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Chicago, The Windy City, is filled with incredible and exciting things to.  There are fun things to do with kids this weekend and always concerts in Chicago tonight.  Whatever it is you might be seeking at any point in time, there is a very good chance it is happening somewhere in Chicago. 

Our very helpful Chicago Travel Guide can be of assistance as you determine what you want to do and perhaps hotels near me in Chicago and the best restaurants.  It’s always best to check out any great city with a travel guide and a game plan for your action!

Chicago has tons of attractions.  Some of those include Navy Pier, Lincoln Park Zoo, and Millennium Park.  There is also Grant Park and the Museum of Science and Industry.  Don’t forget Shedd Aquarium and the immensely incredible views from 360Chicago. 

What are some top attractions in Chicago?

Chicago has tons of attractions.  Some of those include Navy Pier, Lincoln Park Zoo, and Millennium Park.  There is also Grant Park and the Museum of Science and Industry.  Don’t forget Shedd Aquarium and the immensely incredible views from 360Chicago. 

Chicago is simply overflowing with arts and culture.  Take your kids to the Chicago Children’s Museum or the Chicago History Museum.  You can also check out the Art Institute Of Chicago and the Chicago Cultural Center. 

If you are seeking performing arts then Chicago is the place for you.  Chicago is home the Hamilton Chicago and of course the Joffrey Ballet.  There is also the Chicago Symphony Orchestra and the Chicago Opera. 

The city is also a huge sports town.  You can always find the upcoming events and schedules at ThingsToDoInChicago.co.  We have the Bears Schedule, Northwestern Football Schedule, and of course all the hockey action with the Blackhawks and Chicago Wolves

Check out some live action of a recent concert in Chicago:

Getting To Chicago

Chicago is a favorite tourist destination. It is one of the best cities in the US with world-class museums and restaurants and it is home to Jazz and comedy. It is known as the Windy City. Of course, getting there first is most important, so it is helpful to know a few things about the airports.

Midway can handle all of the major airlines and is one great option for flying to Chicago. If you charter your bus beforehand can save valuable time and produce your journey a lot more pleasant. The rental car buses depart with just a few folks. When travelling in a bigger group, the typical taxi or limo services are not able to cater for such parties within a car.

The airport provides a number of shops to pass the moment. Smaller airports are not going to provide that sort of exposure. O’Hare International Airport provides an assortment of choices for vehicle rentals. Midway International Airport is in the middle of a large dining overhaul. If you’re planning to fly into Chicago Midway International Airport (MDW), you’ve got ten car rental companies to pick from.

Based on the pick up location and destination of your journey, an alternate taxicab service may be the best option for you. Chicago Destinations While traveling to Chicago learns more about the region and the places you may visit when you remain in the region. Chicago Destinations Your visit to the Windy City is certain to be fun and full of excitement.

Chicago Growth And Development – Entertainment and Living Options

To stay on top of all the best things to do in Chicago or any city, you must be aware of all the new development and amazing places being constructed to lure in residents and give people a nice quality of life. There is a mammoth new development in Chicago called The 78. It’s a $7 Billion plus mega-project that will include entertainment options and venues. In fact, the entire city is under an immense new construction boom. It truly is remarkable how much new development is going on for a major, established city. Just check out the new digs around the Northwestern campus as well. Incredible.

Chicago 2020 Broadway Season Is Something Special

Broadway In Chicago really did it big time in 2020. Some true smash hits from Broadway are coming to town. Dear Evan Hansen is returning to the Windy City after a super successful run in 2019. Sensational musicals Mean Girls, Frozen, and Come From Away will also be in Chicago this coming season. It’s a power packed year for theatre lovers in Chicagoland.

Shedd Aquarium

The aquarium is always a big hit and an excellent place to take the kids. Also a perfect trip for a school field trip. Shedd in Chicago is no different. Shedd said please don’t hesitate to nurse anywhere you’re comfortable. Shedd has a rather prosperous penguin breeding program. Shedd is a well-known place and can readily get crowded during summer, weekends or holidays. Shedd also receives a huge part of its power consumption from solar power, and it’s always increasing. In reality, Shedd has also made tremendous progress in the field of waste management.

