Photos by: Laurie Fanelli; Alex Geshel; Zach Spangler


How you can help Turkey – via the Turkish American Cultural Alliance

A devastating earthquake hit the southern portion of Turkey and parts of Syria early Monday, February 6, at 4:17 am.The 7.7 magnitude quake already took more than 3000 people’s lives, even as rescue & recovery is still underway, left thousands injured and destroyed countless homes, buildings, and critical infrastructure. Surrounding cities are also affected, and aftershocks are continuing.The Turkish American community is deeply saddened to hear this tragic news. We send our condolences to those who lost loved ones and speedy recovery to the injured. As the Turkish government declared a Level 4 national emergency, the earthquake victims in Türkiye urgently need humanitarian help to recover from this catastrophe. As TACA, in collaboration with the Turkish Consulate in Chicago, we are collecting the following items and monetary donations that Turkish Airlines will transport to the earthquake zone with the organization of the Turkish Embassy.
Items needed (all either new or gently used and CLEAN)Winter clothing for adults and kids of all genders. Coats, boots, raincoats, pullovers,Trousers, gloves, scarves, hats, socks, underwear, tent, tent bed, blanket, sleeping bag, thermos, flashlights, power bank, generators, baby food, diaper cleaning and hygiene supplies. PLEASE make sure the items you will donate are either brand new or less used, in excellent condition, and CLEAN. Please bring them in a box or a bag, and do not seal them.
Drop-off at the Turkish Consulate in Chicago –
455 N Cityfront Plaza Dr #2900, Chicago, IL 60611
Weekdays 9 am to 12:30 pm – 1:30 pm to 3:30 pm
For monetary donations, use PayPal or
Zelle to [email protected]

Please indicate “Earthquake Relief Fund.” for the explanation.

Relationship Court: How to get a husband, according to 1958

This woman, Jordana Grace, found an article from the 1950’s that listed off things that women could do to find a husband. Back in the days before Tinder and Bumble, people had to get attention from the opposite sex in different ways. Although, we don’t recommend trying any of these in present times. Some of the things Jordana lists off are ‘get a sunburn’ or ‘cry in a corner.’ This might get you attention, but if it got any woman a hubby, even back then, we’d be shocked!

Caleb Williams is officially a Bear, finally

Despite Caleb Williams jerseys being plastered everywhere throughout the city, Caleb Williams had not officially signed a Chicago Bears contract until yesterday. The Chicago Bears have signed Caleb Williams to his rookie deal. The passer signed a fully guaranteed contract worth $39 million on Tuesday, solidifying his immediate future with the franchise.

While the thought of Williams making guaranteed money makes me nervous, we couldn’t be happier that Williams has finally inked his deal.


Ladies and gentlemen, the worst National Anthem of all-time

Last night’s MLB Home Run Derby was full of long balls from some of MLB’s biggest stars, but that’s not what anyone is talking about this morning.

Ingrid Andress greeted fans at the Home Run Derby last night with the worst national anthem of all-time.

Fergie, you can finally take a deep breath.


Nine Inch Nails partner with Dr. Martens for Downward Spiral-inspired shoes

Alec Baldwin involuntary manslaughter case dismissed

The judge in actor Alec Baldwin’s New Mexico trial on a charge of involuntary manslaughter dismissed the case Friday after the defense team accused prosecutors of withholding evidence. This case has been plaguing Baldwin’s personal life since 2021.

Baldwin, 66, could have gotten 18 months in prison if convicted.


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7.14.2024 History Of Alternative

Hour 1

  • The Cure – Why Can’t I Be You?
  • Arcade Fire – Rebellion (Lies)
  • Soundgarden – Burden In My Hand
  • The Ocean Blue – Between Something And Nothing
  • Kings Of Leon – Supersoaker
  • Belly – Feed The Tree
  • The Clash – I Fought The Law
  • Hot Hot Heat – Bandages
  • Coldplay – Yellow
  • Devo – Freedom Of Choice
  • Stone Temple Pilots – Lady Picture Show
  • AWOLNATION – Kill Your Heroes
  • The Cranberries – Free To Decide

Hour 2

  • Big Country – In A Big Country
  • Incubus – Love Hurts
  • Oasis – Live Forever
  • ‘Til Tuesday – Voices Carry
  • Matthew Sweet – Girlfriend
  • Sleater-Kinney – You’re No Rock N Roll Fun
  • Depeche Mode – World In My Eyes
  • The Living End – Who’s Gonna Save Us?
  • Candlebox – Far Behind
  • Talking Heads – Wild Wild Life
  • Matt And Kim – Let’s Go
  • R.E.M. & Kate Pierson – Shiny Happy People

