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Staff Pick: Best Greek Restaurant

Staff Pick: Best Greek Restaurant

This year marks the 27th in a row I've contributed, in one form or another, to an alternative weekly's Best of issue. Most years, the... Read full article: Staff Pick: Best Greek Restaurant...→

Staff Pick: Best Greek Restaurant

Staff Pick: Best Greek Restaurant

This year marks the 27th in a row I've contributed, in one form or another, to an alternative weekly's Best of issue. Most years, the... Read full article: Staff Pick: Best Greek Restaurant...→

Chef Yia Vang to open a Hmong-inspired restaurant this year

Chef Yia Vang to open a Hmong-inspired restaurant this year

January usually spells an epidemic of restaurant closings — many struggling restaurateurs end up closing after the holiday season. But today, we have some good news instead. Chef Yia Vang of Union … Read full article: Chef Yia Vang to open a Hmong-inspired r...→

Harbaugh ends fourth straight year with two losses in a row

Harbaugh ends fourth straight year with two losses in a row

“I feel good about that," Jim Harbaugh told reporters Wednesday about the future, after the Citrus Bowl and dropped them to 9-4 in 2019. “I feel good about some of the young players that got great experiences this season." Read full article: Harbaugh ends fourth straight year with ...→

Loma Linda walk marks 20th year of honoring little lives lost

Loma Linda walk marks 20th year of honoring little lives lost

Organizers hope the Lights for Little Lives walks help families grieve during a reflective time of year Read full article: Loma Linda walk marks 20th year of honor...→

2019 Marks San Jose's Deadliest Year For Pedestrians

2019 Marks San Jose's Deadliest Year For Pedestrians

San Jose is capping off its deadliest year for pedestrians in decades as a 29th fatal accident happened Saturday night. City leaders are saying safety improvements alone aren't enough. Read full article: 2019 Marks San Jose's Deadliest Year For...→

Polk County 3-year-old boy killed in hit-and-run on I-4 in Polk County WFTS Digital Staff 6:12 AM, Dec 23, 2019

Polk County 3-year-old boy killed in hit-and-run on I-4 in Polk County WFTS Digital Staff 6:12 AM, Dec 23, 2019

Family tells ABC Action News they are in shock and that Josiah King was the smartest toddler and quick as a whip even as a baby.... King was not in a car seat because the car was at capacity, according to a family member who says they knew it was not a good excuse. Read full article: Polk County 3-year-old boy killed in hit...→

Event Pick: B-Real and Dub Brothers' Third Annual Skid Row Xmas Benefit - LA Weekly

Cynicism evaporates like a puff of smoke at the Third Annual Skid Row Xmas, a benefit for the homeless community that continues to burgeon throughout the greater metropolitan Los Angeles area. As communities find themselves increasingly in the thick of the dilemma — as did Dub Brothers dispensary founders Barry and Brent Walker — the … Read full article: Event Pick: B-Real and Dub Brothers' Thi...→

Trump to attend Army-Navy football game for 2nd year in a row

Trump to attend Army-Navy football game for 2nd year in a row

The 2019 matchup most likely will feature a lot of rain in addition to a heaping of tradition and salutes to service. Read full article: Trump to attend Army-Navy football game ...→

Trump to go to Army-Navy football game for 2nd year in a row | WTOP

Trump to go to Army-Navy football game for 2nd year in a row | WTOP

For the second year in a row, President Donald Trump booked the annual Army-Navy football game on his schedule. Read full article: Trump to go to Army-Navy football game f...→

Staff Pick: Best attraction

Staff Pick: Best attraction

The Chicago Cultural Center sits in the middle of downtown—it's just west of Millennium Park, a stone's throw from the Magnificent Mile and the Art... Read full article: Staff Pick: Best attraction...→

Staff Pick: Best hip-hop artist

Staff Pick: Best hip-hop artist

Last month Polo G's major-label debut, Die a Legend, ranked number 46 on the Billboard 200 while Chance the Rapper's The Big Day sat at... Read full article: Staff Pick: Best hip-hop artist...→

Staff pick: Best huge old thrift shop, about to disappear

Staff pick: Best huge old thrift shop, about to disappear

In 1931, chewing gum entrepreneur William Wrigley Jr. gave an industrial building at 509 N. Union to the Salvation Army, which started collecting donated goods... Read full article: Staff pick: Best huge old thrift shop, a...→

Staff Pick: Best transitions to new leadership

Staff Pick: Best transitions to new leadership

When the big theaters have a changing of the guard in artistic directors, it's understandably big news. But in a city as dependent on the... Read full article: Staff Pick: Best transitions to new lead...→

Staff Pick: Best off-Loop theater | Best of Chicago 2019 | Arts & Culture | Chicago Reader

Staff Pick: Best off-Loop theater | Best of Chicago 2019 | Arts & Culture | Chicago Reader

On its website, Jefferson Park's tiny the Gift Theatre states as one of its founding beliefs that "a play never closes until everyone who saw... Read full article: Staff Pick: Best off-Loop theater | Best...→