Shedd Aquarium is located at 1200 South Lake Shore Drive in Chicago, zip code 60605.

It is possible to re-enter the Aquarium if you maintain your ticket. You only have to go to Shedd Aquarium! In general, Shedd Aquarium is a good location for families to devote an enjoyable weekend at. If you prefer to be part of the Shedd Aquarium’s workforce, you can volunteer for sure positions. Shedd Aquarium is among the world’s biggest indoor aquariums, housing around 32,000 creatures. Shedd Aquarium is among the most fascinating areas to visit when in the Chicago region. You can’t tour the complete Shedd Aquarium in simply a day so instead join their membership to visit it frequently. Perhaps check out the Shedd Aquarium for catching a concert at the Aragon Ballroom.

You can leave and return inside if you maintain your ticket. When you purchase your tickets, make certain that you reserve your time for any shows you would love to see as you will require a ticket to enter. Buying tickets early is almost always a fantastic idea. They can be purchased exclusively at the front gate of Dollywood and cannot be pre-purchased. If you wish to find discounted tickets, take a look at the discount section above.

Hotels In Chicago


When visiting Chicago of course it is imperative to check out all the hotels in Chicago so you can make the best choice for what you want. There are hundreds and hundreds of great hotels to choose from. The Centrally Situated Palmer House Hotel – The Palmer House, a Hilton Hotel Has Been a great stay for our family . This Hilton hotel is centrally situated and just two blocks from the Art Institute and Millennium Park. We walked to almost anything we did. We got tired, Lyft and Uber automobile services delivered us as taking public transportation, about the same cost. Named after its proprietor his hotel burned from the Great Chicago Fire

Today, the hotel is a popular place to go for social gatherings in its spectacular lobby. This could be a great option for after a Thalia Hall Concert or after a long drive back from a Notre Dame Football game. This hotel takes you back with ceilings offering guests of business conferences and weddings both hospitality and old world charm. Our loved using the Executive Floor Lounge. For everyone remaining floors, the lounge provides evening hor doeuvres and breakfast. The lounge is an upgrade in the fun element and a family. To give you a notion of how Hilton Palmer Parker House is at Chicago, here’s the distance from the hotel and a list of Chicago restaurants and nearby attractions. We walked to all except the Museum of Industry and Science. 

Chicago Attractions – The Art Institute along with Millennium Park – Willis Tower – Field Museum of Natural History – John Hancock – Water Tower Place – John G Shedd Aquarium – Adler Planetarium – Lincoln Park Zoo – Museum of Science and Industry – Chicago restaurants – Als Beef – Giordanos – Lou Malnatis – Xoco – The Purple Pig – Portillos – Self Guided Walking Chicago Food Tour – I Really like to sample food in Various cities, but there’s never Appear to be sufficient meals. Thats where food tours come in. Rather than joining one, we created our very own Chicago food tour with the aid of knowledgeable friends. 

Who says you need to eat a whole meal at one restaurant? These innovative meals work when there are plenty of great restaurants within walking distance. Map them out on Google Maps along with make your very own Chicago food tour. Appetizer: Charcuterie in The Purple Pig – First Course: hotdogs At Portillos – Second Course: An Italian sandwich in Als Steak – Dessert: Churros with chocolate in Xoco – Chicago Deep Dish Pizza – Im not going to get into that the Chicago Deep Dish pizza wars. They’re all Chicago classics in their very own right.

Blackhawks’ Seth Jones frustrated by his ‘hit-or-miss’ play as he works back from injury

NEW YORK — For the last two weeks, Blackhawks defenseman Seth Jones hasn’t been able to put his formerly broken right thumb on his stick. Instead, it’s ”locked straight out” in a splint.

