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Fancy soul food? A Chicago restaurant offering elevated soul food is one of 52 restaurants participating in this year’s edition. Chicago Black Restaurant Week.
The event, in its ninth year, is a celebration of Black-owned food, beverage and dessert companies, said founder Lauran A. Smith.
Like Chicago Restaurant Week, CBRW specials will run for more than a week, this year running from February 11-25.
“It’s just another effort to get people out of the neighborhood,” Smith said.
Those city neighborhoods include the south and west sides, as well as the suburbs.
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Former state legislator Annazette Collins was convicted Monday on four of six tax-related charges, a mixed verdict issued after more than eight hours of deliberations.
A federal jury convicted her of filing two false tax returns and failing to file a personal tax return and a return for her lobbying firm. She was acquitted of failing to file a corporate return in 2016 and also of filing a false tax return for herself in 2018.
Family of woman hit and allegedly killed by police car lines up for $3.25 million in proposed settlement
Councilors will take a first vote Wednesday on the agreement and three more agreements totaling another $1 million proposed by the city’s Law Department. The agreements recommended by the Finance Committee could be voted on by the full City Council as early as Thursday.
In a long-awaited move, two national gun rights organizations are asking the U.S. Supreme Court to overturn state and Naperville bans on the sale of assault weapons and high-capacity magazines.
Kelvin Kiptum was one of the most exciting prospects to emerge from road racing in years, having broken the world record in just his third appearance in an elite marathon. His record, set at last year’s Chicago Marathon, was ratified by the international athletics federation World Athletics just last week.
As I watched the close-up of Las Vegas last week in the run-up to the Super Bowl and during the game itself, thoughts of a Super Bowl in Chicago danced through Paul Sullivan head.
Instead of Taylor Swift, we’d have our own Buddy Guy hanging out in the super suite with his South Side friends. “Saturday Night Live” “Super Fans” would gather on “The NFL Today” to talk about “Da Bears,” “The Bear” chefs would narrate a pre-game video about our great local restaurant scene, and of course Of course, Bill. Murray showed up everywhere to do Bill Murray type things.
Features on Papa Bear, Coach Ditka, Dick Butkus, Gale Sayers and Walter Payton, and a hip-hop version of “Super Bowl Shuffle” during the halftime show. The sky is the limit.
The White Sox, coming off a 101-loss season, enter spring training with “a lot to prove to themselves.”
The recently released preseason PECOTA projections placed the Sox in last place in the American League Central with a 0.3% chance of capturing the division title and a 0.0% chance of winning the World Series.
“Our goal is to go beyond the projections,” general manager Chris Get said during a video conference Monday, “and I think most teams could say something like that or believe something like that. You know what it takes: it takes a team to come together.”
Connor Bedard is a week away from being evaluated for contact for the first time since undergoing surgery Jan. 8 to repair a broken jaw suffered three days earlier in a collision with Brendan Smith of the New Jersey Devils.
“Antigone” is a play made for Hyde Park and the campus of a university dedicated to listening to all sides; No wonder it’s selling fast, writes one theater critic. Chris Jones.
Paul Marinaro arrived in Chicago by car from Buffalo, New York, where he was born and raised, the youngest of 10 children. He had with him some clothes, some record albums, some books and something special.
“I came here carrying my father’s dreams,” he said. “My dad had wanted to be a singer. That was his passion. He even recorded some albums, homemade, but he never had the opportunity to sing professionally. “Raising 10 kids and having a wife didn’t exactly work out for someone who wants a singing career.”
Paul has had an excellent and active singing career, which comes to Evanston’s Studio 5 on Sunday, with Mariano and 14 musician friends celebrating his latest album, “Not Quite Yet.”
Unlike some American high school students, Wu Tsang avoided reading “Moby-Dick” in English class. He did not discover Herman Melville’s novel until adulthood, and even that encounter was mediated: He attended a talk on “Sailors, Renegades and Castaways,” a 1953 critique of “Moby-Dick” by Trinidadian thinker CLR James that reframes the Ahab’s ship and crew. as a floating factory.
Inspired by James’s study, Tsang turned to the Pequod as a theoretical sandbox: a setting to explore capitalism, queerness, eroticism, race, and fascism, all packaged into a familiar narrative. The product of those imaginations passes through the Museum of Contemporary Art from February 14 to 16: “MOBY DICK; or The Whale,” a 2022 silent film adaptation directed by Tsang and written by Sophia Al Maria.