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Best Farmers’ Market

Logan Square Farmers Market

3111 W. Logan logansquare-farmersmarket.org Runner-Up:

Green City Market

Best Butcher Shop

Best White Rice

3501 N. Lincoln 773-248-6272 paulinameatmarket.com

Japonais by Morimoto

Runner-Up:

600 W. Chicago, 312-822-9600, facebook.com/JaponaisChicago

The Butcher & Larder

Best Cheesemonger

Pastoral

53 E. Lake 312-658-1250 pastoralartisan.com Runner-Up:

Marion Street Cheese Market

Best Barista

Carmen Giles of the Wormhole Coffee ANDREA BAUER

1462 N. Milwaukee 773-661-2468 thewormhole.us Runner-Up:

David Packer of Metropolis Coffee

Best Restaurant With a View

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Up to ten times a day at Japonais by Morimoto, a sushi commis loads upwards of eight pounds of a proprietary blend of California Tamanishiki and Tamaki brown rice into a big, bulky imported rice polisher. After a few minutes the bran is eroded from the grains, leaving a bit of the germ intact for flavor and nutritional value. The rice stays fresher because in the husk it retains its moisture longer than commercial milled rice. Each grain is distinct, and it’s the lightest, fluffiest, shiniest rice in town—nobody else makes the effort. —Mike Sula

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Analogue

875 N. Michigan 312-787-9596 signatureroom.com

2523 N. Milwaukee, analoguechicago.com

Runner-Up:

Sixteen

Best Restaurant for Romance

Geja’s Cafe

340 W. Armitage 773-281-9101 gejascafe.com

Runner-Up:

Ciao Amore

Best Restaurant for a Cheap Date Big Star

1531 N. Damen 773-235-4039 bigstarchicago.com

Irazu

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Best Dirty Rice

The Signature Room at the 95th

Runner-Up:

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Described on the menu as “absolutely filthy,” chef Alfredo Nogueira’s dirty rice was born out of the dinner parties he and his cohort of Hurricane Katrina evacuees used to throw when they got homesick. Based on a Paul Prudhomme recipe Nogueira tweaked over a summer, the dish incorporates gizzards, ground pork, and chicken liver, all cooked in chicken fat. The end result is a bottomless mineral funk. “It’s made with rice, the trinity (onion, bell pepper, and celery), lots of butter, and a seasoning blend we call Magic (named after Prudhomme’s seasoning blends),” says Nogueira. —Mike Sula J

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Best Neighborhood Restaurant

Lula Cafe

2537 N. Kedzie 773-489-9554 lulacafe.com Runner-Up:

Ciao Amore Ristorante

Best Bagels

Best Nonironic Retro Diner

Various locations, eatcba.com

Central Kitchen and Tap

Chicago Bagel Authority

4800 N. Central, 773-853-0150, centralkitchenandtap.com

Runner-Up:

New York Bagel & Bialy

Best Bakery

Dinkel’s

3329 N. Lincoln 773-281-7300 dinkels.com Runner-Up:

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Best Bahn Mi

Nhu Lan Bakery

2612 W. Lawrence 773-878-9898 nhulansbakery.com Runner-Up:

Ba Le

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Best Barbecue

Smoque BBQ

Best Instagram Food Porn

3800 N. Pulaski 773-545-7427 smoquebbq.com

Chicago Food Authority

Runner-Up:

Smoke Daddy

Best Bread

Red Hen Bread

1623 N. Milwaukee 773-342-6832 redhenbread.com Runner-Up:

Cellar Door Provisions

Best Breakfast

Bongo Room

Multiple locations, thebongoroom.com Runner-Up:

Over Easy Cafe

Best Brunch

Lula Cafe

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Best Food at a Gentleman’s Club

Club Allure

instagram.com/chicagofoodauthority

3801 W. Lake, Stone Park, 708-344-3848, cluballurechicago.com

The best thing about Samantha Roby’s Instagram feed is how colorful it is. While so much of today’s amateur food photography is moodily lit and focused on slabs of meat, the imagery on Roby’s Chicago Food Authority tends more toward a bright shot of soft-serve topped by rainbow sprinkles or a hummus plate accented by multihued fruits and vegetables. She does a lot of the photography on her own, but she also tags shots she likes—which, for the novice, is the equivalent of 15 minutes of Instagram fame (the feed has around 28,000 followers). Roby is unabashedly effusive in her tone, and hardcore foodies might be wary of the multiple exclamation points and a general bubbliness. But if you’re the type who gets worked up over a decadent heap of kimchi fries from BopNGrill or a riotous plate of Fruity Pebbles French toast from Flo, then, man, you’ll get your fill. —Kevin Warwick

Be careful not to capture any of the entertainers in the shot when you’re Instagramming your steak at this slick strip joint in west-suburban Stone Park. Rocco, Allure’s greeter (of course that’s his name), won’t like it. Owner Bob Itzkow—who’s perhaps best known for opening his strip club next door to a convent—tapped venerable North Shore fine-dining chef Michael Lachowicz to design a full restaurant kitchen and train the staff to implement his menu, which leans toward standard steak-house meat and potatoes rather than the formal French style Lachowicz is known for. Still, you can select from a handful of the chef’s sauces, from bearnaise to chimichurri, and your NY strip will be cooked just right. Burgers, lobster, coconut shrimp, and wings fill out the rest of the menu. The entrees aren’t cheap, but if you’re not here to make it rain, you’re just taking up space. —Mike Sula

There was a moment recently where everyone was going to open a diner, which meant his or her take on a diner—Stephanie Izard’s cheerfully wack one, Brendan Sodikoff’s swankily hip one, and so on. But any “take” is always partly ironic, because if you didn’t want a diner refracted through someone’s newer, hipper sensibility, you’d just go to an actual diner. And nobody eating on Randolph Street is doing that. It’s a different story in Jefferson Park, on the northwest side, where Central Kitchen and Tap took over an existing elderly diner and spiffed it up with new food and a full bar . . . without adding any more irony than an old Pac-Man machine. The Mexican-American chef makes soothing comfort-food classics like pot roast and porchetta sandwiches entirely from scratch; the host, a near double for TV food personality Ted Allen, beams friendliness at everyone who comes in. It’s not a take; it’s a real diner that wants to make familiar food well. What a concept. —Michael Gebert

Best Beef Melt au Jus

Top Notch Beefburgers 2116 W. 95th, 773-445-7218

Everybody loves this 72-year-old Beverly institution for its namesake freshly ground burgers, but there are a number of destination-worthy sandwiches on its vast menu, like the beef melt au jus: two slices of buttery toasted rye cradling a dense matrix of shaved choice eye of round slathered in melted yellow cheese. Lift a corner, dip it into the cup of beef broth black as coffee, and contemplate ordering another. At $4.95, it’s total sandwich satisfaction for a small price. —Mike Sula J


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Best New Seafood Restaurant Spawned by a Bagel Shop

Lucky Fish Deli

530 Sheridan, Highwood, 847-748-8462, onceuponabagel.com Earlier this year Highland Park’s Once Upon a Bagel bakery and deli—source of the quintessential egg bagel, the chocolate-chip bagel ball, and a mish-mosh soup that’ll cure just about anything—ventured into something a whole lot less kosher. A mile or so to the north, in the same Highwood strip mall that houses its hot dog outpost, the Mean Weiner, Once Upon opened a seafood diner, Lucky Fish Deli. The two small dining rooms, furnished with wood and Formica kitchen tables and comfy vinyl chairs, are separated from an open kitchen by a glass case that shows off scrupulously fresh denizens of the deep blue: oysters, lobster, shrimp, mussels, and clams, along with less trayf offerings like delicate lake perch (by the pound or half pound), which you can order fried, though I recommend it lightly blackened from the grill; either way, get it with the warm kettle chips or crunchy broccoli slaw. Lucky Fish also offers wine, beer, and a rum-laced bananas Foster that would stand up to the Brennan’s of old. Service is cheerful, if (at this point) variably efficient. Prices—and this is so rare around here for seafood—are as reasonable as the food is good. —Deanna Isaacs

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Kuma’s Corner 2900 W. Belmont 773-604-8769 kumascorner.com Runner-Up:

Au Cheval

Best Chinese

Lao Sze Chuan

2172 S. Archer 312-326-5040 and 4832 N. Broadway 773-293-4653 Runner-Up:

Friendship Chinese Restaurant

powerful heat mitigated by a lingering sweetness. The Roost doesn’t use lard in its spice paste, opting instead for olive oil, cayenne pepper, Louisiana hot sauce, and just a bit of sugar, applied after frying. It’s the closest thing to the legendary Prince’s I’ve encountered outside of Nashville. —Mike Sula

Best Coffee Shop

The Wormhole Cafe

1462 N. Milwaukee 773-661-2468 thewormhole.us Runner-Up:

Star Lounge Coffee Bar

Best Desserts

Mindy’s Hot Chocolate

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1747 N. Damen 773-489-1747 hotchocolatechicago.com Runner-Up:

Bang Bang Pie Shop

Best Doughnuts

Glazed and Infused

813 W. Fulton Market 312-226-5556 goglazed.com Runner-Up

The Doughnut Vault

Best Fried Chicken

The Roost Carolina Kitchen

467 W. Irving Park, 312-261-5564, theroostcarolinakitchen.com

Chapel Hill-born food trucker Joe Scroggs changed the fried chicken game currently being waged across the city when he quietly moved into a Lakeview storefront earlier this year and began frying to order three varieties: herbal, spicy, and Nashville-style hot chicken. It’s the last that has Scroggs sitting squarely on top; thoroughly saturated with a Vulcan glow, it has a

Best Falafel

Best Ribs

Szechuan Cuisine

2414 S. Wentworth, 312-791-1882, szechuancuisinechicago.com Don’t expect smoky, southern-style ribs at this sleek Chinatown spot at the far south end of Wentworth. These spares—Special Heaven’s Grilled Ribs—are of the fall-off-the-bone variety, steamed and then flash-fried before getting slathered with a brain-tingling compound of typical Sichuan spices: garlic, Sichuan peppercorns, green onion, green chile, and red chile oil. At $13.95 for a stack, these meat sticks provide the cheapest legal out-of-body experience at your disposal. —Mike Sula

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Best Classy-Trashy Cheeseburger

Dusek’s

Runner-Up:

Taste of Lebanon

1227 W. 18th, 312-526-3851, dusekschicago.com

Best Greek

Greek Islands

200 S. Halsted 312-782-9855 greekislands.net Runner-Up:

Athenian Room

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Dusek’s is a place where you can get a plate on which everything is arranged in an arty straight line of dribs and globs (and the plate will be too wide to comfortably fit your two-top). It’s also a place where you can have a cheeseburger that oozes goo at you like a

deep-fried Twinkie at the county fair. For Dusek’s take on a midwestern specialty, the Juicy Lucy (in which American cheese is melted inside two patties), chef Jared Wentworth starts with a kind of cheddar Mornay sauce that he slips between two patties of Slagel Family Farm beef. The next step, as he told food writer Anthony Todd, is “crimping it together like a ravioli” before frying it. It’s hot, it’s messy, it’s classy-trashy, and it just might be the best thing on the menu at one of the best new places in town. —Michael Gebert

Best Independent Grocery

Harvestime Foods

2632 W. Lawrence, 773-989-4400, harvestimefoods.com The city’s fortunate to be home to a galaxy of independent groceries, many of them catering to specific ethnic groups. More rare is the outlet that can successfully target the wildly diverse demographics of neighborhoods like Lincoln Square. At Harvestime Foods, older Greek and Latino residents shop side by side with newer eastern Europeans and soldiers in the young, white stroller mafia. Harvestime stocks hard-to-find Greek imports like maras and isot pepper, honey, and house-made loukaniko sausage—and those items share shelf space with higher-end specialty products like local Amish chickens, duck bacon, cage-free eggs, Swedish yogurt, Polish mineral water, and a complete collection of German Ritter Sport chocolate bars, as well as some of the brightest, freshest, occasionally local produce on the north side. —Mike Sula J

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Superdawg

Best Tame Game

Best Ice Cream

Mariano’s

Jeni’s Splendid Ice Cream

Runner-Up:

Black Dog Gelato

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Best Indian

Hema’s Kitchen 2439 W. Devon 773-338-1627 and 2411 N. Clark 773-529-1705 hemaskitchen.com

You could hike all the way out to Homer Glen and get your python meat at Czimer’s, but why bother when they have fillets of frozen imported Vietnamese serpent at your local Mariano’s? Along with the oyster bars, barbecue stands, and popcorn machines, the burgeoning grocer offers a frozen-meat section dedicated to farmed wild critters like alligator, pheasant, ostrich, quail, and buffalo. They’re all priced fairly steeply, so at least you’ll appreciate their sacrifice. —Mike Sula

Runner-Up:

Cumin

Best Cheese Purveyors

Best Italian

Stamper Cheese Company

Piccolo Sogno

834 W. Fulton Market, 503-799-2149

464 N. Halsted 312-421-0077 piccolosognorestaurant.com

Bret Stamper, owner of Stamper Cheese Company, offers an array of artisanal cheeses sourced from farms across southwest Wisconsin, though some of the most popular, including the highly tasty chipotle cheddar, are his own creations. Other top sellers include the apricot Gouda, blueberry goat cheese, and smoked mozzarella string cheese. You can taste them yourself at your favorite neighborhood farmers’ market, where Stamper’s cheesemongers are more than willing to offer up a sample or two. —Drew Hunt

Runner-Up:

La Scarola

Best Korean

San Soo Gab San

5247 N. Western 773-334-1589 Runner-Up:

Cho Sun Ok

Best Mexican

Nuevo Leon

1515 W. 18th 312-421-1517 Runner-Up:

Best Thing to Eat at Eataly

Best Middle Eastern

Deep-fried French breakfast radishes

Frontera Grill

43 E. Ohio, 312-521-8700, eataly.com/chicago

Semiramis

4639-41 N. Kedzie 773-279-8900 semiramisrestaurant.com Runners-Up (tie):

Reza’s and

Taste of Lebanon

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Wood-burning pizzas! Freshly made pastas! Steaks and seafood and gelato and Nutella! Eataly has so many things to tempt you with, you start to suspect that once it lures in enough humans stuffing their faces, it’ll seal

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all its doors and blast back to its home planet with a full shipment of livestock. Given all the publicity, it seems hard to imagine Eataly has many secrets, but La Verdure, the vegetable counter, comes closest to being overlooked. Specifically, it has a dish that sums up all of Italy’s promise to serve you simple things, fiddled with just enough to blow you away. La Verdure takes French breakfast radishes, those mild little tubular pink-and-white radishes topped with frizzy greens, deep-fries them in olive oil, and drizzles a little sea salt and Miele honey on them. You fork over $12, which makes you feel like a sucker—until you bite into them, crispy and tender, and taste the earth of the midwest and the brine of the sea and all the sweetness of spring. —Michael Gebert

Best Doughnut When You Don’t Want to Commit to a Doughnut

Beaver’s Donuts

131 N. Clinton, 773-392-1300, beaversdonuts.com At the risk of sounding like a real carbophobic, sometimes an entire doughnut is just too much . . . I don’t know, sugary dough. I’m probably presenting this premise to the wrong audience, because if the proliferation of doughnut joints is any indication, Chicagoans love a damn doughnut. I’m pretty sure everyone will love Beaver’s Donuts—they’ll just have to love more of them. Beaver’s, a food truck that also has a location inside the Chicago French Market, specializes in two-bite minidoughnuts

coated in a variety of toppings, both regular (powdered sugar, cinnamon sugar, powdered cocoa) and gourmet (chocolate sauce and coconut, etc). I’m a sucker for the regular toppings, which meld into the hot little rings. I offered one to a coworker who uttered a satisfied and very Homer Simpson-y “Mmmm. Soft.” I second that. —Gwynedd Stuart

Best Consistent Vegetarian Brunch Dish

Satisfaction-Promise at Victory’s Banner 2100 W. Roscoe, 773-665-0227, victorysbanner.com

When describing Victory’s Banner, the all-veg breakfast-and-lunch sanctuary in Roscoe Village, “cozy” always comes to mind. It’s cozy from the outside, situated on a corner well traveled by strollers and ringed by green space. It’s cozy in its soft, pastel-hued decor. And it’s cozy in the warm politeness of the staff, all of whom are students of meditation and of Indian spiritual leader Sri Chinmoy. But perhaps the most reassuring element of Victory’s Banner is its consistency, epitomized in what the restaurant boasts to be “our most popular egg dish,” the Satisfaction-Promise. Flanked by two dense slices of Red Hen multigrain bread and a spread of grilled breakfast potatoes, the never-dry two-egg scramble includes spinach, sun-dried tomatoes, feta, and almighty pesto, the not-so-secret ingredient that gives the dish a rich fullness. In


addition to the handful of times I’ve chosen it myself, the plate has probably been ordered at my table half a dozen more, and no one has ever left less than satisfied. I’d even venture to say that each patron was more than pleased. Go for the gold by pairing the SatisfactionPromise with a spicy house-made chai tea, another one of Victory’s Banner’s specialties. —Kevin Warwick

The White Hot at Big Shoulders Coffee

1105 W. Chicago, 3120888-3042, bigshoulderscoffee.com

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Best Latte for People Who Don’t Drink Lattes

Caffe Streets’ premium cold-brew iced coffee completely transformed the way I drink java. It prompted me to abjure the addition of milk or sugar; I decided that to truly judge the quality of a cup of joe, you have to drink it au naturel. Well, leave it to Big Shoulders Coffee to make me question my hard-line stance. My girlfriend insisted that I try the White Hot, a drink she said was perhaps the best latte she’s ever had. I was skeptical, but one sip made me wonder if I’d ever again drink anything else. Brewed with the store’s own beans, the drink includes citrus, star anise, cinnamon, milk, vanilla, and a little sugar, not to mention house-made cardamom syrup. The cardamom is the most prominent flavor, but it’s not overwhelming—so expert is the balance. And while it might be gross to drink a hot latte in the summer, there’s a White Hot for all seasons: Big Shoulders makes the Iced White between May Day and Halloween, using all the same ingredients together with the shop’s 24-Hour Iced Coffee. —Tal Rosenberg

Best Pastry With an Unpronounceable Name

Kouign amann at Bad Wolf Coffee

3422 N. Lincoln, 773-969-2346, badwolfcoffee.com

Yes, it can be annoying when the only obstacle between you and one of the most magnificent pastries you will ever eat is a tongue twister of a name. But it’s not so hard. Just say “queen ah-mahn.” It means “butter cake” in J

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READERS’ POLL

Best Pierogi

Kasia’s Deli

2101 W. Chicago 773-486-7500 kasiasdeli.com Runner-Up:

Pierogi Heaven

Best Pizza

Lou Malnati’s Pizzeria Multiple locations, loumalnatis.com Runner-Up:

Best Polish

Podhalanka 1549 W. Division 773-486-6655 Runner-Up:

Red Apple Buffet

Best Pub Grub

Sgroppino at Lone Wolf

5148 N. Clark 773-334-9851 hopleaf.com

In Italy, sgroppino—cocktails made with lemon sorbet, vodka, and prosecco—are usually served as a digestif or a palate cleanser between courses. At Lone Wolf, where patrons are more likely to be having pre- or postdinner drinks than a full meal, it’s not likely to arrive between courses of food, but the fruity, refreshing cocktail works equally well as an aperitif. Stephen Cole, who designed the bar’s cocktails, learned about the 500-year-old drink from a business partner who visited northern Italy, and decided to put a modern twist on the classic cocktail. Instead of sticking with lemon and vodka, Cole created sorbets in combinations like lavender, lemon, and gin; cucumber, lime, and vodka; and—my personal favorite—strawberry, hibiscus, lime, and tequila. As the sorbet melts, it releases its flavors into the prosecco, making for a drink that actually gets better as it sits. —Julia Thiel

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the day and in any setting; it lubricates, it refreshes, it replenishes. A great Bloody Mary generally requires no fucking around with, but I’ve stumbled upon one modification that, while audacious, results in a drink with the potential to surpass the classic’s greatness: Flo’s chile verde Bloody Mary. Flo replaces the usual tomato juice with green chiles and a touch of raw jalapeño to deliver a take on the Bloody that’s not only visually exciting but crisper and more mellow than the standard. A refreshing earthiness takes over where the tomato’s sweetness and acidity usually dominate, and a rim of celery salt adds another layer of Chicago-style savoriness. If you’re feeling extra decadent, you can also order this guy made with a house-made bacon-infused bourbon instead of vodka, because why not? —Luca Cimarusti

Hopleaf

Runner-Up:

Revolution Brewing

Best Sandwich

Jerry’s

1938 W. Division 773-235-1006 jerryssandwiches.com Runner-Up:

Bari

Best Seafood

GT Fish & Oyster 531 N. Wells 312-929-3501 gtoyster.com

Runner-Up:

Shaw’s Crab House

Best 15-Minute Brunch

Best Soul Food

Endgrain

Soul Vegetarian

205 E. 75th 773-224-0104 originalsoulvegetarian.com Runner-Up:

Best Unconventional Bloody Mary

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Flo’s Verde Bloody

Best Soup

1434 W. Chicago, 312-243-0477, flochicago.com

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continued from 63 Breton, the language traditionally spoken in Brittany, in northwest France. What should really annoy you is that Bretons have been making this magnificent confection—composed of dozens of layers of pastry and salted butter covered in a crust of caramelized sugar—for at least 150 years, but until recently it was virtually unknown in the U.S. That’s right: kouign amann existed, and you were eating cupcakes. Don’t waste any more time. Go to Bad Wolf Coffee right now and try Jonathan Ory’s version. Ory claims it’s not hard to make kouign amann. (There’s the outrage again: if it’s so easy how come no one was doing it?) That may be true, if, like Ory, you’re a pastry chef—Floriole and Hewn also produce delicious specimens. But Ory’s is the best. His pastry is rich and buttery without being greasy, and its flattened shape ensures maximum surface area for the caramelized sugar. It’s pastry bliss. What other unpronounceable glories are those Bretons hiding? —Aimee Levitt

Soupbox

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of the open-faced biscuit sandwiches (the biscuits here are legendary, with good reason), your condition prevents such a delay. Sidle up to the bar and condense what’s typically a two-hour affair into a 15-minute tryst. Coffee. Bloody Mary (garnished with a mini biscuit!). Vanilla glazed doughnut. Done. —Mara Shalhoup

Best New Summer Session Beer

Penrose Brewing’s Proto Gradus

Penrose Brewing, 509 Stevens, Geneva, 630-232-2115, penrosebrewing.com Chicagoans have lots of great locally brewed summer session beers to choose from—the kind you feel like crushing in quantity when it stays warm all night and the porches and backyards of the city sing their songs. My favorites include Metropolitan’s Zwickel Flywheel, Half Acre’s Pony Pilsner, Two Brothers’ Sidekick Extra Pale Ale, Church Street’s Heavenly Helles, and Off Color’s Troublesome. (I suspect that Off Color’s new Berliner weisse, Fierce, will join them, but when I wrote this I wasn’t sufficiently acquainted with it.) Charging into the peloton, if not definitively into the lead, is Geneva’s Penrose Brewing, launched this spring by Goose Island veterans Eric Hobbs and Tom Korder. Their Proto Gradus (that’s “grah-dus,” not “gray-dus”) is a 4 percent Belgian-style single with a fruity, floral, yeast-forward aroma, a surprisingly silky J


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READERS’ POLL Best Steak House

Gibsons Bar & Steakhouse 1028 N. Rush 312-266-8999 gibsonssteakhouse.com Runner-Up:

Chicago Cut

Best Sushi ANDREA BAUER

Coast Sushi Bar 2045 N. Damen 773-235-5775 coastsushibar.com Runner-Up:

Kai Zan

Best Taqueria

Best Up-to-the-Minute Craft Beer Menu

Links Taproom

1559 N. Milwaukee, 773-360-7692, linkstaproom.com Along with the recent wave of new craft breweries in Chicago has come a spate of new beer bars, some boasting dozens of tap handles and a beer selection that changes daily, if not hourly. Which is great—more beer is always better—but most places haven’t figured out a good way to update their menus. Paper menus become obsolete every time a keg kicks and is replaced by something else; chalkboards are usually hard to read. Links Taproom, which opened in Wicker Park in January, has implemented the first digital tap system in Chicago: monitors show not only what’s pouring through

the 36 tap lines (plus the five wines on tap), but also each beer’s ABV, IBU, the size and shape of the glass it’s served in, the approximate color of the beer, and how much is left in each keg. Owner Michael Quinlan learned about the software, DigitalPour, while visiting Bailey’s Taproom in Portland, Oregon, the first place the system was installed. “It’s a draw,” he says. “People think it’s really cool.” —Julia Thiel

Best Local Brewery Dedicated to High-Gravity Beer

Ten Ninety Brewing ten-ninety.com

Ten Ninety’s name refers to the starting gravity of its four flagship beers—1.091, which produces beer that’s about 10 percent alcohol by volume, about double the alcohol of most beers. At 12 percent ABV, the imperial porter has an alcohol content more typical of wine (it was originally 13.5 percent, but the brewers dialed it back). When founders Andy Smith and Brian Schafer were still home brewing (the third partner is Jamie Hoban), they participated in Drinking & Writing Brewery’s Beerfly Alley Fight, an event that pairs food, beer, and art. Smith says that Schafer, who used to be a wine guy, thought that high-alcohol beer would pair with food the way that wine does. Then they just kept going. Most of the beers don’t taste as high in alcohol as they are; you might guess it of the tart, spicy, chocolatey porter, but not the light, citrusy witbier. For those who’d like to drink more than two beers and still be able to walk, Ten Ninety recently introduced lower-alcohol versions of its IPA and wit beers; both weigh in around 6 percent ABV. —Julia Thiel v

Big Star

1531 N. Damen 773-235-4039 bigstarchicago.com Runner-Up:

L’Patron

Best Thai

Sticky Rice Thai

4018 N. Western 773-588-0133 stickyricethai.com Runner-Up:

Indie Cafe

Best Vegetarian

The Chicago Diner 3411 N. Halsted 773-252-3211 and 2333 N. Milwaukee 773-935-6696 veggiediner.com

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Runner-Up:

Handlebar

Best Vegan

The Chicago Diner 3411 N. Halsted 773-252-3211 and 2333 N. Milwaukee 773-935-6696 veggiediner.com Runner-Up:

Native Foods Cafe

Best Vietnamese

Tank Noodle Restaurant 4953 N. Broadway 773-878-2253 tank-noodle.com Runner-Up:

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Best Long-Running Play

Too Much Light Makes the Baby Go Blind

Neo-Futurarium 5153 N. Ashland 773-275-5255 neofuturists.org Runner-Up:

Million Dollar Quartet

Best New Play

Trapped in a Room With a Zombie

Room Escape Adventures Fine Arts Building 410 S. Michigan, room 632 roomescapeadventures.com/chicago Runner-Up:

Temple of Boobs: An Indiana Jones Burlesque

Best Touring Play

The Book of Mormon

Bank of America Theatre 18 W. Monroe 312-902-1400 chicago-theater.com/theaters/ bank-of-america-theater Runner-Up

Wicked

Best Revival of a Well-Known Play

Measure for Measure

Goodman Theatre 170 N. Dearborn 312-443-3800 goodmantheatre.org Runner-Up

The Glass Menagerie

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Best 15-Minute Horror Show

Audience Annihilated Part Two: Gold Star Sticker

Dream Theatre Company, 5026 N. Lincoln, 773-552-8616, dreamtheatrecompany.com

Already known for thoroughly immersive theater experiences, Dream Theatre sealed its standing with Jeremy Menekseoglu’s Halloween show Audience Annihilated Part Two: Gold Star Sticker, the most chillingly horrific 15 minutes I’ve endured in recent memory. As in Audience Annihilated Part One: Women Only Train, staged back in 2011, audience members play the part of the lead, in this case sixyear-old Princess, who’s subjected to a junkie amputee careening a bit too close for comfort, a cold hard bitch of a mother whispering beer-soaked expletives (the unflinching Nicole Roberts), and Bear, a cruel teddy whose catchphrase “I don’t like things the way they are” still pops up in my mind quite unsettlingly. Why subject yourself to this, you ask? For the same reason we like haunted houses and scary movies: nerves jangling, heart racing, and mouth agape, you walk away from the experience feeling thrillingly alive. Coming up next for Dream Theatre Company, which just moved into new digs in Lincoln Square: two more from Menekseoglu. —Marissa Oberlander

