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Chicago International Film Festival begins

Chicago is celebrating its role as a global city as local and international filmmakers are showcased at the 48th annual Chicago International Film Festival. Full story

Music

"Transit of Venus" meets expectations with sound transition

Three Days Grace (TDG) released a different sound than its past albums Oct. 2 with “Transit of Venus.” The new sound blends a familiar TDG sound with a softer, more alternative sound and finds a balance between rough instrumentals and angst filled lyrics. Full story

Lifestyles

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Explore Chicago: Wicker Park

On a brisk fall day, Chicagoans can be seen scurrying around the city in scarves and boots with earphones plugged in. What’s one of the best neighborhoods to spend your Saturday afternoon? Wicker Park. Once an industrial area, Wicker Park has transformed into a series of vintage stores and coffee shops. Full story

Books

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Nolan talks Chicago politics in new novel

“Harold Washington was one of the great characters that I covered. He was a fascinating character; it was something that I wanted to write about,” Peter Nolan, journalist author of Campaign! The 1983 Election That Rocked Chicago told attendees at his Book Talk at Barnes & Noble Thursday night. Full story

Fashion

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Runway recap: Spring '13

Fall may have just arrived, but the fashion world already has its eyes set on spring, and last month’s various fashion weeks showcased designers’ spring ready-to-wear collections and gave the public a glimpse of what we can look forward to wearing for the upcoming season. Full story

Games

Fall video game preview: "Dishonored"

In many ways the video game industry is like the film industry. The big video game companies tend to rely on their big moneymakers, making sequel after sequel instead of betting on new properties. So when publishers put their faith behind promising, original titles, it is important to take notice. Full story

Food

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Jumping on the food wagon

There is a new food trend that has been popping up all over the country and will soon be growing in popularity throughout Chicago. If you are into reality television, you may have seen a few episodes of “The Great American Food Truck Race” on the Food Network. Full story