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December 22, 2011 | By Emily Van Zandt, RedEye
Chicago fast food fiends looking to order a beer with their Crave Case will have to wait a bit longer. National hamburger chain White Castle has no plans at this point to sell beer or wine in Chicago area locations, according to White Castle spokesman Jamie Richardson. The chain, known for its square-shaped sliders, recently introduced beer and wine sales at a White Castle location in Lafayette, Ind. The restaurant also serves as a test for a new concept called Blaze Modern BBQ, according to The Associated Press.
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April 2, 2014 | By Leonor Vivanco, @lvivanco and RedEye
Ever forget to buy bubbly to make mimosas for a Sunday BYOB brunch? Or want to pick up wine for dinner while grocery shopping early Sunday morning? You may be in luck. A measure, sponsored by six aldermen and introduced to the City Council on Wednesday, would allow supermarkets to start selling packaged goods of alcoholic liquor at 8 a.m. on Sundays.  Currently , retailers licensed to sell alcohol in Chicago can't do that until 11 a.m. on Sundays unless Sunday fell on Christmas Eve or New Year's Eve when alcohol is allowed to be sold at 8 a.m. Licensed...
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ENTERTAINMENT
April 25, 2012 | By Emily Van Zandt and RedEye
I'm a complainer by nature, so needless to say, this bout of chilly, dreary Chicago weather has me full of excuses not to go anywhere. I recently managed to make it to one farewell party (which was two blocks away), dragging some infused whiskey, a gifted bottle of whipped cream vodka and a few cans of guava nectar I found at Target with me. My friend and I looked borderline crazy carrying our loot down Addison. But that's the way Midwest get-togethers go: You can't arrive empty-handed.
NEWS
March 4, 2014 | By Mick Swasko, @swasko
The weird guy in the office brought in some sort of jelly doughnut-looking things Tuesday morning labeled "Paczki" and you have no idea what to do.  You're in luck! I was the weird guy in the RedEye office who brought those for Fat Thursday, and if you've got a similar co-worker of Polish descent who brought in treats today, you might be wondering what's going on. It's Paczki Day, or Fat Tuesday, and what you're about to eat are certainly not jelly doughnuts.  Here's the rundown:  Paczki is pronounced POONCH-key.
NEWS
April 2, 2014 | By Leonor Vivanco, @lvivanco and RedEye
Ever forget to buy bubbly to make mimosas for a Sunday BYOB brunch? Or want to pick up wine for dinner while grocery shopping early Sunday morning? You may be in luck. A measure, sponsored by six aldermen and introduced to the City Council on Wednesday, would allow supermarkets to start selling packaged goods of alcoholic liquor at 8 a.m. on Sundays.  Currently , retailers licensed to sell alcohol in Chicago can't do that until 11 a.m. on Sundays unless Sunday fell on Christmas Eve or New Year's Eve when alcohol is allowed to be sold at 8 a.m. Licensed...
NEWS
February 27, 2014 | By Mick Swasko, @swasko
The weird guy in the office brought in some sort of jelly doughnut-looking things Thursday morning labeled "Paczki" and you have no idea what to do.  You're in luck! I'm the weird guy in the RedEye office who brought those this morning, and if you've got a similar co-worker of Polish descent who brought in treats, you might be wondering what's going on. It's Paczki Day, or Fat Thursday, and what you're about to eat are certainly not jelly doughnuts.  Here's the rundown:  Paczki is pronounced POONCH-key.
NEWS
November 22, 2011 | By Emily Van Zandt, RedEye
Like a meal enjoyed between breakfast and brunch, Black Wednesday has staked its claim to the why-the-hell-not time between Halloween and New Year's Eve in the pantheon of Chicago drinking holidays. RedEye talked to bar owners to get an idea of scale in this by-the-numbers analysis of one of the booziest weekdays of the year. 2,000 Number of people expected to participate in a six-bar Turkey Trolley Trot on Wednesday in Lincoln Park, according to Gillian Fraaf, events coordinator at Bar 1 Events.
ENTERTAINMENT
February 8, 2012 | By Emily Van Zandt and RedEye
Bonny's Bar 2417 N. Milwaukee Ave. 773-486-8480 Rating: !!! (out of four) The scene: Surprisingly crowded for a new spot in the middle of winter. Get there before midnight if you want to grab a seat at one of the tall tables near the packed dance floor. The drinks: A solid of microbrews is scrawled on the chalkboard behind the bar. Ask for a recommendation and you might find a new favorite. We couldn't stop staring at… the facial hair (ironic and otherwise)
NEWS
March 8, 2012 | By Ernest Wilkins, Mick Swasko and Matt Pais, RedEye
Recently, MillerCoors announced it was launching a Coors Light Iced Tea beverage in Canada later this year. If it does well, American distribution will follow. We at RedEye had to ask: Why stop at iced tea?  Here's a few other booze/non-booze mashups that we think should be considered. Do you have one? Tweet it to @redeyechicago or leave a comment below. Guinness Cosmos Natural Light Pineapple Juice Keystone Margaritas Sam Adams Grape Soda Goose Island Orangeade Four Loko Iced Coffee Mike's Hard...