Hour 3

  • The Hives – Walk Idiot Walk
  • The Proclaimers – I’m Gonna Be (500 Miles)
  • Alice In Chains – Again
  • Berlin – Sex (I’m A…)
  • Weezer – This Is Such A Pity
  • Buffalo Tom – Sodajerk
  • The Smiths – Heaven Knows I’m Miserable Now
  • Republica – Ready To Go
  • The Flaming Lips – Do You Realize??
  • New Order – Bizarre Love Triangle
  • Foo Fighters – Long Road to Ruin
  • Letters To Cleo – Here And Now
  • Blink-182 – Feeling This

Hour 4

  • Camper Van Beethoven – Take The Skinheads Bowling
  • Green Day – Hitchin’ A Ride
  • Pearl Jam – The Fixer
  • Echo And The Bunnymen – Lips Like Sugar
  • Garbage – Queer
  • Catherine Wheel – Crank
  • The Pretenders – Message Of Love
  • 311 – Beautiful Disaster (The Lounge – 2017)
  • Beastie Boys – Intergalactic
  • The English Beat – Mirror In The Bathroom
  • Jane’s Addiction – Just Because
  • Alanis Morissette – Thank U

New Music Friday featuring Brigitte Calls Me Baby, Cigarettes After Sex, Eminem and more!

Every Friday, Case the Producer rounds up the most exciting new tunes in music and serves them up in one easy-to-find blog for you, the Q101 Crew Members.

Brigitte Calls Me Baby: Pink Palace

Chicago’s finest band, Brigitte Calls Me Baby, is back with another single in the lead-up to their first full-length record. BCMB dropped “Pink Palace” on us, a swift and exciting track that clocks in at just under 3 minutes. Frontman Wes Levins shows off his absurd vocal range in the track while the rest of the band continues to offer up thrilling instrumentation. “Pink Palace” is sure to be one of the standout tracks on The Future Is Our Way Out, which is slated to drop on August 2.

Cigarettes After Sex: X’s 

Dream-pop standouts Cigarettes After Sex have returned with their first full-length album in five years. The follow up to 2019’s Cry, X’s is an evolved take on the band’s signature sound. If you’ve enjoyed what they’ve brought to the table before, this will be up your alley.

Eminem: The Death of Slim Shady [Coup De Grâce]

It’s hard to believe Eminem is on his 12th album, but he is. The Death of Slim Shady [Coup De Grâce], Eminem’s high-concept album that the rapper dive back in to cultural critiques, just as he did at his peak 25 years ago.

Speed: Only One Mode 

Australia’s greatest export, Speed, have dropped their first full-length album, Only One Mode. Speed has spent the last year opening up for acts like Turnstile and Knocked Loose. Now, they have a chance to shine bright with the release of this incredible album.

Check out Case’s interview with Speed frontman Jem here.


The Weekend Q101

Square Roots Festival (Friday-Sunday) 

One of Chicago’s finest street festivals, Square Roots Festival in Lincoln Square is back this weekend for three days of food, fun, and music. The music lineup features Chicago standouts Smut, as well as The New Pornographers on Friday and legendary punk band X on Saturday. The full lineup can be viewed here.

West Fest (Friday-Sunday) 

If Lincoln Square isn’t your vibe, West Fest also returns this weekend with an incredibly strong lineup of bands. The highlight of this year’s festivities is Bully, the outstanding singer-songwriter who channels the likes of Alanis Morissette and The Strokes. The full lineup is here.

White Sox host the Pirates (Friday-Sunday) 

The White Sox can aid the Cubs in their quest to bounce back in the NL Central by performing well against the Pittsburgh Pirates. Will that happen? Probably not.

Join Brian and Kenzie as they Caravan up to the Bristol Renaissance Faire! (Saturday) 

Join Brian and Kenzie as they Caravan up to the Bristol Renaissance Faire on Saturday, July 13th from 12pm-2pm for a fun filled event of revelry! How many turkey legs can Brian eat? Will Kenzie be crowned the Fair Lady or Queen? All these questions and more will be answered on July 13th so come join Brian and Kenzie with all Q101 Crew members. Crew Members and all attendees can meet up with Brian and Kenzie at the “Three Sheets Pub” just inside the gates at 12pm.

Noah Kahan at Alpine Valley (Saturday)

The long wait is over. After stealing the show at Lollapalooza last year, Noah Kahan is back in Chicagoland as he takes on Alpine Valley this Saturday night for a show that is beyond sold out. If you see Case the Producer there among the masses, be sure to say “ahoy”.

Mother Mother and Cavetown at Northerly Island (Saturday) 

Come hang with Q101 at Mother Mother and Cavetown this Saturday night as two electric bands hit the stage on what should be a gorgeous summer evening.

Black Lips at Empty Bottle (Sunday) 

Legendary indie rockers Black Lips are at Empty Bottle on Sunday for a pair of shows, one early and one late. Tickets can be purchased here.