This diet has been ranked the best by health experts for the third year in a row

This diet has been ranked the best by health experts for the third year in a row

The experts have spoken — and eaten. US News and World Report on Thursday released its annual ranking from 1 to 35 of the world’s best (and, yes, worst) diets for 2020. A team of 25 panelists of “n… Read full article: This diet has been ranked the best by he...→

For New Year, Michigan restaurant server gets $2,020 tip

For New Year, Michigan restaurant server gets $2,020 tip

A Michigan restaurant server will start the new year on the right foot thanks to a generous, and very specific, tip: $2,020. Read full article: For New Year, Michigan restaurant server...→

Michelle Obama named 'most admired woman' for 2nd year in a row, poll says

Michelle Obama named 'most admired woman' for 2nd year in a row, poll says

Former first lady Michelle Obama has been named the "most admired woman" in the world for the second year in a row. Read full article: Michelle Obama named 'most admired woman...→

Former Marine jailed in Moscow marks one year in Russian detention

Former Marine jailed in Moscow marks one year in Russian detention

American senators and statesmen urged Russia to free Paul Whelan, a former U.S. Marine jailed in Moscow, as Saturday marked the first anniversary of his arrest and incarceration. Read full article: Former Marine jailed in Moscow marks one...→

Pope marks joyful Christmas Eve after less-than-joyful year

Pope Francis assured the faithful on Christmas Eve that God loves everyone - “even the worst of us” - as he celebrated the joyous birth of Christ after a less-than-joyful year of scandals and... Read full article: Pope marks joyful Christmas Eve after le...→

Homeless population rises for third year in a row

Homeless population rises for third year in a row

The increase is largely driven by California, where the Trump administration is mulling major changes. Read full article: Homeless population rises for third year...→

McDonald's in Australia fires restaurant owner who questioned aboriginal man's heritage in race row

McDonald's in Australia fires restaurant owner who questioned aboriginal man's heritage in race row

Footage of the argument between Robert Vigors and Robby Wirramanda in Mildura, Victoria, has been widely shared on social media. Read full article: McDonald's in Australia fires restaurant...→

Trump to go to Army-Navy football game for 2nd year in a row

For the second year in a row, President Donald Trump booked the annual Army-Navy football game on his schedule. Read full article: Trump to go to Army-Navy football game f...→

Trump stumped by Time pick of Swedish teen Greta Thunberg as person of the year: ‘Ridiculous’

Trump stumped by Time pick of Swedish teen Greta Thunberg as person of the year: ‘Ridiculous’

President Trump on Thursday slammed Time magazine’s pick of 16-year-old climate change activist Greta Thunberg as its “person of the year,” calling the selection “ridiculous.” Read full article: Trump stumped by Time pick of Swedish te...→

A decade-old Denver restaurant, speakeasy and butcher will close by the end of the year

A decade-old Denver restaurant, speakeasy and butcher will close by the end of the year

The restaurant and its downstairs speakeasy, Ste. Ellie, and house butcher, Viande, are closing because of rising rents and costs of operating. Read full article: A decade-old Denver restaurant, speakeas...→

Riverside will pick Festival of Lights horse carriage companies the same way — for this year

Operators who weren’t chosen were upset and worried that riders and horses without experience at the busy holiday event might panic and hurt pedestrians. Read full article: Riverside will pick Festival of Lights h...→

Staff Pick: Best off-Loop theater

Staff Pick: Best off-Loop theater

Under artistic director Charles Newell, Court Theatre is all over the place in the best possible way. Where else can you see both a rapturously... Read full article: Staff Pick: Best off-Loop theater...→

Staff Pick: Best sportscaster

Staff Pick: Best sportscaster

First off, let me concede that you gotta like Pat Hughes. Hate the Rickettses and what they've done to Rickettsville, hate the Cubs and what... Read full article: Staff Pick: Best sportscaster...→

Kane County felony cases up for 4th year in a row

Kane County felony cases up for 4th year in a row

Felony case filings in Kane County for 2019 were up 4.4% compared to last year and have increased four years in a row. State's Attorney Joe McMahon said part of the rise is an increase in serious crimes, while another factor is his office upgrading misdemeanors to felony cases based on a defendant's criminal record. Read full article: Kane County felony cases up for 4th year...→

Server at a small-town restaurant gets a $2,020 Happy New Year tip

Server at a small-town restaurant gets a $2,020 Happy New Year tip

"Things like this don't happen to people like me," said grateful single mom Danielle Franzoni. Read full article: Server at a small-town restaurant gets a...→

Elizabeth Warren Marks 1 Year Of Running For President At Boston Event

Elizabeth Warren Marks 1 Year Of Running For President At Boston Event

Massachusetts Sen. Elizabeth Warren marked one year of running for president on Tuesday by slamming billionaires from both parties at an event in Boston. Read full article: Elizabeth Warren Marks 1 Year Of Running...→

