What I remember most about John from the days when we both read regularly at Funny Ha-Ha was his laugh. He had the most wonderful laugh, the kind of booming, unapologetic guffaw that stands out in a crowd. When you’re reading a humorous piece, laughter is what you feed on. It isn’t just nice, it’s essential, as life-giving as oxygen, even, and when I was reading at Funny Ha-Ha I took enormous comfort in knowing that John would be there near the front of the stage, laughing that big, glorious laugh whether my piece merited it or not.

I have been deeply nostalgic for those early days of Funny Ha Ha as of late. It wasn’t just a reading series: It was a community of writers who were all young and hardworking and talented and bright and full of energy and ambition. We were all going places, and it was apparent that John in particular was headed for big things. But I don’t suspect anyone could have envisioned just how far he would go, including John himself.
chicago-reader:

Riot Fest’s emo family tree
chicagopubliclibrary:

One Book, One Chicago 
The 2014-2015 pick for our citywide reading program, One Book, One Chicago, is the Pulitzer-Prize winning “The Amazing Adventures of Kavalier & Clay” by Michael Chabon! 
Our shelves are stacked and ready for you. Join the conversation at onebookonechicago.org. #OBOC

chicagopubliclibrary:

One Book, One Chicago 

The 2014-2015 pick for our citywide reading program, One Book, One Chicago, is the Pulitzer-Prize winning “The Amazing Adventures of Kavalier & Clay” by Michael Chabon! 

Our shelves are stacked and ready for you. Join the conversation at onebookonechicago.org. #OBOC

kellydeal:

mcachicago:

MCA Exclusive Event Volume 1: STARDUST featuring Boy George
Join the MCA for a special DJ set by the acclaimed, Boy George. Includes a private viewing of the exhibition David Bowie Is and light snacks and drinks.
Proceeds support MCA exhibitions, performances, and education programming. Click here for more information.

*scouring couch cushions and car floor for an extra $100*

kellydeal:

mcachicago:

MCA Exclusive Event Volume 1: STARDUST featuring Boy George

Join the MCA for a special DJ set by the acclaimed, Boy George. Includes a private viewing of the exhibition David Bowie Is and light snacks and drinks.

Proceeds support MCA exhibitions, performances, and education programming. Click here for more information.

*scouring couch cushions and car floor for an extra $100*

thelocaltourist:

Old Style Salutes Chicago’s Heroes http://ift.tt/X7rLt0

thelocaltourist:

Old Style Salutes Chicago’s Heroes http://ift.tt/X7rLt0

(Here’s a hint: the answer is yes.)

barbershopshow:

Most older U.S. cities have a signature kind of building. In Brooklyn it’s the brownstone, one standing shoulder-to-shoulder to the next. In Philadelphia, newcomers and visitors are struck by the distinctive row houses. What about Chicago? Here, it’s the modest Two-Flat.
Chris Bentley reported on the history of the Two-Flat for WBEZ’s Curious City. On this installment of the Barber Shop Show, we heard his report. We also talked about the future of the two flat: a 100 year old staple of Chicago architecture.
Host Richard Steele was joined by Chris, along with:
• Geoff Smith of DePaul’s Institute of Housing Studies
• Jennifer Masengarb, of the Chicago Architecture Foundation
• Bryan Hudson, an architect based in Chicago. 1/3 of his clients own old two-flats, and he knows about the variety of uses these buildings serve their owners (and how that has changed over the years).
• Dennis Rodkin, residential real estate reporter for Crain’s Chicago Business

The Barber Shop Show airs on Fridays and Saturdays at Noon on 91.1FM, 90.7FM, and 89.5FM. You can also stream live at vocalo.org. The show also broadcasts on Sundays at 3pm on WBEZ.

thenocoast:

Uptown, 1970

thenocoast:

Uptown, 1970

chicagogeek:

Joan Rivers and Del Close at Chicago’s Second City, ca. 1961.
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chicagogeek:

Joan Rivers and Del Close at Chicago’s Second City, ca. 1961.

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