The Big 10 Network 10k (Saturday) 

Join the Q101 for the return of the BTN Big 10K on Saturday, July 13 in Chicago! Test your fitness, enjoy a one-of-a-kind race experience, and represent your favorite Big Ten school all while giving back to some great charities!


Riot Fest to offer shuttle services with the Riot Express

For those in the city looking to get out to Bridgeview, Riot Fest is offering the Riot Express. This shuttle program has eight different locations within the city, from GMAN Tavern to Novel Pizza Cafe on the West Side. 1-Day and 3-Day round trip passes starting at $30 per day. That’s $15 each way for you mathematicians.

Tickets to the Riot Express can be purchased here.


7.7.2024 History Of Alternative

Hour 1

  • R.E.M. – Pop Song 89
  • Vampire Weekend – Oxford Comma
  • Social Distortion – Story Of My Life
  • Tom Tom Club – Genius of Love
  • Sublime – Smoke Two Joints
  • Dandy Warhols – Bohemian Like You
  • They Might Be Giants – Don’t Let’s Start
  • Bjork – Big Time Sensuality
  • Red Hot Chili Peppers – The Zephyr Song
  • O.M.D. – If You Leave
  • Green Day – J.A.R.
  • Tegan And Sara – Walking With A Ghost
  • The Smiths – Ask

Hour 2

  • 311 – Down
  • Pet Shop Boys – Opportunities
  • Pearl Jam – Nothingman
  • The Clash – Death Or Glory
  • The Breeders – Cannonball
  • Hard-Fi – Hard To Beat
  • The Cult – Fire Woman
  • The Interrupters – She’s Kerosene
  • Cracker – Get Off This
  • Psychedelic Furs – Love My Way
  • The Killers – Caution
  • Urge Overkill – Sister Havana
  • The Pretenders – Don’t Get Me Wrong

Hour 3

  • Beastie Boys – Body Movin’
  • Eve 6 – Here’s To The Night
  • Smashing Pumpkins – Siva
  • Wang Chung – Dance Hall Days
  • No Doubt – Excuse Me Mr.
  • Bloc Party – Banquet
  • Dramarama – Anything, Anything
  • Box Car Racer – I Feel So
  • Stone Temple Pilots – Dancing Days
  • XTC – Making Plans For Nigel
  • Better Than Ezra – Good
  • Siouxsie And The Banshees – Peek-A-Boo
  • Weezer – The Good Life

Hour 4

  • The Darkness – I Believe In A Thing Called Love
  • Material Issue – Valerie Loves Me
  • Nirvana – On A Plain
  • Love And rockets – No New Tale To Tell
  • Mumford And Sons – The Cave
  • Luscious Jackson – Naked Eye
  • The Cure – In Between Days
  • Stroke 9 – Little Black Backpack
  • The White Stripes – Dead Leaves And The Dirty Ground
  • The Smithereens – Only A Memory
  • Hole – Malibu
  • The Stone Roses – Love Spreads

6.30.2024 History Of Alternative

Hour 1

  • Paul Westerberg – Waiting For Somebody
  • Weezer – Feels Like Summer
  • Beck – Girl
  • When In Rome – The Promise
  • boygenius – Not Strong Enough
  • Live – Selling The Drama
  • The Cure – Boys Don’t Cry
  • Mother Love Bone – Chloe Dancer/Crown Of Thorns
  • Jimmy Eat World – A Praise Chorus
  • Madness – Our House
  • Blink-182 – M&M’s
  • Juliana Hatfield – My Sister
  • The Clash – Train In Vain

Hour 2

  • Screaming Trees – Nearly Lost You
  • Coldplay – In My Place
  • Garbage – Vow
  • Gary Numan – Cars
  • Nine Inch Nails – Only
  • Soup Dragons – Divine Thing
  • The Pretenders – Back On The Chain Gang
  • Caviar – Tangerine Speedo
  • Foo Fighters – I’ll Stick Around
  • Erasure – Chains Of Love
  • Bleachers – I Wanna Get Better
  • The B-52’s – Roam
  • The Smithereens – A Girl Like You

Hour 3

  • Rise Against – Ready To Fall
  • Kim Wilde – Kids In America
  • Alice In Chains – Would?
  • Romeo Void – Never Say Never
  • Silversun Pickups – Well Thought Out Twinkles
  • The Wallflowers – One Headlight
  • Depeche Mode – Everything Counts
  • CIV – Can’t Wait One Minute More
  • The White Stripes – Hotel Yorba
  • Echo And The Bunnymen – The Cutter
  • 311 – Don’t Stay Home
  • Liz Phair – Supernova
  • R.E.M. – Stand

