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3W
ago

America Is Finally Ready to Love Soccer

The U.S. team is unlikely to break through this afternoon to the quarterfinals. But either way, the U.S. seems likely, at last, to have a role in the beautiful, global game.

4W
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Look at the Second City Improv Crew in 1997

A WTTW documentary shows early footage of of Tina Fey, Rachel Dratsch, and more—and reveals why a successful improv performance doesn’t necessarily mean laughter.

2 months
ago

How Chicago’s Parks Compare to Other US Cities

The city ranks well in a new survey, thanks to the wonderful network of parks in Daniel Burnham’s Plan of Chicago. We’d have done even better if politics hadn’t killed so many other good ideas.

2 months
ago

Pussy Riot vs. Chicago

Should Orthodox Christians be offended by the controversial Russian punk band? Not if they understand the band’s project.

2 months
ago

How Chicago Invented the Suburbs

In a Q&A, author Elaine Lewinnek tells how Chicago developed in the wake of the Great Fire—and the way its growth influenced ideas on geography, racial divisions, and everything else that makes an American city what it is.