Miami Film Awards 2019: Local Film Experts Pick Their Favorites of the Year and Decade

Miami Film Awards 2019: Local Film Experts Pick Their Favorites of the Year and Decade

Each year, Miami has a tradition of polling a collection of local film experts — including critics, programmers, professors, and filmmakers — who work in the city and beyond. The results were originally published on the website Dim the House Lights for 2015 and 2016 before the winners of the Miami Film Awards made their... Read full article: Miami Film Awards 2019: Local Film Exper...→

West Chicago Youth Cheerleading takes state championship for 3rd year in a row

West Chicago Youth Cheerleading takes state championship for 3rd year in a row

For three consecutive years, the West Chicago Youth Cheerleading team took first place in the sixth- to eighth-grade division of the Illinois Recreational Cheerleading Association state competition. Read full article: West Chicago Youth Cheerleading takes st...→

Pope marks joyful Christmas Eve after less-than-joyful year | WTOP

Pope marks joyful Christmas Eve after less-than-joyful year | WTOP

VATICAN CITY (AP) — Pope Francis assured the faithful on Christmas Eve that God loves everyone — “even the worst of us” — as he celebrated the joyous birth of Christ after a less-than-joyful year of… Read full article: Pope marks joyful Christmas Eve after le...→

Denver’s coolest new restaurant of 2019 is finally here — just a few days before the year ends

Denver’s coolest new restaurant of 2019 is finally here — just a few days before the year ends

No surprise that Sunday Vinyl, a record-spinning wine bar and dinner spot, comes to Denver’s Union Station from the owners of Tavernetta, Frasca Food & Wine and Pizzeria Locale. Read full article: Denver’s coolest new restaurant of 2019 ...→

More homeless counted on Riverside County’s streets for second year in a row

More homeless counted on Riverside County’s streets for second year in a row

Experts attribute the increase to soaring rents, the opioid epidemic and the closing of homeless encampments elsewhere Read full article: More homeless counted on Riverside Count...→

Trump to go to Army-Navy football game for 2nd year in a row

Trump to go to Army-Navy football game for 2nd year in a row

For the second year in a row, President Donald Trump is set to attend the annual Army-Navy football game Read full article: Trump to go to Army-Navy football game f...→

Whirlwind of three starters marks T.C. McCartney’s first year as Broncos quarterbacks coach

Whirlwind of three starters marks T.C. McCartney’s first year as Broncos quarterbacks coach

None of the Broncos’ young quarterbacks knew the backstory of T.C. McCartney until he walked into their meeting room one day earlier this year wearing a Sal Aunese shirt. Read full article: Whirlwind of three starters marks T.C. M...→

Salvadoran woman marks 1 year in sanctuary near White House

Salvadoran woman marks 1 year in sanctuary near White House

A Salvadoran woman has spent the last year inside a church in the Washington area to avoid deportation Read full article: Salvadoran woman marks 1 year in sanctua...→

Staff Pick: Best local label

Staff Pick: Best local label

Punk musician and engineer Blake Karlson launched Chicago Research in late 2018, and since then he's used the label to document every scrap and fleck... Read full article: Staff Pick: Best local label...→

Staff Pick: Third runner-up, best pizza

Staff Pick: Third runner-up, best pizza

Among the contenders for the title "Best pizza" this year, you might have been surprised to see the name of Reader staff writer Leor Galil.... Read full article: Staff Pick: Third runner-up, best pizza...→

Staff Pick: Best neighborhood

Staff Pick: Best neighborhood

Years ago at the bar, a man named Paulie told me all about the neighborhood that I live in now. It's west of Canaryville, north... Read full article: Staff Pick: Best neighborhood...→

Kane County felony cases up for 4th year in a row

Kane County felony cases up for 4th year in a row

Felony case filings in Kane County for 2019 were up 4.4% compared to last year and have increased four years in a row. State's Attorney Joe McMahon said part of the rise is an increase in serious crimes, while another factor is his office upgrading misdemeanors to felony cases based on a defendant's criminal record. Read full article: Kane County felony cases up for 4th year...→

This diet has been ranked the best by health experts for the third year in a row

This diet has been ranked the best by health experts for the third year in a row

The experts have spoken — and eaten. US News and World Report on Thursday released its annual ranking from 1 to 35 of the world’s best (and, yes, worst) diets for 2020. A team of 25 panelists of “n… Read full article: This diet has been ranked the best by he...→

Harbaugh ends fourth straight year with two losses in a row

Harbaugh ends fourth straight year with two losses in a row

“I feel good about that," Jim Harbaugh told reporters Wednesday about the future, after the Citrus Bowl and dropped them to 9-4 in 2019. “I feel good about some of the young players that got great experiences this season." Read full article: Harbaugh ends fourth straight year with ...→

Server at a small-town restaurant gets a $2,020 Happy New Year tip

Server at a small-town restaurant gets a $2,020 Happy New Year tip

"Things like this don't happen to people like me," said grateful single mom Danielle Franzoni. Read full article: Server at a small-town restaurant gets a...→

