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May 2, 2013 | By Matt Lindner @mattlindner and For RedEye
When preparing to quit his job to go sailing around the world, Andy Camarda encountered some rough waters even before he hit the open sea. The 25-year-old Albany Park resident announced he is scrapping his plan to take part in the Clipper Round the World race, an 11-month voyage that features teams of boaters racing around the world. "I talked to the recruitment manager and he said there was only one spot left and it was all or nothing at that point," Camarda said. "I couldn't make the commitment because if I did make it, I would've been on the hook for everything.
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December 5, 2013 | By Mick Swasko, @swasko and RedEye
The biggest Secret Santa in Albany Park might be a strip club. For the fourth year, the Admiral Theatre is continuing it's “Lap Dance for the Needy” toy drive beginning Dec. 9, which offers patrons a free nude tableside lap dance in exchange for an unwrapped, unused children's toy. The program is coming of its best year yet, delivering six full carloads of toys anonymously to small Albany Park storefront community organizations and churches....
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ENTERTAINMENT
October 23, 2013 | By Kate Bernot, @redeyeeatdrink and RedEye
Currently, there's a semi-truck parked in the middle of the space where BreakRoom Brewery will be. Despite the dust, broken floor tiles and clanging of construction equipment, head brewer Mike Pallen and founder Aaron Heineman can describe exactly how their brewpub will look. Rolling out blueprints, they point to the large windows that will face Montrose Avenue, allowing passers-by a view into the 90-plus seat pub. Heineman motions to the future location of the 16-seat bar, which will be built by his company, Heineman Bar Co. BreakRoom Brewery (2925 West Montrose...
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October 23, 2013 | By Kate Bernot, @redeyeeatdrink and RedEye
Currently, there's a semi-truck parked in the middle of the space where BreakRoom Brewery will be. Despite the dust, broken floor tiles and clanging of construction equipment, head brewer Mike Pallen and founder Aaron Heineman can describe exactly how their brewpub will look. Rolling out blueprints, they point to the large windows that will face Montrose Avenue, allowing passers-by a view into the 90-plus seat pub. Heineman motions to the future location of the 16-seat bar, which will be built by his company, Heineman Bar Co. BreakRoom Brewery (2925 West Montrose...
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January 23, 2013 | By Tracy Swartz and RedEye
Albany Park and Portage Park last week both recorded their first homicide of the year, a RedEye analysis of preliminary police data found. In Albany Park, a 35-year-old woman died from wounds sustained from a fire Jan. 16 in the 4800 block of North Kenneth Avenue, officials said. Police determined the fire to be an arson, and the Cook County Medical Examiner's Office ruled the case to be a homicide. Albany Park logged five homicides last year, up from three homicides in 2011, according to RedEye data.
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July 3, 2013 | By Tracy Swartz, @tracyswartz and RedEye
The CTA will close the Kimball Brown Line stop for repairs for nine days starting next week, the CTA announced Wednesday. From July 13 to July 22, the Kimball station in Albany Park will be be closed so the CTA can replace about 700 feet of deteriorated ties, rail, ballast and track components and the power and signaling systems. Brown Line trains will start and end service from the Kedzie Brown Line stop, which is about a half-mile southeast of Kimball. The Kimball station sees about 4,200 weekday riders.
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October 18, 2012 | By Adam Lukach, @lucheezy and RedEye
People say that two wrongs do not make a right. Last Halloween, however, realtor Kay Cleaves had an idea to attempt just that. As a realtor, Cleaves receives yearly questions from tenants about how they can distribute candy from non-ground-floor apartments, and she often has little to offer them. It was in response to these complaints that Cleaves, 35, considered the empty houses in her neighborhood of Albany Park. "I see the effect that the empty houses have on a neighborhood.
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December 11, 2012 | By Mick Swasko, @mickswasko and RedEye
A Chicago promotion that Jimmy Fallon last year called “Toys for Ta-Tas” on SNL is back. Gentleman's club The Admiral Theatre, which offers patrons a free lap dance in exchange for a children's toy, will begin offering the promotion again Friday, the third year for the “Lap Dancing for the Needy” toy drive. Last year, Admiral marketing manager Tim Brown said more than six carloads of kid's toys were anonymously donated throughout the Albany Park neighborhood, doubling the haul of their inaugural year in 2010.
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December 5, 2013 | By Mick Swasko, @swasko and RedEye
The biggest Secret Santa in Albany Park might be a strip club. For the fourth year, the Admiral Theatre is continuing it's “Lap Dance for the Needy” toy drive beginning Dec. 9, which offers patrons a free nude tableside lap dance in exchange for an unwrapped, unused children's toy. The program is coming of its best year yet, delivering six full carloads of toys anonymously to small Albany Park storefront community organizations and churches....
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June 24, 2013 | By Rachel Cromidas, @rachelcromidas and RedEye
The man made an early morning trek to North Avenue Beach to photograph Sunday night's super moon as it set. But just minutes before sunrise, state prosecutors said, he was assaulted by a group of men with a beer bottle. State prosecutors said the alleged robbers surrounded the photographer, Ting Shen, 24, who tried to defend himself by swinging the tripod at his assailants. But Ting could not keep them from fleeing with two cameras, the tripod, and a New York Yankees cap. Police officers arrested three men for the armed robbery...
