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Well, we get another two month reprieve from the threatened service reductions and fare hikes. It's beginning to feel like they're crying wolf, so I never really doubted it would come through. All this up and down is giving me a headache, and I don't even use the CTA that often.

In 2005 they (they being Bush and Congress) decided to extend Daylight Savings Time a week in the fall starting this year. That's great - who couldn't use a little more sunlight? I know, it's a technicality, but if it feels like there's more light, there must be, right?

Just in time for Sunday's CTA doomsday deadline (which may be averted once again), the construction on the Edens will be finished. The really big news is that construction on the Dan Ryan is complete and all lanes are open!

Nov 2
Shedd It All Ball

Nov 2 - 4
SOFA Chicago

Nov 6
Chicago and Comedy

Nov 8
Starlight Starbright 2nd Annual Wine Tasting

Get your holiday shopping done early, get ideas for presents, or spoil yourself, with Urban Shop Guide's Friends & Family weekend. Take a tour of boutiques in Bucktown or Lincoln Park after starting off with drinks, snacks and prizes for only $20.

It seems like we're obsessed with maps. GPS-enabled phones, navigation systems in cars, a Garmin store on Michigan Avenue, all point to our desire to see where we are, where we're going, and how to get there.

The Loop is home to the Theater District, but it's been missing a movie theater. In Spring 2009, that should be remedied when luxury theater chain Muvico Theaters opens a location in the mall being built at Block 37 (the block between the Daley Center and Macy's).

Since it's Halloween, this week's prize is four passes to see Neil Tobin's "Supernatural Chicago." He thrills guests in the basement of Excalibur, housed in what is considered one of the most haunted buildings in Chicago. For your chance to win, who was the original tenant?

Train stations don't normally bring to mind melt-in-your-mouth sushi or flavorful Thai cuisine served in an elegantly stark atmosphere, but that's exactly what you get with Thai Urban Kitchen.

This week's featured band, Mindsight, was gracious enough to come to the studios of Chicago Acoustic Underground for my first effort at cohosting a podcast with Michael Teach. I'll admit I was a bit nervous, but they were a lot of fun and I quickly forgot that I was also being recorded.

Frasca Pizzeria & Wine Bar is much more than a place to get a piece of pie. This Lakeview restaurant boasts a well-rounded Italian menu. That's a good thing. I was there last week for a media dinner and I, being the brilliant person that I am, invited my friend Karl to accompany me. Karl's allergic to gluten. No bread, no pasta, no pizza. Oops. Fortunately, Frasca started the dinner with a plate of cheeses and Italian meats. You can never go wrong with a good cheese and a good prosciutto, I say.

Yep, that's me with this week's band! Mindsight joined me at the studios of Chicago Acoustic Underground to chat with Michael Teach and me and play a few songs. They were fantastic! This afternoon you'll be able to download the podcast.

November 4th is rapidly approaching. If you take the CTA you know that date's important, because that's when major schedule reductions combined with fare hikes will make our public transportation system a shadow of its former self (and some say it wasn't that great to begin with).

I think I'm in love with Fred Ramos. OK, maybe not love, but a really serious infatuation.

Last week's question reminded me of an occasional series I've been wanting to run about Chicago's street names, and this week I chose Kinzie Street. The city's so steeped in history and crazy people I figured there have to be stories behind every odd name. So far it's two for two.

John Kinzie’s tale is a convoluted one, full of corruption and intrigue, treason, multiple marriages, betrayal, and murder.

Dick Prall was featured on TLT almost a year ago. He's got a new video that I'm happy to share with you.

A couple of weeks ago I was approached by Marcus Riley from NBC5 about contributing content to their website. Of course I jumped at the chance!

"Lucid Ground is a collective group of five diverse individuals that share the sonic vision of evolving modern rock music. Lucid Ground's signature sound and captivating live performances emit a sonic dose of energy that combine driving hooks with unique melodies.

Almost 700 boxers from all over the world will be marching up State Street Monday afternoon. They're in town for the AIBA World Boxing Championships, which are taking place at UIC Pavilion through November 3. This is an opening qualifier for the 2008 Beijing Olympics.

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