Best Performance by an 89-YearOld (and One of the Better Ones by Anyone of Any Age)

when Smokefall returns to the Goodman in September. —Tony Adler

Mike Nussbaum in Smokefall

Best Three-Hit Run by a Theater Raising $31 Million

Goodman Theatre, 170 N. Dearborn, 312-4433800, goodmantheatre.org

I first saw Mike Nussbaum act nearly 50 years ago, at Hull House Theater in Lakeview. I was a boy at the time; he was in his early 40s and hadn’t yet quit his day job. As you probably know, he eventually did, and—thanks mainly to his role in the Goodman’s 1984 debut of Glengarry Glen Ross, the Pulitzer Prize winner by another Hull House alum, David Mamet—became a late-blooming success on Broadway and in movies like Men in Black. Last fall Nussbaum bloomed yet again, playing not one but two old men in the Goodman’s production of Noah Haidle’s Smokefall. Undeniably, the mystique of the performance owed something to the fact that he was up there at all at 89 (he’s since turned 90), knowing his lines and managing a staircase. But the beauty of it was its craft. Nussbaum has a touch of Cary Grant about him: his style combines grace, wit, self-deprecation, good humor, and command. He wasn’t at the Goodman to do alter cockers but astutely differentiated men negotiating age in different ways. It was a great turn—one he’ll reprise

Port Authority, Hedda Gabler, and The Dance of Death at Writers Theatre

325 Tudor Ct., Glencoe, 847-242-6000, writerstheatre.org Several Chicago-area theater troupes are developing new facilities right now, but nobody’s got sexier blueprints than Writers Theatre. Once housed in the back of a North Shore bookshop, the 22-year-old Glencoe company will soon break ground on a complex designed by Studio Gang Architects, the outfit headed by MacArthur fellow Jeanne Gang, whose Lakeshore East tower Aqua has been acclaimed worldwide. Under the circumstances—which include the need to hit a $31 million capital campaign goal—you’d think something besides the donors would have to give, that there’d be some slippage in production quality while artistic director David Halberstam builds his dream house. But exactly the opposite happened. Starting in October 2013, Writers ran no fewer than three brilliant shows in a row: Port Authority (which I called


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The Book of Mormon

Bank of America Theatre 18 W. Monroe 312-902-1400 chicago-theater.com/theaters/ bank-of-america-theater

“exquisitely orchestrated”), Hedda Gabler (“up there with—and maybe beyond—the best I’ve seen”), and The Dance of Death (“fierce”). The secret of Halberstam’s success may lie in knowing when and how to delegate. Each of the three productions was staged by a local director possessing extraordinary theatrical smarts: William Brown, Kimberly Senior, and Henry Wishcamper. —Tony Adler

Best Use of Daft Punk

Steppenwolf’s Russian Transport

1650 N. Halsted, 312-335-1650, steppenwolf.org

Since its release last spring, Daft Punk’s megahit “Get Lucky” has been everywhere—on the dance floor, on the radio in the grocery store, on the Grammys (it was named Record of the Year), even on its own line of Durex condoms. This spring Steppenwolf’s Russian Transport used it to deliver dread. In Erika Sheffer’s darkly humorous drama, a recent emigre from Russia (Tim Hopper, all the more scary for being cast against type) joins his sister (Mariann Mayberry, likewise) and her family in their Brooklyn home. He’s a human trafficker, we realize gradually, luring young women to the States with promises of modeling and dancing jobs. Much of the play tracks his manipulation of his Americanized niece and nephew, a teenage daughter (Melanie Neilan, who also plays the unknowing victims) and a twentysomething son, Alex (Aaron Himelstein), who’s enlisted by his uncle to pick the women up from the airport. When Alex is chauffeuring yet another new arrival to an

unnamed destination, “Get Lucky” plays and, sitting in the backseat quivering with hope and excitement, she bounces along to the track, more than ready for a night of clubbing. As the refrain “We’re up all night to get lucky” repeats relentlessly, we’re hit with the full horror of her captivity—as is Alex. The sound design team for Russian Transport, Rob Milburn and Michael Bodeen, is also behind the sound and music for This Is Our Youth, which runs at Steppenwolf through July 27 before heading to Broadway this fall; director Yasen Peyankov, a Steppenwolf ensemble member better known for his roles in productions like Three Sisters and Superior Donuts, will be back as a director next summer with Heidi Schreck’s Grand Concourse, which will also feature Tim Hopper. —Kate Schmidt

Best Full Frontal for a Cause

Elevator Repair Service’s Arguendo

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About as far from dry as the live staging of a Supreme Court oral argument could be, Arguendo, presented by New York-based group Elevator Repair Service at the MCA this spring, reached its climax with a lawyer stripping down to his birthday suit. The case? Barnes v. Glen Theatre (1991), in which erotic dancers in South Bend, Indiana, claimed the state’s ban on public nudity violated their First Amendment right to freedom of expression. Coming in the course of pages’ and pages’ worth of cerebral deliberations on both sides, the fullfrontal nudity—hilariously unexpected from a male performer given the focus on pasties and

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G-strings—only amplified the farcical aspects of, e.g., Justice Scalia’s musings on undress in opera as opposed to strip clubs. The court upheld the ban; this show, directed by John Collins, pushed against the limits of protected speech, also testing its audience’s susceptibility to blushing. —Marissa Oberlander

Best Theater Lobby That Makes You Wish Intermission Would Never End

Den Theatre

1333 N. Milwaukee, 773-398-7029, thedentheatre.com Yes, yes, we Chicagoans are blessed to live in such a terrific theater town, where you can see something tremendous even in the most humble storefront black box populated with non-Equity actors. But here’s the thing about those storefronts: most of them just don’t have the budget for comfortable seating. Instead of the well-padded, velvet-covered seats that abound in the fancy downtown palaces, where you can enjoy a quality nap if road-show Phantom proves less than captivating, little theaters provide flimsy folding chairs crammed as close as seats on the el and with only slightly more padding. At the Den Theatre, though, there is relief. The three-year-old Wicker Park complex—which contains several small second- and third-floor spaces and is expanding onto the first floor, where the Hypocrites will make their home—has not one but two cozy lobbies decorated just like, well, a den, with bookshelves, Oriental rugs, a piano, and best of all, deep leather couches and armchairs. Sink down into them for a few minutes, stretch out your arms, and soothe your weary ass. Doesn’t that feel good? Don’t you wish you could watch act two from here? (Honorable mention to the Den’s neighbor, the Chopin Theatre, and its lovely baroque parlors.) —Aimee Levitt J

Best Established Theater Company

Steppenwolf Theatre 1650 N. Halsted 312-335-1650 steppenwolf.org Runner-Up:

Goodman Theatre

Best New Theater Company

The Runaways 1434 N. Western Runner-Up:

The Cowardly Scarecrow Theatre Company

Best Off-Loop Theater Company

Dream Theatre Company 5026 N. Lincoln 773-552-8616 dreamtheatrecompany.com Runner-Up

Pavement Group

Best Stage Director

Jonald Reyes

Mental Notion Society Productions mentalnotion.com

GREG PALLANTE

MICHAEL BROSILOW

Runner-Up

Runner-Up:

Eric Hoff

Best Playwright

Tracy Letts Runner-Up:

Ike Holter

Best Actor

Edgar Blackmon Second City 1616 N. Wells 312-337-3992 secondcity.com Runner-Up:

Nick Mikula

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up to mischief as (to borrow from “Howl”) Carl Solomon throwing potato salad at CCNY lecturers on Dadaism. —Jena Cutie

Best Dada Primer Without the Urinals

Striding Lion Performance Groups’s Dada Gert

Best Behind-the-Scenes Dance Series

Striding Lion’s Annie Arnoult Beserra can tuck a manifesto into a dance so it’s visible just under the surface, like a hand in a hand puppet. In the evening-length Dada Gert, she and her dancers slip into readymade roles—whore, wet nurse, witch, pimp, angel, waiter—and spin them into kaleidoscopic combinations. The readymades are inspired by the show’s muse, Valeska Gert, a transgressive Jewish dancer/performance artist/film star in Weimar-era Berlin who epitomized Dada’s anarchic gravitas. Appropriately enough, the mulligan stew of ideas here is funny rather than didactic—Gert was the John Belushi of cabaret, a ferocious, crazy-faced goof the dancers mimic as they jump and scissor kick, screaming on the downbeats. Jeff Hancock’s set and costumes put the audience amid the clutter of Beggar Bar and the Witches’ Den, the ramshackle cabaret-restaurants Gert opened in New York and Berlin, respectively. At first the dance is hostile, but good satire perturbs before it softens, and soon enough I felt as

Links Hall at Constellation, 3111 N. Western, 773-281-0824, linkshall.org

stridinglion.org

The hottest blind date in dance is the series of unconventional collaborations going on at Links Hall. For each show, different artists—two local dance companies and a musical guest—meet, greet, and get on the floor. Before everyone, audience and performers, takes a seat to listen to a (usually) never-before-heard composition written by the musical guest, the dancers hop around, all piss and vinegar and adrenaline-fueled restlessness. After listening, the dancers solicit input and impressions, but the creative onus is on them over the next 40 minutes, as the companies split up into two adjacent studios to pull together a piece. Like the best sushi, the choreography is prepared directly in front of you; you’re meant to switch between rooms and gawk. Many companies strategically marshal improvised phrases together in an orderly way, while others just go with the flow and mash bananas into the mat. Once the clock runs down, the musicians weigh in and each company takes its turn. Some follow the script, some abandon their plans, and a mesmerizing puzzle emerges out of what’s remembered and what slips away in the sweaty moment. —Jena Cutie

Best Comedian to Enjoy in Chicago Now, Before We Inevitably Lose Her to LA

Candy Lawrence

COURTESY STRIDING LION

comedylawrence.com, @comedylawrence

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To call comedian Candy Lawrence a stand-up would be a misnomer. She’s more like a runand-jump-and-dance-up. In a bit about her loud upstairs neighbors, she viciously stomps across the stage; when clueing in the audience on how she spells her middle name (not Jasmine, JAZZMAN!), she scats and dances with unparalleled energy; and at any given moment she might roll across the stage, skillfully avoiding getting tangled in the mike cord. Lawrence’s joke delivery—spastic, yet controlled—matches her physical energy, and what results is some-

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thing close to the absurdist character work of Maria Bamford. In fact, in a match made in heaven, Lawrence will open for Bamford on the road next month, adding to the long list of established comedians with whom Lawrence has connections, among them her former sketch partner Lauren Lapkus. But make no mistake, Lawrence doesn’t need the help: she’s a rising star in her own right, and before we know it, her antic, infectious stage presence will take her right out of the Windy City and west to the coast. —Brianna Wellen

Best Drunk

Sean Flannery

@sean_m_flannery, worldsdumbestman.com You don’t really have a problem if it morphs into a funny story, right? Sean Flannery has long been the local comic embodiment of Alcoholics Anonymous, spewing forth enough anecdotes about his booze-soaked pratfalls to deter even the most red-nosed drinker from ordering another. He’s the creator and host of The Blackout Diaries, a Saturday-night showcase of stand-up and storytelling in which he enlists both fellow comics and everyman guests to reminisce about, say, drunkenly tackling a 30-feet-tall Christmas tree in an apartment-building lobby. And on Thursdays at the Comedy Bar he’s the purveyor of Never

Been to Paris, a one-man show (currently on summer hiatus) about “the last dozen or so times” he almost got himself killed. Of course, a good many of those “last dozen times or so” involve knocking back cold ones or waking up after a long night of knocking back cold ones— Flannery’s material, down to the old-school beer ads that fascinate him, is bookended by booze. A couple of my favorite blackout yarns: Flannery charging an exorbitant amount at Wilsons Leather and later denying the charge because he assumed his credit card had been stolen, and he and a rocket scientist attempting to make off with a bulb from a Cincinnati street lamp, resulting in a tree ablaze and a friend’s eyebrows singed. —Kevin Warwick

Best Culture Podcast

Nerdette

nerdettepodcast.com Thanks to ever-increasing access to technology, the world of podcasting is quickly becoming oversaturated with any and everyone holding opinions and a handy recording device. The ladies of the Nerdette podcast, Tricia Bobeda and Greta Johnsen, stand out amid all the chatter because of their refined radio technique (the two met in the trenches of WBEZ, where Bobeda is a producer) and their uncanny ability to bring out the nerd in everyone: on one epi-


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sode they discuss science-fiction novels with former NFL punter Chris Kluwe, on another they trade lines from Arrested Development with Denise Kiernan, author of The Girls of Atomic City: The Untold Story of the Women Who Helped Win World War II. Nerdette’s first season, which ended in May with a live podcast taped at Haymarket brewpub, built an interactive community by urging fans to “do their homework”; each episode ends with a cultural assignment (e.g., watch True Detective, read Karen Russell’s Vampires in the Lemon Grove), and listeners are encouraged to call the Nerdette hotline (312-600-5638) with nerdy obsessions and homework assignments of their own. —Brianna Wellen

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Caroline Neff

Steep Theatre Company 1115 W. Berwyn 773-649-3186 steeptheatre.com Runner-Up:

Jill Valentine

Best Choreographer

Erin Kilmurray

The Inconvenience theinconvenience.org Runner-Up:

Carisa Barreca

Best Stand-Up Comedian

Adam Burke

adamburkecomedy.com Runner-Up:

Aaron Foster

Best Sketch/Improv Troupe

Best Queer-Friendly Multimedia Variety Show

Upstairs/Downstairs at the Bijou Theater

Third Thursday of every month, 8 PM, 1349 N. Wells, 312-943-5397, bijoutheaterchicago.com The notorious Bijou, a gay porn house and sex club around since 1970, is now home to Upstairs/Downstairs, a delightfully eclectic, enlightening, raucous, bizarre, and sexually explicit variety showcase that’s been playing the Old Town institution since February. Each month cocurators and producers Ricky von Anhalt and Miriam Webster take a truly liberal approach to the format, programming stand-up, improv, dance, music, poetry, performance art, video, 16-mm films, site-specific installations—pretty much anything, so long as it has a left-of-center sensibility. (Host Chris Sowa once introduced himself to the crowd wearing a tuxedo and ball gag.) Much of the show takes place in the Bijou’s 80-seat black-box theater on the main floor, but some acts move to the Circle Jerk Theater J

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Improvised Shakespeare

Best Venue for Stand-Up

Laugh Factory 3175 N. Broadway 773-327-3175 laughfactory.com Runner-Up:

Up Comedy Club

Best Dance Troupe

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Best Venue for Dance

Harris Theater for Music and Dance

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205 E. Randolph 312-334-7777 harristheaterchicago.org Runner-Up:

Stage 773

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Best Burlesque Troupe

CALLE LIPKIN

Best Chicago- Based Webseries Costarring Chicago

Vaudezilla

3614 W. Belmont 773-558-0081 vaudezilla.com Runner-Up:

Kiss Kiss Cabaret

Best Performing Arts Festival

Chicago Fringe Festival chicagofringe.org

Runner-Up:

Sketchfest

Best Established Gallery

Galerie F

2381 N. Milwaukee 773-819-9200 galerief.com Runner-Up:

Gallery Provocateur

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Young Couple

youngcoupleseries.com Granted, this 13-episode venture created by and starring Brandon Ogborn, Brianna Baker, and Mike Malarkey doesn’t really bask in its Chicagoness. Its true focus is on newlyweds Chris and Nic, played by Ogborn and Baker respectively, as they comedically and often dramatically navigate the ins and outs of the bedroom, the still-distant prospect of parenthood, and the introduction of an irksome ex-husband (Malarkey) into the couple’s stillfresh relationship. But establishing shots of el tracks hovering in the background of a street lined with two-flats, not to mention a finale set at the Diversey River Bowl, add precisely the right touch of the city—the show’s never too stiff a cocktail, just strong enough to get you a tad sentimental. On top of that, the blackand-white cinematography captures Chicago in all its frigid glory (a pat on the back goes to Malarkey, who also directed the crisply paced series). Maybe not as tangible but as salient

a hometown giveaway is the back-and-forth between Ogborn and Baker as they flex their improv-comedy muscles, toned right here in shows like their hit The TomKat Project. —Kevin Warwick

Best Act of Resurfacing

Northwestern University’s Mary and Leigh Block Museum of Art

40 Arts Circle Dr., Evanston, 847-491-4000, blockmuseum.northwestern.edu Last August at Northwestern’s Block Museum of Art, a pipe connected to the sprinkler system burst, showering the main gallery. No art was harmed in the deluge, but the building, designed by Dirk Lohan, sustained enough water damage to require it to reschedule

its fall exhibit, “Steichen/Warhol: Picturing Fame,” and close its doors till the end of the year. Director Lisa Graziose Corrin (who once commissioned an installation titled Drowned in a Glass of Water) assured the public that the Block would “sparkle” when it resurfaced, and in January the museum did just that, reopening with not only the Steichen/Warhol exhibit but a redesigned, more inviting lobby space (previously planned) and a second major show, “The Left Front: Radical Art in the ‘Red Decade,’ 1929-1940,” which ran through June 22. It’s all part of Corrin’s vision of opening the museum’s floodgates to discussion and collaboration. To that end, Susy Bielak, appointed last as year as the Block’s first associate director of engagement and curator of public practice, organized a May artists’ congress of activities inspired by the question “What should revolutionary artists do today?” Not only is the Block unsinkable, it’s trying to make some waves. —Laura Pearson


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Chicago Truborn

Best Sculpture With Everything Including the Kitchen Sink

1418 W. Division 773-420-9764 chicagotruborn.com

Mike’s Pan Tree

Best Renovation of a Mag Mile Icon ANDREA BAUER

Wrigley Building

400 N. Michigan, thewrigleybuilding.com “What’s old is new again” has always been a fashion shibboleth, but it sprang to life with the Wrigley Building’s recent renovation. The shimmering bright-white landmark, designed by Graham, Anderson, Probst & White and informed by the Giralda Tower in Seville, became the Mag Mile’s first statement piece when William Wrigley Jr.’s team finished the second tower in 1924. Fast-forward many packs of chewing gum and one ugly metal-

and-glass wall later to 2011, when the abused old building parted ways with its namesake company and was scooped up by an investor group including the cofounders of Groupon. A $70 million renovation led by architects at Goettsch Partners replaced the offending wall with glistening terra-cotta, its ornamentation restored, and updated the plaza between

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Sideshow Gallery

What would Joyce Kilmer make of the tree on the grassy boulevard in Brighton Park? A tree that gleams at God all day, and lifts her pots and pans to pray? Besides soup pots and frying pans, Mike’s Pan Tree (or Pantry—get it?) has coffee urns, a Thermos, pie tins, tea kettles, colanders, a rusty ladle, soup spoons, and sink strainers welded to 400-series stainless-steel tubing. And in its crown is a stainless-steel kitchen sink. For the piece, part of the city’s “Sculpture on the Boulevards” exhibit (which runs through the fall), Berwyn artist Mike Helbing combined his interest in trees and other natural J

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forms with his interest in recycling discarded consumer products; he collected most of the cookware from scrap yards. Eventually, he points out, the copper bottoms of some of the pans will turn green, just like leaves. —Steve Bogira

Best Dead Artist Marketing Campaign

Vivian Maier

Marketing campaigns for dead artists are nothing new—think of all the hoopla for those long-gone French impressionists. But the meteoric posthumous rise of local photographer Vivian Maier, fueled by an intriguing discovery story and the power of the Internet, is unprecedented. Maier died impoverished and unknown in April 2009. Six months later local real estate agent John Maloof—who’d previously bought a box containing 30,000 Maier negatives for $400 at an auction—posted a few of the pictures on the Flickr forum Hardcore Street Photography. Maloof also contacted some museums and journalists, and the rest is history: scads of media coverage, dozens of exhibits, four books (plus two more coming out), and two feature-length documentary films, all mining the story of Maier’s life as an eccentric North Shore nanny with an obsessive and secret talent. Five years after her death, the starting price for a single print made from those undeveloped negatives is $2,200. —Deanna Isaacs

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Best Gem of an Exhibit at an Art Museum Next to the Red Line

“From Heart to Hand: African American Quilts From the Montgomery Museum of Fine Arts”

DePaul Art Museum, 935 W. Fullerton, 773325-7506, museums.depaul.edu Steps from the Fullerton el stop, the DePaul Art Museum is comfortably cozy, just two

floors, a handful of rooms on each—you can walk through the whole thing in 45 minutes. It was a perfect venue for the homey, justclosed exhibit “From Heart to Hand,” devoted to African-American quilts from Gee’s Bend, Alabama. Some pieces were relatively symmetrical, like Mary Maxtion’s Everybody Quilt, a delightfully imperfect grid of panels each individually patterned, so you feel like you’re looking into a series of only partially glimpsed alternate dimensions. Others, like Nora Ezell’s dazzling 2001 Star Puzzle, gleefully set up frames only to burst right through them.

The last room of the exhibit was devoted to the representational work of Tuscaloosa schoolteacher Yvonne Wells, whose tributes to Rosa Parks and Jackie Robinson play with composition and scale in a vertiginous way that suggests medieval painting—space itself seems warped around the impulse to show and commemorate. No matter how snugly everything fit, it was hard not to wish for a bigger site and more space for such an affecting collection; if you could fill the Art Institute with quilts like these, it wouldn’t be too much. —Noah Berlatsky


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Lauren M. Pacheco

Chicago Urban Art Society 600 W. Cermak, unit 1B 773-951-8101 chicagourbanartsociety.com Runner-Up:

Pawn Works

Chicago Urban Art Society

Best Art Sale

Renegade Craft Fair

Division between Damen and Paulina renegadecraft.com/chicago Runner-Up:

Old Town Art Fair

Contemporary Art in Streeterville. That the organization strives to cover so much ground is in keeping with its mission of promoting the history of the whole Chicago area, which makes it a valuable educational resource as well as a cinematic one. This has been a big year for CFA: not only did it celebrate its tenth anniversary in May, it also brought Chicago-centric programs to the University of Glasgow and the EYE Film Institute in the Netherlands. —Ben Sachs

Best Free Programming

Film Studies Center at University of Chicago

University of Chicago Cobb Hall, 5811 S. Ellis, filmstudiescenter.uchicago.edu In the past year the University of Chicago Film Studies Center has hosted an astonishing range of programs at Logan Center for the Arts: a new 35-millimeter print of Nagisa Oshima’s Death by Hanging (1968); a recently concluded series of Chinese opera films, copresented by the Smart Museum of Art; and a double bill, copresented by South Side Projections, of the Kartemquin Films documentary Trick Bag (1974), with director Peter Kuttner in attendance, and the cinema verite classic No Vietnamese Ever Called Me Nigger (1968). Even more astonishing is the fact that all FSC events are free—a tremendous deal, given the always top-notch sound and image quality. —Ben Sachs

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Crimes Against Humanity

facebook.com/crimesmovie?group_id=0 When I interviewed writer-director Jerzy Rose last summer, he named Luis Buñuel as a major influence on his second feature, Crimes Against Humanity, which screened at the Gene Siskel Film Center and Doc Films before playing at the Slamdance Film Festival in January. Rose’s admiration for Buñuel makes him practically unique among up-and-coming American independents; nowadays every new filmmaker wants to be John Cassavetes, Terrence Malick, or Michael Haneke. The hero of Crimes Against Humanity, a dean’s assistant at the University of Chicago, becomes convinced there’s a satanist cabal in the ethnomusicology department, and numerous absurd complications follow, many of them quite funny. The cast is a who’s who of Chicago experimental filmmakers, and Rose manages to translate into narrative form the irreverent humor and formal playfulness of much local experimental work. —Ben Sachs

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An Honest Living

facebook.com/anhonestlivingmovie Jordan Freese’s documentary pays loving tribute to Chicagoans who pursue their artis-

tic ambitions while holding down day jobs. Perceptive and humane, it inspires sympathy for the subjects (a musician who rehabs houses, a martial arts instructor who teaches high school math, a burlesque dancer who works as a secretary in the financial district, a painter who teaches night-school drawing classes) without resorting to sentimentality. The dominant tone is bittersweet, the theme of creative fulfillment offset by frank discussions of loneliness and disappointment. Freese raises some fundamental questions about the nature of art and the role of culture in everyday life, making this a rewarding conversation piece as well. An Honest Living screened twice in January as part of the Siskel Center’s “Stranger Than Fiction” series—someone should book it for a full run. —Ben Sachs

Best Museum Exhibit

“Christopher Wool” Art Institute of Chicago 111 S. Michigan 312-443-3600 artic.edu Runner-Up:

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Chicago International Film Festival

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LIT & LECTURES

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NO NEED TO BREAK out a tux or gown; the Printers Ball is a casual celebration of the printed medium. Now in its tenth year, the event kicks off Saturday at 4 PM with readings by regulars at the Danny’s and Dollhouse series, Brain Frame artists doing live interpretations of comics and zines, printmaker Leah PM). The schedule of readings and perforMackin demonstrating printing and book- mances features Salonathon contributors binding, and folks from Press Bike rolling (5 PM), teens from Young Chicago Authors out prints in the parking (5:30 PM), and poets Printers Ball lot. The theme is “chatLaura Goldstein and MiSat 6/28, 4-9 PM, ter,” shoptalk for the ink chael Slosek of Artificial Hubbard Street Lofts, 1821 W. debris around a print, Ear (7 PM). Hubbard, printersball.com; reservations required. F but there will be plenty Prolific book-cover of socializing too, with designer Chip Kidd— opportunities for print lovers to rub shoul- the man behind jackets for titles by Miders at a beer garden, a marketplace with chael Chabon, Haruki Murakami, James offerings from host Spudnik Press, and Ellroy, and Augusten Burroughs—will disa “book tote”—buy a bag and fill it with cuss his philosophy, as outlined in Go and paper goods. the forthcoming Judge This, with brand Chicago Zine Fest organizers and volun- designer Dana Arnett (6:30 PM); afterward teers will demonstrate ways to create one- Kidd will hang around for a signing. page zines (4:30 PM), Pixiehammer Press To close out the night, Brian Chankin of will be typing away at custom love (and Odd Obsession Movies spins reggae jams hate) letters (5:30-7 PM), and local car- in the beer garden (8 PM). So dance to toonist group Trubble Club will display a your heart’s content. It is a ball, after all. “graphically inspired” exquisite corpse (6 —Brianna Wellen

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Community Life. Thu 6/26, 7:30 PM, Women & Children First, 5233 N. Clark, womenandchildrenfirst.com. Laydeez Do Comics A discussion between lady comic artists and friends of lady comics artists. This edition features Cathy Hannah and MK Czerwiec. Mon 6/30, 7 PM, Book Cellar, 4736 N. Lincoln, bookcellarinc.com. Learnapalooza: Make a Zine Workshop Edie Fake (Gaylord Phoenix, Memory Palaces) leads this workshop. Sat 6/28, 4 PM, Quimby’s Bookstore, 1854 W. North, quimbys.com.

