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Chicago outdoes its-elf for the holidays

November 28, 2019

Millennium Park was illuminated Friday night with more than 54,000 different colored lights strung around a 55-foot-tall holiday tree. The Chicago holiday tradition continues with the 106th Annual Christmas Tre...

South Loop community wants new Red Line station but pushes back on location

South Loop community wants new Red line station but pushes back on location

By Knox Keranen

February 8, 2019

Residents in the South Loop have long sought a new Chicago Transit Authority station but not where Related Midwest—developer of a massive 62-acre housing, retail and business venture dubbed The 78—initially wante...

The Chronicle's Holiday Guide

The Chronicle’s Holiday Guide

December 3, 2018

Holiday revelers are singing Christmas carols and silver and gold horns are strung along Macy’s on State Street. Ice skaters at the McCormick Tribune Plaza glide alongside the 60-foot glistening tree...

The DANK Haus German American Cultural Center, 4740 N Western Ave.

Lincoln Square preserves culture, celebrates heritage

December 11, 2017

While Chicago hosts its own German Christmas market, Christkindlmarket, the DANK Haus German American Cultural Center will hold its take on the tradition on Dec. 16, with an event called Weihnachtsmarkt. ...

A variety of costumes used throughout the genrations of Saturday Night Live sketches are part of the exhibit at the Museum of Broadcast Communications, 360 N. State St., entitled

‘Live from Chicago, it’s Saturday night!’

November 20, 2017

A small group of eager museum visitors stand in a dimly lit lobby with their faces upturned, the room full of anticipation as they stare at a screen on which actors such as Tracy Morgan, Dana Carvey a...

“Krampus!” actors performed a short scene from the play at Christkindlmarket in Daley Plaza Dec. 1, next to the Grand Timber Haus.

He knows when you’ve been naughty—Krampus is coming to town

December 7, 2015

Instead of receiving coal, naughty kids this Christmas season will face being terrorized by the monster Krampus, thanks to a holiday production the Strangeloop Theatre is scheduled to run Dec. 7–8 and Dec....

Intuit took possession of the contents of Henry Darger’s living space in 2000, which it has compiled in its Henry Darger Room.

Intuit brings outsider art to the masses

November 30, 2015

Frenzied collages, jarring color palettes and strange portraits line the walls of Intuit: The Center for Intuitive and Outsider Art, 756 N. Milwaukee Ave.Intuit is the only nonprofit organization in the U...

More than 65 percent of Christkindlmarket’s vendors travel from Germany to participate, according to the market’s website.

Christkindlmarket celebrates 20th year sans tree

November 9, 2015

The first Christkindlmarket in Chicago, 411 N. Michigan Ave., took place 20 years ago with just a handful of wooden stands in which patrons could shop. This year, the Christkindlmarket will be hosted a...

Tim Unsell (right) said he and Drew Mitchell (left) wanted to keep the store simple, so they could let the product shine.

Pilsen’s new 606 Records spins unknown artists

November 2, 2015

Many Chicagoans share a fondness for underground music labels, and Pilsen’s newest record store, 606 Records, 1808 S. Allport St., offers a new place to find those records.The record store opened on O...

Referees take heat from all sides

By Kyle Rich

October 1, 2012

The NFL has recently come under fire from former players and medical personnel for what they believe has been a lack of safety precautions during games that has affected them yearsafter retirement.Now that the 2012-2013 season is underway, the NFL has taken more harsh criticism due to the labor dispute with the NFL Referees Association, which forced the league to use replacement officials in lieu of locked-out professionals f...

Oktoberfest 2.0: Germany then and now

By Matt Watson

September 12, 2011

Traditional “oompah” bands of tubas and accordions pump away in the background while crowds swarm the enormous beer tent in Munich, Germany every September. Dirndl-clad beer maids pass out oversized steins of the city’s purest brews, and tourists and Bavarians alike stuff their faces with bratwurst covered in sauerkraut and giant pretzels, or “brezn.” At noon on the first day of the three-week festival, the mayor ...

‘The Housemaid’ film review

By Cristina Aguirre

February 7, 2011

South Korean director Im Sang-Soo's newest film, "The Housemaid," is a re-imagining of a classic melodrama that falls right into place among the countries latest cinematic output. A film of many moods and tones, "The Housemaid" is a thrilling and seductive experience that wowed audiences at this year's Cannes Film Festival. The film made it's Chicago premiere at the Music Box Theatre on Feb. 4. The Chronicle's film critic Dre...

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