I keep telling people to move to Chicago, but they keep giving me excuses not to (like having “jobs” elsewhere — whatever). Reason number 5,683,820 to move to Chicago: The George Lucas Museum of Narrative Art. San Francisco turned it down and now their mayor is all pouty about the fact that Lucas chose Chicago, because we offered a prime piece of land on the lakefront near our biggest convention center, Soldier Field, and the museum campus that includes the aquarium, the planetarium, and our museum of natural history. That’s what you get, San Francisco; that’s what you get. Keep reading »
BOOM, SON! I’ve been saying this for years, but now GQ has officially validated my opinion: Chicago is the best place to drink in the United States. Even my fellow Chicagoans are like “Oh, everyone drinks everywhere.” Nuh-uh, bro. Chicago cares way more about its liquor than any other city I’ve been to in America. Come to town and I’ll meet you at Scofflaw for some Aviations. [GQ]
To understand why Amara Enyia is running for mayor of Chicago, you have to understand Chicago a little first: Chicago is one city made up of about 75 neighborhoods, and within those there are neighborhoods-within-neighborhoods. Those neighborhoods reflect the city’s vast diversity: Pilsen is a historically Mexican neighborhood, and is home to the National Museum of Mexican Art and the International Latino Cultural Center; Humboldt Park is historically Puerto Rican; Uptown, Garfield Park, Austin, Kenwood, Pullman, and Bronzeville are just a few of the historic African-American neighborhoods; Albany Park has a huge Korean population; Andersonville is historically Swedish while Lincoln Square is historically German; we have a Polish Corridor, a Ukranian Village, Greektown, Chinatown, Little India, and Little Italy. Lakeview is our GLBT hub, Wicker Park was gentrified 20 years ago and is where musicians, artists, artisans and hipster hang out. Within the metropolitan area, we have one of the largest Jewish populations. Keep reading »
Meet Ladarius Sapho. Tomorrow, the 18-year-old is graduating from Proviso East High School in Maywood, Illinois, just outside of Chicago, with the best grades in his class. Having achieved a weighted grade-point average of 4.135 thanks to kicking ass in his honors classes, Sapho should be a shoe-in for Valedictorian and had even prepared his speech for the big day. But early last week, school Principal Tony Valente called Sapho and the expected Salutatorian (who has the second best grades in the class) into his office to deliver a crushing blow — neither was eligible for the titles after all, because they had both started at the school as sophomores after moving into the district. Allegedly, there’s a policy that requires that valedictorians/salutatorians must have attended the school for at least seven semesters to receive the honors.
“I was gonna be number one, valedictorian of 2014. I was going to be giving the speech at graduation,” said Sapho in an interview with FOX 32 Chicago. “You’re gonna tell me just two weeks before graduation? I had a speech ready, I was ready to give this speech, practicing and he tells me I can’t be number one.” Keep reading »
The University of Colorado Boulder’s Humor Research Lab (yes, that’s an actual thing) has created a Humor Algorithm to determine which cities in America are most likely to leave you giggling — and what type of humor makes residents of that city laugh the most. Every major city has a personality of its own, so it would only make sense that this would bleed into the city’s taste for comedy.
Scientist Peter McGraw, the Humor Lab’s director, teamed up with journalist Joel Warner to collect nine months’ worth of data on individual cities’ Internet usage and comedy industries. The team measured patterns like the number of visits to Cheezburger websites, comedy clubs per square mile, touring comedians’ ratings of comedy club audiences, the percentage funny tweeters and famous comedians born in each city, and the number of humor-related web searches in the city. Once they had a top 10, the team surveyed over 900 residents to understand the types of humor they relate to and each city’s local flavor of laughs.
Check out the top-ranking cities after the jump! Keep reading »