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(which has increased a whopping 1120 percent since 1978), the crushing debt being incurred by young people in order to graduate (which passed the $1 trillion mark this year), and the dismal job market they encounter as soon as they doff their caps and gowns, the wisdom of attending college is being questioned as never before in the nation’s history. Without a bachelor’s degree, you may find your lifetime earning potential severely curtailed, yet the cost of that degree may cripple you financially for decades to come. Rossi methodically unpacks the various factors that have caused tuition rates to spiral out of control. Over the past 30 years, the endless competition among colleges and universities for prestigious staff and facilities has inflated costs exponentially, with more and more money going for new building construction, executive compensation, ballooning administrative staffs, and student goodies like tanning beds, plasma TVs, and climbing walls. At the same time, troubled state governments slashed their funding of higher education, and our old pal Ronald Reagan decimated the federal student loan and Pell Grant programs in his heroic crusade to get government off our backs. More generally, college has come to be viewed as a middle-class entitlement, with kids attending school to party instead of study and viewing every class as a consumer product that ought to include a passing grade. In Ivory Tower the poster child for this decaying value system is Cooper Union, the venerable design school in New York City. Founded in 1859 by the industrialist and philanthropist Peter Cooper, the school was so handsomely endowed that for more than 150 years it offered free tuition to every student. But by 2013,

Cooper Union had taken on a staggering $175 million debt to construct a lavish new building designed by architect Thom Mayne, and disastrous hedge fund investments had left it unable to cover an annual mortage payment in excess of $10 million. President Jamshed Bharucha, whose compensation includes a $750,000 salary and free tenancy in a town house, became a lightning rod for student anger after the board of trustees, bowing to economy reality, voted to charge tuition for the first time. Rossi documents the student action that occupied the president’s office for 65 straight days, though in the end, the action failed and Cooper Union betrayed its celebrated legacy of offering a free education. One wonders what Aaron Swartz—who could barely be bothered with high school or college—thought about the Stanford University professors who banded together to form Udacity.com, a system of massive open online courses (or MOOCs) that promised to deliver a world-class education to anyone with a laptop and modem. California governor Jerry Brown, whose state has slashed college funding by one quarter since 2008, decided to give Udacity a shot, and last year it was incorporated into the curriculum of San Jose State University. Ann Larson, an adjunct professor at the school, points out to Rossi, “We’re really creating hierarchies, where the students who can afford it work with teachers, have one-on-one face time with faculty, and students who can’t afford it will go on YouTube.” Pass rates and student feedback were so dismal that SJSU suspended the program after one semester, but it may be the harbinger of a 21st century in which knowledge really is free—and worth every cent. v

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STUDIO $900 AND OVER LINCOLN PARK. 545 W. ARLINGTON PLACE. (2450 North) 2-1/2 room studio Available September 5. $1020. Beautiful courtyard building with exposed brick hallways, oak floors, modern kitchens and baths. Heat and appliances included. Resident engineer. For appointment, call 312-822-1037 weekdays til 5:30PM, Saturdays to 3:00PM and days to 2:00PM. TWO BLOCKS FROM lake! $945. Convertible studios. Heat included, no deposit. Lakeview, 649 W Oakdale, off Broadway and Belmont. Walk-up, hardwood floor. Hasan 773617-6649. Pictures and floorplans at http://realtymortgageco.com/neighb orhoods/lakeview/649woakdale

Jackson 312-226-4678

ROYALTON HOTEL KITCHE N E T T E $125 & up wk. 1810 W. Jackson 312-226-4678

1 BR UNDER $700 PUBLIC ANNOUNCEMENT Los Vecinos Apartments, located at 4250 W. North Avenue, Chicago, Illinois, is opening its federally subsidized Section8 Waiting List for individuals in need of Single Room Occupancy (SRO) Rental Apartments. Rent calculations are based upon your annual income and income limitations apply in order to qualify for residency. All requests for preapplications must be completed in person only and will be accepted at: Los Vecinos Apartments 4250 W. North Avenue Chicago, Illinois 60639 10:00 A.M. to 2:00P.M. Thursday, July 10, 2014 and Friday, July 11, 2014014 WOODLAWN SOUTH OF U of

ONE BLOCK FROM lake! $945,

heat included. No deposit. Lakeview. 451 W Melrose, off Belmont and Lake Shore. Elevator, carpet. Ziggy, 773617-6451. Pictures and floorplans at http://www.realtymortgageco.com/ neighborhoods/lakeview/451wmelro se

EDGEWATER - NICE Room with

stove, fridge & bath, by Shopping & Transp. Elevator, Lndry. $112/wk. & Up. Call 773-275-4442

CHICAGO 78TH & S. Winchester. 1st flr. Lg. Apt. 4 rms, 1 BR, carpeted, decorated, heated, $650. Call Charles (Manager) 312-4010911 CALUMET PARK, QUIET area, Newly Reno, Lg 1BR Apt, Pvt balc, appls, parking. Heat, Laundry, Near I-57 metro, $600/mo. (708) 4814720 BRIDGEVIEW 1 BEDROOM

large condo, strove, fridge, $650/month + electric. Call 708-4852246 or 630-781-5221.

CHICAGO- 75TH AND Saginaw,

1 BR, studios, $625-$850. Wall to wall carpeting, stove and fridge, A/C, parking. Call. 312-403-8025

MELROSE PARK - 1600 Main St..

Ground level 1 BR, no pets please. $500/mo plus security. Avail Now! 708-345-1344 Ext. 5 (after 4pm)

5741 W 35TH St Cicero IL $625-

ROYALTON HOTEL KITCHE N E T T E $125 & up wk. 1810 W.

C Hospital on Marquette Rd. Newly Rehab 1 & 2BR, 1BA. updated kitchen, new crpt in BR’s, new flrs in LR, blinds, laundry on site, free parking, heat, water and cooking gas incl in rent. $590-$890/mo. TP Realty Mgmt. 773-869-0500

REMODELED 1BR W/ALL utilities incl $650/mo. 1906-10 E 79th St. Other locations available. 1, 3 & 1-5 BR Apts. SE & W side of Chicago. No security deposit. Wesley Realty 773-412-1153

CHICAGO 70TH & California. 1, 2 & 3 bedrooms, modern kitchen & bath, hardwood floors. Section 8 ok. $650-$850. 847-909-1538 CHICAGO - 718 E. 81st St., 1BR

Apt with heat, appliances, remodeled, hardwood floors, Sect 8 welcome. 847-533-5463

CHICAGO: 75TH & Eberhart,

1BR, appls, hrdwd flrs, heated, intercom & security cameras, $630 + . Call 773-881-3573

floorrearApt,heat & applsincl.,8322 S. Ingleside; newly remod$650/mo,1st& last/mo. Quietarea eled 1BR, $650, lndry, hrdwd flrs, neartrans& schools. No pets.773- appls, cable. Sec 8 welcome! 708-308-1509, 773-493-3500 206-9405

ACACIA SRO HOTEL Men Preferred! Rooms for Rent. Weekly & Monthly Rates. 312-421-4597

517-25

TINLEY PARK - 1 BR near train station, no pets, fully remodeled, $600/mo. + sec. deposit. Call after 1 pm. Available now. 270-978-1726

CHICAGO SOUTH - 1BR, 2nd

SOUTHSIDE - 8535 South Green. Well maintained 1 & 2 bedrooms starting at $600-$750. Security Deposit required. 773-874-8451

ACACIA SRO HOTEL Men Preferred! Rooms for Rent. Weekly & Monthly Rates. 312-421-4597

BROMPTON.

Modern, 1br, $650 per month. Large efficiency $550. Utils incl, with appliances. 708-218-1942 or 708-6254935

9676

$780. No security deposit! Heat included. Hardwood, laundry on site. Call Teddy at 773-617-1026, http://www.realtymortgageco.com

WEST

level 3BR, 2.5 bath, Duplex style Condo near Dunbar Park. 18ft ceilings, outdoor patio, pool & lndry. 312-4791239

SOUTH CHICAGO HEIGHTS-

MALDEN.

$835. No security deposit! Heat included. Hardwood floors, laundry. Call Jacob 773-491-2348. http://www.realtymortgageco.com

CHICAGO 1st Month FreeAffordable! 1BR, $595. Studios, $545. Heat Incl! No Application Fee. 1155 W. 83rd St. 773-514-1875

675 1BR remodeled, heat & water incl, No sec dep, income restricted Call Serafin 773 558 8492 Waukegan: 1 Bedroom in vintage bldg, hrwd flrs, game & exercise rooms, patio, lrg storage room. $615/mo. Heat incl 224-392-5100. Newly Decor. 76th/Drexel. 2BR. $700. Heat Incl. 73rd/Ridgeland. (SE) 2BR. DR, $750. Sec 8 Welc. 773-874-9637 or 773-493-5359

SOUTH SHORE: 1408 East 76th St. 1BR, nice clean Apt, quiet building, $675/Mo. + utilities. Serious Calls Only! 773-368-3435

78th/Ridgeland. 4rms 1BR. beaut hdwd flrs, LR, DR, kitchen, Heat incl, Nr all. $600 + $275 move-in fee. Brown RE Inc. 773-239-9566

OAK LAWN SPACIOUS

1 Bedroom, lots of closets. All electric. Appliances. Carpet. $625/mo 708-535-9789 CHICAGO 70th & King Dr, 1BR, clean, quiet, well maintained bldg, Lndry + Heat. $620/mo. 773-510-9290.

Blue Island, SW side, near trans & schls, no pets, 2BR, DR, lndry fac, credit chk & refs reqd. $765 + sec dep. Utils not incl. 708-481-5212 STEGER 1BR, APPLIANCES and water in-

cluded, 2nd floor, parking, cat OK. $550/mo + sec. 708-710-5649 CHICAGO - South Shore Large 1 & 3 BR, $650 &1,300/mo. Free heat. Near Transportation. Section 8 Wel. Call 708-932-4582

9300 S. BISHOP - Free Heat!!

XL Studio & 1BR with DR, hdwd flrs. Rehabbed. Stove & fridge included. $550-$650. 773-783-9675

SCHILLER PARK 1BR $600 & 2BR. $700

No Pets, Avail Now. 847-664-9951

CHICAGO, 8105 S. Paulina. 1BRs, 1st & 2nd flr, $575 & $600/mo + 1 month security. Heat included newly decorated, 708-870-4801

BRONZEVILLE, 4952 S. Prairie. 1BR. Heat, cooking gas & appls incl. Sect 8 ok. Lndry on site, prkg. $600 & up. Zoran 773-406-4841 WORTH, 1/2 month FREE Rent 1BR, $695/mo. Heat, water & cooking gas incl. A/C, dishwasher, new carpet, pets OK. 708-827-5161

7000 S. MERRILL: 2BR, sunroom, hdwd flrs, new remod., Comcast cable, lndry, O’keefe Elem, $850. Sec 8 ok. 708-308-1509, 773-493-3500

DOLTON, HUGE!!! RECENTLY

remodeled BRs. Laundry, A/C, Parking. $815/mo + security. Call 773386-3001

NO SECURITY DEPOSIT 6829 S Perry, 1BR Apt, $505/mo. HEAT INCLUDED 773-955-5106

CHICAGO, BEVERLY / Cal Park/ Blue Island Studio, 1 & 2BR. Heat, Appls, Balcony, Carpet, Laundry, Prkg. $500-$895. 708-388-0170 CHICAGO, HYDE PARK Arms Hotel, 5316 S. Harper, maid, phone, cable ready, fridge, laundry avail. $160/wk Call 773-493-3500

1370 W. 79th 1 BR $595 No Fees No Deposit Call 312-208-1771 CHICAGO HUGE, EXTRA large, deluxe, 3 rooms, 1 bedroom. Near Kimball Brown Line. $670 month includes heat. 773-710-3634.

Chicago, $499/mo. Cozy 1BR 75th & Union. Newly Remod, Sect 8 Welc. Near public trans and shopping, appl incl. 708-334-5188 Chicago W. Side 3859 W Maypole Rehabbed 1Bedrooms, $500/mo, Utilities not included 773-533-2900 or 773-617-0329 ALSIP 1 BEDROOM CLEAN & quiet includes heat, credit check, $690 708-371-6119 8000 S. HERMITAGE: 1BR $575/mo & 2 BR $675/mo. Tenants pay heat. Call Mrs Dennis 773-445-9470

1 BR $700-$799 W A U K E G A N 1 & 2 BEDROOMS: AVAILABLE NOW!

Free Heat, Gas & Water, Storage & Pool, SUMMER SPECIAL! 1ST MONTH RENT FREE. 1 Bdrm $760 / 2 Bdrm $875. 2BR includes almost 1000sf, Walk-in closet, 1.5BA, Come in to view model & fill out application. Heritage Green Apts., 336 N. Green Bay Road, 847-662-2273

LAKESIDE TOWER, 910 W Lawrence. 1 bedrooms starting at $795-$850 include heat and gas, laundry in building. Great view! Close to CTA Red Line, bus, stores, restaurants, lake, etc. For a showing contact Celio 773-396-1575, Hunter Properties 773-477-7070, www.hunterprop.com

ONE BEDROOM NEAR lake.

1341 W. Estes. Hardwood floors. Cats OK. Laundry in building. Heat included. $775-$790/ month. Available 8/1. www.lakefrontmgt.com. 773-7614318.

$795. BEST DEAL: Lakeview/

Southport/ Wrigleyville. 2nd smaller Bedroom included for price of studio! 550 sf, hardwood, renovated, clean, freshly painted. Big kitchen, living room! Available now. 773-817-1073.

Des Plaines - 1BR, includes heat, water & gas. New carpet & paint, parking, laundry facility. Clean! No pets. $775/mo. Call 773-225-6762 4521 NORTH MALDEN. $775. No security deposit! Heat included, Carpet, laundry on site. Call Teddy at 7 7 3 - 6 1 7 - 1 0 2 6 . http://www.realtymortgageco.com ALSIP - LUXURY l a r g e 2BR/1BA, $800. Appls, dish washer, lndry, storage & pkng. Beside the park w/ bike trails. 708-268-3762 BEVERLY AREA - 1 & 2BR.

Near transportation & shops. Pet friendly. Private parking. $750-$850 Water incl. 773-445-0857 or 630846-8876

1 BEDROOM APARTMENT for rent. newly remodeled. hardwood floors. mini blinds. 1 bathroom. credit check required $875 heat included call 773-908-2597 Austin Area, 1BR, 1BA, secure bldng, lndry on site, AC, $800 + 1 mth sec, heat & cooking gas incl. Call 773710-5052, before 6pm. ZION

LARGE

1-3

bedrooms. Homes and Apartments. Complete remodel. Vouchers Accepted. Call

NORTH CHICAGO HOMES & APTS. NEAR BUS. AIR TIONED. AVAILABLE (224)383-7732

CONDINOW!

FOREST PARK- 1BR nr Grn line.

Appls, heat, hot water, A/C, prkg, carpet, laundry facilities. Avail able now. $770/mo. 708-771-5035

7655 S. YATES/2402 E. 77th. Lg 1BR w/DR, (or sm 2BR) free heat, glistening flrs, blinds, pic windows, c-fan, $700+. 312-479-5502 CHATHAM NEAR 80TH. Deluxe

remodeled 1 Bedroom apt. Sun room. A/C. $775 + heat and hot water. Call 773-994-2233 or 773-358-0858. Des Plaines: 1 Bdrm (Avail now) $750-$780, 2 Bdrm (Avail June 1) $900-$950, includes heat, laundry & parking. GRE Prop 847-297-1500 TINLEY PARK 1BR. $720 & 2BR. $815 + Security & Credit Check. Heated, A/C, laundry, newer carpet, near shops, no pets. 630-207-5994

Gary West, Newly remodeled, 1BR, Stove & Fridge included, No Pets, Security Deposit required. Call 219-886-1310

1 BR $800-$899 ROGERS PARK/ EVANSTON!

7711 N Sheridan. 1 bedroom $825$850 includes heat and cooking gas! Half block to park and beach, east of Sheridan Rd. Pristine vintage courtyard building, close to Evanston Northwestern University. Long term private ownership, storage lockers, remodeled kitchen and baths, hardwood floors, free wifi, cats OK, dogs upon approval, walking distance to CTA train, etc. $40 application fee. No security deposit! For a showing contact Samir 773-627-4894, Hunter Properties 773-477-7070, www.hunterprop.com

Free Wi-Fi. Heat Included. Homes & Apts. CALL (847)235-7100

1 BR $900-$1099 EVANSTON 1124-1134 CHURCH. 1 Bedroom Available

July 1. $1060. Vintage building w/ up-to-date facilities. Near Northwestern, Evanston shops, restaurants, “L” and Metra. Large kitchens, hardwood floors and laundry on premises. Heat and appliances included. For appointment call 312822-1037 til 5:00PM and weekends til 3:00PM.

Bedroom Available Sept. 5 and Sept 10. $1040-$1230. Vintage courtyard building w/spacious rooms, laundry and storage on premises. Shuttle to Northwestern, near transportation and shopping on Central. Heat and appliances included. 35-lb. pets OK. For appointment call 312-822-1037 weekdays til 5:30PM and weekends til 3:00PM.

EVANSTON, 822-1/2 FOREST

AVE., #B3. 1 Bedroom Available Aug. 1 to Aug. 31 $970, Sept. 1 $1070. Sedate residential area near Sheridan Road. Near Main Street, shops, restaurants and transportation. Heat and appliances included. For appointment call 312-822-1037 weekdays til 5:30PM, Saturdays and Sundays til 2:00PM.

ONE BLOCK FROM lake! $995. Heat included. No deposit, Lakeview, 520 W Stratford, off Addison and Lake Shore, walk-up, carpet. Mario, 312-933-1660. Pictures and floorplans a t http://www.realtymortgageco.com/ neigthborhoods/lakeview/520wstrat fordplace525cornelia ONE BLOCK FROM lake! $955. Heat and electric included. No deposit. Lakeview, 3616 N Pine Grove, off Addison and Lake Shore. Elevator, carpet. Marilena, 773-517-3312. Pictures and floorplans at http://www.realtymortgageco.com/ neighborhoods/lakeview/3616npineg rove ONE BLOCK FROM lake! $955, heat included. No deposit! Lakeview. 420 W Melrose, off Belmont and Lake Shore. Elevator, carpet. Ziggy, 773-617-6451. Pictures and floorplans a t http://www.realtymortgageco.com/ neighborhoods/lakeview/420wmelro se EAST ROGERS PARK, steps to the beach at 1240 West Jarvis, four rooms, one bedroom, one bath, dishwasher, ac, heat and gas included. Balcony, carpeted, cable, laundry facility, elevator building, parking available, and no pets. Prefer nonsmoking. Price is $900 monthly. Call 773764-9824. ONE BLOCK FROM lake! $925.

Ac. No deposit! Lakeview. 3941 N Pine Grove, off Irving Park and Lake Shore. Elevator, carpet. Nermin, 773617-0702. Pictures and floorplans at http://www.realtymortgageco.com/ neighborhoods/lakeview/3941npineg rove

7621 NORTH SHERIDAN: No

security deposit. 1 bedroom, 1 bath apartment, secure elevator/ courtyard building near lake. Pay only electric. Laundry, lots of space, assigned parking extra. No pets. $800. Call Casey, 847-498-8988.

4407-09

NORTH

424 W OAKDALE. $1065-$1130.

No security deposit! Heat included, hardwood floors, laundry, large closets, parking available. Call Anvar, 7 7 3 - 4 9 1 - 2 3 3 7 , http://www.realtymortgageco.com

EVANSTON 818-20 FOREST

AVE. 1 Bedroom. Available Aug. 5, $1235. Stately building on quiet street, near Sheridan Road. Near Main Street, shops, restaurants and transportation. Heat and appliances included. For appointment call 312822-1037 weekdays until 5:30PM, Saturdays and Sundays til 2:00PM.

MALDEN.

$995. No security deposit! Heat included. Hardwood, laundry on site. Call Teddy at 773-617-1026, http://www.realtymortgageco.com

529 MICHIGAN, EVANSTON WAUKEGAN NORTHSIDE

WEST ROGERS PARK, 7445 N

Claremont. 1 bedroom $875 includes heat. Hardwood floors, laundry in the building, walking distance to shops, etc. Application fee $40. No security deposit. For a showing please contact Fatima at 773-732-8436. Hunter Properties 773-477-7070, www.hunterprop.com

bedroom for $925. Hardwood floors, ceiling fans, new windows. Cooking gas, heat included. Laundry in building. Close to transportation. Available 7/1. Contact 773-472-8469. Cat OK.

(224)381-2027

EVANSTON 1400 CENTRAL. 1 Chicago, 1BR, $560, no security deposit. $250 non refundable move in fee. 7325 S. East End. Call 773-612-6718

4350 NORTH ASHLAND. One

IL. $960 1 bedroom, very spacious. Please contact WTRM leasing to schedule a showing: 773-248-9936.

ONE BLOCK FROM park! $1345. Heat and electric included. No deposit. Lincoln Park, 530 W Arlington, off Fullerton and Clark. Elevator, carpet. Aner 773-617-6530. Pictures and floorplans at http://realtymortgageco.com/neighb orhoods/lincolnpark/530warlingtonp lace EVANSTON, 818-24 FOREST

1 BR $1100 AND OVER EVANSTON 2210-2222 MA-

PLE. 1 Bedroom Available July 1, Aug. 1 & Sept. 1. $1265-$1410. Beautiful courtyard building near Northwestern campus. Close to shopping and transportation. Heat and appliances included w/on-site laundry and storage. For appointment call 312-822 1037 weekdays til 5:30PM and Saturdays to 3:00PM and Sundays to 2:00PM.

AVE. 1 Bedroom. Available Aug. 5 and Aug 10, $1225-$1230. Sedate residential area near Sheridan Road. Near Main Street, shops, restaurants and transportation. Heat and appliances included. For appointment call 312-822-1037 weekdays til 5:30PM, Saturdays and Sundays til 2:00PM.

ONE BLOCK FROM park! $1125.

No deposit. Lincoln Park, 2616 N Hampden Ct, off Diversey and Lakeview. Walk-up, carpet, ac. Al, 773617-2616. Pictures and floorplans at http://www.realtymortgageco.com/ neighborhoods/lincolnpark/2616nha mpden

EVANSTON 1125 DAVIS, 1615-

45 RIDGE. 1 Bedroom. Available July 1 and Sept 1. $1220-$1230. Near Northwestern, downtown Evanston, shops, restaurants, movies, “L” and Metra. Large kitchens, spacious closets, hardwood floors and laundry on premises. Heat and appliances included. For appointment call 312822-1037 weekdays til 5:30PM, Saturdays and Sundays til 2:00PM.

ONE BLOCK FROM lake! $1195 heat included. No deposit. Lakeview, 440 W Barry, off Belmont and Lake Shore. Elevator, carpet. Mrs Papa 773-619-0288. Pictures and floorplans at http://realtymortgageco.com/neighb orhoods/lakeview/440wbarry BEAUTIFUL

EVANSTON 2228-38 SHERMAN. 1 Bedroom Available Sep-

tember 1. $1455. Near Northwestern, shopping and “L”. Large kitchen, hardwood floors and laundry on premises. Heat and appliances included. For appointment call 312822-1037 weekdays til 5:30PM and Saturdays to 3:00PM and Sundays to 2:00PM.

EVANSTON 2212-2226 SHER-

MAN. 1 Bedroom Available Aug. 1 & Sept. 1, $1285-$1395. Near Northwestern, shopping, “L”. Large kitchens, hardwood floors, laundry on premises,. Heat and appliances included. For appointment call 312822-1037 weekdays til 5:30PM and Saturdays to 3:00PM and Sundays to 2:00PM

EVANSTON 2200-2210 SHERMAN. 1 Bedroom Available

July 1 & Sept. 1, $1195-$1235. Near Northwestern, shopping, “L”. Large kitchens, spacious closets, laundry on premises, hardwood floors. Heat and appliances included. For appointment call 312-822-1037 weekdays til 5:30PM and Saturdays to 3:00PM and Sundays to 2:00PM

GOLD

COAST

high-rise! 1 br for $1460! Doorman, workout facility, on-site laundry, pool, and cat friendly! Contact Apartment People at 773-248-8800. www.apartmentpeople.com. 3121 N. Broadway. Building ID 671.

ONE BEDROOM, BUENA Park

apartment. New sink and dw, butcher block countertops, in-unit wd. Back deck. Includes 1 parking space, heating and cable. No pets. No smoking. $1450/ month. Contact: junebug.emily@gmail.com.

LARGE ONE BEDROOM, Lincoln Square. Free heat, hot water, laundry, private yard, enclosed porch, intercom system, security cameras, hwfl, close to el. $1150$1200, deposit. 773-728-1583.

1 BR OTHER ROUND LAKE BEACH, IL

Cedar Villas is accepting applications for IMMEDIATE OCCUPANCY for subsidized 1BR apts. for seniors 62 years or older and the disabled. Rent is based on 30% of annual income. For details, call us at 847-546-1899

EVANSTON 818-1/2 FOREST

AVENUE, #C-1. 4 rooms/ 1 bedroom Available Sept. 1 to Apr. 30, 2015 $1175. Stately building on quiet street, near Sheridan Road. Near Main Street, shops, restaurants and transportation. Heat and appliances included. For appointment call 312822-1037 weekdays til 5:30PM, Saturdays and Sundays til 2:00PM.

GRANITE/ STAINLESS KITCHEN! Millennium Park one

bedroom condo! Balcony, in-unit laundry, hardwood, central air. Pool/ gym/ doorman. $1800 heated. Apartment People, 312-335-9800, rivernorth@apartmentpeople.com. 3121 N. Broadway. Building ID 29782.

1960-1966 HEART OF DEPAUL, 1008 W.

Belden, #303. Great 1 bedroom Available July 1 to Sept. 30. $1245. DePaul campus across from the student center at Belden & Sheffield. Air-conditioned, hardwood floors and near transportation. For appointment, call 312-822-1037 weekdays til 5:30PM, Saturdays to 3:00PM and Sundays to 2:00PM.

EVANSTON NEAR LAKE MICHIGAN. 609 SHERIDAN. 1 bedroom. Available Aug. 5 and Aug 10. $1200. Bright, airy, quiet, updated w/ manicured grounds and 1 block from the Lake. Great engineer. Heat and appliances included. 35-lb Pets OK. For appointment call 312-822-1037 weekdays til 5:30PM and Saturdays to 3:00PM and Sundays to 2:00PM.

WEST

AINSLIE.

Lovely one bedroom apartment in great, fun neighborhood. Heat, hot water included. Freshly decorated including hardwood floors. A Gilbert Realty Co. building; on-site manager. Please call Ismet: 773-290-9021 or Mike, 773-727-5117.

7022 S. SHORE DRIVE Impecca-

bly Clean Highrise STUDIOS, 1 & 2 BEDROOMS Facing Lake & Park. Laundry & Security on Premises. Parking & Apts. Are Subject to Availability. TOWNHOUSE APARTMENTS 773-288-1030

AURORA

SPAC,

UPDATED

1BR Condo, tenant pays elec, off st pkng, no pets/smoking. $1050/ mo + $1500 sec dep. 708-420-8665

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BEST PRICE BEST APARTMENT BEST LOCATION $99 Move-In. 1BR, 8416 S. Cottage. Next to Target & Nike stores. 773-487-0053

Calumet City: 579 Wentworth, 2BR, LR, sun porch. Avail 7/1. $700/mo + 1 mo sec dep. Utilities NOT incl. Section 8 ok. Call 708420-8150

CRESTWOOD, 1BR Apartment, 1.5 month security deposit. Close to transportation, heat & water included. Call Pam. 708-7706895

CHICAGO, PRINCETON PARK

CHICAGO – ENGLEWOOD & BRONZEVILLE. Newly rehabbed studios, 1-3bds; Heat Included. Call (773) 423-5727

Vicinity of 83rd and Ashland 1BR 1BA $725 per month, plus security. Modern 1st floor apartment. Call for more information 708-565-6973 71st & Western:1BR $525-575, hardwood, Updated Kitchen, New appliances, sec. 8 welcome. 773-558-8492, 312-208-1771, 312-550-4777 72nd/Michigan, 2 Bdrms Renov. w/eat in Kitchen.Free HEAT Hardwood floors, $755 No S/D! 312-550-4777

HUMBOLDT PARK - 1 & 2BR apartments, spacious, oak wood flrs, huge closets. heat incl, decorated. $735-$845. 847-866-7234

AURORA - SMALL Efficiency

Apt. 1147 Rural St. Available immed. To schedule appointment call 630862-1781 M-F from 9-4pm.

MOTHER AND NURSE of two

kids looking for a 3BR, 2BA rental home in North Aurora. Please contact 630-803-5458

SKOKIE - 1 BR, next to park.

