Groupon’s Funny Business

The daily-deal site isn’t just the fastest-growing company in history: it’s also a breeding ground for a generation of comics, writers, actors and musicians.

Instead of being staffed by young tech geeks a la Facebook, Groupon’s offices are full of comedy, theater and music geeks.

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The Insider’s Guide to Lollapalooza

From the tastiest Chicago-style hot dog to the best beach party, 10 pointers to enhance your festival experience

Every smart festival-goer knows to slather on the SPF, drink lots of water and not pack explosives when attending a massive music event like Lollapalooza, which is celebrating its 20th anniversary this summer.

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Andersonville, Chicago

This quaint neighborhood on Chicago’s North side has gone from sleepy Swedish enclave to foodie heaven, with everything from homemade booze to America’s best slice of pizza

Forget meatballs. This once-sleepy swedish community has brought a whole smorgasbord of foodie spots to the north side.

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Aretha Franklin Comes Back Strong at Chicago Tour Kick-off

Jesse Jackson, hookup stories and r-e-s-p-e-c-t: at the soul queen’s comeback show

Thursday night at the Chicago Theatre, Aretha Franklin kicked off her first gig since last October with one request (and it wasn’t for r-e-s-p-e-c-t).

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Electrode Avenue

A Northwestern University professor attempts to build the perfect lie detector

With its weathered blue sofa, textbook-littered desks and corkboard plastered with postcards from spring- break spots like Florida and Hilton Head, Room 202 in Northwestern University’s Cresap Hall could easily belong to a frat brother.

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Tour de Sauce

A guide to Chicago brewery tours – and which ones offer the most booze

Local brewery and distillery  tours are educational and all,  but we suss out what’s really  important: how much booze you’ll get.

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The Decemberists Warm Up Chicago With Folk-Rock Anthems

Backstage with the Portland, Oregon crew at the Riviera Theatre

Three days after Chicago got hit with its biggest blizzard since 1967, the Decemberists are backstage at the 94-year-old Riviera Theatre, huddled around an electric radiator.

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