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Five-Buck Club

Our top five picks for things to do this week: The one street fest you shouldn’t miss this summer … a lesson in Chicago music history, served hot … the best (and worst) of local theatre … and more

Veteran Defense Lawyer: Blago Will Win Some Counts

After the closing arguments on Tuesday, I called a prominent defense lawyer in town whom I’ve known for decades. He asked not to be identified, but his insights are worth sharing as jurors begin deliberating today in the corruption trial of Rod Blagojevich. Caveat: His experience, legal acumen, and street smarts are from years of working as a criminal defense attorney…

A Bridgeport Surprise: Buyers Fill Up Phase One

I was skeptical last March when a developer showed me around a rubble-strewn site on the north side of Bridgeport where he was planning to unveil a development of 29 new homes. The area around the site, sandwiched between the Stevenson Expressway and the South Branch of the Chicago River, is a somewhat isolated patch three blocks wide that is filled with small industrial buildings and modest, dowdy older houses…