Boris rage against a world turned upside-down on the urgent, hardcore driven Noon July 10, 2020 at 5:19 pm

In their nearly 30 years as a band, Boris have developed the rare ability to alchemize practically any sound in the vast realm of heavy, atmospheric, and psychedelic rock into their distorted, amplified vision. The Tokyo trio’s release and tour schedules have been equally ambitious (they’ve played Chicago so often over the past decade they almost seem like locals), and as the live-music industry ground to a halt along with the rest of the world due to the COVID-19 pandemic, they turned to the studio for respite. Their new hardcore-driven album, No, is a statement piece, and you don’t need to understand their Japanese lyrics to get the message. No simultaneously mourns the freedoms and relationships lost or shelved during the pandemic, rages at society’s subservience toward opaque systems that don’t serve its best interests, and calls upon listeners to channel their negative energy into creativity, connection, and change. The band themselves have dubbed it “extreme healing music”–and there’s plenty of fury and catharsis to go around. Boris’s defiance is evident from the outset of plodding, poker-faced instrumental opener “Genesis,” even before they erupt into a noisy cacophony of punk, psych, metal, and more. True to form, the group’s best moments are often their most eclectic. On the face-peeling “Non Blood Lore” the trio merge fiery D-beat aggression with rich harmony vocals, while on “HxCxHxC Perforation Line” they lay brilliant clouds of shoegaze over throbbing hardcore beats. That serenity doesn’t last long, though, and by the end of the noise-tastic “Fundamental Error,” a cover of Japanese 90s hardcore legends Gudon that features a guest spot from Osaka punk guitarist Katsumi Sugahara, you’ll be pining for a grimy, sweaty circle pit. No ends on a calmer note with “Interlude,” as guitarist-vocalist Wata breathily sings over airy, reverberating atmospheres: “I want to go to the side where you can touch.” It can be hard to see the light at the end of the tunnel when we’re trudging through the dark, but Boris suggest that this too shall pass. With enough perseverance, resilience, and rage–and even a little fun–we’ll find our way back together. v

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Experience Taste of Chicago To-Go This Weekendon July 8, 2020 at 3:37 pm

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One of the many things that the coronavirus pandemic has changed this year is the festival schedule. Taste of Chicago is typically held in Grant Park, with the five-day event attracting upwards of a million people each year. This year, the City of Chicago is doing things differently and will host the Taste of Chicago To-Go, allowing you to still support your favorite local restaurants and food trucks. 

From July 8 – 12, Taste of Chicago To-Go will support local neighborhood eats while providing free meals to nonprofits serving healthcare and other frontline workers. Here’s the full Taste of Chicago To-Go lineup. 

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Thai Food Chicago
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Arun’s Thai Restaurant

4156 N Kedzie Ave, Chicago, IL 60618

Carryout only available 7/10-7/12. Curbside pickup, takeout available.

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Aztec Daves Food Truck

2537 S Wabash Ave, Chicago, IL 60616

Order via any food delivery app. Food truck, takeout, delivery available.

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Barangaroos Aussie Pies

3208 N Sheffield Ave, Chicago, IL 60657

Order directly through the website. Curbside pickup, takeout, delivery, outdoor dining available.

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Billy Goat Tavern

430 N Michigan Ave, Chicago, IL 60611

Order via any food delivery app. Curbside pickup, takeout, delivery, outdoor dining available. 

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BITES asian kitchen and bar

3313 N Clark St, Chicago, IL 60657

Order directly through the website. Curbside pickup, takeout, delivery, outdoor dining available. 

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BJ’s Market & Bakery

1737 E 95th St, Chicago, IL 60617

Order directly at the restaurant. Curbside pickup, takeout, delivery available.

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Bombay Wraps

330 E Ohio St, Chicago, IL 60611

Order directly through the website. Curbside pickup, takeout, delivery, outdoor dining available.

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Bonchon Division

1732 W Division St, Chicago, IL 60622

Order directly through the website. Curbside pickup, takeout, delivery, outdoor dining available.

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Chicago’s Dog House

816 W Fullerton Ave, Chicago, IL 60614

Call 773-248-3647 to order. Curbside pickup, takeout, delivery available.

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Coastline Cafe

3517 N Spaulding Ave, Chicago, IL 60618

Order via any food delivery app. Curbside pickup, takeout, delivery available.

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Connie’s Pizza

2373 S Archer Ave, Chicago, IL 60616

Call 312-326-3443 to order. Curbside pickup, takeout, delivery, outdoor dining available.

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Cynthia’s Gumbo Express Inc.

9725 S Princeton Ave, Chicago, IL 60628

Order at the food truck location; listed daily here. Food Truck, curbside pickup.

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Don Pepe

3616 W 26th St, Chicago, IL 60623

Order directly through the website. Takeout, delivery, outdoor dining available.

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Doom Street Eats

324 N. Leavitt St. Chicago, IL 60612

Order directly through the website. Curbside pickup, takeout available.