Hour 4

  • Alkaline Trio – Mercy Me
  • Smashing Pumpkins – Drown
  • Beastie Boys – Ch-Check It Out
  • Killing Joke – Eighties
  • Paramore – crushcrushcrush
  • Our Lady Peace – Superman’s Dead
  • Blur – Girls And Boys
  • The Prodigy – Firestarter
  • Pearl Jam – State Of Love And Trust
  • Talk Talk – Talk Talk
  • The Strokes – The Adults Are Talking
  • X – 4th Of July

6.23.2024 History Of Alternative

Hour 1

  • Sparks w/ Jane Wiedlin – Cool Places
  • Sum 41 – Pieces
  • Pearl Jam – Corduroy
  • The Lightning Seeds – Pure
  • Muse – Hysteria
  • Soho – Hippychick
  • The Smithereens – Blood And Roses
  • The Chemical Brothers feat. Noel Gallagher – Let Forever Be
  • Social Distortion – I Was Wrong
  • The Plimsouls – A Million Miles Away
  • Robert Delong – Long Way Down
  • Sonic Youth – Kool Thing
  • Radiohead – High And Dry

Hour 2

  • The Smiths – This Charming Man
  • Sugar Ray – Fly
  • Weezer – El Scorcho
  • Psychedelic Furs – Heaven
  • Garbage – Push It
  • Hawthorne Heights – Ohio Is For Lovers
  • The Cult – She Sells Sanctuary
  • Soul Coughing – Super Bon Bon
  • Cage The Elephant – In One Ear
  • Dada – Dizz Knee Land
  • Hole – Celebrity Skin
  • The Replacements – Bastards Of Young
  • Depeche Mode – I Feel You

Hour 3

  • Rancid – Salvation
  • The Temper Trap – Fader
  • Smashing Pumpkins – Rocket
  • Missing Persons – Words
  • Good Charlotte – The Anthem
  • PJ Harvey – Down By The Water
  • R.E.M. – So. Central Rain (I’m Sorry)
  • The Afghan Whigs – Debonair
  • Limp Bizkit – Break Stuff
  • The Clash – This Is Radio Clash
  • OK Go – Here It Goes Again
  • Veruca Salt – Number One Blind
  • Foo Fighters – Darling Nikki
  • The Struts – Could Have Been Me

Hour 4

  • XTC – Generals And Majors
  • Yeah Yeah Yeahs – Maps
  • Third Eye Blind – Graduate
  • Cowboy Junkies – Sweet Jane
  • Sublime – Badfish
  • The Stone Roses – I Wanna Be Adored
  • Talking Heads – Burning Down The House
  • The Cardigans – My Favourite Game
  • Oasis – Don’t Look Back In Anger
  • Tones On Tail – Go!
  • Queens Of The Stone Age – Go With The Flow
  • Marvelous 3 – Freak Of The Week

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Shrek 5 confirmed, joining elite class of films to be released in 2026

DreamWorks confirmed yesterday that Shrek, who will turn 25 in 2026, will receive a fifth installment. Shrek 5 will be directed by Walt Dohrn, who last directed “Trolls Band Together” for DreamWorks Animation. He also worked on Shrek 2 and Shrek 3.

DreamWorks also confirmed that Mike Myers, Eddie Murphy, and Cameron Diaz will return in their iconic roles.

Shrek 5 joins Toy Story 5, The Batman: Part II, Fast X: Part 2, Avengers: The Kang Dynasty, and The Super Mario Bros. Movie Sequel, among others as films slated to be released in 2026.


Kevin Bacon tried to live as a “normal person” for a day: it was not for him

Kevin Bacon, the star of “Footloose”, wanted to be one of us for one day. It was not for him.

Bacon, who was dressed up like his character in the new horror film “MaXXXine,” was shocked to find out that people were rude and that no one said “I love you” when he was looked at as a nobody. He said, “People were kind of pushing past me, not being nice,” he recalled. “Nobody said, ‘I love you.’ I had to wait in line to, I don’t know, buy a f––ing coffee or whatever.” 

“I want to go back to being famous,’” said Bacon.


Justin Timberlake, Tiger Woods set to open a sports bar

DUI Kings Justin Timberlake and Tiger Woods are combining forces to open a sports bar in Scotland. The pop star and golf icon will be the names behind the brand T-Squared Social, which will convert an old New Picture House Cinema into a “bro zone”.

While this has likely been in motion for a long time, it’s such bizarre timing given Timberlake’s recent DUI arrest.


Dolton firefighters, Village refuse to negotiate new contract as tempers continue to flare

There’s more trouble in Dolton. During a board meeting on Monday, more issues arose when community members, including the local firefighters union president, took part in public comments to start the night, expressing anger and frustration at the village and Mayor Tiffany Henyard.

Henyard’s empire continues to crumble around her with this recent news.