If Mayor Rahm Emanuel got his way, "the era of big government as we know it" would come to a close at City Hall. "Efficiency" is the new buzz word-- and the measure by which Emanuel asked residents to assess his success as mayor.
The theater can be a place to while away the weekend but if Chicagoans want something a little less refined, they might consider the roller rink. Not the dancing-on-wheels variety but full-throttle aggression! Tamiko Saame and Alisa DePedro are two players from the Windy City Rollers.
Long before the aspiring poets at Louder Than a Bomb were even born, Marc Smith was already performing. Smith was a blue-collar creator, a construction worker who performed his free-wheeling style in front of an open micn the process slam poetry was born.
Chicago continues to prove itself as a city to be reckoned with on the technology front. Companies like Groupon, GrubHub and Motorola raised the city's tech-moxie profile but the next generation of tech start-ups was the focus at TechWeek.