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Sun-Times columnist Neil Steinberg shares his perfect Chicago day

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Neil Steinberg's new book. Photo: Justin Kaufmann/Axios

Sun-Times columnist Neil Steinberg has come out with yet another book, this one called "Every Goddamn Day," in which he presents 366 vignettes keyed to the days of the year.

What they're saying: "I included moments in city history that fascinate me," Steinberg tells Axios. "But I kept finding stories that I had no idea about until forced to find something to match a specific date."

Most-listened-to list shows Chicago still loves Juice WRLD

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The Juice WRLD mural off the Kennedy expressway in 2021. Photo: Justin Kaufmann/Axios

Spotify Wrapped is still a viral phenomenon, just judging by our own Instagram feeds.

Readers name Wrigley Building the best building in downtown Chicago

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Wrigley Building. Photo: Raymond Boyd/Getty Images.

After a week of hard-fought tournament matchups, the Wrigley Building has triumphed as your favorite downtown building in Chicago!

  • The terracotta beauty built by a chewing gum magnate in the 1920s withstood challenges from all sorts of architectural gems, including the Willis Tower, Tribune Tower and Carbide and Carbon.

Best buildings in downtown Chicago tournament: Finals

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Bracket: Axios visuals

We're down to the final two entries in our weeklong tournament to crown the best downtown building in Chicago.

  • It's a battle of Michigan Avenue office buildings built in The Roaring Twenties.

The best buildings in downtown Chicago tournament: Final Four

Wrigley Building (left) and The Rookery Building. Photos: Raymond Boyd/Getty Images

Wrigley Building (left) and The Rookery Building. Photos: Raymond Boyd/Getty Images

We're down to the four best downtown Chicago buildings!

Help us decide the best buildings in downtown Chicago

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Chicago Skyline in 2019. Photo: Raymond Boyd/Getty Images

Each month, we use a tournament bracket to help decide the best of Chicago. You helped us crown Chicago as the best band and before that, "ER" as the best local TV show.

  • This month, we're focusing on a much harder task: architecture.

Volunteer guide: 5 ways to give back in Chicago

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Illustration: Sarah Grillo/Axios

The season of giving is almost upon us, so we found a few volunteer opportunities with local organizations that need your help.

  • But, but, but: Don't stop here. There are dozens of other worthy causes in and around Chicago.
Monica Eng
Nov 18, 2022 - Things to Do

Day trip to Carriage House Ciders in Michigan

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Freshly pressed apple juice to be made into cider. Photo: Monica Eng/Axios

👋 Hey, it's Monica. Last weekend I dropped by Carriage House Ciders in Benton Harbor, Mich., to visit former Chicago Tribune restaurant critic and current hard cider maker Paula Camp.

  • I'd written about her career and gender transition for Chicago Magazine earlier this year and wanted to see how it was going.
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