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All inbound local lanes on the Dan Ryan Expressway are now closed from 67th Street to 31st Street, and they're hoping to close the outbound local lanes by Thursday. The "Express" lanes will now be a misnomer, since all traffic will be using those instead.

Are you the next Kelly Clarkson or William Hung? There's only one way to find out, and that's by strutting your stuff in front of friends and strangers. Probably bolstered by a beer and a shot (or two, or three).

Zagat, publisher of the popular restaurant review and rating guides, has teamed up with Irish Spring to create a pocket guide to America's Top Irish Pubs. Chicago has 16 rated pubs and restaurants, and four of them are located downtown:

Today the Mayor is presenting Jennifer Hudson with a plaque to commemorate her day. Governor Blagojevich proclaimed February 26 Jennifer Hudson Day to honor the Oscar Winner.

If you're heading into the city using the Dan Ryan (I-94), allow plenty of time. This week it's down to one local lane, and over the next week all local lanes will be closed.

The House of Blues Hotel is getting a new name and a makeover. According to their press release, the change will morph the hotel into "the essence of a 17th century French salon executed with a 21st century twist."

Just Grapes is a wine shop for newbies and oeniphiles alike. Whether you're more into Two Buck Chuck or Opus One, this next week is the time to visit. From today until March 7 they're offering 50% off on over 200 of their winter wines.

The CTA is one of those things we Chicagoans love to hate. Many see it as a necessary evil. Others see it as the only way to get around the city and think we should stop complaining.

The Local Tourist was given a nod in the Chicago Sun-Times. Francine Knowles describes some of the benefits of your guide to downtown Chicago on February 20's "Click Here" highlights.

Woohoo!

Started from a 4-track tape recorder in the corner of studio apartment, Aryk Crowder began laying the groundwork for what would later become lo/fi pioneer.

Started from a 4-track tape recorder in the corner of studio apartment, Aryk Crowder began laying the groundwork for what would later become lo/fi pioneer.

Started from a 4-track tape recorder in the corner of studio apartment, Aryk Crowder began laying the groundwork for what would later become lo/fi pioneer.

Started from a 4-track tape recorder in the corner of studio apartment, Aryk Crowder began laying the groundwork for what would later become lo/fi pioneer.

If you're looking for a place to have brunch in downtown Chicago, check out our just-updated list. There's the House of Blues gospel brunch, the Signature Room's gourmet buffet, and SushiSamba's twist on Japanese/Latin fusion.

Xel-Ha features cuisine from the Yucatan Peninsula. It's the newest restaurant from Chef Dudley Nieto and recently opened in the former Meztiso spot.

Feeling a bit stressed? Relax. Next week you can stretch and pose and ohm to your heart's content. The Chicago Park District is letting you try its yoga classes Feb 12 - 18 for free.

The big election's coming up on February 27. Chicagoans can vote early (not often) from now until February 22. No, you can't vote again on the 27th, and they will keep track.

The Dalai Lama will be visiting Chicago in May. This will be his first public visit since 1999 (he made a private visit last year).

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