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Happy Birthday Chicago!

The City of Chicago is celebrating the 178th birthday of our beloved city by offering a free celebration at the Chicago History Museum (1601 N. Clark St.) this afternoon.



Mary Dixon’s 2015 Chicago Election Wrap

Do you know the last time Chicago had a mayoral runoff election? Never, not since they re-wrote the rules 20 years ago. Mayor Richard M. Daley never went to the next round, and neither did […]


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It’s Election Day In Chicago!

The polls are open around Chicago. Voters are to decide whether Rahm Emanuel will be re-elected as mayor, or if Cook County Commissioner Chuy Garcia, Alderman Bob Fioretti, businessman Willie Wilson, or community activist Dock […]


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Pitchers and Catchers and My Favorite Day [Listen]

“We are going to have a drink in every bar from Yak-Zies to Peterson Avenue.” How did I come to this dramatic announcement? It was September of 2010 and the Cubs were limping towards the […]


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Lin’s Bin: Why Do Most Parents Take Little League More Seriously Than the Kids?

Lin, Why do most parents take Little League baseball more seriously than the kids? Lou Engleman I have a confession. I was a Little League coach. Early April in Chicago. The trees are barren. The […]


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Liam Hayes and Plush bring “Slurrup” to Schuba’s

In support of the new album “Slurrup” Liam Hayes and Plush will be performing a record release show Saturday, January 31, 2015 at Schuba’s. Marty Lennartz featured “Fokus” on The Big Beat as the song […]


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Zagat Releases List Of 50 Best Chicago Restaurants

Zagat can be considered a go-to-guide for anybody wishing to partake in a culinary endeavor or explore the cuisine of a new city. Recently, Zagat yielded a poll asking its readers to name the 50 best restaurants in a city. Chicago was part of the survey, and you can see which 50 restaurants were voted as the best in the Windy City.


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Escape Chicago Winter For a Warm Musical Destination

Winter is upon us and it seems like it is going to be a long harsh one. You have started to cancel plans that are not within a five block radius from your house and have had delivery food the last three nights to avoid the cold. If you are tired of feeling like a hermit, here are some warm, musical destinations you can escape to.


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5 Amazing Photos Of The Chicago Cold To Make You Shiver

One benefit of the recent cold is great photography. Check out the scene from around the city as we try to stay warm. Connect With XRT On Facebook & Twitter


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It Was Colder In Chicago Yesterday Than It Was On Mars

Its been so cold out recently, one could say it’s out of this world!