That will be the case for the next two weeks, too.

Yes, he had the same idea anyone else logically would: Why not make a curved splint to lock it in place on the stick? But it turns out that’s easier said than done.

”We tried to make one,” a chuckling Jones said Friday. ”They mold it, and they bent it a little bit. But they don’t want it to move too much.”

Being able to use only four of five fingers on his dominant hand has required some adjustments. Before returning to the lineup Nov. 23 against the Stars, Jones had practiced for only a few days with it. That required those adjustments to be made mostly on the fly.

But at least he’s able to play. And at least his thumb, according to another X-ray a few days ago, is healing as planned.

”It’s a little bit weird when you’re taking your hand off [the stick and] putting it back on,” Jones said. ”It can get jammed in battles and stuff, which doesn’t feel good. But it is what it is.”

Jones has resumed handling his usual massive workload, averaging 24 minutes, 49 seconds of ice time through his first five games back.

In his first two games, Jones and coach Luke Richardson thought he played very well. But in the next two — losses to the Jets and Oilers — his lingering rust after missing nearly a month was more evident. He was a minus-six in those two games combined.

”We talked to him the last few games about maybe trying to get too much into the offense too quickly, too often,” Richardson said Friday. ”[He should be] focusing more on defense with his heavy stick and killing plays and starting the rush instead of maybe trying to get ahead and lead the rush. [That way], we can be a little bit more sound, just in case there’s a hiccup and we don’t get the puck out or it bounces over someone’s stick.”

Jones was also left in a couple of tough situations — by captain Jonathan Toews’ double-pinching errors — as the only Hawks player back against two-on-one rushes by the Oilers in the third period Wednesday.

Nonetheless, Richardson thought Jones could have defended those instances better, too. He suggested Jones should drift closer toward the puck-carrier — instead of staying halfway between the two forwards — and slide a half-second later, once the rush gets closer to the net. Those changes might tempt opponents to shoot rather than try to pass.

Jones entered Saturday with a 41.4% on-ice scoring-chance ratio at five-on-five, the worst mark of his career and ranked 160th among 178 defensemen leaguewide. He was producing more scoring chances himself — 3.7 per 60 minutes at five-on-five, up from 2.8 last season — but opponents were generating a lot more against him, too.

And in the Hawks’ win Saturday against the Rangers, he tallied two power-play assists but the Rangers still recorded a 15-3 scoring-chance advantage during his five-on-five time.

Those ugly numbers largely aren’t his fault. Everybody on the team has advanced stats that are varying degrees of awful. But the struggles and mistakes that have contributed to it do weigh on him.

In spite of the rebuild, Jones knows he’s a Hawk for the long haul because of his enormous contract. Since joining the team, he hasn’t enjoyed a lot of success individually or teamwise. And that bothers him.

”There’s always going to be pressure,” he said. ”I put pressure on myself. I’m my biggest critic to be one of the top players on this team every night. Personally, I don’t think I’ve lived up to that so far.

”I’m a professional athlete. I was brought here to do a job, and I’ve been hit-and-miss at it so far. Just being more consistent is going to [make me] better. [I’m] not putting all the burden on myself, but a big part of it, for sure.”

Jones has learned through his career how to handle that pressure and self-criticism without letting it overwhelm him. Still, it subconsciously might be contributing to his recent tendency to try to do too much every shift. And especially while he remains limited by his thumb, simplifying his game might be prudent.

”I don’t think he needs to lean to the offensive side,” Richardson said. ”He has the ability to get up and down the ice so well that he can play his position properly and hard and against the top lines on the other team and still add offensively.”

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HIgh school basketball: Kenwood overpowers Joliet West at the Chicago Elite Classic

Two of the state’s best seniors and best teams clashed in the finale of the Chicago Elite Classic on Saturday at Credit Union One Arena.

The matchup was so good that for the first time it wasn’t Young or Simeon (the event organizers) in the final game. Kansas State recruit Dai Dai Ames and No. 3 Kenwood faced Michigan State recruit Jeremy Fears Jr. and No. 2 Joliet West.