For New Year, Michigan restaurant server gets $2,020 tip

For New Year, Michigan restaurant server gets $2,020 tip

A Michigan restaurant server will start the new year on the right foot thanks to a generous, and very specific, tip: $2,020. Read full article: For New Year, Michigan restaurant server...→

Miami Film Awards 2019: Local Film Experts Pick Their Favorites of the Year and Decade

Miami Film Awards 2019: Local Film Experts Pick Their Favorites of the Year and Decade

Each year, Miami has a tradition of polling a collection of local film experts — including critics, programmers, professors, and filmmakers — who work in the city and beyond. The results were originally published on the website Dim the House Lights for 2015 and 2016 before the winners of the Miami Film Awards made their... Read full article: Miami Film Awards 2019: Local Film Exper...→

Former Marine jailed in Moscow marks one year in Russian detention

Former Marine jailed in Moscow marks one year in Russian detention

American senators and statesmen urged Russia to free Paul Whelan, a former U.S. Marine jailed in Moscow, as Saturday marked the first anniversary of his arrest and incarceration. Read full article: Former Marine jailed in Moscow marks one...→

Pope marks joyful Christmas Eve after less-than-joyful year | WTOP

Pope marks joyful Christmas Eve after less-than-joyful year | WTOP

VATICAN CITY (AP) — Pope Francis assured the faithful on Christmas Eve that God loves everyone — “even the worst of us” — as he celebrated the joyous birth of Christ after a less-than-joyful year of… Read full article: Pope marks joyful Christmas Eve after le...→

Pope marks joyful Christmas Eve after less-than-joyful year

Pope Francis assured the faithful on Christmas Eve that God loves everyone - “even the worst of us” - as he celebrated the joyous birth of Christ after a less-than-joyful year of scandals and... Read full article: Pope marks joyful Christmas Eve after le...→

Polk County 3-year-old boy killed in hit-and-run on I-4 in Polk County WFTS Digital Staff 6:12 AM, Dec 23, 2019

Polk County 3-year-old boy killed in hit-and-run on I-4 in Polk County WFTS Digital Staff 6:12 AM, Dec 23, 2019

Family tells ABC Action News they are in shock and that Josiah King was the smartest toddler and quick as a whip even as a baby.... King was not in a car seat because the car was at capacity, according to a family member who says they knew it was not a good excuse. Read full article: Polk County 3-year-old boy killed in hit...→

Denver’s coolest new restaurant of 2019 is finally here — just a few days before the year ends

Denver’s coolest new restaurant of 2019 is finally here — just a few days before the year ends

No surprise that Sunday Vinyl, a record-spinning wine bar and dinner spot, comes to Denver’s Union Station from the owners of Tavernetta, Frasca Food & Wine and Pizzeria Locale. Read full article: Denver’s coolest new restaurant of 2019 ...→

McDonald's in Australia fires restaurant owner who questioned aboriginal man's heritage in race row

McDonald's in Australia fires restaurant owner who questioned aboriginal man's heritage in race row

Footage of the argument between Robert Vigors and Robby Wirramanda in Mildura, Victoria, has been widely shared on social media. Read full article: McDonald's in Australia fires restaurant...→

Trump to attend Army-Navy football game for 2nd year in a row

Trump to attend Army-Navy football game for 2nd year in a row

The 2019 matchup most likely will feature a lot of rain in addition to a heaping of tradition and salutes to service. Read full article: Trump to attend Army-Navy football game ...→

Trump to go to Army-Navy football game for 2nd year in a row

Trump to go to Army-Navy football game for 2nd year in a row

For the second year in a row, President Donald Trump is set to attend the annual Army-Navy football game Read full article: Trump to go to Army-Navy football game f...→

Staff Pick: Best attraction

Staff Pick: Best attraction

The Chicago Cultural Center sits in the middle of downtown—it's just west of Millennium Park, a stone's throw from the Magnificent Mile and the Art... Read full article: Staff Pick: Best attraction...→

Salvadoran woman marks 1 year in sanctuary near White House

Salvadoran woman marks 1 year in sanctuary near White House

A Salvadoran woman has spent the last year inside a church in the Washington area to avoid deportation Read full article: Salvadoran woman marks 1 year in sanctua...→

A decade-old Denver restaurant, speakeasy and butcher will close by the end of the year

A decade-old Denver restaurant, speakeasy and butcher will close by the end of the year

The restaurant and its downstairs speakeasy, Ste. Ellie, and house butcher, Viande, are closing because of rising rents and costs of operating. Read full article: A decade-old Denver restaurant, speakeas...→

Staff pick: Best huge old thrift shop, about to disappear

Staff pick: Best huge old thrift shop, about to disappear

In 1931, chewing gum entrepreneur William Wrigley Jr. gave an industrial building at 509 N. Union to the Salvation Army, which started collecting donated goods... Read full article: Staff pick: Best huge old thrift shop, a...→

