Actually, Hurricane Katrina Was Not Super Cool

If you squint hard enough at this nasty number from last week, in which the Chicago Tribune’s Kristen McQueary wrote glowingly of the great civic good Hurricane Katrina visited upon the city of New Orleans a decade ago and of her fervent desire for Chicago to meet a similar fate, you can almost interpret the outline… »8/17/15 5:10pm8/17/15 5:10pm

Let's Watch Some Dudes In Chicago Engage In Roman Candle Warfare

You haven’t lived if you haven’t engaged in the highly dangerous yet thrilling pastime of fighting with fireworks. We mostly used bottle rockets where I come from, but here are some friends (or gang rivals, depending on who you’re asking) on Western Ave. in Chicago using roman candles as the weapon of choice. »6/04/15 12:23am6/04/15 12:23am

Chicago News Station Flawlessly Impersonates Miserable Jets Fans

Since the NFL draft’s not in New York City this year, Jets fans will have to travel to do their traditional booing of the first-round pick. (Is it tradition, or has every first-round pick just been that terrible?) Local news station WGN-TV pretended to be Jets fans, and heckled everyone in Chicago, including but not… »4/30/15 3:05pm4/30/15 3:05pm

Jack DeJohnette Just Put Out The Best Jazz Record Of 2015

Chicago long ago grudgingly ceded second-banana status to Los Angeles w/r/t population and cultural might, but on all matters jazz, it still answers only to New York. Every medium-sized population center now claims some kind of quote-unquote jazz scene with an accompanying seasonal festival, complete with third-rate »4/17/15 11:27am4/17/15 11:27am

Chicago Sports Radio Guys Take To Twitter To Discuss Reporter's Breasts

Matt Spiegel and Dan Bernstein work for 670 The Score in Chicago. Spiegel has a radio show; Bernstein has a column, a radio show, and hot takes on Derrick Rose. Wednesday night, the two took to Twitter to discuss CSN Chicago reporter Aiyana Cristal. The conversation started with Spiegel expressing perfectly fair… »3/26/15 11:59am3/26/15 11:59am

You Should Be Paying Attention To Tink 

Tink is a Chicago triple-threat singer, rapper, and songwriter who has been gradually making her rise on the rap blogs and niche-music internet over the past two years or so. "Ratchet Commandments" is the first single off her upcoming major-label, Timbaland-produced debut record. It's great, but it's not the only… »3/16/15 12:49pm3/16/15 12:49pm

Are You Lying About Where You're From? The Real Borders of Your City

Where do you have to be born to say that you're from a given city and not be lying? Back in August, prompted by a New Republic article called "Don't Say You're From the City If You're Really From the 'Burbs," we asked you—Gawker readers—to tell us the real borders of some of America's largest cities. Here are your… »10/06/14 3:41pm10/06/14 3:41pm

Watch This Chicago 'L' Train Jump The Tracks And Run Up An Escalator

The other day, a Chicago Transit Authority operator apparently fell asleep, and the Blue Line train she was running consequently jumped the tracks at O'Hare and ran up a god damn escalator, injuring 32 people, causing an estimated $6 million in damage and screwing up commutes all over the city. Here is raw security… »3/26/14 12:07pm3/26/14 12:07pm