The cultural shift within the leather community in Chicago

By Faith Berwick and Rebecca Laubs

Editors Note: The following is not safe for work, this article includes explicit content that is not suitable for readers under the age of 18.

Hidden away just minutes from the Loyola Red Line stop is the Leather Archives & Museum.

Founded by Chuck Renslow in 1991 in a location that was once a Synagogue, the historic, kink museum is based on Chicago’s first leather gay bar, the Gold Coast, at 501 N. Clark.

The museum is a library, museum and archival collection pertaining to leather, fetishism, sadomasochism, and alternative sexual practices. Recently, the LA&M Board adopted a new mission statement designed to set the focus and priorities of the Rogers Park community.

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Top 10 Interesting Crime Locations in Chicago

From the Devil in the White City to Al Capone and his mob men, Chicago is known for its history of crime. Various Crime Tours are available, including visits to Al Capone’s favorite destinations and even a crime and pizza walk. If you’re looking for an authentic experience without other tourists or guides, here are 10 interesting crime locations around the city of Chicago. Look at the map below and plan your next adventure, and be sure to bring some friends along. But be careful, you wouldn’t want to sleep with the fishes.

Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro turns fight to EU, Daley and Preckwinkle duke over campaign donations

Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro turns fight to EU

As Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro continues to fight for power, he has recently turned his attention to the EU after the call of an ultimatum for the legitimacy of his role as democratic president.

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Governor Pat Quinn Speaks on MAP Grants


Gov. Pat Quinn talks about MAP grants at DePaul University. (Photo by Josclynn Brandon)

By Bob Smith

Gov. Pat Quinn visited DePaul University’s Loop campus on Wednesday to discuss how pension reform is harming the Monetary Award Program (MAP) college scholarships and access to higher education in Illinois.

“This is so important to our state, not only in the past, but certainly now and in the future,” Quinn said.

“We want everyone to have the opportunity to go to college that has the ability to go to college.”

MAP grants are need-based college scholarships that allow merit students who are in need across the state and do not need to be repaid by the student. Quinn said that due to cutbacks and having to pay more money in the pension amount, almost 18,000 students lost their MAP grant scholarships this year.

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