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Egg Rolls Etc

503 E 61st St, Chicago, IL 60637

Order at the business. Curbside pickup, delivery available.

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Eli’s Cheesecake

6701 W Forest Preserve Dr, Chicago, IL 60634

Order directly through the website. Curbside pickup, delivery, outdoor dining available.

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Franco’s Ristorante

300 W 31st St, Chicago, IL 60616

Call 312-225-9566 to order. Curbside pickup, takeout, outdoor dining available.

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Gayle V’s Best Ever Grilled Cheese

108 N State St, Chicago, IL 60602

Order at the business. Curbside pickup, takeout, delivery, outdoor dining available. 

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Healthy Substance

6852 W Archer Ave, Chicago, IL 60638

Order directly through the website. Curbside pickup, takeout, outdoor dining available.

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Izakaya Mita

1960 N Damen Ave, Chicago, IL 60647

Order directly through the website. Curbside pickup, takeout, delivery available.

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Jus Sandwiches

12320 S Wallace St, Chicago, IL 60628

Order directly through the website. Curbside pickup, delivery, outdoor dining available. 

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Kasia’s Deli, Inc.

2101 W Chicago Ave, Chicago, IL 60622

Order at the business. Curbside pickup, takeout, delivery, outdoor dining, available. 

kilwins
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Kilwins Chocolates Fudge & Ice Cream

310 S Michigan Ave, Chicago, IL 60604 | 5226 S Harper St, Chicago, IL 60615

Call 312-988-0156 or 773-675-6731 to order. Curbside pickup, takeout, delivery, outdoor dining available.

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La Cocinita Food Truck

Order at the food truck location; listed daily here. Food Truck, curbside pickup, delivery available. 

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Lao Sze Chuan Downtown

520 N Michigan Ave, Chicago, IL 60611

Order directly through the website. Takeout, delivery available.

Chicago Pizza Party
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Lou Malnati’s Pizzeria

Multiple Locations

Order directly through the website. Curbside pickup, takeout, delivery, outdoor dining available.

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Luella’s Southern Kitchen

4609 N Lincoln Ave, Chicago, IL 60625

Order directly through the website. Curbside pickup, takeout, delivery available.

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Monteverde

1020 W Madison St, Chicago, IL 60607

Order directly through the website. Curbside pickup, takeout, delivery, outdoor dining available. 

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Moti

70 W Huron St, Chicago, IL 60654

Order directly through the website. Curbside pickup, takeout, delivery, outdoor dining available. 

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Ms. Tittle’s Cupcakes

324 N Leavitt St, Chicago, IL 60612

Call 773-270-1755 to order. Food truck, curbside pickup, takeout, delivery available.

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Razpachos

5611 S Pulaski Rd, Chicago, IL 60629

Order directly through the website. Takeout, delivery available.


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Robinson’s No. 1 Ribs

225 S Canal St, Chicago, IL 60606

Order directly through the website. Curbside pickup, takeout, delivery, outdoor dining available.

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Rolling Chicago Cafe

3904 W 47th St, Chicago, IL 60632

Order directly through the website. Curbside pickup, takeout, outdoor dining available.

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Smokey Zo’s

11436 S Emerald Ave, Chicago, IL 60613

Call 773-309-1676 to order. Curbside pickup, delivery available.

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Spicy Mexican Grill

3925 N Lincoln Ave, Chicago, IL 606

Order directly through the website. Curbside pickup, takeout, outdoor dining available. 

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Surf’s Up Bronzeville

4317 S Cottage Grove Ave, Chicago, IL 60653

Call 773-420-3228 to order. Takeout, delivery, outdoor dining available. 

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The Lifeway Kefir Shop

1745 W Division St, Chicago, IL 60622

Order at the business. Food truck, takeout, delivery available.

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The Original Rainbow Cone

9233 S Western Ave, Chicago, IL 60643

Order at the business Takeout, delivery, outdoor dining available. 

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Tzuco

720 N State St, Chicago, IL 60654

Order via food delivery app. Curbside pickup, delivery, outdoor dining available. 

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Whadda Jerk

2300 S Throop St, Chicago, IL 60608

Order at the food truck location; listed daily here. Food truck, curbside pickup available. 

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Xurro

3927 N Lincoln Ave, Chicago, IL 60613

Order directly through the website. Takeout, outdoor dining available. 

Yum Dum Food Truck

Order at the food truck location; listed daily here. Food truck, takeout, delivery available.

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New PB&J Restaurant Pulls Out No Stops in Chicago West Loopon July 9, 2020 at 7:58 pm

Last night, the UrbanMatter crew had the pleasure of getting a sneak peek of PB&J (which stands for Pizza, Beer, & Jukebox, but they have peanut butter and jellies as well… we’ll get to that), the newest joint for pizza, drinks, and tunes situated in the heart of Chicago’s West Loop. If you’re curious to know what to expect before you stop in, we’ve got you covered.