Early in the second half sophomore Jeremiah Fears made a three-pointer that put the Tigers up by 11. Joliet West led for the majority of the first half and the large crowd began to wonder if the suburban team was going to take down the city powerhouse.

Then foul trouble hit Ames and Fears. Both teams played long stretches of the third quarter without their star guards.

Fears’ absence was too much for the Tigers to overcome. Kenwood’s deep and talented roster had multiple answers and the Broncos took control with a devastating run, holding Joliet West without a bucket for three minutes on the way to a 72-66 victory.

“They need to understand that I’m a genius at this,” Broncos coach Mike Irvin said. “I’ve been putting teams together all my life. They thought because [Nick Irvin] left another Irvin wasn’t going to come in and get it done. We can compete with anyone and we are ready to win the city and state championship.”

Tyler Smith ignited the 14-0 third-quarter run with a three-pointer. He finished with 17 points. Junior Calvin Robins scored 21 in the game and 13 in the fourth quarter to help hold off any comeback from Joliet West.

Ames finished with 12 points for Kenwood (4-0).

“I’ve been putting up 30 and 40 points all my life,” Ames said. “My goal today was to win a basketball game and that’s what I did.”

Jeremiah Fears led Joliet West (5-2) with 17 points and Jeremy Fears finished with 16. Junior Justus McNair added 15 points and Matthew Moore had 13 points, 10 rebounds and three blocks.

“They talked a lot and we talked back,” McNair said. “It was a good matchup in a fun environment.”

Jeremy Fears and Ames picked up a technical foul for talking to each other in the first half. It’s been a regular issue for Fears, who fouled out after picking up a technical foul in Joliet West’s season-opening win against St. Louis Cardinal Ritter.

“I just have to keep playing,” Fears said. “Stuff happens in basketball. I have to focus on the main goal, winning.”

Fears played at Joliet West as a freshman and then transferred to La Lumiere in Indiana when the basketball season was delayed due to COVID. He returned this fall.

“[Ames] is the best player in the state,” Irvin said. “We don’t let anybody come from out of town, from these prep schools and all of a sudden they are at the top and better than everybody. Ball is Life and all these media people following [Joliet] around. Follow us around.”

Both teams opened the season with major wins. Joliet West knocked off Cardinal Ritter, St. Rita and Metamora. Kenwood took down Young on the first day of the season.

“As a competitor you don’t like to lose but the goal is to be prepared for March so we can withstand this kind of environment against a competitive team that’s been much further than we have as a program,” Tigers coach Jeremy Kreiger said.

Kenwood has now beaten two of the state’s best Class 4A teams. The Broncos aren’t even at full strength, star junior Chris Riddle is out with an injury and is expected back relatively soon.

“I thought it was disrespect that we started out the season ranked three in the Chicago Sun-Times and we knocked off a powerhouse in Young and we are still three,” Irvin said. “They aren’t respecting what we do.”

Watch the final minute of Kenwood vs. Joliet West:

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Blackhawks’ eventful win over Rangers snaps losing streak

NEW YORK — The Blackhawks’ losing streak is finally over.

The Hawks defeated the Rangers 5-2 on Saturday, snapping their eight-game skid, in an eventful game that included some of everything.

”It was a great win for the team,” Hawks star Patrick Kane said. ”We’ve obviously had leads and given them up. We built on our lead tonight and stuck together as a team through a couple of tough plays.”

Kane notched three points, becoming the 50th player in NHL history to hit the 1,200-point milestone, and beat beloved former linemate Artemi Panarin for the first time since Panarin joined the Rangers in 2019.

The two have managed to keep their bromance alive for five years now. As warmups wound down, Kane shot pucks at Panarin across the red line to interrupt his pregame routine, then outlasted him to be the last player to leave the ice. Kane elected not to rub in the victory after the game, however.

