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  • Rolling Stones "Exhibitionism" (Andrea Darlas / WGN Radio)

    Rolling Stones-focused ‘Exhibitionism’ coming to Navy Pier this spring

    NAVY PIER — You can’t always get what you want … unless you want four months of Rolling Stones memorabilia on display at Navy Pier. An exhibition celebrating the Rolling Stones, “the most influential rock ‘n’ roll band in the world,” will make its Chicago debut at Navy Pier on April 15, the pier announced Thursday morning. Click here for more on this story from DNAinfo. The first major showcase featuring more than 500 rare items from the band’s 55-year history will come […]

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    You can now help CPS students who need food, clothes through donation site

    CHICAGO — DonorsChoose.org is now letting teachers in Chicago create campaigns to raise money for students in need. The website has been used to help teachers get the supplies they need for class projects (450 CPS projects were funded in one swoop in 2014). Now, donors will be able to help teachers provide their students with food, clothing and personal hygiene products by creating crowdfunding campaigns for “student life essentials.” Click here for more on this story from DNAinfo. Teachers will […]

  • This 19th century row home at 154 W. Superior St. is one of the last standing in River North. (David Matthews / DNAinfo)

    River North’s ‘Up’ house will stay, buyer says amid demolition fears

    RIVER NORTH — A 128-year-old row home squeezed between new condominiums in River North is going to stay, its new owner says. Jim Passios, who along with a business partner paid $900,000 in August for the 19th century Italianate at 154 W. Superior St., said he will rehab, not raze, the vintage house. Click here for more on this story from DNAinfo. The home has been nicknamed the “Up” house due to its similar appearance to the quirky Victorian in the Pixar film, which […]

  • The Golden Gate Bridge used 64,500 Lego bricks to build and took 260 hours to build. (Sam Cholke / DNAinfo)

    Lego Ferris wheel being added as ‘Brick by Brick’ exhibit extended at MSI

    HYDE PARK — The Museum of Science and Industry is adding a new Lego creation as its “Brick by Brick” exhibit is extended through Labor Day. The exhibit was originally slated to close in February, but due to popularity it will be extended through Sept. 4, with the addition of a new Lego creation on Feb. 18. Click here for more on this story from DNAinfo. Professional Lego builder Adam Reed Tucker has built a new creation for the remainder of […]

  • Obviously you're going to push this. (David Matthews / DNAinfo)

    Did James Bond eat cheese curds? Spy-themed SafeHouse to open soon

    RIVER NORTH — SafeHouse, a spy-themed restaurant replete with trap doors, secret passageways, and plenty of other tricks, is about to blow its cover Downtown. The River North outpost of the beloved Milwaukee restaurant could open by the end of the month inside the AC Hotel at Rush and Ontario streets, local managers say. Click here for more on this story from DNAinfo. The SafeHouse coming to 60 E. Ontario St. is bringing many of the vintage charms of the Milwaukee […]

  • People line up to buy hot dogs from a vendor outside the Metropolitan Museum of Art January 8, 2009 in New York. (DON EMMERT/AFP/Getty Images)

    Love hot dog carts? You may see a lot more of them this summer

    THE LOOP — Chicagoans may have more street dining options this summer if the City Council slashes the cost of licenses required to sell everything from hot dogs and tamales to crepes and corn. The changes, put forward by Mayor Rahm Emanuel as part of a larger overhaul of how the city licenses businesses, won the endorsement of two City Council committees Wednesday. It heads to the full Council for a vote Feb. 22. If approved, it would take effect July 1. Click here […]

  • From left: Erik Hernandez of NeighborSpace and Chicago Plant Rescue members Lindsey Telford, Jamie Gentry, Nora Bryne, Jessie King and Christina Henning. (Provided photo / via DNAinfo)

    Chicago Plant Rescue will save your plants from the garbage dump

    DOWNTOWN — Don’t want to care for that potted perennial you got as a housewarming gift? Don’t dump it in the trash. Click here for more on this story from DNAinfo. Chicago Plant Rescue team members will come to your home and pick up your unwanted plants — for free — and then replant them at a multitude of community gardens or schools around the city. It’s primarily looking for donations from businesses with seasonal plantings and landscape companies who […]

  • Participants in the class will decorate a 6-inch yellow cake with rosette frosting patterns. (Eli's Cheesecake Company / via DNAinfo)

    Decorate your own Valentine’s Day cheesecake at Eli’s class

    DUNNING — For anyone trying to decide whether a handmade craft or a decadent treat would make a better Valentine’s Day gift, Eli’s Cheesecake Company is offering a chance to score both at the same time. The bakery and cafe, 6701 W. Forest Preserve Drive, will open up its kitchen on Feb. 13 for a cake-decorating class courtesy of the chefs behind one of Chicago’s most famous desserts. Click here for more on this story from DNAinfo. For $20 each, […]

  • A snowy owl at Montrose Point. (Jreich / Twitter / via DNAinfo)

    Montrose Point ranked top birding spot in state

    CHICAGO — What’s the top birding spot in Illinois? It’s right in Chicago, according to bird experts. Click here for more on this story from DNAinfo. Dozens of birders in the Illinois Birders Exchanging Thoughts voted in a survey organized by Oliver Burrus, who said almost half picked Montrose as the top birding spot. Other Chicago spots in the top 10 include Jackson Park (sixth) and Lake Calumet (seventh). Click to listen:

  • St. Laurence High School in south suburban Burbank send an email to alumni Friday morning about becoming coed. The email follows news that nearby Queen of Peace will close in June. (Supplied Illustrations / via DNAinfo)

    Should St. Laurence go coed? High school surveying alums on possible change

    BURBANK — St. Laurence High School sent an email survey to alumni Friday morning asking for their thoughts about possibly becoming a coed school. The all-boys Catholic school at 5556 W. 77th St. in south suburban Burbank is considering the change after neighboring Queen of Peace High School announced plans to close at the end of the school year, according to the email. Click here for more on this story from DNAinfo. St. Laurence Principal James Muting Jr. initially said […]