9140 Gross Point Rd. private parking, heat & water incl, A/C, W/D, storage in bsmt. 847-707-8253

LOOKING TO MOVE??? Remodeled 1, 2, 3 & 4BR Apts. heat / appls included. South Side locations only. 773-593-4357

LIBERTYVILLE VERY clean. Great location.

No pets. No Smoking Must See. 847-362-0078

CALUMET PARK 1 & 2BR, Studio Free Heat!! Newly decor, sec cameras, modern building. Appl, carpet, a/c, balc, laundry. 630-323-1865

MATTESON BUTTERFIELD II

Sub Div. 4BR, 4BA, finished bsmt, 3 car garage, 2nd flr laundry, near I57, no pets. 708-259-7552

6930 S. SOUTH SHORE DRIVE Studios & 1BR, INCL. Ht, Elec, Cking gas & PARKING, $485-$740, Country Club Apts 773-752-2200

HAMMOND, INDIANA 1-2BR

TANGLEWOOD APTS $250 SEC DEP 219-844-2100

OAK LAWN CLEAN 1 BR Private Parking, No Pets, Incl Heat and Water. Senior Discount. 708-361-1254

OAK FOREST, 1 bedroom

apartment, near Rock Island train. Heat included. 708-927-9567

NOW READY!!! 1, 2 & 3BR. $99 Move In. Call (773) 874-1122

2 BR UNDER $900

NOW ACCEPTING APPLICATIONS:

Chicago - 4750-58 S. Michigan Beautiful, luxury, spacious 1, 2, 3 & 4 BR Apts. Rental rates from $675-$975 Qualify for 1 Month Free rent 312-372-6703 ext 2

NOW ACCEPTING APPLICATIONS:

Riverdale - 14036 Tracy Newly reno luxury 1 & 2 BR Apts. 1BRs $567-$752/mo. 2BRs. $679-$842/mo 312-372-6703 ext 2 Annual Income Restrictions Apply

SANDWICH- 2 BEDROOM, 1

bath. $745 a month plus security. Call Adem at 815-786-2133 or 815981-1552

HOMES. Spac 2 - 3 BR Townhomes, Inclu: Prvt entry, full bsmt, lndry hook-ups. Ample prkg. Close to trans & schls. Starts at $777/mo. www.ppkhomes.com;773-264-3005

5441 S. Hermitage -2nd Flr, 2BR Incl. Heat, elec, stove, fridge, window blinds & hdwd flrs $800/mo + 1 mo security. Contact Mr. Roby 773-552-7152 cell

CHICAGO - 89th & Blackstone. 2-bedroom apt, 3rd floor, heat included, no applicances available. $850/mo + 1 month security. Call 773-375-9842 between 37pm. BELLWOOD 443 22nd, 2BR, 1st floor, stove & fridge incl. Section 8 Housing welcome. $825, no sec dep. 708.383.2067 AURORA AFFORDABLE, SAFE, clean, Studios $550+, 1BRs

$695+, 2BR $895+. Tenants pay elec. SD req. 321 Old Indian Trl. 847-9427494

LIBERTYVILLE-

1MO. FREE!

Pets OK. 2BR $880/mo. A/C. Tenant pays utils. Park setting. Lbville Schls, Nr 176 & Milwke. 1yr Lease. Call Nancy 312-782-6388

CHICAGO -5356 S. Hermitage.

2BR, hardwood floors, newly remodeled. $550/month plus security. Tenant pays utilities & heat. 773-8967838

78XX S. MARSHFIELD 2BR 1BA

$900 + 1mon sec. 1st fl, newly decorated apt, hardwood flrs, Sec 8 wel. No pets. Avail now. Call 773-4347464

Chicago, Newly Remodeled, 2BR, hardwood floors, new kitchen & bath, $800/mo, no security. Heat & hot water incl. 708-921-9506 CHICAGO,

TOTAL

GUT

Rehabbed, 2BR, Loft Style Apt, Stove/Fridge, Off Street Parking, Near Trans, $775/mo. Must See! 773914-7808

SEC 8 WELC. 7548 S. Gladstone. 2BR. $750. 7105 S. Champlain 2BR. $730. Laundry on Site. 773-966-5275 or Steve 773-936-4749 FOUR ROOM, TWO bedroom. Vintage unit in Old Irving Park, $850 plus deposit. New windows, free heat and water. Intercom. Hardwood floors. 773-728-1583. CHICAGO 2BR 91st and Ada. Heat/ appliances included. $800. 1BR. 82nd and Ashland. $650. Heat Incl, Hdwd flrs RANCH REALTY - 773-238-3977

7410 S. Evans. 1st floor. Newly Remod 2BR, LR, DR, Kitch & BA. Fireplace. Heat incl. $775+sec. 773-259-1759 or 773487-7970 6612-14 S. GREENWOOD 2BR, 5rm, 1Ba, $675/mo + utils, gas, & elec, New H/W flrs, No Sec Dep, 312208-1771 BURBANK 2BR, 1ST flr, balcony,

CHICAGO SOUTHEAST SIDE

617 E Marquette. 2 BR/1BA. $650/mo + 1 mo sec. heat incl. Credit check req. 773-375-1701

CHATHAM 73RD & Indiana.

Large Deluxe 2BR, laundry room, hardwood floors, near transportation. $800-$900. 312-341-1950 ZION: 3 BR 2-sty brick TH, 1.5BA bsmt, W/D. $1050/mo. Sec 8 ok. WKGN: 5 rm, 2BR apt, $750/mo, hrdwd flrs, Sec 8 ok. 708-603-1359

2BR, NEAR 85TH & ESCANABA, NEWLY DECOR, INCL STOVE, NO PETS. $535/MO + 1 MO SECURITY. 708-747-0054 CITY WEST/AUSTIN- 5 Rms,

2BR, 2 flat, 228 N LeClaire, $750/mo. / 6 Rms, 3BR, 2 flat, 4923 W Walton $875. 708-865-8903

92ND & BISHOP - Spacious 2BR,

Lrg LR, Formal DR, Modern Kitch & Bath, Hdwd Flrs, $850/Mo + 1 Mo Sec. Brown RE, 773-239-9400

CHATHAM - 8843 S. Harper. 1st

floor, 2BR w/ office, newly updated, hdwd flrs, stove incl, tenant pays utilities, $850 + sec. 773-426-5253

CHICAGO - 73RD and Jeffery. 2

BR, 1 BA, Heated, appliances, hardwood flrs, laundry facilities, $675/month & up. 773-881-3573

HARVEY EAST- NEWLY remodeled 2BR apt, 1st flr, appliances, $775/month + $775 security. Credit Check. 708-289-5168 CHICAGO 70TH & Maplewood

2BR, appls, heat, hdwd floors, fans, laundry room, $780/mo & up. Call 773-881-3573

Bright, Spotless & Secure. 2 & 3BR, fully rehab, hdwd, heat incl, laundry, appls, Sect 8 OK. $800+. 70th & Sangamon, 773-456-6900

MATTESON 2BR, $875 + 1 mo sec. Sec 8 OK, No Dep if Qualified. 708-625-7355 WAUKEGAN: 710 PINE St. 2 bedroom, $750.

1318 Clarkson. 1 bedroom, $650. Leave Message 847-662-3789 ZION & BEACH PARK. All in 2 unit bldgs. 2BR. $675. 3BR. $875-$900. Sec 8 OK. Call 847-263-0035

NORTH

WAUKEGAN,

NICE

2BR duplex for rent. Eat in kitchen, full bsmt, washer/dryer hk up, prkng, Sec 8 ok. $880/mo. 312-608-1514

CHICAGO - 2BR, near North Lawndale Clinic health & fitness center, great transportation, tenant pays utils, $675/mo, 773-562-3596

Gary 2253 Georgia St. 2 bedroom brick house, with basement, $500 / month, 1st + last + security. 219-588-9902 Lisle, Huge Prvt 3 Bdrm, 2 car Garage, 1&1/2 Bath Half block from train Call Billy 630-852-4125 Cozy 2BR basement apt. 61St/Artesian. Asking $550/mo. Utils not incl. 312985-6692

BRIDGEVIEW CLEAN & QUIET 2BR Condo $850/mo. laundry facility, balcony, no pets, 1.5 month sec req’d. 708-496-0043

1448 w 92nd st $725 large 1br hdwd flrs heat and water included No sec dep call Pam 312- 208-1771

quiet building, A/C, heated, parking, laundry, no pets. $850/mo + sec. 708-233-0206 or 708-598-8898

9051 S ADA $795 2BR updated

SOUTHSIDE - 8045 S. Carpenter, 2 bedrooms, heated, carpet, laundry room, appliances, $800/mo. Section 8 ok. 773-378-4525.

MIDLOTHIAN 3333 W.147TH ST.REMODELED 2-BDRM $695-$725 NO sec. dep. call Melvin 773-531-9761

CHICAGO 1001 W. 87th St, 2 bdrm, $725/mo + 2 mo sec. Appliances included, laundry on premises, Off street parking. 773-779-8717

SOUTH SIDE SPACIOUS 2BR Apt, hardwood floors, $875/month plus 1 month security. 7112 S. King Dr. Call 773-994-7138

96 CHICAGO READER | JUNE 26, 2014

heat & water incl, no sec. Call Pam 312-208-1771

EVANSTON 1615-1625 RIDGE.

2 Bedroom. Available now & Sept. 1. $1000-$1525. Vintage building w/ up-to-date facilities. Near Northwestern, downtown Evanston, restaurants and transportation. Large rooms, hardwood floors and laundry on premises. Heat and appliances included. For appointment call 312822-1037 til 5:00PM and weekends til 3:00PM.

WEST ROGERS PARK, 7445 N

Claremont. 2 bedroom $1050 includes heat. Hardwood floors, laundry in the building, walking distance to shops, etc. Application fee $40. No security deposit. For a showing please contact Fatima at 773-7328436. Hunter Properties 773-4777070, www.hunterprop.com

HEART OF BUCKTOWN. Ex-

ceptional apartment: 2 bedrooms, one bath, hardwood floors, ceiling fans, newer kitchen, free laundry facilities, storage, close to Blue Line, 2nd floor rear, 2224 N. Leavitt. No dogs, cats OK. Available 8/1/14. Call Ron, 847-494-9976.

$985. JUMBO. HEAT included.

West Rogers Park. Original two bedroom apartment with formal dining room. Full park view. 1 bath. All hardwood floors including kitchen. Laundry facility. Parking space available. Mint condition. Absolutely no pets or smoking allowed. 773-250-7700.

EVANSTON EXCEPTIONAL VINTAGE 2/BR- 1000 SQ FT , NEW APPLIANCES, SUNNY TOP FLOOR, GLEAMING OAK FLOORS, LARGE WINDOWS, SPACIOUS CLOSETS $1050/HEATED 773-743-4141 URBANEQUITIES.COM BRONZEVILLE 4727 S. Vincennes Ave. 1st & 2nd fl. Quiet, spac, smoke free, 5rms, 2br, hdwd, tile,c- fans/air, Ht, wtr, appls incl. Lndry on site. $950 +sec 312-757-0673 PLANO - 4 bedroom, 2 bath, set on 13 acres of farmland with fish pond. $1095/month + deposit. No pets. Call Adem at 815-981-1552 or 815-786-2133 4521 NORTH MALDEN. $1005.

No security deposit! Heat included, Carpet, laundry on site. Call Teddy at 7 7 3 - 6 1 7 - 1 0 2 6 . http://www.realtymortgageco.com

Oak Forest, Delxue 2BR, 1.5BA Condo, 2nd floor, C/A, nice area, no smoking/no pets. $1090 /mo + sec dep. Call 708-389-0270

Frankfort. 2bdrm, 1st flr with deck, heat/water incl, some pets ok, $900. Avail July Sec. 1 mon or no Sec. as is. 815-4693325 SPACIOUS 2BR: 1/2 1st Month Rent Free! Credit check + sec. dep. Near transp. Intercom, ceiling fan, 68th & Prairie. $780/mo. 773-8462310 CHICAGO S. - 2BR Apt, quiet area. $950/mo + 1 month security. 82nd/Wolcott. Nr park/playground Includes utilities. 773-406-1360 CALUMET CITY 2 - 4Bdrm, fully rehab w/gorgeous finishes w/hdwd flrs, 2 car gar, Sect 8 OK. $925$1250/mo. 510-735-7171

MANHATTAN: 2BR Apts. 1st & 2nd floor, all appliances, coin laundry, $870-$895. Call 815478-4316 North Chicago. Quiet, Cozy 2+ BR Home on Dead-End Street. Near Golf Course. Lg Yd, C/A, Unfin Bsmt, Gar. $950/mo 847-420-0909

2 BR $1100-$1299 DELUXE VINTAGE 2 BDRM on

2 BR $900-$1099 CHICAGO, Belmont Central, 2BR, 2nd floor, freshly painted, hdwd flrs, LR/DR. Laundry avail. Bright & sunny. Heated. Sec Dep. Credit check. No pets. $975/mo. 773-777-9325

Lake Shore Drive and Irving Park, on the lake and the park, across the Drive from the beach. Spacious 5-1/2 room, sunny, totally remodeled apartment, Central HVAC, sanded hardwood floors in a secure, immaculately kept, very quiet building. Beautiful street. Laundry. Express buses. Agent owned. No pets, please. 7/1, 8/1, 9/1, 10/1. From $1,295. 773880-2314.

EVANSTON 1400 CENTRAL.

2 Bedroom Available Sept. 10. $1240. Vintage courtyard building w/spacious rooms. Near transportation and shopping on Central w/shuttle to Northwestern. Heat and appliances included w/laundry and storage on premises. 35-lb. pets OK. For appointment call 312-822-1037 weekdays til 5:30PM and weekends til 3:00PM.

2 BEDROOM LARGE apartment for rent, living room and dining room ,newly remodeled hardwood floors, mini blinds,credit check required $1150 heat included call 773-9082597 EVANSTON SUNFILLED 1400 SQ.FT. 2BR, GREAT KIT, NEW APPLS, GLEAMING OAK FLRS, NEW WINDOWS, LNDRY & STORAGE, $1175 INCL. HEAT. 773-7434141 WWW.URBANEQUITIES.COM 5527 NORTH CAMPBELL. Two bedroom, $1100. Heat included. Call Kara, 773-895-6365 or Paul J. Quetschke & Co., 773-281-8400 (Monday-Friday, 9am-5pm). WORTH 2BR, 1BA, home, fully fenced yard. garage, quiet area, close to transportation. $1,200/month. 708-702-9795

NEW REMOD 2BR, 1BA, Brick T.H, bsmt, fenced yard. 735 E. 105th Pl. Sec 8 OK. Avail Now! $1100/mo. 708-699-7906 RIVERDALE - SOUTH SUBURBS, 2BR, full bsmt w/additional rm, newly painted, hdwd flrs, encl porch. $1150 + sec dep. 708-271-2986. LAKE FOREST - 2 BR, 1.5 BA du-

plex, East location. Hrdwd floors, garage, basement, W/D, no smoking or pets. $1250/ month. 847-815-4442

TINLEY, 7525 W. 175th, 2nd fl Lrg priv. balc., 2 BD, 2 BA, In-unit laundry, no pets, avail July 1st $1,195/mo, 708-597-2900 ext 14

2 BR $1300-$1499 EVANSTON

2210-2222 MAPLE. 2 Bedroom Available July 1 & Sept.1 $1445-$1945. Near Northwestern campus. Beautiful courtyard building w/on-site laundry and storage. Shopping and transportation a half-block away. Heat and appliances included. For appointment call 312-822-1037 weekdays til 5:30PM and Saturdays to 3:00PM and Sundays to 2:00PM.

EVANSTON 1645 RIDGE, #12-1.

2 Bedroom Available July 1-Aug. 1 $1440. Sept. 1 $1495. Beautiful vintage building with up-to-date facilities. Near Northwestern, Evanston shops, restaurants, movies and transportation. Large kitchen, hardwood floors and laundry on premises,. Heat and appliances included. For appointment call 312-822-1037 til 5:00PM and weekends til 3:00PM

ROGERS PARK TWO bedroom for $1400/ month! Large patio, inbuilding laundry, hardwood floors and granite/ stainless steel appliances! Contact Apartment People, 773248-8800. 3121 N. Broadway. www.apartmentpeople.com. Building ID 45256. AURORA - 2BR + loft/3rd BR,

2.5 BA, whirlpool tub, vaulted ceiling, skylights, FP, fin bsmt, deck, attached garage, 204 Dist, near shopping & Metra, Avail 6/30. $1375/mo. 309660-4585

FOREST PARK - Vintage 2+ BR,

1Ba, 1st floor of 2 flat with deck & yard, laundry, storage, garage, 1.5 blocks from Blue Line. $1375/month. Please Call Shelley 708-366-5175

2 BR $1500 AND OVER

EVANSTON, 2200-10 SHERMAN. 2 Bedrooms Available Aug. 1.

$1790. Near Northwestern, shopping, “L”. Large kitchens, hardwood floors and laundry on premises. Heat and appliances included. For appointment call 312-822-1037 weekdays til 5:30PM and Saturdays and Sundays to 2:00PM.

EVANSTON 1621 RIDGE, #C-1.

2 Bedroom Available July 1-Aug. 31, $1515. Sept. 1 $1525. Vintage building w/ up-to-date facilities. Near Northwestern, downtown Evanston, restaurants and transportation. Large rooms, hardwood floors and laundry on premises. Heat and appliances included. For appointment call 312-822-1037 til 5:00PM and weekends til 3:00PM.

EVANSTON 1125 DAVIS, Near Northwestern. 2 Bedrooms. Available July 1 and Sept 1. $1575. Near downtown Evanston, shops, restaurant, movies, transportation. Large kitchens, spacious closets, hardwood floors and laundry on premises. Heat and appliances included. For appointment call 312-822-1037 weekdays til 5:30PM, Saturdays and Sundays til 2:00PM. EVANSTON,

2228-38 SHER-

MAN. 2 Bedrooms Available Aug. 1. and September 1, $1705-$1725. Near Northwestern, shopping, “L”. Large kitchens, spacious closets, hardwood floors and laundry on premises. Heat and appliances included. For appointment call 312-822-1037 weekdays til 5:30PM and Saturdays and Sundays to 2:00PM.

LINCOLN PARK 3166 N. HUD-

SON, #18. 2 bedrooms Available Sept. 1 to Mar. 31, 2015, $1620. 2 buildings from the lakefront. Supersized rooms, full dining room, burnished Oak floors. Resident engineer. Heat and appliances included. To see call 312-822-1037 weekdays til 5:30PM, Saturdays to 3:00PM and Sundays to 2:00PM.

ONE BLOCK FROM lake! $1675. heat and cooking gas included. No deposit, Lakeview, 543-53 W Wellington, off Broadway and Belmont. Walk-up, hardwood floor. Al 773-6172616. Pictures and floorplans at http://realtymortgageco.com/neighb orhoods/lakeview/54353wwellington ONE BLOCK FROM lake! $1635 heat included. No deposit. Lakeview, 440 W Barry, off Belmont and Lake Shore. Elevator, carpet. Mrs Papa 773-619-0288. Pictures and floorplans at http://realtymortgageco.com/neighb orhoods/lakeview/440wbarry ONE BLOCK FROM lake! $1575,

heat included. No deposit. Lakeview, 527-37 W Aldine. Off Belmont and Broadway. Courtyard building, hardwood. Vee 773-617-6527. Pictures and floorplans at http://realtymortgageco.com/neighb orhoods/lakeview/527-37waldine

LAKEVIEW. BRIGHT, REHABBED two bedroom, two

bath. Large eat-in kitchen, dw, cac, wd, skylights, storage. Walk to everything: Paulina el, Whole Foods, health clubs. No pets/ smoking. Nonpermit street parking or garage. July. 312-720-8781.

LOGAN SQUARE DUPLEX! 3 br, 2 bath for $2600/ month! In-unit laundry, hardwood floors, pet friendly, woodburning fireplace, and steps to the el! Contact Apartment People, 773-248-8800. 3121 N. Broadway. Building ID 49513. FANTASTIC

DEPAUL

TWO

bedroom on Racine! Lots of sun, hardwood floors, yard, deck, modern kitchen, dishwasher, on-site laundry, $1600! Apartment People, 773-2488800. www.apartmentpeople.com. 3121 Broadway. Building ID 3542.

NAPERVILLE 2BR, 2.5BA T.H.,

lg den, 2 car garage, end unit, new crpt & pergo. $1500/mo. Pets OK. Owner IL Lic Broker. 630-248-0980

2 BR OTHER Jeffery Apartments/Jeffery Cyril Apartments 7130 S. Jeffery Blvd & 7144 S. Jeffery Blvd ½ month’s security deposit 1 month free rent on select units Studio, 1 & 2 BR w/1 full bath 2 & 3 BR w/2 full baths $650 - $1,100 ***Heat Included*** Visit or call 888-771-8224 www.Jefferyapts.com Managed by Metroplex, Inc. HYDE PARK WEST Apts., 5325 S. Cottage Grove Ave., Renovated spacious apartments in landscaped gated community. Off street parking available. Free Heat! Studios $664, 1BR* $821-$856, 2BR $980, 1MO FREE RENT ON ALL UNITS! *1/2 SEC DEP on 1BR ONLY & Leased by 5/31/14, Visit or call 773 324-0280, M-F: 9am-5pm & Sat. 10am-2pm, or apply onlinewww.hydeparkwest.com Managed by Metroplex, Inc HYDE PARK WEST Apts., 5325 S. Cottage Grove Ave., Renovated spacious apartments in landscaped gated community. Off street parking available. Free Heat! Studios $664, 1BR* $821-$856, 2BR $980, 1MO FREE RENT ON ALL UNITS! *1/2 SEC DEP on 1BR ONLY & Leased by 5/31/14, Visit or call 773 324-0280, M-F: 9am-5pm & Sat. 10am-2pm, or apply onlinewww.hydeparkwest.com Managed by Metroplex, Inc ROUND LAKE BEACH, IL Cedar Villas is accepting applications for Subsidized 2 and 3 bedroom apt waiting list. Rent is based on 30% of annual income for qualified applicants. Contact us at 847-546-1899 for details. ∫ HOUSES & CONDOS for Rent!

ORLAND PK SENIOR D I S COUNT Large 2BR, Balcony, super

clean quiet, security bldg, NEW carpet, blinds & appliances. 708-5214343

63rd & Western:1Br $545-600 2BR $750 hardwood, updated, new appl, Sec. 8 welcome 773-558-8492, 312-208-1771, 312-550-4777 7301 S. Stewart 1BDRMS $635 Heat Included No Security Deposit Call 773-276-9292 SKOKIE 5 ROOM apartment, 2BR, 1st flr, reasonable rent, heat incl. Schools & transportation nearby. Call 847-804-4455 Summer Special! no Move in fee. No application fee. NEAR 79th & Exchange 1 & 2BR, Heat Incl., 312-6201003

CHICAGO SOUTH SIDE Beauti-

ful Studios, 1,2,3 & 4 BR’s, Sec 8 ok. $500 gift certificate for Sec 8 tenants. 773-287-9999/312-446-3333

S. SHORE

DR/75TH. 8 3 R D /COMMERCIAL. 2, 3BR, 1st flr, XL, Remod, hdwd, appls, nr trans, lake, schls, shops 872-216-2005 1, 2 & 3 BR Apts. Appliances INCL., $250 Move In Fee Call us at 312-6201002

3 BR OR MORE UNDER $1200 $1040. JUMBO. HEAT includ-

ed. West Rogers Park. Original three bedroom apartment with formal dining room. Full park view. 1.5 baths. All hardwood floors including kitchen. Laundry facility. Parking space available. Mint condition. Absolutely no pets or smoking allowed. 773250-7700.

Chicago - 10841 S Hoxie. (1 block E of Torrence Ave) 5BR House, 1BA, newly remod, stove & fridge incl. Hdwd flrs throughout, $1100. No Sec Dep. 773-221-0061

2, 3, & 4 bedrooms Section 8 Welcome Call 773-784-7900

WILMETTE, AVAIL JULY 1ST, NEWLY REMODELED 2BR, 1BA, + FAMILY ROOM, FIREPLACE, GREAT REAR YARD, 1 CAR GARAGE, $2250. 847912-9710 SOUTHSHORE STOP LOOK-

ING this is it! Spacious, newly decorated 2 & 3 BR Apts, 7830 S. Colfax & 7820 S. Constance, starting at $750/mo, heat incl. Call Pete. 312770-0589 MIDWAY AREA/63RD KEDZIE Deluxe Studio 1 & 2 BRs. All

University of Chicago Area. 3 BR w/ den, new cherry flrs, updated BA, covered rear porch, 1 parking space. Avail 6/15 $1,000/mo. Call Ed. Mgr Broker. 708418-4540

CHICAGO SOUTH SIDE. Three bedrooms, new carpet, 1-1/2 baths, stove, refrigerator. New tile, new windows. 115th and Peoria. $1000 monthly. Call Mr. Stewart, 773-3434075. AUSTIN QUINCY AND LOTUS. 3BR, heated. $950/mo + 1 mo sec. No Pets or No Washer/Dryer Call 773-483-8838

modern oak floors, appliances, Security system, on site maint. clean & quiet, Nr. transp. From $445. 773582-1985 (espanol)

HARVEY 15321 LOOMIS, 3BR, LR, DR, FINISHED BASEMENT, LARGE ENCLOSED YARD, CEILING FANS, HDWD FLRS, $750+ 1.5 MO SEC. 708-574-4085

2BR+

83RD/JEFFREY,

CHICAGO - 7221 S. Stewart. Re-

CHICAGO SOUTHSIDE BRAND new 2, 3 & 4BR apts. Excel-

EVANSTON - 3BR Apt, 1948 Ma-

lent neighborhood, nr trans & schools, Sect 8 Welc., Call 708-7742473

ple. 2nd flr, corner lot, close to Northwestern University & transportation. $1200 + sec deposit. 847-5700345

Gary, Miller Ln. 2BR/1BA Single Family. 1008 sqft, Fixer Upper, Lease or Cash $150 DN, $261/mo. 877-553-5348

CHICAGO, SOUTH SHORE 3BR Deluxe, 1.5BA, ceiling fans, garage parking. $1050 + 2 mo sec. Credit check & refs req’d. 773-3751992

WINTER SPECIAL $500 To-

MATTESON 3BR, apt 4018 Charleston Rd $1050/mo. Avail. 7/1. 2BR apt 4032 Charleston Rd. $900/mo. Avail 7/15. 312833-0838

NR

heated, decor FP, hdwd flrs, lots of storage, formal DR, intercom, newly remod kitchen & bath. Missy 773241-9139

no, modern, 1st flr, 3 BR Apt, Hdwd flrs, appl, ceiling fans, blinds, laundry rm, off street pking, tenant pays utils, $825/mo. 312-719-3308

3743 N MAGNOLIA. $1725. No

security deposit. Heat included. Hardwood/ carpet, separatre dr, laundry. Call Hasan at 773-617-6649. http://realtymortgageco.com

2256-64 N LINCOLN. $1530. No security deposit. Heat included. Hardwood/ carpet, separate dr, laundry. Call Hasan 773-617-6649. httpL//www.realtymortgageco.com 3733 N JANSSEN.

$2095. No security deposit. 2 baths, central air, hardwood, dw, laundry on site. Call Eric at 773-593-1147, www.realtymortgageco.com

ward Rent Beautiful Studios 1, 2, 3 & 4 BR Sect. 8 Welc. Westside Loc, Must qualify. 773-287-4500 www.wjmngmt.com

WEST GLEN PARK

1BR Apt, utilities & appls included $600/mo. + deposit. 219-962-4145 or 219-805-3681

DOLTON -14545 Chicago Rd. pkng, appl, 3BD 1BA, on-site laundry. Tenant pays utils,. $1100/mo + sec dep 708-3724392


INKWELL

P.S. MUELLER

By Ben Tausig

Bugs in the Program

ACROSS 1. NCAA team that’s been to 33 Rose Bowls 4. California peak for which a soda is named 10. “My turn to be the bad guy in tag” 14. Genre of 65-Across 15. Imposed, as a tax 16. Obstacle in 65-Across that causes the titular enemy to 21-Across/61-Across 17. WWII zone: Abbr. 18. Not knowing right from wrong 19. Othello, ethnically 20. Deg. for a city developer 21. With 61-Across, slowly come to an end, and what this puzzle’s theme answers do 22. Words said with a shrug 24. Weapon for fencing 26. Strained euphemism for “black” 28. Tamil-speaking country 32. “Mad Men” ex 36. Most innuendo-laden 38. Mopey, in slang 39. Active sort 42. Silly toy from China? 45. Rainbow shape 46. Fence in 48. Track and field, e.g. 51. What Tito Puente was “King of” 54. Teegarden of “Friday Night Lights” 56. ___ colada 58. Combs, once Chicago. 4BR, 720 W. 61st St., $900 + sec. 2BR. 221 E. 68th St. $700/mo + sec. Tenant pays utils. Sec 8 Welcome. Avail Now! Call 773-858-3163 CHICAGO - 7201 S. Michigan.