”He’s someone I got really close with when he was here, and it’s always fun to see him,” Kane said. ”I’m happy he’s found a good spot here in New York. Every time you play him, he amazes you with the plays he makes.”

Largely because of his friendship with Panarin, the Rangers have been considered a likely landing spot for Kane if he accepts a trade later this season. A growing rivalry of genuine distaste between the Hawks and Rangers captain Jacob Trouba, however, adds an interesting subplot.

Trouba, who infamously knocked out the Hawks’ Jujhar Khaira with a hit to the head last December, fought Khaira in a charged bout early in the second period, then later took a massive run at Andreas Athanasiou.

Athanasiou was unscathed, but the high hit prompted a line brawl in which 32 penalty minutes were doled out. Hawks captain Jonathan Toews picked up 17 of them — including a misconduct — for rushing in to fight Trouba, which teammate Max Domi later called the ”best part of the game.”

One crucial ingredient to the victory was the Hawks scoring the first goal for the first time since Nov. 10. Reese Johnson gave them that early advantage by tipping in a shot by Jake McCabe less than three minutes in.

Starting goalie Petr Mrazek (21 saves) departed at the second intermission, however, after injuring his groin opposite the side he injured previously this season. Coach Luke Richardson said Mrazek likely would miss some time.

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Blackhawks’ eventful win over Rangers snaps losing streak

NEW YORK — The Blackhawks’ losing streak is finally over.

The Hawks defeated the Rangers 5-2 on Saturday, snapping their eight-game skid, in an eventful game that included some of everything.

”It was a great win for the team,” Hawks star Patrick Kane said. ”We’ve obviously had leads and given them up. We built on our lead tonight and stuck together as a team through a couple of tough plays.”

Kane notched three points, becoming the 50th player in NHL history to hit the 1,200-point milestone, and beat beloved former linemate Artemi Panarin for the first time since Panarin joined the Rangers in 2019.

The two have managed to keep their bromance alive for five years now. As warmups wound down, Kane shot pucks at Panarin across the red line to interrupt his pregame routine, then outlasted him to be the last player to leave the ice. Kane elected not to rub in the victory after the game, however.

”He’s someone I got really close with when he was here, and it’s always fun to see him,” Kane said. ”I’m happy he’s found a good spot here in New York. Every time you play him, he amazes you with the plays he makes.”

Largely because of his friendship with Panarin, the Rangers have been considered a likely landing spot for Kane if he accepts a trade later this season. A growing rivalry of genuine distaste between the Hawks and Rangers captain Jacob Trouba, however, adds an interesting subplot.

Trouba, who infamously knocked out the Hawks’ Jujhar Khaira with a hit to the head last December, fought Khaira in a charged bout early in the second period, then later took a massive run at Andreas Athanasiou.

Athanasiou was unscathed, but the high hit prompted a line brawl in which 32 penalty minutes were doled out. Hawks captain Jonathan Toews picked up 17 of them — including a misconduct — for rushing in to fight Trouba, which teammate Max Domi later called the ”best part of the game.”

One crucial ingredient to the victory was the Hawks scoring the first goal for the first time since Nov. 10. Reese Johnson gave them that early advantage by tipping in a shot by Jake McCabe less than three minutes in.

Starting goalie Petr Mrazek (21 saves) departed at the second intermission, however, after injuring his groin opposite the side he injured previously this season. Coach Luke Richardson said Mrazek likely would miss some time.

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High school basketball: Mount Carmel takes down North Lawndale

Senior DeAndre Craig has led Mount Carmel’s basketball revival over the past few years. The high-scoring guard elevated the Caravan’s profile and made them a fixture in the Super 25.

Craig led Mount Carmel to the Pekin Holiday Tournament championship last season and was the event’s MVP.

Expectations are high this year, but the Caravan isn’t going to need Craig to score 20 points in every game this season.

“A little pressure has definitely been taken off me,” Craig said. “Our whole team can score.”

