Sex, Talking Sandwiches and More at 2012 Chicago Fringe Festival


Production photo from “Handshake Uppercut,” one of 50 productions presented at 2012 Chicago Fringe Festival. Photo credit: Amy Bolger.

Now in its third year, the Chicago Fringe Festival in the Pilsen neighborhood continues to bring emerging and experimental talent to the city. And if the previous two years are any indication, the 2012 Chicago Fringe Festival, taking place August 30 – September 9, will be a real grab bag of entertainment.

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Semiramis: Seek out a Neighborhood Gem

Vegetarian Plate | Semiramis | Photo courtesy of Tammy Green

The vegetarian Plate at Semiramis is full of favorites.

If you’re in the mood for a wonderful Lebanese meal, you don’t have to spend that much or go that far to get it. Less than $20 and a large appetite are all you need! Hop on the Brown Line to Kedzie to try Semiramis (4639-41 North Kedzie).

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Congress Theater Gets a New Look

The first half of 2012 brought a storm of controversy to Logan Square’s musical landmark. With the Congress Theater poised for a substantial renovation, the only question is whether or not Chicago’s live music treasure is up to the challenge.

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Chicago’s Best Hot Diggety Dog Drive-in: Superdawg

There are hundreds of places in the city to catch an awesome Chicago-style hotdog – from the self-proclaimed “encased meats emporium” Hot Dougs to the sometimes lewd and usually crude Wiener Circle. So just where does a local family go to enjoy a good hot dog?

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Get Your Bard On With Free Shakespeare In The Park!


Chicagoans enjoy a free production of Shakespeare’s “Taming of the Shrew”.

“All the world’s a stage” wrote William Shakespeare in his play As You Like It. And Chicago Shakespeare Theater is taking that mantra to heart by converting our city’s diverse neighborhood parks into an impromptu playing space to present a free, 75-minute, family-friendly production of Shakespeare’s “The Taming of the Shrew.”

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Two Bites of Takashi

Tofu at Takashi Restaurant | Photo courtesy of Tammy Green

House-made tofu at Takashi

Be honest. Have you drooled over Chef Takashi Yagihashi’s food on Top Chef Masters this season? Me, too. Luckily, Chicago diners can turn off the television and head to either of Chef Takashi’s French-inspired Japanese restaurants in the city.

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Chicago’s Top 3 Breakfast Spots (According to My Almost Three and Eleven-Year-Old Kids)

Nothing beats breakfast in Chicago on a Saturday morning. After a busy work week, the last thing I want to do is man the griddle early on a weekend. You’ll usually find my kids begging and me giving in (very easily) to breakfast at one of our favorite spots.

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