3BR, 1BA. Available Now! Heat Incl. 1st floor, Agent Owned $1000 /mo + dep. 773-206-5115

Glen Park - Nice 3BR, Stove, & fridge, 1 month rent/sec. $625/mo. 2nd Floor. Serious inquiries only. 773-769-6428

61. See 21-Across 65. Noted arcade classic, and this puzzle’s theme 66. Popular post-arcade version of 65-Across 67. Pulled-out drawers? 69. Nectarine center 70. Web periodical, I guess 71. Consoles on which to play 65-Across 72. Palindromic Dutch city near Arnhem 73. Old New York Times crossword editor Will 74. Going for the most on eBay, say 75. Rapper who feuded with Jay-Z for a time DOWN 1. Bill Withers song about a manipulative partner 2. Screws, in the shtetl 3. Rocker Alice in “Wayne’s World” 4. Reuben’s side, perhaps 5. Sphere opening? 6. Mary Kay competitor 7. “Songs in the Key of Life” single dedicated to Ellington 8. Leaves with biscuits, say? 9. Riff on stage 10. Like fewer and fewer children, as from diseases like whooping cough (grrrr . . . ) 11. Subatomic particle 12. “Time ___ My Side” 13. Via, once 23. Bit of lube 25. Cork’s spot 27. Git down in the ring 29. Language spoken across CHICAGO HEIGHTS, NEWLY remodeled 3 bdrm,

Gary - 3 BR, 1 BA. Carpet, attached garage, front & back yard. $595/mo + security. Call 219-937-0774.

AURORA WEST, 3 BR, central

ENGLEWOOD 4BR, 1BA, newly rehabbed, 61st & Bishop, $950/month. Sect 8 ok. Pets ok. Top flr of 2 unit bldg. 312-953-1232

Available now. $875.00. Call Ed Mgr. Broker.708.418.4540 A/C, no smoking $1050 + deposit, Credit check. no pets. 630-892-6713 or 630-779-3038

SOUTH WEST 7320 S. Camp-

bell, 3BR, 1BA, heat incl. 1st Flr. avail. 7/1. $925. + $35. appl. fee, & sec. dep. 312-286-2183

CHICAGO- 3BR 1BA Condo.

65th & Talman, 3BR, formal dining room, stove, fridge, laundry facility, $900/mo + $300 sec dep. 773-881-8836

Hwd Flrs, SS Appls, Granite Counters, Garage Prkng. Near Metro. $1,075. Call 773-875-4938

CHICAGO SOUTH - 134th &

61ST & LANGLEY. 3BR/1BA. 2nd

Brandon. 3 BR, $700/mo + utilities. All appliances included. No security deposit. No pets. 773-592-8761.

MARKHAM - NEWLY remod

3BR Brick Ranch House. $1100/mo & Orland Park- 3BR House, Large lot w/garage. $1295/mo.708-289-8957.

HANDYMAN SERVICES FOR

Reduced Rent. West Englewood. 3BR, 1BA, eat in kitchen, backyard, 202-744-0973

AUSTIN AREA 204 North Ma-

son. Duplex apt. 3BR, 2BA. $1,100/month + security. Utilities not included. Call 312-296-4973.

DOLTON 3BR HOME with ga-

rage, 1.5BA, all appliances included, blinds & new carpet, $1150/month + security. Call 708-647-7833

COZY 3BR TOWNHOUSE, 9716

S. Luella, Eat-in-kit, hdwd flrs, fin bsmt, W/D hkups, side drive, $975+ utils. Drive by. 773-733-2036.

the border from southern China 30. Bad marks for students? 31. Nothing, in Naples 33. Occasion for a surprise attack in ‘nam 34. First site to report on the leaked Donald Sterling tapes 35. Fan of good crosswords, presumably :) 37. Yorke with a falsetto 39. WC 40. Madness? 41. 1980s TV hookup

flr of 2 unit bldg. Available now. Sect 8 ok. Beaut apt, fridge & stove. Near Trans $900/mo. 312-464-2222

55XX SOUTH WOLCOTT. 3BR, 1BA, finished basement, laundry rm. $900/mo + sec. 708-369-3997

RICHTON PARK 3BR Ranch, 1 car garage. $1050. Sec 8 OK. Call 708-625-7355

ROBBINS 3BR. 3216 W. Lydia.

CHICAGO 2BR, 329 S. Whipple. Sec 8 Welc. No Pets. $1100/mo + $1100 sec dep. 773-590-0101

CHICAGO VIC. OF 120th & Michi-

gan 3BR house, Comp. remod.. Alarm Syst. Fenced yard. $1050/mo + security & utilities. 815-806-0881

FREE RENT OFFER! Riverdale 3BR $850, 4BR/fam rm, $900 1.5BA, gar, +1st/last mo rent. No Sec! Cook Co. Sec 8 ok. Avail now! 708-849-4810

43. “This ___ joke, right?” 44. Weed cousin 47. Moolah 49. Malefactor 50. Vicious who overdosed in New York 52. Cheap writing implement 53. Five Nations tribe 55. Black Flag’s second album 57. Puts in the pot 58. “That was a close one!” 59. Bean 60. “David Bowie Asks ___ If They Should Just Do Lasagna PARK MANOR COMP REMOD 7 RMS, 3BR, 1.5BA, W/ FULL FIN BSMT, PORCH & FNCD YRD. $1350/MO. UTILS NOT INCL. SECT 8 OK. 773-4501202

93RD/GREENWOOD 4BR T.H.

8222 S. Marshfield 3BR, Showing Sat only 12PM – 2PM $925. + sec, tens. pay utils, Call 773-426-0280

SOUTHSIDE, RECENTLY RENOVATED, 2 & 3BR Apts. Sec 8 ok, $950-$1200. Call Sean 773-410-7084

CHICAGO 4909-15 W. ADAMS, VERY SPAC. 3BR, 2BA. NEWLY RENOV. $950/MO. 773-297-0112

3 BR OR MORE $1200-$1499

Beautiful Condo, 3BR, 2BA, 6650 S. University, hdwd flrs, SS appls, granite counter tops, $1295/mo. Sec 8 ok. Call Kasia 773-282-2222

CHATHAM - 3BR 1.5BA, ref/stove incl, laundry in bsmt, 7900 block of Langley, Sect 8 Ok. $1200/Mo. Call Sam, 708-275-7643

9736 BRENNAN - 3BR, 2BA,

SOUTHSHORE 6941 S WOODLAWN 2/4bdrm $1000+ 6150 S. Vernon 4bdrm $1350 4335 S. Berkeley 3/4bdrm $1250 Stainless Steel Appls, hdwd flrs, laundry on site, sec 8 welcome. No security deposit. On site laundry. 773- 404- 8926

BUDLONG 5500N/2600W.

1.5 Ba. $1350 68th/Sangamon 2 & 3 BR Apt. $750-$900. 70th/Wabash 2BR. $800. 67th/Clyde 2BR W/D hookup $975. Section 8 ok. 773-5680053

WOODS,

Large three bedroom, separate dr, spacious lr, 1.5 baths, many closets. Steps to transportation. $1375 including heat, water. Available 10/1. Marty, 773-7840763.

LOGAN SQUARE TURN of the

century nine room boulevard apartment. Three bedrooms, hardwood floors, two fireplaces, modern kitchen and bath. Laundry in apartment. $1200/ month, heat included. 773235-1066.

Newly remodeled, stove & fridge included. $1300/month. + $800 security. 773-416-8512

Again”: The Onion 62. Mythical monster 63. Consoles on which to play newer versions of 65-Across 64. Cocks usually stay away from it 68. Guess about an Airbus: Abbr. FOR THE SOLUTION to this and last week’s puzzle, Notes in Closing, go to chicagoreader. com/inkwell. This is the final Inkwell. CHICAGO SOUTH: 114 E 119th

St. Newly decorated 4BR. Laundry facility in bsmnt. Heat included $1200/month. 773-317-0479

3 BR OR MORE $1800-$2499

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EVANSTON 1615-1625 RIDGE.

& Halsted, 6BR/2BA. Near School & Shopping. $1350/Mo + Dep. Sect 8 Welcome. 224-578-9797

HARVEY - SPACIOUS 3BR

APT. Stove & fridge included. Section 8 welcome. $950/mo. 14606 Loomis. 312-315-7353

REHABBED DOLTON HOME ALL NEW & HUGE 4BR., 2BA, $1,450 + SEC., TNT. PAY ALL 773 353 8788

3 BR OR MORE $1500-$1799 well-maintained building, centrally located, safe Lakeview area. Walking distance to Brown Line, nightlife. Hardwood floors, laundry in basement, no pets, available July 1st, 773316-5188.

LAKE HOLIDAY - SANDWICH,

3BR Ranch, full bsmt, 2BA, garage, fishing, swimming, skiing, no pets/ smoking. $1200/mo. 815-263-1828

$1695,

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1100 sf. Edgewater, 6330 N Clark. Vintage, remodeled, spacious, 2 baths, washer/ dyrer, dishwasher, granite tops. Yard. Gated. Separate utilities. Pets OK. Ready July 1. Credit application. 312-613-6120.

BROADVIEW - LARGE 3BR, LR,

128TH & WALLACE 2 story Home 3 bedroom, 1.5 bath, large yard. $1125/month. l 708-305-6268 or Charlie 818-679-1175 appts. only

DR, 2 BA, garage, basement, $1600/mo. Maywood- 4BR, garage, $1450/mo Sec dep & credit @ 630-279-4711

SOUTHSIDE NEWLY RENOV.

WHEATON CLOSE TO schools,

4BR, 1BA, Large LR, DR, full bsmnt, fen. yrd. alarm sys. appl. incl. Sec. 8 ok. $1,410/mo. sec. neg. 773-610-1332

shopping & train. 3BR, 1BA, lrg carpeted rec room in bsmt, Eat-inKitch. $1600/mo. 630-428-1075

3 BR OR MORE OTHER

PLAZA ON THE PARK 608 East

51st Street Very spacious renovated apartments in vintage walk-up buildings 1 B R $745, 2BR $845, 3BR $1,050-$1,097 5BR $1377. One Month FREE!*If Lease Signed By 11/30/13, No Application Fee, Visit or call 888431-8376, Mon-Fri 9am-5pm, Sat By Appt., Apply on line at www.plazaontheparkapts.co, Managed by Metroplex, Inc

ONE BLOCK FROM lake! $2750,

LINCOLN PARK THREE bedroom for $1800/ month! Hardwoodfloors, in-building laundry, and cat friendly! Great location. Contact Apartment People at 773-2488800. 3121 N. Broadway. www.apartmentpeople.com. Building ID 637.

THREE BEDROOM APARTMENT in Lakeview, $1600. Vintage

CHATHAM - RENO (2) 2BR+,

newly refinished hdwd flrs, $1450/mo. + 1 mo sec. Sec 8 Ok. Lve msg 708-297-0674

4 Bedroom/ 2 Bath Available July 1. $2400. Vintage building near Northwestern w/ up-to-date facilities. Near downtown Evanston shops, restaurants, movies “L” and Metra. Large kitchens, hardwood floors and laundry on premises. Heat and appliances included. For appointment call 312-822-1037 til 5:00PM and weekends til 3:00PM.

EVANSTON, 1125 DAVIS, 161545, 4 & 5 Bedroom/ 2 bath. Available Sept. 1. $2700-$3075. Near Northwestern, downtown Evanston shops, restaurants and transportation. Large kitchens, hardwood floors and laundry on premises. Heat and appliances included. For appointment call 312-822-1037 weekdays til 5:30PM, Saturdays and Sundays til 2:00PM.

LAKEVIEW THREE BEDROOM

for $1800! 1/2 block to el, restaurants, shopping, and more! Cat friendly and private deck. Parking available. Apartment People, 773248-8800. 3121 N. Broadway. Building ID 6266.

heat included. No deposit. Lakeview, 520 W Stratford, off Addison and Lake Shore. Walk-up, carpet. Mario, 312-933-1660. Pictures and floorplans a t http://www.realtymortgageco.com/ neighborhoods/lakeview/520wstratf ord525wcornelia

ARMITAGE AND FULLERTON el stops 1.5 blocks away. Right near DePaul University. 2123 N Seminary Ave. 7 rooms, 3 big bedrooms, 2 full baths. 1700 sf of space. Owner occupied. Flexible move dates. $2550 month, tenants pay utilities. For more information 773-932-4730 cell, 773348-3730 home. Students welcome.

SOUTHPORT CORRIDOR DU-

3 BR OR MORE $2500 AND OVER

PLEX! Three bedroom/ two+ bath! Decks. One parking spot included, eat-in kitchen, fireplace, laundry. Newer construction. $2800. Apartment People, 773-248-8800. www.apartmentpeople.com. 3121 N. Broadway. Building ID 26246.

EVANSTON 1703-05 RIDGE.

4 Bedroom/ 2 Bath. Available July 1. $2650. Vintage building w/ up-todate facilities. Near Northwestern, downtown Evanston, shops, restaurants, movies and transportation. Large kitchens, spacious closets, hardwood floors and laundry on premises. Heat and appliances included. For appointment call 312822-1037 til 5:00PM and weekends til 3:00PM

SECT 8 OK, 2 STORY, 5BR/2BA WITH BSMT. NEW DECOR, ARPT THROUGHOUT, CEILING FANS, STOVE/FRIDGE, $1490. 12037 S. PARNELL, 773-4435397

WILMETTE - SUNNY 4BR/2BA

Ranch. Hw Flrs, updated Kitch/Bath, Huge Fin/Bsmt, fenced yard, Dist 39/walk to schools. $3,000. 773620-0100

HARVEY - 4 BEDROOMS, 2 bath. 15020 South Marshfield, on quiet block. $1200/mo. 1.5 month security. Sect 8 welcome! 773-5010503

SAUK VILLAGE - Renovated

3BR, 1BA with A/C, updated kitch & bath, new floors, new appl, fenced yard. Gas & heat included. 708-9328224

$3495. FIVE BEDROOMS,

2000 sf. Andersonville. 5061 N Clark. Third floor. Great, spacious, modern, new, deluxe, private, 2 baths, stainless appliances, granite kitchen, central air, washer/ dryer, dishwasher, lots of windows, oval living room. Garage. 312-613-6120.

76th & Eberhart, 4BR House, appliances included. Close to transportation. $1000/mo, no security. Available Now. Call 773-690-1870

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DELUXE 7 r o o m house, 4bdrm, 3ba, appl incl, deck, attached garage, near expressway, shopping, schools. $1650. 708-7245661 CHICAGO W. 3/5 BR, 1/2 BA.

Hrdwd flr, A/C, ceiling fan, laundry rm, prkg. Sec 8 welcome. $1375$1575. 773-287-2103 or 773-8202493

Matteson, 3BR, 3BA, granite counters, SS appls. Chicago Heights, 3BR. 2BA. Rent negotiable. Call/Text preferred, 708-362-1268 WEST SIDE - Near Division

& Central & good transp. One 3BR apt. $900/mo + sec. heat incl. Background check 773-921-8243 1537 E. 85th. Newly remod 3BR, 1BA, appls incl. Unfin bsmt, fncd in yd, exc for small children. 2.5 car gar. Sec 8 welc. 773-317-4357

SEC 8 WELCOME . No Security Deposit. 6717 S. Rhodes. 5BR House, appls incl, $1400/mo. 708-288-4510

HARVEY. PRIVATE 5 bedroom, 2 bath. Section 8 welcome. $1125/mo + Security Deposit. Call 708-7037077 or 773-870-0579

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APTS. FOR RENT Park Management & Investment Ltd. Summer is Here. Come for a Hot Deal. Studios From $475, 1BR From $550, 2BR From $725, 3BR/2Bath From $1175, 79th & Kedzie 3BR/2Bath. Heat, H/W & Cooking Gas. Off Street Prkng $1250.00. *1-773-476-6000* CALL FOR DETAILS!!! Chicago - Must See! Spacious 3BR, 2BA 2nd floor Apartment, LR, DR, eat in kitchen, secure building, $950/mo + 1 mo sec. Single Family Home, for Rent/Sale, 3BR, 2BA, LR DR, FR, kitchen, $950$1250/mo + 1 mo sec. Section 8 OK. 773-294-9903 CHICAGO. ONE OF THE BEST M&N MGMT. 1BR, 7727 Colfax 2BR, 2BA, 7527 Essex 2 Lrg BR, 6754 Crandon 2 & 3BR, 2BA, 6216 Eberhart Completely rehabbed. You deserve the best 773-9478572 or 312-613-4427 Hot Summer Special! Quiet tree line street, spacious 2BR $999. Affordable 1BR $649. Near 355 & I-80, 312-6563028. Lockport South Apartments 4038-42 NORTH HARDING:

Studio and one bedroom apartment available. Wood floors, heat included along with water. Beautiful courtyard building just off Irving Park near excellent transportation. Call Miles, 773396-7405 or Mike, 773-727-5117.

Chicago Gorgeous. New Rehab, Appls & Heat Incl. 79th/Ellis 1BR $575. 73rd/Jeffery, 1BR $620. 79th /Escanaba, 1BR $650, 2BR $725. 64th/Loomis 2BR $750. 82nd/Cottage Grove Studio $550 . Sec 8 ok 773.430.0050 5616 Michigan & 6022 Eberhart, 1BR $600. 4BR $1250-$1375/mo. Heat & appls incl. Sect 8 welcome. 312-404-5454 or 312-7311667 ALL AREA HOMES FOR RENT 3-5BRs. $1000 - $2800/month or purchase for $500 down. 580 credit score needed. Tony - 708-822-0775 or email amonaco@c21lullo.com

HOMEWOOD- DLX 1 & 2BR GREAT KIT, NEW APPLS, GLEAMING OAK FLRS, AC, LNDRY & STORAGE, $850$1075; INCLS HT & PKG 773.743.4141 WEST GARFIELD PARK, 23BR, heat, cooking gas & appl incl. $199 MOVE IN SPECIAL! $950-$1050. No sec dep. 773-888-2259 CHICAGO

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On 6/17- 6/30 Stone Terrace Apartments will be taking applications for the 1bdr, 2bdr & 3bdr waiting list at 8440 S. Parnell, unit A4 in the Mgmt. Off. From 1p.m.-4 p.m. To be considered for occupancy, applicants must have income at or below HUD income guidelines. Applicants are screened and must meet the tenant selection criteria. On July 21, 2014 the waiting list will be closed.

PORTAGE - BEST DEAL IN TOWN on large modern 1 or 2 bdrm apt 1BR $565, 2BR $665. Great location. 219-762-0281. www.nwiapts.com

SW MICH - Lake Front Cottage, on 600 acre Indian Lake, Just 90 min from Chicago. Sandy Beach, central air, walk to 27 hole golf course, sleeps 6, $1200/wk. 269-782-4000

CHICAGO AUSTIN, WEST Garfield & East Garfield. All now! 1, 2, 3 BR, new kit., bath. All credit cons. Good rental history req. Sec. 8 welcome. 773-295-1846

HArvey - 1 & 2BR Luxury Apts, excellent location, near shops, Metra & Pace. Totally rehabbed. Section 8 ok. Call 708-596-0255

bedroom, 4.5 bath lake view home built in 2008 with direct access to Lake Michigan beach just 400 feet away. $299,900. Ayers Realtors, 219938-1188. See Virtual Tour & Beach Cam at MillerBeach.com. Stop at Depo Dog on the way to or from the beach for the best Chicago Style hotdogs in town (6000 Melton Road, at the corner of Rt 20 and County Line Road).

MILLER BEACH: 3000 sq ft custom built lakefront home with floor-to-ceiling windows with views of lake and dunes. $595,000. Ayers Realtors, 219-938-1188. See Virtual Tour & Beach Cam at MillerBeach.com. Stop by The Aquatorium (6918 Oak Avenue, 219938-1986) for the best view in town of the Chicago Skyline and the best and only lakefront location for private events.

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lot. $99/week & Up. 773-3788888 EVANSTON 1 Bed $1050-$1250/ 2 Bed $1230-$1715.1031 Dempster 1307-1134 Maple Call Daniel 847714-7807

$1795. 1100 SF, great vintage

live/ work loft space with gym. 1547 W Jarvis. C-1 zoning, parking, near Red Line. Pets OK. 312-613-6120.

WEST AVALON - Newly decorated 1 & 2BR. Appl incl, hardwood floors $585/mo & $685/mo. 8057 S. Ellis & 11200 S. Vernon. 773-971-3803

JOLIET W Bellarmine. Beautiful townhome, 3BR, 1.5BA, appl., remodeled. Tenant pays util. $950/mo Call 815-730-6873 HAZEL CREST- . Studios, 1BR ,,

2BR, & 3BR . Heat/Water Included. Call 708 799 3560. MATTESON 2 BEDROOM $990$1050; Heat/water. Section 8 ok. Call 708-748-4169

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MERRIONETTE PARK, Modern

all electric, 1 & 2 bdrm,balcony, $650$750. No pets. Call 708-528-0229

SAUK VILLAGE - Crossroads Apts$875 2BR, Heat & Water Incl. 708-758-2470 CHICAGO HEIGHTS 2 BR $800/mo. Large Apartments, Heat & water incl. 708-808-3659 HARVEY 3 BR Apartments. Sec 8 OK 708-321-4866

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1-4pm, DePaul area. 1037 W Lill. Across from Jonquil Park. Vintage two bedroom condo. $376,900. Mary Petri, Solid Realty Services, 773-5906500.

CHICAGO HEIGHTS, FULLY REHABBED, 4BR, VERY LOW TAXES, PRICED TO SELL AT $60,000. LICENSED BROKER WILL ASSIST WITH FINANCING. 708-751-9038

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Storefront, $990. 780 sq ft. Heat included. Call Paul J. Quetschke & Co., 773-281-8400 (Monday-Friday, 9am5pm).

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Storefront, $695. 555 sq ft. Water included. Call Paul J. Quetschke & Co., 773-281-8400 (Monday-Friday, 9am5pm).

MAYWOOD, N. SIDE Chicago & LSD just off Eisenhower & Edens Xways & LSD. Indoor prk. Heated, secure, good rates. Monthly/Annual. 773-736-6540 AUBURN

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Brick 3 Flat, 3 Bdrm Apts, Newer Kitchen & Baths. Fin Bsmt, 3 Car Brick Garage, New Windows. $215,000. Gd Cond. Brown RE 773.239.9400

OSWEGO STONEHILL INDUSTRIAL Park. Office/Warehouse for

Sale or Rent. 2172 SF, overhead door 12x14. 630-669-5860

N. SIDE CHICAGO Just off Edens & Eisenhower X-ways & LSD. Indoor Prk. Heated, secure, good rates. Monthly/Annual 773-736-6540

Medical//Dental/General Office 1000 to 3000 sq ft. Will Build to Suit. 708594-3576

3/4 BDRM LARGE. D i n i n g Rm,1Bath. All APPLIANCES and UTILITIES INCLUDED..2nd Floor Section8OK.Call 773.905.9509. CHICAGO 7253 W. Touhy.

2 Stores/Offices. 1000 SQFT each. $1000/mo each, Avail Now! 847-363-1922

SCHILLER PARK 500 SQ.FT,

115TH AND WENTWORTH. 3br, 1.5ba, $15,250. Owner Financing. $3000 down RANCH REALTY - 773-238-3977

NORTH HOTEL 1622 N. California, Chicago. Weekly Rms at $155/wk, Free utilities and basic cable. CALL 773-278-2425

Store/Office, Avail Now. $740/mo. 847-664-9951

Chicago, Commercial Building for Rent. Formerly Dentist Office. 8214 S. King Drive. Call 708-745-1173 to inquire.

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HEATED UNDERGROUND PARKING Hinsdale office space, 650 - 1400 SqFt. Close to town, train, lunch, Call 630-323-8810

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B36 Pride

Weekend listings Plan your celebration with this roundup of rallies, parades, music, dancing, theater, comedy, film, art, food, and more B38 Soundboard Lydia Lunch Retrovirus, All Out War, Human Feel, My Brightest Diamond, Chatham County Line, Dead Kennedys, and other worthy shows this week

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ake a list of the best of anything, and people will argue with you about it. An entire subspecies of online “media” has arisen to exploit this contentiousness, cynically provoking audiences with hacky, tossed-off top tens—after all, hate-clicks count like any other clicks.

Because the Reader wants its Best of Chicago issue to be a positive place, though, those of us who assemble it each year try to sidestep the sniping, griping, and one-upmanship that usually surround such lists by devising categories so odd or so particular that they could have only one winner. It doesn’t always work: I can see

folks disagreeing with our critics’ choices for “Best Rapper Taking Drill Into Pop” or “Best New Artist-Run Label.” But I defy anyone to come up with another plausible candidate for “Best Three-Toed Goblin King Turned Cultural Ambassador” or “Best Band Named After Something That Goes Great With Cream Cheese.”

