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Think Ink

I’m always surprised to find myself considering buying anything other than earrings at an art fair, but some ink drawings I saw at the 57th Street Art Fair this summer stopped me in my tracks, and I love the one I bought—a rural scene crisscrossed by power lines …

Chicago's JC Brooks and the Uptown Sound Ready for Lolla Debut

Lollapalooza 2012 may have some big headliners scheduled, including Black Sabbath and Red Hot Chili Peppers, but the fest is also an opportunity to check out rising talent. Among the newbies this year is one of my favorite local acts, the neo-soul group JC Brooks and the Uptown Sound, playing their first Lolla this Saturday…

Where Do Chicago's Guns Come From?

Mostly from Illinois and Indiana—and a surprising percentage come north from Mississippi. As far as how people get them, straw buyers are frequent, but friends, family members, addicts, and burglaries are all available means of illegally obtaining a weapon.