Staff Pick: Third runner-up, best pizza

Staff Pick: Third runner-up, best pizza

Among the contenders for the title "Best pizza" this year, you might have been surprised to see the name of Reader staff writer Leor Galil.... Read full article: Staff Pick: Third runner-up, best pizza...→

Staff Pick: Best off-Loop theater

Staff Pick: Best off-Loop theater

Under artistic director Charles Newell, Court Theatre is all over the place in the best possible way. Where else can you see both a rapturously... Read full article: Staff Pick: Best off-Loop theater...→

Staff Pick: Best off-Loop theater | Best of Chicago 2019 | Arts & Culture | Chicago Reader

Staff Pick: Best off-Loop theater | Best of Chicago 2019 | Arts & Culture | Chicago Reader

On its website, Jefferson Park's tiny the Gift Theatre states as one of its founding beliefs that "a play never closes until everyone who saw... Read full article: Staff Pick: Best off-Loop theater | Best...→

Chef Yia Vang to open a Hmong-inspired restaurant this year

Chef Yia Vang to open a Hmong-inspired restaurant this year

January usually spells an epidemic of restaurant closings — many struggling restaurateurs end up closing after the holiday season. But today, we have some good news instead. Chef Yia Vang of Union … Read full article: Chef Yia Vang to open a Hmong-inspired r...→

Loma Linda walk marks 20th year of honoring little lives lost

Loma Linda walk marks 20th year of honoring little lives lost

Organizers hope the Lights for Little Lives walks help families grieve during a reflective time of year Read full article: Loma Linda walk marks 20th year of honor...→

Elizabeth Warren Marks 1 Year Of Running For President At Boston Event

Elizabeth Warren Marks 1 Year Of Running For President At Boston Event

Massachusetts Sen. Elizabeth Warren marked one year of running for president on Tuesday by slamming billionaires from both parties at an event in Boston. Read full article: Elizabeth Warren Marks 1 Year Of Running...→

Michelle Obama named 'most admired woman' for 2nd year in a row, poll says

Michelle Obama named 'most admired woman' for 2nd year in a row, poll says

Former first lady Michelle Obama has been named the "most admired woman" in the world for the second year in a row. Read full article: Michelle Obama named 'most admired woman...→

2019 Marks San Jose's Deadliest Year For Pedestrians

2019 Marks San Jose's Deadliest Year For Pedestrians

San Jose is capping off its deadliest year for pedestrians in decades as a 29th fatal accident happened Saturday night. City leaders are saying safety improvements alone aren't enough. Read full article: 2019 Marks San Jose's Deadliest Year For...→

West Chicago Youth Cheerleading takes state championship for 3rd year in a row

West Chicago Youth Cheerleading takes state championship for 3rd year in a row

For three consecutive years, the West Chicago Youth Cheerleading team took first place in the sixth- to eighth-grade division of the Illinois Recreational Cheerleading Association state competition. Read full article: West Chicago Youth Cheerleading takes st...→

Homeless population rises for third year in a row

Homeless population rises for third year in a row

The increase is largely driven by California, where the Trump administration is mulling major changes. Read full article: Homeless population rises for third year...→

Event Pick: B-Real and Dub Brothers' Third Annual Skid Row Xmas Benefit - LA Weekly

Cynicism evaporates like a puff of smoke at the Third Annual Skid Row Xmas, a benefit for the homeless community that continues to burgeon throughout the greater metropolitan Los Angeles area. As communities find themselves increasingly in the thick of the dilemma — as did Dub Brothers dispensary founders Barry and Brent Walker — the … Read full article: Event Pick: B-Real and Dub Brothers' Thi...→

More homeless counted on Riverside County’s streets for second year in a row

More homeless counted on Riverside County’s streets for second year in a row

Experts attribute the increase to soaring rents, the opioid epidemic and the closing of homeless encampments elsewhere Read full article: More homeless counted on Riverside Count...→

Trump to go to Army-Navy football game for 2nd year in a row

For the second year in a row, President Donald Trump booked the annual Army-Navy football game on his schedule. Read full article: Trump to go to Army-Navy football game f...→

Trump to go to Army-Navy football game for 2nd year in a row | WTOP

Trump to go to Army-Navy football game for 2nd year in a row | WTOP

For the second year in a row, President Donald Trump booked the annual Army-Navy football game on his schedule. Read full article: Trump to go to Army-Navy football game f...→

Whirlwind of three starters marks T.C. McCartney’s first year as Broncos quarterbacks coach

Whirlwind of three starters marks T.C. McCartney’s first year as Broncos quarterbacks coach

None of the Broncos’ young quarterbacks knew the backstory of T.C. McCartney until he walked into their meeting room one day earlier this year wearing a Sal Aunese shirt. Read full article: Whirlwind of three starters marks T.C. M...→

Trump stumped by Time pick of Swedish teen Greta Thunberg as person of the year: ‘Ridiculous’

