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Inside the Lolla Photo Pit

Just when you thought Snap had died a quiet, lonely death, we come back with the vengeance of a fat kid in line for ice cream on a hot day at Lollapalooza.

Brittney, the other half of Snap, is off on some beach in Mexico for her honeymoon, after a lovely (and genuinely fun) wedding two weekends ago. Me, sullen and lonely for my blogging partner, I trolled Grant Park for three days in the heat with heavy equipment on my shoulders, all to bring you photos from Lollapalooza…

Because My Alma Mater Will Never Be Invited to the Big Dance

What is it about March Madness that makes a person hum the CBS tournament jingle and wave his or her index fingers rather violently in the air? Wait, maybe that’s just me.

But seriously, the most exciting sports event in the world is finally here. I’ve filled out my bracket and paid my $5 (times are rough). Now I’m bracing myself for the least productive month of the year. I’m kidding. Hello, boss who might be reading this!

Anyway, long ago, I accepted the fact that the Northwestern Wildcats, in their flamboyant purple uniforms and glorious futility, will never…

Girl Power

In December 2003, 11-year-old Kendall Ciesemier descended the stairs from her bedroom holding an envelope stuffed with $360 of her own money and asked her parents for a stamp. She had just watched an Oprah Winfrey show about AIDS orphans in Africa, and after some Internet research, she had discovered World Vision, a Christian relief … Read more

Guest Blog: Affleck Boys in Town

On the list of things I wish to never do again: Arrive at 5 p.m. for media check-in and wait almost two hours in nippy, windy, drizzly weather. Man, the things I do for Coda.

On the coldest day in several months, the Affleck boys came to town to screen their new film, Gone Baby Gone. The crime drama, based on the novel by Dennis Lehane (Mystic River), was directed by Ben and stars his younger brother Casey. The screening was part of the Chicago International Film Festival…