From Kimball to Kedzie, the street turns into a temporary arts district, with music from the likes of Psalm One, Tyvek, Angel Melendez, and the Blind Shake. B44 Early

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Warnings

For those of you who can’t feel as though you’ve properly participated in this annual ritual unless you’ve fulminated about somebody else’s clearly wrongheaded taste, well, there’s always the readers’ poll. I’m pretty sure it’s mathematically impossible for you to agree with every winner there—especially with categories as broad as “Best Classical Group” and “Best Music Venue.” The goal of our Best of Chicago issue isn’t to start fights, no matter how good that would be for our Web traffic. It’s to share things we love, in hopes that you’ll love them too. If we stuck to straight-

Spoon, King Diamond, Earl Sweatshirt, Chromeo, Deafheaven, White Lung, and other shows in the weeks to come

forward categories like the ones in the poll—if we stopped at “Best Rapper” or “Best Label,” for instance—we’d be stuck with straightforward answers. The winners wouldn’t change every year, and that would frustrate our efforts to anoint as many people, places, and things as possible. Many of the 38 critics’ categories in this year’s music and nightlife pages are silly—you’ll get no debate from me there— but not one of the winners overlaps with a 2013 pick. That gets us one tiny step further along in the permanently impossible task of recognizing everything that’s wonderful about Chicago. —Philip Montoro


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Best R&B Star on the Verge

Tink

officialtink.com

SHAUN-ANDRU

In her short career this 18-year-old vocalist, born in Calumet City as Trinity Home, has shown a considerable gift for blurring lines that other artists take for granted as fixed. Tink has sung R&B over a Chief Keef beat and rapped over Timbaland-style R&B; she’s appeared on the 2014 compilation Boss Shit Only with Atlanta mixtape superstars Migos and Young Thug; and she’s collaborated with avant-club artists such as Fatima Al Qadiri and Junglepussy. By covering so much ground in so little time, she’s made it clear that she has prodigious ambition and enough raw talent to balance her unpredictability with pop smarts—she could conceivably turn out to be Chicago’s answer to Nicki Minaj. Tink’s still young, and what direction she takes next remains to be seen—but her ridiculously good recent mixtape (Winter’s Diary 2) and her radio-ready contribution to Boss Shit Only (“Undelay”) make it seem not just likely but almost inevitable that she’ll make the leap from underground phenomenon to straightup pop star. —Miles Raymer J


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READERS’ POLL

Best New Band

The Lemons

thelemons.bandcamp.com Runner-Up:

Rapids

RYAN RUSSELL

Best Rock Band

Fall Out Boy falloutboy.com Runner-Up:

Lovehammers

Best Hip-Hop Artist continued from B7

Best Transgender Rock Star

Laura Jane Grace @LauraJaneGrace

When Against Me! front woman Laura Jane Grace moved to town last summer, it’d been more than a year since she’d been known as Tom Gabel, and her Florida-based agitprop punk band was preparing for the January release of Transgender Dysphoria Blues. Grace clearly drew inspiration from her own experiences for the album, Against Me!’s first since she came out as a transgender woman in 2012; it’s a vital, poetic document of her struggle with gender identity, and her introspective lyrics fuel its huge, anthemic songs. Transgender Dysphoria Blues rips like few other rock records so far this year, and Against Me! sound galvanized in concert— when I saw them bust out the irrepressibly euphoric “Thrash Unreal” at Riot Fest, I

couldn’t help but grab a pal by the arm, spin in circles, and belt out the chorus in the rain. —Leor Galil

Best Band Named After Something That Goes Great With Cream Cheese

Hot Bagels

hotbagels.bandcamp.com I won’t lie, when I found this band’s recent debut full-length on Bandcamp, I listened to it because of their name—the album’s title, Toasted, was just the schmear on top. But my amusement at Hot Bagels’ silly jokes was quickly overshadowed by my love for their lo-fi rock jams. Main man Craig Woods writes catchy melodies that hook you in seconds, and he douses his poppy tracks in fuzz—my favorite songs (“Off Your Face,” “I Need a Lift”) burst with a sort of scuzzy, electric tension. Woods sings like a man

Chance the Rapper

chanceraps.com

BEST MUSIC & of

NIGHTLIFE

Runner-Up:

Psalm One

Best Metal Band

Oozing Wound

oozingwound.bandcamp.com Runner-Up:

Yakuza

Best Classical Group unhinged, and for the album he recorded his vocals by screaming into his phone while driving around town looking for a job (he moved here from Philadelphia in the fall). Since pressing Toasted on vinyl in February, Woods has dropped two more great Hot Bagels releases: a cassette collection of solo material called Soft in April and an EP of the first Hot Bagels full-band recordings, Burnt, in May. I hope Woods hits a baker’s dozen by the end of the year. —Leor Galil J

Chicago Symphony Orchestra cso.org

Runner-Up:

Eighth Blackbird

Best International/ World Music Act

Chicago Afrobeat Project chicagoafrobeatproject.com Runner-Up:

Funkadesi

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CONTINUED

Best Jazz Band

Fat Babies

thefatbabies.com Runners-Up: Tie:

Mike Reed Trio

and

FRANK PORCARO

Sabertooth Organ Quartet

Best Jazz Musician

Pharez Whitted pharezwhitted.com Runner-Up:

John Bany

Best Blues Musician

Best Band Name That Riffs on a Decade-Old Onion Headline

Meat Wave

meatwavechicago.bandcamp.com The headline in question reads “Dozens Dead in Chicago-Area Meatwave,” and it’s still such a good dig. Meat Wave guitarist and front man Chris Sutter and drummer Ryan Wizniak are old friends, and Sutter says Wizniak so frequently quoted the 2003 Onion story— which goes into gory detail about the “estimated 40 residents dead of steaks, chops, ribs, bacon, and various other forms of meat exhaustion”—that it became a running joke between them. When their excellent local postpunk trio got together in 2011, Sutter suggested they call it Meat Wave, and it stuck. “I think we initially liked it and thought it was funny—and since, it’s been hit-or-miss,” he says. “Some days I think it’s great; some days I think it sucks. Lately I feel good about it.” And they aren’t the only Chicagoans to have had this stroke of genius: for Chicago Craft Beer Week in 2011, Half Acre brewed a one-off IPA called Meat Wave. Last year, after Meat Wave the band played for a Mud Queens bout at Reggie’s, a Half Acre employee approached Sutter—who quickly offered assurances that

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he hadn’t nicked his group’s name from the beer. Half Acre’s reply: “No, we’re not mad at all—we stole the name from the Onion.” —Kevin Warwick

Best Art-Rock Band Less Than 30 Years Old

Dead Rider deadrider.us

I say “less than 30 years old” so I won’t have to choose between Dead Rider and CheerAccident, but there isn’t the brightest line between the two bands. Guitarist and front man Todd Rittman, who launched Dead Rider in 2009, used to play in Cheer-Accident him-

self; Thymme Jones and Andrea Faught, who sing backup and play varying combinations of synth, bass, and trumpet, are founding and part-time members of Cheer-Accident, respectively. (Drummer Matt Espy has been in Atombombpocketknife and Avagami.) Both bands refract a focused pop sensibility through a complexity that borders on cryptic, but where Cheer-Accident seem to prefer their art-rock playful and confounding, Dead Rider go for unctuous and sinister. It feels like they all know something you don’t, and it’s ruinously bad news—but they’re not going to tell you what it is. The sleazy, perversely luxurious grooves on the band’s newest album, this spring’s Chills on Glass (Drag City), consist mostly of throbbing bass synths, lurching stabs of guitar, and smart-bomb precise but stubbornly sideways drumming; they deliberately provoke an uncomfortable tension, providing all the momentum of rock or disco but often frustrating the desire for something stable enough to dance to. Sometimes I suspect that the stumbling backbeats and rambling, unparseable meters are an elaborate ruse—Dead Rider are like an extraterrestrial predator wearing the body of a broken-down drunk, and every so often they’ll wreck the disguise by snapping into a wicked unison figure, neatly impaling you through the ears. —Philip Montoro J

Buddy Guy

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buddyguy.net Runner-Up:

Joanna Connor

Best Country Band

Kampfire Kowboys kampfirekowboys.com Runners-Up: Tie:

Blind Staggers and

Hillbilly Rockstarz

Best Singer-Songwriter

Daniel Wade

danielwadesongs.com Runner-Up:

Angel Olsen

Best DJ

Zebo

soundcloud.com/zebo Runner-Up:

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Best Rapper Getting Slept on Because People Can’t Pronounce His Name

Wteve Baker

soundcloud.com/wtevebaker When Lucki Ecks broke out last year with his debut mixtape, Alternative Trap, his

Outsiders Clique crew shared a bit of the spotlight—but that wasn’t enough for Wteve Baker. This Outsider has released only a handful of songs in the past year, but every one of them slays. On the stark “Can’t Go Back,” which came out in March, he occasionally slips into a syrupy patois, reflecting on his drug-induced bad behavior and reminding himself not to fall back into old patterns. His gear-shifting flow is solid


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Best Southern-Soul Singer Based in the North

Nellie “Tiger” Travis

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Best Soundtrack for Staring Into the Void

Circuit des Yeux

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Best Rock Club

Empty Bottle

1035 N. Western 773-276-3600 emptybottle.com Runner-Up:

Reggie’s Rock Club

Best Hip-Hop Club

The Shrine

2109 S. Wabash 312-753-5681 theshrinechicago.com Runner-Up:

Reggie’s Rock Club

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Best Jazz Club

Green Mill

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Haley Fohr started out playing sludgy noise rock with the duo Cro Magnon in 2007, and her solo project, Circuit des Yeux (“the nerve that connects the eye to sight,” as she explains on Facebook) began in 2008 with blasts of primordial skronk. She played dingy basement shows, often armed with only a Casio keyboard, a floor tom, and tapes, but a few leaked CD-R recordings piqued the interest of the DeStijl label, which in the late aughts released the primitive, experimental Symphone and Sirenum. After moving from Lafayette, Indiana, to Bloomington for college, Fohr honed her skills, and on 2011’s Portrait she veered between lo-fi soundscapes and emotive songcraft. After a brief stint with noise-rock occultists Thee Open Sex, Fohr relocated to Chicago in late 2012 and began to focus on Circuit des Yeux, transforming herself into a folk chanteuse who soulfully sublimated her noisy past into transcendent performances full of pained howls and delicate melodies. Playing solo or with backing bands staffed by the likes of Ben Billington (Quicksails) and Brian Sulpizio (Health & Beauty), she’s been tearing it up on U.S. and European tours, and somehow she’s found time to start a studio in Little Village with Cave’s Cooper Crain. Fohr’s latest and most sophisticated full-length, last year’s Overdue (Ba Da Bing!), adorns its dark dirges with full-on string arrangements and bleary-eyed psychedelia—you can hear bits of Karen Dalton’s junkie blues and Robbie Basho’s wailing tenor, but the intensity is more like Swans or Keiji

Nellie “Tiger” Travis is a postmodern blues diva, equal parts sass, class, brazenness, and vulnerability. “Slap Yo’ Weave Off,” from 2008’s I’m a Woman (CDS), is a wickedly satisfying bad-girl throwdown; on the same album, “Don’t Talk to Me” is an anguished breakup song, Travis’s taut vibrato quivering with emotion as she reluctantly kicks her ex to the curb. Her biggest success so far, though, has been last year’s “Mr. Sexy Man”: with a propulsive groove powering an insistent refrain of “What yo’ name is? What yo’ name is?,” it became an immediate club favorite, and it’s still a mainstay on soul-blues radio. In its wake, several of Travis’s earlier songs—including “If I Back It Up,” “You Gone Make Me Cheat,” and the more serious-minded “M.O.D. (Man on Drugs)”— have enjoyed something of a resurgence. That makes her both a contemporary stylist and a fount of instant nostalgia—perfect for a genre in which the life lessons and hard-won wisdom of “grown folks music” compete with shamelessly adolescent-sounding double entendres and sexual high jinks. —David Whiteis

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Best Surprise Festival Set

Jody at Lollapalooza soundcloud.com/itsjodybaby

Just as neurotic bookworms like me have nightmares about showing up to a big exam late and naked, I’m sure professional musicians lose sleep to terrible dreams about their instruments breaking down in the middle of a career-making performance. At Lollapalooza last year, that nightmare came true for local experimental-pop production duo J

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continued from B17 Supreme Cuts. They were supposed to play right after Kendrick Lamar, on a nearby stage where they would definitely draw some of his huge crowd, but their equipment failed less than a minute into their set—and within moments, audience members with short attention spans began wandering off in search of more beer or something that sounded like Mumford & Sons. Fortunately the Cuts had a few buddies on hand: R&B group Jody, aka David Robertson, Khallee Standberry-Lois, and James King, aka the GTW, plus their producer, Brandon Boom of The-Drum. They swooped in to save the day, and whoever stuck around saw one of the best sets of the weekend. Not only did Jody make their enticing, sinuous jams sound amazingly carefree under what had to be a crazy amount of pressure, but the set also turned into something that felt more like a party, with everybody’s crew of friends jumping around onstage. It was great to see a genuine manifestation of Chicago’s independent music community at a festival that rarely makes room for such a thing. —Leor Galil

Best Way to Get a Free Two-Step Lesson

From Jeffrey Cannon during the Hoyle Brothers’ Friday sets at the Empty Bottle The Hoyle Brothers wind up the after-work crowds with an old-school honky-tonk throwdown at the Empty Bottle every Friday at 5:30 PM, and for the past ten years, nearly all their shows have included local dance instructor Jeffrey Cannon. A Texas native who studied ballet in college, he’s also a lifelong lover of country music. He met the Hoyles in 2001 after his favorite country bar, Whiskey River (now the PAWS adoption center), closed down; a friend suggested he get his fix at their Hideout residency instead, and he’s hung around them ever since. Cannon says he’ll start dancing by himself at their shows, and if he sees people picking up on his energy or trying to follow his moves, he’ll break into a lesson. If you see him with the Hoyle Brothers and you want to learn how to two-step, he says you shouldn’t be afraid to ask—his lessons are free. And in case you were wondering, he’s pretty damn good at swing dancing too. —Luca Cimarusti J

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Smart Bar

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Porn and Chicken at Evil Olive

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Best Concert Series in a Recording Studio

Outer Ear at Experimental Sound Studio

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In 2004 Ravenswood’s invaluable Experimental Sound Studio launched the Outer Ear Festival of Sound, a multivenue celebration of unconventional music and sound art that brought in important international performers, among them Peter Brötzmann, Jaap Blonk, Phill Niblock, the Sons of God, Laetitia Sonami, and Stuart Dempster. In 2010 economic shifts forced the organizers to reinvent the festival as the relatively modest year-round series Outer Ear, with most of its events in ESS’s main studio. Though the 425-square-foot space seats just a few dozen, the sound quality is as lovely as you’d expect from a room where people record—the intimate gatherings of fans who attend these concerts bask in rich sonic detail, and most folks sit within ten or 15 feet of the performer.

ESS continues to attract a fair number of internationally prominent artists to its coziest of rooms, including Michael Vorfeld, Lawrence English, Audrey Chen, and John Butcher, but the bulk of the bookings are Chicagoans (which was true of the old Outer Ear Festival of Sound as well). Given the bounty of fascinating experimentalists around these parts, though, none of the lineups is anything to sneeze at. —Peter Margasak

Best Throwback Pop Band That’s Sweeter Than Its Name

The Lemons

thelemons.bandcamp.com Seven-piece pop outfit the Lemons debuted this winter with Hello, We’re the Lemons, a straight shot of summertime. The band’s charmingly wistful, borderline ramshackle tunes about ice cream, jelly beans, and Chubby Checker make it sound like these folks just leaped out of a time machine from the mid-60s. The Lemons’ songs are sweeter than a mouthful of Bazooka bubble gum, and

their sugar rush lasts longer—the songs on Hello, We’re the Lemons average a little more than a minute, which is easily twice the time it takes for that gum to turn into putty. Given how good the songs are, it’s lucky for us that the Lemons are so succinct—otherwise we’d all overdose on the sweet stuff. —Leor Galil

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Big Chicks

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Best Little Big Band

Jason Roebke Octet @jason_roebke

Midsize jazz ensembles have been around for as long as jazz has existed, and they’re especially versatile: Louis Armstrong’s Hot Seven provided a supportive, uncluttered framework for soloists; Charles Mingus obtained an orchestral array of moods and colors from an octet on Mingus Ah Um; and Peter Brötzmann’s Chicago Octet (later Tentet) combined titanic massed blasts with breakout subgroups that yielded unpredictable free improvisations. The Jason Roebke Octet, led by one of the city’s hardest-working bassists, does all that and more. Roebke’s memorable

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Big Chicks

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Best Anything-Goes Club

Berlin Nightclub

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tunes on the band’s debut CD, High/Red/ Center (Delmark), transition between rustling free-form excursions, sumptuously Ellingtonian horn charts, and passages whose drifting long tones link the blues to minimalist composition. The soloists run the gamut from fragile lyricism to expressionist ebullience, and the rhythm section swings with a machinelike efficiency that Count Basie would appreciate. What separates this octet from every other band around, though, is the warmth of its collective voice: without falling back on cuteness or comedy, it infuses its music with irresistible joy. —Bill Meyer

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Best Gothic Prog-Rock Duo

Acteurs

@ActeursMusic Brian Case is front man and guitarist for darkly Krautrocking local outfit Disappears, and Jeremy Lemos is the multi-instrumentalist half of noise-worshipping experimental duo White/Light (as well as a well-traveled soundman and occasional Reader contributor). For their mutual side project Acteurs, though, the two of them have mostly J

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East Room

2828 W. Medill 773-276-9603 eastroomchicago.com Runner-Up:

Punch House

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Best Dive Bar

Cole’s

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Skylark

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continued from B21 jettisoned the sounds of their long-running groups in favor of a tenebrous, synth-heavy mix of early industrial music, Suicide-style protopunk, and avant-garde electronic compositions from the earliest days of the synthesizer era. Their recent second EP, I W I (Public Information), uses minimalist arrangements that consist of little more than throbbing bass synths, washes of electronic noise, and Case’s creepy monotone sprechgesang (his vocals sound more than a little like a poetry reading by a serial killer). But Acteurs also have a proggy side, which shows itself in their exploded pop structures, ambitious song lengths, and precisely engineered sounds. The title track and “Honey Bear” might work on the dance floor of a particularly intense goth club, but this music works better in private—it’s one of the best borderline-scary headphone experiences I’ve had in recent memory. —Miles Raymer

Best Thing Brendan Kelly Has Done in Eight Years

The Lawrence Arms’ Metropole @TheLawrenceArms

OK, so I don’t know much at all about Brendan Kelly’s personal life, much less everything he’s done the past eight years—he could’ve climbed Mount Everest, or caught a really big fish, or eaten an unusually large sandwich. I’m not privy to the milestones he may or may not have passed, because we’re not friends. But I do know about his band the Lawrence Arms, and in January they dropped Metropole (Epitaph), the longawaited follow-up to 2006’s Oh! Calcutta!. It’s a doozy, proving that scuzzy punk can mature gracefully without losing its juvenile charms. On the bluesy “The YMCA Down the


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Street From the Clinic” they haven’t grown out of pop-punk’s tendency to overshare about masturbation (“So I text and tweet and look at nudes and beat off in the dark”), but the song itself is a sobering look at dead-end boozers. —Leor Galil

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Best New Artist-Run Label

Aerophonic Records aerophonicrecords.com

Once upon a time, when a label existed specifically to release a musician’s own output, it was called a vanity label. These days, though, putting out your own music is simply a smart decision. Lots of Chicagoans are doing it, some with imprints of their own and many more through Bandcamp, Datpiff, or similar platforms—but Aerophonic, the label that Dave Rempis started last year, stands out in the crowd. It casts the saxophonist in a flattering light as an improviser, collaborator, and aesthete: the album covers all bear sharp, geometric artwork by Johnathan Crawford, and the six releases so far capture Rempis in an impressive variety of instrumental contexts, including his working bands the Rempis Percussion Quartet and Wheelhouse. Aerophonic’s most recent titles are purely improvisational recordings with out-of-town players: the gregarious trio session Spectral features trumpeter Darren Johnston and saxophonist Larry Ochs, two important figures in the Bay Area scene, and the bracing duet Naancore (the label’s first foray into vinyl) pairs Rempis with Norwegian noise maven Lasse Marhaug. —Peter Margasak J

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Best Three-Toed Goblin King Turned Cultural Ambassador

Eric Owens

@EricOwensSinger

Crawling out of a misty bog, his hair like Don King’s on a bad day, bass-baritone Eric Owens stole the show as goblin king Vodnik in Dvořák’s Rusalka at Lyric Opera this spring. He was comically randy one minute, tragically bereft the next—and never mind his clown-size three-toed feet. These days opera singers are asked to perform in all sorts of odd positions (before long I expect to see an aria sung in downward-facing dog), but Owens could project majesty even while “air swimming.” His confidence and dramatic range bode well for his upcoming Lyric engagements: he’ll be the male lead in next year’s Porgy and Bess and play Wotan (his debut in the role) in the new Ring cycle slated for 2016-’17. Owens is a regular on the local recital scene too; he appeared with the Grant Park Orchestra in Berlioz’s Romeo et Juliette earlier this month and performed Schubert lieder at Symphony Center in May. In February he and soprano Ana María Martínez, his Rusalka costar, were named community ambassadors for Lyric, and during school visits they buck students’ preconceived notions about opera with their utter lack of stuffiness and hauteur. Owens was serious about the oboe when he was younger, but he’s said that if he had to choose a new career, he’d try stand-up. Has he come to the right city or what? —Kate Schmidt

Best New Vocal-Oriented Contemporary Classical Ensemble

Fonema Consort fonemaconsort.com

Forward-looking new-music ensembles dedicated to the work of living composers, especially young ones, seem to be proliferating unstoppably in Chicago these days. The likes of Ensemble dal Niente, Fifth House

Ensemble, and Eighth Blackbird regularly perform pieces written for vocalists, but Fonema Consort has distinguished itself by focusing on vocal music. Costa Rican composer Pablo Santiago Chin and singer Nina Dante founded the group with composer Edward Hamel in 2011, and it’s already become an important creative force in the city. All six works on Fonema’s dazzling new album, Pasos en Otra Calle (New Focus), are by Chin or fellow Costa Rican Mauricio Pauly (now based in London), but the group’s enthusiastic embrace of daring new music extends well beyond its founders and their associates: it’s also performed music by Chicago-based composers such as Marcos Balter, Morgan Krauss, and Daniel Dehaan as well as rigorous pieces from the likes of Ferneyhough, Aperghis, and Webern. Fonema doesn’t always feature voices, but Dante and French expat Nathalie Colas, the group’s two imaginative singers, ensure that the pieces that do are highlights of its lively and varied concerts. —Peter Margasak

Best Producer of Bands From Niger

Jamie Carter

cartercorecording.com Recording engineer Jamie Carter, who owns East Pilsen studio Carterco, met Nigerien guitarist Hamadal Issoufou Moumine (better known by his nickname, Almeida), in October 2008: the African was in town to play with jazz guitarist Bill MacKay and percussionist Jamie Topper at Dan Godston’s Chicago Calling Festival, and Godston brought the three of them to Carter to document their collaboration. During the late-night session, Almeida began asking about Carter’s ability to do mobile recordings, and two days later, after returning to his home in Niamey, he invited Carter to produce a recording by his popular working band, Tal National. The engineer accepted, but when he eventually left for Niger (his portable rig amounted to a laptop, recording software, and eight microphones), he still didn’t know how many members were in the band, or that only Almeida spoke English. Despite that seat-of-the-pants beginning, the partnership between Carter and Tal National continues to this day: he’s recorded three albums by the band, all in Niger (they cut the latest, due next year, in January), and he’s become their unofficial manager, helping them get a booking agent and a record deal. The group’s second record with Carter, Kaani (Fat Cat), made a big splash in 2013, leading to a successful U.S. tour that fall. —Peter Margasak


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facebook.com/owlsbandchicago In 2001 mathy emo outfit Owls released their self-titled debut, a gnarly, complex record that until recently was their only full-length. In the years since, the band’s members have put out dozens of albums and EPs—with Noyes, Friend/ Enemy, Make Believe, Owen, and Tim Kinsella’s main project, Joan of Arc, among others—but fanatics have continued to carry a torch for Owls, keeping the brief, spellbindingly strange Owls on repeat. (When I joined Tumblr five years ago, I got to be Internet friends with someone who repeatedly posted lyrics from “Everyone Is My Friend.”) Four years ago those folks got a glimmer of hope that Owls weren’t permanently done, in the form of the Cap’n Jazz reunion; all four members of Owls previously played in that influential band. Two years later rumors arose of a new Owls album in the works, and this March it actually appeared. Two is just as challenging as its predecessor, though much of the music is slower and heavier—“Four Works of Art . . . ,” for example, sounds like one of Lungfish’s postpunk ragas. I imagine diehard fans will burn me at the stake for saying this, but I prefer Two to the debut that earned Owls their cult following. —Leor Galil

Best Proof That Fourth-Wave Emo Is About More Than Nostalgia

Bad Waves Tapes badwaves.storenvy.com

For a year or so now, fourth-wave emo bands such as Modern Baseball and the World Is J

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Cole’s

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Feely’s cassette releases document some of the newest acts on the national scene, including some of the best youngsters around here— Ben Klawans, who made last year’s astounding experimental album 97% Old under the name Mormon Toasterhead, isn’t even old enough to remember the 90s. —Leor Galil

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Best New Candidate to Be Footwork’s Crossover Hit

“Let U No” by DJ Rashad featuring Spinn

soundcloud.com/djrashadteklife, @DJ_Spinn

DJ Rashad was on course to guide footwork music to a crossover breakthrough when he died in April at age 34; he’d performed in Europe, opened for Chance the Rapper on his U.S. tour last fall, and played at many high-profile festivals, including Pitchfork in July. On last year’s Double Cup, Rashad pushed footwork toward pop while retaining its eccentric, fluttering beats, hyperactive pace, and strange internal tension among syncopated layers. Spinn, a leader in Rashad’s Teklife crew, worked on many of Double Cup’s best J

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SUN-TIMES MEDIA ARCHIVES

continued from B25 a Beautiful Place & I Am No Longer Afraid to Die have been landing on the Billboard charts with a new spin on the second-wave sound that grew out of the 90s midwest scene—rugged bass, interlocking guitars, and inept but endearingly sincere vocals. For fans who grew up seeing the Promise Ring and Braid, shows by these fourth-wave groups can be a way to relive bygone nights sweating it out at VFW halls, but it’s not necessarily about nostalgia for the people putting out the records. Colin Feely, who runs Bad Waves Tapes, was born after Cap’n Jazz broke up—he discovered emo a few years ago after falling down an Internet rabbit hole, then launched Bad Waves in 2013.