Trump stumped by Time pick of Swedish teen Greta Thunberg as person of the year: ‘Ridiculous’

President Trump on Thursday slammed Time magazine’s pick of 16-year-old climate change activist Greta Thunberg as its “person of the year,” calling the selection “ridiculous.” Read full article: Trump stumped by Time pick of Swedish te...→

Staff Pick: Best hip-hop artist

Staff Pick: Best hip-hop artist

Last month Polo G's major-label debut, Die a Legend, ranked number 46 on the Billboard 200 while Chance the Rapper's The Big Day sat at... Read full article: Staff Pick: Best hip-hop artist...→

Staff Pick: Best local label

Staff Pick: Best local label

Punk musician and engineer Blake Karlson launched Chicago Research in late 2018, and since then he's used the label to document every scrap and fleck... Read full article: Staff Pick: Best local label...→

Riverside will pick Festival of Lights horse carriage companies the same way — for this year

Operators who weren’t chosen were upset and worried that riders and horses without experience at the busy holiday event might panic and hurt pedestrians. Read full article: Riverside will pick Festival of Lights h...→

Staff Pick: Best transitions to new leadership

Staff Pick: Best transitions to new leadership

When the big theaters have a changing of the guard in artistic directors, it's understandably big news. But in a city as dependent on the... Read full article: Staff Pick: Best transitions to new lead...→

Staff Pick: Best neighborhood

Staff Pick: Best neighborhood

Years ago at the bar, a man named Paulie told me all about the neighborhood that I live in now. It's west of Canaryville, north... Read full article: Staff Pick: Best neighborhood...→

Staff Pick: Best sportscaster

Staff Pick: Best sportscaster

First off, let me concede that you gotta like Pat Hughes. Hate the Rickettses and what they've done to Rickettsville, hate the Cubs and what... Read full article: Staff Pick: Best sportscaster...→

Kane County felony cases up for 4th year in a row

Kane County felony cases up for 4th year in a row

Felony case filings in Kane County for 2019 were up 4.4% compared to last year and have increased four years in a row. State's Attorney Joe McMahon said part of the rise is an increase in serious crimes, while another factor is his office upgrading misdemeanors to felony cases based on a defendant's criminal record. Read full article: Kane County felony cases up for 4th year...→

Chef Yia Vang to open a Hmong-inspired restaurant this year

Chef Yia Vang to open a Hmong-inspired restaurant this year

January usually spells an epidemic of restaurant closings — many struggling restaurateurs end up closing after the holiday season. But today, we have some good news instead. Chef Yia Vang of Union … Read full article: Chef Yia Vang to open a Hmong-inspired r...→

This diet has been ranked the best by health experts for the third year in a row

This diet has been ranked the best by health experts for the third year in a row

The experts have spoken — and eaten. US News and World Report on Thursday released its annual ranking from 1 to 35 of the world’s best (and, yes, worst) diets for 2020. A team of 25 panelists of “n… Read full article: This diet has been ranked the best by he...→

Harbaugh ends fourth straight year with two losses in a row

Harbaugh ends fourth straight year with two losses in a row

“I feel good about that," Jim Harbaugh told reporters Wednesday about the future, after the Citrus Bowl and dropped them to 9-4 in 2019. “I feel good about some of the young players that got great experiences this season." Read full article: Harbaugh ends fourth straight year with ...→

Server at a small-town restaurant gets a $2,020 Happy New Year tip

Server at a small-town restaurant gets a $2,020 Happy New Year tip

"Things like this don't happen to people like me," said grateful single mom Danielle Franzoni. Read full article: Server at a small-town restaurant gets a...→

Loma Linda walk marks 20th year of honoring little lives lost

Loma Linda walk marks 20th year of honoring little lives lost

Organizers hope the Lights for Little Lives walks help families grieve during a reflective time of year Read full article: Loma Linda walk marks 20th year of honor...→

For New Year, Michigan restaurant server gets $2,020 tip

For New Year, Michigan restaurant server gets $2,020 tip

A Michigan restaurant server will start the new year on the right foot thanks to a generous, and very specific, tip: $2,020. Read full article: For New Year, Michigan restaurant server...→

Elizabeth Warren Marks 1 Year Of Running For President At Boston Event

Elizabeth Warren Marks 1 Year Of Running For President At Boston Event

Massachusetts Sen. Elizabeth Warren marked one year of running for president on Tuesday by slamming billionaires from both parties at an event in Boston. Read full article: Elizabeth Warren Marks 1 Year Of Running...→

Michelle Obama named 'most admired woman' for 2nd year in a row, poll says

Michelle Obama named 'most admired woman' for 2nd year in a row, poll says

Former first lady Michelle Obama has been named the "most admired woman" in the world for the second year in a row. Read full article: Michelle Obama named 'most admired woman...→

Miami Film Awards 2019: Local Film Experts Pick Their Favorites of the Year and Decade

Miami Film Awards 2019: Local Film Experts Pick Their Favorites of the Year and Decade

