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September 12, 2012 | By Georgia Garvey @gcgarvey and RedEye
Dining editor Lisa Arnett may have reviewed the ground-breaking restaurant "Next" and movie reviewer Matt Pais might get RedEye's first look at "The Hobbit," but, dear readers, this reporter lucked into the once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to visit the restrooms at the Radisson Blu. Please stifle your overwhelming jealousy. Why the Radisson, you may ask? Well, Cintas, a company that designs and builds "full-service restroom programs" for companies, has scoured the nation every year for the last decade seeking the nation's best bathrooms.
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May 29, 2014 | By Mick Swasko, @swasko and RedEye
If you're reading this on the toilet, do not feel ashamed.  A new (albeit sponsored) study suggests the average American spends 16-minutes daily on an electronic device while on the porcelain throne. Yes, daily. And the things people do during those long trips to the bathroom are kind of gross when you think about it. The study, from bathroom product maker Lysol, was conducted while researching a new product, according to a press release. Here are the results, with commentary in parenthesis:  57 percent read a tweet, Instagram feed, or Facebook update.
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ENTERTAINMENT
November 2, 2011 | RedEye
What is a bar-gument, you say? For as long as there have been watering holes, there have been disagreements. Some people prefer martinis with gin, some with vodka. Bar-guments is here to settle some longstanding bar conflicts once and for all. THIS WEEK: Which is more important--a clean bar seat, or a clean bathroom?   Bar seat Do I appreciate a tidy bathroom at a bar? Absolutely. But I don't select a watering hole based on the cleanliness of the room where I'm going to spend the least amount of time.
NEWS
September 24, 2013 | By Rachel Cromidas, @rachelcromidas and RedEye
He came for the Americana but stayed for a bar fight in the men's restroom of American Junkie, county prosecutors said. Jawad Jaber, a.k.a. "Crazy Jay," was arrested Monday evening, days after he allegedly punched a man in the River North bar's bathroom, county prosecutors said. Jaber, 31, of the 1500 block of South Sangamon Street, was using the bathroom in the bar on Aug. 24 when he exchanged words with a 33-year-old-man, county prosecutors said. Jaber then punched the man in the left jaw, according to court records, causing him to fall to the ground.
NEWS
September 24, 2013 | By Rachel Cromidas, @rachelcromidas and RedEye
He came for the Americana but stayed for a bar fight in the men's restroom of American Junkie, county prosecutors said. Jawad Jaber, a.k.a. "Crazy Jay," was arrested Monday evening, days after he allegedly punched a man in the River North bar's bathroom, county prosecutors said. Jaber, 31, of the 1500 block of South Sangamon Street, was using the bathroom in the bar on Aug. 24 when he exchanged words with a 33-year-old-man, county prosecutors said. Jaber then punched the man in the left jaw, according to court records, causing him to fall to the ground.
NEWS
April 7, 2013 | Stephen Markley
Strange things sometimes happen to me, and my mother recently reminded me of where this particular curse-blessing (a curse because they often suck, but a blessing because then I can write about them) may have originated. My mom is currently teaching a seminar on bathrooms. You did not read that wrong. My mom, a respected scholar in her field, is teaching a class on bathrooms at the liberal arts college where she works (I mean, how has this not been on “Hannity” yet?). I assume next semester, she'll lecture on Sour Patch Kids...
NEWS
May 29, 2014 | By Mick Swasko, @swasko and RedEye
If you're reading this on the toilet, do not feel ashamed.  A new (albeit sponsored) study suggests the average American spends 16-minutes daily on an electronic device while on the porcelain throne. Yes, daily. And the things people do during those long trips to the bathroom are kind of gross when you think about it. The study, from bathroom product maker Lysol, was conducted while researching a new product, according to a press release. Here are the results, with commentary in parenthesis:  57 percent read a tweet, Instagram feed, or Facebook update.
NEWS
March 6, 2012 | By Tracy Swartz, RedEye
Some University of Chicago students who live in an on-campus housing facility that recently garnered attention after students complained of unsanitary bathroom conditions will meet Wednesday with a member of the building's support staff. A university spokesman said a facility services staffer will provide updates about progress on the work to Pierce Tower at a meeting of the tower's council, a group of elected residence hall officers. The meeting is scheduled for 9:30 p.m. Last week, the university held a town hall so Pierce Tower...
NEWS
July 4, 2012 | By Niki Fritz, For RedEye
I finally did it. I went on the proverbial mid-20-something's adventure to New York City. I went expecting to bask in culture and sophistication, engross myself in the energy of 8.2 million people and absorb copious amounts of creative inspiration that seeps from the subway walls. Instead I came back with a dozen "I heart NY" T-shirts and one burning universal truth: Unisex bathrooms are awesome. I know, I know. I can hear your outrage already. But let me plead my case. First I want to address the most obvious cry of protest: What about the lack of urinals?
ENTERTAINMENT
December 21, 2011 | By Emily Van Zandt and RedEye
There's something about sub-50s temperatures that make parties transition from far-flung cocktail bars to oh-so-convenient (for the host) house parties. It was in that spirit that I ended up in a number of apartments over the past few weeks, mixing awkward conversation with unfortunate (but budget-friendly) beer choices. On the way I ran into a few characters - over and over again. You probably know them. In fact, you're probably one of them: The out-of-town friend: Oh hey, how do you know everyone again?