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On first arrival, it was easy to see the kind of vibe PB&J puts forth: the large, garage-style windows were opened up to entice any passersby to peek in and the modern jukebox was pumping some classic country tunes to get your hips swinging.

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We were greeted and seated at an appropriate and safe distance from other patrons. All staff and personnel were wearing masks; we were to wear our masks as well unless seated at our table. 

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To open our dining experience, we began perusing the drink menu. The selection of draft beer at PB&J has a good spread of the usual suspects, but it isn’t as sprawling and varied compared to other Chicago joints; rather, concise and easy to manage. While some of us considered getting one of the two flights to sample the spread of beers, the crew ended up opting for their specialty cocktails instead.

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The options here were original and intriguing. The names of the drinks are definitely a high point (we’re talking about drinks named Okay, Boomer and Joe Exotic), and the taste matches with equal strength. The balance of alcohol in each drink was perfectly done, the Pear Pressure being a strong highlight of PB&J’s craft.

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All but one of our group are vegetarians, a fact we didn’t think to consider to mention until the chef brought out their Loaded Baked Potato pizza with bacon crumbles and noted that the next two pizzas would also contain meat. (We weren’t expecting a catered course list at PB&J, but perhaps this method is to curb the risk of coronavirus transmission if people were grabbing from plates and platters.)

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Even though the mistake was on our end in communication, the chef very kindly accommodated our eating restrictions and had our next two pizzas be The Fungi Garcia, a mushroom-packed pizza with truffle oil on it, and their classic cheese pizza aptly named Where Da Cheese At. Both were unbelievably cheesy and packed full of flavor. (Our resident meat-eater said the Loaded Baked Potato Pizza also slapped.)

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Following the hearty pizzas, we had a round of The Beet Down salad which had a refreshing tanginess to it from the slices of orange and mint in it. Instead of getting their beef sliders to close out the eats, we had slider versions of their Gooey Grilled Cheese. The chipotle aioli on the buttery, crisp bread mixed with the melted cheese was a combination that took us to grilled cheese heaven.

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PB&J’s golden ticket (excuse this pun) is the Golden Goose, made with Maison Dutriez’s Red Currant Jam, the world’s most expensive jelly hand seeded using goose quills, Adam’s all-natural peanut butter, toasted and edible gold leaf bread, and a drizzle of New Zealand Manuka honey. This sandwich will run you a whopping $350 and has to be ordered a day in advance. The Golden Goose was briefly on display but in the whirlwind of the vegetarian fiasco, we only laid eyes on it for a moment. Maybe next time we’ll snag a taste of the gold, but for the amazing selection PB&J gave us, we’re plenty happy with what they’ve got to offer.

This place is gonna be packed often, so if you want to get ahead of the curve, head over to PB&J ASAP!

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Man accused of bludgeoning brother to death with baseball bat allegedly told police he wished he did it sooneron July 9, 2020 at 9:38 pm

An Albany Park man accused of bludgeoning his older brother to death with a baseball bat allegedly told police he had wished he had done it sooner.

Carl Noffz, who has a history of mental illness, said he “didn’t have a second thought” when he killed Phillip Noffz and told officers who came to their home that he “should have done this years ago,” Cook County prosecutors said Thursday.

Carl Noffz also allegedly admitted to the officers that he struck his 28-year-old brother in the face with a bat about six times to make sure he was dead.

No motive for Tuesday’s deadly attack was offered in court but prosecutors said the younger Noffz, 23, has been previously diagnosed with depression, bipolar disorder and schizophrenia.

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At 5:20 a.m. the day of the murder, Carl Noffz roused another brother, told him about the attack and suggested that they leave the premises.

But that brother went to Phillip Noffz’s bedroom and found him lying face-up in bed with blood covering his face and a bedroom wall, prosecutors said. That brother called police, who arrived about 20 minutes later.

A wooden bat was recovered from behind a dresser.

The three brothers were the only ones at home, in the 4800 block of North Central Park Avenue, at the time of the murder, prosecutors said.

Judge Mary Marubio ordered Carl Noffz held without bail, citing the “particularly violent and brutal nature” of the attack.

Carl Noffz voluntarily checked himself into hospitals in the city on three separate occasions this year for mental health treatment.

In January, he was hospitalized for three weeks, and was hospitalized again for several days in both March and again in April, according to prosecutors.

Carl Noffz last received mental health counseling in a video-streamed session through Trilogy Behavior Healthcare about three weeks ago, prosecutors said.

Phillip Noffz was a second-year physics major at Northeastern Illinois University where he revived its boxing club, according to the college newspaper.

An assistant public defender said the circumstances leading up to the murder were unknown, and that Carl Noffz’s lack of criminal history showed he was not likely to be a danger to others if he was released on bond.

Marubio disagreed, saying that Carl Noffz was “clear enough of thought” to suggest fleeing with his other brother and to hide the bat.

Carl Noffz was expected back in court July 28.

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