Junior Angelo Ciaravino emerged as a scoring threat last season and is now an even bigger threat. He scored 26 points to lead the Caravan to a 72-48 win against North Lawndale on Saturday in the Chicago Elite Classic at Credit Union One Arena.

“We prepared really well for this game,” Ciaravino said. “We were focused in practice and paid attention to the little details that hurt us in the Oak Lawn loss.”

The upset loss to Oak Lawn last week knocked Mount Carmel (5-1) out of the top ten.

“People were questioning if we were really that good after the loss,” Craig said. “We aren’t worried about that. We’re focused on getting better.”

Craig scored 20 against the Phoenix and Lee Marks, a 6-5 transfer from Homewood-Flossmoor, added 17 points and 13 rebounds. Marks is athletic and aggressive and adds another dimension to the Caravan’s attack.

“We really had a chance to refocus this week and get back to basics like taking care of the ball,” Mount Carmel coach Phil Segroves said. “[North Lawndale] turned on the pressure late in the game and we did a good job.”

North Lawndale (1-2) cut the Caravan’s lead to nine after turning on the defensive pressure early in the fourth quarter. But Mount Carmel responded with a 20-3 run.

“We played as a unit in this game,” Craig said. “We are still working on our teamwork. It’s not top-notch but this is the best game we’ve played together. That was the biggest factor, relying on the man behind you.”

Segroves expects to pick up a major addition next week. Senior Asher Tomaszewski is returning from a football injury.

“Asher is a 6-5, 250 pound lineman committed to Kansas State,” Craig said. “He’ll bring what we need, another big body that can set screens and rebound.”

Senior guard Jemarje Windfield led the Phoenix with 18 points and junior Davarus Spann added 10.

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High school basketball: Live updates from the Chicago Elite Classic

Here we go, one of the biggest days of the high school basketball season is underway.

And things are very different here at UIC’s Credit Union One Arena on the West Side. There’s a shot clock (likely for the first time in the history of Chicago high school basketball). UIC doesn’t have the high school three-point line on the court either, so they are using the college three-point line.

Today’s lineup:

No. 23 Hyde Park 58, U-High 34: Jurrell Baldwin, a 6-6 junior, scored 22 for the Thunderbirds. The H-F transfer has had an excellent start to the season.

No. 18 Mount Carmel 72, North Lawndale 48: Senior DeAndre Craig has led Mount Carmel’s basketball revival over the past few years. The high-scoring guard has elevated the Caravan’s profile and made them a fixture in the Super 25. Expectations are high this year, but Mount Carmel isn’t going to need Craig to score 20 points in every game this season.

“A little pressure has definitely been taken off me,” Craig said. “Our whole team can score.”

Junior Angelo Ciaravino emerged as a scoring threat last season and is now an even bigger threat. He scored 29 points to lead the Caravan to the win.

Craig scored 20 and Lee Marks, a 6-5 transfer from Homewood-Flossmoor, added 17 points and 13 rebounds.

Senior guard Jemarje Windfield led the Phoenix with 18 points and junior Davarus Spann added 10.

Gonzaga (Washington, D.C.) 77, No. 8 St. Ignatius 59: The Wolfpack was able to hang with the national powerhouse for about a half. I haven’t looked it up but it feels like Gonzaga comes to the CEC and beats one of our local teams every season. Junior Reggie Ray led St. Ignatius with 19 and senior Jackson Kotecki added 12.

Kendall Gill and Will Perdue were sitting in the front row to watch Gill’s son Phoenix, a promising sophomore at St. Ignatius.