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Instinct-style leg crossing and chair dancing in the red-lit basement (refashioned into a dirty-noir flophouse), and a redhead with a lightning bolt on her cheek dangling above the crowd, tied to the ceiling with ribbons. —Jay Gentile

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Best 7 AM Get-Down

continued from B27 tracks, including the most accessible one, the mesmerizing “Let U No”—its sensual R&B vocal sample glides atop flickering, weightless synths as spasming, chattering drums charge past. “Let U No” is definitely a footwork track—I can imagine it soundtracking a dance battle in Chatham—but would also fit between Top 40 tracks at a Viagra Triangle nightclub. —Leor Galil

Best Nightclub Trying Its Damnedest Not to Be a Nightclub

East Room

2828 W. Medill, 773-276-9603, eastroomchicago.com One of the latest establishments to pop up on what’s gradually becoming Logan Square’s busiest stretch, along Milwaukee just north of California, has a split personality: half see-and-

be-seen River North-esque nightclub, half dark and deserted dive bar. There’s often a line to get in to the East Room, but there’s no signage outside, just a brick wall and a single red light bulb. There’s a drink menu, but it doesn’t feature craft cocktails or bottle service, just cheap beer and a lot of whiskey. There’s a huge dance floor, but it seems to attract neoclub kids and punkers rather than traditional club types. It’s got gimmicky decor—like a private booth situated in an inoperable elevator carriage—but the building, which was previously occupied by a mental-health clinic, also has a kind of seedy aesthetic reminiscent of the cavernous Logan Square DIY spaces of yore (the Mopery comes to mind). On some nights it’s virtually dead; on others it’s packed beyond capacity. It’s the weirdest and most fun new bar in the neighborhood, and the perfect alternative to Slippery Slope, which already has a line that stretches halfway to Cozy Corner on a slow night. —Drew Hunt

Best Midweek Burlesque Break

No Tell Motel

Wednesdays, Debonair Social Club, 1575 N. Milwaukee, 773-227-7990, no-tell.com Beer gardens and street festivals may have long-running and well-established relationships with Chicago this time of year, but summer is also stripping season. Thank Debonair Social Club for helping thaw out this fair city, as its weekly No Tell Motel burlesque adventure continues to heat up Wednesday nights. Expect plenty of feathers, tassels, and nylon stockings in a lair that might not quite be the Admiral but isn’t that far off, either. Instead of stripper poles and full nudity, the hump-day party features pyrotechnics and dancers humping power sanders that spray streams of sparks into the audience. Past shows have included—but are not limited to—“midget burlesque,” Basic

After Afters

Saturdays, Riff Music Lounge, 2239 S. Michigan, 312-965-4488, riffchicago.com

You could go for a morning jog. And, yes, breakfast with your grandparents would be nice. But the South Loop has recently welcomed a fresh alternative to your Saturday morning: the weekly “After Afters” party, which starts at 7 AM. Since opening last fall, Riff Music Lounge has provided a much-needed boost of energy to a neighborhood long neglected by the Red-Bull-and-vodka set. And you’ll need plenty of both (or something stronger) to survive marathon sets by house DJs including Dustin Sheridan, Bucky Fargo, and Peru. While the on-the-rise Sheridan is clearly the star of the group (check out his JAMcast series on Soundcloud), the real draw is the sheer absurdity of selecting an LED-lit environment over the light of day. The club is also wired for studio-quality sound, thanks to its affiliation with upstairs neighbor Pressure Point Studios, onetime recording space for Justin Timberlake and R. Kelly. But by 7 AM, who really gives a fuck? —Jay Gentile


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Best Excuse to Get Painted Up Like a Neon Freak Show

Best Barcade

Headquarters Beercade

Blacklight Blackout

2833 N. Sheffield 773-665-5660 hqbeercade.com

Third Friday of the month, Exit, 1315 W. North, 773-395-2700, facebook.com/ blacklightblackoutexit

Runner-Up:

Logan Arcade

When you’re looking to get weird late at night, Exit is usually a pretty safe bet. But all bets are off when Blacklight Blackout splatters the club’s second floor—basically a chain-linked dancing cage—with free UV-reactive body paint. Resident DJs and rotating guests culled from the underground soundtrack a nightmarish postapocalyptic party scene featuring radioactive freaks clutching neon glow sticks and ubiquitous PBR tallboys, and plenty of exposed painted skin to keep your eyes entertained. Watch out for oddball animal costumes, and don’t block the shots of the party photographers documenting drunken make-out sessions. And try as you might, it’s going to be tough to stay sober enough to win raffle prizes before the harsh florescent reality sets in at 4 AM. —Jay Gentile

Best Strip Club

Admiral Theatre 3940 W. Lawrence 773-478-8111 admiralx.com Runner-Up:

Pink Monkey

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Best Casino

Rivers Casino

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Best Midnight Stroll

The Lakefill on Northwestern’s Campus

Runner-Up:

Horseshoe Hammond

Best Smoking Area

There’s only one thing better than a long car ride late at night, and that’s a nice long walk. Everything looks different in the dark. Things smell better. Your thoughts start moving in unexpected directions—and conversations, too. Have you ever been able to say you don’t know someone better after a late-night stroll? City streets are OK for aimless meditative J

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continued from B29 wandering, but on the busy stretches there’s too much light and noise. And on the less busy ones, your mind can get distracted by nagging thoughts of crime statistics. The Northwestern campus in Evanston, though, particularly the stretch along the lakefront called the Lakefill, is sufficiently quiet and peaceful and marked with call boxes for summoning the campus police if anything goes wrong. Head east past the library and student center and you can walk sedately along the couple of miles of paved pathways. Or you can jump across the rocks along the shore (be careful not to land on any happy couples) and sing as loudly and as obnoxiously as you can, because the waves are so loud no one can hear you. When you get tired of walking, sit down for a while and look out over the lake. Maybe you’ll see a storm breaking over Michigan. And if you stay long enough, the sunrise. —Aimee Levitt

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Sidetrack.) The gay bar is like the last bastion for the music video, and the popular Boystown spot has taken the video-bar format a step further in the right direction by finding several excuses to show classic renditions of popular show tunes by the most important Broadway types, from Kate Smith to Patti LuPone. Your options: Musical Mondays (8 PM-2 AM), happy hour on Fridays (4-9 PM), and Sunday Funday (4-9 PM). Pound a few alcoholic slushies and do your best Ethel Merman. —Gwynedd Stuart

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Best Stage for a ShowTunes Drink-Along

Sidetrack

3349 N. Halsted, 773-477-9189, sidetrackchicago.com

If you can’t appreciate watching video clips of Liza Minnelli and Goldie Hawn wearing costumes by Halston and Bob Mackie and singing “All That Jazz” while going full-on fucking Bob Fosse, then you might as well just stop reading this entry right now. (Note: the clip is from the 1980 TV special Goldie and Liza Together, and I really was rapt when it came on the televisions during a show-tunes happy hour at

Rainbo Club 1150 N. Damen 773-489-5999 Runner-Up:

Glitterguts, various locations

Best Jukebox

Best Queer Dance Party for the Old at Heart

5210 N. Clark 773-878-0894

Formerly Known As at Big Chicks

Simon’s Tavern

Runner-Up:

First Thursday of the month, 5024 N. Sheridan, 773-728-5511, bigchicks.com

Hungry Brain

Best Karaoke

Alice’s

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Starting at 10 PM, Big Chicks hosts Formerly Known As, a dance party for “trans men and trans women, queers and allies, movers and/ or shakers,” as FKA’s Facebook page puts it. For those of us who prefer to be on the couch watching reruns of 30 Rock at 10 PM, that may not seem like the most auspicious start time. But arriving early has its benefits: you can order a drink without waiting in line, stake out a table in the (relatively) quiet back room, and people-watch while the dance floor fills. FKA attracts one of the most diverse crowds I’ve seen anywhere in Chicago (maybe because there’s no cover charge?), and while plenty of

attendees dress up for the monthly themes—it was “Mesh” the night I attended—no one cares if you show up in jeans and a grungy T-shirt. By 11 things are usually in full swing, leaving plenty of time to get one more $3 whiskey drink (one of the specials for FKA), dance to music by no one you’ve ever heard of, and—assuming the dance floor doesn’t suck you in—make an early exit and be home by midnight. —Julia Thiel

Best Unpredictable, Random, and Amazing Jukebox

The Sovereign

6202 N. Broadway, 773-274-0057 When my friends and I walked in here recently to the strains of the Buzzcocks’ “Harmony in My Head,” I imagined that we were making a triumphant entrance. In truth, no one looked up from their drinks. This is a place that can politely be described as understated—stucco walls, ball games on muted TVs in the corners, beer by the can and bottle only, bartenders who’ll offer an extra shot just because it’s 7:47 PM on a Thursday, cases of High Life and Old Style stacked in the hallway to the john. It’s a good spot to have a conversation, or to listen to the guy next to you talk about the girl who got away, and then the other girl who got away. Best of all is the jukebox. A few years ago the bar’s owners added some of their own mix CDs to the selections. Then regulars started bringing in their mixes, as did their friends. Now the jukebox is stocked


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almost entirely with these collections of hits, favorites, oddities, and anything else that seemed to work at the time. Donovan sounded really good to us that night, and Nina Simone sounds good every night, but we also picked what we thought might be an obscure song by Veruca Salt. It turned out to be a clip of the character Veruca Salt from the original Willie Wonka movie that culminates with the Oompa Loompa song—and almost everybody in the bar felt compelled to join in. —Mick Dumke

Best Option for Alice’s Overflow

Edelweiss Tavern

3808 W. Belmont, 773-293-7707

Going to Alice’s Lounge in Avondale always seems like a pretty good idea. It’s close to my house, the bartender—also the bar’s owner and namesake—is a sweetheart, and the endearingly gruff Fred Wood hosts karaoke (while you shine like the diamond you are, he pretends to play a cardboard guitar or plastic saxophone behind you). The problem is that you won’t be the only one singing. Half of Lakeview will have migrated west for the evening, ready to warble Train’s “Drops of Jupiter” into the microphone or spill draft beer on your shoes.

So when you start questioning why you went in the first place—because you’re “too old for this shit”—keep in mind that there’s an extremely chill, quiet alternative just a couple blocks west on Belmont called Edelweiss Tavern. It’s got all of Alice’s eastern-European appeal, but with a somewhat older, more laid-back crowd and a pool table. (For a while Edelweiss hosted karaoke too, but the management apparently decided to leave that noise to its nearby neighbor.) It’s a dive, but it isn’t gross. And you’ll enjoy the silence. —Gwynedd Stuart

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continued from B31 cerebral mischief. Take the Sportsman’s Club: Heisler Hospitality’s Humboldt Park hot spot has a rotating selection of superlative craft cocktails (the mint julep they served on the day of the Kentucky Derby is up there with the Bluegrass State’s finest), and even an amaro machine. But the most popular drink special I’ve seen ordered in the narrow, spiffed-up space is the appropriately titled Low Life: for five measly bucks, you get a High Life and a shot of whiskey. It’s proof that while you can dazzle your clientele with champagne cocktails all day, sometimes your best bet is just to serve the champagne of beers. —Tal Rosenberg

Best Childhood Snacks That’ll Get You Buzzed

Vodka-Soaked Gummy Bears at Town Hall Pub

3340 N. Halsted, 773-472-4405, townhallpub.com

When I first saw the list of specials at Town Hall Pub, it was like something out of a dream. What mastermind thought to mix the delicacies of my childhood (gummy bears, pudding, and Jell-O) with the one true love of my adulthood (alcohol)? The boozy snacks run as cheap as a buck per helping, and ingesting a small cup of vodka-soaked bears and a serving of spiked pudding is enough to get a strong buzz going. Plus, the bar itself is a cozy place to indulge. It’s fairly unassuming within party-centric Boystown/Wrigleyville, providing the perfect refuge for a calmer clientele.

Pitchers of PBR are always cut-rate, the jukebox plays everything, and on most nights you can catch comedy or rounds of trivia. All nice accents to the sweet, intoxicating attractions. —Brianna Wellen

Best Fish Tank

Punch House

1227 W. 18th, 312-526-3851, punchhousechicago.com The summer I was 12, there was nothing I wanted more than an aquarium. (I had given up on a horse, settling for what I believed to be more realistic obsession.) I ripped out probably the entire pet store section of the Yellow Pages and, armed with that and a map, begged my grandmother to drive me from place to place in search of electric-hued tropical fish and neon gravel and mermaid figurines and whatever else a fish tank required. But my parents eventually refused to finance the operation, and that was the end of it. Now, however, that short-lived childhood dream has been (sort of) realized—at what happens to be one of the city’s best bars. Punch House is all dim lights and fashionable patrons and festive DJs and boozy punches flavored with rosewater or elderflower or sage. As if I didn’t already love this place enough, the world’s most perfect fish tank lords over the bar, and there isn’t a sad, schleppy inhabitant in sight. They seem as content and delighted as the resident punch drinkers—one jolly, bloated gentleman in particular (fish, not person). The punches, at $8 a pop, are far more affordable than a tank of my own. And I don’t even have to feed the fish. —Mara Shalhoup v


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773-472-6469, centeronhalsted. org, $20. Pride Saturday Featuring DJ Ted Eiel Hard beats reverberate through the club until 5 AM. DJ Ted Eiel spins everything from electro to progressive house, filling your Pride Saturday with supersonic energy. Sat 6/28, 11 PM, Hydrate, 3458 N. Halsted, 773-296-0541, hydratechicago.com. Pridezilla An LGBT-themed improv show. 6/20-6/28: Fri-Sat 10 PM, Playground Theater, 3209 N. Halsted, 773-871-3793, the-playground. com, $12. Proud to Run In its 33rd year, the event returns with a 5K and 10K run and walk. Proceeds benefit About Face Theatre, Test Positive Aware Network, and the Night Ministry. Sat 6/28, 8 AM, Montrose and Simonds, $45.

Pride Weekend 2014 Twenty-plus events that prove Pride is more than just the Parade

PRIDE WEEKEND Back Lot Bash The 11th annual bash mixes booze, music, and fashion. Erin McKeown and Your Villain My Hero are a pair of the music headliners—there’s also a Heart tribute band called Little Queens playing—and Thursday features a comedy kickoff at Mayne Stage (1328 W. Morse) with Lea DeLaria (Orange Is the New Black) and local comic Caitlin Bergh. 6/26-6/29, 5238 N. Clark, backlotbashchicago.com, $20. Chicago House Birdhouse Art Auction & Cocktail Party Proceeds from the auction of artwork and birdhouses benefit Chicago House’s efforts to provide housing and support to LGBT and other communities living with HIV/AIDS. Thu 6/26, 6-9 PM, Room & Board Furniture, 55 E. Ohio, 312-222-0970, roomandboard.com, $80. Dyke March Join the Chicago Dyke March Collective in celebrating dyke, queer, bisexual, and transgender resilience. Rallies and performances following the mile-long march take place at 4 PM at the Humboldt Park Boathouse (Division and Richmond). Sat 6/28, 1:30 PM, Humboldt Park, 1440 N. Sacramento, 312-742-7549, chicagodykemarch.wordpress.com.

Food Truck Fest A chain of food trucks fills the MB Financial parking lot as a part of the Pride and Produce Community Market. The Chicago Area Gay and Lesbian Chamber of Commerce sponsors this feast featuring slingers like the Fat Shallot and Cheesie’s. Sat 6/28, 8 AM-2:30 PM, 3179 N. Clark, 3179 N. Clark, glchamber.org. Chicago’s 45th Annual Pride Parade Chicago’s most colorful day all year features more than 200 floats, decorated vehicles, performers, and walking groups marching through Uptown and Lakeview. The 45th annual parade begins at Montrose and Broadway, then travels south on Halsted, east on Belmont, south on Broadway, and finally east on Diversey. Basketball player and music artist Will Sheridan is grand marshal. Sun 6/29, noon-4 PM, Montrose and Broadway, chicagopride. gopride.com. Chigaygo! Presents: Poppy Champlin! Queer comedy showcase featuring gay and gay-friendly comics. Thu 6/26, 8 PM, Laugh Factory, 3175 N. Broadway, 773-327-3175, laughfactory.com, $17 plus two-drink minimum. Gay Is the New Black An LGBTthemed musical sketch show. Through 8/2: Sat 9:30 PM, pH

Comedy Theater, 1515 W. Berwyn, whatisph.com, $15-$20. Lube Wrestling Pride Edition There’s lube. There’s wrestling. There’s also a host of prizes for winners. Contestants must e-mail RSVP@Hydratechicago.com or sign up with hostess Mz. Ruff N’ Stuff by 9 PM in order to wrestle. Fri 6/27, 9-11 PM, Hydrate, 3458 N. Halsted, 773-296-0541, hydratechicago.com. Minibar Pride Parade 2014 Brunch Feast on gourmet comfort food, artisan cheeses, and lox platters at what promises to be Minibar’s most decadent brunch of the year. Champagne, direct access to the parade, and rotating DJs are among the perks. Sun 6/29, 11 AM-3 PM, Minibar, 3341 N. Halsted, 773871-6227, minibarchicago.com, $50.

Lake Shore Drive. A postrace party featuring DJ Adam LeBlanc of Sixteen Candles will go until 10 PM. Thu 6/26, 6 PM, Diversey Harbor, Fullerton and Cannon Drive, iloveruns.com/pride-5k. Pride & Joy Reception Celebrate and dance with friends on the Center on Halsted rooftop. The 21st annual party features cocktails, an hors d’oeuvres buffet, and DJ Billy Brown. Fri 6/27, 5:30-9:30 PM, Center on Halsted, 3656 N. Halsted,

Queer Bits Film Fest A program of LGBT-friendly short films by queer directors. Filmmakers discuss their films following each screening. Mon 6/30, 7:30 PM, Public House Theatre, 3914 N. Clark, 800-6506449, pubhousetheatre.com, $10, $15 VIP. Reader B-Side Pride Booze Cruise Get your sea legs and don your best nautical digs for the Reader B-Side Pride Booze Cruise. Monti’s will provide small bites with beer from Goose Island, and entertainment from Smart Bar will include Shaun J. Wright (Hercules & Love Affair) and Harry & Jpeg. Fri 6/27, 4 and 7:30 PM, 800 E. Grand, realdeal.chicagoreader.com, $40.

Neverland Pride Dance With the Summer Olympics as the theme, Metro hosts a night of go-go girls and dancing, with music by DJs Ivan Gomez and Alex Acosta. Ten percent of the proceeds benefit the AIDS Foundation of Chicago. Sat 6/28, 9:30 PM, Metro, 3730 N. Clark, 773-549-0203, metrochicago.com. Pride 415 Fitness center Shred415 offers a total-body group fitness class in preparation for Sunday’s Pride Parade. Gay anthems blast as participants do strength training with free weights and interval training on treadmills. Thu 6/26, 6:45-7:45 PM, Shred415, 2156 N. Clybourn, shred415.com. Pride 5K Debuting this year, the new 5K begins near Fullerton and

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Ships in the Night The Slo ’Mo H20 Pride Cruise is long sold out, but the party people are collaborating with LesBiFriends to present an afterparty in the former Spin Nightclub space. DJ Tess and DJ Lani Love will be spinning till they can’t no mo’. Thu 6/26, 9 PM, Chloe’s, 3210 N. Halsted, thelesbifriendscartel.com. Sober & Proud BBQ and Dance Party Booze-free doesn’t mean boring. Alexian Brothers Housing and Health Alliance join forces to bring free food, HIV testing, karaoke, and a talent show to the Bonaventure House. Sat 6/28, 6-11 PM, Alexian Brothers Bonaventure House, 825 W. Wellington, 773-327-9921, alexianbrothershousing.org. Stonewall Riot Panel Join activists and Evanston community members for the third annual panel discussion of issues in the local LGBT community. The event is presented by the Foundation for a United Front’s Public Sphere program and co-organized with Northwestern’s Rainbow Alliance. Sat 6/28, 7-9 PM, Unitarian Church of Evanston, 1330 Ridge, Evanston, 847-869-1330, ucevanston.org. F 30 Queer Plays in 60 Straight Minutes The Neo-Futurists give Too Much Light Makes the Baby Goes Blind an LGBT-themed twist by featuring some of the company’s most “queertastic, gender-bending” plays from the past year. Some of the proceeds benefit Project Fierce. 6/26-6/29: Fri-Sat 11:30 PM, Sun 7 PM, Neo-Futurarium, 5153 N. Ashland, 773-275-5255, neofuturists. org, $20. v


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Eric Alexander & Harold Maburn Quartet 8 and 10 PM, also Thu 6/26, 8 and 10 PM; Sat 6/28, 8 and 10 PM; and Sun 6/29, 4, 8, and 10 PM, Jazz Showcase Tab Benoit 8 PM, Thalia Hall Xavier Breaker Coalition 9:30 PM, also Sat 6/28, 9:30 PM, Andy’s Jazz Club Frank Catalano & Jimmy Chamberlin Band 9 PM, also Sat 6/28, 8 PM, Green Mill Rempis Percussion Quartet, Sun Rooms 9:30 PM, Constellation, 18+

indie labels. Bruce Robison and Kelly Willis, a married couple from Austin, Texas, have each suffered Music City heartbreak, and a couple years ago they teamed up to make Cheater’s Game, a pleasingly low-key album that wanders through honky-tonk and the literate singersongwriter fare that Texas is famous for. They’d previously appeared on each other’s records, but now that their casual pairing is a full-fledged partnership, it’s taken off—they just released another album together, Our Year (Premium), and it’s even better. The duo’s ambitions remain modest, but the production and repertoire— which includes hooky new tunes such as “Lonely for You,” written by Willis with Nashville songwriter Paul Kennerley, and a version of the 70s Vern Gosdin number “A Hangin’ On” that’s replete with woozy pedal steel—show off both singers at their best. And Willis’s spot-on rendition of the Jeannie C. Riley hit “Harper Valley PTA” is as joyfully insouciant as anything she’s ever recorded. —Peter Margasak 8 PM, City Winery, $22, $25 for premier, $30 for VIP. A

INTERNATIONAL

ROCK, POP, ETC

Rica Obsesion 7:30 PM, Spirit of Music Garden, Grant Park F A

Big’n, Buildings, Tilts, Cougars, Haymarket Riot 8 PM, Township Briar Rabbit, Jared Bartman 9 PM, Uncommon Ground on Clark Buffalo Killers, Killer Moon, Aktar Aktar, Thee Arthur Lane 9 PM, Double Door Jimmy Buffett & the Coral Reefer Band 8 PM, First Midwest Bank Amphitheatre George Clinton & Parliament Funkadelic, Bar Kays, Con Funk Shun 8 PM, the Venue at Horseshoe Casino

�B Bobby Slim James 9 PM, Lee’s Unleaded Blues Shirley Johnson Blues Band 9 PM, also Thu 6/26 and Sat 6/28, 9 PM, Blue Chicago John Primer & the Real Deal Blues Band 9 PM, B.L.U.E.S. Dave Specter & Jimmy Johnson 9:30 PM, Rosa’s Lounge Sugar Blue, Charlie Brown 9 PM, Buddy Guy’s Legends

JAZZ

CLASSICAL Chicago Symphony Orchestra Cristian Macelaru, conductor (Mendelssohn, Beethoven). 7:30 PM, Morton Arboretum, Lisle

IN-STORES Greys 4 PM, Saki, 3716 W. Fullerton F A

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Chicago Gospel Music Festival: Adrian B. King & Company, Gregg & F.R.I.E.N.D.S., Witness, James Hudson, and others 11 AM, Chicago Cultural Center F A Milwaukee Avenue Arts Festival: Night Moves, Psalm One, Treasure Fleet, Damn Choir, and others See page B39. 5 PM, Milwaukee between Diversey and Kedzie A

SATURDAY28 CHATHAM COUNTY LINE On its seventh album, the new Tightrope (Yep Roc), this combo from Raleigh, North Carolina, sounds more comfortable and confident than ever in its hybrid bluegrass style. Chatham County Line’s sensibility is rooted in folk-rock—on Tightrope’s opening track, “The Traveler,” guitarist Dave Wilson sings a plaintive melody that’s shaded by gorgeous vocal harmonies, and none of it would sound out of place in a Fleet Foxes song. But the clawhammer banjo of Chandler Holt and the astringent, propulsive fiddle of John Teer (who doubles on mandolin) make it pretty clear these guys have been mainlining mountain music for a long time. On previous records Chatham County Line seemed to be forcing the blend, creating an uncomfortable tension between the two styles, but on the new one the group lets the songs dictate the “little of this, little of that” balance— and the lack of self-consciousness helps it work. —Peter Margasak 8 PM, Szold Hall, Old Town School of Folk Music, $22, $20 in advance. A BRUCE ROBISON & KELLY WILLIS At this point it’s almost a tradition for artists who got chewed up by the Nashville machine to reinvent themselves as outsiders making records for little

Quentin Compson, Gold Harvest, Marla Vickers Project 6:30 PM, Quenchers Saloon Natalie Duke & the Reckless Revival, Fue 8 PM, Elbo Room Faders, See Through Dresses, Michelles 10 PM, Schubas Nikki Hill 9 PM, FitzGerald’s Johnnyswim 8 PM, Thalia Hall Look Out Love, Call It Treason, Resolution 6 PM, Beat Kitchen A Lucks, Side Action, Mary Allen & the Percolators 8 PM, Red Line Tap Lucky Boys Confusion, Penny & the Loafers, Inept, Waiting Game, Steve Knecht 8:30 PM, House of Blues, 17+ Max, Alexz Johnson 8 PM, Mayne Stage, 18+ Mr. Denton on Doomsday, Stepfather Gets Mohawk, Gold Web, Big Black Bird 10:15 PM, Beat Kitchen Plague Bringer, Chicago Thrash Ensemble, Aseethe, Rash 9 PM, Burlington Darius Rucker, Pat Green, A Thousand Horses 7 PM, Ravinia Festival A Spread, Dream Tap 8:30 PM, Tonic Room Ringo Starr & His All-Starr Band 8 PM, Chicago Theatre A

HIP-HOP Danny Diezel, Zone 12, Fargo, Chinatown Security,

Pedestrians 7:30 PM, Bottom Lounge, 17+ Don’t Be Lazy 11 PM, Reggie’s Rock Club, 18+ Dreezy, Logan, DJ O-Zone 7 PM, Reggie’s Rock Club A J. Hollins, Drtygnus, Chesley Krischelle, Esohel 8 PM, Abbey Pub

DANCE Deorro, Milk N Cookies 10 PM, Sound-Bar Miguel Migs, Victor Simonelli, Czboogie 10 PM, Smart Bar

BLUES, GOSPEL, AND R&B Lurrie Bell 10 PM, Rosa’s Lounge Big James, Joanna Connor 9:30 PM, also Fri 6/27, 9:30 PM, Kingston Mines Shirley Johnson Blues Band 9 PM, also Thu 6/26 and Fri 6/27, 9 PM, Blue Chicago Lil’ Ed & the Blues Imperials 9 PM, B.L.U.E.S. Frank McComb 5:30 PM, also Sun 6/29, 7 PM, Reggie’s Music Joint John Primer, Alex Wilson 9:30 PM, Buddy Guy’s Legends Sherman “Moody” Thomas 9 PM, Lee’s Unleaded Blues

JAZZ Eric Alexander & Harold Maburn Quartet 8 and 10 PM, also Thu 6/26, 8 and 10 PM; Fri 6/27, 8 and 10 PM; and Sun 6/29, 4, 8, and 10 PM, Jazz Showcase Xavier Breaker Coalition 9:30 PM, also Fri 6/27, 9:30 PM, Andy’s Jazz Club Frank Catalano & Jimmy Chamberlin Band 8 PM, also Fri 6/27, 9 PM, Green Mill Sun Rooms, Rempis Percussion Quartet 9:30 PM, Constellation, 18+

INTERNATIONAL Chicha Libra, Dos Santos: Anti-Beat Orquesta, ¡Esso! Afrojam Funkbeat 9 PM, Martyrs’ Chicha Libre 7:30 PM, Spirit of Music Garden, Grant Park F A Paquita la del Barrio 8 PM, Symphony Center

CLASSICAL Chicago Symphony Orchestra with Elena Urioste Cristian Macelaru, conductor (Brahms, Bruch). 7:30 PM, Morton Arboretum

FAIRS & FESTIVALS Chicago Gospel Music Festival: Erica Campbell, Kurt Carr, Mississippi Mass Choir, Anthony Brown & Group Therapy, and others Noon, Ellis Park F A Chive Fest: Empire of the Sun, 2 Chainz, Matt & Kim, Neon Indian (DJ set), Holy Ghost!, Rebirth Brass Band, and others 1 PM, Soldier Field Milwaukee Avenue Arts Festival: Sierra Leone’s Refugee All-Stars, Tre, Secret Colours, North by North, Landmarks, Rabble Rabble, and others See page B39. Noon, Milwaukee between Diversey and Kedzie A

SUNDAY29 ALL OUT WAR All Out War has released the bulk of its catalog since the turn of the millennium, but this long-lived New York hardcore band is a product of the mid-90s uprising propagated by Earth Crisis, Strife, Hatebreed, and plenty of other Victory Records


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SOUNDBOARD Exports, and others See page B39. Noon, Milwaukee between Diversey and Kedzie A

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Saint Pepsi plays at the Empty Bottle on Fri 6/27. DANIEL DORSA

outfits, which made dropped guitar tunings and double kick pedals de rigueur. Some 15 years and hundreds of lineup changes later, All Out War’s signature album remains 1998’s For Those Who Were Crucified. As if the band’s militant name weren’t enough of a clue about its message—in this endless struggle of life, we’re all doomed—there’s also the grim cover art, full of crucifixions and soldiers in gas masks. The chugging metal-inflected guitar, ominous tom rumbles and builds, and oppressive vocals (from sole constant member Mike Score) only drive the point home harder. All Out War’s high-water mark still sounds like pretty tough theme music for the bandanna-wearing picker-up of change in all of us. —Kevin Warwick Jungle Rot, Weekend Nachos, Steel Nation, and No Regrets open. 7 PM, Cobra Lounge, $20, $15 in advance.

