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Ben Joravsky has decided to swear off discussing TIFs. Just kidding, Ben's back to writing about TIFs, this time with regard to a proposed deal in Uptown that almost no one in the community is stupid enough to approve.
Deanna Isaacs devotes her column to the tale of a professor who claims he was fired because of a joke he told in class. What was it? Well, you'll just have to read Deanna's article for the punch line.
For You Are Here, this week's Chicagoan is Josh Garrett, a sign-language interpreter with a foul mouth; Mercedes DiRenzo-Bolduc shows us her plastic Santas; and we zoom in on Fulton River District—the Blommer Chocolate factory, to be specific—where the smell of chocolate overwhelms the air.