NEWS
April 7, 2013 | Stephen Markley
Strange things sometimes happen to me, and my mother recently reminded me of where this particular curse-blessing (a curse because they often suck, but a blessing because then I can write about them) may have originated. My mom is currently teaching a seminar on bathrooms. You did not read that wrong. My mom, a respected scholar in her field, is teaching a class on bathrooms at the liberal arts college where she works (I mean, how has this not been on “Hannity” yet?). I assume next semester, she'll lecture on Sour Patch Kids or wainscoting.
NEWS
September 12, 2012 | By Georgia Garvey @gcgarvey and RedEye
Dining editor Lisa Arnett may have reviewed the ground-breaking restaurant "Next" and movie reviewer Matt Pais might get RedEye's first look at "The Hobbit," but, dear readers, this reporter lucked into the once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to visit the restrooms at the Radisson Blu. Please stifle your overwhelming jealousy. Why the Radisson, you may ask? Well, Cintas, a company that designs and builds "full-service restroom programs" for companies, has scoured the nation every year for the last decade seeking the nation's best bathrooms.
NEWS
August 29, 2012 | By Jason Steele, @cbqsteele and For RedEye
The word "wang" probably conjures up a few images in your mind. Maybe it's the bar on Broadway in East Lakeview. Or perhaps it's the recently leaked pics of Prince Harry, covering up his royal scepter. You'd be right either way. In fact, Wang's bar plays up the double-entendre and plasters its Facebook page with images of hot men. It's worth becoming a Facebook fan, even if the images aren't always safe for work. The bar also wallpapers its restroom with much more delicious - and by "delicious," I mean explicit - images of ... wangs.
NEWS
August 20, 2012 | By Tracy Swartz @tracyswartz and RedEye
Some riders find taking a CTA train just a few stops to work every day a challenge because of slow zones and crowds. Imagine taking the train to 145 stops in one day. Last week, Going Public did just that by completing the "L" Challenge--consecutively visiting all 145 CTA stations by train--in nine hours and 17 minutes. During the trip, which began at the 95th Red Line stop and ended at the 54th/Cermak Pink Line stop, GP swiped her CTA card nine times, ate six protein bars (not on the train)
NEWS
July 4, 2012 | By Niki Fritz, For RedEye
I finally did it. I went on the proverbial mid-20-something's adventure to New York City. I went expecting to bask in culture and sophistication, engross myself in the energy of 8.2 million people and absorb copious amounts of creative inspiration that seeps from the subway walls. Instead I came back with a dozen "I heart NY" T-shirts and one burning universal truth: Unisex bathrooms are awesome. I know, I know. I can hear your outrage already. But let me plead my case. First I want to address the most obvious cry of protest: What about the lack of...
NEWS
March 6, 2012 | By Tracy Swartz, RedEye
Some University of Chicago students who live in an on-campus housing facility that recently garnered attention after students complained of unsanitary bathroom conditions will meet Wednesday with a member of the building's support staff. A university spokesman said a facility services staffer will provide updates about progress on the work to Pierce Tower at a meeting of the tower's council, a group of elected residence hall officers. The meeting is scheduled for 9:30 p.m. Last week, the university held a town hall so Pierce Tower residents could detail their...
NEWS
August 29, 2012 | By Jason Steele, @cbqsteele and For RedEye
The word "wang" probably conjures up a few images in your mind. Maybe it's the bar on Broadway in East Lakeview. Or perhaps it's the recently leaked pics of Prince Harry, covering up his royal scepter. You'd be right either way. In fact, Wang's bar plays up the double-entendre and plasters its Facebook page with images of hot men. It's worth becoming a Facebook fan, even if the images aren't always safe for work. The bar also wallpapers its restroom with much more delicious - and by "delicious," I mean explicit - images of ... wangs.
SPORTS
November 30, 2011
Picture this: You've been offered tickets to Sunday's Bears game, but you're not sure whether to take them. You love the Bears, but do you really want to deal with the cold, crowds and cash drain? Does the "being there" factor outweigh your desire to follow your fantasy team? RedEye tackles this issue in the inaugural edition of Go Nuts!         GO TO THE GAME Have you ever heard a story recounted like this: "Yeah, man, I saw Devin Hester's record-breaking punt return touchdown - from my...
ENTERTAINMENT
December 21, 2011 | By Emily Van Zandt and RedEye
There's something about sub-50s temperatures that make parties transition from far-flung cocktail bars to oh-so-convenient (for the host) house parties. It was in that spirit that I ended up in a number of apartments over the past few weeks, mixing awkward conversation with unfortunate (but budget-friendly) beer choices. On the way I ran into a few characters - over and over again. You probably know them. In fact, you're probably one of them: The out-of-town friend: Oh hey, how do you know everyone again?
SPORTS
November 30, 2011
Picture this: You've been offered tickets to Sunday's Bears game, but you're not sure whether to take them. You love the Bears, but do you really want to deal with the cold, crowds and cash drain? Does the "being there" factor outweigh your desire to follow your fantasy team? RedEye tackles this issue in the inaugural edition of Go Nuts!         GO TO THE GAME Have you ever heard a story recounted like this: "Yeah, man, I saw Devin Hester's record-breaking punt return touchdown - from my couch"?
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