No. 10 Curie vs. St. Louis Vashon, 4:30

No. 5 Young vs. National Christian (Maryland), 6

No. 1 Simeon vs. No. 4 St. Rita, 7:30

No. 3 Kenwood vs. No. 2 Joliet West, 9

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Listen to The Ben Joravsky Show

Reader senior writer Ben Joravsky riffs on the day’s stories with his celebrated humor, insight, and honesty, and interviews politicians, activists, journalists and other political know-it-alls. Presented by the Chicago Reader, the show is available by 4 p.m. Tuesdays through Fridays at chicagoreader.com/joravsky—or wherever you get your podcasts. Don’t miss Oh, What a Week!–the Friday feature in which Ben & producer Dennis (aka, Dr. D.) review the week’s top stories. Also, bonus interviews drop on Saturdays, Sundays, and Mondays. 

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Chicago Reader senior writer Ben Joravsky discusses the day’s stories with his celebrated humor, insight, and honesty on The Ben Joravsky Show.


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Calligraphy, puppets, and protest

Whether you’re a calligraphy explorer or a hand-lettering veteran, check out the Newberry (60 W. Walton) today. They’ll be joined by the Chicago Calligraphy Collective for a Calligraphy Fair. From 10 AM-noon, they’ll have a breadth of demonstrations and hands-on how to’s that cover everything from gothic lettering and creative caps to arabic calligraphy and flourished copperplate. While free, registration is encouraged. This event is part of the Newberry’s programming to support the exhibition “A Show of Hands: Handwriting in the Age of Print.” The exhibit looks at how print media has encouraged the evolution and artistry of calligraphy since the mid-20th century, even dovetailing into forms like graffiti. It’s on view until December 30. To catch the show before it closes, check out the Newberry’s website. (MC)

Theatre Y has been working all year with west-side youth to create an original piece of puppet theater, in partnership with spoken word and musical artist Marvin Tate, puppet artist Michael Montenegro, and the Firehouse Community Arts Center (2111 S. Hamlin), which hosts the performances. The result, Little Carl, premieres today at 2 and 5 PM. Devised as a dream play offering a counternarrative to stories of gun violence, the creative process grew out of questions the youth artists raised about a host of issues, including “How should you get money?,” “Is anger virtuous?,” and “Does it make sense to worship NBA players over, say, 6’4?” The show continues Sat 12/10 at 5 PM and Sun 12/11 at 2 and 5 PM. Tickets are pay what you can, though Theatre Y members get a guaranteed seat for $60. Reservations and information at theatre-y.com. (KR)

The day after the Club Q shooting, Howard Brown Health Center announced its intent to lay off over 100 patient-focused workers before Christmas. Not only did this news immediately follow an LGBTQ-centered hate crime, but it also comes just three months after HBH workers won union recognition, which affords them legal protection when advocating for workplace improvements. According to the union, HBH Workers United, these layoffs affect the organization’s behavioral health, PrEP navigation, and health education staff plus other departments and projects designed to improve the physical and mental health of the queer community. Workers suggest looking for the budget cuts elsewhere. Do you agree? Show your support at 5 PM today outside the Howard Brown Health administrative building (1025 W. Sunnyside). If you can’t make it out, the union has a social media toolkit for showing solidarity from home. (MC)

Sick of the state of public transit in Chicago? Commuters Take Action wants to meet you! This grassroots group is organizing to hold the CTA accountable for how bus and train services have deteriorated since the pandemic. They’re asking for transparency and improvement! At 8 PM tonight, Commuters Take Action is throwing a meet and greet at Emporium Logan Square (2363 N. Milwaukee) “to manifest [CTA president] Dorval Carter’s retirement.” They want to hear your experiences with the CTA, invite your input on what you’d like to see change, and share ways to get involved, such as reporting a late train or bus, or submitting a public comment to the city. The people united will never be divided, so let’s work together to ensure we can affordably and effectively get where we need to be on time, eh? Or at least manifest Carter’s retirement. (MC)

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Listen to The Ben Joravsky ShowBen Joravskyon December 3, 2022 at 8:01 am

Reader senior writer Ben Joravsky riffs on the day’s stories with his celebrated humor, insight, and honesty, and interviews politicians, activists, journalists and other political know-it-alls. Presented by the Chicago Reader, the show is available by 4 p.m. Tuesdays through Fridays at chicagoreader.com/joravsky—or wherever you get your podcasts. Don’t miss Oh, What a Week!–the Friday feature in which Ben & producer Dennis (aka, Dr. D.) review the week’s top stories. Also, bonus interviews drop on Saturdays, Sundays, and Mondays. 

