Illinois’ voter registration deadline is October 18!
In Illinois, any registered voter can vote by mail for any reason. If you're concerned about the post office situation, in Chicago, you can securely drop off your mail-in ballot at any early voting location. Learn more about registering and voting by mail at chicagoelections.gov. Not in Chicago? Find the information you need at vote.org.
Today is the birthday of a Chicago original. Andrew Bird went to high school in Lake Forest and got his degree in violin performance at Northwestern. After releasing a solo album, he spent some time working with The Squirrel Nut Zippers before forming his Bowl of Fire band. Their records were acclaimed, but they never broke through. Bird went back to solo work and his multi-genre stew and unique lyrics and melodies gradually gained an audience. Bird has certainly staked out his own turf and stayed true to the city, playing multiple show stands fairly regularly. Let’s pay tribute to the skinny whistling violinist by grabbing your iPod or MP3 player, hitting shuffle and sharing the first 10 songs that come up.