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  • Legalize recreational marijuana in Illinois, Chicago and suburban voters say March 21, 2018
    Cook County voters overwhelmingly came down in favor of making weed completely legal Tuesday. Legalize it, voters across Chicago and suburban Cook County said Tuesday.…
  • Asexuality—it's a real thing March 21, 2018
    Dan Savage gives the lowdown on "gray a" and other identities on the sexuality spectrum. Q: I'm a 26-year-old cis queer woman. My best friend has identified publicly as asexual for the past two years.…
  • How often does the CTA really clean those subway stops? Hint: not very March 20, 2018
    The dirty and grimy tunnels are downright embarrassing at times. "It's unacceptable," one rider says. I'm not going out on a limb saying that most CTA subway stations are nothing to write home about. They're relatively cramped tunnels whose cream-colored walls are often streaked with grime and worn, brown platforms are caked with dirt.…
  • Chicago-area students take to streets to protest gun violence even as scare hits Northwestern March 14, 2018
    While a report of a gun on campus turned out to be a hoax, it heightened fears on a day of a nationwide walkout. Hours after students across Chicago and the nation held a walkout to protest gun violence, officials at Northwestern University in Evanston advised students to stay away from campus after a report […]
  • Know thy mayor: A few of Rahm's favorite things March 14, 2018
    Mayor Emanuel's picks for reading, dining, and recreation, from fly fishing to Faust to Four Moon Tavern As revealed in 18 hours of his Chicago Stories podcast: RAHM'S FAVORITE PLACES Four Moon Tavern The Gift Theatre Parachute Robinson's No. 1 Ribs Manny's Deli Tiny Lounge Theater on the Lake Avec S.K.Y. Billy Sunday Scofflaw The […]
  • Rahm’s Chicago Stories podcast takes you inside the mind of the mayor March 14, 2018
    We listened to all 18 hours of it so you don't have to. Mayor Rahm Emanuel is notoriously hard to access for interviews, and notoriously evasive even when he does make himself available.…
  • ‘Am I dating a psychopath?’ March 14, 2018
    Dan Savage on intimacy with a partner who can't really "feel," sexual incompatibility, and more. Q: I'm a 33-year-old woman from Melbourne, Australia, dating a 24-year-old man. We've been dating for about eight months; it is exclusive and official. He's kind and sweet, caring and giving, and his penis is divine.…
  • ‘Chuy’ García vows to keep fighting Chicago machine from Congress March 13, 2018
    The Cook County commissioner also opens up about his flip on the soda tax and why he decided not to take challenge Rahm again. In 2015, Jesús "Chuy" García, longtime Cook County commissioner, former alderman, and state senator, became the only challenger to ever push a Chicago mayor into a primary runoff. Now García is […]
  • Here’s some advice for young gun control activists: Don’t trust your parents March 12, 2018
    Boomers have messed things up pretty good. Hopefully the next generation can force our leaders to do the right thing. With high-schoolers from across the area getting ready to hit Chicago's streets this week and on March 24 to demand sensible gun laws, the time has come for me to give these youngsters some avuncular […]
  • 'Eye of the Tiger,' Berwyn musician's biggest hit, started with ‘Bam! Bam bam bam!’ March 9, 2018
    Songwriter Jim Peterik's work, which also includes "Vehicle," first hit the Billboard Hot 100 when he and his bandmates were still in high school. Chicagoans is a first-person account from off the beaten track, as told to Anne Ford. This week's Chicagoan is Jim Peterik, 67, musician and songwriter ("Vehicle," "Eye of the Tiger").…