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August 20, 2013 | By Rachel Cromidas, @rachelcromidas and RedEye
The moment Jana Kinsman felt a hand on her back, she started screaming. The 27-year-old Logan Square cyclist was riding up Kimball Avenue just after midnight Tuesday, she said, when a maroon or purple colored SUV pulled up beside her, and a hand shot out toward her from inside it. In just seconds, she was being pulled up the street by the handle of her messenger bag, and crashed into a parked car. "I just remember when they grabbed me,...
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July 3, 2013 | By Tracy Swartz, @tracyswartz and RedEye
The CTA will close the Kimball Brown Line stop for repairs for nine days starting next week, the CTA announced Wednesday. From July 13 to July 22, the Kimball station in Albany Park will be be closed so the CTA can replace about 700 feet of deteriorated ties, rail, ballast and track components and the power and signaling systems. Brown Line trains will start and end service from the Kedzie Brown Line stop, which is about a half-mile southeast of Kimball. The Kimball station sees about 4,200 weekday riders.
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June 24, 2013 | By Rachel Cromidas, @rachelcromidas and RedEye
The man made an early morning trek to North Avenue Beach to photograph Sunday night's super moon as it set. But just minutes before sunrise, state prosecutors said, he was assaulted by a group of men with a beer bottle. State prosecutors said the alleged robbers surrounded the photographer, Ting Shen, 24, who tried to defend himself by swinging the tripod at his assailants. But Ting could not keep them from fleeing with two cameras, the tripod, and a New York Yankees cap. Police officers arrested three men for the armed robbery...
ENTERTAINMENT
May 23, 2013 | By Julia Borcherts @Julia Borcherts and For RedEye
EAT Burger Day Specials LeaderBar 3000 W. Irving Park Road 773-478-2337 Munch your way into National Burger Day at this Albany Park bar's 75-seat landscaped beer garden with a Leader Burger (Merkts cheddar, lettuce, tomatoes, onions, pickles, house sauce; regularly $9.95), which is yours for $1 with the purchase of a Three Floyds, Goose Island, Revolution or Half Acre craft beer ($5-$8). Noon-11 p.m. Crosstown Classic Chowdown Poag Mahone's 333 S. Wells St. 312-566-9100 As the Cubs and Sox duke it out, you...
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May 2, 2013 | By Matt Lindner @mattlindner and For RedEye
When preparing to quit his job to go sailing around the world, Andy Camarda encountered some rough waters even before he hit the open sea. The 25-year-old Albany Park resident announced he is scrapping his plan to take part in the Clipper Round the World race, an 11-month voyage that features teams of boaters racing around the world. "I talked to the recruitment manager and he said there was only one spot left and it was all or nothing at that point," Camarda said. "I couldn't make the commitment because if I did make it, I...
NEWS
January 23, 2013 | By Tracy Swartz and RedEye
Albany Park and Portage Park last week both recorded their first homicide of the year, a RedEye analysis of preliminary police data found. In Albany Park, a 35-year-old woman died from wounds sustained from a fire Jan. 16 in the 4800 block of North Kenneth Avenue, officials said. Police determined the fire to be an arson, and the Cook County Medical Examiner's Office ruled the case to be a homicide. Albany Park logged five homicides last year, up from three homicides in 2011, according to RedEye data.
ENTERTAINMENT
May 21, 2012 | By Julia Borcherts, For RedEye
EAT Will crawl for food Independence Plaza, 4736 N. Kedzie Ave. 773-478-0202 Ext. 116 Give your taste buds a tour through Albany Park and North Park on the third annual Bon Appetit restaurant crawl. Check in at Independence Plaza to pick up a map and dining "passport," which entitles you to small plates at 23 participating spots. 5-9 p.m. $40-$45. RSVP: albanyparkchamber.org Good spirits Double A, 108 W. Kinzie St. 312-329-9555 Cozy up to cocktails and tequila-infused cuisine at a three-course Don Julio Taquiza Party hosted at this River North lounge.
NEWS
December 11, 2012 | By Mick Swasko, @mickswasko and RedEye
A Chicago promotion that Jimmy Fallon last year called “Toys for Ta-Tas” on SNL is back. Gentleman's club The Admiral Theatre, which offers patrons a free lap dance in exchange for a children's toy, will begin offering the promotion again Friday, the third year for the “Lap Dancing for the Needy” toy drive. Last year, Admiral marketing manager Tim Brown said more than six carloads of kid's toys were anonymously donated throughout the Albany Park neighborhood, doubling the haul of their inaugural year in 2010.
NEWS
October 18, 2012 | By Adam Lukach, @lucheezy and RedEye
People say that two wrongs do not make a right. Last Halloween, however, realtor Kay Cleaves had an idea to attempt just that. As a realtor, Cleaves receives yearly questions from tenants about how they can distribute candy from non-ground-floor apartments, and she often has little to offer them. It was in response to these complaints that Cleaves, 35, considered the empty houses in her neighborhood of Albany Park. "I see the effect that the empty houses have on a neighborhood.
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