What happens when a major comedy festival such as Just For Laughs comes to town, only to find the town's major comedy blog is no more? Well, all is not lost for Chicago comedy fans who no have The Bastion to guide them.

In fact, the former Bastion editors are still keeping track of, and shining a spotlight on, the Windy City's up-and-coming comedic talents. Kristy Mangel is monitoring the goings-on via her blog, five drink minimum, while Elizabeth McQuern is producing Chicago Underground Comedy shows and blogging here and there as Bella Rossa. Stand-up comedian Cameron Esposito (who's performing in one of the homegrown shows at Lincoln Lodge, I believe) has started blogging on Chilarious, a new blog from ChicagoNow (owned by The Tribune). Also keeping tabs on the Chicago comedy scene from the mainstream to alternative media: The Chicago Reader,  Time Out Chicago and The Onion's Chicago edition of Decider, and Chicagoist. So if this weekend's ha-ha-hullaballoo has you hankering for more funny in Chicago, you'll have some places to start your search when I'm not around to help!