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It could have been due to the snow—or perhaps the subject matter—but the audience at last night's Heat Wave opening was a little … sparse, which is sad and a little ironic. In July of 1995, our city failed to take responsibility for more than 700 heat-related deaths. It was a complete societal breakdown where everyone (the City of Chicago, the media, and civilians) was accountable for one of the worst meteorological disasters in the history of the United States. It's a story worth remembering. So, why all the empty chairs?...

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Sociologist Eric Klinenberg's book about the 1995 Chicago heat wave moves into the theatre with a script by local playwright Steven Simoncic. Read more

More boost for the local green scene: In town on Thursday was the granddaddy of eco-celebrity, Robert Redford. After Clinton and Greenbuild, who's going to stop here next? George Clooney in his Tango? DiCaprio? Knut?

To Redford's credit, he made sure his appearance was not about his new movie, Lions for Lambs, but the Natural Resources Defense Council, of which he's been a trustee for the past 30 years. The NRDC recently opened its Midwest office in Chicago...

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A history of allergies reveals some surprising facts about America's past. Read more
The not-so-secret secret about the Chicago nightlife scene is that the velvet rope is more or less a formality. However, there are some rules—as we discovered on a recent Saturday night. PLUS: Trendspotting Read more
Though he’s not in a penthouse and the lake is nowhere in sight, “I wouldn’t trade [the view] for the world,” says Bobins. Read more