Chicago Reader podcasts are recorded on Shure microphones. Learn more at Shure.com.

With support from our sponsors

Chicago Reader senior writer Ben Joravsky discusses the day’s stories with his celebrated humor, insight, and honesty on The Ben Joravsky Show.


The Florida strategy

MAGA’s attempt to scare white voters into voting against Pritzker didn’t work so well, to put it mildly.


It worked!

Leasing CHA land to the Chicago Fire is part of a longstanding plan to gentrify the city.


MAGA flip-flops

Men from Blago to Bolduc are trying to sing a new song.

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Calligraphy, puppets, and protestMicco Caporale and Kerry Reidon December 3, 2022 at 6:17 pm

Whether you’re a calligraphy explorer or a hand-lettering veteran, check out the Newberry (60 W. Walton) today. They’ll be joined by the Chicago Calligraphy Collective for a Calligraphy Fair. From 10 AM-noon, they’ll have a breadth of demonstrations and hands-on how to’s that cover everything from gothic lettering and creative caps to arabic calligraphy and flourished copperplate. While free, registration is encouraged. This event is part of the Newberry’s programming to support the exhibition “A Show of Hands: Handwriting in the Age of Print.” The exhibit looks at how print media has encouraged the evolution and artistry of calligraphy since the mid-20th century, even dovetailing into forms like graffiti. It’s on view until December 30. To catch the show before it closes, check out the Newberry’s website. (MC)

Theatre Y has been working all year with west-side youth to create an original piece of puppet theater, in partnership with spoken word and musical artist Marvin Tate, puppet artist Michael Montenegro, and the Firehouse Community Arts Center (2111 S. Hamlin), which hosts the performances. The result, Little Carl, premieres today at 2 and 5 PM. Devised as a dream play offering a counternarrative to stories of gun violence, the creative process grew out of questions the youth artists raised about a host of issues, including “How should you get money?,” “Is anger virtuous?,” and “Does it make sense to worship NBA players over, say, 6’4?” The show continues Sat 12/10 at 5 PM and Sun 12/11 at 2 and 5 PM. Tickets are pay what you can, though Theatre Y members get a guaranteed seat for $60. Reservations and information at theatre-y.com. (KR)

The day after the Club Q shooting, Howard Brown Health Center announced its intent to lay off over 100 patient-focused workers before Christmas. Not only did this news immediately follow an LGBTQ-centered hate crime, but it also comes just three months after HBH workers won union recognition, which affords them legal protection when advocating for workplace improvements. According to the union, HBH Workers United, these layoffs affect the organization’s behavioral health, PrEP navigation, and health education staff plus other departments and projects designed to improve the physical and mental health of the queer community. Workers suggest looking for the budget cuts elsewhere. Do you agree? Show your support at 5 PM today outside the Howard Brown Health administrative building (1025 W. Sunnyside). If you can’t make it out, the union has a social media toolkit for showing solidarity from home. (MC)

Sick of the state of public transit in Chicago? Commuters Take Action wants to meet you! This grassroots group is organizing to hold the CTA accountable for how bus and train services have deteriorated since the pandemic. They’re asking for transparency and improvement! At 8 PM tonight, Commuters Take Action is throwing a meet and greet at Emporium Logan Square (2363 N. Milwaukee) “to manifest [CTA president] Dorval Carter’s retirement.” They want to hear your experiences with the CTA, invite your input on what you’d like to see change, and share ways to get involved, such as reporting a late train or bus, or submitting a public comment to the city. The people united will never be divided, so let’s work together to ensure we can affordably and effectively get where we need to be on time, eh? Or at least manifest Carter’s retirement. (MC)

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