ROCK, POP, ETC Antlers, Yellow Ostrich 8 PM, Lincoln Hall, sold out, 18+ Boomerang Brothers, Lamniformes, Duller Colors, Keep Me Posted 7 PM, Quenchers Saloon Hannah Frank Group, Clark Paterson, Simon Flory, Dylan Durham 8 PM, Beat Kitchen Jon Guerra, Rrhythms, Sara Masterson 7 PM, Schubas A John Hiatt & the Combo, Robert Cray Band 7 PM, Ravinia Festival A Hobbyist, Cheval, Accountants 7 PM, Empty Bottle Pinebocks, Makeout Vertigo, Jollys 9 PM, Burlington Bernard Purdie with Pete Benson, Mike Allemana, and George Freeman 8 PM, Tonic Room Emma Ruth Rundle, Dave Davison, Mister Suit, Beso 8 PM, Subterranean, 17+ Septicflesh, Fleshgod Apocalypse, Black Crown Initiate, Necronomicon 6 PM, Reggie’s Rock Club, 18+ Sleep on It, Grandview, Sudden Suspension, Right on Red 8 PM, Township, 18+

FOLK & COUNTRY Lee Roy Parnell 7 PM, SPACE A

BLUES, GOSPEL, AND R&B Albert Cummings, Curtis Salgado 8 PM, City Winery A Frank McComb 7 PM, also Sat 6/28, 5:30 PM, Reggie’s Music Joint Curtis Salgado, Albert Cummings 8 PM, City Winery A

JAZZ Eric Alexander & Harold Maburn Quartet 4, 8, and 10 PM, also Thu 6/26 through Sat 6/28, 8 and 10 PM, Jazz Showcase Peter Maunu, Jim Baker, Jason Roebke, and Steve Hunt 10 PM, Hungry Brain

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FOLK & COUNTRY Chicago Barn Dance Company Barn dance featuring White Mules with caller Cheryl Joyal. 7 PM, Irish American Heritage Center A

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Extraordinary Popular Delusions 8:30 PM, Beat Kitchen F

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CLASSICAL

Garrick Ohlsson 8 PM, Ravinia Festival

Clarissa Bevilacqua and friends Beethoven. 7:30 PM, Pianoforte Studios Michael Mulcahy Trombone. 3 PM, Regenstein Recital Hall, Northwestern University

TUESDAY1

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Bone Thugs-N-Harmony 7:30 PM, House of Blues, 17+

Chicago Gospel Music Festival: Tye Tribbett, VaShawn Mitchell & Tasha Cobbs, Karen Clark Sheard, Reuben Burton & the Victory Travelers, and others Noon, Ellis Park F A Milwaukee Avenue Arts Festival: The Blind Shake, Angel Melendez, Bailiff, Archie Powell & the

Michael Serafini, Garrett David, Jamie 3:26 10 PM, Smart Bar

Fitness, Bribes 9:30 PM, Whistler F High Life, Health & Beauty, Cousins, Roommate 9 PM, Empty Bottle F Iska Dhaaaf 8 PM, Schubas, 18+ Julian Lage & Nels Cline 8 PM, City Winery A McLovins 8 PM, Martyrs’ Okapi, A Light Sleeper, Baby & Hide 9 PM, Burlington

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Ziggy Marley 8 PM, the Vic, 18+

ROCK, POP, ETC Bear Weather, Jollys, Keith Campbell, Forfeit 8 PM, Township Berlin, Vapornet 8 PM, City Winery A Everybody Says Yes, Amazing Heeby Jeebies 8 PM, Martyrs’ Everything’s Alright, Strawberry Jacuzzi, Uglies 9 PM, Emporium Arcade Bar, 1366 N. Milwaukee New Order 7 PM, Aragon Ballroom, sold out, 18+ Pirates, Care, Red Lions 9 PM, Quenchers Saloon Scale Model 8 PM, Schubas

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MY BRIGHTEST DIAMOND Since forming My Brightest Diamond in the mid-aughts, Shara Worden has gotten increasingly ambitious, putting her classical training to excellent use in fleet, sophisticated arrangements that wriggle, strut, and float around her crystalline voice. On her previous album, All Things Unwind, Worden worked with yMusic, a malleable New York chamber group that aims to erase the distance between contemporary classical and art-pop. For her forthcoming record, This Is My Hand (due September 16 from Asthmatic Kitty), she’s given the songs a serious rhythmic jolt—martial drumming opens the record’s first single, “Pressure,” and fuzzed-out postdisco grooves lend heat to “Lover Killer.” The tonal purity and formal precision of Worden’s singing might not seem like the most natural fit for such earthy music, but the contrast is often a source of productive tension. And sometimes, as on “I Am Not the Bad Guy,” she uses the power and energy of the instruments to push her voice in dramatic ways—she practically channels PJ Harvey as she sings about the distortions and volatility that lust visits upon a relationship. The new elements—forceful vocals and churning rhythms—complement the chamberlike delicacy that remains from the previous record, and the way Worden’s voice navigates this lush landscape is exquisite and original. —Peter Margasak White Mystery opens. 6:30 PM, Pritzker Pavilion, Millennium Park. F A

Flowers (the Katayanagi Twins, for instance), tonight’s four groups will be paired up two-ontwo. They’ll begin by trading songs—one plays and then the other, just like at an old screamo show—and then finish by going “Amp vs. Amp” and playing their last songs simultaneously. Ambitious? Mostly. It’s a tad nutso to try to translate this to a real-life stage, but ultimately it should be more fun than headache. The matchups: noisy, string-heavy postrock from the Paver versus the swinging, fuzzed-out garage of Bleach Party, plus the abrasive noise punk of Lil Tits versus the sharp, spazzy pop-punk of Absolutely Not. —Kevin Warwick 9 PM, Empty Bottle, $5.

AMP VS. AMP WITH PAVER VS. BLEACH PARTY AND ABSOLUTELY NOT VS. LIL TITS Sometimes the theme is the headliner. Organized by Kriss Stress, overseer of Chicago underground-music operation Notes & Bolts (formerly a label, now more of an archive and concert series), tonight’s show is as an ode to comic and movie hero Scott Pilgrim. Much as Pilgrim and his punk trio, Sex Bom-Omb, throw down in a battle of the bands that culminates in a free-for-all where Pilgrim and company play at the same time as various evil wooers of Ramona

FOLK & COUNTRY Miles Over Mountains 10 PM, Abbey Pub

BLUES, GOSPEL, AND R&B Cedric Burnside Project, Razorhouse, Lucky 3 Blues Band 8 PM, Mayne Stage, 18+ James Hunter Six 7:30 PM, SPACE A

JAZZ Rob Clearfield 9:30 PM, Whistler F Fred Lonberg-Holm 5:30 PM, Museum of Contemporary Art A

WEDNESDAY2 HUMAN FEEL Human Feel formed in 1987, when reedists Chris Speed and Andrew D’Angelo and drummer Jim Black were all studying music as college students in Boston; three years later guitarist Kurt Rosenwinkel came aboard to make it a quartet. The group operates as a true collective, with everyone contributing compositions and shaping the material through extensive improvisation. Over the years all the band’s members have come to shape the younger generation of players, directly or indirectly. Perhaps no guitarist in the past decade has been more influential than Rosenwinkel, who colors the rich harmonies of his misty, lyrical style with wordless vocalizing. And Speed and Black’s work in Tim Berne’s Bloodcount has seemed to spawn an entire new scene in London. Human Feel hasn’t been especially active since the 90s, but in 2007 it released Galore (Skirl), �B


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SOUNDBOARD �B a bruising session that combines jagged, lumbering postfunk rhythms (Black has never met a rhythm he couldn’t make infectiously wobbly), snaking melodic lines, and oddly contrary harmonic motion from Rosenwinkel relative to the background chords. As always, the music is graceful and poised but at the same time boisterous and rude—few bands can find such a perfect sweet spot between those polar opposites. Unbelievably, this is Human Feel’s first-ever Chicago performance—and because the group has just finished a new album called Experience the Experience, you can expect to hear loads of new material. —Peter Margasak 9:30 PM, Constellation, $20, $15 in advance. 18+

TOMMY KEENE Tommy Keene’s absolute devotion to the pleasures and intricacies of power pop has been great for his music but lousy for his career and his popularity. Since emerging in the mid-80s he’s demonstrated a willful disregard for changing tastes and trends, steadfastly sticking with confectionary melodies wedded to crisp guitars and driving rhythms—

and that’s made him a cult artist with a small but rabid following. On last year’s Excitement at Your Feet (Second Motion), his tenth album and the first devoted entirely to covers, his choices are all so-called deep cuts by classic-rock staples (the Who, the Rolling Stones, Roxy Music) and gems from fellow fringe legends such as the Flamin’ Groovies (their jacked-up version of Randy Newman’s “Have You Seen My Baby?”) and Mink Deville (“Let Me Dream if I Want To”). To his credit, Keene makes all 11 tracks—including the early Bee Gees ballad “I Laugh in Your Face” and Television’s “Guiding Light”—sound like songs of his own. —Peter Margasak Pezband opens. 8 PM, Mayne Stage, $13. 18+

ROCK, POP, ETC Byzantine Time Machine 9:30 PM, Whistler F Dead Stars, Yawn, Sharkmuffin, All Eyes West 9 PM, Empty Bottle The English Beat 8 PM, also Thu 7/3, 8 PM, City Winery A

Flaminyon, Symposium 8 PM, Quenchers Saloon Bela Fleck & Brooklyn Rider 7 and 9:30 PM, SPACE A Andy Grammer 6:30 PM, House of Blues A The Hold Steady 6:30 PM, Concord Music Hall A Killer Moon, Secondary Modern, Maren Celest 8 PM, Beat Kitchen, 17+ Maxwell 8 PM, Ravinia Festival A Shy Boys, J Fernandez 9 PM, Burlington Chad Sugg, Central Standard, Look Out Love 6:30 PM, Reggie’s Rock Club A Terrapin Flyer 9 PM, Abbey Pub Wild Moccasins, Eastern Sea 9 PM, Schubas

HIP-HOP Oddisee & Good Company, Sidewalk Chalk, R.O.E., Fess Grandiose 8:30 PM, Double Door

FOLK & COUNTRY Gillian Welch 8 PM, Thalia Hall

JAZZ James Falzone, Jason Adasiewicz, and Frank Rosaly; James Falzone 10 PM, Hideout

CLASSICAL Stella Chan & Renana Gutman Violin and piano. 12:15 PM, Preston Bradley Hall, Chicago Cultural Center F A

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MUSIC VENUES Abbey Pub 3420 W. Grace, 773-4635808, abbeypub.com Allstate Arena 6920 Mannheim Rd., Rosemont, 847-635-6601, allstatearena.com Andy’s 11 E. Hubbard, 312-642-6805, andysjazzclub.com Aragon Ballroom 1106 W. Lawrence, 773-561-9500, aragon.com Arie Crown Theater McCormick Place, 2301 S. Lake Shore, 312-7916000, ariecrown.com Auditorium Theatre 50 E. Congress Pkwy., 312-902-1500, auditoriumtheatre.org Beat Kitchen 2100 W. Belmont, 773281-4444, beatkitchen.com Beauty Bar 1444 W. Chicago, 312-2268828, thebeautybar.com/chicago Beverly Arts Center 2407 W. 111th, 773-445-3838, beverlyartcenter.org Blue Chicago 536 N. Clark, 312-661-0100, bluechicago.com B.L.U.E.S. 2519 N. Halsted, 773-528-1012, chicagobluesbar.com Bottom Lounge 1375 W. Lake, 312-666-6775, bottomlounge.com Brown Rice 4432 N. Kedzie, 312-543-7027, brownricemusic.org Buddy Guy’s Legends 700 S. Wabash, 312-427-1190, buddyguys.com Burlington 3425 W. Fullerton, 773384-3243, facebook.com/theburlington California Clipper 1002 N California, 773-384-2547, californiaclipper.com Cal’s 400 S. Wells, 312-922-6392, drinkatcalsbar.com Charter One Pavilion 1300 S. Linn White, 312-540-2000, livenation.com/ venue/33036 Chicago Cultural Center 78 E. Washington, 312-744-6630, explorechicago.org Chicago Theatre 175 N. State, 312-462-6300, thechicagotheatre.com City Winery 1200 W. Randolph, 312-733-9463, citywinery.com Civic Opera House 20 N. Wacker, 312-332-2244, civicoperahouse.com Close Up 2 416 S. Clark, 312-385-1111, closeup2jazz.com Cobra Lounge 235 N. Ashland, 312226-6300, cobralounge.com Cole’s 2338 N. Milwaukee, 773-2765802, coleschicago.blogspot.com Congress Theater 2135 N. Milwaukee, 773-276-1235, congresschicago.com Constellation 3111 N. Western, constellation-chicago.com Court Theatre 5535 S. Ellis, 773-702-7005, courttheatre.org Crown Tap Room 2821 N. Milwaukee, 773-252-9741 Cubby Bear 1059 W. Addison, 773-327-1662, cubbybear.com Davenport’s Piano Bar & Cabaret 1383 N. Milwaukee, 773-278-1830, davenportspianobar.com Debonair Social Club 1575 N. Milwaukee, 773-227-7790, debonairsocialclub.com Dominican University 7900 W. Division, 708-524-6942, dom.edu/pac Double Door 1572 N. Milwaukee, 773-489-3160, doubledoor.com Durty Nellie’s 180 N. Smith St., Palatine, 847-358-9150, durtynellies.com Elastic 2830 N. Milwaukee, second floor, 773-772-3616, elasticrevolution.com Empty Bottle 1035 N. Western, 773-276-3600, emptybottle.com Enemy 1550 N. Milwaukee, enemysound@gmail.com, enemysound.com Experimental Sound Studio 5925 N. Ravenswood, 773-769-1069, experimentalsoundstudio.org First Midwest Bank Amphitheatre I-80 & Harlem, Tinley Park, 708-6141616, livenation.com/venue/32837 FitzGerald’s 6615 Roosevelt, Berwyn, 708-788-2118, fitzgeraldsnightclub.com Funky Buddha Lounge 728 W. Grand, 312-666-1695, funkybuddha.com Gallery Cabaret 2020 N. Oakley, 773489-5471, gallerycabaret.com Genesee Theatre 203 N. Genesee

St., Waukegan, 847-263-6300, geneseetheatre.com Green Dolphin Street 2200 North Ashland, 773-395-0066, jazzitup.com Green Mill 4802 N. Broadway, 773878-5552, greenmilljazz.com Harris Theater for Music and Dance 205 E. Randolph, 312-334-7777, harristheaterchicago.org Heartland Cafe 7000 N. Glenwood, 773-465-8005, heartlandcafe.com Heaven Gallery 1550 N. Milwaukee, second floor, 773-342-4597, heavengallery.com Hideout 1354 W. Wabansia, 773-2274433, hideoutchicago.com House of Blues 329 N. Dearborn, 312923-2000, houseofblues.com/chicago Hungry Brain 2319 W. Belmont, 773-935-2118, umbrellamusic.org Hyde Park Art Center 5020 S. Cornell, 773-324-5520, hydeparkart.org Hyde Park Bank 1525 E. 53rd, 773752-4600, hydeparkbank.net International House University of Chicago, 1414 E. 59th, 773-753-2270, ihouse.uchicago.edu Irish American Heritage Center, 4626 N. Knox, 773-282-7035, irishamerican.org/ Jazz Showcase 806 S. Plymouth, 312360-0234, jazzshowcase.com Joe’s 940 W. Weed, 312-337-3486, joesbar.com Kinetic Playground 1113 W. Lawrence, 773-769-5483, thekineticplayground.com Kingston Mines 2548 N. Halsted, 773477-4646, kingstonmines.com LaSalle Power Co. 500 N. LaSalle, 312661-1122, lasallepowerco.com Lee’s Unleaded Blues 7401 S South Chicago, 773-493-3477, leesunleadedblues.com Lincoln Hall 2424 N. Lincoln, 773-5252501, lincolnhallchicago.com Links Hall 3435 N. Sheffield, 773-2810824, linkshall.org Little Black Pearl Art & Design Center 1060 E 47th, 773-285-1211, blackpearl.org Logan Square Auditorium 2539 N. Kedzie, 773-252-6179, logansquareauditorium.com Mandel Hall University of Chicago, 1131 E. 57th, 773-702-8068, chicagopresents.uchicago.edu Martyrs’ 3855 N. Lincoln, 773-4049494, martyrslive.com Mayne Stage 1328 W. Morse, 773-3814554, maynestage.com McAninch Arts Center College of DuPage, 425 Fawell Blvd., 630-9424000, home.cod.edu/atthemac Metro 3730 N. Clark, 773-549-0203, metrochicago.com Metropolis Performing Arts Centre 111 W. Campbell St., Arlington Heights, 847-577-2121, metropolisarts.com The Mid 306 N. Halsted, 312-2653990, themidchicago.com Millennium Park Michigan & Randolph, 312-742-1169, millenniumpark.org Montrose Room 5300 N River Rd, Rosemont, 847-544-5300, icohare. com/montrose_room Morseland 1218 W. Morse, 773-7648900, morseland.com Museum of Contemporary Art 220 E. Chicago, 312-280-2660, mcachicago.org Music in the Loft 1017 W. Washington, 312-243-9233, musicintheloft.org Mutiny 2428 N. Western, 773-4867774, themutinychicago.com Myopic Books 1564 N. Milwaukee, 773-862-4882, myopicbookstore.com North Shore Center for the Performing Arts in Skokie 9501 Skokie Blvd., 847-673-6300, northshorecenter.org Old Town School of Folk Music 4544 N. Lincoln, 773-728-6000, oldtownschool.org Old Town School of Folk Music, Szold Hall 4545 N. Lincoln, 773-728-6000, oldtownschool.org

Paramount Theatre 23 E. Galena Blvd., Aurora, 630-896-6666, paramountarts.com Park West 322 W. Armitage, 773-9295959, parkwestchicago.com Permanent Records 1914 W. Chicago, 773-278-1744, permanentrecordschicago.com Phyllis’ Musical Inn 1800 W Division, 773-486-9862 Pianoforte Chicago Fine Arts Building, 410 S. Michigan, suite 825, 312-2910291, pianofortechicago.com Pops for Champagne 601 N. State, 312-266-7677, popsforchampagne.com Quenchers Saloon 2401 N. Western, 773-276-9730, quenchers.com Ravinia Festival Green Bay & Lake Cook, Highland Park, 847-266-5106, ravinia.org Reckless Records 3126 N. Broadway, 773-404-5080; 1532 N. Milwaukee, 773-235-3727; and 26 E. Madison, 312-795-0878, reckless.com Red Line Tap 7006 N. Glenwood, 773-274-5463, heartlandcafe.com/ rl_index.htm Reggie’s Music Joint 2105 S. State, 312949-0120, reggieslive.com/musicjoint Reggie’s Rock Club 2109 S. State, 312949-0121, reggieslive.com/rockclub Riviera Theatre 4746 N. Racine, 773-275-6800, jamusa.com Rockefeller Memorial Chapel 5850 S. Woodlawn, 773-702-2100, rockefeller. uchicago.edu Room 43 1043 E. 43rd, 773-285-2222, hydeparkjazzsociety.com Rosa’s Lounge 3420 W. Armitage, 773-342-0452, rosaslounge.com Schubas 3159 N. Southport, 773-5252508, schubas.com Sears Centre 5333 Prairie Stone Pkwy., Hoffman Estates, 847-6492270, searscentre.com The Shrine 2109 S. Wabash, 312-753-5700, theshrinechicago.com Skylark 2149 S. Halsted, 312-948-5275, ratchetseries.blogspot.com Smart Bar 3730 N. Clark, 773-5494140, smartbarchicago.com Smart Museum of Art 5550 S. Greenwood, 773-702-0200, smartmuseum.uchicago.edu Sound-Bar 226 W. Ontario, 312-7874480, sound-bar.com SPACE 1245 Chicago, Evanston, 847-492-8860, evanstonspace.com Spy Bar 646 N. Franklin, 312-337-2191, spybarchicago.com Stage Bar 4358 N. Cicero, 773-2868640, mpshows.com Star Plaza Theatre I-65 & U.S. 30, Merrillville, 219-791-1234, starplazatheatre.com Subterranean 2011 W. North, 773-278-6600, subt.net Symphony Center 220 S. Michigan, 312-294-3000, cso.org Tonic Room 2447 N. Halsted, 773-248-8400, tonicroom.ticketfly.com Township 2200 N. California, 773-772-7811, mpshows.com Toyota Park 7000 S. Harlem Ave., Bridgeview, 877-598-8703, toyotapark.com UIC Pavilion 525 S. Racine, 312-4135740, uicpavilion.com Ultra Lounge 2169 N Milwaukee, 773-269-2900, ultraloungechicago.com Uncommon Ground 3800 N. Clark, 773-929-3680; 1401 W. Devon, 773465-9801, uncommonground.com Underground Wonder Bar 710 N. Clark, 312-266-7761, undergroundwonderbar.com United Center 1901 W. Madison, 312-455-4500, unitedcenter.com The Vic 3145 N. Sheffield, 773-4720449, victheatre.com V Live 2047 N. Milwaukee, 773-4895483, vlivechicago.com The Venue at Horseshoe Casino 777 Casino Center, Hammond, 219-4736060, horseshoehammond.com Vision 632 N. Dearborn, 312-266-1944, visionnightclub.com, viper-alley.com The Whistler 2421 N. Milwaukee, 773-227-3530, whistlerchicago.com

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$4 select draft beers

1/2-price bottles of wine

1330 W. Morse | 773-381-4550

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$5 Jameson shots, $3 PBR bottles, $4 Lagunitas drafts $4 Absolut cocktails

$5 Jameson shots, $3 PBR bottles

$5 Jameson shots, $3 PBR bottles

$5 Jameson shots, $3 PBR bottles, $3 Bell’s bottles/drafts

$5 Jameson shots, $3 PBR bottles, $3 Great Lakes bottle/ drafts, FREE POOL

$5 Jameson shots, $3 PBR bottles, $2 & $3 craft pints

$5 Jameson shots, $3 PBR bottles, $4 Breckenridge drafts

$6 Belvedere Bloody Mary with gourmet italian deli skewer

$6 Belvedere Bloody Mary with gourmet italian deli skewer

$6 Belvedere Bloody Mary with gourmet italian deli skewer

$6 Belvedere Bloody Mary with gourmet italian deli skewer

$6 Belvedere Bloody Mary with gourmet italian deli skewer

$6 Double Cross Martinis (month of November only)

$6 Belvedere Bloody Mary with gourmet italian deli skewer

$4 Shots / $5 Cocktails: Jameson, Jim Beam, Absolut, Sailor Jerry $6 Pints: Surly, Lagunitas, Three Floyds, $3 Lone Star Bottles / $5 Revolution Cans

$4 Shots / $5 Cocktails: Jameson, Jim Beam, Absolut, Sailor Jerry $6 Pints: Surly, Lagunitas, Three Floyds $5 Revolution Cans / $4 PBR Draft

$4 Shots / $5 Cocktails: Jameson, Jim Beam, Absolut, Sailor Jerry $6 Pints: Surly, Lagunitas, Three Floyds $5 Revolution Cans / $4 PBR Draft

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$4 Shots / $5 Cocktails: Jameson, Jim Beam, Absolut, Sailor Jerry $6 Pints: Surly, Lagunitas, Three Floyds $5 Revolution Cans / $4 PBR Draft

$4 Shots / $5 Cocktails: Jameson, Jim Beam, Absolut, Sailor Jerry $6 Pints: Surly, Lagunitas, Three Floyds $5 Revolution Cans / $4 PBR Draft

$4 Shots / $5 Cocktails: Jameson, Jim Beam, Absolut, Sailor Jerry $6 Pints: Surly, Lagunitas, Three Floyds $5 Revolution Cans / $4 PBR Draft

$3 Banker’s Club Bourbon, $3 Point Pale Ale Pints

$3 Maker’s Mark, $3 Labatt Blue

$3 Chang Lager, $3 Four Roses bourbon whiskey

$3 Genessee Cream Ale Pints, $3 G&W Bourbon Shots

$1 American beer, $2 Jim Beam

$2 Miller High Life bottles, $2 Zackariah Harris Bourbon

$2 Pabst Blue Ribbon longnecks, $2 Old Crow Reserve bourbon

Ballast Point Sculptin, $6 12 oz can, Firefly Sweet Tea Vodka & Lemonade, $5, Miller High Life, $5 pints, Tin Cup American Whiskey, $5, Deschutes Red Chair Northwest Pale Ale, $6 pints

Ballast Point Sculptin, $6 12 oz can, Firefly Sweet Tea Vodka & Lemonade, $5, Miller High Life, $5 pints, Tin Cup American Whiskey, $5, Deschutes Red Chair Northwest Pale Ale, $6 pints

Ballast Point Sculptin, $6 12 oz can, Firefly Sweet Tea Vodka & Lemonade, $5, Miller High Life, $5 pints, Tin Cup American Whiskey, $5, Deschutes Red Chair Northwest Pale Ale, $6 pints

Ballast Point Sculptin, $6 12 oz can, Firefly Sweet Tea Vodka & Lemonade, $5, Miller High Life, $5 pints, Tin Cup American Whiskey, $5, Deschutes Red Chair Northwest Pale Ale, $6 pints

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Ballast Point Sculptin, $6 12 oz can, Firefly Sweet Tea Vodka & Lemonade, $5, Miller High Life, $5 pints, Tin Cup American Whiskey, $5, Deschutes Red Chair Northwest Pale Ale, $6 pints

Ballast Point Sculptin, $6 12 oz can, Firefly Sweet Tea Vodka & Lemonade, $5, Miller High Life, $5 pints, Tin Cup American Whiskey, $5, Deschutes Red Chair Northwest Pale Ale, $6 pints

Late Bar

$3 Schlitz “Tall Boys” and $3 shots of Old Crow Whiskey

$3 Schlitz “Tall Boys” and $3 shots of Old Crow Whiskey

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3534 W. Belmont | 773-267-LATE

$3 Schlitz “Tall Boys” and $3 shots of Old Crow Whiskey, $4 Kir Royale’s and $4 Mimosas

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offering over 50 craft beers

$5 drinks

offering over 50 craft beers

$4.75 bloody mary & marias

$1 off all beers

$2 off all whiskey & bourbons

offering over 50 craft beers

Stella taps $3.50, PBR cans $2

Friday Teacher 15% off bar tab special w/school ID, $10 minimum. Stella taps $3.50, PBR cans $2

Stella taps $3.50, PBR cans $2

Stella taps $3.50, PBR cans $2

well drinks $3, Fireball shots $3, Stella taps $3.50, PBR cans $2

Stella taps $3.50, PBR cans $2

High Life & whiskey shot $5, well drinks $4, Raspberry Kamikazes Stella taps $3.50, PBR cans $2

Moosehead pints $3.75, Hamms cans $2.50, Special Export Bush Longneck bottles $3, Foster Big cans $5

Moosehead pints $3.75, Hamms cans $2.50, Special Export Bush Longneck bottles $3, Foster Big cans $5

Moosehead pints $3.75, Hamms cans $2.50, Special Export Bush Longneck bottles $3, Foster Big cans $5

Moosehead pints $3.75, Hamms cans $2.50, Special Export Bush Longneck bottles $3, Foster Big cans $5

Moosehead pints $3.75, Hamms cans $2.50, Special Export Bush Longneck bottles $3, Foster Big cans $5

Moosehead pints $3.75, Hamms cans $2.50, Special Export Bush Longneck bottles $3, Foster Big cans $5

Moosehead pints $3.75, Hamms cans $2.50, Special Export Bush Longneck bottles $3, Foster Big cans $5

$2.75 PBR Tallboy Cans, $4 Bombs, $5 Cabo wabo, $5 Jack Daniels, $5 Johnny Walker Black, $4 Malibu Cocktails, $5 Moscow Mule, $4 Tanqueray, $5 Whiskey Kicker

$5 Jameson Cocktails, $5 all wines, $3.50 312 Bottles, $5 Martinis (Absolut, Van Gogh, Beefeater), $7 Patron Shots

$4 Absolut Bloody Marys, $4 Heineken, $3.50 Victoria Bottles, $4 Sailor Jerry

$4 Bloody Marys, $2 Blatz, Old Milwaukee, Stroh’s, $14 Bud/ Miller Buckets, $2.75 Busch & Hamm’s Tallboy Cans, $4 Smithwicks & Guinness Drafts, $5 Captain Morgan, $5 Ketel One

1/2 off all drafts on tap, $4 Crystal Head Vodka, $4 Maker’s Mark

$3.50 Corona Bottles, $2,75 PBR Tall Boy Cans, $5 Cabo Wabo, $5 Jameson, $4 jim beam, $4 Malibu Cocktails

$4 Hoegaarden & Stella Drafts, $4 Absolut, Stoli, & Soco Cocktails, $5 Herradura Margaritas, $5 Long Island Iced Teas

3-6pm: $3.50 Pint of the Day, $5/$7 appetizers

3-6pm: $3.50 Pint of the Day, $5/$7 appetizers

3-6pm: $3.50 Pint of the Day, $5/$7 appetizers

3-6pm: $3.50 Pint of the Day, $5/$7 appetizers

3-6pm: $3.50 Pint of the Day, $5/$7 appetizers

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Club Lucky

1824 W. Wabansia | 773-227-2300

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Cobra Lounge

235 N. Ashland | 312-226-6300

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Delilah’s

2771 N. Lincoln | 773-472-2771

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4757 N. Talman | 773-942-6012

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1637 W. North | 773-697-3563

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1800 W. Division | 773-486- 9862

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