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history
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TIME OUT CHICAGO Solving the mystery of why the Cubs were called Microbes
CHICAGO READER Cover story: Privatize public transit? Chicago’s tried it before. Here’s how that went.
An artist digs for the truth about Lincoln Park and the Chicago City Cemetery
CHICAGO MAGAZINE Joseph Dunlop, a newspaper publisher imprisoned for obscenity
Anti-smoking crusader Lucy Page GastonA primer on John DillingerWas Jane Addams a lesbian?
NORTH SHORE MAGAZINE Charles Gates Dawes, the vice president from Evanston
Cover story: North Shore residents who went abroad in the era before airlines
THE DAILY SOUTHTOWN The bikini’s 60th birthday

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WBEZ (audio) The evolution of Chicago’s handgun banAn 1880s precedent on guns in Chicago
Tommy gunsTaped conversations between Richard J. Daley and Lyndon B. Johnson
Chicago’s first airplane flight • New park named after the Battle of Fort Dearborn • The first juvenile court
HUFFINGTON POST When another Senate seat was up for sale: William Lorimer
CHICAGO LAWYER The Chicago River’s history of court battles

music
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THE DAILY SOUTHTOWN Buddy Guy interview
PUNK PLANET Interviews with: My Brightest Diamond Frida Hyvönen
LISTEN MAGAZINE The “rock stars” of old classical mania Classical music in Chicago, an overviewArvo Pärt, an appreciation
CHICAGO READER Daytrotter Barnstormer tour“Folksongs of Illinois”The Flat Five (Best of Chicago)

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SIGNAL TO NOISE Chicago’s drone music sceneBaby Dee profile • THE AV CLUB Kelly Hogan interview
WBEZ (audio) The National Barn DanceThe life and music of Jay Bennett
The Singleman Affair Vertebrats song lives on • Story behind Kanye West benefit concert
World music at the 1893 World’s Fair

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PIONEER PRESS Almost famous: Lisagor Award-winning feature on “Left in the Dark”
1967 and 1968 suburban concerts by The WhoWilco (The Hubcap)
Interviews with: Tony Bennett Richard ThompsonBetty LaVetteWanda Jackson Grace Slick Mekons
Eleventh Dream Day Robbie Fulks Colin Blunstone of The ZombiesDJ Clark Weber

RECORD REVIEWS
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SIGNAL TO NOISE OneidaBonnie “Prince” BillyClogs EspersEvangelicalsNina Nastasia Wildbirds & Peacedrums
PIONEER PRESS Neko Case Liz Phair PortisheadPLAYLIST Tom Waits

CONCERT REVIEWS
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DAILY SOUTHTOWN Adele Cat Power Nick CaveBob Dylan Tom Waits
SIGNAL TO NOISE Pitchfork Music Fest 2010 PIONEER PRESS SXSW 2007

stage
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PLAYBILL The godmother of Chicago improv, Viola SpolinActors’ routines“The Hunchback Variations Opera”
Chicago’s role in the Shakespeare debate •
“Pirates of Penzance” at MarriottEarly African-American theater in ChicagoStage censorship

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PLAYBILL What’s a dramaturg? • Fight choreographers Stage lingoProp mastersRandolph Street, Chicago’s theater row
Conor McPherson’s “Shining City” at the GoodmanChristmas past and present in Chicago theater

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CHICAGO MAGAZINE
Puppets take ChicagoTax break for Broadway shows “All the Fame of Lofty Deeds”
WBEZ (audio) “The Wizard of Oz,” the 1902 stage version
PIONEER PRESS Interviews with: Edward Albee David CromerJohn MahoneyDavid Mamet’s Chicago, a map
Behind the scenes of Mary Zimmerman’s “Silk”

PLAY REVIEWS
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MAKE IT BETTER “Eastland” at Lookingglass“March” at Steppenwolf“fml” at Steppenwolf“Season’s Greetings” at Northlight
PIONEER PRESS “The Adding Machine” at Next • “Arms and the Man” at Writers’“Bus Stop” at Writers’ “Othello” at Writers’