#TBT: Chuck Berry Turns 90

Happy birthday to one of the undisputed kings of rock 'n' roll, Chuck Berry! This icon turns 90 October 18. For this Throwback Thursday, let's take a brief look back at Berry's legendary career. Chicago's own Chess Records put out Berry's earliest records, which were notable for merging white country music with black rhythm and blues. 1950s hits like "Maybellene" and…
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Jessica Jones Readalikes

Are you jonesing for more Jessica? Since its premiere on Netflix, Jessica Jones has been getting so much buzz. Not only is this new series part of the ever-expanding Marvel Cinematic Universe, but it's drawing many viewers who don't know the first thing about comic books. Jessica Jones is a female P.I. who drinks too much, keeps loved…
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#TBT: James Dean’s Final Ride

James Dean rocketed to fame in the early 1950s with three iconic roles playing angry and disillusioned young men. He was a Midwestern boy with dreamy Hollywood looks and the rebellious nature of the Beat Generation. Dean's career came to a sudden end when he crashed his Porsche Spyder on a California highway on September 30, 1955. For this Throwback Thursday…
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Studs Terkel: A Chicago Hero

"Why are we born? We’re born eventually to die, of course. But what happens between the time we’re born and we die? We’re born to live." —Studs Terkel, 2003 I didn't know much about Chicago's history before I moved here in 1996. Someone told me I should read Division Street and I'd know everything. While that…
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Comic Book Babes

Were you looking for a post about sexy comic book hotties? Sorry to disappoint. Even in this age of superhero blockbusters and a thriving nerd culture, it can still be hard to find a lady in the lead. Iron Man. Batman. Superman. Aquaman. It's easy to argue that comic books and their Hollywood counterparts are still…
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