Just how bias is the Chicago Tribune when it comes to TIF funds?

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TIF coverage: Chicago Tribune bias vs. Chicago Reader For THE perfect example of "bias in the Chicago Tribune" take a look at their coverage of Rahm Emanuel's controversial TIF plan. There's hardly any. However, in the Chicago Reader, there's a solid rant on the issue nearly every month thanks to Ben Joravsky. The journalist has been … [Read more...]

3 cool pictures of rainbows over Logan Square after a Chicago storm

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Rant all you want about the end-of-summer storms in Chicago, but they sure as hell make for some cool pictures. The best part about it is that you don't really need to know your way around a camera to get some cool shots. All you have to do is point and shoot. Good camera or not, storm pictures are always cool. As some of my readers know, I got a … [Read more...]

4 types of scary fish in Lake Michigan that you didn’t know about

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Probably sharks, probably piranha, definitely Snakehead, definitely Lamprey in Lake Michigan. You know why the news is so focused on informing you about the threat of the Asian Carp to Lake Michigan? Because there is much, MUCH scarier shit in those waters. There's fish in there that make the Asian Carp look like a Petsmart Betta fish. Here's a … [Read more...]

Who will be running for mayor of Chicago in 2015?

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Who will be the Chicago mayor in 2015? A first look at the Chicago Mayoral election 2015. I'm sure just about everybody has had an assfull of Rahm Emanuel, his TIF funds, and the endless debate on how the Chicago Public School system should be run. But it's too late now. He's in office for another 2 1/2 years so its time to play the … [Read more...]

Food Rave: why outdoor BYOB in Chicago is awesome

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Costa Rican food and outdoor BYOB in Chicago I don't rave enough on here. So it's about time to post something that I can actually dig. BYOB restaurants. Irazú: Costa Rican Dining. It's one of those places that I've passed by 1,000 times without blinking. Costa Rican food? Huh, sounds interesting. Outdoor BYOB in Chicago? That's cool too. But … [Read more...]

The only 3 links you need to plan a winter vacation

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Chicago winters suck. And it's never too early to plan an escape. It's been a brutal summer. Like, spend-all-day-at-the-beach type weather. Chicago has been plagued with an endless drought and the most 90 degree days on record. It's crazy. July 2012 was the hottest month in U.S. history. So can you even imagine what we're in for when winter … [Read more...]

The Chicago Rants Lollapalooza review: Black Sabbath

Black Sabbath Lollapalooza 2012

I was there on Friday. But only for Black Sabbath. I got there just in time for their set. Got all the way to the front. Rocked out. And left. Yeah, I was that asshole spilling everyones beer as I cut in, pushed, and elbowed my way up to the front. I'm usually not 'that guy'. But no way in hell was I going to stand behind a bunch of frat boys … [Read more...]

New Chicago rule: No pooping at bars

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Bar bathrooms are for urinating only- Chicago rule #29 It should go without saying... I thought this was an well-established and unspoken social norm here in Chicago, or you know, the world in general. But the stenches that have violated my nasal cavities recently are forcing me to jump up on the proverbial soapbox here at Chicago Rants and lay … [Read more...]

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