Each year, Miami has a tradition of polling a collection of local film experts — including critics, programmers, professors, and filmmakers — who work in the city and beyond. The results were originally published on the website Dim the House Lights for 2015 and 2016 before the winners of the Miami Film Awards made their... Read full article: Miami Film Awards 2019: Local Film Exper...→

2019 Marks San Jose's Deadliest Year For Pedestrians

2019 Marks San Jose's Deadliest Year For Pedestrians

San Jose is capping off its deadliest year for pedestrians in decades as a 29th fatal accident happened Saturday night. City leaders are saying safety improvements alone aren't enough. Read full article: 2019 Marks San Jose's Deadliest Year For...→

Former Marine jailed in Moscow marks one year in Russian detention

Former Marine jailed in Moscow marks one year in Russian detention

American senators and statesmen urged Russia to free Paul Whelan, a former U.S. Marine jailed in Moscow, as Saturday marked the first anniversary of his arrest and incarceration. Read full article: Former Marine jailed in Moscow marks one...→

West Chicago Youth Cheerleading takes state championship for 3rd year in a row

West Chicago Youth Cheerleading takes state championship for 3rd year in a row

For three consecutive years, the West Chicago Youth Cheerleading team took first place in the sixth- to eighth-grade division of the Illinois Recreational Cheerleading Association state competition. Read full article: West Chicago Youth Cheerleading takes st...→

Pope marks joyful Christmas Eve after less-than-joyful year | WTOP

Pope marks joyful Christmas Eve after less-than-joyful year | WTOP

VATICAN CITY (AP) — Pope Francis assured the faithful on Christmas Eve that God loves everyone — “even the worst of us” — as he celebrated the joyous birth of Christ after a less-than-joyful year of… Read full article: Pope marks joyful Christmas Eve after le...→

Pope marks joyful Christmas Eve after less-than-joyful year

Pope Francis assured the faithful on Christmas Eve that God loves everyone - “even the worst of us” - as he celebrated the joyous birth of Christ after a less-than-joyful year of scandals and... Read full article: Pope marks joyful Christmas Eve after le...→

Polk County 3-year-old boy killed in hit-and-run on I-4 in Polk County WFTS Digital Staff 6:12 AM, Dec 23, 2019

Polk County 3-year-old boy killed in hit-and-run on I-4 in Polk County WFTS Digital Staff 6:12 AM, Dec 23, 2019

Family tells ABC Action News they are in shock and that Josiah King was the smartest toddler and quick as a whip even as a baby.... King was not in a car seat because the car was at capacity, according to a family member who says they knew it was not a good excuse. Read full article: Polk County 3-year-old boy killed in hit...→

Homeless population rises for third year in a row

Homeless population rises for third year in a row

The increase is largely driven by California, where the Trump administration is mulling major changes. Read full article: Homeless population rises for third year...→

Denver’s coolest new restaurant of 2019 is finally here — just a few days before the year ends

Denver’s coolest new restaurant of 2019 is finally here — just a few days before the year ends

No surprise that Sunday Vinyl, a record-spinning wine bar and dinner spot, comes to Denver’s Union Station from the owners of Tavernetta, Frasca Food & Wine and Pizzeria Locale. Read full article: Denver’s coolest new restaurant of 2019 ...→

Event Pick: B-Real and Dub Brothers' Third Annual Skid Row Xmas Benefit - LA Weekly

Cynicism evaporates like a puff of smoke at the Third Annual Skid Row Xmas, a benefit for the homeless community that continues to burgeon throughout the greater metropolitan Los Angeles area. As communities find themselves increasingly in the thick of the dilemma — as did Dub Brothers dispensary founders Barry and Brent Walker — the … Read full article: Event Pick: B-Real and Dub Brothers' Thi...→

McDonald's in Australia fires restaurant owner who questioned aboriginal man's heritage in race row

McDonald's in Australia fires restaurant owner who questioned aboriginal man's heritage in race row

Footage of the argument between Robert Vigors and Robby Wirramanda in Mildura, Victoria, has been widely shared on social media. Read full article: McDonald's in Australia fires restaurant...→

More homeless counted on Riverside County’s streets for second year in a row

More homeless counted on Riverside County’s streets for second year in a row

Experts attribute the increase to soaring rents, the opioid epidemic and the closing of homeless encampments elsewhere Read full article: More homeless counted on Riverside Count...→

Trump to attend Army-Navy football game for 2nd year in a row

Trump to attend Army-Navy football game for 2nd year in a row

The 2019 matchup most likely will feature a lot of rain in addition to a heaping of tradition and salutes to service. Read full article: Trump to attend Army-Navy football game ...→

Trump to go to Army-Navy football game for 2nd year in a row

For the second year in a row, President Donald Trump booked the annual Army-Navy football game on his schedule. Read full article: Trump to go to Army-Navy football game f...→