ENTERTAINMENT
May 22, 2012 | Ernest Wilkins
It's getting pretty warm out and you're trying to be outside sans clothing for as long as humanly possible. Here's a bunch of really short tips and tricks (summer hacks?) that everyone should know how to do in order to maximize their fun. How to open a beer using anything:      How to grill a burger:     How to hit a softball in slow-pitch:     How to play a song on an acoustic guitar ( you douchebag )
ENTERTAINMENT
August 21, 2013 | By Kate Bernot, @redeyeeatdrink and RedEye
When Big Star 's assistant manager Laurent Lebec first tried Fernet Branca, an Italian amaro, he wasn't a fan. "I was on tour with [the band] Pelican and toured shows in Italy. Fans would bring bottles of Fernet backstage - at the time I found it kind of reprehensible," he said. After he left the band and began frequenting Wicker Park cocktail mecca The Violet Hour , he changed his tune toward amaro, a category of bitter and botanical liquor traditionally drank after a meal as a digestif.
ENTERTAINMENT
June 24, 2013 | By Kate Bernot, @redeyeeatdrink and RedEye
Day of rest? Please. Summertime Chi is about soaking up every precious ray of weekend sunshine and partying like Monday might never come. Downtown bars have taken this YOLO logic to the extreme with the launch of two new Sunday day-drinking bashes, plus the revamp of one of the city's most popular Sunday parties. On a near-90-degree Sunday, I checked out all three in succession - apologies to my liver - to find out whether Roof, Drumbar and El Hefe Super Macho Taqueria were best for relaxing or raging.
ENTERTAINMENT
June 18, 2013 | By Kate Bernot, @redeyeeatdrink and RedEye
What is art?   Gallery Bar creative director Dustin Rybka printed this question on flyers and created the website whatisart2you.com to spark a discussion in the months leading up to his bar/gallery/restaurant's opening. He realizes the question is quite vague - and that's the point. "It was really built to be mysterious," Rybka said of the marketing campaign, which also included mailing out Campbell's soup cans intended to evoke Andy Warhol's screen prints. He says the mysterious question fits the non-conforming...
NEWS
April 19, 2013 | By Leonor Vivanco, @lvivanco and RedEye
A city employee is expected to be sentenced Tuesday for trying to use public money to buy a party tray of food for a “booze cruise” bus trip. Karen Huff, 53, was found guilty last month of forgery, official misconduct and attempted theft of government property for attempting to use city funds to buy $544 worth of food for the trip she organized for her friends and co-workers, according to a report from the city's Inspector General's Office. She was indicted in 2009 for forging her...
SPORTS
April 4, 2013 | By Bag Boy and For RedEye
Yeah, that's not going to work. Sorry to rain on the purple parade, but I'm not seeing Chris Collins hitting it big with Northwestern basketball. A couple of things. A) It's a really tough, tough neighborhood. As in, even if you're good, you're ninth. B) Um, not really sold on the success of Duke assistants. Tommy Amaker, Quin Snyder, Jeff Capel, Johnny Dawkins … not seeing much here. C) Northwestern. If you're really good, and smart, you're probably going to Duke. If not, you're going to Stanford.
NEWS
February 19, 2013 | By Ernest Wilkins, @ernestwilkins and RedEye
How is Lent treating you? Going crazy yet? (Quick lesson in case you're not familiar with the practice: Lent is a showcase of faith and sacrifice in which Catholics and other Christians give up luxuries in life from Ash Wednesday until Easter.) Now, I'm not Catholic, but I am someone who believes in giving up what you want in the short term in order to achieve a greater goal in the long run. What makes me laugh is when people give up things that barely affect their daily lives. Oh, you gave up chocolate?
SPORTS
April 4, 2013 | By Bag Boy and For RedEye
Yeah, that's not going to work. Sorry to rain on the purple parade, but I'm not seeing Chris Collins hitting it big with Northwestern basketball. A couple of things. A) It's a really tough, tough neighborhood. As in, even if you're good, you're ninth. B) Um, not really sold on the success of Duke assistants. Tommy Amaker, Quin Snyder, Jeff Capel, Johnny Dawkins … not seeing much here. C) Northwestern. If you're really good, and smart, you're probably going to Duke. If not, you're going to Stanford.
ENTERTAINMENT
July 24, 2012 | By Emily Van Zandt and RedEye
For those who prefer sandy stretches to sleek lounges in the summertime, many of Chicago's beaches are equipped with seasonal lakefront drinking and dining options. The mostly temporary structures typically serve your standard, sometimes over-priced beer and margaritas along with hearty picnic food favorites. But a few spots are looking to draw more than just the swimsuit-clad crowd with upgraded menu offerings comparable to what you find on dry land. On two sweltering days, we dropped in on Ohio Street Beach's new Caffe Oliva and Oak Street Beach Food + Drink (formerly Oak Street Beachstro)
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