World Cup Victory for U.S. Women’s Team

Bend It Like Beckham DVD cover

As you probably know by now, the U.S. women's national soccer team won this year's World Cup, and there will be celebrations across the nation, including a ticker tape parade in New York. And the Chicago Red Stars will be welcoming back four teammates who played for the U.S. team. (The victory has been a welcome diversion […]

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L.A.’s Killing Streets

Police Line 1

In the eyes of John Skaggs, a homicide detective for the Los Angeles Police Department, once a person becomes a murder victim, they are no longer a gang member or a prostitute or whatever else bad they may have had in their past, they are somebody's child, and they deserve justice. I would say that […]

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Smoothies: The Art of Sneaking Vegetables into Your Diet

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Vegetables get a bad rap—we think they are bland, boring or just plain nasty. I mean please, who needs them? Well, I'm afraid we do. Smoothies are a great way to sneak more veggies into your diet. The great thing about a fruit and veggie smoothie is that you can add as much or as little […]

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Always Judge a Book by Its Title

Judge Books By Their Titles

It is, without doubt, juvenile and superficial to judge a book by something so insubstantial as a title. That's why I love to do it, and sometimes my poor judgment has led me to a worthwhile read. The classic example is Steal This Book, Abbie Hoffman's 1971 guide to living like a cheap, thieving hippie. I'm surprised […]

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The Most Individual of Individual Sports


The Tour de France starts on Independence Day this year, which is fitting because most racing cyclists I've known tend to be on the fiercely independent side. Not too sure why this is: might be the hours of riding a bike alone, or being mocked for shaving their legs and wearing spandex. Whatever the reason, […]

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Moby Dick: The Hunt Continues

An inflatable white whale tail sticks out of the main entrance of Harold Washington Library Center

The hunt for the white whale is on this summer in Chicago with the Lookingglass Theatre production of Moby Dick. As the ultimate tale of obsession and revenge takes the stage, you can #FindTheWhiteWhale around Chicago. It's even been spotted at Harold Washington Library Center. Considered by many to be the greatest American novel, Moby-Dick, Or, The Whale follows Ishmael's adventures as […]

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Chicago Grit

Noir Bean

If you like noir and novels about Chicago, there's a new favorite out for you. The Governor's Wife by Michael Harvey is the latest in the Michael Kelly series, which starts with The Chicago Way. Harvey's books are atmospheric, and pretty much all the places he mentions actually exist, or have existed. Harvey's specialty is conspiracies, but they all seem […]

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Outsider Artist: Chicago’s Henry Darger

smaller image of Henry Darger Head stone

Anyone can become overwhelmed by the desire to express what is inside them in a creative way. Most often the best examples are highlighted in museums and art history courses and classes, but sometimes there are diamonds in the rough, or great works found in unlikely places. Whenever someone without a formal art education or […]

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Midyear Check-in: Reaching Your Goals?

soccer goal with a couple tears in the net

We've reached the halfway point of 2015—the year just seems to be zipping by. Every year many of us set goals for the new year, and most of us kind of peter out by March or April. And by June they become a dim memory—until next January when we begin the whole process again! Are you ready […]

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The Literary Legacy of Waterloo

Painting of the duke of weelington at the battle of waterloo

Imagine you're standing in a wet, grassy field on a small hill. From this hill, you look over a large camp. There is smoke from the campfires, or is it from the artillery? Soldiers are mustering themselves under the blue, white and red banners. 26,000 of them will be dead by dusk. June 18 marks the […]

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