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ENTERTAINMENT
November 22, 2011 | By Renee Mailhiot And For Redeye
Food trucks have been popping up all over the city as part of the latest culinary craze, but they still face the challenge of on-board cooking being illegal according to local laws. While fans continue to lobby the city for change, some truck owners have been able to give their business some staying power by turning their mobile brand into permanent storefronts. Homage Street Food Opening a restaurant inspired by global street food has always been the plan for husband-and-wife duo Mike and Elaine Maloney.
ENTERTAINMENT
November 22, 2011
Some like their pizza cut in squares, while others swear by slices. For as long as we've been stuffing our faces with delicious food, there have been conflicts about the way we eat it. Addressing such fervent foodie issues, we are proud to introduce Food fight. Are you for or against canned cranberry sauce? FOR The book isn't always better than the movie adaptation, and by the same logic, fresh foods aren't always better than processed ones. When it comes to cranberries, I like them plopped in front of me with all the dazzling special effects - extra sugar, jelly coating and, yes, even that ribbed can shape.
NEWS
November 21, 2011 | By Tracy Swartz, Redeye
CTA riders, don't get excited to tap that pass just yet. The CTA board last week awarded a $454 million contract to Cubic Transportation Systems to devise a system that would allow CTA riders to use their credit and debit cards to pay their fares. Though the system is not expected to be implemented until 2014, Going Public has ID'd a few potential drawbacks to the proposal, which is a swipe in the right direction. > > Dollar back, ya'll: Cash would still be accepted on buses under the proposed system.
NEWS
November 20, 2011 | By Stephen Markley, For Redeye
After attending the infamous "Oops" Republican debate in Michigan, I've come to two conclusions: First, President Obama will win a second term, and second, I'm going to need a left eyebrow transplant after raising it so many times in what I call "confusiohorror. " As I watched from the media filing center in an auxiliary basketball court, I was struck by just how divorced the rhetoric espoused by that collection of losers and half-wits was from the reality of the challenges we face - those still screamed in the streets by the evicted Occupy movement.
NEWS
November 17, 2011 | By Jen Kim, For Redeye
When my mom joined modern-day society, my world changed. It happened when I saw a familiar message pop up on Facebook. "Jen's mom" wants to be friends with you. Do you accept? That lady in the picture looked an awful lot like the lady who gave birth to me, but there was no way she knew what Facebook was. She didn't even know how to turn on a computer. With an immediacy of a wild mongoose, I clicked "no" and closed my screen, hoping the friend invite was just a glitch in the universe - a momentary black hole whose vortex happened to be in the center of my little apartment.
NEWS
November 17, 2011 | By Jessica Cantarelli, Redeye
Imitation is the sincerest form of flattery? More like, try again, copycats. A controversial new ad campaign from the Benetton group was making the rounds online this week. It's on par with the fashion house's past attempts at using their ads to communicate a wider, more "wordly" message, and it is certainly hard to miss. The ad, which is a slideshow of various international politicians shown engaged in faux lip locks, has a message of "Unhate" attached. Scrolling through smooches between opposing political leaders is bound to attract attention the company is seeking, no doubt, but exactly what kind of attention is another story.
NEWS
November 17, 2011 | By Emily Van Zandt, Redeye
Like it or not, the countdown to the holidays has begun. Between the family fights, the travel headaches and the present-budget woes, everyone could use a stiff drink. Luckily, there are plenty of new spots popping up in Chicago to accommodate the holiday blues. From comfort food like your mom used to make in Wicker Park to video games with a side of beer in Edgewater and budget-friendly cocktails in Lincoln Park, there's a little something for everyone. The Snuggery 15 W. Division St. 312-337-4349 Finn McCool's is out and The Snuggery is in at this Gold Coast location.
NEWS
November 17, 2011
In a "Daily Show" segment Monday, Jason Jones shed light on one part of society that "is still suffering in ways we never imagined. " What group is this? Ugly people or "uglo-Americans," as "The Daily Show" coined them. Ugly people have a harder time getting loans and make less money, according to University of Texas economics professor Daniel S. Hamermesh, who argues the U.S. should offer the same legal protections afforded to other minority groups to the unattractive.  "The Daily Show" skewered the idea on Monday's episode.
NEWS
November 16, 2011 | By Emily Van Zandt, Redeye
Need to know how crowded John Barleycorn is right now? Or whether there are more women than men at Vertigo Sky Lounge? How about the average age of patrons at Schoolyard Tavern? If you're in Chicago, there's an app for that. SceneTap, a mobile and web application that launched in Chicago in July, uses cameras to gather information for its facial detection software, which provides real-time stats on the age, sex and number of patrons in more than 50 bars in Chicago. While the app does not reveal any identifying information about patrons (no identifying photos or video is posted for the public)
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