Trump to go to Army-Navy football game for 2nd year in a row

Trump to go to Army-Navy football game for 2nd year in a row

For the second year in a row, President Donald Trump is set to attend the annual Army-Navy football game Read full article: Trump to go to Army-Navy football game f...→

Trump to go to Army-Navy football game for 2nd year in a row | WTOP

Trump to go to Army-Navy football game for 2nd year in a row | WTOP

For the second year in a row, President Donald Trump booked the annual Army-Navy football game on his schedule. Read full article: Trump to go to Army-Navy football game f...→

Whirlwind of three starters marks T.C. McCartney’s first year as Broncos quarterbacks coach

Whirlwind of three starters marks T.C. McCartney’s first year as Broncos quarterbacks coach

None of the Broncos’ young quarterbacks knew the backstory of T.C. McCartney until he walked into their meeting room one day earlier this year wearing a Sal Aunese shirt. Read full article: Whirlwind of three starters marks T.C. M...→

Staff Pick: Best attraction

Staff Pick: Best attraction

The Chicago Cultural Center sits in the middle of downtown—it's just west of Millennium Park, a stone's throw from the Magnificent Mile and the Art... Read full article: Staff Pick: Best attraction...→

Trump stumped by Time pick of Swedish teen Greta Thunberg as person of the year: ‘Ridiculous’

Trump stumped by Time pick of Swedish teen Greta Thunberg as person of the year: ‘Ridiculous’

President Trump on Thursday slammed Time magazine’s pick of 16-year-old climate change activist Greta Thunberg as its “person of the year,” calling the selection “ridiculous.” Read full article: Trump stumped by Time pick of Swedish te...→

Salvadoran woman marks 1 year in sanctuary near White House

Salvadoran woman marks 1 year in sanctuary near White House

A Salvadoran woman has spent the last year inside a church in the Washington area to avoid deportation Read full article: Salvadoran woman marks 1 year in sanctua...→

Staff Pick: Best hip-hop artist

Staff Pick: Best hip-hop artist

Last month Polo G's major-label debut, Die a Legend, ranked number 46 on the Billboard 200 while Chance the Rapper's The Big Day sat at... Read full article: Staff Pick: Best hip-hop artist...→

A decade-old Denver restaurant, speakeasy and butcher will close by the end of the year

A decade-old Denver restaurant, speakeasy and butcher will close by the end of the year

The restaurant and its downstairs speakeasy, Ste. Ellie, and house butcher, Viande, are closing because of rising rents and costs of operating. Read full article: A decade-old Denver restaurant, speakeas...→

Staff Pick: Best local label

Staff Pick: Best local label

Punk musician and engineer Blake Karlson launched Chicago Research in late 2018, and since then he's used the label to document every scrap and fleck... Read full article: Staff Pick: Best local label...→

Staff pick: Best huge old thrift shop, about to disappear

Staff pick: Best huge old thrift shop, about to disappear

In 1931, chewing gum entrepreneur William Wrigley Jr. gave an industrial building at 509 N. Union to the Salvation Army, which started collecting donated goods... Read full article: Staff pick: Best huge old thrift shop, a...→

Riverside will pick Festival of Lights horse carriage companies the same way — for this year

Operators who weren’t chosen were upset and worried that riders and horses without experience at the busy holiday event might panic and hurt pedestrians. Read full article: Riverside will pick Festival of Lights h...→

Staff Pick: Third runner-up, best pizza

Staff Pick: Third runner-up, best pizza

Among the contenders for the title "Best pizza" this year, you might have been surprised to see the name of Reader staff writer Leor Galil.... Read full article: Staff Pick: Third runner-up, best pizza...→

Staff Pick: Best transitions to new leadership

Staff Pick: Best transitions to new leadership

When the big theaters have a changing of the guard in artistic directors, it's understandably big news. But in a city as dependent on the... Read full article: Staff Pick: Best transitions to new lead...→

Staff Pick: Best off-Loop theater

Staff Pick: Best off-Loop theater

Under artistic director Charles Newell, Court Theatre is all over the place in the best possible way. Where else can you see both a rapturously... Read full article: Staff Pick: Best off-Loop theater...→

Staff Pick: Best neighborhood

Staff Pick: Best neighborhood

Years ago at the bar, a man named Paulie told me all about the neighborhood that I live in now. It's west of Canaryville, north... Read full article: Staff Pick: Best neighborhood...→

Staff Pick: Best off-Loop theater | Best of Chicago 2019 | Arts & Culture | Chicago Reader

Staff Pick: Best off-Loop theater | Best of Chicago 2019 | Arts & Culture | Chicago Reader

On its website, Jefferson Park's tiny the Gift Theatre states as one of its founding beliefs that "a play never closes until everyone who saw... Read full article: Staff Pick: Best off-Loop theater | Best...→

Staff Pick: Best sportscaster

Staff Pick: Best sportscaster

First off, let me concede that you gotta like Pat Hughes. Hate the Rickettses and what they've done to Rickettsville, hate the Cubs and what... Read full article: Staff Pick: Best sportscaster...→